Watching My Neighbors Die Around Me

When we first moved into our building in Fort Lee, NJ, just on the other side of the infamous George Washington Bridge, it was because my cousin had recruited us here. ...more

My Neighbor's Dog Playdates Are Driving Me Nuts!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I have a neighbor who insists on having playdates for her dogs and other neighborhood dogs in her backyard. Basically, I have to put up with an hour of nonstop barking and it's making me crazy! I've told her this is a public nuisance, but she insists I'm overreacting and that the dogs are just playing and having fun. I don't want to get into a war with my neighbor, but I'm really sick of this. What should I do? Signed, Your Dogs' Playdate is Making me Cray Cray ...more
Dear Dogs' Play dates, Three words: Dog Whistle App:) lol It would make me cray, too. I have ...more

A grateful heart: Nosy neighbors and night time walks

I made Mr. T pull over at the entrance to our neighborhood, hopping out into the balmy 37 degree night. Iwaddled walked toward the house as he tailed behind like a secret service detail, illuminating my puffy down jacket silhouette.We continued down the street for a minute until someone pulled up next to T. I heard loud male voices, and then the car circled around and T sped off toward home....more

The mailbox clam shell mystery

When I found the first clam shell in the mail box, I chalked it up to a fluke passerby. It was small with dirt crusted on one side, not very pretty.A few days passed. Between birthday celebrations and work, I forgot about the mollusk remains. That is, until Saturday rolled around and sitting in front of the red Netflix envelope was a new shell, with a small shriveled flower poking through....more
TheHerbLady Absolutely!more

A grateful heart: Feeling neighborly

"[Bzzzz] I turned you into a frog!""[Bzzzz] I turned you into a toilet!""[Bzzzz] I turned you into a banana!""[Bzzzz] I turned you into a baby!""[Bzzzz] I turned you into a meatball!""[Bzzzz] I turned you into an earring!""[Bzzzz] I turned you into a piece of paper!""[Bzzzz] I turned you into an apricot!""[Bzzzz] I turned you into a noodle!"...more

Will Our Neighbors Hate Us If We Build a Swimming Pool?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,We are planning to build a pool in our backyard this summer. I know it's going to be loud with a lot of dust. ...more
Yeah, invite them over when it's done, and remember you're increasing neighborhood property ...more

Do You Hang Out With Your Neighbors?

When I was young, I loved the Sesame Street song “People in Your Neighborhood.” Partly because it was a catchy tune and partly because it was a reflection of my own personal experiences growing up. We knew the people we met when we walked down the street, because we actually walked down the street. Or we rode our bikes down the street, or we played outside in the street. The point is: We were visible....more
But you know you made the effort. I'm sorry to hear it didn't work out. We can't pick our ...more

Cherished Childhood Friends Provide a Reason to Keep Blogging

I got the most unexpected and sweet email message last night from R, a childhood friend.Some background: R and her family (mom, dad, sister and brother) lived in a house across the alley from my family’s house in West Virginia all the years I did, from the age of about two through college....more

How to Handle Neighbors Who Worm Their Way into Your Pool

Dear Mouthy Housewives,Help! I think some neighbors are just being friendly to me so I'll invite them over to use my swimming pool. They're never nice to me in the winter. How should I handle this? It's making me crazy....more
Carla Fabregas heh!more

It’s 3 a.m….What Do You Hear Outside of Your Window?

carrien  Good suggestion! Actually, my husband, who grew up in this apartment said that people ...more