And definitely, DO NOT invite them to any more social gatherings at your
home! What a waste of "social time"... Too bad we can't pick our
neighbors; I know I'd have one that would definitely be a goner.
:: During teh Christmas holidays, I invited these neighbors over for a
: drink, and James said "Michelle, you're going to have to do something
: those vines." When I asked him what he meant, he said that the vines were
: growing into their yard and are strangling their plants.
I have no idea about the law in your area and an internatonal forum may not
be the best place to get ideas on that side of the issue.
As others have said you may not have the best neighbours in the world;
however if you really want to keep the vine AND the neighbours could you
move the vine?
What I mean is put a trellis in front of the fence (say) a yard on your side
and train the vine forward on to it over a period of time. You would then
be able to keep it off the fence from your side. They cannot complain and
the fence is still hidden by the vine that you like. This may be cheaper
than the privacy fence also.
Use of this term always makes me bristle. Clean laundry on a line is
an "eyesore." Car restoration/repair in a driveway is an "eyesore."
Unless the canoe was emiting noxious vapors, it probably didn't
actually hurt your eyes.
It sounds as if you came up with a very satisfactory solution. For
you. Were you initially aware the vine would spread? You say you trim
*your* side every 2-3 weeks. Many people don't care for plants that
require that much maintenance.
Your neighbor very reasonably brought to your attention that *your*
plants were becoming a nuisance. Perhaps they don't regard your
"magnificent backdrop" in the same light as you do. They might even
regard it as an "eyesore." At any rate, it's become troublesome to
I believe you are wrong in thinking they are unreasonable. They very
nicely said they'd be perfectly happy if you'd take care of
maintenance on their side of the fence. They did *not* ask you to
remove the plants entirely. They merely told you you had created a
quite real problem for *them* and suggested a remedy.
Sheets & clothes & linens on a clothesline are kind of nostalgic to me, &
not an eyesoar. In this day & age everyone has a dryer; it's been a long
time since I've seen clothes out on a line. But I remember my
great-grandma Elva using a very old-fashioned washing machine with a
hand-turned pair of rollers for a "wringer," then everything after it had
been through the wringer at least twice was hung outside on three long
clotheslines. It was fun to run after the guinea-hens & chickens between
the rows of hanging garments & sheets & towels, & push one's face into a
stiffening sun-warmed sheet that smelled like summer.
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
On Tue, 11 Jan 2005 20:06:12 -0800, email@example.com
Hanging out laundry is a Good Thing in every way. It's ecologically
sound, taking nothing more than solar energy to accomplish its
purpose. It's thrifty. It's better for most fabrics. And laundry
smells good and fresh with no additives. And yes, many people continue
to use clotheslines if at all possible.
It's also an opportunity for unique play experiences. We used to hang towels
outside in the winter. Of course, they'd be stiff as cardboard in a matter
of minutes, and the kids thought that was the most amazing thing in the
All right, I was being over-critical. Yes, I know what "eyesore"
means. It means something that does no actual harm but that one
prefers not to look at. Part of the compromises we make in living
around other people is realizing not all of them are exactly the same,
and some are *bound* to do things that annoy others. Local codes
generally prohibit conditions that are noxious or dangerous. I very
much doubt that storing a canoe outside is one of them.
You asked if you were wrong in considering them "cranky". I think you
were. If they'd wanted you to plan their landscaping, they would have
asked. If you'd said when you planted it, "I want to plant this along
the fence, and it may intrude on your property. Are you OK with this
if I keep it trimmed?" I feel confident they would have been perfectly
satisfied, even pleased. If they were "cranky," they would have yanked
up the plants by the roots.
That is, their "eyesore" caused you nothing but aesthetic pain, while
your plants have become a very real nuisance to them.
I had a neighbor who hung her laundry out. This woman must've traveled the
world to find the ugliest panties. Believe me when I tell you.....there is
an absolute definition of "eyesore". I happen to be a professionally trained
and licensed connoiseur of ladies' underwear (preferably with ladies in
them), and I'm here to tell you.....damn. I almost quit the profession.
It's stupid here. Stupid weather. A few days ago, we had slush/rain, which
froze on the ground on irregular lumps that make it impossible to go for a
good walk unless you wear ice cleats. It snowed on top of that, thereby
making it harder to spot the ice. Today, it's supposed to reach the 50s, low
60s tomorrow, which is perfect trout fishing weather. But noooooooo...I have
to work. Just in time for the weekend, the temps will plunge into the 20s
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