In case you can’t figure it out, the photo is of the street drain that the highway commission has “raised” in preparation for repaving the road. The drilling was horrendous; I could hear the rat-a-tat-tat move up the street, drain by drain.
I didn’t take a picture of the commercial leaf blowers two houses over, but you know what that sounds like. Along with the noise coming through the window, came the smell of gasoline. UGH!
Finally there are the neighbor’s dogs who bark throughout the day. I have a great deal of sympathy for the neighbors because I used to have yipping dogs, too, and truth be told, I couldn’t control their barking. (One dog used to bark when the phone rang until she became deaf and then everyone who called me asked if she had died.) Thankfully these dogs are far enough away so that I’m not startled when they begin a barking session.
When it happens, we know the difference between noise and silence. Silence can be background noise, such as the rustle of leaves or even the hum of a car doing by. It becomes noise when we are startled and bothered, when we are annoyed and distracted from what were doing.