Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Did you start singing when you read the title? Did it remind you of Mr. Rogers? LOL

The first morning after we moved in, the dog needed to go out and nobody was up. So without thinking, without brushing my teeth, I just slipped my feet into my sneakers, tied my hair in a pony and went out. Bleary-eyed because I’d yet to sip any coffee.

In our old rental, we had a yard (being a free standing house – I’m now in a townhouse). The neighbors couldn’t see me in my pjs, so it was no big deal. But here?! Yikes!

I walked outside (in sweats) to be greeted within 5 minutes by 3 neighbors, with 2 other dogs in tow. Talk about not making a good first impression! While they were really nice and very chatty, I have to really remember now that I need to be on my game when I leave the house because they’re everywhere! I’ve never lived in a townhouse development. This is all new to me. I resisted for years because I wanted a stand-alone-house like I’d always had. But the landlords wanted to take advantage of the market and sell the house we were renting, so I had no choice but to find a new place to live…and while this was the top of my budget, I felt like it was ‘the one’ to get. So I did.

Thus far, this is like living on a city block because there are always people walking around! Since the first encounter, I’ve met about 8 other people who are walking their dogs or just walking around. I guess I’ll have to get used to it. But it’s a little daunting. I’m used to my privacy. Quiet. An occasional friendly wave. But not full on chatter from strangers! LOL

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9 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

  1. E.A. Wickham says:

    Yes, I understand. In our neighborhood we go for morning walks and the neighbors who walk are very chatty. It takes a bit of time to get used to it.


  2. scr4pl80 says:

    I can’t even talk to my family until I have coffee!


  3. hbsuefred says:

    Janie – Loving the ALL the aspects of the fresh new you! So many changes, most for the better as I read it as I also see them as new opportunities. Like E.A., who has appeared in PJ pants a time or two in her neighborhood, I’m sure you won’t be the first or last to do that in yours! I’ve been in my new place for about 9 months now and have yet to meet my neighbors. I bet if I had a dog or a kid I would already know some by now but c’est la vie. I understand that many residents live here for a relatively short time i.e. until they buy a house. Sadly, just this morning, I awoke to the sounds of a crying dog. I hope his peeps get home soon!


    • janieleeds says:

      I love that you have a new place too! That’s awesome!! Sorry you haven’t met many neighbors yet, but hopefully you’ll find some nice ones that are living nearby! Thanks for sharing!!

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