The most noise these days is from the birds. The streets are fairly empty and quiet. The pace has slowed. The highways and byways of the Rio Grande Valley are very different this time of year. I like it when it is busy with many activities happening but I also like it when the pace slows. The grocery store aisles can be navigated without incident. Being the small town girl that I am, I appreciate the change to a more laid back way of life. Variety is indeed the spice of life.