If We Were Neighbours

Krysten at Why Girls Are Weird did this fun little post last week and I just couldn’t resist doing it as well!

I really enjoy the neighbourhood I live in. While we get a couple “extra” weeks of winter up here (it will snow here and rain everywhere else in the city), it’s very family-friendly and people are generally friendly. One of my actual neighbours is pretty great. The other ones … we tolerate …

Okay, it’s not that bad, but we can’t choose our neighbours, right? Right.

So, if we were neighbours …

You’d probably hear me yelling at the dogs. They both love being outside but with one being old and the other being, well, Campbell, it’s hard to get them to listen. Campbell has selective hearing when it’s time to come in the house, and Daphne just takes her sweet time doing anything and everything. Ugh.

You’ll smell our barbecue going in February. Almost always during the first “warm” weather weekend of the year, we’ll fire up the barbecue. We love to barbecue! So if you smell something cooking outside, it’s probably us.

You’ll hear Isla barking. Yep, my kid barks. I don’t know if it’s something she picked up from watching Paw Patrol or 101 Dalmatians, but she’ll stand in our driveway and bark. Kids, I tell yah …

You’ll see me shamelessly roll the garbage cans out in my PJs. I love the winter months because we can leave the cans out the night before pick up day, but in the summer there’s bears and we can’t put them out until the morning of. So, more often than not, you’ll see me frantically rolling the cans out at 7 a.m. in my pajamas.

You may see my husband jumping on the trampoline. Fun fact: The trampoline we have is his, not Isla’s. Kyle jumps on it as a form of exercise, so don’t be alarmed if you see him out there at night jumping away. Isla loves it as well!

You’ll probably think I’m mean to my dogs. (I’m not!) Campbell LOOOOVES to sunbathe and can’t get enough of the summer heat. He’ll lay on our back deck in the summer until he can’t take it anymore, come inside to cool down/get a drink, then beg to go back out. Daphne lives for the cold weather and it could be -20°C and snowy and she’ll just want to be outside. (I’ve actually had someone chirp at a photo I posted to a local news site of her being happy in the snow, telling me to “Get that dog in the house!”) She’s an Alaskan Malamute, she can handle herself just fine ;)

You’ll probably get baked goodies at Christmastime. I love to bake around the holidays and I’ll most likely deliver a tin to your house wishing you a Merry Christmas. I expect nothing in return – just enjoy the cookies!!

You’ll see me looking out the front window. It’s not that I “keep tabs” on what’s going on – I swear I’m not THAT neighbour – I just like to people watch! I’ve seen kids bail off their scooters after the wheel has fallen off, a dog run away from its owner after a firework was set off, kids get in trouble by their parents for hitting their car with a tennis ball while playing catch … it’s just fun to watch!

So, now you tell me – What would it be like if I were neighbours with you??

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5 thoughts on “If We Were Neighbours

  1. This is so fun, and I legit laughed at the mental image I have of Isla barking while standing on your driveway!

    If you were neighbors with me, you’d probably think *I* was mean to my dog because you might hear him crying right after I leave. It’s pitiful!

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  2. If we were neighbours you’d probably hear me yelling at the dog – “CHLOE! BAD DOG!” followed by Topher yelling the same thing, and then little Ellie’s voice saying “NO NO CO-EE! BAD GIRL!” at least a dozen times during the day. We live in a condo and even though dogs are permitted, they’re not supposed to be loud and Chloe enjoys barking at birds and trash cans and the vacuum. You would also see me taking the garbage out in my PJs! So far I haven’t dropped Topher off at school in them, but that’s because I always wear my winter jacket so I only have to pull on jeans before leaving the house :D

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  3. If we were neighbours you would definitely hear Chloe barking out the window at random things and also see her little face in our front window almost all day every day. You’d also see me go out every morning and pull my car forward for Eric to go to work. He leaves before me in the morning and I always get home later than him in the evenings so my car always ends up being in front. It’s kind of annoying even though it’s only 2 minutes out of my morning lol.

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