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Doorbell daze

Posted 6/22/2009 8:37pm by Shiloh Avery.

First ripening tomato in June 22

The first ripening tomato June 22


I came home from market last week in the rain so I had a nice excuse not to do any work that evening.  We were sitting in the camper enjoying dinner and a glass of wine when the doorbell rang.  “Doorbell?” you say.  Well, yes and no.  It’s a doorbell alright, with the little chime tune we’ve all heard a million times.  But not in the way that you think.  Deer, you see, are oft self invited guests here on the farm.  We have a fence, but some of them don’t take the not so subtle hint and come on in anyway.  So we installed these little motion detectors in the fields to alert us to their arrival.  You know, so we could, um, give them a proper welcome and all.  But all that jerry-rigging, (nailing up the base on the well house, cutting off the button on a wireless doorbell, soldering said doorbell to the base and installing the doorbell chime in the camper), had not all come together for us yet.  While we were  working out the bugs in one part, the batteries would get weak in another and so on and so forth.  So when the doorbell rang Wednesday evening, we got all excited to have it all in working order finally.  We jumped in the truck and whisked down the hill, to find nothing, no one, nada.  Hmmm.

We went back up the hill to finish enjoying our supper when the darned thing went off again.  And again.  And again.  We went down the hill several more times, moved the detector in the corn field in case it was the corn itself setting it off, hypothesized on the whole matter, and took out the battery in the middle of the night.  So much for that genius.  (For what it’s worth, the battery is back in and it is behaving properly—must have been the rain)




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