Saturday, November 3, 2007

Oh, Good, I'm Not Crazy

Last night was the beginning of my dh's work week. This time it's 3 nights on, 1 night off, then 3 more nights. It's always difficult for me to sleep on the first night he's gone. I usually stay up too late and then I'm over-tired and find it hard to relax. As usual, I finished blogging at midnight, did a load of dishes while listening to the radio and showered. I read my Bible, snuggled in the covers and prayed. It only took 1/2 hour this time to fall asleep. I was dreaming when suddenly, I heard a knock on the window. I jerked my head up and listened. The knock started in my dream but I was sure I heard it just after I woke up. It was 3:00 a.m. I laid there listening. I finally got up and checked on the kids, then walked around the house, looking out windows as I went. As I approached the kitchen, I could hear a whooshing-roaring sound, faintly, like a cement mixer in the distance. I couldn't figure out where a sound like that would come from but decided it was machinery somewhere far away. Our small airport is across the bay from us and we often hear airplanes starting up and taking off, so I figured it must be that. I did look out and see the moon with Mars nearby, which is something I've been wanting to see but didn't want to get up at 3:00 a.m. just to see it!

Back to bed I went and fell asleep 1/2 hour later. Off to an appt. this morning, grocery shopping, lunch at home, out for a walk with the kids, talked to my mom on the phone and, finally, time to do the dishes again, around 3:30 p.m. I went to turn on the radio, like I usually do, and discovered it was already on. The volume was just turned down. Aha! THAT'S what I heard last night! It was early morning static from a radio station that hadn't gone on the air yet! So ... I'm NOT crazy! What a relief!

Even better - my dh got put on standby tonight, due to lack of patients in the Critical Care Unit. Yippee! Praise the Lord for small town life!

Oh, and that knocking on the window? I had put my cell phone on my nightstand, something I haven't done in awhile. Have you ever heard a cell phone when someone else in the area is using their cell phone? "Beep-beep-beep, beep-beep-beep" is how my phone sounds. I think I just heard that unfamiliar sound while I was dreaming, and thought it was knocking. That's the only thing I can figure out. The cell phone will stay in the kitchen tonight, just in case!


Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

What a relief it must have been to figure out the nighttime noises! i'm sure you'll rest easier tonight :-)

Cate said...

Don't you just love "bumps in the night?" :-) The bane of the solo mum. Our fire detector battery always decides to die when hubby is away, & beeps all night.Naturally it takes me a good hour of panic before I work out what the noise actually is.

Then again, I could take up your hubby's suggestion & come on over for a few weeks to keep you company whilst my house is overrun for the summer......hmmmmm. Food for thought :-)

ConservaChick said...

My husband's phone does odd things at night... so I TOTALLY get this post! ~Karlie

Mama Self said...

I have a terrible time sleeping when my husband is away. You'd think I'd be an expert with all the deployments and swing-shifts that he's worked, but, alas, I'm no good at it. Now that he's back, I'm sleeping like a log and don't even hear the alarm clock!

Leingangs said...

Oh I have those noises in the middle of the night even when my husband is home.

Big Red Driver said...

I hate scary night noises and would NEVER gotten up and walked around the house and checked things. I'd have been under the covers.