this may turn into one of those rant-y posts, so fasten your seatbelts…

*h just had about the 6,000th discussion about garden complaints. i guess there were some people who were supporting us to our faces and trashing us behind our backs. the irony is that i have NO problem with someone having a different opinion from me. and we spoke to our neighbors before we put in the garden, so we figured we were covered as far as the people who have to look at it every day being on board with it.  but there are some people in our general area- and we don’t have any idea who they are- who went to authorites/community leaders/other random people and said they didn’t like it.

so, ok- i have 2 things to say about that: you can “not like it” from now until infinity, but it’s not your business. if your property doesn’t look onto ours, and you don’t have to be in the garden ever- then you mind your business and we will mind ours! it killed me that people would go out of their way to come over and see what all the fuss was about and then they would decide they had a problem with it. huh???? if i don’t like modern art, i don’t go to a gallery of modern art. sounds simple, right? if you have a problem, approach us and we’ll see what we can do to help you out. but if you tell us it’s great and then go complain about us, what exactly do you expect us to do? the fastest distance from point A to point B is a straight line. and, backstabbing is so not cool…

along similar lines, we just got a load of paperwork from the city. some of it has to do with complaint calls to the code enforcement. and you know what? people are a bunch of babies!! there are complaints for balloons (like on garage sale signs…), complaints for temporary signs, complaints for someone else’s house needing paint, complaints for someone having a rat trap in their yard, and on and on and on. i am halfway through one stack of about 6, and i am already sick and fed up with how many people feel like it is their duty to tattle on other people. we always tell our kids that if something isn’t dangerous, don’t tattle. if someone is doing something you don’t like, just walk away. so why do some adults think they have been appointed czar over everyone else’s life? if something isn’t a danger, get over yourself. geez, no wonder oak park needs a special department to deal with complaints. and kudos to the enforcement guys for not going mental. i would be like, “look, you overgrown baby. it’s none of your darn business. stop wasting everyone’s time!”

but i guess that’s one of the many reasons i don’t work in code enforcement.

also, you are now officially reading a censored blog. don’t get too upset over this- it’s nothing major, but *h has vetoed 2 posts in the last week. our list of topics-not-to-be-discussed is growing by the minute. he is all about not alienating people, or not offending them, or some such other stuff. so, when i wanted to write a very supportive post about a friend of ours who got the short end of a certain stick, he felt that would be in bad taste (for those holding the stick???). there was another post where i actually got emails telling me to change it. so, i did. and then i sulked around like a baby all day today.

so, let’s all pretend that i wrote 2 earth-shatteringly great and bold blog entries, and that you all loved them, and that i am just a superstar😉

next:

what’s with rumors? we have had so many discussion lately with people who know us, asking about things they heard from people who don’t know us. they feel left out of the loop, because they were told X, and we never mentioned it. even in our new lock-down extra security mode, people who need to know stuff know it. so it’s odd that people with no connection to us feel the need to yak about us. i guess it’s always tempting to be in the spotlight, and i guess we still have enough reflected glory to make us a tempting target. so, to all of the gossips out there (who i doubt actually read this blog because their info is wrong…): trust me- we are not that interesting. get a hobby. find a worthy target and gossip away. but i’m kinda done with the whole paparazzi thing…

i hope that last part didn’t make me sound ungrateful. i have appreciated all of the sincere people out there who want to help.

my family has just returned from an outing, and they need my attention NOW (isn’t that always the case?) i hope to be back on the computer later, so maybe now that i’ve vented, i can come back and be a nice person again…

wish me luck😉