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    Tolerating neighbors

    Allow me to vent some aggravation...I don't know if I am just becoming cranky in my old age or if I picked the wrong house. Every single day of the growing season, the three neighbors across the street are using some sort of loud lawn machine - blowers, mowers, vacuums etc. One is a large commercial mower which is extra loud. If I go in the backyard, the smell of neighbor's dryer sheets from both sides is overwhelming so I stay inside when that is going on. The two neighbors behind us are pot-smokers so the nauseating skunky smell (at least to me) is a frequent thing. We don't have AC here so I can't just close the windows. I lived in closer proximity to neighbors in my last house but never experienced an assault to my senses like at this house.

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    I will join you on the neighbor ranting.

    I am glad my neighbors across the street bought a summer house that they spend most of their time at. The husband starts up his mower/blower often before 7am when he is home. I find that incredibly rude. The neighbor 1/4 mile down the road has an untrained pit bull mix, and he used to let his dog run wild. That dog would often run into my garden and destroy plants. I think someone may have said something or called animal control because I haven't seen it run loose in the last year (but I still see the dog in the owner's truck hanging out the window). The same neighbor is also somewhat deaf and when he won a wrongful termination lawsuit, he bought this ginormous stereo that I can hear 1/4 mile away. Well I can't really hear the music, just the boom boom boom of the bass.

    Luckily next door neighbor and diagonal neighbor keep to themselves and I have no neighbor to my left (an undeveloped piece of land, and then state park property).

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    We have a tiny house causing consternation in our neighborhood. I heard about it at the board meeting last night. So far it appears that it can be there legally, but that is difficult to believe, but maybe, who knows. i will snap a photos of it soon and post it.

    It is kind of an exciting controversy, I must say. I drove by it today and it is a legitimate tiny wooden house on wheels.

    The man who owns the property is—colorful. Sometimes volatile. A little scary. But not only because he wears dresses.

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    Neighbor behind has a fire pit. Our whole house smells like smoke if the windows are open.

    Neighbors next door have mangy dogs who continually bark at everything.

    Neighbor rant of the day for me too.

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    I share your pain regarding endless assaults from mowers, blowers, pressure washers--add in float planes, personal watercraft, and miscellaneous noisemakers...There seems to be an unwritten rule that no two of the power tools can operate at the same time, so it's pretty much a constant noise barrage all summer. Global warming seems to be helping, though--the less rain there is, the less need for machines. I knew there was an upside.

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    Jane,

    I’ve been thinking of you every morning for the past three days because there is an giant truck sitting at the corner of our block cleaning out a sewer and it has that mechanical noise that just groans on and on and on. I cannot fathom what they are doing but DH says “why, they are cleaning out the sewer!” as though I am stupid. But I have never seen this operation before. And it goes on and on and on and I’m sick of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    Jane,

    I’ve been thinking of you every morning for the past three days because there is an giant truck sitting at the corner of our block cleaning out a sewer and it has that mechanical noise that just groans on and on and on. I cannot fathom what they are doing but DH says “why, they are cleaning out the sewer!” as though I am stupid. But I have never seen this operation before. And it goes on and on and on and I’m sick of it.
    Ha! That's probably another offender! I'm always trying to figure out what another noxious noise is...

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    We are assaulted with noise with all the gadgets, aren't we? The trimmers, the blowers, the mowers, the street sweepers, garbage truck, delivery and on and on....
    Gandhi: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony .

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    I have neighbors with bad or nonexistent mufflers on their cars who come and go at all hours of the night. I don't know how they pass the state annual inspection.

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    My neighbors fire off guns often. Including ones that start with letters like “AR” one neighbor plays with what I am pretty sure is dynamite. One afternoon he temporarily deafened me when I was standing between my metal barn and the shock wave. They have parties with loud music that go late into the night - but not often. Two have businesses that involve moving large trucks and equipment early in the morning and throughout the day. There are fireworks. And dogs. At least one person burns garbage. People upstream throw debris in the creek. Harvest season starts before dawn and goes past dusk.

    i wish they wouldn’t burn garbage. And I could do without the dynamite. But I am so much happier here than I was in my little subdivision where other people got to tell me what to do (and mowed my grass, and complained about my kids, and still had noisy, annoying parties but basically in my backyard.) my goats scream sometimes. My rooster crows at 4 a.m. we don’t mow the county’s grass. My road gets cleared before the plows are out. And if you get stuck, somebody will help you.

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