“I like it where it gets dark at night, and if you want noise, you have to make it yourself.”

My usual quiet morning disappeared with the jarring sounds of saws and wood chippers. The house on the corner is minus a tree, but I don’t know which one as the truck obscures my view. It is the house of a new neighbor whom I met only once when I introduced myself. Earlier, she had a backyard fence added for her dogs, and in taking down a tree she is beginning to make the house her own.

Last night was a delight. It was actually cold enough for a blanket. When I woke up, the house was only 67˚. Gracie was again lying right beside me and Fern was at my feet. Fern comes upstairs, jumps on the bed and meows over and over until I wake up and pat her. After I do, she settles in on the bed.

The noise stopped for a while giving me hope that my quiet morning is back. I was wrong. It is even noisier than it was. I wish I were a cat. Both of my cats are sleeping soundly.

Sounds like bells or buzzers I can tune out after a while. Other noises, especially loud noises, seem larger than their reality, and this truck is one of them. It intrudes. It makes me grimace in annoyance. I want it gone. I want my morning back.

Yesterday was one of my most constructive days of late though that’s not really saying much. I did two loads of laundry, swept and wet mopped the kitchen floor, dusted down the stairs covered as they were with dust balls and cat hair and watered the plants. By the afternoon, I was tired and sweaty and on went the air conditioner. I have to make a dump run, but I’m leaning toward Monday. I feel lazy today.

I’m thinking of spending the afternoon on the deck. The breeze is wonderful, and my table is under shade from the trees. Gracie always follows me out and sleeps where the deck right angles. It too is a shady spot.

It’s getting on to lunch time. I’m thinking grill cheese.

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8 Comments on ““I like it where it gets dark at night, and if you want noise, you have to make it yourself.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    That is an annoying sound, especially in the morning. Normally I only hear it here during late autumn to early spring if they want to cut down some forest. We tend to save the other trees since they stop strong winds when storms arrive. I have to admit that during fly season I would love that sound since all the flies love to stay in the shadows the trees give 🙂

    I haven’t done a constructive thing all summer. I had planned to do a lot but now the vacation is over 🙂 Well I can always hope for a long autrumn 🙂

    I’m just about to get something to eat, grilled cheese sounds just right 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Today the noise didn’t seem to end. My lawn got mowed then they blew the deck clear. That was noise right outside my window. Finally, after the all day noise, it is quiet.

      We do have insect sounds, but I never think of them as noise.

      I have been quite lazy this summer, but I’m okay with that. I have everything I need and the house is fairly clean. What more would I ask for?

      Have a great evening!!

  2. Bob Says:

    Thank goodness our AC is working since today was another scorcher. We topped out at 101 degrees with very low humidity.

    I’m sitting on the sofa watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Although these are the summer games it’s winter in Brazil. It’s not cold there but it’s an oxymoron. No alpine events in Rio.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I’m glad you’ve joined the rest of us behind closed doors and windows with AC’s blasting.

      I too am watching the opening ceremony. My trip to Rio was in August, and I was amazed they dare call this winter.

  3. Rick Oztown Says:

    Everyone perceives their local cycle differently; be it varying by 20 degrees (normally) or 100 degrees from summer to winter.

    I can solidly say that the last couple of weeks in Austin has been hot and humid enough that working outside is difficult during the day for my old bones! Hovering around 100F is too hot.

    • Kathleen Ryan Says:

      Rick,
      It is the same here, hot and humid. There is a heat advisory which seldom happens. Boston has a heat index over 100˚. It is into day three and will continue.

      I go outside and can feel the blast of hot air immediately.


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