The mouse returned....
9.30 pm last night...we were just getting ready for bed. Popo was hanging around.
And then he was hanging around with - oh YUK! The still twitching mouse...tossing it around the carpet as cats do.
Where did he stuff it during the day? Under the fridge? It's the only place I hadn't looked. But there it was. Still alive. Just. Poor, poor thing.
We did the cat and mouse dance of trying to catch the cat without losing an arm, and then picking up the mouse without getting a rabid bite....giggling like maniacs.
Thank goodness Okaasan only brings back aloe yogurts.
On a happier note...
I asked foreign residents of Sapporo for advice about gammy knee doctors - I used the popular mailing list Hokkaido Insider, run by a friend Ken Hartmann.
Opened my email this morning and had over 25 (and counting) responses from all sorts of people who have had gammy knees and other body parts, recommending their doctors and clinics.
Simply amazing. SO many people have had bad knees - I guess the foreign community here is aging and Hokkaido is a very outdoorsy place, so we are all skiing and mountain climbing. And damaging our bodies.
I am now trying to decide which doctor/hospital is best for me to access.
But I am sad that I shall have to cut back or cut out my gym exercising. Yesterday my knee hurt after just an ordinary day. Not a good sign at all.
* And...just to ensure that there is never a worry-free week - I also went along this morning and made an appointment to have my first ever stomach cancer check-up next week. This is on the Japanese health insurance system.
I think it's the don't eat anything 12 hours before, have an injection and then drink barium and climb on a tilting table routine.
Since that ovary scare and operation I have joined the Japanese health insurance system and am now FAR more conscious of health problems and checks. I pay a lot of money for this insurance (including 2 years? back payments), so I am determined to get everything checked out.
Barium. Oh yum. I wonder if it is low cholesterol?