Okay, being that it’s the month of November and in the U.S. we’re amping up to stuff ourselves with our loved ones. (no, not eating them- eating with them, just so we’re clear… although, I’m sure some of us would make tasty morsels.) so we are starting to see blog posts about being “thankful,” this Thanksgiving season. I’m as sentimental as the next woman, but really I don’t want to read all this lovey-dovey stuff all the time. YES, we’re all thankful for our spouses/significant other, kids, friends, good job (if you have one), that we live in the U.S. and our hearts go out to Paris, thankful for the troops – all of that goes without being said, we are all thankful for those same things… so share that sentiment with your family when you commence your feast with a toast. Reading blog posts all saying the same thing is very boring. (snooze/snore)
Outside of those “go without saying items,” – what are we truly thankful for on a daily basis or even if occasional, or one-moment-in-time? Here’s a list that hits me pertaining to our neighbors, wonder if we should send them a card?
- I have been Thankful this past week that our neighbor has refrained from cooking that nasty Indian Cuisine – Is that cumin?- what is that stinking up the entire neighborhood? (ugh) The smell is atrocious, and seeps through our closed doors and windows. My son yells, “EW! What’s that smell? Is that you, mom?” It will reek for 2 hours! I’m guessing they must have read my couple of Facebook posts asking them to STOP or seal up their house. Keep it up good neighbor. Our air has been refreshing this past week. Thumbs up- we like!
- The “screeching” child across the street, the family must have moved (Hallelujah – Hallelujah), or grandma and grandpa are no longer watching him/her. (Thank you, Jesus!) I have been enjoying not being startled awake in the middle of the night from the latest crazy tantrum. It’s a screech I’ve never heard, my kids didn’t even reach that octave. (my daughter, as a toddler, would just hold her breath until she passed out for a second- see quiet- non disturbing others.) – I am SO thankful! We would be subjected to this tantrum sporadically though out our day.
- I am THANKFUL that the neighborhood dogs aren’t barking as incessantly as they usually do. (they still need to improve, but it’s not nearly every second of the day now) Perhaps the most annoying one, that got other dogs started, kicked-the-bucket. (gasp, what an awful thing to say) but seriously! Fucking non-stop barking. Cops have already addressed the issue, but the grandpa (owner) dude is deaf or leaves the dog out while he works or leaves to do errands. Uh. Never used to bother me when I left the house to work…but not that I work from home…can drive me bananas. I had one retired neighbor behind us, ask if it were our dog making the racket. No, he’s quiet. A ruff on occasion, but is quickly reprimanded.
Usually, our neighborhood ROCKS. But this last year, with people selling their places and new people moving in… holy cow! Dogs barking constantly, screeching kid several times a day, smelly meals being made, and the constant lawn-work noise (air blower, mower, weed wacker) The lawn stuff is still bad…every day, including Sunday, someone is always trimming a tree with a chain saw, or running one of the other pieces of equipment. Or a construction saw, to measure wood for some housing project… 🙂 It’s almost becoming white noise.
Although I complain, I truly am thankful for the above mentioned items.