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posted by [personal profile] madelinekelly at 03:12pm on 16/01/2007 under
1. I have a long grey hair wriggling out from my parting. It's my second proper grown-up, getting-older, nearly-everyone-gets-them, grey hair. I had a few grey hairs twelve years ago -- my sister and I both developed a handful when our parents were getting divorced -- but I plucked them out and they never came back. This grey hair, and the one that appeared last year at the nape of my neck, look a bit more ominous. Hey-ho. It's the pitfall of having brown hair.

2. We have an R-A-T in the house. Ugh. We hoped it was a mouse. There were scratchings and scrapings (loud enough, in the bedroom wall cavities, to wake us up in the middle of the night and think we were being robbed), and something rattled the jam-jars stored under the kitchen sink -- but nothing was getting nibbled or lost. On Thursday morning I flicked the switch for the kitchen lights, and nothing happened. Evidently something nibbly has nibbled through the inadequately protected wires in the ceiling cavity. So Matt called the Pest Control chap and he turned up on Saturday morning, armed with traps and poison and wire coat-hangers and old chocolate and a healthy respect for his rodent adversary. He'd just about got me convinced that it was a mouse when he opened the cupboard under the sink and we were confronted with a large, fresh longtail pooh. So now there are three traps and a block of poison lurking in the crannies of our kitchen. And we can't get the lights re-wired until the house is cleared.

3. We saw the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Manx Museum. Funny how beautiful things -- perfectly beautiful things -- can make you feel sad and inspired and smiling and crying all at the same time.

4. Matt is off his crutches! But still limping. My sister took a photograph of his disgusting, dead-looking foot just before Christmas, which she promises to put on-line at some point. Something to look forward to.

5. I have a cold. The year is barely a fortnight old and already I've had a migraine and a period and now a cold. It's too physical! I can't cope!

6. I've finally seen V for Vendetta, which I loved. But it does make me wonder how they could make such a mess of the Matrix sequels.

7. Matt turned 29 yesterday, but he still looks only 28 so he's doing well.

8. I've made six stupid cross-stitch lavender bags -- bought six years ago on a hormonal whim -- since New Year. Sick of them now. And very glad to have them out of the way so that I never again have to be aware of them sitting unopened and unsewn in that box in the dining-room.

9. No writing done, but I've met with a Manx dialect specialist who's given me lots of advice (and lent me lots of books) so that Montgomery can have a proper voice at last. Hurrah!

10. Nana's tumour will be removed on Thursday. She's bearing up very well.

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