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Monday, 9 January 2017

Bumps In The Night

Not a night goes by without strange noises.  Most noises are just pipes popping with the change in temperature or the house cracking from frost or settling.  I'm used to those noises.  I don't count them as strange.  Some strange noises can be explained.  "CRASH"  When I mention it n the morning the hubs sheepishly admits to knocking something over during his nocturnal ramblings. "BANG"  Did that come from outside or inside?  A midnight tour of the house and a brief examination through the windows reveals nothing.  Was I dreaming?  Maybe!  Morning, and when the freezer door is opened a 10 lb frozen turkey shoots out at me.  A shelf lost its grip overnight.  "POP"  Same tour of discovery as before with no results.  Nothing shows up in the morning light either.  Who knows?  Night after night finds me prowling around looking for the source of the disturbance.  One year we had a winter of frost quakes.  Ever experience one of those?  Sounds like a plane fell on the roof.  Last winter we had a friendly neighbourhood raccoon who enjoyed knocking our garbage pails over in the dead of night.  Talk about a "BANG".  Always something interesting going on in the dark of the night.

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  1. Frost quakes? They sound scary.
    And yes, there are definitely things which thump and bump in the night here. Some explicable, and some remain mysteries.

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    1. Scared the living doo dahs out of me. I had no idea what it was. Apparently it had a lot of folks concerned. They explained during the weather report the next day. That year we had several of them.

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  2. My home is pretty quiet and I'm used to any small noises, but for a while there was a lot of unexplained sound from the empty flat above me and I worried a squatter might have moved in. Turned out to be a possum scrabbling around on the roof.

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    1. Amazing how a sound from the roof can be magnified.

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  3. Some mornings I wake up early to the sound of gunshots. It is hunting season, and although the bang bangs come from a couple of miles away, the startling sound makes it sound so much closer. It is not exactly the way I like to start my day.

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    1. I would be mentally runny a check list of who I cared about and where they were.

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  4. My new electric heat pump heating is interesting. Sometimes when the blower quits, it sounds like someone stomping up the porch. That takes becoming accustomed in the middle of the night.

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  5. My older dog is used to the creaks and sputters in the house but the young girl is spooked by everything. Makes sleep a bit difficult at times when the furnace pops or a tree limb brushed against the house.

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    1. Hopefully when she realizes your other pup isn't bothered, she will calm down.

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  6. Those frost quakes sound rather frightening. I'd be picturing the end of the world, grabbing my cash and a hammer (my idea of a weapon) and sitting fully dressed by the door, ready to evacuate!

    Well, maybe not, but I'd be darn well THINKING about it.

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    1. It was not a peaceful night by any means....once we knew what it was it didn't trouble us any more.

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  7. There is nothing worse! Okay, there may be, but when you hear an unexplained noise in the middle of the night, there is nothing worse! My mind always leaps to: invading armies/zombies/dyspeptic elderly squirrels. I told you about the loud hammering on our door in the middle of the night. That was good for the plots for at least three books!

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    1. Unexplained noises are the worst.....bad enough when you know what made the noise but to not know....all kinds of scenarios flash through your mind....but...elderly squirrels???? Hmmmm.

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    2. "Elderly squirrels????" That went through my mind too!

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    3. C'mon, Diane, there's a story there, I'm sure of it :) Spill it!

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    4. Notice we weren't in the least concerned about those zombies but old squirrels had us reeling.

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  8. There are many noises around here at night...on my roof...possums that sound like a herd of elephants. Well, I think they're possums...perhaps they are elephants! ;)

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  9. Bumps in the night and flying frozen turkeys that is scary but those frost quakes freak me out. We get them too and I can never get used to that sound. HUGS B

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    1. They really are something else aren't they?

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  10. We are quite fortunate and don't experience too many strange bumps in the night, except of course when you need to get up to visit the bathroom and rather stupidly stub your toe on the door!!! Ouch!!! ... and sorry Eddie, but I couldn't yell quietly! LOL!

    All the best Jan

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  11. Perhaps you have a ghost who just wants to come in out of the cold! Lol. I do believe things go bump in the night.

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