There have been a lot of questions about neighbors lately. I wonder if that is because of the pandemic. I know our neighbors supposedly have been “reaching out” to us, but you couldn’t tell that living around here. To start with, on the whole New Englanders aren’t terribly friendly. They do tend to be rather insular and isolated — by choice and tradition. Boston is a lot friendlier than more rural areas like this one or at least the places we lived were very friendly with most of our neighbors.
This area isn’t especially friendly. I’m not really sure why, either. It’s partly tradition and partly something about the hard, rocky area and the hard rocky people who live here.
How well do you know your next-door neighbors? Do you like them?
We know our “across the street” neighbors in a polite, hello “how are you” sort of way. Not close friends, but pleasant and willing to chat by the mailboxes.
On one side (our left side), we have “Mr. Hostility.” His kids left. His wife left. He talks to no one and no one talks to him. I don’t think that’s a matter of “tradition.” I think he’s just a jerk.
On the other side (right), we’ve got people who grow pot in their backyard and burn trash near the tree-line. Given that we are in a drought right now (despite the rain and snow which hasn’t been enough to soak the woods), everything is tinder dry. There have been brush fires all over the valley. So far, it’s only burned about a dozen acres, but there are more trees than buildings in the valley (about 80% woodland), so you DON’T BURN TRASH BY THE TREES DURING A DROUGHT. It’s moronic.
Also, it stinks.
Do you have a full length mirror?
Yes. I have to admit that unless we are going somewhere special — something that we haven’t done in so long I can’t even remember what it felt like — I mostly use it to hang my sweatshirts on the two posts that surround it. It’s also getting kind of old and has that “crackly” look mirrors get after 20 years or so.
(For men) Do you shave every day or do you like the ‘stubble’ look, or a beard?
Garry shaves every day. He says it makes him feel better. My son has a beard and only trims it when nagged. He cut down the big beard today and he looks 10 years younger. I like beards, but they do add years to a man’s appearance.
(For ladies) How long do you spend putting on make-up in the morning?
I don’t put on makeup almost ever. As a start, I have a really bad case of dry eyes, so wearing make up makes my eyes hurt even more than usual. It’s another one of those “when we’re going out” things. The make up tends to get old while it waits for us to “go out.” and I hate spending money on something I so rarely use.
How many items of clothing are in your bedroom (or closet) and not hung up?
If it is in the closet, it is on a hanger. NOT only is it on a hanger, but all the hanger face the same direction (inward) so I can easily get the hanger out. However, since so much of my clothing is black or dark colored and my closet is overstuffed, things fall and down under the row of clothing, I can’t see anything, even with the light on. I lose clothing IN my closet. I’ve started buying lighter colored clothing because I’m tired of losing all my dark-colored clothing in the dark of the closet. I no longer hang any of my dark pants because I can never find them again.
The problem is that I used to work. I have a ton of relatively (by my standards) “nice” clothing that I used to wear to work and I’m the same size I used to be. But one of these days, I have to deal with this. It’s like cleaning out the refrigerator. One of these days. Any day now. Really. I’m planning it for any day now!
Do you have a happy place?
Anywhere along the river and anyplace on my property. I love the river, I love the woods.
If I didn’t dislike bugs as much as I do, I’d spend more time out there, but I really hate bugs and we have some of the biggest spiders I’ve ever seen living in our woods. Wolf spiders don’t only live out west. They also live in New England.