In lieu of two more mass shootings, I feel I want to lighten the mood that you and I are feeling this morning, so this little tale is being shared. I’ll write a longer narrative with way more pictures, because you know I am long-winded, (oh yes I am), but these were my favorite pics from yesterday. Saturday was intended to be another “me day” … I figured I earned it after the past few months of house mishaps and my busy work schedule. It started off a little meh; I went to Grosse Ile and couldn’t find a place to park and walk, but I saw two bucks crossing the street at Horsemill Road and Canal Drive … I was in awe of that, but captured the images in my mind, not with the camera.
I wanted to go to Elizabeth Park but they had the gates closed due to a two-day Jazz on the River event, so I returned to Lake Erie Metropark and spent four hours there. I wandered along Cove Point, where I could, as there was mud and pools of water everywhere – I had on the vinyl boots, but they hampered walking, so I put on my walking shoes. There was not much to see and it was already getting hot, so I meandered to an area of this park where I’ve never been before. It was suddenly no longer a meh day, as I saw a groundhog, gorgeous patch of wildflowers, butterflies and a sweet fawn. Oh yes, the “Three Tenors” were singing, er … screeching away as well. I’m including my favorite pictures below, and then I’ll relay my latest tale of woe (thankfully easily resolved and far less costly or detrimental).
Last night, I sat down to chill a little … I say “chill” because I got a sunburn (ouch) and I just wanted a little R&R and to recover from my seven-mile (11 kilometer) trek.
Then the chirping started. I knew it had to be the smoke alarm. Or maybe the carbon monoxide alarm because it was nearing end of life (ten years) … I have to find a comparable model as my electrical outlets are all recessed, so most models fall out and I don’t want a tabletop model. This one had long prongs and never fell out of the outlet since it was plugged in a decade ago. It was not the smoke alarm; it was the C02 alarm. I figured “I’ll just pull it out of the wall and it’s going to stop” – nope, it continued to chirp every 30 seconds. So I figured I’d just pull the battery out – no problem. I had no directions as Flame Furnace plugged it in when I had them here on a routine visit and they were on sale for $25.00 and my former one had recently reached its end of life (in the middle of the night I might add). So the Flame Furnace tech plugged it in, no directions or box were left because he said to me “when it chirps, it is end of its life, get a new one.” I flipped the alarm over, pulled a square thing out and it was still tethered by a mess of wires .. inside it said “you have removed the battery” … (really, I kinda figured that out for myself). It continued chirping every 30 seconds. Evidently it had a back-up battery.
Next, I found the battery compartment and two arrows on the top – pushed them “up” in the direction of the arrows and the battery door cover broke as I could not grip it properly as my finger is still a little numb and not 100% normal yet from the June 28th “finger fiasco” which you know about. There was no other way to access the battery – it kept chirping every 30 seconds … I thought I’d lose my mind. I Googled the model number and there was no other way to remove battery but the compartment drawer cover plate which was now separate from the alarm. I decided to put it out front on the front porch, and it was just getting dark, but then I thought better of it as I still hear the occasional fireworks in the ‘hood, or, what if someone went down the street and flicked a lit cigarette and it was windy and it landed on the alarm and ignited the lithium battery. Yes, I worry about EVERYTHING. I went back and retrieved the alarm and put it at the side of the house … then it dawned on me that my neighbor could hear it … so I texted him from my computer and explained (in at least five or more 40-character texts) … I said if you hear a chirping noise, that’s what it is. He texted me back that he retrieved it and it was in his garage chirping away.
Have a great day!