Yesterday was a little strange. Not that it was bad in any way, but it took me a while to settle in.
I’m currently dog-sitting at my friend’s house. It isn’t the first time I have done this, so I was already familiar with the area and the dog’s routine and we immediately got back into it. Admittedly, I was feeling a bit tired as her barking had woken me up at 1am when the neighbours returned home, and then again at 2am when she vomited on the floor. (While I miss having the cats, I don’t miss waking up to the sound of retching in the early hours of the morning). We walked, had breakfast, I did some work while she snoozed, we walked again etc. It was a fairly relaxed and peaceful day with glorious weather…
I suddenly realised yesterday evening just how quiet it was.
I live in a terraced house near a beautiful park, the walls are paper thin and the noise just never ends. Screaming kids, teenagers on their way to the skate park, cars that pull up outside and sit there with the engine running and music blasting, constant food and package deliveries, building works, hedges being trimmed, more screaming kids…
I’m much more sensitive to noise than I used to be. The Bloke and I had a horrendous experience where we lived next door to what I can only describe as chaos, and it became so bad that we both started experiencing panic attacks at the thought of going home. Complaining to the tenants, their landlord and the council for over a year did nothing, so we eventually had to move. It was a shame as our landlord was lovely, the house was nice and the rent was reasonable, but we couldn’t take it any longer.
Even after all this time, prolonged and repetitive noise from outside still has the ability to make me feel anxious, so I have to have the TV on most of the time while I’m working to drown it out. It sounds contradictory, but when I’m in control of the noise around me, like what film or series I watch, it seems to help.
Here, however, is currently almost deathly silent. I was expecting something similar to last time where the neighbours on both sides had monster parties and BBQ’s because it was the end of summer, but so far (aside from the dog spontaneously yelling at a random leaf blowing past the window every so often) nothing. No screaming kids, no builders, no deliveries… just bird song and the odd sigh from the dog as she changes her sleeping position.
Lovely. Long may it continue!
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