Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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Something has been living in my bookcase!

The other day, I realised to my horror that something had made a small hole in the bag of peanuts that was sitting in the middle of my study floor. I was somewhat boggled. How had a mouse (presumably it was a mouse by the tiny dessicated droppings I found nearby) found its way upstairs to my study? We've had mice in the conservatory before but how could one have known that there was food upstairs? This is a modern house and -- unless one has appeared behind the bookcase! -- there are no holes in the skirting board large enough to admit a mouse.

Anyway, I took the peanuts downstairs and stashed them in a kitchen cupboard.

Today I was rearranging the books on the bottom shelf of the bookcase in order to provide better access to my Welsh files when I found a pile of peanuts. Something had painstakingly carried away the peanuts and stashed them behind the books -- and then vanished. There is no smell, so it can't have died. Perhaps all this happened while I was away and now I'm back in residence, it's been scared off? But in that case where did it go? Perhaps it's still in here, being very quiet behind the bookcase?

This may remain as one of life's little mysteries, but I will, naturally, update you should I find more evidence of the peanut thief's presence or any more information about where it came from and where it went.

I have done vaguely useful things over the past two days, though it doesn't feel like it. I felt a bit fretful today because my leg is finally allowing me to walk more or less normally and I'd like to get out and walk somewhere, but it's been thundery showers all day, some of them extremely heavy, so going out would not have been a good idea. :(

I did get the tooth repaired (I forgot to mention that a piece of the newly filled tooth broke away over the weekend) and the plumber came and replaced the bathroom radiator with a shiny chrome, heated towel rail. Also I worked on the first lesson of the fourth Llanllawen Welsh book.

I am determined to get good enough to actually speak Welsh in real life (as opposed to just in class), but the class I was with this year, though fine during the actual lessons, always reverted to English for the pre-lesson and break time chat. Myfi (the tutor) had mentioned that her class in Corwen were really good and do everything in Welsh, so I decided I'd change class for the next academic year and have arranged my timetable to allow this. Unfortunately, they're also a year ahead, so my plan is to cram Book 4 over the summer to catch up with them by September. (This isn't quite as ambitious as it might sound. Because of the length of time I've been learning Welsh, a lot of the stuff isn't altogether new and Book 4 apparently has a lot of consolidation of what we've just been doing in Book 3, so it should be doable as long as I settle down and, you know, do it and don't faff around spending too much time on the Net doing not very much at all.)

I must stop scheduling too much on my Do Today List. Yes, I still can't judge how long things are going to take and I'm always over-ambitious. It looks like in any one day I can do one, or possibly two, activities out of: writing, photography, learning Welsh, so why do I persist in putting down all three, plus sundry other stuff like housework?


Anyway, one thing I do need to do next weekend is move the furniture in my study and make sure there's nothing living behind it!

Work tomorrow and Thursday, alas, then I have two and a half weeks off. Hurrah!

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