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Janice's Journal
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2006-02-13 22:17:14
Of Sore Mice and Me!
I am a little stiff and sore! On Saturday, Stephen screwed the top back on the old step stool for me. He told me the wood was rotted. It had some reinforcing on it, which had been added by John. I used it to reach up into the man-hole. (I have had squeaky noises in the ceiling and the pitter patter of little feet! Rather loud boots, sometimes! So I wanted to set a rat trap.) After using the footstool several times, being careful to stand on the edges, which were stronger, I was getting down and absent-mindedly stood in the middle. I soon thought better of it, possibly even before there was a crunch, and down I began to tumble! I ended up in a messy heap on the passage floor, having landed on my left side and partly on the step stool! I got my leg down off the stool and laid there on the floor, trying to recover from my shock and wondering about how badly I had hurt my left leg, which was feeling a little sore. Ah, just scrapes and bruises! I am developing a fine bruise on my left arm and have a few knocks on my legs. But it’s all those stretched muscles that you feel the next day! I felt rather odd at school this morning; all shaky and stiff and sore. Oh, well, I’ll soon recover and I should’ve been more careful, anyway.

And what have I caught in the rat trap? Three mice! The first two were mangled. It is a rat trap, after all! Then, last night, I awoke to a ‘snap’ at about 4am. I wanted to go back to sleep, but I kept hearing a scratching and rattling. For half an hour I tried to sleep and prayed the creature would die, but the noises went intermittently on! At 4.30am I realized that I would have to get up and check it, if I was to have any peace. What was I going to do with a half-trapped rat? I had the trap in a low-sided box, so that I could contain it and its captive. I held a mirror into the manhole, (because I couldn’t see in – not high enough) and saw, not a rat in the trap, but another mouse! It was caught by its tail and was hanging over the edge of the box and was scrabbling, trying to get away. I lifted the box down, took it outside, had Charlie on stand-by and released the mouse. Charlie was all eager, but is not a good mouser. Off went the little creature, to safety. It will be docked once that tail drops of, though. Just like a lamb! The trap had caught its tail at the base. It will be running around tail-less, like a little, grey hamster! So finally I retired back to my bed and had to try to go back to sleep, which I did, eventually!

Mood - Tired
Music - None
Edited - Never

I only wish all my problems could be solved with a rat trap

Infortunately, the only rats I wan trapped are the louts living 2 floors above me who think that this whole suburb is their private plaything.  Personally I hope that on one of their drunken binges they "fall" over the balcony.  I know that's not very nice, and I admit that, but sometimes just thinking about it makes ou feel better.
Posted by:zaphod


date: 13/02/2006 23:29 GMT
Sorry, was so tired when I wrote that I forgot to say
Hope you are feeling better, and would you like to borrow a stepladder? 
Posted by:zaphod


date: 14/02/2006 08:38 GMT
"mangled mice"-i think that would make a very good ladybird title,don't you?.Poor bruised janice-but at least YOU still have your tail .
Posted by:daftbird


date: 14/02/2006 10:05 GMT
Thank you, my dear friends. Zaphod, thanks for the offer of a step-ladder, but Stephen will fix mine for me. I wanted to come to SFSA, but something else came up that night. I will try again.
Posted by:Janice

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date: 14/02/2006 22:43 GMT
We have another meeting this Saturday if you and Stephen want to come.  It's possible that we may break off early though and go watch the fireworks.....
Posted by:zaphod


date: 15/02/2006 09:48 GMT
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