I once saw an alarm clock on the internet where a piece of bacon was placed in the clock at night before sleep. Then when it came time to wake up, the machine would cook the bacon waking the user up with the smell of delicious bacon. I like the idea of using some sense other than hearing to wake up. I also like the idea of not waking up from displeasure but because of something appealing. Not long ago I tried to make my alarm clock my coffee maker automatically turning on and giving me the pleasant aroma of coffee not to mention the instant access to caffeine to keep me awake.
My alarm clock these days has turned into me not being able to handle the flies constantly landing on my face and rattling on top of my roof. I then wake up in a panic because it is fully day light outside despite my aim to wake up at 6:30. I check my alarm and it is slightly before 6:30, at once I am assured then angry that I will miss a few minutes of time allotted to sleep. You might think that it would be dawn that early but South Africa does not participate in daylight savings. Sunrise has made a substantial shift since I first arrived.
My fly swatter was destroyed the second day I bought it just because of vigorous swatting, Flies 1 - Noah 0. Then I got some fly strips from home which have really been doing a great job. At once they are both disgusting and satisfyingly effective. I try my best to keep my domain fly-free but they always a few that seem to pass my defenses. On top of that, they seem to wait until morning often times to antagonize me, when I am at my most vulnerable and groggy moment. The fly may be the king of pests, at least until something else comes along.
As far as the racket on top of my roof it varies. Sometimes it is birds or large bugs that land with disregard for bodily safety. There is also some other object that gets tossed around whenever a strong wind blows, which is most of the time these days. This morning I couldn't take it anymore so I ventured up my window sill to grab onto the roof and peek over. There was all manner of debris up there: bicycle chain, hubcap, animal bones. There were animal bones up there! Who keeps throwing bones on top of my roof? I demand an explanation!"Hey there is a bone let's chuck it up on top of that roof?", truly bizarre. I got some off with a broom but much of it was out of reach. Hopefully what I got was the source of the rattling but I will have to wait and see.
It occurs to me now that I have mentioned roofs in three different posts now. Fascinating aren't they? Well these are the sorts of posts that will be coming if I am to post more often, you know quality or quantity. Well the quality wouldn't really be there either so I will just try to post more.