@Marie, I think the crickets make noise during their mating season. Maybe it's over now up where you are? I haven't been out on my deck after dark in a long time, so I'm not sure about here. (I'm afraid of mosquitoes)I am revisiting ths post. I know I answered about the calming things in nature, but the OP also asked about anything upsetting. I do not know if this is really considered upsetting, but since I have had the deck , I have been sitting outside a lot more. A couple weeks back I could not sleep, so about 10PM I went to sit outside. Did not turn on the light, so it was pretty dark out. I was a bit creeped out by some of the night sounds that I am not used to hearing. Maybe because I could not identify them.
One thing I noticed was no crickets. I though they were everywhere. I asked a neighbor, and he agreed..no crikets.
Ditto.We like virtually Everything about Nature....that's why we moved to the country when we retired. Watching the deers and other critters is interesting. Living in the deep forest with minimal human noise and traffic is very restful. Currently, we are being 'entertained" by gobs of hummingbirds buzzing around the feeders. The air is clean, the well water is pure, and life is good.
Nothing like the balm of nature to soothe your soul. We've lived in a nature setting for many years. For years, we used to go stay for the month of January in a SW Florida beach front condo...it was only then we realized how much nature and privacy we enjoyed on a daily basis. Seems like everyone that comes to stay with us really relaxes and sleeps like babies, too. Nothing like it.Ditto.
What a pain the strike was for you!Not a fan of lightning. We took a lightning hit last month...the big white bolt struck the ground not far from the house and it came into the lines. Fried our phones and one bedroom TV and A/C's. Luckily the A/C's could be repaired for less than $1300. It took a day and a half and replacing 2 thermostats. Replaced surge protector on the big screen and bedroom TV. Found out you should get new ones now anyway as the old power surge protectors take the spikes and are worn out and ineffective even though the light still shows they are ok.
That's the downside of lightening of course. Florida has the most lightening strikes. We don't live in Florida. We've lived here in Texas for almost 40 years and have had an indirect hit twice in that time. Years ago, it hit a big oak tree by the garage. Believe it or not that big old tree is still alive. It peeled a strip off the bark all the way down the tree about 2" wide and 1/2" deep. We're on a hill, in the woods. This year it seems there have been way more "cloud to ground" lightening events going on. About 1 in 10 lightening events are cloud to ground.
We were told they were washing clothes in heaven and dumping the barrels.I love lying in bed listing to a steady rainfall. I find it calming. I do enjoy a violent thunderstorm (so long as it is not distructive). My favorite childhood memory is being told that when it thundered, the angels were bowling, and the lightening flash was either a strike or God taking their picture, depending on who told the tale.
That is too funny @Liberty ! And tells me that telephones were probably built better back then. But of all the calls to get...a scammer. LOLRadishRose...know what the funniest thing was about the lighting strike? When the AT& T guy came and re set the internet box - he said "al the phones are smoked' ... but just then the oldest landline phone we had - an old office phone from the 80's, started ringing. My hubby answered it and it was a meadicare scam call asking for his # so they could send him a new card. How funny! Hey, the phone is fried but the scammers can still get through?!
You got that right RadishRose...so cooL! Perfect timing
Wondered if anyone else ever notices that when you go outside - say on a porch or deck, sit down and just let your mind/eyes/senses scan over the nature scenery around...your breath naturally slows down and all at once you feel lifted up and a part of all you are taking in? I've done that sitting in our gazebo. Got to watch, because a half hour can go by in what seemed like the twinkling of a cloud passing overhead.Just being outside is calming. Forest, ocean, desert, looking at the sky, stars, birds. I enjoy wandering around with no destination in the urban core too, the tall buildings humans have designed and engineered fascinate me as well.