In my right ear, the grinding of my neigbour’s lawnmower, slicing blades of grass, chomping on crab apples knocked out during yesterday’s wind. I catch a whiff of their cider sweetness and wonder how the wasps are faring.
In my left ear, the other neighbor’s chainsaw, chewing through remnants of summer renovations projects, this one a new wooden fence. Lumber ends and slats feed the fire pit. Snap. Crackle. Pop.
Behind me, the spinning of the washing machine. A load of whites to be hung outside in the finally warm enough, sunny enough day. But the sun sure is sitting a lot lower in this early September afternoon sky.
So much for a sabbath day of rest. Not to be on a Labor Day long weekend, last one of the summer.
A delicate white butterfly passes by. The sun feels warm on my face.
Grass is cut, smooth and even. Lawnmower returned to the blue grey shed.
Fire still crackling.
Last load of laundry pegged and hung, swaying in the breeze.
Another white butterfly floats by. Sun even warmer now. I have to squint to write.
Day’s labor done.