Monday, August 25, 2008

Just Schedule Me For My Straight Jacket Fitting Now.

Alrighty. I'm about to embark on a mission that I neither have time for, nor does it probably really matter. But. If you are anyone even remotely close to me, you know that I have an inveterate "figure it out" personality. Especially when the issue at hand just might drive me insane.

There is a beep in my house. A BEEP. Not a continuous beep, just one beep. One beep every 10-15 minutes or so. Like Chinese water torture. It's not loud - in fact, it's low enough that no one can find its origin.

It sounds like when our electricity has gone off and the house alarm begins to tell us that it's on back-up battery. But we had our alarm disconnected last spring.

One beep.

Here's what I know:

It started a week or so ago.

Every time you hear it, no matter where you are in the house, it sounds like it's coming from somewhere else - you never feel near it.

It is not a smoke detector battery. They are hard-wired. Plus when you stand next to any of them, the beep is coming from somewhere ELSE!

It is not happening at the same interval. I decided this morning that I would time it. First 15 minutes apart, then 5 minutes, then 20 minutes. Oh Lord, help me.

I can already tell that this is going to waste a whole dang bunch of my time and energy. But who in their right mind could let this go? Joel says he thinks it's a warning that something is wrong. Well, that's helpful. Thank you, Dr. Doomsday. When the beeps get to be a minute apart, we'll all retire to the bomb shelter under the garage.

Sean doesn't care (are we surprised?). He just enjoys watching me slowly lose my mind. Again. Over something insignificant.

So that's where I stand on this beautiful Monday morning.

Good day!


  1. i promise, i'm not laughing AT you, but WITH you... i'll touch base with you later today and if you havent driven yourself to the LOONEY BIN, i'll either drive you there myself, or bring my girls over and help you... ;-) first i have to finish "breathing in the beauty of my kids!" ha ha ha

  2. Ours are hard wired too, but they also beep when the battery backup is low. Other than that, turn the power off to the entire house and see if you still hear the beep. If you do, then you at least know whatever is beeping will either eventually die or is running off solar or nuclear power.

  3. Sorry, by "ours" I mean the smoke alarms.

  4. Do you have a sump pump? This happened to me once and it was the sump pump in the basement.
    I don't even know if you have a basement . . . but if you do, check the sump pump.

  5. Is it wrong that everyone is offering to help or give you a reason this could be happening to you and I just can't stop laughing! I can totally see you standing under each fire alarm and waiting and listening and waiting and BEEP!!! Hope you figure it out soon, my friend!!