Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Things that go BUMP!

Our heater has been unfortunately sentenced to a lifetime of slave labor since our arctic weather has arrived. Our fireplace has been doing some overtime as well. In fact, I can right now hear the ice pellets hitting the window in the office. It's gonna be a long commute in the morning. I just hope my work office is getting it too- this way I don't have to be LATE for work tomorrow!

Heater decided it was time for a break and cut off for a while, leaving me even more able to hear the ice pellets and something odd ba-bumping in the background, sort of like a heartbeat. I continue reading. Wait. ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump... That noise.... What the hell??

I continued to listen, and the noise persists. ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump... It continued, speeding up and slowing down, alternately. I felt the walls, but found no vibration (at first I though it was an outside corner of the house). Thank God.

"Honey! Come back here for a sec..." I said, motioning to Keith to join me.

ba---bump, ba----bump, ba------bump. Aw, come on... don't make a liar out of me!

Keith joined me and soon offered the most befuddled expression I had ever seen on him as the mystery noise sped up again. ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump... "What the hell," Keith wondered aloud.

Wait a minute. It's ABOVE us. Oh crap. The pipes!? ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump... I pointed at ths ceiling with a gaping mouth. What the...

"It's above us," I said, utterly confused. Did our fire...??

My thought trailed off. No, silly- it wouldn't sound like that, for sure...

Keith went across the hall and traced the nose more. ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump...

"Wait a minute! Those silly turbines," Keith and I exclaimed, nearly simultaneously. The turbines on our roof have apparently decided to collect some ice, like our cars, except they made some noise about it. "I hope they don't break," Keith stated.

"Nah, they'll be fine."

Sure enough, the turbines have calmed down from their excitement about our frigid (by our standards) weather and all is quiet again, except for the heater humming. Hopefully they stay that way for the night.


Chele said...

LOL! I was relieved to hear it was the turbines and not your heater giving out. I absolutely abhor ice. The kids and I went through an Ice Storm in SC and were without power for 7 days. The highest day time temp that week was 34 and our lows were in the low teens and single digits. Rick was on a new project in South Florida and we had to deal with it on our own. I was deleriously happy to move to central FL three weeks later and have been here the last 5 years. lol!

karmapearl said...

Yikes! We live in an apartment so we haven't had the pleasure of dealing with things like that!!

I hope that everything cooperates and behaves the way it should for you!

Kimmygintx said...

Chele- OMG I can't IMAGINE being w/o power for 7 days in an ice storm! yikes! In June 2004 we went 5 days w/o power and it was a tad humid and I though THAT was bad (of course we had an all-electric home meaning no hot water or cooking!).. I'd have been glad when I moved to S FL too!

Kimmygintx said...

Karma- Ahhh, the joys of homeownership ;) lol Fortunately living in an apartment does have its perks!

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