It was a dark and stormy night... well, ok, it wasn't stormy. But this is the tropic south so it just as easily could have been.
I was awakened from a peaceful sleep by a sharp knock-knock-knock at my bedroom door. Rolling over, I glanced through one open eye, at the clock. 4:34.... ugh!!!
I heard Middle-One call back.
(who else could it be really?)
"Mommy the pantry light is burning."
I stumbled to the door, flipped the hook & eye lock and opened the door. Middle-one was standing in the hallway.
"Precious (the dog) was scratching at my door so I came to get the leash to tie her up and noticed that the light bulb was black"
"Ok... (thinking... thinking...) Ok... go back to bed. you're not supposed to be up tying the dog up anyway. (Ummmmmmmm... really?... Really???)"
Middle goes (a little too) obediently to his room and gets back in bed. I go to the kitchen to check on the light bulb. Yep, burned up alright. It's Cajun-blackened! I remove the bulb with he help of a cleaning rag. Thinking that I will have Mr. T examine it later, I slip quietly back into my room and place it on the bookcase.
Going back out into the hall I notice that the house smells like smoke. The pantry light fixture feels hot to touch. I worry that maybe the wiring in this old house is on fire (It is the middle of the night after all so my suspicious thoughts are still asleep). As I become more conscience, I notice a "smokey" smell throughout the house.
(Is it getting worse?)
I begin to examine every room, feeling walls, smelling, trying lights.
(seems ok, but what is that smell)
I walk through again, discerning that the smell is strongest in the kitchen and the hallway. I return to the pantry and with two open eyes I begin to really look...
(how did that box of matches get on the spice shelf?... and where are all the matches)
I start digging around the pantry.
(no matches. Where did they go?)
I look into the garbage can...
(Ebear's pill bottle?... he didn't finish these. Did he?)
I'm getting more confused. I retrieve the pill bottle and the nearly empty box of matches and add those to the light bulb.
Now I am fully awake and in sleuth mode. I'm seeking the clues because that's how we roll... Yeah, me and Nancy Drew, we tight dude!
There is a Febreeze can on the dining room table
(was that there a minute ago?)
I pick it up...
(Empty!?!?..... where did the Fabreeze go....)
Added the bottle to the growing pile of clues.
I have a suspect. I have the clues...I'm seeing a possible solution. But I don't think I really have the technology to prove it (got to refill the CSI kit). A confession is unlikely so a confrontation; useless.
It will remain a mystery... for now.
(I think it's time for coffee....)