Sunday, October 6, 2013


This thing has been chirping since 
Friday night...
well almost...
It magically stopped 
for several hours yesterday?
then started back up
last night around 1 a.m. and is still chirping...

Now how in blue blazes am I
to balance on a 6' ladder
and reach the upper half of my body 
off and over the Juliet balcony to reach the 
blooming thing?
It looks like a walkway but it's not.
I stuffed blankets under the door
 last night and stuffed
cotton in my ears and
turned on my fan full blast
in a room already 60 degrees from 
the cold spell, which meant I
had to drag out the down comforter.
Turned the tv on with the timer
 and finally 
fell asleep exhausted.

Years ago it acted up and by chance
my handyman guy came by and crawled up 
there and dealt with it...
his handprint is still over 10 ' up on the wall
I was convinced he would 
pitch off and fall.....down down down
scared me to pieces

The truss repair guys
 are coming again tomorrow.
Yeah those guys..
since MAY!
I plan to beg one of them to please 
help me replace the battery and
shut the damn thing up...
which makes no sense since it's wired in 
and yet still needs a battery?

life is befuddling down to 
the simplest things

but I rolled and wrapped wools
to tuck into a new storage area
in the studio
I folded fabrics so that they would 
 stack and fit quite nicely into a cabinet

I tidied and swept

life is befuddling
and so good


Erin Anderson said...

sounds like torture!!! might have to pay the guy tomorrow? but, interesting how you chose to fold fabrics? we can totally control the mundane and it feels good. hope you can sleep tonight, dearest.....

Robin Larkspur said...

very confusing about being wired and needing a battery. I have never been able to tune out any kind of "extra" noise. Poor you. I hope it is quieter tonight.

Kathy said...

Good grief, I am just going to say it. A MAN must have thought that was a good place for it. I can tell you the battery backup is in case you have a fire when the power is out. I wonder if it could be relocated or you (not meaning YOU) could disable it and just install a battery one somewhere near-by where you can reach it.

Amber said...

The placement of that thing must have been from a disgruntled construction worker. Is the upper hall ceiling just a mere 2 feet away? What a pain in the a**. We pulled our old smoke detectors and replaced them (units and locations) with battery operated ones. Much easier. Hope you can rest tonight.

Kit said...

If I were you, I would have the truss man disengage it and go by a new one and install it where you can get ti it. Ours was just chirping and it drove me bonkers. Kit

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I think I would pull that thing down...a chirp like that can drive you nuts!!

Jenny Short said...

Move the THING! xo Jenny

silvergran said...

Extremely frustrating noise! I have a 12ft stud in my old villa here in New Zealand, and our local fire brigade will come out and change the battery.
Yes, we are a small city...but maybe worth the ask?

Marcela para Colorin Colorado said...

I will be throwing stuff up there just to hit it and make it shut up. I guess patience is not my thing....LOL!!!

Bead and Needle said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - I have one in my master bedroom, on the same height as that - with no access to it. It always chooses to go off at 1:00 in the morning, when I am alone. I can't believe it hasn't driven the pooches nuts yet - mine were/are terrified of the chirping. Hope you get the guy to do it...fix the alarm, I mean! :-) XOXO

Claudia said...

We've had the batteries chirp on our wired alarms, too. Very annoying!