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15 November 2013

We Shouldn't Live in A Neighborhood


 It might be kind of hard to tell, but this is the time that Angel mowed a heart shape into our yard for me.


I have a funny feeling that for Angel and I, the best place for us will always either be the boondocks, where there's no one around to be annoyed by us, or a high-rise apartment building, where at least we won't have a lawn to be responsible for.

Without further ado, I present to you:

10 Reasons Why It's a Very Good Thing That Angel and I Don't Live in a Neighborhood:

1. I'll start with the most seasonally appropriate one: We don't rake our leaves.

2. We don't water, fertilize, or put weed killer our lawn. This is partially based on our values and partially just laziness. I don't think fertilizing grass or killing weeds is a great reason to put chemicals where I walk. To me, it's just not worth it. Plus...neither one of us really cares how pretty our grass is.

3. Angel isn't the most consistent lawn mower. I swear he's getting better. He is 100% in charge of our tractor mower and I choose not to nag him to mow the lawn no matter what it looks like. Last summer, he mowed more frequently than in previous years, but only in random semi-artistic patches. It was kind of weird.

4. We have frequent bonfires. All year long, even in the dead of winter when the snow is so deep that I have to use a shovel to find the exact location of our burn pit. You see, people in neighborhoods might have to use a paper shredder on important documents, because there might be rules about outdoor fires. But we think bonfires are ever so much more exciting than paper shredders.

5. We like to host large parties. Our driveway and yard are large enough that so far, no one has ever had to park on the street. We have room for everybody! This would not be the case if we lived in a subdivision.

6. We don't have curtains.

7. Sometimes having guests over means target practice in the backyard (always with great care and many safety measures). This might be frowned upon in civilized regions.

8. I typically run away from the door instead of answering it when someone knocks (See DoorbellPhobia). I have a feeling we would get a lot more people knocking on the door if we lived in a neighborhood.

9. We have invested $0 in seasonal outdoor decorations. All Christmas lights are indoors. Not much fun for people driving down the road, but significantly easier to put up and take down.

10. I believe in composting rather than throwing away remains of food, however, my version of composting usually looks like feeding leftovers from dinner to our cats and putting apple cores and banana peels in the woods behind my house. Not very scientific.

You may now all go into your weekends rejoicing that you don't happen to live 30 feet away from Angel and Rachel. However, we're nice people from a distance. :)

35 comments :

  1. LOL My husband and I are guilty of quite a few of these. I wonder if our neighbours hate us.

    My trick is every Christmas I take gifts over to them. Seems to smooth everything over : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  2. haha this is funny. I love the hear though! That is sweet!

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  3. i wish we didn't live in a neighborhood, but that's mostly because i would love to have a bigger property for the kids to run around on.

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  4. Hahaha! I loved this! So funny! =D =D And hoooow freaking cute with the heart!! Angel's a keeper! Have a great weekend!

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  5. Hahah what an epic list! You crack me up Rach!!!

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  6. Ha! We live in a townhouse, so we only have a front yard. Hubs takes care of the lawn pretty consistently, but if we had more yard, he might not be so willing to do it all the time! And bonfires sound like so much more fun than paper shredders!

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  7. Haha #6 made me laugh. And I do live in a neighborhood and don't do several of these, whoops!

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  8. Agree on point No 9. No point in putting the lights outside.

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  9. We live in a neighborhood, but we don't do #1 and #2, because there's no point lol. We want a fire pit, but we don't have yet. If we did, we would definitely use it. I don't invite people to my house or have parties. I'm not really a hostess type. I hate answering the door and hate answering it. I won't answer it, if I'm not expecting someone. I ordered so much online that UPS always delivered it. He now just rings the doorbell and places it at the door hehe

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  10. Haha. These are so similar to us! We definitely want to move from our apartment out into the country!

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  11. Love your #5, hit us all up when the next party is! ;)

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  12. The heart shape is so cool! Great post. Door bell phobia... Yes I can relate to that.

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  13. Haha you cracket me up Rachel. But you mostly do ;-) Love your funny story's. They always make me smile. Thx sweetie. You and Angel have a great weekend.

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  14. We are getting ready to move out to the country this summer. We also compost and our neighbors think its weird! And lets just say they weren't thrilled when I told them I was getting CHICKENS in my backyard, ha ha ha ha!!!

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  15. hahaha i love this so much! I don't think I'm civilized enough to live in a subdivision either....

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  16. I was laughing along until I came across "We don't have curtains," and then I got scared! Aren't you worried someone will see you/watch you from the street??? Be careful!

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  17. HAHA ohhh my gosh did this make me laugh- especially Angel's sporadic mowing. I just imagined him mowing a portion of the grass, getting bored, and walking away. Also, I'd looove to have a bonfire in winter (how toasty) so go you!

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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  18. Hahahaha! We are guilty of quite a few of these in my family, too. Especially the sporadic mowing (it is great we don't have to do any mowing where we live right now).

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  19. LMBO at the frequency of your lawn care. We are definitely guilty and we actually do live in a neighborhood. I started feel bad when the next door neighbor won Yard of the Month and our grass was hanging over the edges of the curb. So we bit the bulled (since we are both city kids to the tea and know nothing of yards) and had a professional come by. It was reasonably priced and he did EVERYTHING in 4 hours!

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  20. It's so funny you mention mowing the lawn. My husband and I just moved into a subdivision this year and we are surrounded by retired people who spend ALL DAY, EVERY DAY on their lawns. We are happy if we can get out once a week and mow. I'm sure they are saying bad things about us behind their freshly painted doors...

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  21. Haha I love your simply put, "we don't have curtains." Well that is a very good reason to not have neighbors lol.

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  22. NUMBER 6 how scandalous if you lived in a neighborhood :P

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  23. hehe, as much as these are great reasons and our neighbours can be really annoying sometimes, if we lived on acreage here....we'd have to put up with spiders and snakes. I'll take noisy and rude and smoking neighbours over that any day!!!

    Away From The Blue

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  24. I think lawns are kind of a wasteful luxury. When you think about how much time, money, and resources go into them, it's really kind of ridiculous. I wish more people would think first before pumping their yard full of chemicals. It just can't be a safe practice. One of these days, I'm going to rip it all out and put something fun in there, but I can't think of what. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  25. A neighborhood is not always a good idea, especially when the neighbors are nothing but trouble makers. I adore the heart, Angel is very handy :)

    Hugs

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  26. Ugh, neighbourhoods.I am all about the open space thing,

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  27. #6 is so silly. i love it. we're pretty bad apartment neighbors being that we're both morning people that LOVE really loud music - and running around with our dog. needless to say, lots of noise complaints. we're considering a move to the country... what will be?

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  28. Haha. This post is hilarious! I think hubby would love to have space between houses when we finally move to a house and I mean a lot of space so you all would be awesome neighbors haha :) Thanks for sharing on my new hop Countdown in Style. Don't forget to come back on Friday to see if you are featured. xoxo

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  29. Hahaha I always think my neighbours hate me for never cleaning my front yard! Well, I'm glad you're no my neighbour haha!

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  30. Haha, I really like my space, not a big fan of close by houses... so our apartment living is not my favorite, but I'm trying to be a nice enough apartment-dweller ;)

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  31. We don't have curtains either! But, we've been seriously meaning to get some.

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  32. I could live in a neighborhood as long as the houses were at least 100 ft. away from each other. I can't stand these houses that are literally 15 ft. apart and look EXACTLY the same. How boring and cramped.
    Weed killer is also terrible. I don't see how people do it and then send their kids out to play on it right afterwards. Ugh.
    If we lived outside of town we would have a lot of bonfires. They are one of the things that we both really enjoy.

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  33. We live in a city neighborhood and we compost! Our box is very classy looking - we often get asked if we keep bees - and compost actually doesn't smell. Well, it does smell, but it has a pleasant dirt smell. We also don't put up Christmas lights outside our house. Ain't nobody got time for that!

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  34. My husband knew he would not commit to mowing the lawn and resigned himself to paying someone to take care of the lawn. My husband's too lazy to put lights on the outside of the house, so I'll put them in the windows, but that's it.

    Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style! Don't forget to come back on Friday to see if you were featured!

    ~~April~~
    100lbCountdown.com

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