Well, where do I start?

First of all I was making very healthy snacks and a delicious dinner yesterday afternoon, I look out the window, you know like all people do when they have a window over the sink, and what do I see? A rat. Yes a RAT. Walking, tottering I should say, along the pavers as if on an afternoon stroll. Why yes, I guess he/she was on an afternoon stroll. And so I screamed. Not the same scream when I had the cat sized spider in the car but a scream that said “KIDS WE HAVE A RAT!!” Actually this was the first time I’ve ever seen a rat. At least a live rat. I’ve seen a dead river rat and that was much grosser than this rat. It actually looked a little like a small squirrel, not really threatening, but when I realized it was a rat, well my reaction was typical of new rat experience for sure. Jorden immediately thought to tape up our cat door (we have one of those doors where a cat could come and go). Honestly I don’t know why we didn’t think of taping it up before. But leave it to Jorden to think of that first. Then he asked if he could get his BB gun and go hunting. Yea, baby. My money is on Jorden in the event of a zombie apocalypse. So out he went, in the tropical jungle of our backyard and he believes he got him, but just nicked him. Where was the dog you ask? Sleeping in the AC. But I have a confession to make. I feel slightly bad about all of this. First of all the rat wasn’t that menacing. My brother, who also lives in Paradise on the west coast, often talks of rats. It must be a tropical thing? Although we don’t have any citrus trees surely there are citrus trees in neighboring yards and perhaps this guy was just passing through on his way to the neighbors lemon tree. And it was outside. Inside should be fair game but I wonder if the proper response to Jorden would have been to let it alone because it’s outside but to man the exits to make sure it doesn’t come inside. I don’t know. Could have been a lapse in parenting…again…

Second, the kids are gone. Just for the day. The older girls took them for an outing which they are very excited about and I’m excited for them to go do something fun and be all together. I don’t know what to do with myself. I’m so excited and yet it doesn’t feel too different. Jorden usually sleeps until 3 anyway. Zenah is so good and quiet and I like her company. One difference so far is that I’m watching movies instead of the World Cup. (and what about that loss? What a game yesterday) I’ve watched Undercover Brother and now onto Family Stone. I’m washing Jorden’s sheets because he can’t breathe, I’m thinking it’s dog hair overload. Doing laundry doesn’t seem too different. But I’m trying to make it like a Woo Hoo day and celebrate that I have all this time to myself. I thought about floating in the pool to finish my book (yes STILL not finished) but it’s soooo hot and I really don’t want any more sun. I’ve never seen this movie before (The Family Stone) so maybe I’ll just finish that and keep doing laundry. That actually will be some nice alone time. Watching a movie I want to watch without getting up to do something. But I think we need a bigger TV. It’s just a tad too small. Honey? Next pay?

Tonight is date night. We’re going to go UP the coast. I’ve never been UP (north). We’re going to go up to New Port Richey and see what we can discover. But right now I’m going to focus on this movie. It seems funny but I have a feeling it’s going to be a tear jerker.

Random pictures today. Thankfully I didn’t get a picture of the rat.  But I did get a picture of a typical Jorden snack. Kale chips and radishes.


3 Thoughts on “Why you dirty rat…

  1. scott monahan on July 2, 2014 at 5:49 pm said:

    what a wimp…I got your rats right here…they stole my green tomatoes…war is on. you know that janis wrote the main title with stanley clark for that movie…undercover brother…I love that film!

    • I DO know that – I even went through the credits to see her name! And hopefully my watching will bring her a royalty payment. Perhaps I should send Jorden out for a westcoast visit. You two can hunt rats together in the backyard.

  2. Cathy on July 2, 2014 at 6:16 pm said:

    Could be a citrus rat. When I lived in Winter Park, they used to run along the power lines in my back yard. We’d sit there at night and drink and throw things a them

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