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Well it's late again so I'm racing the clock to get this posted before the day is over. But it is nice and quiet.
One of the things we probably all noticed during lockdown was that it was quieter. There wasn't so much traffic on the road, we weren't out and about so much and there were very few planes in the air. You could hear the birds sing.
Personally I like quiet. I can be quite happy home alone with no music playing or no TV on although I know that for some people that wouldn't work.
The one thing I have missed is having the house to myself. Although Hubby has been part retired for a while now there were still days when I was home alone and I enjoyed pottering with no one to interrupt me or need me. Once we were locked down Hubby worked from home so I've had to adjust to having him here all the time. In a way it's been good practice for when he retires at the end of this month. Except that in lockdown all his usual activities were curtailed too. No more evenings out playing his guitar with friends, or record club evenings.
When Hubby's in the house there is usually noise of some sort. He'll either have music playing or he'll be watching TV or playing his guitar. Though to be fair sometimes he does just sit and read.
Finding quiet times for me became a challenge. Sometimes I'd come down early and enjoy the quiet of the house before he stirred. Not often though as I'm not a morning person. Or I'd go out for a walk, although often he'd come too. I didn't have the heart to say I wanted to be alone but there were enough times when he didn't want to walk for me to not to go stir crazy.
But now there is less quiet as things start to return to normal. We have the grandchildren here regularly and then the house is anything but quiet. Of course I love the sounds of the toddlers and the babies. Conversations with 3 & 4 years olds are never boring. Challenging sometimes, but never boring. And the babies might not do much more than "ooo" or "arrr" but the facial expressions are just so watchable.
And when the bigger ones are tired and irritable the TV often helps for a while and that's a whole other noise. Some creators of Children's TV programmes have very strange minds.
Then of course it's time for them to go home and we can restore order in the house, close the door behind them and just enjoy ......the quiet.