Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Mischief: Breaking & Entering

I enjoy reading everybody's Monday Mischief posts but never joined in myself. How could I? We are always good, not mischievous at all. Well, it's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So how did we make it from being total angels to breaking and entering?

Blame it on Sandy.

One pattern, Jasmine's episodes typically follow, are upcoming weather changes. No wonder, then, that with Sandy on the way, Jasmine would get one.

Jasmine having an episode, beside panting and pacing around, also means that she keeps wanting to go out.

I think she'd prefer to spend the entire episode outside, but since they usually come at night, that's just not possible.

So we just go out and walk around some.

This time was no different than any other—out we went. It was raining and blowing but Jasmine doesn't care about such things. I propped the gate with a rock so it wouldn't close in the wind. When the latch closes, it is closed for good, at least from the outside. When it happens to hubby, if her stands on his toes and extends his arm over the gate as far as he can, his fingertips will reach the latch. Me, I am just shorter enough.

Jasmine and I made it a couple feet out of the gate, when I heard a clang and the all-too-familiar click.

Oh, no, please don't be locked! But it was …

Did I mention it was three in the morning?

There we were, locked out of our home, in the rain and wind, in the dark, at three in the morning.

I did try to reaching the latch. Over the gate, through the planks … it was not going to happen. I looked around whether I might find something to pull up to the gate to stand on, no such luck. I looked around whether I could find some small rocks to throw at the bedroom window and maybe wake up hubby. No such luck either. (The doorbell is broken and there is no way knocking on the door would every wake him up)

I got a stick and tried getting at the latch that way. Big stick over the top, small stick between the planks. Nope.

Now what?

Nobody was around, everybody was sleeping. There was only one thing left to try—breaking in. Just like I saw in the movies, I threw myself against the gate. It actually didn't hurt as much as I thought it would.

But the gate had no plans on giving in.

The fence, on the other hand, did. So here I was, trying to hold the fence as to keep  the whole thing from falling over, throwing myself at the gate.

Jasmine was helping by keeping a look-out.

I was wondering what would happen if the cops showed up. Would they help us get in or would they arrest me?

Eventually, with the latch all bent, the screws came out and the gate opened. After I shook off the adrenaline, we went on the walk we originally planned, why not, we were already wet enough anyway.

Hubby replaced the broken latch and we now have a wire going over the fence so it could be opened from the outside without breaking the whole thing down.

20 comments

  1. NIce to meet you! What a mental picture you paint - Jasmine keeping a keen eye on the street with you launching yourself against the gate and fence. Well done, and then, why not finish your walk? Have a wonderful Monday!

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    1. Nice to meet you too!

      Yeah, with no previous experience, I tried it as I saw it in the movies LOL Eventually it worked :-)

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  2. Thanks for joining in on the mischief Jana!
    Your story sounds like something that would totally happen to me! I'm glad that you didn't dislocate your shoulder trying to break the fence down!

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    1. Me too! I was actually trying to use as much of the body surface as possible to distribute the impact. So wasn't using just my shoulder but pretty much the whole side of my body. Good think it's just wood :-)

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  3. On my goodness. Good thing you are tougher than the gate.

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    1. Yeah! I don't look it, but I'm a tough cookie. Hubby likes to tell stories about me, on Jasmine's ranch, ripping dead trees out with the roots. LOL (it was just couple trees and the roots were rotted LOL)

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  4. You poor thing! I don't think I could get our gate open, either. The kids jump the fence and jimmy the windows when they get locked out. Hope Sandy wasn't too cruel to y'all.

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    1. The problem was that the fence and the gate are too tall. And nothing to climb on, otherwise I'd probably try that :-)

      Sandy up here was more like a barking dog. Lot of noise but no bite.

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  5. Yay - So happy you finally had some Mischief! However, I wasn't expecting it to be like this, so sorry it happened at 3am in the middle of the storm! Glad you were able to get back in ok :)

    Wags to all

    Your pal Snoopy :)

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    1. Well, all's well what ends well :-) Now, when it's over, it makes a good story.

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  6. Glad it turned out okay. You have a great blog! Am fairly new to the whole blogging experience and I tried to add mine to the blogroll, (#35), but the photo didn't come out and I don't know how to fix it. Please feel free to delete it. Thanks and sorry about that. Very nice to meet you! :-)

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    1. Thank you, glad you enjoy! Sorry about your photo, just try and add it again.

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  7. Okay; thank you. I just finished reading the whole story about Jasmine. Glad to know you found a good vet to get a handle on things. Makes a big difference. Okay; I'll try one more with the link.

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    1. Yeah, it's been quite a journey ... Really happy with the vet we got now.

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  8. Sorry, it wouldn't let me resubmit. Guess you have to delete it.

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    1. Won't let me delete either, gonna have to leave it and try next time then.

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  9. Haha, you should have blamed the damage on Sandy! *wag wag wag* Un-licky getting locked out. Good lick getting back in ... even if it was a little ... broken *wag wag wag*

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    1. Yeah, Sandy caused a lot of mischief ... broken gate is nothing compared to what Sandy did elsewhere.

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  10. Oh no! IT totally figures that the gate would have to lock at 3 am. Were you at least wearing shoes? I usually lock myself out in my robe and slippers at that time of day. Egads am I a sight.

    I hope Jasmine is feeling better after her episode. It must be so frustrating not to know how to help her.

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    1. I know, right? If it's gonna happen, what better time than that?

      Yes, I was dressed to take Jasmine for a stroll, and it was raining and blowing, so at least that part was covered; though everything was getting wet in a hurry.

      Those episodes are extremely frustrating. The one good thing about them is that once it's over, it's over and everything goes back to normal.

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