I’m so proud of myself…..

My sanity was at increasing risk of getting lost forever with that chirping from the smoke alarm battery!!!!! So, I went to Lowes and bought a 8′ aluminum ladder (I really needed to get a taller ladder to have available when needed anyway)! I was able to get it home much easier than I thought — I put the top down on the pony, the small end (top) went right down in the foot area of the passenger seat, and the rest of it rested against the front seat that was tipped back as far as it would go – it didn’t stick up out of the car much at all – I probably could have put the top back up, if I had to.

When I got home, I put the ladder up in the hall under the smoke alarm and I stood there to psych myself up enough to climb it. I climbed up it as far as I dared – there was one more step before the one you aren’t supposed to step on, but I really forced myself up as high as I went — I was beginning to panic — so I just stretched a little with one hand and hung on for dear life with the other!!! I got the smoke detector unscrewed and found that I had to unplug it from the wiring in order to get to the battery out — if I could have gone up another step and used both hands, I wouldn’t have had to do that, but there was no way I was going to get any higher or let go of the ladder!!! I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it back (not without going up another step and using both hands to connect the wiring again), so I just got down with it and was happy to settle for stopping the chirping!! I got down and it was STILL chirping — I took the battery out, it was unplugged, and it was STILL chirping!!!! That almost put me over the edge!!! ha-ha-ha So, I put an new battery in it and now it is fine (and it’ll actually let me know if there is a fire until I can get someone to put it back where it belongs)……………..so, all is good!!!!

I’m so proud of myself!!!! Of course, I had to go sit down and get my heart to stop pounding out of my chest and my hand to stop cramping from gripping the ladder so hard — but, I’m still proud of myself!!!

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