What type of neighborhood do you live in? Ours is pretty quiet. We live close to a local golf club in an established subdivision. Our home was built in 1955 when the little town we live in started expanding. We love it! Other than our 3 kids, there are only about 5 other kids in the whole neighborhood. None of them are near our kids ages. They seem about middle school aged. There are a lot of retired people or empty-nesters around us. I've decided that they hate us.
Why you ask? Well, the retired and empty-nesters have beautiful yards. All spring and summer long they were out grooming them. They were green with beautiful flower gardens. Ours was not. Hubs and I refered to our yard as the one bringing down home values...lol. We mowed about once every 2 weeks. Or so. I was thankful that my flower bulbs and perennials came back because I didn't have time to fuss with my flower beds. We did put in some nice red mulch, but that's about it.
Now that fall is here, I am REALLY feeling the pressure. We have a beautiful sycamore and maple tree in our yard. I love them! With fall here, we are raking leaves into piles and letting the kids jump in them. Meanwhile, every. single. yard. in our neighborhood has been raked and the contents put into mulch bins or compost piles. Our leaves are everywhere. It's nature, they'll disappear over the winter right?
Now, this past week it was unusually warm in our neck of the woods. I look outside and almost all the houses have their Christmas lights up! None of them are turning them on, but all their decor is out. We still have out our pumpkins. From Halloween. Some are whole, some were carved. The carved ones now look like people who wear dentures without their teeth in. It's sad. I mean, doesn't everyone prefer to hang Christmas lights in sub-zero weather with ice on the roof? I know that's our families idea of a good time (roll eyes here please). Truth be told, we may or may not even get Christmas lights up. Is it really necessary to put them up anyway? Who knows, at the rate we're going we may put them after Christmas.
All I this is that the neighbors hate us, and I'm okay with it.