Last night we are in bed and at about 2:30 AM, we hear crack, crack, crack, BOOM! Then this unbelievable howl as the rest of the doors in the house slam shut and cause a deafening KABOOM. The kids all wake up screaming and the Major and I both sit straight up in bed and look at each other in a panic. My first instinct was to run and gather the kids and make sure they are all ok, so I jump out of bed (sending the poor little kitten flying off the bed) and run into Little Bit’s room where she and P-man are huddled together crying. Blonde comes stumbling in, face as white as a ghost and starts crying. The poor little guys are terrified and we all huddle together on the bed while the Major walks around the house to find the source of the noises.
After what seemed like an eternity (and my mind going through all kind of crazy scenerios as to why it is taking so freaking long for him to come back), the Major comes back up stairs and says that the double door (the one on the right in the photo) in my art room was forced open by the wind and that it sucked all the other doors closed through out the house. He said he closed it, but it was damaged and he couldn’t see well enough to figure out how to fix it so he tied it with some rope I had in there to keep it closed. This morning, the gardener and I got it figured out. One side of the door has a latch on the top and bottom that locks on the ceiling and then the floor so that the side with the handle can securely close and then lock. Well, it wasn’t secured into the floor or the ceiling, but it was locked. When the wind blew it open, the bolt lock bent and the doors came crashing open. Luckily the glass didn’t break, but since the lock did bend, we really had to mess with it to get it locked again. It has to be locked because if it isn’t the door won’t stay closed anyway (really really really shitty construction…this is what happens when you go with the lowest bidder, people). Now that it is closed and locked and secured, I don’t think we will ever be able to get it unlocked again. That’s ok because we don’t use the door, but MY GOD!!!!
I am so tired today because I could not go back to sleep after all this happened. The kids didn’t sleep well either. We are all pretty grumpy today. My body is swollen and sore from the lack of sleep. My freaking feet feel like they are going to explode at any moment. I just hope the wind lets up tonight, because we all need a good night sleep.