I’ve lived in my new place since June of this year. It’s nice. I like it. I’m not fond of the dickhead neighbor who moved in a couple months ago, but that’s another story, and I’m waiting for a happy ending before I tell it to you.
I noticed right away there were weird noises in the walls and ceiling, but only in the rooms added to the original structure. Some of them were really LOUD and startling. I’m talking immense POPs that hurt my ears.
At first I thought it was a problem with the central air. Anytime you add that to a place that used to travel but is now stationary, you’re going to have problems. Google informed me it could be trapped air bubbles or moisture getting into the ductwork. It was intermittent, so I figured I’d live with it.
But then other noises happened. Like the sound of someone quietly knocking… on an inner wall and all along its length. Creaks in places there shouldn’t have been any. Birds chirping in the shower.
That last one is probably real. Heh. Some enterprising mama bird found a space between the house and the shed and built a nest. A few days later, the chirps were gone.
But how to explain the rest?
My first thought: It’s natural, caused by something real (a settling foundation, expanding or contracting pipes, etc.), because such noises always are. There is no ghost.
But I’ve never lived in such a noisy place, and one night I’d had enough and said aloud at around 2:00 a.m., “Knock it the fuck off! I don’t want to hear this crap anymore. Silence!”
And all the noises stopped for at least two days. So you tell me: is my place haunted?
I love the play of light in a photo, and dew on grass blades in the morning sun produces some of the best. This is a stack of three photos, so I could get the greatest depth of field and the in-focus part was sharp.
The obscure bird grasshopper (yes, that’s its real name!), so-called because they’re as large as small birds. They really are, too. Simply huge grasshoppers.
Leaf-footed bug. There are a lot of them around right now, and this one was almost impossible to see. They’re small, and it looked like a twig from where I was standing, but I leaned in anyway to check, and there it was.
Ebony jewelwing damselfly. Also plentiful right now, and not shy when people are around. I liked that it was perched on a flower top. Most of the time it’s a leaf or blade of grass.
A baby anole, hiding in the greenery.
A walking path goes all the way around the small lake. This is the part between the deck overlooking the water and that bridge you see in the picture. The white grill was added in an attempt to keep alligators out; it doesn’t work well. They still find their way in. 😉
See you next time.