Hi humans, rodents, and readers of any other species.
This is Jacob the degu, and I know I'm late today, but there's been lots of what the humans call "repair work" going on in the building over the last couple of days, and today it was quite noisy here.
The Mummy human says "repair work" means that the repair humans who work for the humans who really own this place came to fix a few things they didn't have time to fix before we moved here, or hadn't noticed needed fixing until our humans pointed them out. Mostly small jobs, like fixing the latch on the cupboard where our food and stuff is kept. But also a couple of bigger jobs, like re-painting the ceiling of the bedroom now that the plaster is dry (I'm told they had to put new plaster on the ceiling after they repaired a leak in the roof before we moved here, but didn't get a chance to do the painting, because the plaster was wet). There were a few other jobs too, but I lost interest and stopped listening at this point, so I'm not sure what they were.
Anyway, for some of the things that got done, the humans opened the windows. It's been kind of cold here, but the Mummy human says it was best to take the chance with the cold than the fumes from what the repair humans were using (like the paint).
In case you were wondering - since the Mummy human tells me some of you probably are - none of the work with smelly things was being done in the room we live in, but the humans opened our windows anyway, because they thought it was safest. Like I said, it hasn't been very warm, but the Mummy human said she'd rather risk us getting cold than choking on toxic fumes. At least it wasn't raining when we needed to have the windows open though. Not that it's rained much in the past week or so - except yesterday, when it rained lots, but it was OK because we didn't need to have our windows open.
I'm told the repair humans have done most of the jobs now, which is good. One of the humans who actually own the place - one of the ones our humans call "the landlords" - came to check to make sure things were getting done and everything, which seemed to please my humans. I don't understand why this is, but humans are pleased by all sorts of things that make no sense to me, so I'm not going to try.
Anyway, we tried to carry on playing as normal, but after a while the combination of the smells, the noises, and the cold - none of which appealed to us even slightly - made us give up and go for naps. We're all OK though, and happy to be out of our beds and playing when the repair humans aren't doing their noisy and smelly jobs.