Hurricane Irma (8th Grade English Assignment #8)

For today’s blog post I will be writing about my experience in Hurricane Irma! I will be sharing what my family was doing and how I felt during this entire hurricane.

When I first heard about this hurricane I was worried but as it got closer I started getting less and less worried, I really don’t know why. However, once I found out that the hurricane was close to my grandparents I was worried for them. I am scared easily so I’m sure it came as a surprise to my parents when I said that I wasn’t scared.

When Irma finally decided to get here my town got tropical storm weather. That made me feel even less worried because I’ve been through so many tropical storms. Although, I am completely terrified by tornados.

Anyway, my family decided that we would stay in Florida and sleep in the basement. We set up our camping cots and our sleeping bags. The first night we ended the night by watching little house on the prairie or as my family says, “little prairie on the house”. Through the night I was having a really hard time sleeping. Upsettingly there was a tornado warning for our area so we slept even closer together so we could easily be “herded” to our windowless hallway. Luckily my dad knows me so he didn’t tell me about the tornado warning until the next day, that way I would be worrying about that. The next morning, the power went out. I was so bored, I ended up watching movies on my portable DVD player. When my brother’s DVD player died we continued watching movies on mine. A few minutes later mine died, so we moved on to my computer. As you can tell, we watched a lot of movies. Sometimes we would play a short game, but it didn’t last that long. I got so bored so I just got my mom’s iPad are started playing you cam-makeup.

During this I realized how much we depend on electricity. We use it for just about everything we do. We need it for lights, hot water, television, and internet. I think that maybe I should start trying to work on that so whenever I do loose power I am prepared and it’s not something that I am not used to!

On the final day of not having power we started watching Adam Sandler movies! I called it an Adam Sandler marathon, it was so much fun! That night my dad and brother went out to get some gas, and they called to see if we had power and we did! I was happy but also not happy because I really wanted to sleep downstairs again. Luckily, we still got to sleep downstairs because it was cooler down there then in our bedrooms.

 

This was my experience during Hurricane Irma, at times it was scary, other were stressful, but for me, I was mostly excited! Come back to  Learning in Pajamas for more from me!

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The Secret!

It has been raining since Friday, It’s Thursday now. Crestmont city had been in a serious drought for an entire year! Many people think that the rain had been stored up in all the clouds and now we are getting all of it. I don’t know what I think. All this rain is stopping me from going outside and doing me outdoor chores. Mama thinks that I’m procrastinating, just being lazy. She doesn’t understand the trouble of this rain, it’s not like any other rain I’ve ever seen! This rain makes people break out into a rash. I already have sensitive skin. Doctor says a rash could be deadly. See mama never heard that part of the story, all she ever heard was that I had sensitive skin. I guess I am procrastinating, I still haven’t told her. I guess I am scared to let her know, I feel like she won’t understand. She’s always talking about how wonderful I can be, I think this might ruin what she thinks of me. The thing about my sensitive skin is that I get it from my Daddy. Mama and Daddy haven’t spoken directly to each other in years. It’s kind of sad how relationships sometimes do  that! At my old school all the other kids would make fun of me, push me around, make fun of my skin, and talk about my parents. Ever since I started homeschool I haven’t met anybody who is mean, to be honest I haven’t really met anybody, I’ve been locked up in this house. I see people ,from my window, out and about doing their business all of the time, I wish they knew about the rashes. Mr. Hobleson, my neighbor, Was out there yesterday, He had rashes all over his face. He never was mean to anybody, He was the sweetest and nicest old man you’d ever meet. He didn’t do anything to anybody, all he ever did was love, he doesn’t deserve this rain. I can’t say the same about Mrs. Winston, she’s mean and hateful. I can’t blame her though. She lost her husband a few week before the drought. We all went to the funeral, you can really tell she misses him. She hasn’t talked to another man since his death She calls it a sin. I never thought such a nice lady could become to mean, I think there is still some good in her heart. She was talking on the phone yesterday, Her sister passed. I really feel bad for her, sometimes I wanna giver her a hug and tell her that it’s okay, I’m right here, I’ll be here for you. She wouldn’t appreciate it though she’ll tell me to get off her and go home! I’ve never tried it before I just don’t know what to do, I can’t go outside, I can’t do anything unless she come here! Mama says that everybody goes when there time comes. I hope that the rain will stop before Mrs. Winston’s time ends.

If that’s the case I can hug her, I can tell her that everything is okay, She has the entire neighborhood as family. I guess by now there’s no hope in neighborhood it’s every man and woman for themselves!

“FAITH GET DOWN HERE FOR SUPPER”! Mama yelled from the kitchen.

“COMING” I yelled back down to her. Mama usually didn’t have yell for me. This was a special day for me, today I get to go out to see the doctor! Now you might be thinking “what a crazy girl, who “wants” to go to the doctors?” well I do! The reason is because when you don’t get to see people that often, whenever you do, whether it’s seeing the doctor or  going to school, it’s really exciting!

I went downstairs to find my mama talking to strange woman!

“Mom who is that?” “oh this is your Aunt Lily!”

“Hi. mom can we eat?” I asked. I was kind of scared of her. This was my Aunt but I had never met her before, and why is she here now?

I was silent for the entire meal while mama and aunt lily talked. The strange thing was mom said that she was an only child! I didn’t trust this lady, I felt like she was lying to my mama!

“Ok faith you can stay here with lily I’ll go to the doctor by myself.” mama told me.

“NO MAMA, please, let me come with you, PLEASE!” I begged!

Mama thought for a minute, her answer was final, I was staying with Aunt Lily!

I ran right to my room! “Why is it that my ONLY interaction with people for the next few months was taken away because of the strange weird lady came into my life?” I thought. A few seconds later an idea came to me! With her here she can be my human interaction! I walked downstairs to find aunt lily picking a game. Once I got her attention we talked for a little bit, I chose my favorite game ever, RISK!  Aunt Lily and I played for a few hours. That’s why I like this game, when you play you have to stick around through the entire game, you can’t just get up and quit! Mr. Hobleson and I used to play all the time! He taught me how to play! Eventually I grew to like aunt lily! Three years later she was living with us! It was then mama, Aunt Lily, and myself living together. Aunt Lily slept in bed and I slept in a cot in mamas room! One night, I woke up due to thunder, mama was dead asleep so I went to Aunt Lily. I overheard her on the phone so I listened in.

She said that she was still working on getting our trust but she thinks that she is getting a little too close with, and I quote, “the little girl, Faith” At the exact moment when she hung up, I walked in! She asked me what I was doing up I lied and said that she woke me up while she was on the phone! You could tell that at that moment she got seriously frightened! She asked me how much I have heard. I lied again, I told her I had heard it all. I threatened that if she didn’t tell me what was going on I was going to tell mama. She tried to bribe me but I declined. She told me that she really was mama’s sister and my Aunt, I just had to trust her for now! By now I’m confused, I don’t know what to do.

That next morning while aunt lily and Mama were making breakfast, I made a plan. I decided that I‘m going to find out if the water is going to kill me! Mama called me down to eat, I didn’t say a word. That’s when aunt lily and Mama, at the same time, said “what’s wrong does the cat have your tongue?” Mama had never done such a thing like that, she was sophisticated, she was smart, and she never said anything someone else would! Was Mama outwitted? Is this lady really who she says she is? Is this my fault? So many questions went through my mind! I didn’t know what to do! I went upstairs and hid my bag in the closet. “Tonight while Aunt Lily and Mama were out, I am going to run away!” I thought to myself! While I drew out where the possible exits in my house are. Aunt Lily came in my room to get changed. I tried to hide my paper but Aunt Lily had already seen it. She asked me what it was ,so I lied and said that if there was a fire this was our exit plan. Somehow she believed me. As soon as I could no longer see mama car I grabbed my bag and left. In my bag I had tons of things! I had clothing, a first aid kit, loads of money, and food for a month! I’m prepared and I know it! I take my  first step outside since two years ago. Obviously this rain was lasting to long. I feel the water hit my foot, it feels nice, it’s fresh water. I didn’t feel a thing wrong with the water! I took my umbrella out and opened it. I walk out behind my house and start walking farther and farther away from my home. I start to feel like a horrible person! I miss mama, I take out the only photo that we have of her and hug it! Eventually I realize that I don’t have any rashes on me at all! I was lied to! This isn’t true, I was able to go outside for three years! All of those summer days that I missed! I put my umbrella away and let myself get wet! I am so happy that I’m free, I dance. I get a headache for no reason and so I stop. I cover my eyes, when the headache is over I open them. In the distance I see a man running. I follow him, He leads me to a place that I have never seen before! There is sand all over! There is water all over! I set my bag down and jump in the water! I hear a man’s voice in the distance! I turn around and see a strange man. I asked him who he was and he told me the scariest thing! He told me that he’s my father. I couldn’t breathe, but at the same time I couldn’t believe that this was real! I ran up to him and hugged him! We talked and talked. He told me that mama lied about the rain because she knew that I would run away if she let me out in the rain!  see how that turned out? The craziest thing was that mama never told me that aunt lily was daddy’s sister not hers! Everything made sense now, daddy sent aunt lily to get me to run away! Mama had no idea and probably still doesn’t! Daddy and I went and swam for a while then he told me to go home and take a shower! When I got home Mama and Aunt Lily were still gone! That night I fell asleep without any trouble! Everything was better, EXCEPT, I have to tell Mama that I know! I’ll do that later. I met my Daddy, I met my Aunt Lily, and all is good! I can now tell Mrs. Winston that she is okay! I can talk to people I can go back to school! And even better The rain won’t bother me!

 

My Favorite Moment in Life!

My brother and myself

We had our acting faces on

we walk through the double doors

Only to find the seating

I took my seat and waited my turn

This was an audition

Nothing other could it have been

the play was called To Kill a Mocking Bird

 

My name was called

I walked on up I did my best

What else could I give

I felt so happy I’d say I did

It was true and still I felt like that

They told kids they can go

I was told stay as were some others

We stood up on the stage once more and read the script once again

 

I can’t say how well or how bad I did but what I can say

Is that I tried best

And there is no denying that

I get my result soon

Before I turn into a pile of rune

 

That is a very good moment

For I  am pleased

But if make it I will have more to say

If  I don’t that’s okay

A little practice won’t be any trouble

 

Spring break :What I was up to

For the last week I have been on spring break! Today I will be telling you all about what I was doing!

The first day of vacation my family and I went to a few beach bathing suit stores to get swimsuits! At first no one knew that we were going to the beach, however, me being me, every time I would see the beach I would say “beach”! Now when you’re at the beach you will find that at every other turn you can see the beach, so imagine saying that over and over!  you can tell I LOVE the beach! My mother and I got these really cute swimsuits from a real beach shop! That is kind of important to me because I ALWAYS got my swimsuits from wal-mart or target! This was my first real beach bathing suit! Once we got all of our necessities: chairs, towels, sunscreen, and water, we were off to the beach! The beach that we went to was called Neptune Beach! My brother and I had fun while our parents watched! One time my mom got in the ocean and she tried, note that I said “tried”, to teach me to “catch a wave”! Sadly, the wave toppled on top of me! Soon after that it was time to go home!

For the next two days my brother was sick so we didn’t really do anything.

That Tuesday we had a guitar lesson. For the first time in a while my mom got to be a part of this lesson! My grandma came in and she joined the lesson! We watched TV for a while then we ate. This day wasn’t as exciting l but I got to see my grandma and that is something!

Later on in the vacation we went to the beach again but this time it was a different beach! On this beach there was a tide pool! When we were in the ocean I met this one girl her name was Fiona! We had a lot fun! We even found some really cool shells! Some of them even had holes in them so I plan on making them into necklaces!

On the last Friday of our vacation my mom, grandma, grandpa, brother, uncle, and myself went to see Steel Magnolias! The director of the latest Play I was in played the main character in the play! It was a very well done production!

That ends my vacation, for more about me and what’s going on in my life, be sure to come back to Learning in Pajamas!

Science Fair

Last weekend my dad, my brother, and I went to the science fair! The science fair had many different booths.! Most of the booths were very interesting! Today I will tell you what my first and second favorite booths were!

When we first got there we were welcomed by a Barnes and Noble booth. Previously we bought snap circuit robots. Well at the booth they had snap circuits so I was very excited about that! Also, at another booth ,shown by Mayo clinic, you got to be a brain surgeon. You also got to test “pee”, it was really apple juice, and you got to perform CPR! I think I did a really good job at being a brain surgeon! That was my favorite booth, my second favorite booth was the booth about : How to make ice cream! I liked this booth because 1. Ice cream is awesome 2. Ice cream is awesome and 3. I love ice cream!! To make ice cream you get a bag and put salt crystals and water in it. Next you get a smaller bag and put milk, sugar, and flavoring! This was my second favorite booth! They have science fairs a each year and they are hosted at UNF!

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A New World: Part 3

A New World: Part 3

As I was floating through the air in my rocket my only thought was “I get to see my family”. Which is okay, but….. I could have been thinking about what I was gonna eat for dinner, what that note from the queen was meaning, or even if I was even gonna make it through this! The only thing that matters to me is helping my mom get better. Then out of nowhere there was a big bang! It came from the slumber chambers. I got up and started tiptoeing towards my room when I heard whispers from behind me close to the door! I took a look around but I couldn’t  see or find anything. I assume that I am just hearing things but it still seems strange. What seems like a few hours later I feel like I have stopped so I look out the window and there are hundreds of people sitting around including the news, NASA, and the FBI! I step out in the warm sun I feel the warmth rushing through my body. I walk out of my rocket and start strutting out as if I were on a catwalk. I suddenly get overwhelmed with questions. I rush through the crowd of people. I finally find my house in a crowd of what used to be familiar but now is almost unrecognizable.

I walk in and call for my mom. As I shut the door a man walks in from the dining room confused.

“How did you get in?” he asked me. “ I live here. The real question is how did you get in here!?” I replied.

For some reason I couldn’t even faintly remember who this guy was! “Hey! Do you know where my mom is? I need to see her!” I yelled

“Wait a minute! I recognize you you’re Kaylee Mariner!” He exclaimed “I bought this house after you’re mom went to the hospital!” “ the hospital.” I whispered “ we need to go!” I shouted at him

After he told me which hospital she was in I demanded him to drive me! After a while I was very nervous to see her but also exited! I was also feeling gloomy. What caused her to go to the hospital. Also the fact that my house was full of this guys stuff, yet there are no boxes, tells me that that he has been there for a while! Which also means she has been at the hospital for a long time.

When we arrived I jumped out of his black and blue Jeep! When we opened the doors to the hospital I was shocked. The room was completely empty, except for the nurse at the front desk. I ran up to the nurse and asked her about my mom. “ OHHH. your mom was, Lesley mariner, she died years ago!” I felt a tear about to drip off of  my blood red face so quickly wiped it away. “ do you know” I stuttered “how she died?”

“ she died from Hydrocephalus one of the worst brain diseases, you can go read about it in that pamphlet over there.” she pointed to pamphlets.

“ I don’t WANT to read about it I WANT my mom back!” I couldn’t take it any longer. “ I no family, I have no friends, I have no home, and worst of all I have no mom!” I started to pour out crying. Not knowing what to do.

Then, I woke up. It was all a dream I was so happy! “ where am I!?” I yelled.

Someone came up to me and told me I was in the hospital! Shocked I yelled for my mom! “Honey I am your mom don’t you recognize me?!”she told me confused yet still joyful because I am awake. “ Mom… how long was I here”

“ 5 years.” she replied. I gave her a hug and cried again. Mom walked out of the room and tons and nurses came in! They all asked me questions. Soon they told me I could get up. But I would be in a wheelchair for a while. They told me that they will push me to my mom’s car while she gets it so I let them put me in a wheelchair!

I get in the car and have a silent ride home. When we get home mom introduces me to netflix and shows me tons of shows. We start binge watching stranger things. As we get to episode 4 I fall asleep. I wake up in a few hours and have dinner. I guess this is my life now! I am just happy to be home with my mom!

The Holocaust!

The other day I went to the MOSH! MOSH stands for Museum of Science and History! We went to the MOSH for a special event that is going on! This event was about Anne Frank and other Jewish people who had to undergo the Holocaust.

The exhibit that we went to showed a timeline of both Anne frank and the Nazi evolution. The timelines were on different walls and each year it got worse and worse. On one part of the timeline, it said that the Nazis would secretly take black kids and make it so they can’t have babies. they did this because they were trying to get the perfect country and to do that they need the perfect race. The Nazis also murdered all of the disabled people even if they weren’t Jewish. They had a movie going on in the room over , all of the information that was on the wall was in the movie.. However my mom is a big Holocaust history fan and because of this we had already seen this movie years earlier so we didn’t watch it again. By the time we got to the end, of the timeline, I was upset because of all the horrid things the Nazis did to people. We wrote a little note on how we felt after reading these.

I hope this will never happen again because 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust. six million were Polish citizens. Three million were Polish Jews and another three million were Polish Christians. This was a very good learning experience, even though it made me very sad, I am glad that I got to do this. Thank you MOSH for hosting such a great exhibit!

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New World : part 2

I wake up with a bad headache, it’s my third night here and I am already home sick. I look around from the patio outside of my room. Everywhere I look I see Borgish people with their family and I am longing to see and cuddle with mine! The day before I left I just found out that there was something wrong with my mother’s brain. I really truly yearn for my mom.

My headache is relieved as soon as I stop thinking about that. Instead I think about the first night here and how everyone stared at me when I didn’t bow down for the queen. I laugh a little because I also remember the second night, I woke up really late according to the queen… it was 6:23 A.M.!

That is all the remembering I can do for now I have to brainstorm things I can do to get my rocket fixed! I think of ways I can earn some money so I can just hire someone!

“I got it” I yell I am so happy I might just be going home soon!

“Ouitelisteri!”the queen yelled angrily. Ou.. that means you, ite.. Are, lis…not, the rest I of the words I can remember what they mean. What does she mean I am not going anywhere? I think back to yesterday…

“ You aren’t planning on leaving us right?” Bacy, the queen’s royal bounter, the person who asks questions for her asked!

“No. The only reason I would leave is if I  was homesick” I said. I was homesick and I was already thinking of ways to get out of this strange place. My plan was to call the Basa group to lake Bickerabi and have them fix my rocket! Then I remembered the Basa group is nothing like our NASA! This place is not very intelligent for that kind of stuff.

I remember what my mother said before she told me about her brain. “Kaylee, nothing can stop you. Remember things may be different out there but you need to trust that it will be okay!”

I will just have to go with the Basa group. Besides that’s what my mom would want.

The queen takes a seat in the hall and tells me she wants me to leave the room. As I leave I see the Basa station, I find my only friend Bally. “Yo!” she says in English. I feel lucky that she learned English for me. Nobody else did so she lightens up my day when it gets rough.

“Hey, you wanna go to the Basa center?” I say enthusiastically. When she said yes we went ahead and started heading over. As soon as we got there they immediately told me that they are not good at that kind of expertise. Of course, I already knew that so told them that that was ok.

When we get to the spot that I crash landed on we notice that it is already fixed. Baisy, Bally’s older sister, is standing there admiring her work.

“Did you do all of that?” Bally asked.

“Yeah do you like it?” Baisy asked

After a while of that we want to go ahead and test it out to see if it can take me back home where the grass is not called brass. We get the Basa guy named Bim to try it out for us. As we watch him test it we notice a letter hanging from the back of it. It looks like a signature from the queen!

Once Bim is back we get the letter out and once again the queen said “OuiteListeri”

I don’t think she actually knows I am leaving so I hop in and hope for the best.

 

If you were trapped on an island what two things would you bring with you?

Everyone knows the question: if your were to be trapped on an island what two things would you want to have with you? Well, I have been reading this book, Robinson Crusoe, it’s about a man who gets trapped on an island and has to stay there until he can find a way off the island.  Because of what happened in the book I was assigned to do a paper on what two things I would want have  if I was trapped on an island like what happened to Robinson Crusoe

The first thing I would want to have would probably be a knife with a built in sharpener so that if it ever gets dull. I would choose a knife for a few reasons. First, I can make ropes and baskets and many other things with it. Second I can catch fish with it. The way i would catch fish would be to first, find one and then I would have to stab it with my knife, in the head, and then make sure it is dead then cook it. Yes, it would be harder to use than just using a fishing rod but I can do many things with a knife but pretty much only one thing with a fishing rod. Also I can not use my fishing rod to help skin the fish but my knife would be able to!

The second thing I would need is a solar power heavy duty desalinization and water purifier kit. Everyone needs water. Many bad things can happen if you become dehydrated. On islands, if it is anything like Florida in the summer, it would be extremely hot. Therefore you will sweat a lot, and the more you sweat the more water you are losing.  Also you need water because your body is 60% water that should tell you how important water is. When you are dehydrated, you get really thirsty for water. if the water on your island is salt water then if you drink it you get more dehydrated. That is why I would want a solar power heavy duty desalinization and water purifier kit.

I was thinking about having a hacksaw so that I could hack through mountains to make a cave but then I either wouldn’t be able to eat or I wouldn’t be able to drink. I would rather drink than eat for two reasons. First water to me is way more important than food. And second, if I luck out there will be fruit in the trees for me to eat!

Merry almost-Christmas from the learning in pajamas blog to you!

What I did for Halloween!

This Halloween, my grandma came from Colorado to visit my family!

One thing that we did while she was here was crochet work. I’ve been learning how to crochet, but my grandma is much better at it. She taught me a few tricks, and before you know it I made a little change purse! I meant for it to be a blanket, but I messed up! Although, as you can hear, it kind of worked out!

We also had dinner at a small steakhouse, which was great! We really enjoyed our time there because my grandma got to try a food that she had never heard of before…corn nuggets! My dad says that you may not know what that is either, so I’ll tell you: it is balls of deep fried cream-style corn dipped…in ranch dressing!

Next was the most fun even of all…dressing up for Halloween!!! I was dressed up as a hippie. The really cool part was grandma used to be an actual hippie when she was younger! So, she gave me a real hippie necklace and bracelet!

My grandma dressed up as a crazy cat lady and she pinned stuffed cats onto her robe! My dad and brother were bikers, but they looked more like gang members to me! My mom dressed up as the dragon queen in Game of Thrones!

In a flash, we were out trick or treating! We ran into some of our friends which was so cool since we just moved into this house! Eventually, we found a haunted house! Before we started I grabbed my dad’s hand so I would have him just in case there were clowns! There were a few people that would follow you through the house, and they did quite a good job at scaring me while doing it!

Thankfully there was only one fake clown in the house, but it was still creepy!

When we got home, we dumped our candy on the floor. Just like the year before, I sorted my candy into groups, and might I say this neighborhood LOVES Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, because I got like 12 of them! I got a lot of candy altogether! We even got a few trick-or-treaters when we got home! Now I am wondering why nobody told me how much fun it is to hand out candy to others!

To wrap it all up, I had a great Halloween with my family! I hope that my grandma is able to come again next year so she can help us get our house ready to spook the neighborhood kids!

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