It’s been a crazy last little while. It’s been quiet most of the summer with some stressful points in there. It’s been a quiet summer – Steve has worked more than usual this summer so there wasn’t as much time to do things for fun. We’ve gone kayaking here and there, and we’ve tried to do stuff around the house, but I think the last thing major thing that we actually did in the house was probably the gutters. Steve and his dad finished up the front part of the gutters. They still have to do the second set of gutters in the second roof of the house, so lucky them. Too bad Steve didn’t know anyone younger that could help him out – his dad has been pretty tired most of the summer, which isn’t surprising with his age. He also wanted to enjoy himself, which makes sense. And Steve has been working a lot more this summer than usual so it’s not been a relaxing summer this year. Oops.
Anyway, we’ve also been pretty cooped up in the house – it was a nice summer but the breeze has been blowing from one side of the house to the other, which has been bringing in the horrible marijuana smell from our next door neighbors. There was a big situation that occurred with us and the neighbors, who used to be always friendly. They even gave us some tomato plants, which was nice but unnecessary. However, the weed stench this year has been unbearable, and since Steve is allergic to weed, we’ve not been able to sit outside and enjoy our yard, or me to be able to garden properly, which was our purpose for getting a house. My garden went into disarray around the third week of August since I was unable to work on the garden. We’ve had some disputes with the neighbors, so it’s been a very cold and nasty summer with them walking around like they had the right to smoke out the entire neighborhood. They knew they had the police called on them about their marijuana, and they mentioned that the guy was on medical marijuana so he had a medical card, so he couldn’t just “stop.” She smokes for her enjoyment. We were fine with it, we just hide out and don’t hang around when they smoke. Unfortunately they smoke every 5 minutes so there’s no possible way for either one of us to sit outside. LOL! Just really bad neighbors. They don’t think about anyone else but themselves. They can’t just talk to us and ask properly when they want/need to smoke pot.
Anyway, the front patio was done in June, and we’ve barely used it I think, because of the wind this summer bringing the stench of pot towards the entire enclosure of the house, along with the rest of the block. I imagine there’s a lot of pissed off neighbors around there, but I have no idea. LOL! Steve mentioned to them as they were coming out to their patio set when he was BBQing food for supper, that he was allergic to pot and if they could refrain from smoking it up while he was BBQing food, and they did, grumpily enough, after asking what happens to him when they do. The bad attitudes from them started growing, and they weren’t kind anymore. There were no more hello’s, and how are you’s, there was now coldness and averted/rolled eyeballs, because you know, Steve was allergic to pot and I had blown up at them at one point. I was getting frustrated because their immaturity and their resistance to our dislike of their smoking up the pot, was growing from all the issues they were getting lately from all the neighbors and us about their use of pot. So it was affecting us, and we started planning out what we should do about the house, changing everything so it wasn’t directly next to their smoke house. Moving the driveway to the other side of the house, the side door, and the such like. I didn’t plan on getting so mad with them, but it just happened. I am normally the kind of person that stays to herself and the such like, as I can be shy and reserved, and I actually got to a point where I had enough of their disrespect of their neighbors – us – and blew up at them, started yelling, because they were smoking it up in front of Steve who is seriously allergic to pot, which they knew from when he told them a few days ago. He can’t breathe when he smells it, his throat closes up. It was not fun at all, but it was the last straw for me, I guess. Ever since then, they have been deathly cold around us, which is fine. I didn’t really want to greet people who disrespected us anyway. I don’t appreciate people who disrespects other people’s health for their own sake. I personally am okay if they smoke up, as long as they give and take. You know, ask us if they can smoke up, so we can go indoors so they can smoke. Unfortunately they smoke every 5 minutes so that’d be a pain for them to do, so they just don’t. They just smoke in the furthest corner of the house which is close to the high school. At one point Steve and I took apart the garden, as most of them were dead except for the yellow beans that I grew, and the tomato plants they gave us – I guess they thrive in pot air? LOL! Crazy, and because to me, the tomato plants felt like some sort of bribery, “We like you, because you let us smoke up around you,” I honestly didn’t smell it last year in the yard…this year is a different story with the direction of the wind blowing this year. Our house is covered in the smell of marijuana, and it just hangs like a cloud around the house. Anyway, it felt dirty and wrong after the screaming match we had, that we had those tomato plants. So we took apart the garden, threw out the plants that thrived in pot, and dusted the stones we had lining the garden and put it elsewhere. Next year we’ll put grass in where the garden was and just leave it there. I might not even have a garden anymore, or find another spot for the garden, but it’s a bit hard when my yard is full of shade. Anything that grows there needs sun as well, which was just in that one spot where I get hit by pot. Fun times.
It’s been a quiet summer – Steve’s two week holiday was pretty quiet. He felt pretty trapped in the house, and we went out here and there kayaking but I got tired of kayaking all the time. LOL! In August we also went to see the Railway Tunnel which was quite cool all lit up in LED lights with a show and everything. It was quite nice, just walking through it. The grand opening of it was a little bit ago so it was pretty cool. It was really busy and everything so it was crazy. That same day we went, there was also a Giant Duck on display, and the Ribfest. It was pretty good – the Giant Duck was kind of silly but oh, well, just a tourist thing I suppose. The Ribfest was pretty good, we tried the ribs from “Godfatha,” I think, and it was not too bad. I knew my mom and John wanted to come down then but I had completely forgotten about it that day, and my mom was texting me the whole time and I had absolutely no idea…and the funny thing is my mom found me and Steve eating our ribs in one of the tables and she was relieved that she found us as we both weren’t answering our phones. Heh…yeah, lucky her. Funny. They had come down with John’s sister so it was good. Just talking and catching up, and discussing what happened recently with my bad temper and our bad neighbors. So much fun. LOL! It was good catching up with my mom. She wanted a break from all the unpacking and just Kingston. So it was a nice way for her to. She said that the Ribfest here was actually better than Kingston’s for some reason – I was surprised about that – Kingston is way bigger than here so they should have a lot more than we did. But I guess not. They seemed to enjoy themselves.
Steve and I have gone to a vintage car show in town, so that was pretty cool. A lot of colourful and old cars, with some very old ones…some looked like they were about to fall apart from the rust. LOL! It was funny. I also went out and looked around for a new cell phone. My old one was working just fine, but I was just sad about the quality of pictures my iPhone was giving off and I could see higher quality photos everywhere and I wanted that, so I looked around for a new phone, and found a Samsung Galaxy A6. It wasn’t as expensive as all the other phones, but that’s what I needed. I don’t have a lot of money so… oh well! I’m still getting used to it, as I’ve been using Apple for the past few years. The time the past summer has been pretty interesting so far, not necessarily all good, but there have been some good times and some bad times.
I came to Kingston one day to pick up some things from my mom while she was moving stuff from her old house to her new apartment and saw it mostly unpacked…it was interesting for sure. She took Steve and I out for a little shopping. I needed some summer clothes as I had barely any shorts left as I had gained a few pounds again. I am trying to lose some weight again but it’s so hard with my age and all that. Annoying. Heh… but I got a few sets of clothes and so did Steve, so that was good. He always needs clothes and his clothes seem to fall apart so fast it’s unbelievable. LOL! So it was nice.
My old friend Christine asked me if I wanted to come up to Ottawa to meet up with her and our old friend, Natalie…I thought it’d be good, just to catch up and see what was up. It’s been a while since I actually see old friends – most of them live so far away. Christine only lives a hour away but still, it’s not like 5 minutes away. Another friend of mine lives in Milton, so that’s like 5 hours away. So I decided to go, and of course Natalie wasn’t able to, so it would just be her, Christine’s husband Cris, and me and Steve. I told Steve he didn’t have to stay but he was welcome to…I think he was glad he did. He had been so tired from all the work he’s had to do, all the commotion with our next door neighbors, and going to their place was good. For one thing they had a hot tub so we were in there for a while just chatting and catching up and relaxing. LOL! Cris has done a bit of work on his house so he was showing Steve all the different things he had done, so it was pretty cool to see all the things he did. But they still have some more to do, which is normal. Ours is nowhere near done, and now we have added an extra thing on to our list which sucks with the bad neighbors we have. And I think this extra thing will be quite expensive so it’s all wait and see. Fun times, but it was good catching up with Christine…it’s been a while since I have had the chance to.
I think that’s about it, with what we have been up to. I think it’s enough for now! Heh…