How to Start a Woodstove

Step One: Crumple up some newspaper and put it in the stove.

Step Two: Put about 3-6 pieces of kindling in the stove but make sure that there is still room for the logs.

Step Three: Put 2-5 logs in the stove depending on stove size.

Step Four: Strike a match and light the newspaper, then throw the match in the stove when the newspaper is lit.

Step Five: There isn’t actually a step five. Just make sure you completed all of the above and sit down in the warmness (from your lit stove, of course) and enjoy yourself.


The Mayo Brothers

Last year I read a book about the Mayo brothers. They were two boys in a family of five kids that went with their dad on doctor’s calls in Minnesota. One time their dad had to do surgery on a boy and he didn’t survive because he had an infection. When they came home they told their mother about what happened and she remembered reading a medical journal that said infections were caused by germs. Doctor Mayo felt like he needed to learn more about infections. He wanted to go to New York he but they didn’t have money. Then his wife said what about the savings? So they went to the Bellevue Hospital in New York. He saw under a microscope what germs looked like. When he came home he told his wife that to study the germs he needed to buy a microscope. His wife then said we can get a bank loan and then buy a microscope. So they bought the microscope and the boys asked why does it have such a funny name? Their father said that “micro” means very small and “scope” means to look at things. Shortly after that he went home to Minnesota. His sons were helping him with the surgeries. They were handling the instruments. After they grew up both of his sons decided to go to medical school and become doctors to help people like their dad did. They traveled around the world one at a time to get more knowledge. Then they opened a clinic and the three of them (both brothers and their dad) ran it. They accepted everyone who came. Some people paid them a live chicken, some afresh basket of apples and others money. They also were happy to educate other doctors. At some point they decided that the clinic was too small and that they had enough money to build a new clinic. So they did just that. Even to this very day other doctor still work and perform surgery at the famous Mayo Clinic.

Winter is (almost) over.

The opossums pile up as road kill and wood piles dwindle to the last stack, the white snow on the ground gives way to mud and the drainage ditches run full of water. Spring is almost here. It is mud season.

The evergreens turn green and the snow melts. Many people feel it is almost time to shoot the woodchucks and crows. The ground feels like squashy mud, which it is. It also means that you don’t have to wear a jacket.

Going to the moon! (Version 2)

Today I dug up my rocket ship. Now I know what all you people are thinking, you’re thinking how does a kid get a rocket. Well, I bought it from NASA with my “own” money. Everyone thinks I’m rich, but it was broken and I fixed it. Now to the good stuff. So I got into my rocket and started it up. The engines flared and off I was. After 30 minutes I was at the moon. I took my cat with me so he can explore to see if there is life on the moon. After an hour we got hungry and opened up a can of sardines. They were delicious. Then we got back in the rocket and flew home. Traffic was really slow so it took us 2 hours to get home. When we finally arrived I got into my bed and went to sleep. I had had a wonderful day. (it doesn’t make any sense to write “had had” but that’s how the English language is)

*(this edition is different than the one in my earlier post)

Mission 01: Earth

One day when I woke up I wasn’t in my bed. Now in most cases that means I fell off and was on the floor, but here I was on a different world. I was also in a different form. Kind of like a beaver that forgot that it needed to file it’s teeth. Anyway, here I was. Stuck on a planet I didn’t even know of. I knew I had to find the way out. But how? A rover? Yes. A rover. So I started rattling through the metal parts in my sweater pockets. (It’s kind of weird that I had still a sweater on and was a beaver). Then when I had found the parts to make a small rover I began construction. After half an hour I had a “60 Horsepower Galactic Rover”. I revved the engine and off I was. Soaring through the alien skys. When I reached Earth, I was hundreds, maybe even thousands of miles away from my home in NYC. I had already thought of disguise but as soon as I got into Earth’s atmosphere I was back to my normal me. The only thing I had to do was turn my rover into a car. (I know, I’m only 10. But I “CAN” drive a car and print a fake drivers license). At the press of a button my rover was a Maserati SPYDER, red and beautiful with plush leather seats. Beautiful, but I had no time to admire it. My parents were probably going crazy. I stepped on the gas and gunned it all the way to my apartment. When I got home I told my parents this was a “Holiday Present” the guy at the dealer gave me as I was walking by. Life was better then ever.

Life as Rupert, the mouse

My name is Rupert, the mouse. This essay is completely about my friends, my enemies and me. If you are not interested in a mouse’s life, than do not read any further. Just STOP. If you are interested then continue reading, as this will get very interesting. So as I already said my name is Rupert. My friend Samantha and I were looking for peanut butter (mice actually prefer not to eat cheese) when we met a fox. He said his name was Joey and told us of a land where peanut butter was everywhere. Even the castles were made of the delicious sticky stuff. We bought it. After we walked for what seemed like miles we came six way split in the road. I was about to ask Joey which way to go but he was nowhere to be seen. We thought for hours and hours and then Samantha said I think we should rest and maybe in the morning we’ll figure it out. So we did. While we were sleeping Joey mousenapped us and took us to his hole. In there we woke up and found ourselves locked up in a cage, dangling on a thread from the roof, hanging over a seemingly bottomless pit. There was a large padlock on a door. We tried climbing through the bars but they were a bit too small. I found a small piece of metal and bent it into a key while Joey wasn’t looking. When he looked back we were nowhere to be seen. Already a few hundred yards away. We got to the nearest maple tree and hid under a couple leaves. We decided that we’ve ran enough today and need some sleep. (again).

Going to the Moon!

Today when I got out of bed I went to the upper field and checked on my rocket ship behind the juniper bushes. Then I fueled it up, started the engine and blast off to the moon. In the rocket I tried to pour milk in to a cup but it floated around so I had to float around too and catch it with my mouth. When I took a shower in the bathroom part of the time I was upside down. When I was on the moon I put on my space suit, helmet and gravity boots and got in to my moon rover and drove around. I got stuck once and then I remote controlled my personal helicopter and it lifted me out with a tow-rope. I got out of my rover and explored the moon. I found gooey puddles and lots of moon rocks. Then I got my moon rover back into my rocket and flew home. When I arrived home I got back into bed. My mom and dad woke up and didn’t even know I went to the moon and back while they were sleeping.

Crocodiles (Some facts from when I was in the Everglades)

Crocodiles live about 50 years. They live in the swamps of the Florida Everglades. Baby crocs eat small fish, crustaceans, fruits and stuff like that. Adults eat gar and fruits. Some eat only 2 times a year. Crocodiles lived at dinosaur time and they looked a lot like today’s crocs. They are related to: Gavials, Alligators and Caiman and belong to the Crocodilian family. They grow about a foot per year when they are young and they never stop growing. They have about 75 teeth. The largest saltwater crocodile was 27 feet long and weighed 4 thousand pounds. The smallest crocodile is the rare African dwarf that is only 5 feet long. A mother crocodile makes a nest on land where her eggs can be kept safe and warm. She makes it in the same place every year. She lays the eggs at night, a few at a time and covers them. Did you know that crocodiles yawn to keep cool?

Today I Went To Pluto.

Today when I woke up I went back to the field and got into my rocket. Then I saw that my cat Bello, my sisters cat Rosie and our dog Harry were all in the rocket. I started up the engine and we blast off to Pluto.

When we left earth we had some dried fruits and when we were full we took a nap. When we woke up we passed Saturn and I saw a lot of moons. When we got to Pluto I saw alien cat that was see through and since it was so cold there it looked like a moving icicle shaped like a cat. I tried to take pictures but my camera’s components froze. I had my space helmet on but my extra helmets did not fit the cats and the dog so the space cat gave the cats and the dog some helmets that fit them. When it was time to eat we ate a fresh can of cat/dog/human food but we only had to have a tiny lick before we were full because we were so high up. Then we said goodbye to the space cat got in to our rocket and blast off to earth. Then we took a nap, had dinner (the rest of the can of cat/dog/human food), played on the rocket computer and then watched a few shows on TV. When we got home we got into bed, went to sleep and in the morning we did maintenance on the rocket.