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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, October 12, 2015

N is for NOISE

Welcome to N week here at ABC Wednesday.  I thought I'd write about noise this week because I have been hearing a lot of it since last Friday.  Why last Friday, you ask?  Well, my daughter and her husband along with two kids ages 11 and 7 moved in with me.  This is a temporary measure as they sold their house and we are looking to buy another one together.  We are all getting along nicely, but it is a huge learning curve for all concerned. 
I have been used to my own routine with a minimum of noise around me.  My constant companion is Tegan and she is used to my routine, too.  So both of us have been displaced.  Don't get me wrong - we all talked at length about this and totally agree on all changes made.  But poor Tegan doesn't understand and was actually sick today on my newly cleaned carpet!  Poor baby!  And she also has to get used to their little dog, Lucy (half Shitzu-half Havanese). 
I have given my daughter and son-in-law the master bedroom and I have taken over the guest room, while the children are sharing my office.  I moved my desk out and they moved a double bed in along with the X-Box.  The kids and I share a bathroom, too. 
So with this past weekend being our Thanksgiving, it's a long weekend in which we all are working out the details and snags.  The kids were so excited to be moving in with Gramma and starting a new school on Wednesday, so the noise level has been pretty high.  They had to try out the X-Box by playing "Call of Duty" and have been either at war with each other or laughing and giggling to the max!  *Sigh*
But I love them to death and wouldn't want it any other way right now.
With thanks to the naughty but nice Mrs. Nesbitt, the creator or ABCW, and to the noble Roger, our administrator.  Also, many thanks to the nutty group of bloggers who navigate over to all the contributors in order to narrate their observations of your nifty notions that have come out of your noggins.


GaynorB said...

I'm sure things will soon settle down into a routine of sorts, for all of you.

I'm sure you will also have fun looking for the right property, which will give you all the space (and quiet) that you need. Best wishes.

Roger Owen Green said...



photowannabe said...

You will get a few extra stars in your crown for this time in your life, Leslie.
Noise can be comforting and at the same time drive you Nuts.
Hope you find the perfect home soon.

Berowne said...

Kudos to you for your tolerance and understanding.

Gigi Ann said...

May you find a New pair of earplugs to smother the Noise. Better you than me! Bad me....

ellen b said...

Oh yes, I can imagine the upheaval in having the home space invaded. Our daughter and son-in-law have moved in here for awhile but noise is not an issue at all, since there are no pets or children but our dear daughter has an amazing ability to spread out and use spaces I never knew could be cluttered. LOL! Hang in there and enjoy the moments. Quiet will return...or at least I hope for you it will. :)

Photo Cache said...

Oh poor Tegan. The new playmates will be appreciated later on right Tegan?


Anita said...

I can understand what you mean as even I like less noise.
But, then one learns to adjust and live with nice yet naughty and noisy little ones :)

Reader Wil said...

I can quite understand what you are dealing with. My daughter and her son stayed with me for a couple of years when she was studying to become an engineer and at the same time painting and furnishing her house here near by. Now we are trying to sell the house and she has been living together with her partner for some years and the house has been empty for some time. Her furniture has been put into storage in my house. So although my house is not noisy, it is untidy. Well it will be tidy when we have sorted out what she will keep and what is to be recycled.
Good luck Leslie!
Wil, ABCW Team

Trubes said...

Definitely 5 stars in your exercise book Leslie.
When my middle daughter and her husband split up, we immediately offered her and the two children for them to stay with us until things were sorted out but she wouldn't hear of it, I was a bit upset at the time but I do understand her reasons why.
I hope Tegan gets used to her new guests and you can find a little corner to have some quiet.
When our grandchildren visit they more or less have the run of the house but they respect the fact that Granma's quiet room is just that! So, it's just a matter of 'sitting nicely' watching a bit of kids TV and tea and cakes in the afternoon.
Reading and reciting poetry is encouraged along with word games and various puzzles. they too have x boxes, (greatest baby sitter ever)!
Good luck with the house hunting,

love Di.xx
ABCW team.

Melody Steenkamp said...

Hi Leslie

Oops.... noise.... Having problems with that... i shiver by your entry.

It, ofcourse, is a wonderful thing that you can move together with harmonie!

Have a nice abc-day / -week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Joy said...

Hopefully it will soon feel the new normal. At least you and Tegan can go out for a nice quiet walk together to recover.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Happy noises, at least. Better than next door neighbor's puppy dog howling in the backyard or the other next door neighbor playing awfully loud cowboy rap music.
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Hildred said...

When the grandchildren were young we had a wonderful noisy house at week-ends, but lots of room to accommodate them. Not so much room when our children were young but the six of them made for a jolly household. I am very quiet now, and do welcome anyone who visits...

Ira said...

This is a transitory phase and soon you will be adjusted to it like it was there all along. As long as happiness is around things are good. Enjoy!

Bikram said...

Ok this is going to be weird when i tell you .. when i am driving to work I have music on loud NOISE... but otherwise I like the quiet..

and coming back to post .. It will be fine I am sure and moving together is always goooooooooooooooooddddd :)


Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I totally understand what you are saying Leslie. I find the noise levels raise when grandchildren come (4/5) just for the day. . I hope everything settles down and tegen copes with the extra noise levels. Xox

tulika singh said...

Ah.. kids and noise - tell me about it! After we had twins the rise in noise-level was one of the biggest changes we had to adjust to. And now when the kids aren't there the house sounds deathly quiet. Wait till your daughter moves out - you might not like it too much ;-).
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