Our brand new neighbors came to visit their new house earlier today. I still have no idea when they’re planning to move in, but they were here for several hours today cleaning up the house.
They pulled out at least two rugs and what looks like some flimsy wall partitions and placed them in the backyard. There’s also a few garbage bags with what looks like broken 2 x 2’s and cheap furniture. Most of that is probably stuff the last bad renters left in the house … probably in the basement because their 14 year old daughter was living down there with her boyfriend (yep).
I guess my husband went outside to meet them sometime in the morning while I was still in bed trying to sleep. He took them in our backyard and feed them some of our fresh strawberries (picked fresh off the plants). I complained a bit about that when he told me because I haven’t even had a strawberry yet. LOL He gives them away to people whenever they visit our yard and I almost never had more than one or two of our own home grown strawberries each year.
Later when I was up we went and knocked on their door to officially welcome them to the neighborhood. My husband had gone out to a local bakery and bought $20 worth of pastries and desserts for them. We also put a few cold soft drinks in a bag in case they were thirsty working in their new hot house.
So I only met the man. I think his wife was out when we arrived at their door. He was dressed in one of those head to toe coveralls that you can buy for painting and he looked hot. He seemed nice enough. My husband who had met and talked with both of them before they were really into their clean up and were still relatively fresh found them to be quite nice.
My husband was actually quite nervous that we’d end up with bad neighbors seeing as the last two renters were so terrible. However we figured someone with the money to buy a house in this neighborhood (no house are cheap in Toronto) would probably be ok.
I don’t envy them all the work they’re going to have to do to fix up the house. When we first bought our house we started doing major renovations. I remember working about 18 hours a day continuously for weeks to get everything down .. talk about a natural fat burner ! I didn’t need to lose any weight at the time we first got our house but with all that work on our renovations I somehow managed to lose about 40 lb in a month .. oh and my Crohn’s was acting up at the time too so that didn’t help. I was skeletal by the time we were ready to move in. LOL
We still don’t know if our new neighbors are going to do a lot of renovations. I think they just want to clean up their new home, maybe paint and then move in. Apparently they gave up their apartment about two months ago and have been living with his parents while they waited to get possession of their new house. I know if I was living with my in-laws I’d want to move fast. LOL
Hopefully the new neighbors turn out to be good people. At least we made an effort to be friendly and welcome them to the neighborhood. Everyone is fairly friendly here on our street and in the general area, it takes some getting used to if you come from an area where you really don’t know your neighbors – like an apartment building, but hopefully they’ll turn out to be nice too.