Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A crazy night!
Tuesdsay started normal enough: early PT appointment, back home after stopping at Aldi's for milk, ice cream for upcoming birthday celebration, 2 pkgs sliced cheese for sandwiches. Grabbed 2 kids and headed to the orthodontist. Made arrangements for last kid to finally get braces off in May. 5 of us have had orthodonture through this MD, it's the end of an era, to be sure! Back home again, leftovers for lunch, hung out a bit then left with one DS for late afternoon appointments. Meanwhile DS #1 and his GF came over for the afternoon, and to stay for supper, as I had a CP of homemade Italian meatballs in homemade sauce awaiting, I had made a loaf of Italian herbed garlic bread to accompany. Sides were to be salad and sauteed Swiss Chard.
DS and I returned home, to be greeted by my older 2, with DD telling me that she had a good story to tell me, oh, and the power had just gone out. Ugh. Turns out that the new neighbor had stopped over, only after having his crew of landscapers walk all over my portion of the property (including the deck???). Neighbor told the kids to tell their Mom that he got a quote for doing the entire property for plowing and landscaping services. Remember-this same new neighbor already told me of his plans to do all sorts of things to the landscape, to bring it up to speed/aka his standards. Note that this is a more rural town, surrounded by trees/forests and old, colonial stone walls. This isn't necessarily a town where one sees many pristine manicured lawns. I've re-read my lease, it is specific that I am required to do "lawn mowing" so that is all that I will be paying for. I had previously advised this guy that I am in a contract with a plow service. I would not have any interest in a plow quote. Bundling lawn services with this neighbor-no thanks. What happens is we end up moving? What services is he contracting for, expecting me to go 50% in for?
What irked me more was that I had recently been talking to him, and he mentioned that there were 2 cars in the driveway, he wasn't sure which was mine. I told him that the more beat up car is Dd's (DD is saving to have the body work done on her Honda, as a result of a crash in Dec)-typical college kid/young adult car IMO, and that I drive a Prius. Pretty different models. He knew that I wasn't home, yet felt the urge to approach the home anyway. The youngest are sometimes home alone for a short while, with instructions NEVER to open the door. He never asked if I was home, he would have been told that I was out, "do you want to leave a message?"
Instead, he was almost forcing his way in, with DS #1 and DD physically blocking the doorway. Luckily, DS is tall and has a strong presence about him. He stood his ground, alongside his sister. Neighbor initiated the conversation with the statement that his power was out and is there a breaker switch for his cottage, somewhere within this home. DS advised him that this house was also out of power, and no, there is no breaker. This neighbor has 2 older kids, he should "get it." Older DS sensed that if this guy could have, he would have entered the home and later gone down cellar to check for himself. Pushy, nervy and arrogant. None of us have had a good vibe from this guy. Don't get me wrong, I don't want any issues, and would be more than happy to do a good turn, accept/sign for mail/package for him, take in mail/newspaper should he be away, but that really is it.
With guests over for dinner, I had DS call for pizza and he went over to the next town and grabbed it, I paid for it. Naturally, within an hour, it was back on, the fire was going, it was toasty. : )
We had a "picnic" all the same, in the living room as one DS asked if we could. Fine. Leftovers for lunch the next day.
I was almost done with a carefully worded e-mail to the neighbor (going on record that I do NOT intend to bundle snow removal/lawn services with him), when the power quit AGAIN around 8:40 at night, not returning until 4:40 a.m. Wed. Remember: no power=no heat, no toilet, no water. Luckily (?) we're used to this. DS left shortly after the power quit and reported that he couldn't get down one end of our road, power crews, police, Fire Dept there-looked like someone ran into a pole or something.