Take pride in your home and property

United States
September 15, 2015 10:36am CST
We have two neighbors on one side of us and they are related. Two homes on the property. The mom and step-dad do a lot for the mom's kid and his wife, probably way too much. The step-dad in the time we've been here would mow their yard, take their trash every Saturday and do any and all little odd jobs. The 'son' does nothing, he doesn't work and he plays on the computer all day.His wife only works a few days a week. How they survive we don't have a clue...but that's not the point. The step-dad stopped doing things for them we noticed...no more picking up their trash to take to the 'convenient center' and no more mowing their ditch. Some relative mows the yard for them now but no one has mowed the ditch in months an month. Last night I heard strange noises and saw the dust blowing in the wind. They had about 5 or 6 people over there and someone was mowing the ditch. It wasn't the step-dad he wasn't there. So we took a little ride out there this morning and I must say it looks 100,000 percent better..and it is something they should have done months ago when the grass/weeds were shorter and easier to deal with. Just because we live in the country we don't like it when the neighbors make the area look like country bumpkins live there. They own it, they need to take care of it. We do have a sneaking suspicion that a 4-sale sign is going to appear....that could be a good or a bad thing for us.
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@Jessicalynnt (48190)
• Centralia, Missouri
15 Sep 15
It's sad when people take advantage of family like that. If the younger man couldnt work (which I doubt is the case, but still), then he should have been doing what he could in trade value. I can't say we are the best at yard care. We keep it mowed, and try not to be the last on the block to mow the front, and do a little, but I am not a yard gardening person, and you can tell in the lack of general grooming in the front beds, still, it is not trashy or overgrown.
• United States
15 Sep 15
He is supposedly living on disability but I don't know all the details, just what others say - you learn a lot at the beauty shop or dentist office. He can't legally drive, supposed to be 'legally blind'....
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• Centralia, Missouri
15 Sep 15
@AbbyGreenhill ok, so maybe those things were true, but I just BET he could have found a few things around there to help out. One can't drive, but if he could play video games then he could have done some online work, helped put up dishes, maybe cook a little, you know.
• United States
15 Sep 15
@Jessicalynnt Cook - I don't think he cooks, usually when she gets home she is 'manning the grill'.
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@LadyDuck (118309)
• Switzerland
15 Sep 15
I like to see the gardens around us clean and neat. I do not appreciate when neighbors do not take care of their property. We are obliged to keep the lawn mowed and the hedges pruned. If someone does not do the job we can call the town all and ask them to send a gardener. They do the work and send an invoice to the owner.
• United States
15 Sep 15
I wish we could do that but out here in the country there are no rules...just common sense which is lacking.
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@LadyDuck (118309)
• Switzerland
16 Sep 15
@AbbyGreenhill You are right, common sense is lacking. I am glad that they decided to oblige people to keep gardens clean. A wild lawn can attract snakes and other wild animals.
• United States
16 Sep 15
@LadyDuck The wild animals are in the woods behind us and that's where they feed, so luck they stay back there.
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@sofssu (14742)
16 Sep 15
I agree people need to take pride about in their home and surroundings. I cannot stand those people who will keep their home clean and throw things around too.