Today I am thankful when my fears prove to be unfounded.
Late this afternoon Papa Bear was outside mowing the weeds and I was in the process of emptying a big bag of bird seed into the storage bin in our laundry room. While doing so I heard something rattling underneath the washer and dryer. It would rattle and then stop, rattle and then stop, and in view of our recent rattlesnake encounters I was wondering if a snake had managed to work its way up through the hole where the dryer vent goes out. It was totally freaking me out!
Papa bear came in shortly thereafter and I told him that I knew he was going to think I was crazy but I heard something rattling under the washer. He went to check it out and I followed him.
At that point it was making a different noise like something tapping rapidly, almost like water was dripping or something like that. He got out the step-stool we have stored beside the washer so that he could climb up on top the washer and see what was going on behind it.
As he pulled out the stool he could see something wiggling under the edge of the washer on the floor, and he was worried for a moment that it might be the rattles of a snake.
Just then I looked down and realized that there amidst the dust bunnies was a little inch and a half long plastic toy bug that my daughter had given the cats! It has a small battery cell and an on off switch. They had been playing with it earlier in the day and must’ve sent it sailing under the washer at some point. So as it moved around under there it rattled against the side of the washer making strange noises as it vibrated. What a relief! We had a good laugh. 😊
It just goes to show how we have a tendency to create the worst case scenario in our minds. Most often it doesn’t turn out to be as bad as we anticipate, and in this case I am mighty relieved that it didn’t!