Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Noises in the Dark

Twice in the last week I've awakened to small, unidentifiable noises. Both times I strained to hear and understand. Both times I wanted to roll over and forget it. Both times getting up and checking it out avoided big problems.

Last week the temperature dropped below 0, a rare thing here in Missouri. A strange clicking sound outside my room woke me up early in the morning. I already had my grump on, so I added a coat and some boots and went outside to figure out what was going on. Turned out a switch in my heat pump had developed some kind of glitch. Switching the system to all gas solved the problem until a service person could check it out. More importantly, it avoided burning out the compressor, which could have been quite expensive.

Last night the sound of a small rush of water woke me. Following the strange little noise, I found that my icemaker was stuck on refill for some reason, and water was pouring down the front of the frig and all over the hardwood floor. Switching off the icemaker stopped the flow. I mopped up the water and went back to bed.

Can't tell you the times I've ignored warning signals in my life. Giant red flag waving inches from my face? No problem. I just closed my eyes and my mind. This never, ever resulted in anything good.

So, it's only a heat pump and a frig, but maybe this means I'm making progress. It's about time.


Go Mama said...

You're so amazing with that stuff, J!

mamatulip said...

Good for you for listening.

luckyzmom said...

We have lots of noises in the early morning hours because we live on a golfcourse near the clubhouse. Still, there are unrecognizable noises which we pay attention to because one was a busted "do-hickey" in our sprinkler system. We have had a great deal of trouble with sprinkler systems, usually due to freezing. We plan to have our tiny yard zero scaped in the spring.

I can appreciate you dealing with it all yourself, because I used to do so when my husband was in the Air Force. Actually he still expects me to take care of everything because the precedence was set. I sometimes play stupid.

Michelle O'Neil said...

Good for you Jerri! You are one smart cookie!

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Here's to watching/listening to warning signs/bells!

Deb Shucka said...

I'm so glad to hear that you're giving yourself credit! I'm very certain that this is your time, in more ways than one.

kario said...

I have goosebumps, Jerri. Something is afoot and this is perhaps the way the Universe is telling you that, no matter what it is, you can rely on your experience and instincts to handle it. No matter what.

Love you!