What to do, what to do.
I have a neighbor who is doing a lot of work to their property. They are making sort of a compound out of it. There is the house, a workshop, a place where they park their travel trailer, an area where his equipment is kept (he has a Bobcat and a trailer for transporting it), and whatever else. Since early spring, he has been running the Bobcat almost daily, making a number of roads, the parking areas, etc. His wife often uses a chain saw to remove old branches from the trees or remove a few of the trees to make room for a central area in the center of the compound.
They aren't really noisy about it. The chain saw may go for as much as an hour, but that's once or twice a week. The Bobcat isn't really that loud. In fact, many times I don't hear it because of the configuration of the mountain. They are lower than I am and most of their property is in back of me.
But there are times......
This morning I was sitting on my deck, soaking up the warm early morning sun, having a cup of tea and listening to nature. I was hearing bird calls and a little wind in the pines. It was so peaceful. I was out for twenty minutes or so, and the dogs were rolling on their backs in the sun, enjoying the morning as I was. And then .....
Yep, the Bobcat started up. It wasn't loud, but it blocked the sound of the wind in the pines. I could still hear the birds, but not as well. Just a low grade mechanical whir.
Normally I would not mind much, but it has been like this ....a.l.l....s.u.m.m.e.r....l.o.n.g....! I've thought about talking with them, but there isn't any reasonable reason to do so. They aren't doing anything out of line. They are fixing up their property to make it a comfortable and attractive home. The noises they make aren't terribly loud, as I said. It could be so much worse. There could be the noises of trucks hauling in building materials, pouring cement, hammers pounding, power saws whining. I'm just tired of hearing it every day and especially on those morning like this one, when it breaks into the song of nature.
I'll ignore it. For now. But if it starts up again next spring, I think I will have to ask just how much more they plan to do. The fact of it is that we all make those noises occasionally. When I mow my little patch of grass, my mower is noisy for about twenty minutes. I'm going to have to fire up the chain saw soon and tak care of some tress myself. It is a part of living out here, and it is a certain great deal quieter here than in any city, or even a small town. As I said, I'll ignore it. For now.
OK, finished bitching. Resume your lives.