It’s a chilly, dreary day here with a hectic work-week that bled into the weekend. I’ve had a bit of What March Had, that soul-crushing exhaustion – but I can see the light at the end of the work tunnel and it doesn’t appear to be a train, so yay! Plus, everything I’ve been working on is a potential generator of simoleans, so who am I to complain.???
But my psyche is a bit battered and I’m tired from driving all over the Midwest. Trying to figure out how to settle my nerves..and I realized that ..you know what? Remembering a post a friend wrote, yonks ago, about a wonderful moment on a stormy day, when she was able to just sit down in her newly-tidied flat, have a cup of coffee, and listen to the washer and dryer running, while the blizzard raged outside. The sounds of order juxtaposed against chaos, was very soothing. Just reading that was comforting to me – and got me thinking of sounds that soothe.
One of the things that really settles me down is the sound of a ticking clock. I have a charming little crystal clock in the kitchen but I never even look at the time (it’s designed for the boudoir night table, not a plant shelf 7′ up) – I just love the sound of it ticking the minutes. Recently, I was thrifting and found an old Westclox that works like a charm so it’s now in the front room, where I work when I’m not at the shop. Today’s afternoon was a quiet one, with me working on quotes and watching The Girl snooze through her privileged day…and I could feel my BP dropping with each tick of that clock. I thought about putting on some music but y’know? Sometimes silence (or near-silence) can be so calming.
Obviously…(or not – ymmv) a ticking clock..or TWO..depending upon the size of your space. For me:
I thought about other sounds that soothe – and I realize that, for me, nearly all of them are a perceived order imposed upon chaos – in Summer, I love to hear the distant drone of a lawnmower, the ‘squee-squaw’ of a swing, the whirr of a ceiling fan. In Winter it’s ‘hummy’ things like the washer/dryer and the dishwasher…and the heating kicking in (I would add the ‘pop’ of a fireplace, especially on a really blizzardy day). I often wonder if the reason I find solace in ‘ordered’ sounds more than natural sounds is because I appreciate just how precarious our ‘civilized’ life really is – gorgeous as it is, a real whirlpool is more likely to create havoc than your Whirlpool washer (assuming you have kept up with maintenance and you didn’t get Stephen King to install it ). Now, I know there are people who embrace the majesty and chaos of the natural world – but I ain’t oneadem. Don’t get me wrong – I love me the hellz outta some Nature. But even when I do enjoy Natural World chaos it’s always from the relative safety of a porch (WITH A ROOF – I’m big on roofs). The only time I like to ‘be out in it’ is when I’m on my way home, preferably VERY close to home, where hot chocolate and ‘hummy’ things await. Huge fan of ‘orderly and predictable’ here (in the first season of Fear the Walking Dead the most terrifying moment is the morning after one of the neighbors goes Zombie and ravages the mom and little girl across the street. There is chaos all over the lawn …yet in the midst of that one of the other neighbors comes out with his trash cans….because it’s freaking Trash Day, dagnabbit…and if the truck will just come and pick up the trash, everything will be okay, that chaos will be hosed off the lawn and people will act like they have some sense. well, we know how that turns out 😉 Turns out the natural world is a-comin’ to get us – and our neighbors will be, too!
I probably won’t be putting the trash out but I will be winding that damb clock!
and yes. I am an avid gardener, outside from dawn ’til dusk. But gardening is, pretty much, the Ultimate attempt to impose order upon chaos. Even if you are doing a ‘naturalistic’ garden. Yesh. Trust me on this. Ever. Stankin. Time. you put a spade into the ground you are attempting to shift Nature. So there. And when I’m done? I still sit under something. Don’t ask me why, it just is. I iz weird like that.
What about you guys? Are you Natural World or Hummy-Orderly? A little bit of both? Tell me, I’ll have YKW put a paw to Random and we’ll pull a winner or two of some fun stuff!
Speaking of, I haz 2 winners from Spice Girl: Caroline! and Grizzlesnort! gmail your evilauntieanita with your details and I’ll have The Girl wrap up some fun for you!