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Casa Majulana
Russian River
May 6, 2005

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The steady hum of work at the cabin opening -- brooms sweeping, chairs being dragged into place, vaccuums growling -- is broken occasionally by a high-pitched scream, something between a shriek and a yelp. Another live mouse has been found! (Dead ones elicit only a mild "eeew.")

"What's funny," my mom said after discovering a mommy mouse running away, leaving a squirming, bald little baby mouse behind, "is that when I discover them when I'm alone here, I don't scream at all."