Neighbors...whatcha gonna do? Just venting....

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   Posted 4/24/2009 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
So the couple across the street are in their 80's and can out do me in a New York Minute.  The are fastidious, anal...compulsive cleaners.  Their yard is a spread for Better Homes and Gardens.  They don't speak to either neighbors to the side and back of them because they don't think they 'keep their yard up.'  I don't know why they speak to us, but they do.  I have caught her at the crack of dawn in my yard, picking up sticks etc...not because she thinks she is helping me but because she can't stand looking at them.  The first encounter we had with these people was the day we moved in and she asked me if we were going to cut the 200 year old oak down in our front yard because in the fall, all the leaves blow into their yard.  He actually walks around with one of those 'nails on a stick' thingys and stabs any leaf that blows into his yard.  He cleans his shutters about three times a summer with a tooth brush.  Watching him wash a car puts me in bed.  After washing the vehicle, he then washes the hose, takes of the hip waders he wears while doing this and scubs them down.  Last week he couldn't stand to see the remaining snow in his yard so he shoveled his lawn into the drainage grate.  At 85, he gets on his roof in the winter about twice a week and shovels his roof.  OMG.  In the summer, her central vac wakes me up EVERY DAY at about five o'clock in the morning.
Yesterday, they both walked over when they saw my husband getting the mail.  She saw me in the doorway and motioned for me to come out.  I did...gimping.  She wants to know why...and I just said same ole, same ole, Alice.  'You were limping last year!" she says.  Then..."Oh, I have fibulation disease.  You should have that looked don't want your ticker to go!"  I just smiled and didn't get into it yet again.  As I walked into the house she says..."You have a fat hinney!"  I turned and looked at her and said "What?"  She says..''re getting chunky, especially your fanny!"  I thanked her, because believe it or not, this was a compliment.  I had lost so much weight after the death of four immediate family members over the course of three years...I prayed to put on weight.  I'm 5'2" and now weigh 119 pounds.  I was down to 100 pounds last year.  Yea!  It took bags of chocolate but I don't look like an ad for Save the Children any more!
They stood there for awhile longer talking, the whole time she is yanking at the dandalions and other weeds that I don't care about.  When Eric came in he said they hadn't seen me using the lawn mower in a year or so.  Yeah...and you ain't gonna be see me pushing that thing this year either.(I just do the trim around the things hubby can't get with the rider).
No real point to this except it irriated me.  This morning, she is sweeping the street.  Maybe I am just jealous that I can't do the simplest outdoor weeding etc anymore. They are twenty years older than me!
Let's hear it for a Fat Fanny!  yahooooo!
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   Posted 4/24/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   


Hi Donna.

I've not long joined this great community and have just read your post about your neighbors,You'll be glad to know that i laughed so much i cried, they sound just like my ex parents in law, my ex mother in law would wash down the window sills, dustbins, drainpipes and anything else that didn't run, at least 3 times a week, i was told i was a **** because i didn't do it, i was also a bad wife because i didn't put the clothes my husband was to wear on the bed for the morning, when i laughed and reminded her he was 40 she asked me to leave the house if i couldn't be serious, i left mummies boy with her and drove home, i never had to go there again!!!!

Warm wishes and hugs


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   Posted 4/24/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Oh Donna, don't get me started about neighbors!!

I could tell a 100 stories about the yay-hoo's I have for neighbors. I do relate to this one especially though because I have the same neighbors you do! You could eat off of their lawn- it is immaculate and he will be out there everyday picking up the smallest twigs!!!

One year, (I worked fulltime) he goes- "I was going to come over and get some of those dandelions," and I'm thinking that was so sweet because he knew how busy I was. And then he goes- "yeh, I didn't want the seeds to blow over into my yard. A-A-A-A-H-H-H!!!!!

Mind you, his home is ACROSS the street, not right next door!!! And I do keep the lawn tidy and groomed, I'm just not a freak!!!

I FEEL your pain when it comes to neighbors Donna. I don't talk to them anymore (another story, another day) and it is wonderful. :)



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   Posted 4/24/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Okedokey Fat Fanny I have a good one to share with you venting too.

I have the mother in law from cleaning Hell. She takes it to a level that cannot be believed. First off let me say that I am very fastidious BUT we live in our house.

She just visited me and I caught her checking under the coffee grinding lid for OLD grounds. I just chuckled to myself and let her go for it. Next she has her hand under the rim of my disposal checking that. Well I had her there as I had just run ice and lemons through it. Later that same day I found her checking my dryer vent. Now that one had a few bunnies and I told her I collect it for the birds to make their nests with. I really wanted to tell her what to do with that lint, had a couple of good ideas.

So you know what I'm dealing with she is from MA. and I am from N.C. Now traditionally southerners are very gracious and social and in my past life before Fibro that was me. Well my little mother warned me about going north of the Dixon to find a husband. I have laughed so many times about how her advice turned out to be so true. No one is welcome in MIL's shrine.

On my very first visit to her house, incidentally my last, she handed me a wipey to clean the bottom of my feet, understand of course I had my shoes off. It gets better, Oh before I go on I gracefully declined the wipey. I used her bathroom and the toilet seat was wound with saran wrap. Well she goes in after you use the potty and rewraps it!!!!! I tried to wash my paws but the water was turned off under the sink, why you ask??? so you will go to the garage to wash up.

She has never used an appliance in her house, everything is brought in, the coffeemaker has never been used so wonder how she knew to check my pot.

Her recent husband, #3, divorced her after 6 months at age 80 saying he is not gonna sit down to pee at his age. Well I laughed till I cried but of course knew there were other issues.

So honey, your neighbors ain't nothing!!! Saran Wrap has it all over them.

Your dirty little friend, Patsie

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   Posted 4/24/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I get you Donna, and Patsie, my MIL is fastidious, but nothing compared to yours. My mom and dad used to go out every day in the fall to rake up the leaves that fell overnight. And my mom vacuums the front step, OUTSIDE the front door. I think the leaf thing was just something to do. Diane
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   Posted 4/24/2009 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL.....I have to laugh at that too. But seriously, they are from a different generation so I always try to look thru their eyes. They are survivors of the great depression and obviously take great pride in their homes' appearance. I'll bet they have some stories to tell...if you can get them to talk about it.

I think your best bet is to just listen to them - since they still talk to you (smile) - and continue doing what you are doing....just smile and nod.


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   Posted 4/24/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, dear. I am thankful I don't have neighbors like this! The worse thing we get is our neighbor to the left of our house who had a FIT when he caught our dog at the time doing her business on his part of the lawn. I could understand him not liking this, though, and we never let her or the dogs we have now go over there again.

I can't say I know anybody who's that picky, either..Well, no. My hubby's grandma is a total clean freak, but she's never said anything rude about the state of our house when she's come out to visit. My MIL, on the other hand, is one of those completely exasperating people who really isn't that much of a clean freak herself, but who constantly nit picks OUR house!?! Jeesh! How does that work?

Donna, I'm guessing your neighbor's ages have a lot to do with grandparents were pretty picky about their lawns. I think it has something to do with what DMarie said-they survived the Great Depression and now they are very thankful and prideful of what they have.

On another note-and I have to say I never, EVER thought I would say this to another woman in my entire life-Hooray!! I am so happy to hear you're getting a fat fanny!!! :-)
love and hugs

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We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.~Carlos Castaneda

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.~William Shakespeare

Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.~Erma Bombeck

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