FYI: This has absolutely nothing to do with quilting....
Guess I better be watching my back after a little altercation with some neighbors this evening. Our back yard has a partial privacy fence that we installed a few years ago and about 20 feet of one that was installed by the neighbors many years ago. There are renters in the house now and they have 4 dogs. Not just any dogs, mind you, but ones that bark each and every time we walk outside our back or side doors. Every morning they high-tail it to the fence and bark, bark, bark as I get in my car to go to work. They jump on the older sections of the fence and the wood has split and they are able to get their heads through the open spaces.
So, about this evening....we were planting in the garden and the dogs were barking. One of the ladies in the house started yelling at the dogs. They were almost through the fence and I went to get something to put on our side so they couldn't get through. Dan went to the garage and brought out a little horn. He blasted the horn and the neighbor guy came out of the house and here's our conversation:
He: I'm sick of that F-ing horn.
Me: I'm sick of your dogs barking.
He: Tell that old man to stick that F-ing horn. (Now, mind you, Dan is only 55...hardly an Old Man!)
He: Don't F... with me cause I know people.
Me: Do your people have dogs, too? (I probably shouldn't have said that, but oh well)
He: Don't think I'm kidding, I mean it.
So, I took that as a threat and calmly came into the house and called the police. An officer came and talked with us for a bit and then went around the block to visit the neighbors. He suggested that in the future, don't say anything to them, just make a phone call, so that's what I'll do from now on.
It just really irritates me that we can't spend time in our back yard without having the constant distraction of the barking dogs.