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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Rats!!!!

You won't believe it today when I opened the door and walked into my kitchen from outside I was stunned for a moment to see a rat sitting on the floor of the kitchen.!!! It looked at me and I looked at it and then wild thoughts chased through my mind of screaming and running out or throwing my shoe at it but then dismissed it as being highly impractical. It just looked at me calmly as though saying well who are you? So I thought I had better get it out, but how? I didn't want it to run further into the house so slowly I tried shooing it away from the door leading to the sitting room. It sort of hopped away a bit and stopped, so I crept behind it leaving the outside door open and stamped my feet to make it move but it hopped a bit and stopped. Then it started hopping back towards me so I frantically waved the serviette at it and it turned and hopped away into a corner. It did this several times and by now I realised that it was practically blind and when it saw my feet moving it sort of tried to adopt it. Fortunately I am not that terrified of rats or spiders as long as they keep their distance so I didn't move but kept waving the serviette at it. Finally it got the message and hopped out of the door. Whew! Next thing ran to the telephone got on to the Council pest control dept asking them to come over and do whatever they had to do. I was told then that the company that deals with it would call me back. Well I waited and waited eventually they called me and said they will come on Tuesday. Tuesday!!!??? I want them here now!!!! Oh I don't know if I will be able to sleep tonight. I know everytime I go into the kitchen I will be first poking my head through the doorway to make sure that the rat is not there! I don't know how it got in, but I guess it could have come through the floor boards. The house is an old house so I should not be surprised that something of this nature can come to reside occasionally but it is a bit of a shock when you don't expect it.

12 comments:

  1. OMG! Shashi, you are so brave! I would have went running from the house screaming as loud as i could. We'd probably have to move- I don't know if I could make myself go back into the house. As silly as it is, I am terrified of mice and rats.

    I will send Emmy over to visit- she'd get that rat! She killed a little lizard today- bad Emmy ;:(
    Linda F from FL
    Linda F from FL

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  2. Rats! Yikes, yukk and shudder!

    I have so enjoyed looking at all your beautiful creations on your blog here!!! You're an amazingly talented artist. Just Beautiful!! I'm so glad you shared your link with me :)

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  3. Shashi...your are my Hero. I would have been totally out of control! You are very brave!!!

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  4. Shashi- I don't care for rats or mice....especially bold ones. You were far braver than I could ever be. I would have hopped on the table and remained there for the entire day or until the rodent left the premises. I like the picture of the rat you posted and what a cute stuffed animal he would make.

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  5. Yuck, rats are not good. We once had a problem with them at my grandma's house. (Everytime there was construction nearby, the local houses would get uninvited "guests".) Luckily the dog was really good at catching them. One day I couldn't figure out why she was so upset until I checked her water bucket. A rat had drowned in it! Poor dog, without fresh water all day long. Of course since I was the only one there I had to get rid of the rat. UGH!!! Lots of newspapers and LOTS of hand-washing that night.

    Good luck with getting rid of them. I'm sure you'll be fine. :-)

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  6. My daughter raises rats .. maybe you can catch it and send it to her ... (smile)

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  7. Yikes! And your husband being away, too. I'd gone crazy! Feel free to hop into a plane/train and sleep at our flat, if you don't mind sleeping on a convertible sofa/bed. The only furry thing here is Little Cutie, and I'm sure you won't mind her. LOL
    (((hugs)))

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  8. OMG! I'm with everyone else, Shashi, in calling you BRAVE! That would have scared the daylights out of me! This neighborhood is bordered by a loooog ditch on one side, and rats are a problem there. We also have raccoons & possum roaming the neighborhood. With all the demolition, these critters - who have taken up residence in attics of some of these old houses - are displaced & try to come in OUR houses. I had a company out here to REALLY seal off EVERY POSSIBLE OPENING! I can't stand the thought of finding an uninvited guest. YIKES! You are WAAAAY braver than I!

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  9. EEEKKK....!!! Very brave shashi, no way would I go back into the kitchen! Funny when we were kids we had a albino rat with red eyes named alfred, we loved him, what were we nuts?

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  10. one consolation, althought they are often portrayed as dirty, they actually like to live in clean environments! so you must have the cleanest and brightest house on the block!! I don't like them either, I would have screamed!!

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  11. Shashi, you were brave like everyone says. I'm not horrified of mice, I'm not sure about rats since I don't think I've seen one up close. Well except for the ones my daughter keeps for "earth dog" training with her animals(the rats are NOT hurt during this kind of thing, I'm told).

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  12. Dénia et Flo3/08/2007 6:04 pm

    Brrrr, tu as été très très courageuse!
    Bisous
    Hi you.... just get into a plane down to Nice!!!!!!
    love!

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