Sunday

The Rat Story

     When I look at my forsythia in bloom, I remember all my kids.  It was a Mother's Day present two years ago.   Thanks guys......love you all.  Perhaps I should have planted it somewhere else around the house......

 .........because when I look at this area of ground I remember the ...."rat story". The rat story took place a year before my beautiful forsythia.  We were just in our new house 1 year.  Landscaping is something I enjoy, so I wouldn't pay anyone to do it for me.  If it took  "years" to finish it all, no big deal.  That spring I was digging holes to plant some bushes.  I remember I was babysitting my young niece.  We were putzing, enjoying the outside.  I dug a hole next to the porch, the shovel went in, and as I was lifting the dirt, there was quick, "rat size" motion, and "something" ran for cover under the porch!  ....oh ya... I screamed!

     Then I looked in the hole.  At least 10 baby rats about 3 inches long were squirming all over the place!  I had just dug a hole straight into a rats nest!!  "Anna, come and look."   "Awwhhh".

     Now, how to get rid of these baby rats and be discreet with my niece.  I didn't want her to have nightmares.  Well, it was discreet, I'll leave it to your imagination.  Oh, but they were gotten rid of!!! :-)









9 comments:

Roxey Lucey said...

What about the momma that ran for cover? Where did she have here babies the NEXT year?

Dr. Momi said...

Well,a few days later there was a dead rat on the driveway. I assume I got her with the shovel. Eewwwhh...you asked :-)

Dr. Kristy Sipple said...

I never heard that story before!

Mandy said...

Oh no! We've had our fair share of animals since moving to our little farm, mainly bats and raccoons. But a few days after we moved in, we found a dead rat outside. Thank goodness we've only seen that one. I can't imagine digging into a nest of them!

Dr. Momi said...

Hey Mandy, You can bet we work hard at rat and mice control.(now!) If you live in the country and have chickens -- it goes with the territory.

Teresa said...

Dealing with it right now. Was so happy to see the dogs had one today. I'm busy pouring water in any hole I see every day.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Rodents and creepy crawlies just seem to go hand in hand with the farm life. It's a part of the life I would prefer to live without, but certainly not worth givin' this lifestyle up for. ;)

I'm visiting from last week's Farm Friend Friday and just joined you as a follower.

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Leontien said...

hello hello!
Found you true verde farms and i hope to read the rat story tonight... now i'm late to make dinner...

Thanks
Leontien
www.fourleafcloverdairy.blogspot.com

Dr. Momi said...

Welcome Leontien, hope you enjoy my blog. Looking forward to reading more of yours!