Things that whistle in the night

A few nights ago, the baby monitor (aka “Charlie radio”) kept turning on for this weird whistling noise. I figured it was the ceiling fan, as it was the first time we had it on at night. I basically forgot about it the next morning.

Fast forward to that night. Charlie is asleep in his room. I’m busy watching my former roommate’s former suitemate on American Idol (HA!) All of a sudden, I hear a really loud whistling noise outside. I immediately figure its the man that plays with his dog out in the open area between our yard and the pond. He always blows a whistle and it is always annoying. I assumed he would stop. Well you know what they say about people who assume. It kept going. And it was getting louder. What the heck, man with a dog and a whistle! Don’t you know its dark outside and I have a sleeping baby and you should not be in my backyard blowing a whistle!?

I get up to go to the sliding door to spy on him. Maybe he’ll see me and feel horrible that he’s about to wake up my baby that just took FOREVER to fall asleep. The only thing was, as I got to the door, I realized the whistling wasn’t coming from outside! It was down the hall! Down the hall, IN Charlie’s room! Immediately, I freaked out and figured a wild animal was in there. By the way, Charlie was sleeping through the whole thing. I could hear wings fluttering VERY quickly. I called Nathan (who was still at work) and held the phone out to hear the whistling. Of course, it stopped every time I tried to show him and he couldn’t hear it. Figures.

This could not wait until he came home. What if this animal crawls on Charlie while he sleeps?? Well the whistling eventually woke him up, so he hung out in the living room and watched American Idol while I went in to catch this animal. It was actually quite easy to find, seeing as it was whistling SO loudly. I caught it in about 2.5 seconds. Good thing I have all that practice from catching lizards when I was little.

Here it is.

It was basically the biggest cricket in the world. Yes, I just happened to have a cleaned out jelly jar standing by. Hey! It came in handy didn’t it!? So I captured him and set him free. I have this thing about killing big bugs that will crunch if I try to kill them. I don’t do it. I catch them and set them free to find their bug families again.

I have no idea how it got in our house. It must have sneaked in when we had some windows open over the weekend. Gross. I hope he found his bug family outside.

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