For anyone who has been following my blog, I think it’s time I offer updates to some of my entries where I ended it: “I’ll keep you updated.” So, here they are. I’ve linked all the original articles in the title of the updates if you want to read them again before getting the update.
This was the blog where I introduced you to my annoying neighbors. If you haven’t read it, do, but to save you time, here are the Spark Notes: my neighbors have a free-range dog, a large Boxer, who thought his yard was my toilet. Besides that, because they spent the spring not managing their dog and being very intrusive, I began to be unhappy with them living next door. It made me contemplate needing to move.
Update: They keep promising us they will get an Invisible Fence but it still hasn’t happened. Through our own training, we have taught the dog our yard is not his. He’s not happy, but I think he’s figured it out. No more poop, but he did tear through our garden a few weeks ago. No damage done, but we’re being vigilant in turning him away when he tries to enter our yard.
They also were riding their ATVs around their back yard all of April and part of May (being intrusive). Their backyard is adjacent to ours so it was noisy.
Update: It’s less frequent now and they don’t ride on the back lawn anymore because they destroyed it. I actually feel bad for the dad because when he mows it’s a dust bowl over there. It actually looks like he’s dragging Pig Pen along behind his mower it’s so damn dusty. When he’s finished mowing, his back is covered in dirt.
They did ride a couple weeks ago, and I was frightened because their young boy was flying up and down our driveway (we have a shared driveway) very fast with no helmet or shirt on. Also, he had friends who were riding tandem on another ATV the same way. I was so afraid someone would get hurt. They were bothering our neighbors too, so I think a few people spoke to them that day.
They are definitely riding less frequently now because the lawn is ruined, so I’m happy about that. Honestly, I just pray they move to a 10-acre lot some place where they can all free-range and not bother anyone! However, I don’t feel the immediate need to move anymore.
This was my blog about meditation and that I was really getting into it.
Update: I hadn’t been as faithful with practice as I should have been because I was doing it at bedtime and Jeff almost immediately fell asleep the minute I started my guided meditation, and he breaths very heavy. It was very distracting and annoying, so I gave up for a while.
However, since hot flashes have begun assaulted me with reckless abandon, I’ve upped my practice again. I read meditation may help them, so I’m practicing more. Also, since I’m getting better at it, I’m able to tune Jeff’s heavy breathing out. Wish me luck it helps my pesky hot flashes.
Speaking of Jeff …
This blog was about my wish that Jeff would clean the basement during quarantine.
Update: Jeff didn’t clean the basement like I hoped. In fact, after the Lots of SAWG post, he went down a month later, cleaned up a few boxes, and moved some things around. That was it. It still looks like Harry Potter’s Room of Requirements down there, but just a bit more organized.
That being said, although the basement didn’t get cleaned the shed did. That little gem didn’t even make it into my first post because that small outbuilding was its own problem of epic proportions. Not only was it crammed full of stuff, it was infested with mice. The neighborhood cats had their weekly poker game outside it because it afforded a free all-you-could-eat buffet for them. I never went in there. Despite its close proximity to the garden, I kept all my gardening supplies in the garage out of harm’s way from the mice.
So, although we still have more SWAG than I’ll ever know what to do with, I have my gardening shed back; Jeff valiantly wrestled it from the Mouse King.