Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
I am sandwiched between a lovely pair of neighbors and a not so lovely pair.
The not so lovely pair has a messy unmown yard. A large plant grows or is stuck on the roof over their front door. They go in and out of their gate at all hours, and as I've mentioned before, the gate like to say
SQUEEEEEEEEEAK and CREEEEEEAK.
These folks also like to chat out in their driveway, sometimes in the middle of the night or the wee hours of the morning.
Their driveway is right next to my bedroom window.
Worst of all, the woman likes to engage me in conversation when I'm doing yard work, and she's a REPUBLICAN.
I wouldn't mind that she's a Republican if she didn't try to cram her beliefs down my throat. Avoiding arguments with her can be difficult because she seems to peep out her window, waiting for me to trim bushes or rake leaves, and then suddenly she's outside, telling me that Democrats are idiots.
I try very hard to avoid political confrontations, and I change the subject when she gets started.
My other neighbors, however, are absolutely adorable. I have no idea what their political affiliations are because they don't nag me about politics. They tend to say things such as, "Hi! How are you? Let us know if you need any help."
I call them Hot Young Anthony and Sweet Young Allison. They are a young married couple. He's an RN, and she teaches first grade.
Hot Young Anthony gives me a hot little thrill when he takes off his shirt while mowing his lawn. I can't help liking Sweet Young Allison, though sometimes I wish she would disappear for just a little while so I could have Hot Young Anthony all to myself.
These little stories about my neighbors lead me to today's question:
What kind of neighbors do you have?
Are they pleasant or annoying? Do you think of them as friends? Is anyone else fortunate enough to have a Hot Young Anthony?
As always, I look forward to reading your responses.
Infinities of love,
Hi Janie .. no Hot Young Anthony around here .. I'm lucky with my neighbours - they're kind and thoughtful .. lucky me! And it's quiet - I'm not into politics ... and unless the conversation is informative and interesting then leave me out.ReplyDelete
Can you move your bedroom?! That seems about the easiest option ... not satisfactory I know ... sounds like yard work should be done late evening?! Definitely not normal hours - unless you can do it by moonlight .. ? Changing the subject can be so difficult .. I'm very adamant if I don't want to talk about a subject .. I just won't and don't discuss it.
I know changing rooms would be the sensible solution, but my house is so small that it isn't an option. I have two bedrooms, both on the same side of the house. I prefer to stay in the master bedroom because it has the lovely master bath.Delete
My neighbors are the reason I stay in my house. They are so fantastic!ReplyDelete
We look out for each others homes, feed each others cats and water plants when we are away. We help each other shovel out and Oldest has broken into the neighbor's back window when she was locked out so she wouldn't have to crawl through the window herself.
Now if we could only do something about that cat down the street that thinks she is the best girlfriend for Mr. Chewey. she hangs out by the back door and sneaks in when I go to take the trash out. That hussy!!!
Oh, no! A slut cat!Delete
You have no idea. The other day I left my window down in the car about four inches. I came out an hour later and she was warming herself on the passenger seat. *SIGH*Delete
Good, it's not just me who pervs over their neighbour, in my case hot young Ffion who mows her lawn in little shorts. I usually find work to do in my garden when she is mowing. And her husband is a great bloke as well.ReplyDelete
I quite often feel the need to work in the yard when Hot Young Anthony is out.Delete
I've lucked out w/ neighbors. We have three back yards that kind of converge & we all get along splendidly. The one is a rather loud family, but they're hilarious, and I never have to worry that the mom will talk behind my back - because she'll say it right to my face. I love that about her.ReplyDelete
As far as a hot young Anthony...oy, I've lived here for 9 years, and well, some of the neighbor boys have grown up in that time. And, yeah, they occasionally take their shirts off while mowing the lawn and I have to remind myself that I used to be their lunch lady.
Isn't it strange how those little boys can grow up to be hot young men?Delete
Dear Janie, I have welcoming and helpful neighbors here in Missouri where I've now lived for four years. Bill and Caroline to my right are always ready to help is I ask and Pam across the street works in her yard a lot and we have chats about all sorts of things--not politics though!ReplyDelete
In Stillwater, where I lived in my home for 32 years I had wonderful neighbors on both sides who snow blew for me each winter!!!!! Peace.
Good neighbors are a great gift.Delete
Sorry your one side of neighbors are so annoying. That's not fun. I'm glad you have better ones on the other side!ReplyDelete
I know it's silly but the thing that bothers me the most is the plant growing out of the roof of their house. It's directly over the front door. I don't understand why they don't knock it down. It's so creepy and ugly.Delete
I am so fortunate to be surrounded by Republicans who have horses, chickens and set out food for the deer and turkeys who wander through the yards. And I would prefer Sweet Young Allison take her top off while he cuts grass.ReplyDelete
I'll tell Sweet Young Allison that she needs to visit you ASAP.Delete
My neighbors are young and married and have the most.amazing.fights. I turn off the tv to listen. Once I heard her say she was going to murder him - I will tell the news teams this when they interview me after it actually happens and they ask me if I ever suspected it.ReplyDelete
I don't know if you should admit to knowing about the fights. Someone might want to know why YOU didn't report the threat. But it does sound like interesting entertainment. No one around here has any good fights.Delete
No hot young Anthonys in our neighborhood, but there's a gardener Mrs. C. seems to pay attention to when he comes by to mow the grass.ReplyDelete
Ah, Mrs. C, you naughty minx.Delete
just for the record, democrats and republicans are idiots. haha, both part of the same party with different speeds towards the end of America. But oh well, all good things have to come to an end I suppose.ReplyDelete
How about independents? Are they idiots, too? How can you decide to vote if everyone is stupid? Toss a coin?Delete
When our kids were growing up we were so close with our neighbors that we laid stepping stones between our 2 houses so that we wouldn't have to walk down to street level & back up again. We've exchanged house keys with the present owner of the house. On the other side of us, I don't even know their name.ReplyDelete
I bet you really miss those neighbors. I think I'd like to install a camera so I can videos of Hot Young Anthony.Delete
Ugh, I can't stand people that like to stuff their politics down other people's throats. I'm glad I don't have neighbors like that! Mine keep to themselves for the most part, and no one is annoying in my immediate vicinity. I feel very blessed!ReplyDelete
I'm so glad you feel blessed. Really, I'm blessed, too, because Allison and Anthony cancel out X and Y.Delete
I do like your nice neighbors; I think I would enjoy having a nice good looking man for a next door neighbor like that, even though he is married, but an occasional look now and then is not a bad thing I do believe.ReplyDelete
We are usually the loud obnoxious neighbors, but I don't try to make noise too early in the morning or late at night but the dog barks at times, son likes to play his music loud (but he too is considerate of time) and our yard is a shamble. Usually I stay to myself and rarely meet the neighbors. We've lived in this neighborhood just under 2 years and I have yet to meet all the neighbors and talk to them and it is only a cul-de-sac of eight houses. I do wave really good though when we pass each other when one is leaving and one is coming home from some place.
Betty, I'm sure you have the loveliest wave in the cul-de-sac. When Favorite Young Man was a teenager it was a good thing we didn't live very close to our neighbors. He played his music so loud the ground vibrated.Delete
One of our neighbors is a B&B and the owners don't stay there so we don't know them and the other neighbors are Eastern European and we don't know them. They do tend to like to have their friends over for BBQ's in the back garden a lot in the summer time and at least one of them is a smoker who drives us nuts whenever they go out the back door to smoke. They have every right to smoke outside but our bedroom is right on the other side of the wall from where they smoke and with our bathroom window always cracked open, the smoke smell gets in and I'm really sensitive to it.ReplyDelete
Of course since I live in a shared house, my housemates are kind of like neighbors and with 5 of them, we are lucky that we like them all!
Oh how I wish I had a hot young Anthony in my neighborhood. In fact we have boring neighbors whom I even dont know names of.ReplyDelete