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I guess all of us have some unusual happenings in our lives and I am not excluded. Just last week I heard an unusual noise in my home and I mean it was really loud. I was still in bed that morning, but I decided to get up and investigate.

I looked into the next room which is my computer room and office, and saw that the barricade on one side of the window AC unit was mostly torn down, and then saw the back end of either a squirrel or a gray bird high-tailing it out of that hole just after I started to enter the room.

And then to top it all, a gray wren was flying around the living room seemingly enjoying itself except it appeared to be awfully anxious to get outside from its movement to windows and walking across the living room floor looking for a place to escape to the outside.

I can’t help but wonder why this intrusion just started. It may have been because a friend put in a night light in that room and the light leaked around the barricade. We have had birds to get caught inside our screened-in porch and they usually don’t get out until I prop open the door and shoo them toward it.

I was surprised by what happened. That barricade had been put up ever since my wife, Peggy, enjoyed the cool air coming from that AC when we installed it for her when she was recuperating from chemo treatments during her battle with cancer in 2005 after we moved her bedroom to that room to ease her recovery.

Let me explain: Builder Shorty Lee tried something new when his crew built our home abut 50 years ago. Instead of full house air conditioning, he installed a large attic exhaust fan which got rid of heat from the home, and pulled in the cooler night air. During the day, individual room fans were to be used.

A little fun with some phrases

Way back in 2016 right after I had a bad fall on our inside stairway which had me hospitalized for three weeks in Wake Med, I became restless and started writing a column listing Sayings and it caught on by some of my readers — mostly by Bill Wall of Raleigh, who wrote about 50 sayings after he just couldn’t stop once he started. Thanks again, Bill. You and your lovely wife, Doris, are two of my most ardent readers and I loved your contributions.

I hope you enjoy these sayings about friends I found in Google: A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. A true friend is the best possession — friends are God’s way of taking care of us.

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. Hold a true friend with both your hands. Keep your friends close, your enemies even closer.

Look for more next week!

Bob Allen, publisher emeritus of The Wake Weekly, invites comments or suggestions at 919-556-3059 or