First, good news.....the past few days my mama has been much better! I am praising God for that today and for each day she has a good day.
I have to say that yesterday was the day from the Twilight Zone but of course that is lots of days around our little corner of the world. Early afternoon, after running errands and thinking about cleaning house, I sat down for a
long nap short rest. The power went off just for a moment and came back on so I assumed all was well.
I should insert here that we have an alarm system that the Superhero had installed when he built the house that is both a burglar alarm and a fire alarm. We NEVER arm it.....in fact, it's a major pain the rear and I have no idea why anyone would want one, but we have it so there you go!
If you have one with a fire alarm, you know that if you burn something or grill with just the screen door closed and smoke fills the house, it goes off and calls the fire department. Not that I ever burn anything, but it may or may not have caused a problem in the past and if the fire department gets a second false alarm, they charge a fee.
The one time in the 17+ years I have lived here that we armed the burglar alarm, we set it off by forgetting and opening a door. It went off another time all of it's own accord and was so loud we couldn't stand it but do you think ONE neighbor even walked out to see what was happening? You guessed right.....not one! Anyhow! Lately, it has been calling in signals to the company that monitors our system even though it wasn't setting off bells and whistles at home. So twice, the sheriff's department has come out to check......I might also insert here that we don't remember our password.
Back to my short rest......just as I settled in, the phone rang and the Superhero is calling to tell me the alarm company has called and a signal has gone out from our alarm system. Since he doesn't know the password and neither do I, an unmarked sheriff's car drove up while we were on the phone. I walked out into the garage to tell the detective there were no problems here and since I'm officially the newly elected MOUTH OF THE SOUTH, I start telling him that all is well, but that I don't know the password. The officer looks at me a little strangely
as if he's thinking that's what all the burglars say.....and explains to me that he's actually looking for someone. As I faint dead away, immediately rushing to the worst possible conclusion, he tells me that he's gotten a radio report that there is a woman wandering around the neighborhood who has been raped and was seen walking down our street. Since an alarm signal came in at the same time, he stopped here in his search.
I assured him that no one could come into our home without our unofficial alarm system (the dogs) going crazy, but he asked if he could walk around our yard. I said of course, as he was getting his gun out of the car, and go back into the house just to take a look around in case the poor woman had come in and we missed her.
As soon as I walked into the house another unmarked car and a marked car drove up and THREE more deputies are in my driveway! So, certifiably crazy woman here walks out with my hands in the air before thinking to myself....you know, they might not have the same sense of humor you have and you are probably going to end up in handcuffs in the back of one of those cars. So I nervously laugh as they tell me they got the alarm call and also the raped woman call. I say everything is fine here and that another detective is walking around the yard.
Thankfully, I didn't get arrested and one of the very nice deputies commented that at least I felt protected and that's true. I seriously thought about asking if I could take their picture for my blog, but decided they might not appreciate that!
Later in the day, I was thinking about the whole crazy ordeal and does it seem strange to anyone else that someone would pick a woman up who's all scratched up and says she's been raped and just drop her into a neighborhood? I don't know if they ever found the woman or if the whole story was a fabrication some one called in as a prank. If it was true, I hope they found her and if not shame on whoever called and isn't it a strange coincidence that our alarm sent a signal out at the same time they got that call???
Just another day in Normal Land!