July 12th, 2003

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Well, I did it.

It's the end of my period and I've washed my Keeper, and while doing so I finally snipped the tail off almost entirely, leaving only a few milimeters as safety margin. It's been about six or seven months since I've been using the Keeper regularly, and I felt confident enough at last. I had cut about half of the tail off previously, and that was enough to make wearing it comfortable, but it still got in the way a little at times.

Now my Keeper is soaking in about 1 1/2 cups water and one teaspoon of white vinegar.

I compared the two tail stubs. The first one is darker than the new, shorter one. I know some discoloration is normal, but I wonder just how much discoloration there'll be in 9 1/2 years, at the end of its life?

How do you tell when a Keeper is worn out, anyways?