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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:14:34 PM
I saw myself as the neighbor at times in the thread about what your neighbor does that irritates you. Between working full time, carting DD around, and other real life obligations, sometimes my house doesn't get the attention it deserves. Tell me that I am not the only one!!

Here are my confessions:


  • If unsolicited phone books or newspapers are left on the ground by the street, I sometimes leave them there until the next time I take my trash down.

  • The bushes on the side of my house need trimming.

  • Sometimes, my yard man doesn't come when I expect him to, and the grass gets too tall.

  • I HOPE my dog isn't barking when he goes outside during the day. I gave my neighbors my number and told them to call if he is annoying.

  • My garage is a mess, but I keep it closed.


Does anyone else have any confessions?


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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:16:05 PM
Not me. We're the perfect neighbors.




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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:21:02 PM
Not too much bothers me I really am lucky we have great neighbors...but I know my ONE neighbor gets upset with me when I brush my dogs in the yard...I have 2 huskys 2 goldens..the huskys BLOW coat a few times a year...and lets just say the fur does fly...but it is not that bad that they call the cops on me....also they do not like my veggie garden...it is in my front side yard...looks very pretty scarcrows pretty fence and very pretty veggies all summer long....they ask me to put it behinf my fenced yard....when the asked I said are you kidding....

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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:23:14 PM
If I do anything that irritates the neighbors, they haven't told me. Our yard is usually looking pretty good because DH does it. If it were up to me, I would pay someone to cut it. I live in a neighborhood with an HOA that enforces the rules. I am in a large Master Plan Community. There are about 35k people who live in the community. For the most part, people keep up with their property around here. I work from home and our dogs are not left outside to bark. I do have one that is very mouthy but as soon as he starts barking at the door, I let him in.





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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:23:52 PM
We neglect the yard most of the time though my BIL showed me how to start the lawnmower so ill be taking that over from dh and hope to not let it get so bad.

I also don't answer the door unless I'm expecting you. I had a bad experience where a salesman pushed his way in the house and wouldn't leave right after we moved here.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:25:33 PM
I confessed on the other thread too. DH said he would take over the yard when we let our gardeners go...he doesn't. I won't add to my list either, so it gets bad and then I will hire someone once in awhile.

Neighbor guy keeps things immaculate and he will drop hints, but oh well, it's not an HOA.

We also leave things out on the porch like bikes, scooters, folding table, chairs, etc. It's not Sanford and Son but my neighbor might think so.



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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:30:03 PM
We take our bottles and cans to the recycling center every other month or so. They're neatly bagged and lined up in the garage but my neighbor went to a HOA meeting and said we were piling trash in our garage.

The president of the HOA and some other guy stopped by our house to speak with me about it. I walked him to the garage and showed him that the "trash" was actually bottles and cans. He said he felt terrible for disturbing me and remarked that it was the most organized recycling system he's ever seen


My neighbor now makes a point to let me know my garage looks like a redemption center whenever there's more than one bag in there and we happen to be outside at the same time. I don't really know what to tell her. She's about nine-thousand years old so I let it slide.



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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:31:47 PM
I'm not sure if our neighbours find anything we do irritating. No one has ever said anything.

Based on common complaints here, I think Peas would not like to live next to use because:
- kids play in the front yard and we have some toys that stay in the side yard/ end of driveway
- house has been under some form of renos for 2 years now so there is always some sort of junk/dumpster/pod around. Hopefully one day that part will end!!






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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:33:42 PM
Hahhaha! Nothing, clearly we are perfect and everyone loves our dog.

Though seriously, all our neighbors do like our dog.


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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:36:03 PM
We save aluminum cans and only take them in once a quarter. You can only see the bags if the side gate is open while we take the trash out, but I'm sure it bothers someone.

We have parties on the weekends that can go pretty late, but we only have one neighbor directly next to us and they don't live in the home.

We have a pool but we don't let the neighbor kids use it.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:36:30 PM
WE have three dogs, not really BIG dogs (lab mix and two goldens), we sometimes let them out in front without leashes (we do pick up after them if they do)

They are also very social not very territorial dogs. (Trust me, I KNOW the difference in the bark and their body language) and are the "neighborhood watch from the bay window (floor to ceiling windows)

They bark "Hello" and "Mom, Mom I wanna go out NOW" when people or people with dogs walk by. And especially if they know the people! Our friends with dogs have theirs go running up to our windows to "visit"

There are still folks in the neighborhood that think we have territorial dogs. So it's the dogs.



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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:42:53 PM
We are pretty quiet and neat neighbors. Yard looks good, dog goes out and back (or if he's out it's usually for 15 minutes or so and gets brought in if he starts to bark).

BUT, dh drives a muscle car and that damn engine is loud. That makes him a sucky neighbor, and not me though.



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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:46:05 PM
Crazy lady next door who basically litters because she can't be bothered to put anything away on her porch doesn't like our bamboo hedge that we are trying to grow in our front yard for privacy....I admit it looks weird now but you need some time to grow plants. Luckily her boyfriend who lives on the other side of our house commented to dh that he likes it.


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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:48:46 PM
I don't know of anything really. Our hedge grew too tall, they mentioned it so we cut it...we try to be good neighbours and hope for the same in return.





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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:48:55 PM
Our backyard neighbor is irritated that we now have two dogs, because she can no longer just let hers out and ignore them for hours at a time. We bring our dogs in if they are barking at each other and she'd rather not have to do the same.

Other than that, I have no idea. We chose to live at the end of a dead-end street in part because hardly anyone ever passes our house to notice whether the yard is perfectly kept.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 5:52:40 PM
We are friendly with all if our neighbors. The only thing I can imagine us doing that bugs them is the number of cars we have outside.




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Posted: 7/31/2013 6:06:16 PM
We were perfect neighbors before our last vacation. We always stop our mail when we are away. A few years ago my dh said no need to go into the post office and fill out a form anymore I can do it online. Great! One thing I don't have to take care of.

A couple weeks ago we were on vacation and we had internet access. I was online one night after I got my ds tucked in. I saw a FB from a neighbor that asked if anyone was having mail problems. I didn't recognize her name so it didn't alarm me. Then the person that posted about mail problems said that she was house sitting for her parents. I looked at her name and messaged her to see if she was our neighbors daughter. Sure enough she was. I asked my dh to please forward me the confirmation from the post office. He did and sure enough had put in the wrong address. We both felt awful and apologized to our neighbors.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 7:02:57 PM
We have dogs and one of them is a watch dog breed. So we bring them in as soon as we hear them, but sometimes it takes dh a few more barks than it does me. He doesn't have as good of hearing as I do after all his years in the Navy.

I'm thinking they won't like looking at the RV parked in our driveway, but dh thinks it will be fine.

Other than that, I can't think of anything else. Dd does shoot hoops in our backyard and did accidently get her basketball over their fence once. Oh and our stupid cat got out and into their fence once and we had to have them get him for us

Hmmm, maybe we are sucky neighbors We are really quiet but those things have happened once each in the past 6 years we've lived in our house.


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Posted: 7/31/2013 7:10:01 PM
I cannot imagine a neighbor complaining about the INSIDE of my garage!!


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Posted: 7/31/2013 7:11:10 PM
Our dog barks at people jogging and walking by. I'm sure it annoys the heck out of them and that's why I've left up my "Invisible fence" sign so they don't have to worry that he'll come after them (which if he did, he'd lick them to death.)



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Posted: 7/31/2013 7:12:59 PM
I make them mow my lawn, I use their hot tub and in ground pool...and sometimes I eat their veggies from their garden.....






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Posted: 7/31/2013 7:13:38 PM
We're late nighters due to DH's work schedule so it's nothing for us to go out at midnight to the grocery store or something like that. We try to be quiet when we are on the patio and we try not to slam car doors, etc., but it's just the nature of DH's shift.

On the plus side, we don't mow our yard at midnight.


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Posted: 7/31/2013 7:19:17 PM
I think we are pretty good neighbors, but I would FLIP if someone painted their garage door with some sort of Logo!!

In my very first house when I was 22 and my neighbor was about 90 and always had an empty lot next to her....we were BAD neighbors! I didn't see it then, but I see it clearly now. I wish I could apologize to her!


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Posted: 7/31/2013 7:24:53 PM
Our flower bed needs weeded badly. DH leaves racing parts out in our side yard for his customers to pick up. Sometimes it takes him an extra day to bring the garbage cans back in. He's never on top of mowing (usually one of our neighbors mows the front and the other mows the back... but we're all pretty good friends and they swear they don't mind since they are on riding mowers).

Other than that, we're relatively quiet and pretty friendly. I don't think they get irritated with us too often, we're all very neighborly with each other and help each other out when we can.








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Posted: 7/31/2013 7:41:22 PM
We have renters on both sides of us and I couldn't care less what those lazy pigs think of us. I guess I really should be posting this on the "What do your neighbors do" thread. I could write a damn book.


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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:11:23 PM
Nobody has ever said anything but if something bothers them it would be

Our trash cans are usually not brought up till the next morning

DH is a landscaper so our yard comes last
Often our grass is long or the planters get overgrown

My kids play in the front yard




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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:13:17 PM
If they chose to park behind my driveway I tend to hit their car. I've done it twice.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:21:37 PM
I yell at the dog early in the morning. We are early risers (5:30 am) and sometimes my dog is a jerk - he wants to pee on every blade of grass taller than 2 inches or play "catch me" on the big hill. Our neighbors on one side don't really work (trustfunds are awesome!) so unless he's up early to play golf, I'm sure my early morning conversations with the dog wake their whole household. They haven't ever complained though.



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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:31:08 PM
Well, Mr. Keller is old. And crazy. So everything we do tweaks him a little. But like I said... crazy.

He accused us of burning a strip of grass along our back fence. ??? It was just dead. You know, summertime? He was convinced we set it on fire, and was terrified we would burn down his garage. ???

DH keeps the lawn trimmed, but doesn't always hit the edges with the weedwacker. Keller threatened 4 times in one night to call the City Public Works Dept on us for this offense. ??? Finally, DH just went outside and said, "Great! Do it!" LOL!

I have a million more, but that will do for now.





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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:40:11 PM
We sometimes leave the trash cans at the curb for longer than we're supposed to.

We don't immediately pick up all those 'free' newspapers that keep getting delivered. I need to find out how to stop that nonsense - I don't want the papers, but they keep coming! Same thing with phone books.

We call the police when neighbor kids harass and physically harm our kids in our own yard and on our own street (after trying repeatedly to address it with parents).

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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:48:35 PM
My dog probably barks too much for them. She's annoying to us, too, but we usually have the windows closed.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 8:51:04 PM
My lawn philosophy is, "If it's green, it's grass.", while my neighbors have an IMMACULATE lawn with beautiful flowers, hedges, bushes and trees. While they have never said anything, I'm sure they look over the fence and think, "tch, tch."

HOWEVER... "I" think they should thank me. My weedy, ankle deep field makes their beautifully landscaped yard look even better.


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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:03:43 PM
Neighbor on the right told us that neighbor on the left hates us because our "nice" lawn makes his look bad.

Well, that explains why neighbor on the left won't talk to us and actually pretends we don't exist by turning his back on us whenever we see each other.

The kicker is that our "nice" lawn is okay. It's not great. It's not some manicured expanse of lawn that should make anyone jealous. Apparently his "issue" is because we have a lawn service come by to spray for weeds, etc every so often. That means we're "lawn-proud" and "snooty."

It cracks me up.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:05:02 PM
We have 4 cars so I'm sure that annoys some of our neighbors. We have a side lot so they are rarely parked in the front in the street though.

We try to be good neighbors. We don't let our dog bark incessantly or yell at the kids (too much). Our yard could look better but it really doesn't look any worse than any others. Our back yard is another story. DH has been saying he's going to do a dump run for the past 6 months. It's still there. It's hidden though so most people can't see it.

Oh, our backyard neighbor yelled "keep it down, we're trying to sleep!" on Saturday at 10 am while he was banging on his project truck. He ignored her. She's the neighbor that swears like a sailor and makes my daughter uncomfortable to be outside (she's very loud).


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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:14:36 PM
Our neighbors are retired and extremely anal. Extremely. But we keep the house nice and I like to garden so they don't complain too much.

We have a tile roof, as do the neighbors, and in the last few years a greenish fungus has grown on parts of both roofs. Neighbor made a big deal about having his professionally cleaned. I told him I liked mine and I'm keeping it (really, it's just not in the budget this year). Apparently he has told all the other neighbors that we're too cheap to have it done.

I don't think I'll ever have it cleaned now. The fact that it drives him crazy amuses me more than he can imagine.



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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:18:55 PM
Our neighbors are retired and extremely anal. Extremely. But we keep the house nice and I like to garden so they don't complain too much.

We have a tile roof, as do the neighbors, and in the last few years a greenish fungus has grown on parts of both roofs. Neighbor made a big deal about having his professionally cleaned. I told him I liked mine and I'm keeping it (really, it's just not in the budget this year). Apparently he has told all the other neighbors that we're too cheap to have it done.

I don't think I'll ever have it cleaned now. The fact that it drives him crazy amuses me more than he can imagine.



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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:22:43 PM
We have awesome neighbors on one side and an empty lot on the other. We haven't ever had any complaints. If *i* were my neighbor it would probably irritate the shit out of me that we always have two cars parked on the street in front of our house and a smallish box trailer parked in front of the empty lot. It's not against code and we just don't have room. But it would annoy me. Lol.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:25:02 PM
We have a really large family and host several functions a year. Our company parks on the street in front of our neighbors houses

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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:32:20 PM
I know our back lawn needs to be mowed more frequently and we have a giant planter area that needs to be trimmed. Between the weather and my DS's travel lacrosse keeping us away on weekends, we are way behind on our yard work. We keep the front neat.

I wish we were allowed privacy fences here.

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Posted: 7/31/2013 9:46:40 PM
My weeds get pulled when I get around to it. Sometimes it is noticeable. My grass gets too high sometimes. The unsolicited paper sometimes stays in my driveway a couple of days. I am a single mother that spends precious little time at home and can't afford a gardener. Never mind it is over 100 for 4.5 months.

At Christmas I have tacky decorations because my daughter loves her some tacky. I let her go with it.

I am just about to push my luck and hang some wind chimes...

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Posted: 7/31/2013 10:30:06 PM
Well we live way out in the country with no neighbors but if we lived town I'm sure we would be horrific neighbors.

Dogs stay out all night and sometimes bark at the wildlife.

We've had trucks, tractors, 4 wheelers and cars all parked outside our house at one time.

DH hates yard work. He will mow the yard but usually about once a month. I do all the flower beds etc.

He has his roping dummies in the yard and stands out there and ropes for hours. The sound of the rope hitting the plastic steer can be annoying.

We have late parties and bonfires a lot in the summer and make lots of noise.

Horses have been known to poop in the yard and we just kick it around and let it stay. (And ya, we sometimes have horses in the yard. LOL)



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Posted: 7/31/2013 10:46:14 PM

We have a lawn guy, which eliminates the weed problem for the most part- but occasionally one will pop up in my flower beds. Sometimes, I pretend I don't see them because I don't want to get dirty. He will point them out when he catches one of us outside.


At that point I'd let a whole bunch of weeds sprout up. Hell, I'd even fertilize and water them.

I don't care what my neighbor's yard looks like. That is their yard, they can do what they want with it. As far as my yard is concerned they can mind their own damn business.





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Posted: 7/31/2013 11:07:20 PM
Backstory: one Halloween we stopped at this one neighbour down the street and I commented on how quiet their collies were. The husband was very smug about it.

When our neighbour lady walks her 3 collies down the pathway beside our house I purposely let my Jack Russell out into the fenced backyard. The woman can not handle the unruly barking dogs. She yells at them as she struggles to get them down the pathway. Meanwhile I am chuckling evilly in my house.

A totally bitchy thing to do but I can not stand people who think they are better than the rest of us.

I think she is on to me though because I haven't seen her for weeks.

We get along fantastically with our next door neighbours.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 12:46:54 AM
My next door neighbor doesn't like me and won't talk to me or say hi or wave. She will talk to DH though. So something I do must bug her. I'm sure the weeds on the other side of the drainage easement bugs my backyard neighbors, but he created the moat I have to cross to weed it.


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Posted: 8/1/2013 1:17:36 AM

We sometimes leave the trash cans at the curb for longer than we're supposed to.


We are guilty of this. It would drive me crazy to look at it if I were them. I hate trying to find room for it in the garage. Now that our garage door is broken, the can goes on the side of the house and I can manage that.

I think all of our unfinished projects drive him crazy. They drive me crazy, too!

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Posted: 8/1/2013 3:37:45 AM
I know at least one neighbor hates me, she leaves notes on the fence to tell me so. The first one was the week we moved in. There were some areas where the fence did not meet the ground and there were some old railroad ties the previous owner left in a big pile in the back yard. So we moved some of the ties next to the fence tomkeep the dogs contained while we were busy moving and unpacking. She left me a nasty note about it. When I ignored the note she caught me outside one day to tell me that my "yard looks like shit from her yard" and demanded to know what I intended to do about it. I told her not a damned thing and I suggested she buy some hedges to plant. We had actually purchased rods to drive into the ground for those low spots but she made me so mad I left the railroad ties there for the rest od the summer.

The next summer I got another note telling me my dirt was on her fence and I needed to move it. I had filled in some low spots and planted grass where we had used the rods to hold the fence down. Again I ignored her. Seriously it is a chain link fence, should I dig a trench on my side so none of the dirt touches it?

The other neighbors seem to tolerate me ok though except for the one I annoy by not walking to my mailbox in front of his house but instead I just drive by and pick it up when I come home or run errands. The woman who lives with him likes me though and so does his dog who visits me any chance she gets.

I think of all my immediate neighbors, eight in total, there are only two who have been there since I moved in and one of them is the fence lady.


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PeaNut

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Posted: 8/1/2013 4:45:16 AM
I'm hoping we don't do much that annoys the neighbours but I'm sure our dogs may bug them occasionally. They're not particularly 'barky' dogs but will chase the odd bird off their property! We do get them back indoors when they do it though.

The only other thing could be our kids playing outside but there's lots of kids around here so most houseowners have kids out playing so are more likely to be happy their kids are happy rather than complaining about the noise!

KittenOnTheKeys
PeaFixture

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Posted: 8/1/2013 7:19:05 AM
Well, according to the crazy lady behind us, it was our fault her son fails some tests in middle school. We didn't know the kid. He was too old to play with my boys. We never saw the kid (except in his bedroom window playing computer games) but it was our fault.

Now, in reality, she may be a little miffed that I let the kids hose down her cats when they are in our yard. I'm tired of cat poop. Everything in my "catbox" is dying. I want her fur monsters out.

Pam in Iowa
PeaAddict

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Posted: 8/1/2013 8:15:21 AM

Also- we painted a sports emblem on our garage door.

Maybe he's a Card's fan??
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