- 3 years ago
- Wedding: April 2018
…not all of them mind you, just most of them.
I’ve been telling Mr. 99 over and over, “Good fences make good neighbors” but the face is that our back yard is HUGE and the cost of installing a privacy fence around the back yard just doesn’t jive with our finances at the moment.
The neighbor to the East, is a very nice older lady, who has several health problems that limit her mobility as well as two dogs…one that gets out of her ramshackle fence all the time, and the other which is extremely aggressive due in part to his breed and a history of abuse…I’m not the kind of person who gives up on a life just because its broken, but a dog like that requires a large amount of energy, attention and training….and she can’t do any of that….so the dog hits the fence whenever my dogs come out, the other side of the yard backs up to a park, so he barks night and day at people walking and since she’s never home…he’s outside ALL THE TIME!
Mr. 99 and I had enough of this a few weeks ago when the dog kept us up all night, and instead of just fining her, the Animal Control people recommended mediation, Mr. 99 went and it was agreed that she would patch up the parts of the fence that her dog had torn down and since she’s done that…its quiet…which is wonderful and everything should be fine, right?
Our neighbors to the North, that house is actually kind of a mini apartment complex, where the couple that rents it, lets out several rooms to several people and one of them happen to be a older man with a dog Marley….this man has been fined several times for walking his dog in the park off lead, and while he’s always been really nice to Mr. 99 and I, he’s a bit odd and since there’s only a four foot chainlink fence between our yard and theirs, can pretty much stand in his yard and watch us all day if he wants to….which is weird.
Anyway, the brochure from the County Mediation Center advised Mr. 99 to talk with the neighbors and see if they had similar problems or experiences with out neighbor to the East, and being the good direction follower that he was, Mr. 99 did, but none of the neighbors felt comfortable rocking the boat, and since our yard was acting as a buffer, weren’t as affected…which is fine…or at least it would have been if our odd duck neighbor hadn’t felt compelled to leave some bizarre clandestine note on the East Neighbors door stating that he was asked about her dog but has no problems with him whatsoever…
This prompted a completely confrontation, accusatory, oddly paranoid phone call from the neighbor, who refuses to talk to Mr. 99 any longer because she feels he has blackened the dog’s reputation….(I managed NOT to laugh when she said this) is a liar, an exaggerator and generally horrible person….she demanded an apology from him and that we pay to repair the fence her own dog damaged because her back yard is ugly with the plywood boards shoring up the fence….?
I know, I was just as gobsmacked as you are right now…..
Just to recap the lives of the 99’s, in the last two weeks, we’re down:
…and are looking down the barrel at the passing of my Grandfather
So I really don’t have time for this crap….after managing not to scream at her, I simply told her that this conversation could not continue, I didn’t have enough information about the mediation as I was not present AND did not have the energy for such small matters just now…she tried to be nice to me after that, but I told her that I really needed to get off the phone just then and hung up….
Now I have to get tangled up in this whole mess, which is exactly what I didn’t want and don’t have the energy for….
Anyone have any ideas on this one?