Sunday, April 19, 2009

What to do about nosey neighbors?

I love meeting people--I visit with all my neighbors when I am working in the yard and I like them...well most of them anyway. But-one of the things I dislike is nosey neighbors. Most of my neighbors are friendly, but we respect one another's privacy. We help one another in a pinch-jump starting cars, chasing down wind blown garbage cans, shoveling snow. We have a gal who lives across the street. She is older than most of us--she is 75 while I am 48. She never worked and is a meticulous housewife. As for me, I work-alot! I don't have alot of time where I am at home and when I am home, I like to get things done on my own terms.

Any time she sees me, she comes up and complains about the neighbors who live around us. She says that the neighborhood is different from the way it used to be. She tells me things about the other neighbors that aren't any of my concern-and I always try to defend the other neighbors and change the subject. I can only imagine what this gal says about me. LOL!

Anyway, this gal makes remarks about not being able to see in our neighbors homes. That to me is a bit strange. I don't make it a habit to look in my neighbor's windows, but she does. She is mad because my one neighbor keeps their shades closed. I had never noticed that they do nor do I care. I mean-what is the big deal? Then she will tell me that she can't see into my house-but that it is her husband who sits in front of their door and watches the neighbors. Ummmm-ok!

She complains about everybody's yards. Most of us work so our yards are not perfect. Hers is because she and her hubby are retired and they spend their time perfecting their yard. Mine gets mowed once a week and I have flowers, but it could use a full time gardener, I admit.

Well, anyway-this gal makes me uncomfortable. And I really do try to be nice but distance myself from her because she is so crabby about the other neighbors who I really like.

The other night she came up to me when I was getting out of the car. She said that her hubby and mine had made plans for us to all go to dinner next week. I about fell over because my hubby never said a word about this to me. I was polite-but I feel bad because I really don't want to start socializing with this gal. We have nothing in common-except that we are neighbors. Anyway, I guess we are going to a restaurant for dinner next week. I just hope that we can end the evening at the restaurant because I don't want this woman coming into my house. Is that bad of me? My house isn't dirty-but I have some unfinished projects and I don't need her telling all my neighbors how cluttered everything is. Anyway-if this gal should try to invite herself in, what do I do?

My one neighbor JoAnn told me that one day while I was at work, this gal Mona took JoAnn around my yard and showed her around-commenting on the creeping charlie I had growing by the fence. So you see-this gal is just not the type I want to consider a friend. What do you all think? Do any of you have a problem with a Gladys Cravitts type? Any advice?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter Everyone!

These are the Easter baskets I put together for my Mama and Auntie. Aren't they sweet? I think Mama will like the pink one-(it is the plushest of the two bunnies) but maybe she will like better the one she doesn't get-LOL! Anyway, Hubs and I had fun putting these baskets together and we are going to deliver them around lunch time. Hopefully we will still be able to get in on a ham dinner at the retirement home! Hugs to all and Happy Easter! ~Luv~Betty G

Saturday, April 11, 2009

How to make great tasting ribs!

The first step is put your thawed pork ribs in a crock pot on high for about 2 hours. Then low for about 3 hours more. I put a half cup of water in them so they get nice and juicy!
The next step is to put foil in your pan. This pan belonged to my mama and somewhere it has a pin hole leak. It is her old brownie pan and it works great for brownies, but the last time I made ribs in it, it leaked grease all over the place. So take heed and put some foil in the pan. Play it safe!
Choose your favorite bbq sauce. This is hubby's favorite. Mine is KC Masterpiece Original. Looks like Hub wins this one! Put the sauce on top! Spread it all around! Yum!
Put it in your oven-second from the bottom rack! Woops! Looks like my oven is in need of some cleaning. That's left over from the last time my pan leaked. Sorry!
Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes and then take it out, turn it over. Put sauce on the flip side and put it back in the oven uncovered for 20 more minutes!
Get way too excited with the bbq sauce and spill it all over yourself!
Fix some buttered corn to go with it! Take the ribs out and let them rest for 10 minutes!
Grab your favorite drink and have at it!!!!!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Love those garden forums

I found a sweet little garden forum that I want to tell you all about. I have a great many landscaping challenges here at my lil Doublewide Cottage and this site is really going to help me. The site is:

I just love this gal Moosey. She is talented and funny and pardon the pun-she's "down to earth". I just can't wait until the weather here warms up and I can get my fingernails dirty out in the garden. So wander over to moosey's country garden and look through her site. You will be glad you did. Luv~Betty G~

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Howdi all!

I have been inspired by so many of the beautiful blogs here in bloggo-land that I decided to just get bold and jump on the bandwagon. I love doing things with my little home and the cottage style is just up my alley. I hope to meet a bunch of you gals and make a ton of friends as I learn the fine art of decorating and sharing my GS and thrift store treasures. Please feel free to grab a cup of joe or a beer and join me here at my little cottage.