I have a neighbour, Mrs Stickybeak. She walks her dog every day, up and then back down the street. Her husband died of cancer a while back. She says she misses him terribly. Her husband lived in the garage, he wasn't allowed in the house.
Mrs S is known by neighbours who have had anything to do with her as being a bit of a gossip and a busybody. She's also an expert at Chinese Whispers. Someone will tell her something and by the time she's relaying her gossip to someone else the story is totally different. I don't have much to do with her as she's liable to blab anything I say to other people and contort it to heaven only knows what story!!
Thisafternoon, I'm up a ladder cleaning out the front gutter... it's that or somehow get the mower up there... I'm concentrating on standing on the ladder, hosing along the gutter where I've just managed to take most of the leaves out with some tongs, and then push all the remaining leaves and soil along with a stick, having climbed the ladder more than a dozen times in between moving toward the middle downpipe and then back to the carport side to hose the dirt and detritus away. I hate doing this job. It kills my feet, it hurts my legs, it is hurting my shoulders. I have a fear of heights (I used to go caving, but heights weren't a problem there as it was dark, and I was a teen or in my 20s!).
So, there I am, up the ladder, and I hear someone shouting. Thinking it's children playing in the street I ignore the shouting. There it goes again, the shouting, and it's my name.... I turn around, hose on (my hearing isn't what it used to be), and I hear amongst other words which were unintelligible to me "... you're game...".
I replied with "I'm not here because I want to be, it has to be done... and it doesn't help when people are shouting at me."
She muttered something about having to get someone to clean out her gutters, apologised, then I think she went away... I had turned around and continued hosing out the gutter.
Reminds me of the neighbore* who stood and watched the ex and I build a fence, and after we'd finished it, he then told us we'd done it wrong.
I've only cleaned out half the front gutter, which is about 1/4 of all the guttering I have. The rest of the front will be the project during the week, and then maybe even the back gutter!