Saturday, October 29, 2011

Things that go "boop" in the night

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

Several nights this week I've been awakened in the dead of night by an annoying "boop!"  Since we turn our heat down at night, and the floors are cold, I wasn't thrilled to get up and investigate where this noise came from the first time I heard it.  (One thing I knew, it wasn't a cute little cartoon character.)

"I'll fall back to sleep any minute now," I told myself.  But every time I almost did -- I'd hear that "boop!" again.

It wasn't the smoke or carbon monoxide detectors--they "chirp."  No, this was an electric "boop."

Finally I couldn't stand it, and figured it had to be one of our cell phones.  Well, since I hardly ever turn mine on, it had to be Mr. L's phone.

It was.

So I searched until I found it across the hall in the guest room.  (That's a pretty noisy "boop!")  Next up, find the charger.  That was in the junk drawer in the kitchen.  Once the thing was plugged in and sucking juice, it was as contented as a newborn with a bottle.

What's awakened you lately?


Anonymous said...

Every once in a while, I can hear a fox cry during the night. I've become used to it now, and can usually drift off again, but the first time I heard it, I was up for hours.

For those who haven't had the pleasure, a fox sounds like something between a cat, an owl, and a baby crying. It took me ages to figure out what it was - I ended up in front of the computer at 3AM googling something ridiculous like "weird noises at night"!

Barbara said...

I don't hear a thing except my husband's CPAP machine. He has sleep apnea. At first I thought it would keep me awake every night, but I got used to it quickly, finding it something like "white noise." Very soothing.

Ann Summerville said...

All I ever hear is my dog snoring.

Anne from Iowa said...

Do you mean besides the fear of failure that comes at 2am?

Aurian said...

I used to wake up every night when my boyfriend came home from work, nowadays I don't even notice him coming to bed most of the times! And I do miss his kisses then.