Some time this morning after I arrived at work, but hours before lunch, people began sandblasting the house next door. It was the loudest constant and static noise I have ever had the misfortune to be near. It was shockingly loud. Traveling between the office and the house had to be kept to a minimum, as the full force hit you when you opened the door to the outside world.
But now it's gone!!! I was trying to minimize it by putting earbuds in my ears and playing music (quietly, so as not to further damage my hearing). But a moment ago I noticed a new sound -- silence! Yes, I know silence isn't actually a sound, but today it seemed palpable.
Uh-oh. It's starting again on a different wall. Wait, it stopped... Please, please don't come back!
We'll see. Meanwhile, thank You, Lord, for silence and music.