So, I am an insomniac. Have been since I was forced into menopause after testing positive for BRCA2 gene mutation, and had my ovaries out. It’s NOT enjoyable. I go through periods that I can get a couple weeks of regular sleep, but haven’t been in that mode for probably three weeks now. My point, after this long sorted tail of woe? I am all over the place. After the third day of no sleep, I am very forgetful, I end up with bruises that I don’t even remember how I got. Last Friday I went to pick up my dog at a friends house, and before leaving I shut all the windows EXCEPT the kitchen window which the screen was out. (To add further example of my bounciness, today my new kitchen window is getting installed). But I digress. I should’ve stopped at “I am an insomniac”. Oyyy
I didn’t leave the house intending to leave the window open, I had only intended to have it open for a few minutes while I was cleaning (which is a miracle within itself). Ohhhh, but let me tell you why I had the windows open on that chilly day… I accidentally dumped half a bottle of ammonia in my laundry nook. I thought I was going to die, I couldn’t breath! Accident prone? Ask my family! But I digress…again!
So, I remembered this as I drove into my friends driveway. Now 30 minutes unattended. I tried getting in touch with a neighbor to see if she could run down and close it, that didn’t pan out. So I cut my visit short and came home an hour later.
Over the course of the last few days I’ve heard something ruffling, shuffling, whatever. I looked to see if it was one of my cats that I heard upstairs… NOPE, They were being their geriatric selves, sleeping and sunning themselves in the living room. I walked upstairs, it was quiet. Strange. But I know you are getting a visual here, yes?
Yesterday I was working upstairs, repairing plaster, prepping the front room for paint. When I took a break I heard something scurry across the floor above me. Oh joy!
I have had problems with squirrels in past and most recently in my shed. Upon inspection, again, nothing. I crawl into bed about 1am to watch tv because I know sleep isn’t happening, at 330 I shut it off in hopes it might spark some z’s. At 4:00am I am resting (not sleeping) quietly, allowing my body to just relax and stretch out when I heard scurrying and a thump ABOUT FOUR FEET from where I was laying. As quick as lightning I was up with the light on. In my closet (that at the moment, does not have doors but is packed with clothes and things in preparation for the renovation/repairs, a large and very heavy ginger jar lamp was on it’s side. Whatever critter I have been hearing is now sleeping in my bedroom. I should spice it up by saying “I had an animal in my bedroom last night!”
So, my mother is on her way over with traps… Sorry animal lovers. I am one too, but I’m done with these red squirrels. They are nuisances. I’m thinking it popped in when I accidentally left my window wide open. At least I hope it’s a red squirrel and not a rat! Oh how the imagination can get going when alone and unattended in the dark!
Now, the other thing that happened over the course of these few days is I blocked off the hole I had made in the cellar door for the cats to go down and use the kitty litter. I’ve had flooding for over a week, so this critter may very well have been going up and down the stairs, all levels, but is now cornered on the second floor.
Wish me luck. Animal House, to be continued. Home ownership can be such a blast!