Every morning, if I am not already awake, I am wakened by a sound at 6:15. It sounds like someone is hitting the side of the house. There shouldn’t be anyone there. There’s a cyclone fence on that side and a redwood fence on the other side. There are gates that keep people (and dogs) out. Yet every morning, there’s that noise. Sometimes I hear it at night but it’s not at a regular time, or at least not that I can tell. But in the morning, without fail, it’s at 6:15.
Yesterday I decided that the next time I was up before 6:15, I would go sit on the porch and see if I could see whomever it was. My feeling was that it was some kid, maybe a teenager, cutting across the yards. I wanted to catch him/her/them. Last night, well this morning, it was the last thing on my mind after all of the firework noise and before before falling asleep around 3. I slept well for a bit then I was wide awake at 5:56. I remembered the sound and the mystery just before rolling over and going back to sleep. I got up and pulled on some jeans and a sweatshirt (it’s 52 degrees); slipped into my flip flops, and went to sit outside. I waited. I watched. Then right at 6:15, there it was. The answer to the mystery. No kid. No teenager. No dog. No thump on the side of the house. What was it? Well, I guess that because I take my hearing aids off (or at least one of them) at night, I didn’t hear what it actually was. I just sort of felt it. It’s my neighbor’s heat pump going off like clockwork at 6:15 every morning. During the day, when I have my hearing aids in (both of them) I can hear the pump as it goes on and off throughout the day. In fact, if I am in the living room, it’s so loud that I have to put the TV up or music or whatever. It’s very loud. But, without hearing aids the sound of the pump cycling on is more of a thump against the outside wall of my house.
Mystery solved. Now I can rest assured there is no one running or walking along the side of my house each morning. Now if only the coffee shop down the street were open this early, I could go get some breakfast. Solving mysteries makes me hungry!