waaa waaa waaa and how lucky I am…

First a waa…

I need some sleep! My neighbors have been practicing some electronic music in the very wee hours. Monday night’s sleep was disrupted from about 2:30 to 4, Tuesday’s about the same… and there was a drum set involved in this one, and last night’s at just before 4 am… Since I get up around 5:30, I never got back to sleep. I can do this on occasion (which has been the issue in the past), but not night after night after night.

I would have gone over and banged on their door… but… the young men are unpredictable, and one has a history of violence, and DH is out of town (coming home tomorrow evening… yay!). I don’t fear so much for my safety, but for retribution to my property when I’m not home, that my dogs could find some tasty poisoned treat in the yard, and worst of all is the worry that kiddo (who is nearly 13) is here alone now for an hour or so in the afternoon.

When I came home for lunch today, I stayed, and crashed on the couch for a bit… When I picked up some food at the store (within a mile of us), I realized that if I had to drive any distance, I would be putting myself and others on the road in some serious danger because I was so tired.

I did talk to their mother this evening. I think she’s heavily medicated, either professionally or on her own… not much going on behind her eyes these days. She may be afraid of her boys, I don’t know.

And the other waaa…

This morning when I walked kiddo the 5 blocks to his bus stop (an excuse to go for a quick walk with the girls before work), I saw two men with funny backpacks.

They were herbiciding my street!

I thought we could walk the sidewalk, but they herbicided that too. I should have left the girls home, but I didn’t.

I did call public works and complain, and sent an email to the director of public works and to the mayor. WTF were they thinking, doing a spray application at the hour that young people are out and about walking to their bus stops???? Shouldn’t they notify the residents? What if somebody had a serious chemical sensitivity? Even though I changed my shoes and washed my hands, I smelled herbicide on my hands for an hour or two. Maybe it’s just because I was pissed.

little waa…

Missing knit night this week… too much going on in the ‘hood here.

But I am lucky

I got to have a 10 week old puppy in my office for a half hour or so this morning… and on my lap much of the time. The rest of the time he was chewing my shirt, my toes, my phone cord, the window cords…. He’s a border collie lab mix named Trip. His “dad” blogs here, Turnorama, where he has just posted pics of Trip! Check out those little piranha teeth! Bill’s got some amazing photos there of places he’s been… most recently Labrador.

and other luckiness

I joined freecycle some time ago, and just this morning responded to a notice… and came home with these,
asst old knit mags

Mini waaa… can’t find the scanner cord, so I took some pics from Modern Needlecraft, No. 53, dated 1963 I think. It’s the green one with the butt ugly crocheted sweater on the front.

The green sweater on the right reminds me a bit of the cobblestone pullover… all mixed up.
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and what about those shoes???

Here’s a version with big buttons, or bobbles, or I don’t know what
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and you know what I think of bobbles…

The ribbed guy sweater is good though…

And do you think the little ornament inset is telling us we should be wearing this at holiday parties???
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I know leggings are coming back into fashion (::shudder::), but let’s hope it is never again like this,
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Here’s hoping for a good night’s sleep! I’ll be running the fan for some white noise.

9 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    September 4, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

    UGH – sorry to hear about your scary, loud neighbors. I’ve had neighbors like that – no fun. And boo hiss on the herbicide application! Glad you provided feedback to city hall. Love the vintage knitting pictures. Hee hee.

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    brenda said,

    September 4, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

    One word: earplugs. They work wonders.

    I would be pissed if someone was spraying chemicals on my sidewalk! I’m glad you complained.

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    kmkat said,

    September 4, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

    Yeah, ear plugs (read the labels to get the ones with the maximum decibel reduction; the best I have found are the white foam ones that decrease sound by 29d) and white noise, a winning combination. That is scary, to have potentially violent and drug-addled neighbors.

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    Julie said,

    September 5, 2008 @ 5:31 am

    If you were to call the cops when the noise is loud, would the neighbors be able to figure out it was you?

    I can’t believe they were spraying the sidewalks at that time of day; good for you for letting DPW know what you think about it!

    That doggy is adorable; I’d definitely put that in the “Lucky” categorgy.

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    Gramily said,

    September 5, 2008 @ 6:01 am

    But I DON’T know how you feel about baubles!!! Do tell! I think Trip should be put alone in a room with the sweater with baubles, though.

    I recently read that 80% of the population is sleep deprived. Being one who is chronically so, I believe it. But HOW are these figures established? I guess the surveys are taken at 3 a.m.

    Sorry about your most inconsiderate neighbors. Depressing. in oh so many ways.

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    mia said,

    September 5, 2008 @ 7:53 am

    Gotta love freecycle..

    but those knitted culottes??? oh my.

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    Vicki said,

    September 6, 2008 @ 7:33 am

    I was recipient of a pile of old knitting magazines a couple of years ago — I recognize one or two that we now share. I was surprised at how many of those patterns I recognized!

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    September 7, 2008 @ 8:32 pm

    Oh my goodness – what a little lack of sleep will do for you! Hope you’ve managed to catch up a bit. Crappy news about the herbicide. Looking forward to viewing the puppy, last knitting photo is just, scary.


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    jessie said,

    September 8, 2008 @ 11:45 am

    We have some partying neighbors like that! They are across the street down a long driveway and bother their side neighbors all the time. We can’t hear the music, just the occasional gunshots (late night target practice), and they’re very friendly to us, so I can’t complain, but other neighbors call the police almost weekly. Someone nicknamed their property “Hypodermic Ridge” and there are certainly an odd stream of comers and goers at all hours. I went to let the dog out at 1:15 last night and I could hear a lot of hooting and someone screamed “Turn it up!”

    I guess I’m old because I don’t think I’ve been voluntarily awake at 1:15 a.m. in about 20 years…

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