The old man across the street mows his lawn every other day. That's 3 - 4 times a week! He doesn't break it up into sections, doing a little each day. No, he mows all of it. Each time. I can imagine him in his yard with a ruler every morning "Honey, the grass is an eighth of an inch taller than it was yesterday... time to mow again." Of course he's British, so it'd be more "Honey, the grass is three millimeters taller than it was yesterday... time to mow again."

It's good for him, because he's retired. He has the free time and probably needs the exercise. But I work 40+ hours a week, go to school full time, and have an active toddler that needs near constant attention/supervision/entertainment. How, in the name of all that is good an holy, am I supposed to keep up with frequent-mower man? It shouldn't be a big deal. Except, he's in charge of our Home Owner's Association. And he's complaining about how our yard has clover in it.

I hate HOAs. Especially the HOAs that are controlled by retirees with nothing better to do than spy on their neighbors or find things to complain about. Are all HOAs like that, or just ours?


  1. Anonymous12:20 PM

    We have clovers too! We have a similar neighbor, only his heart is made of pure goodness. He knows we're busy working (and we're renting the house, so we don't even own it) so he offered to weed whack for us (front and back) because we don't have a weed whacker. Did I mention he's about 80 and had hip surgery in the winter? He's a machine! And he's the kindest, nicest, most supportive neighbor EVER. If your neighbor hates it so much, you should tell him he's more than welcome to mow it himself. :)

  2. Anonymous7:29 AM

    offer to substitute dandelions for the clover...

  3. Oh no! Alert the media: a few clovers!!

    I don't know what is worse, a HOA president who is retired and very type A OR a gaggle of upper-middle class suburban housewives who get all bent out of shape when people's fences are still down a week after a tornado strikes their neighborhood? (That is what happened in my parent's neighborhood) It can be much worse my friend.

  4. Anonymous5:10 PM

    Hi Nic,

    I thought I would pop in and say just that, "Hi!"

    Your photos are awesome. Hope things are going great at CP!


  5. Anonymous3:37 PM

    Seriously, you really need to change you blog. I need something interesting to read. I know you are busy, but your mom is busy also. So, let's get it changed already!!!

    Love You!