June 11, 2010

The Suburbs and Proper Etiquette

Hey everyone! I know I've been gone super long this time, but I do have an excuse...I've been moving into our new place! On top of that, I have been assigned the temporary store manager position, at work, which means crazy amount of hours...Between that, the move and spending time with R before he goes back on the drill trail , I have had no time to do anything extra! However, tonight is a quit(er), night and I happen to have a craving for some couch, computer and me time...

Well, we finally made it into a real house with a real fenced in backyard, two car garage, and our very own, roll out to the curb every Wednesday, trash can! Lol...Its the simple things that get me...Heck, I'm even excited that I have a lawn to mow! Crazy??? This is our third night here and I love it already...Even though it hasn't been all peaches and creams...The down side is, shortly after moving our stuff in, we started noticing issues with the house...The biggest ones being small bug like critters all over the house and the backyard infested with even more...This had to be addressed immediately y'all! I do not do spiders and cockroach's, ick...However, the most inconvenienced issue would be that of our plumbing...The second day here, I was doing some loads of laundry and started noticing our toilets bubbling....Hmmmm, okay...Then came this awful stink...W.E.I.R.D...Looked over into the tub and noticed sewage waste pouring into it through the drain...It was happening in all the bathrooms and showers! Needless to say, I called our landlord...There was a scare that fixed its self this morning. R and I were getting a nervous feeling that our landlords didn't want to fix the problem properly after the plumber gave them the estimate. Apparently we have a collapsed pipe underground that is going to cost a whooping $5,000 to replace! Obviously, we would not stay here without the use of water and our drains...So last night I got on the computer looking for a back up plan, just in case they asked us to leave because of lack of funds...It didn't come to that, however so, Phew! We are settled in now, and just waiting until Monday until we have the complete use of our house again....For now, it means trips back to our apartment for showers...Thank the Lord we have its use until the 19th when our lease runs out!

I've been making trips to Target, TJ Maxx and Ross's looking for house goodies and have found several! I cannot wait to start decorating and making it look more like a home...I promise to post pictures as I get the rooms done...You seriously do not want to see pictures right now...The place is full of boxes and white walls...Going from a one bedroom into a three bedroom, you tend to be lacking in "filler" items:)

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend full of sun and laughter! I will leave you with this, as I honestly do not know! I was walking my dog in the neighborhood on our first real day here and it struck me that I do not know proper etiquette for walking my dog in the suburbs!!! Is it okay to allow your dog to walk in other peoples lawn, just on the edge??? Bella loves to do this as the pavement is hot down here in Georgia! Also, is allowing your dog to pee and poop in someone elses lawn taboo even if you have a doggie bag handy to pick it up? Please be gentle if you're reading this and cannot believe that I even have to ask...Lol...I have always lived in apartments with my pets and never in the burbs...So, lets have it, but gently:p

Edit: I just realized that I spelled etiquette as (edicate) and am so embarrassed! I even put it in the title for ALL the world to see:p Lol...Thanks J.L.S for spelling it right, allowing me to take notice! I knew it didn't look right! Lol...


  1. I don't know what the proper etiquette is, but I have always lived in the suburbs (well, until I moved in with Scott). And honestly, it all depends on the person's yard you are in. Some could care less and some are super anal retentive about their yards and don't so much as want a mouse walking in it. I feel like fellow pet owners are the most understanding. I mean they let their own pets use the bathroom in their yard, so what's one or two more? I say, as long as the dog isn't peeing or walking in bushes/flowers it's ok. And definitely should be ok if you have bags to pick up the poop!

    But, honestly if you ever see any of the neighbors out, just ask if they have a problem because I honestly think it is a case to case kind of scenario, if that makes sense.

  2. I agree with J.L.S.

    1. it's probably most ok with other dog owners.

    2. ALWAYS pick it up.

    3. try to keep the dog pee out of the flower beds and shrubs.

    Also, I would add, if you know they have little kids, stay away. Kids love to roll around in the grass and the idea that someone just scooped up a Dog Truffle where my kid is rolling around... ew.

    Keep the dog near the street, most paretns don't let their kids go near the street anyway.

  3. As a homeowner in the 'burbs I wanted to weigh in with my opinion. It absolutely, positively makes me upset when people allow their dogs to walk through my front lawn. I literally start to see red. Here's why:

    1.) I work hard to take care of my lawn and flower beds. If anyone is going to mess them up, it's gonna be me.

    2.) Dog pee can/does kill grass. If the Homeowner's Association sees dead spots on my front lawn, I get fined. Most people who own dogs don't allow the dogs on their front lawn for this reason...the dogs can use the bathroom in the backyard.

    3.) I know that my front lawn doesn't have a fence around it, but it is still my property. I'm just a little bit territorial. =)

    Anyway, I think it's great that you're asking and thinking about other people. In general, allowing your dog to walk on other people's lawns isn't okay. But allowing the dog to use the bathroom on someone's lawn is a huge no-no. It's a quick way to ensure you don't have friends in the neighborhood. Is there a small lawn patch between the sidewalk and the street? Allow your dog to walk there and do its business there.

  4. I can't wait to see pictures of your new home. I'm glad it sounds like the landlord is going to fix the plumbing problem.

  5. I think it probably just depends on each neighbor. I can't wait to see pictures of your house! I bet it's great!

  6. sorry about the probs you had early on.... hope it's smooth sailing here on out. =)

  7. Glad to hear the plumbing problems are being worked out and that it's being taken care of! What a nice landlord you have :) Not sure many would have done that!

    I love your questions at the very end :) I would say if the pavement is hot and you see other dogs walking around at the edge, that it should be fine. I wouldnt let my dog do number 1 or 2 in their yards tho. Let your dog do its thing before you go on a walk, that's what I do.

    Just so you... I made my old blog private and created a new one! My new blog will look VERY similar since all of my old posts have been transferred to it, but this time around I'm not using names or pictures. Feel free to follow:


  8. Sorry to hear about all the problems with the house you've been having! Hopefully it will all pull together soon! I can't wait to see pictures of it!

  9. Sorry about the broken pipe, let us know how that goes.

    And congrats on the temp managerial position, you rock!!!

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  10. yay you are back!!
    congrats on the new place!!


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