a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Friday, May 27, 2016

They fascinate me

I don't think this post will make much sense or come to any conclusions, but they do fascinate me. 

Who are "they?"  My across the street neighbors.

Little background.  Since I work at home and glued to the computer screen for 8 hours, hubby "insists" that I have at least a window to look outside of instead of just looking at 4 bare walls.  Every house we looked at we would consider where I would set up my work station which is just basically a computer desk with a computer on it; not too much needed.

It got so bad that our realtor would look at houses and herself comment where I would work and some houses were eliminated because there just wasn't a good work area for me.

I hit the jackpot here.  The way the rooms are lined up (yes I still need to take pictures), the front room actually is the best room for my work station and printer, file cabinet, etc., so we call in the "office room." (Brilliant name for it, don't you think?)

My work station faces right out the front window so I see all the gatherings of the house across the street and a little to the house left of them, my right, and I know things about that house, but I'll save that for another day.  

The people across the street are a Hispanic family (nothing against them, just for reference sake). I think there may be 3 generations living there, mom/dad, daughter and daughter's daughter. That's what I've put together with who leaves together and comes back together. Daughter's daughter is school age, I'm thinking 4th/5th grade.

The menfolk are gardeners.  When I say menfolk, I mean there are other men that don't live there, but show up in the mornings and gather things together and start out on their day's work. They start showing up at about 6:15 a.m. and oftentimes don't come back until after 6:30 p.m. I figure they must have a business and everyone works for the business and group at this house to get equipment, ride together, etc. They are masterful in parking their cars/trucks of the workers in the driveway or under their carports and then have things moved around by the end of the day in order to go home.

You might think I'm spying on them, and really I'm not (maybe just a little) but I'm on the computer that early because hubby leaves for work around 6:30 a.m.  I don't start my workday until 9:30 a.m. and finish up at 6 p.m.  

Throughout the day I see the comings and goings of the ladyfolk (I don't think that's a word, spell checker doesn't like it). The older lady there goes to work about 6:40 a.m. and comes home around 2:20 p.m.  She is wearing a shirt, slacks, and an apron. The daughter comes and goes at erratic schedules and I think last week she was going on job interviews because I saw her more dressed up than normal for a few days. The younger daughter (or her daughter, like I said, I'm still trying to piece this together) leaves for school around 7:15 and gets home varying times as the schedule changes throughout the week. Rarely will she walk to school but I've seen her walk home a couple of times.

The menfolk are hard workers. They oftentimes work Saturdays and sometimes Sundays. They have the only green grass on our block and water it daily (and cut it weekly). They also have a pool in their backyard (I saw the pool cleaning guy come by a few times). 

Do you think I'm stalking them? Honestly I'm not. Its just I'm "chained" to the computer for that work schedule and the window happens to just be right by my work station. Only thing we did wrong. My monitor is right smack in the middle of the view across the way so sometimes I have to lean to the right or the left as I check them out. 

Okay, so maybe I am a bit stalking them. 

And again, they fascinate me.

For whatever reason, I don't know.

Maybe its because I'm stuck to the computer desk 8 hours out of a day with just a front window to give me a little diversion.

36 comments:

Eileen T said...

That's not stalking - it just sounds like normal, healthy interest to me! Have you ever spoken to them?

Bijoux said...

That's a lot of folks to keep track of.....LOL!

My across the street neighbor is bizarre. A divorced woman and I have no clue who all lives there, but I hate her dog.

Maria Zannini said...

My window faces the woods and all I see are the birds, squirrels, deer, fox, rabbits, and the occasional coyote.

I set up a hummingbird feeder and there's been a lot of activity since then. There's a mated pair of roadrunners that live in our woods. The same deer also seem to traverse the same paths too. Once a neighbor's cows ventured over to where our goats lived.

We seem to be a popular place for wildlife.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I don't think you are a stalker but a tried and true people watcher. I'm one too and love to watch others and make up stories sometime about what kind of life they live. We recently got new neighbors and have come to the conclusion that none of them work. They rarely leave and never at a scheduled time. We are not sure just how many people live there as every now and then a new face appears. I think I'd rather have your neighbors than mine. When I worked I had a window right by my work station and here at home I have a window right by the computer too. I can't see the neighbors from here but I can watch the sun rise.

baili said...

found your sharing really interesting dear you with your words you made me feel sit and look at them,i agree with your last line ,as you stuck in one place for long while and this is the only thing that changes the whole mood for a short while ,

when we moved in our new house almost nine years ago i found my neighbors so curious as every day people around me were visiting me and inviting me to their home that was little hard for me because i am not much public person i like to stay home stick with my homely chores ,glad they got it later and now i am in peace

Chatty Crone said...

I think you describe very hard workers. And people watching is good - if you see something out of the ordinary in your neighborhood you can call the police. I am glad you have such a great room and have finally found home.

Pat Hatt said...

lol leaning a little to the left and right may make you a stalker in training. If you start sneaking across the street and peeking in their windows, then seek help hahaha

Intense Guy said...

My desk is like yours - I face looking out the front of my house and see my "cross the street" neighbors at "idle" times (or when something just catches my eye and distracts me.

The catty-corner neighbor is a man with 2 high school / college teen boys and a wife who works. The man is on disability I think although I see him pushing a lawn mower and doing some rather hard (and hot) yard work pretty frequently.

The straight across neighbor makes me cringe when he backs out his driveway - he is a horrible driver and has hit his own mailbox dozens of times - and hit mine at least twice - and a telephone pole hard enough to splinter it.

Spying? Not hardly, just seeing the world as it goes by.

jack69 said...

Boy oh boy is this a good one. I enjoyed the read, curiosity or just interest. YOu are always an interesting read. Thanks. My view changes sometimes weekly, at least monthly. I don't have time to learn as much, but still interesting stuff 'out the window'.
From Florida with love!

Liz A. said...

Rear Window. Let's just hope you don't witness a murder.

Of course you're interested. It's what's in front of you every day. You should go by and introduce yourself. Not for any other reason than they're your neighbors. And then you'll have some names to go with the faces. And they'll probably wave at you when they see you working away at home.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I'm guessing you're a people watcher. Plus, what else is there to look at for so many hours stuck in that spot? You need a break from work now and again! They do sound fascinating, though, and a very productive bunch!

joeh said...

"Rear Window" came to my mind also.

Paula Kaye said...

I won't call it stalking. Because I do the same with all my neighbors. And I don't have a computer sitting right in the front window. I do it because I am nosy and I want to know what is going on! Can't wait to see pictures of your house!

Mevely317 said...

I love the way you talk, and make up words to suit your point, Betty. I so get it!

What struck me most? Your workdays sound like a premise for a who-done-it thriller. Color me, intrigued!

Have a great weekend!

Saleslady371 said...

I'm intrigued as well. This makes for a good story. Hope they pop over and introduce themselves, maybe bring you a plate of cookies. Do neighbors still welcome that way? Not in my neighborhood. I came home from work to find a hate note on my door my first week of work. "We don't want neighbors. You are not wanted!" So anything better than that gets my vote!!!!!

Jo said...

I do hope you get up and move around during your 8 hours or so of being stuck there. I believe the recommendation is to get up once an hour. Maybe you could use your getting up time to go across the road and say hi to anyone who is there at the time.

Danielle L Zecher said...

Nothing wrong with being aware of the goings on in the neighborhood.

We live almost at the very end of a dead end street, and most of our block is pretty close knit. I like it. It's nice to know we're looking out for each other, and that someone will notice if something isn't right.

lyndagrace said...

Betty, I love this piece! I can stare out a window and just watch the tree branches sway in the wind. We don't have "across the street neighbors". But we are on the main drag of our community. Lots of walkers walking by and I've taken to giving them nicknames. I won't go into that here. :) People watching, a great way to break up the monotony.

Linda said...

Love your "office room" with a view! Suppose to look away regularly from computer. Our view is mostly out back on a neighbors yard. My mom has a good view of her neighborhood and am blessed they all keep an eye on things. Sometimes I get the feeling I'm being watched, just a part of houses being so close together. Now if there is a telescope or binoculars involved ...

Megan Whitson Lee said...

I think we may have the same neighbors! Lol! The ones you described sound exactly like ours. By the way, we are fascinated by ours too.

DMS said...

It sounds like there is a lot of activity at the house across the street so no wonder you notice what is going on. :) I don't know very much about my neighbors, but I don't have a work space that looks out at anyone's home. I think curiosity is normal and maybe a story will come from what you see. :)
~Jess

Lowcarb team member said...

Well a most descriptive post.
When I sit at my computer I can see trees and although lovely are not quite so interesting!

All the best Jan

Birgit said...

One needs to look out a window and check out the goings on from time to time. My hubby makes it a fun time to be the watchdog of the neighbourhood. He knows all the comings and goings of everyone and has no problem with this. I have been here for 17 years and had no clue about anyone.

Thea O'Brian said...

I often thought of making a post on my neighbors. Some of it would be hair raising! I thought of writing a book but would have to change the names of all concerned.
http://enchantedfantasies.blogspot.com/

Denise said...

My computer is also in a street facing room. Occasionally I have the shade up, usually not. But I always know when my neighbor leaves cause her car makes a lot of noise (it's new, but noisy). My neighbors are from Moscow. He has his own business (?), she goes in and out all day, and there are two teenage girls - one in high school and one in college. In the summer an older woman always comes to visit. They are friendly enough to say 'hi', but that's about it.

Mary said...

Ha, ha! I don't think you're stalking them. I would be a bit curious, too.

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

Where I live, Mexicans normally have more than one family unit in the home.

You aren't stalking, you are noticing. Nothing wrong with that.

It's good to have a window while you work. Spending that much time in front of a computer at home alone? Yeah, you need to watch the neighbors a little. lol

Sunni said...

Betty,

I don't think you're stalking either. We have some curious neighbors as well.

The older man next door died so his son rented the house to a nice couple for a year or two. They moved and now it's rented to a guy who is supposed to be in law enforcement. I have no idea how many people, kids and pets are living in that house now. I wish they would move because they lie right to our faces when we ask them things.

Of course we already know the answer to our questions, but they will never admit anything. "No, we have no cats," the wife said when in fact they have three.

People come and go all the time and they hold parties where cars and trucks end up all over the neighborhood looking for parking spots. We can't go outside any longer and sit in peace and quiet because of all the screaming kids. They told the owner they were looking for a house to buy and would move in a year (June) but they are so entrenched over there that I think that was all a big lie too. I could go on and on about these people.

They have little regard for the three cats they have, which run loose and almost get run over all the time. The man says, "It's okay, cats have nine lives." I feel sorry for the little girl who plays in the front yard. It's going to be tragic one day when one of them actually reaches it's demise on the road.

We came home from work one day to find the yard dug up. He said he was having a professional fence put in. The "professional fence" ended up being lattice cut in thirds and nailed up along the side of his rental house from our yard to his. He now has two big tortoises back there too. I imagine the fence is to keep them in the yard.

To top things off, this guy thinks he's above the law.

I could write several posts about these people and maybe I will later.

Sunni

N J Magas said...

I don't have a window in my closet (it is a literal closet that I hollowed out and put a desk and some lights in) so I move my operation to the kitchen table in front of the big bay windows where I spy on... my neighbour's trees. It's all I can see, sitting on this incline, but the other day I saw some kids sitting on our front stairs in the rain. At first I was "get off my lawn" angry, but then I pitied them because they were sitting on the wet stairs and I almost brought them towels until I remembered that I wasn't in Japan anymore and people in the west get weirded out when you take too much interest in the well-being of someone else's kid. So I just watched them for the 15 minutes they were there until they disappeared. Windows are bad news, is what I'm saying. I should stick to my closet.

Ann Bennett said...

You are definitely not stalking. Honestly, you are more of a security system. If something goes wrong, you would notice and contact whatever emergency service is needed.

I'm one who notices details. I don't know if it is a quirk or my science background. A girls got to do what a girls got to do. It sounds like you got a good window for your work station.

TARYTERRE said...

you're a sociologist studying people. Nothing wrong with that. I find people watching more fascinating than watching TV.

Elizabeth said...

People watching is fun :) I catch myself staring at customers at work all the time. I sometimes like to play Sherlock and figure out part of their life stories. Your neighbors do sound fascinating to watch, I'd probably be doing the same thing if I were there all day.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I know I would be doing the same thing. I happen to be in my office most of the time and the blinds are always closed. The view is just the side of the neighbors house. I will often use my Chromebook in the kitchen so I can look at our view and the dogs can be monitored outside. Of course that view is the mountains so I don't get a chance to watch people. I love watching people! The kids have the rooms at the front house which would be people watcher rooms.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

I think you just suffer from human curiosity. Or perhaps you are hoping for an invite for a dip in the pool? At least it is plain they are hardworking folks. That means they are either basically good or just to darn tired to get up to trouble.

Secret Agent Woman said...

That's not staling, in my book. You happen to be in front of the window and are watching what takes place publicly. I think people watching is both normally and wildly entertaining.

Veronica Lee said...

I'm intrigued as well. I love people watching.