It’s a habit. You set down the remote control on the coffee table after using it – without so much as a second thought. No harm in that, right?
Wrong. Unexpected things happen when there’s a toddler in the same room with you.
As the t.v. remote left our hands, Berry Bites quietly and sneakily got a hold of it. The next thing we saw was the last moments of her ingenious idea of sticking the two batteries in the fireplace’s gas knob hole.
You know what I’m talking about? That hole on the side of the fireplace where you put in this long gas key to turn on the gas? See the picture below…
We thought it was going be an easy task. Just get a tweezer and pull the darn batteries out. Well, it was further in than we thought.
Operation Battery Rescue began.
My Better Half and I put our heads together to come up with a way to get the frustratingly small and stuck batteries out.
Here’s one idea we tried…
Take a surgical clip scissor (not sure what it’s called really) and attach a paper clip with a bent tip at the end. The idea was to get the paper clip past the length of the batteries and then slowly push the battery from the back forwards – towards the opening of the hole. But, the scissor was too short. No good.
Something longer was needed.
In comes the ever-so-useful chopstick.
We retaped the bent paper clip at the end of the chopstick and crossed our fingers. It had to work. We didn’t have anything longer than that.
And wouldn’t you know it, the contraption worked! Here’s what it looked like:
And here are the darn batteries!
It probably took us a good 20 minutes to rescue the batteries. All we could do was shake our heads and laugh.
That Berry Bites. We never know what creative activity she’ll come up with next…
One thing’s for sure though. I really need to buy a fireplace screen. (Yay! Another reason to go shopping! Thanks Berry Bites!)