Up until Friday the 26th of March this year, I was used to a (to me anyway) fairly full house. Then my daughter and her fella moved out of the house.
Now the house feels very empty…and quiet.
I’ve spent the past two days cleaning and washing and sorting the house until it looks fresh. It also looks empty. I decided this morning to take a few pictures and describe this silent location I live in. So tighten up your belts, the tour starts now.
The first thing you’ll see coming into my abode will be the front hallway –
Not too exciting by anyone’s standards but it is mine and it leads into the kitchen.
Then, if you turn around and go straight to your left you enter…The front room, aka sitting room.
Then if you go up the stairs the first room you come to will be this one –
Then the very empty and too quiet second bedroom –
And finally my last refuge at night, the master bedroom!
I’ve stopped the tour here. Why? Well because as the post title says “Getting Used to the Silence” and that is a bit of a misnomer. I’ve discovered that since I have become the sole occupant of this house, that it makes one hell of a row at night. Especially at bedtime and especially just as I’m drifting off to sleep.
I don’t know how I never noticed it before. the house: creaks, pops, shuffles (I know, weird right), groans, snaps and makes a myriad of other sounds that defy description.
The end result of this cacophony of noise? Me jumping back awake every two minutes or so until I’ve convinced myself that, “Yes the downstairs doors were all locked and bolted. And yes, you are alone in the house!”
I personally blame the emptiness, and the pervading quiet that disarms me and is taking ages to get used to.
But honestly, it is allowing me to get on with my new-found work (I’m writing for Rogue Cinema and I’m now a part of the staff with owner/editor Duane L Martin and a bunch of other folks (including Misty Layne from Cinema Schninema).
I’m also signing on with Tomorrow Comes Media to participate in their author’s tour programme as well as writing my own blog and trying to write my first book (along with creating more short stories for a collection).
On top of that, I’m still watching films and excitedly awaiting the shooting date of Once Bitten, Twice Shy written, directed and produced by the super talented Natasha Harmer.
My cup truly “runneth over.”
So I’m trying to get used to the silence (except at night) and working on a schedule that will allow me to do everything and get to spend some quality me-time in my back garden.
- Once Bitten, Twice Shy (mikesfilmtalk.com)
- The sounds of silence (annabelfrage.wordpress.com)
- Silence… (mchanica.wordpress.com)
- The Sound of Silence (writingsistersblog.wordpress.com)
- Where Is Silence? (toknowbeauty.wordpress.com)
- Day of Silence (kimberlymodica.wordpress.com)
- Silence (excerptsnmusings.wordpress.com)
- Awkward Silence (love1always.wordpress.com)
- Are you ready for a retreat into ‘The Silence’ (lalitaraman.com)
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