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I have always felt it was important to be a good neighbor, one never knows when a neighbor’s help is needed and appreciated.

I will begin by saying that I live on a street whereby the homes are single, but fairly close together.  There are some homes that only have a minimal amount of space between neighbor driveways and mine is one of those.

For the past ten years, hub and I have been doing what we can to improve our home and essentially all the area around us.  The neighbors to the right of us (if you are facing the street) are lovely people and so generous..they had the wonderful Halloween party.

The neighbors to the left of us are hideous people.  We learned that as the years went by.  They have FOUR HUGE trees in their yard which not only is disastrous this time of year with leaves falling, but the trees are so old and decaying, that limbs fall all the time in our yard...thank God we have not been injured.

I know we can’t pick our neighbors, but hub through the years has offered his help to the man on many occasions..and his response has always been..“hmm..something to think about.“...of which he does not nothing then.

Last Wednesday, I was mowing my front lawn and the small area that is near the curb + street (think it is called an easement), there was so much debris from the storm the night before and so I thought to be helpful, I would just zip across the area near the street and mow the neighbor’s easement, therefore picking up a lot of debris that normally ends up all over my property because when he mows he allows all the debris to blow all over my side.

When I was finished, he came roaring out of the house and said, “Mary, did you mow that strip of grass?”  I said, yes, to be helpful to both of us.  He then proceeded to scream at me and told me to stay off of his 2 by 4 strip of grass and off of his property, of which I NEVER go in his filthy yard.

We got into words, and I said that hub and I have put up with enough for ten years...and believe me, Ladies, that is no lie.

I then called him “an indecent neighbor” and he ran in the house and called the police.

The officer came to my home, interrogated me and realized that I wasn’t really the problem.  He told me my home is well kept and not in any violation and hub had put up a beautiful four foot high fence years ago to be a considerate neighbor.  The man’s home is in violation of some codes...not sure what will happen now.

NEWS FLASH!!  Hub went to the town ship and filled out paperwork for a six foot fence on one side, down the walkway and a four foot high fence down the driveway.  He has started construction on the yard and will be done in a few weeks, meanwhile the fence going down the walkway and the driveway will be completed in the spring.

The gall of that man to be hateful and mean, when I was just trying to be helpful.

So you see, in some cases, being nice is not always the best policy and as God is my witness, I will never set even a pinky toe, walk on the sidewalk (which is public), or do anything remotely nice for that indecent human being.

This is just a warning for all to be cautious of others.

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