I am settling in to sleep. Yes, I know it is late, but sometimes I sleep and sometimes, not so much. I had just gotten comfy when I heard...CHIRP. Loud like that. Half a minute later...CHIRP. And it continued at 30 second intervals. Stupid smoke alarm. If it is going to decide the battery needs changing, it could at least have the decency to make that decision during daylight hours. Not at 3 bloody 30 in the AM!!
So now I have two problems. The first is that due to leg issues I can no longer climb up on my little step stool/ladder thing to reach the stupid smoke alarm. The second is that I don't have a battery to fit the alarm even if I could reach it. Drat.
What I do have, thank goodness, is a tall son who lives next door. But I will not call him at 3:30 AM to come over and help me. My kids say they are more than willing to help when needed, but I'm not going to wake him up just for something like this. So I try to sleep, but the chirping won't let me. I try to read for a while, but that doesn't work either. Finally I fire up my computer and find a movie to watch in the hope that the sound will somewhat drown out the chirping. No such luck.
About 7 AM I make the call. Son says he will be right there. That's a good thing, because another 15 minutes of CHIRP, CHIRP, CHIRP and I am in serious danger of being driven over the edge. I am entertaining thoughts about getting out the shotgun to stop the constant chirping. (No, I really wouldn't shoot the smoke alarm although the temptation is great.)
Son took the alarm down until I can get a replacement battery. There is another alarm in the apartment, so I don't worry about one of them being out of commission. Except this smoke alarm, when unplugged from the ceiling, still chirps. And it starts yelling "FIRE, FIRE" at regular intervals. I wrap it in a couple of towels and shove it under two pillows. At least I can no longer hear it when I am in the other end of the apartment.
I figure the rest of the day will be pretty good, having gotten this silliness out of the way. But I think I may take a nap before starting anything this morning. :)
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