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SILENCE! May 23, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

I enjoy silence.

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During the day, we don’t have the TV on or music playing.


Instead, we listen to the whir of the ceiling fan, the ticking of the clock, the rustle of palm fronds, the quack of the duck, and . . .

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. . . the loud insistence of The Cat.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Pix Under the Oaks - May 23, 2015

LOL! Tigger just making sure you know who comes first! I like silence during the day too but CH likes his TV… πŸ™‚ Enjoy your weekend!

nrhatch - May 23, 2015

Exactly . . . Tigger is #1. We sometimes turn on the TV at lunch (and watch cooking shows) but most of the day the place is quiet except when Tigger speaks up.

Enjoy the weekend and World Turtle Day.

2. Kate Crimmins - May 23, 2015

Except for the cat nap time, our house is never quiet. One cat or the other always needs something or has to whack another cat. Or runs into a wall. Then there are the frogs…..

nrhatch - May 23, 2015

Our frogs are QUIET during the day because they are resting up to serenade us ALL NIGHT!

Kate Crimmins - May 23, 2015

Except for the afternoon, ours sing pretty much all day.

nrhatch - May 23, 2015

Interesting. Not a peep out of our peepers until the sun goes down . . . maybe they don’t want to wake sleeping gators?

3. NancyTex - May 23, 2015

We have a new inhabitant at Casa Tex, my son’s girlfriend’s cat, Charlie. Amanda rescued Charlie in her sophomore year at university, when she discovered it wet, cold and abandoned at her front door. Charlie is maybe the cutest (and tiniest) cat I’ve ever seen. (This coming from a devout not-a-cat-person…) She has won me over. So much joy in this tiny package (3 years old and still only 5 lbs!)

nrhatch - May 23, 2015

Glad you’re enjoying Charlie. She is a tiny thing. Our cats (when healthy) have always weighed well over 10 pounds.

NancyTex - May 23, 2015

The vet says she’s “petite”. A massive ball of fur. She looks bigger than she is thanks to long hair. Cutie.

nrhatch - May 23, 2015

Tigger says I should tell you that he’s “big boned” NOT fat. :mrgreen:

4. Jill Weatherholt - May 23, 2015

I get cranky without my silent time. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - May 23, 2015

Me too! Hope your writing is humming along without major distractions.

5. Barb - May 23, 2015

Me too, I love the silence so I can hear the birds outside, the wind in the trees and the hum of life going on around me. Poppy is usually the one who breaks the silence (just like Tigger), by letting me know it’s time for a walk or time for her dinner!

nrhatch - May 23, 2015

The hum of life around here right now includes the Night Serenade of frogs, frogs, frogs!

Poppy and Tigger remind us it’s time for us to focus on them. :mrgreen:

6. Tiny - May 23, 2015

I enjoy quiet too, and the loud insistence of my dog … or the squeaky sounds of his toy foxes and rabbits πŸ™‚

nrhatch - May 24, 2015

S~Q~U~E~A~K~Y toys keep us on our toes! :mrgreen:

7. reocochran - May 24, 2015

When I get home, since I have lived alone 8 years, I turn on the t.v. mainly shows with law, detectives, family and history interest me, Nancy. If I read, I lie down and turn off t.v. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - May 24, 2015

I’ve never lived alone. I’m not sure what impact living by myself would have on my habits. Maybe the silence would weigh on me?

8. livelytwist - May 24, 2015

I enjoy periods of silence too. There’s usually a conversation going on in my head. When the conversation is peaceful, the silence is richer. Your cat likes the silence too πŸ™‚

nrhatch - May 24, 2015

His favorite sound ~> the crinkling and rustling he hears when we pick up his bag of treats!

It’s great when our internal dialogue suits us. 😎

9. brickhousechick - May 24, 2015

Very nice, Nancy. Silence can really help one relax. I don’t like total silence (it freaks me out) so I would probably welcome Tigger’s insistence. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - May 24, 2015

The worst is total silence BROKEN by a creeping creepy sound that cannot be identified . . .

OR when The Cat jumps up and stares at something “invisible.”


10. L. Marie - May 24, 2015

I love the silence too. I also love the fact that I at first thought Tigger was the one who enjoyed the silence. πŸ™‚ Oh the scenarios I ran through in my head.

nrhatch - May 25, 2015

I just reread it from that perspective, Linda ~> Tigger might well refer to himself as The Cat! πŸ˜›

L. Marie - May 25, 2015

Ha ha! Yes. That’s the perspective I followed. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - May 25, 2015

Traits that suit our felines would not be as agreeable if worn by our two-legged friends.

11. Tammy - May 25, 2015

And my cats can outdo a great deal of loud music!!

nrhatch - May 25, 2015

Yes . . . their insistence is not easy to “drown out.” :mrgreen:

12. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - May 26, 2015

I love silence, about as much as I love music! πŸ™‚ And I love that my days are always filled with both! Love Tigger, too πŸ™‚

nrhatch - May 26, 2015

I love music too . . . especially when driving or drinking (but NOT both at the same time). 😎

nrhatch - May 26, 2015

And . . . The Cat says THANKS!

13. Silver in the Barn - May 26, 2015

I can feel my nerves start to fray if there is too much sensory input in the form of noise. Have you ever noticed you have to turn the radio down when navigating an unfamiliar city? Noise can be such a disruptive thing. Of course, I love my music too…..

nrhatch - May 26, 2015

Whenever I’m working with words (reading, writing, or having a conversation), I prefer a quiet backdrop. When I’m not focused on words (painting, cooking, exercising), music rocks and can be quite motivating.

Silver in the Barn - May 26, 2015

Yes. Totally simpatico with you on that. πŸ‘

nrhatch - May 26, 2015

Good! When we get together to chat over a mint julep while admiring your garden, we won’t be competing with loud music.

14. Three Well Beings - June 2, 2015

Your “silence” interested me, Nancy. I do listen to a lot of music and radio during the day at home, and I made an observation the other day that surprised me. I was busy and kept thinking that I’d turn something on, couldn’t find my little radio, didn’t really want the whole house system on…and it was quiet. I enjoyed it fine, and the “aha” was that the day didn’t seem to go by quite so quickly. I really liked that. It’s kind of hard to describe, but the difference was that the day wasn’t marked in increments quite the way it is when you’re listening to something else that has a beginning and end. I may need to experiment with that more. I do talk to the dog. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - June 2, 2015

That sounds like an excellent experiment, Debra!

I listen to music in the car . . . to make the time pass quickly. At home, time is fleeting enough without speeding it up!

If you do experiment, the dog may be the beneficiary!

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