Pat gave me a shout out Sunday, thanks Pat, a fun read. I do realize its been a bit between posts these days. Its a little of that and a lot of this and a mixture of this and that and time just gets away. But I have been trying to read and comment as much as I can.
Remember when I wrote this post last year about my front window and what I can see with our neighbors across the street? I wrote it back the last part of May 2016. We had been in our home about 2 months by then.
The location of my work station has proven to be a good one. I've seen a lot more since then.
Like the guy who one day I saw walking down the street dressed really nice, only to come back a few hours later with a bag from Target. I later surmised he got a job from Target as I saw him walking frequently down our street dressed in Target colors. The Target is about a mile or so from where we live. I even saw him one time in there while we were shopping. I wanted to acknowledge I knew who he was, but that would be a bit weird, wouldn't it?
Then there was the young couple I called them. High school students. I deduced (reasoned) that they called each other when they were going to start meeting each other and he walked from one way, she walked from the other way, and they usually met in front of our house. I didn't see them a lot, but sometimes on school holidays or during summer. They would always hug and kiss and then walk back towards what I am assuming was her house. I haven't seen them at all since school got out in May, over the summer, and now that school has started up again. I'm thinking they broke up?? One of them moved away? Both graduated? Both got jobs?? Both going away for college?
Then there was recently the young man I saw all dressed up in a 3 piece suite. High school age. Potentially senior. I'm thinking "senior pictures?" since we live about 4 blocks from the high school. I see him walking back a few hours later with a green tee shirt he is holding. I'm thinking "senior, class colors?" Only to see him walking several times a week with the green tee shirt over his neck and then lately riding a bike with the green tee shirt over his neck. I tried to think what local business might have their employees wear such a green tee shirt, but none that I have frequented come to mind. I applauded him when I saw him on a bike. Apparently he must have made enough money to buy it.
But the neighbors across the street continue to fascinate me the post.
Remember they are gardeners. The father must be the owner of the business and has various employees that show up at his place, gather up the equipment/trucks needed, dump the clippings they have done from the day before in the trailer that I'm assuming ends up to be emptied at the dump. They usually work 6 days a week from before 7 a.m. to after 6 p.m., sometimes in 110 degree (or more) weather temperatures.
I knew there were 2 young women there. I assumed the youngest could possibly be the daughter of the other young woman in my first post about them, but over time I figured out they were sisters. The youngest started seventh grade fall of 2016. Saw her walking to where the bus stop was in the morning and home at the end of the day from the bus stop. Not sure what happened along the way, but she stopped taking the bus in the morning and ended up getting picked up by her mom or her sister from the bus stop when dropped off. Around 3:30 every afternoon but Wednesday (early release around 2 p.m.) I would see the car backing up, leaving, and then returning within 5 minutes with the youngest daughter. School started back up last week and the same pattern seems to be repeating.
Except for the fact that last post I mentioned that the mom worked some place with an apron. She left around the time hubby did at 6:40 in the morning and got home around 2:20 p.m. I eventually figured out she worked for a school district in the cafeteria because she was off on school breaks and during the summer. This past February I realized I hadn't seen her leave the time hubby would leave (pretty much clockwork before). Then I saw her a few days later walking with great difficulty, favoring her right leg. I figured an injury, whether at home or work I'm not sure. She eventually started walking back to normal, but as of the start of this school year, she has yet to return to her potential job if she did work at the school.
Yep, I'm a peeping Betty. You are thinking "I am glad she is not living in my neighborhood."
But there is more.
The people across the street had gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not exactly on the date but the weekend before. Big gatherings with multiple people attending. It rained both times, but they still partied. Had a bouncy house. Set as much as they could under their car port. Setting up for the Christmas gathering caused much anxiety on my part. They were putting lights up on the roof and the youngest daughter was up on the roof running all around it. I pictured her falling. She didn't. But I was so glad when she finally came off the roof.
The older daughter I suspected went to school for a bit when September 2016 started. Left same time, came back same time. Then a bit later I saw her wearing scrubs and leaving and coming back at various times during the day. I guessed CNA (I was right).
But what might have blown my cover as a peeping Betty was the fact that in January 2017 they got a dog. A cute little fluffy pup. Part poodle, lots of mutt. They had her outside a lot in the front. She turned out to be quite feisty. She wouldn't come back when called. You would see the older girl go looking for her and bringing her back. You would see the dog avoiding them when they were trying to approach her to pick her up. I worried constantly she would get hit. She would be missing sometimes for big chucks of time. One time I was looking at Next Door and saw that someone had picked her up and was looking for her owner (united before I could step in). I was a constant bundle of nerves when she was out as she just roamed. One time I didn't think anyone was home and she was out around their front area. I was trying to figure how to rescue her, give her water, put her in the backyard, etc., but then saw the mom come looking for her.
Another time she was out and the younger daughter was being picked up by someone to take her to karate. I saw the dog running towards the car but then didn't see her afterwards. I worried and fretted what happened to her. It was a Friday night and we later went to dinner. I didn't forget about her, but I didn't really think about her. The next night I heard her barking outside and I was so relieved. I would later find out that the dog was taken by the younger daughter with her cousin who picked her up for karate and was with her the whole time during karate and beyond, but she never told her older sister the dog was with her and the older sister was looking for 2 hours for the dog.
Then about 4 weeks ago I saw the dog was out and I saw another person that I didn't recognize approach her and try to get her. She enticed her with food and with water and finally was able to pick her up. I looked to where she took her (3 houses down). A bit later I saw the older daughter come out looking for the dog. I opened my door and asked if she was looking for her dog. I told her where the dog was. She got confused with what I said. I said the dog had been taken to this house, she thought I had just said the dog was around that house. She came back a minute later to clarify what I said and I told her which house the dog had been picked up at and taken to. I offered to go down with her to the house to get the dog. She accepted it and we walked down the road. I introduced myself, she introduced herself. I then confirmed that she was a CNA when I asked her what she was doing. I said I saw the dog out all the time and was worried about it since I work from home, etc. She said her dad let the dog out to do its business and then it would wander away, she didn't like that. We got the dog (the girl who picked her up was going to call the number on the dog tag). Dog returned. I said let's exchange numbers just in case this happens again. We did.
And strangely, the dog has rarely been out since.
Though yesterday she was. And a lady riding a bike up our street returned her within a few minutes after she was chasing her. The mom had just started looking for her.
Do you think I'm a peeping Betty? And worse yet, are you one??
Really, I need a life, or a different window to work by.......
And yes I'm sure they will continue to fascinate me.
I guess I need a life??