New Neighbours

~New Neighbours~

It all started over parking !

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Funny,  but what occurred between my neighbours is serious and ongoing.

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To set the scene,  the building I live in is in two halves.  One side is a 3 storey single property and my side is divided into three apartments.  The two cats and I own the top apartment.  

Toni …

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…. Pedro …

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…. and their three children ….

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…. live just below me.  And the ground floor apartment is hardly used.

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New neighbours from another country in Europe, (whom I will call NewN from now on) moved into the large half next door.  I got on well with the husband, chatting in English.  THEN one lunchtime I heard shouting.  The NewN wife was screaming from her front balcony at Toni in the street to move Pedro’s car parked on the other side of the road of their house perfectly legally (no yellow lines and Pedro had parked his car there for years).

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Toni said nothing.  Returned to her apartment,  got the keys and moved the car.  Then Toni got into her car and drove off to pick up her kids from school.  The NewN wife still shouting at the disappearing car.  Other locals and I were shocked at the verbal abuse.

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Pedro, upset, parked his car day after day in his usual spot across the road from the NewN home.  The wife or husband never spoke to Pedro.  The wife concentrated on Toni and her children,  even frightening Ariadne by screaming out of the NewN window, “STUPIDO, UNEDUCATED !“, threatening Toni by saying, “You had better be careful when driving at night” and terrifying Liam who woke up crying at 04:30 by almighty banging on the concrete wall from the NewN half of the building.   How awful !

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The NewN had local Spanish builders working in their house from day one who are always desperate for money.  The builders are the only local friends that NewN now have, socialising with them in the evenings.  One morning yellow lines were painted on both sides of the road in front of their house.

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This, of course, is illegal.  No signs.  No authority from the many different agencies overseeing this area just outside this Spanish village boundary.

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Pedro parked his car butted up to the yellow line.

One morning, just before Christmas.  Yes, just before Christmas !  We woke up to find ALL four of Pedro’s car tyres slashed.

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I had had enough.  I told one of the Spanish builders that the whole situation was really bad.  He turned bright red, squirmed, but said nothing !

I then rung the NewN doorbell.  The NewN wife came to the door.  I told her that I knew that she had had the tyres slashed as she was the only person to ever be really nasty to this young family. “It wasn’t me.  I don’t care !” slamming the door in my face.

Soon after, the recovery truck arrived.  Luckily for Pedro the insurance paid for that, but not for the replacement tyres.  €240 (about the same in US dollars).  As I said, just before Christmas !  

Spanish locals gathered to watch while the car was being winched onto the truck.  THEN from her front balcony the NewN wife started screaming at Toni’s father !  Everyone was shocked, astounded by the ravings of this banshee, the father said nothing.

Later, the local police could do nothing about the tyres as nobody saw anything, but they did question the NewN wife over the verbal abuse, who said to police, “There is no problem.  We are the best of friends with our neighbours.  We are buddies !“.  Oh boy !

Since that day the NewN have gone totally quiet.  I even tried to say good morning to the NewN husband yesterday, but got the cold shoulder.  So much for “Love thy neighbour as thyself !”.

Pathetic !

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I promise not to laugh when the NewN wife wearing only indoor clothes and a black plastic garbage bag on her head (Batman’s nun) is sweeping the street in the pouring rain.

I promise not to be brainwashed listening to the NewN wife playing her 8 note piano … the same scale, up and down, (nothing else !) for hours on end sometimes.

I promise ………. OMG, shoot me someone !

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Do you have new neighbours like mine ?

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Ralph xox ❤

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I know !  Not a lot of fun in this post.  I hummed and haa’ed over whether I should publish it.  In the end I decided that I should as it is life in my Spanish village.  BTW, fun post next time  🙂

150 Comments on “New Neighbours

    • That’s great that you have a reasonably static neighbourhood Georgia, which is what village life used to be like. I have noticed people come and go all the time even in this small Spanish village.
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  1. These people sound absolutely dreadful! I’ve had neighbours like that. They have no regard for others and make everyone miserable because they are miserable.

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    • I do agree with you Magick Mermaid. I know that the NewN are miserable as they had to close their business and sold their home in another country for two thirds of its value. So I think their pent up anger is being released against this friendly young family.
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Yes, I was as shocked as you Ren. They are really quiet at the moment and I do hope that they will change their ways.
      Have a lovely weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  2. Sorry to hear this, Ralph, it happens sometimes and there isn’t much you can do about it. You have to wonder what awful thing happened to them to make them so miserable. Maybe in time they will mellow or move.
    Leslie

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    • That’s a good idea Pamela. We don’t want the whole world to know, now, do we ? Just keep it between ourselves. 😉
      Happy Saturday my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thanks Mary. I do hope that the tension is released one way or the other. Moving sounds good.
      Have a lovely weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  3. That is so disturbing to see such event. My respect to Toni and her husband for being patient with this. That keeps from making the problem worse.

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    • You have read this right YC. It seems that the Spanish, especially this young family just take it on the chin and carry on as if nothing had happened. Respect indeed !
      Thanks for your input my friend. Ralph 🙂

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  4. Incredible, Ralph! Sorry they are such nasty neighbors! Sic Samantha & Sonic on them! No better not. they may get hurt! Too bad no cameras around to see who slashed the tires. I’d say, good they’ve gone quiet. Even though it’s not neighborly, I’d avoid them too. Don’t think you can fix them. Hard to change bad behaviors! Yep, complain here, we’re on your side. In my neighborhood, there are many retired people. It’s so quiet! When I moved in 10 years ago some wanted to know if I was a loud music, party-girl! I assured them I was not, and kept my promise. 💛 Christine

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    • Hello party girl 😉 lol. So funny ! You kept the parties quiet then ?
      Yes, it is good that the NewN have gone quiet and are still so. Not a peep out of them for days…. though their builders make up for it with their jackhammers jackhammering most mornings.
      Good idea. Any more trouble and I will set the cats on them …. if I can wake them up !
      Take care Christine. Ralph xox ❤

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  5. Talk about a scared pathetic privileged a-hole!!! … may they stay silent and move away soon.
    It’s always OK to vent here, among friends. 😀

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    • Hello Widdershins 🙂
      I think at one time they were privileged. When I first met them, before all this kicked off, they told me of having to sell a US$1.2 million house in the US for US$800,000. What I don’t understand is why they are hiding away in this mountain village in southern Spain. Another thing I do not understand is why they are complaining of spending €30,000 in doing up a five bedroom house that they bought for €70,000. There must be a lot more in it than they have told me.
      Thanks for letting me vent my friend. 🙂
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  6. Poor family… How awful for them and the children! I totally sympathize with them and you…
    I’ve had THE most nasty neighbors when I lived with my parents and believe me they have the power to make your life really miserable…
    I wish things will get better, but think that the NewNs won’t stop here; maybe they are quiet now, but just to prepare their next “step”. Nasty people don’t change for the better that quickly…IF they ever change!
    Be extra careful my friend! ❤ ❤ ❤
    Oh! and of course you can make fun of them here! From what you say it will be an easy task 😉

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    • Hello dear Pelly 🙂
      I am with you on that as I totally sympathise with the young family and what they went through before Christmas. I really do hope that the relationship with the new neighbours improves, though it is going to take time I think.
      Oh no ! You have really been through the mill haven’t you my friend ? I do hope that your parents’ neighbours have moved and that your parents are now having a more quiet life without them around.
      Thank you. I will be careful where the new neighbours are concerned. Though I will keep saying hello with a smile and hope things turn out for the better.
      I hope you have the water pipes fixed and electricity back on. Keep warm my friend as I know that you need to.
      Big hug, warm hug. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Well no… it’s just my dad now, my mother passed away… but they still live there too…so there’s still a big problem 😦
        Smiles help a lot dear, it’s a powerfull weapon!
        Yes, they are fixed now, but now they have floors to repair and walls to paint…
        Thanxxx sweetie, winter and cold are not my cup of tea 😉

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      • Oh dear ! I feel sorry for your dad having such awful neighbours.
        Glad the repairs are well on the way.
        I hate the cold as well.
        Take care and keep warm dear Pelly ❤

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  7. Bummer, bummer, bummer. Such horribly bad new neighbours. Did they buy or are they renting? Is there a landlord who would/could chuck them out? Or could the police hang around outside to catch her in the act of screaming? And has the illegal yellow line been removed?

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    • Hello Peggy 🙂
      Bad indeed !
      They did buy the property so no landlord to throw them out.
      The police are based 3 miles away and very rarely visit this village unless something is going on.
      The yellow line is still there and probably will be for years. The Spanish authorities do everything by the book and there are many authorities overseeing this area outside of the village. Such as the local town hall, the area town hall, the National Park, the railway and the river authorities. Throw in the police of which there are three types and you can see why nothing is ever done. But you never know, a local may spill a can of black paint over the yellow lines accidentally of course. 🙂
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  8. Oh my!!! I’m sorry that byou have to deal with someone like that. We’ve been fortunate not have had to deal with people like that. Put up s cheap surveillance cameras. That will put a quick stop and might even make them leave. Best of luck to you and your friends. xox

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    • Hello Kat 🙂
      We did discuss installing security cameras, but decided against it as this was one incident. If the wife kicks off again then we may have to to reconsider.
      Thank you for your idea my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  9. They are bullies. They scream at the wife, saying nothing initially to Guy. Neighbor’s need to call police and question them EVERYTIME. Start telling police you are afraid, (cause you should be- they have no morals- they slash tires and scream.) Unfortunately their former place may have allowed such rude behavior. Show them with police calls and reports, that this won’t be allowed in this new place, not any more.
    When I was in college, I rented a flat in a not so great neighborhood. The next door neighbors were robbing and breaking into everyone’s house, even houses with big dogs, during the day when people were out. They only stopped when people started calling and pointing them out to the police, and then they quit. But so long as no one complained, they had a good thing going.

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    • Hello Michele and welcome to my blog. Thank you so much for your long and sensible comment.
      Toni’s cleaning my apartment tomorrow and she will read this post and your comment translated into Spanish.
      Although the NewN are eastern European, they have spent many years living in California and now are here in this mountain village in southern Spain, so probably any previous police problems would be difficult to trace.
      How awful for you when you were in college. I am glad that the neighbours stood up to these nasty people.
      Take care my new friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  10. that is so awful and scary that you have neighbor bullies. i hope it calms down and if not, get the cats on it, stat!

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    • Hello Beth 🙂
      All is quiet on the Western front at the moment and I hope that it stays that way.
      I would release my cats if I could only wake them up. lol
      Happy Sunday my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  11. What a terrible situation! Isn’t it sad how bullies can get their way. Surely the great goddess of karma has them in her view, and will teach them a lesson.

    I tried to think of what I would do in such a situation, I’m still thinking.

    I’m going to reblog this and see what my followers can suggest.

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    • Hello Yvonne 🙂
      Thank you so much for the reblog. Some interesting ideas and comments from your readers.
      Yes, karma does bite back hard when one has been bad.
      For goodness sake stop thinking my friend, you will get a headache 😉
      Take care. Ralph xox ❤

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  13. Record them (her) on video and invite them over to see the video – tell that it is better and funnier entertainment even than “Dinner for one” is… 🙂

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    • lol. Great idea Drake. It’s worth thinking about. Perhaps I should email the link to this post to them. Boy, that will put the cat amongst the pigeons 🙂
      Take care. Ralph 🙂

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    • Hello Gerard 🙂
      Great idea. I’ll get my cats trained up immediately ! lol
      I hope you are having a good weekend.
      Ralph 🙂

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  14. That is so sad. Your community there is so lovely and they don’t fit in. How can they shout at Toni, I would have been the same – quiet like Toni, as you don’t want to aggravate the situation. It is not right what they are doing though. Next time they shout someone down, record it on your phone and keep a journal… all evidence. If they are quiet – good, and that they don’t have friends no wonder with that temper. Toni and Pedro are such a lovely warmhearted family, it is awful to be horrible to them. Hope it all improves.

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    • Hello Ute 🙂
      I agree. It is so sad that new neighbours cause such an upset to this lovely area. Toni will be reading your comment tomorrow and will probably be amazed at such support from you and all around the world.
      Anyway the new neighbours have gone into hiding, not a peep from them. I hope it stays that way.
      Happy Sunday my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  15. God almighty. Various four letter words come to mind here. some 7 letter ones too. Other words fail me. Neighbours? Oh we have had our share including the batty old boot down stairs but we have never had neighbours like this. Hmmm….need to get the scheming cap on x

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    • Haha. I just knew that you would get your sixpenny worth in dear Shey enhanced with expletives 🙂
      Oh dear, a batty old boot downstairs ? I do hope that you are not the crazy aunt who talks to hamsters who is locked in the attic whom nobody talks about. lol 😉
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello Andrew 🙂
      I agree. I just hope that we have not won the jackpot with these new neighbours.
      Take care. Ralph 🙂

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  16. I hate to hit Like on this, but you get my drift. If it’s any consolation (and it probably isn’t), every morning when they wake up they have to be themselves. Which must be miserable.

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    • Hello Ellen 🙂
      As you, I hate to hit Like on a sad subject like this. I do it just to leave a footprint that I have read the post.
      That’s true, they have to wake up in the morning with whatever is going on in their heads.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❤

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  17. This NewN “lady” is BONKERS! It would be funny if it were a story, but I’m sure Toni and her family feel like it is a nightmare. To do something like that is terrible, but at Christmas time, to a young family, it is totally unacceptable. Ralph, you are caught in the middle–literally and figuratively. I’m sorry for that. Along with “Leggypeggy,” I think we need an update as events occur. I’m sure everyone wants to hear that NewNs move on and everyone else lives happily ever after–and sooner rather than later!

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    • Hello Linda 🙂
      I’m sorry that I am so long in replying. I am playing catch up, so many comments to reply to, but anyway I am here now.
      Bonkers indeed ! Of course I will keep you updated if the situation changes somewhat.
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  18. This is miserable for all concerned. These people come with baggage either of mental health or substance abuse issues, or of having been either bullies or even victims in another neighbourhood. It is a very long shot, and would need a lot of courage, but if anyone could ask them (sympathetically) what is making them so angry and defensive, they might (possibly) turn out to be amenable to change. You certainly cannot live happily near them as it stands, so it might end up as a police matter. Best of luck.

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    • Hello Hilary 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting this post and making such a wonderful comment.
      When this problem over parking first began and the NewN wife started to complain, I did suggest to her that she gets to know this nice young couple, chat to them, maybe give the young husband work as she had the builders in, but she didn’t listen, carried on whining and I just had to walk away. Anyway they have been very, very quiet for days now, maybe they realised that they went over the top somewhat.
      Take care and have a lovely new week. Ralph xox ❤

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  19. Dear Ralph, this is so sad… neignours ah these neighbours… You can’t choose them, they suddenly come in your life… next to you. But you know we are here and we can talk every time, between us 🙂 Good Luck and have a nice day, Thanks and Love, nia

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    • Hello dear Nia 🙂
      Yes it is really sad that new neighbours can cause so much disruption, stress and expense, but thank you so much for being there as a friend. I hope you have a lovely new week.
      Love Ralph xox ❤

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  20. Oh my! Glad I do not have neighbors like that… Karma is a bitch though… One day she’ll meet her match and give her the scare of her life…

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    • Oh my indeed ! Hello Lumar 🙂
      I am so pleased to read that you have nice neighbours. I am happy for you.
      Yes, karma can bite back big time !
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  21. Public exposure and humiliation may quiet the Banshee down, for now. However, I would put up outdoor camera surveillance. Once a Banshee, always a Banshee!
    I hope your new neighbors move away.
    Perhaps they will be encouraged to do so one day.
    Much love, xoxo ❤ #<

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    • Hello dear Resa 🙂
      Amazingly she has been quiet for a couple of weeks now. The young family and I have discussed installing a camera, but we think and hope this episode was a one-off and won’t be repeated since the police became involved. But, in saying that, she could kick off over some other petty issue. See what happens.
      Love and hugs back my friend. Ralph xoxox ❤ #<

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    • Indeed Daria. Hopefully over time that one will change for the better.
      I hope you have a lovely new week my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  22. What an awful situation. Painting yellow lines on the road!! What a cheek! We used to have a few parking issues with neighbours back in Birmingham. They seemed to think that they owned the piece of road in front of their house and that no one else should park there. It’s a strange way of thinking that most of us don’t understand. Best of luck. 🍀 Cheryl

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    • Hello Cheryl 🙂
      Yes, I must agree with you about the yellow lines. You could be right in saying that the new neighbours think they own the piece of road outside of their house as she did use to glower at the children playing on their bikes and rollerskates in the street. Hopefully they will not be her next target, if so and I see it, I will weigh in.
      I hope you and Becky will have a fun baking week this week.
      Ralph xox ❤

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  23. Booooooo! What an awful post! Let me rephrase that . . . The news in this post is awful, horrendous in fact. Just what your little family-like community needed, the bullies from hell. Someone better get those cameras going to keep tabs on evilwoman’s activities, it sounds like time karma pays her a visit. Maybe you should have Sam and Sonic pay her a visit? Gosh, I’m sorry for your terrible new neighbors. That’s the worst, losing your lovely friends to tyrants. Wishing you luck and revenge! 🙂 Big hugs, xoxo ❤

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  24. From what you have said is it possible the wife has a mental illness? That behaviour is not normal or rational. Do you have any idea why she had a problem with the car being parked where it was?

    Is it possible to keep up the smiles and communication, if only minimally? It is not sustainable to live with that level of stress between you. Someone with a big heart like yours, Ralph, might be able to smooth the waters. My very best wishes to Toni and Pedro and their kids. I hope it didn’t ruin their Christmas.

    Have I wished you a happy New Year yet Ralph? If not, I wish you and your three kitties (including ceramic puss, of course) a wonderful year in 2017.

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    • Hello Kate 🙂
      The initial problem, they say, was getting their car in and out of the garage. I know for a fact that having lived in that house for eight years I had no problem getting my car in and out of the garage with a car parked on the other side of the road. As a previous commenter said they think they own the road outside of their house and that’s all there is to it.
      That’s exactly what I have been doing when I see them. Say hello, it’s a fine day and just keep doing that.
      A happy New Year to you too my friend. Have a good one !
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  25. Ralph I truly resonate with you… living in Spain we have experienced much… and are in the position of buying our next home… umm I wonder why it doesn’t seem so easy… On another note kindness and love is sometimes our only option… it puts them in silence where they can open there own hearts x thankyou for posting x barbara

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    • Hello Barbara 🙂
      Thank you so much for visiting this post and commenting.
      Good luck in buying your next home. I hope you find a nice one with great neighbours.
      I agree, kindness and love is the way to go.
      Have a great new week, it’s cool but at least it is sunny.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❤

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  26. Dear Ralph, I’m pleased to read it’s all quiet for the time being. Horrible situation, the NewN’s most probably have a history of this type of behavior, fingers crossed they move away sooner rather than later. Enjoy a quiet week ahead. ~ Mia xo

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    • Hello Mia 🙂
      Thank you so much for your input. You are probably right that they have a history of this type of behaviour. Still quiet. I hope it stays that way.
      And another thank you. I hope you have a lovely week yourself my friend.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❤

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  27. I agree with Utesmile -record everything on your ‘phone, including pictures when you can. A security camera is also a good idea: it shows you mean business. The thought occurs that your local mental health authority might be interested in these sudden outbursts. I’m afraid I take a very combative view in these matters. Many years ago my wife and I had a serious neighbours problem. Their kids were bullying my youngest, and the noise and agression was ceaseless. A couple of friends and I paid the ‘husband’ of the family a visit, told him we were unhappy with the situation, and requested he correct it. That worked for a while. Then the noise started again, as their eldest son was arrested, and we had to take further measures to make plain our desire for peace and quiet. No violence, or direct threat of force, just insistence. He was abusive in his reaction, but the problem went away, Shortly thereafter we moved. I don’t know how our successors got on, or even if they are still, collectively, out of jail.

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    • Hello Frederick 🙂
      Thank you for visiting this post and writing such a long and interesting comment.
      The young family all have phones and have probably been asked by the police to do the same as what you and Ute suggest. I have vibrating hands so for me a phone is a no-no.
      Thank you for telling me about your problem neighbours a few years ago and I bet you were glad when you moved.
      Take care. Ralph 🙂

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  28. OMG, Ralph, the neighbors from hell. What is wrong with that woman????? El Diablo I think. I hope things improve for you all. Please tell Toni and her family that we wish it for them as well. x

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    • OMG, Adele, indeed neighbours from hell.
      Toni is cleaning my apartment tomorrow morning so she will read your comment and I thank you in advance, for her, for your kind words.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  29. Oh no! Not acceptable behaviour at all. I do fear that the fact they complied without comment has let this bad woman feel that she is in the right. It is hard to stand up to bullies, but it has to be done no matter our ages. Have you rang the local authorities about the illegal yellow lines?
    I like Toni and Pedro for choosing an Irish name – it makes me warm inside. They don’t deserve this horrible treatment.

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    • Hello Spidey 🙂
      I do agree with you that one must stand up to bullies. I have known Toni and Pedro for a number of years and they have a very mild temperament and I think that they don’t want to be involved with what is going on in that woman’s head. So they leave it for the police to sort out. I understand that the police also know about the yellow lines.
      I believe you must be talking about Liam. Toni and Pedro didn’t want a Spanish name for the boy, eventually choosing Liam. I believe a pop star may be involved 😉
      Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  30. Oh Ralph, this is dreadful. I was going to ask what ancestry are the newN? But it doesn’t really matter. If she yells all the time, she needs help – and the police might arrange it.

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    • Hello Lara 🙂
      Indeed, what did happen was dreadful. All quiet at the moment.
      I agree. I think that once the police became involved it scared the living daylights out of her. I hope it stays that way.
      I do hope that you are having a great week my friend.
      Ralph xox ❤

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  31. They don’t fit in your environment, kitties, you have to hiss them away and better ignore them too…we’re good in that, don’t we 😉 Pawkisses for a relaxed day 🙂 ❤

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    • Hello Binky 🙂
      Daddy is trying to teach us Kung Fu Kitty moves, but we ignore him. As you say, we are good at that. That’s enough excitement for one day, got to go back to sleep now.
      Love and hugs to you and Granny our friends S, S & s ❤ ❤ ❤

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  32. What a horrible situation. We had neighbors the next door down from us that were horrible, but we did not have to bear the brunt of it. Our next door neighbor got 24 unneutered cats that he abandoned when he left. He had all kinds of animals that he did not feed knowing that she would. Eventually, the couple divorced, but he lived on there paying no house payment for about 2 years. Now a quiet older couple has taken over and is fixing up the house. So the neighborhood is liveable again. That doesn’t help you, though. 😦 Hope things iron themselves out! 🙂 xox My best to Manny’s other family. xoxox

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    • Hello MVBFM 🙂
      It’s not a lot of fun is it ?
      Thank you so much for telling your own story. I am so pleased that it all worked out well for you my friend.
      Love to you, Manny and everyone in Oz. Ralph xox ❤

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      • We are out of Oz, except the ones we brought back with us. I do hope your neighbors clean up their acts. People like that are so hard to get along with and so impossible to get rid of. It seems everyone has one! 😦 Love back to you, Fanny, Stanley, the cats and the good neighbors. The bad ones don’t know who they are dealing with! 🙂

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  33. this is indeed amazing, great story with such wonderful details to learn, understand about appreciation, community and neighbors.

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    • Hello Mihran 🙂
      Thank you so much for your full and brilliant comment. Love it !
      Take care my friend. Ralph 🙂

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  34. I try to be a good neighbour, always, but there are people who will complain about anything and everything, even quiet mice like me. 😦 I like Ute’s idea of recording everything, if it happens again. It is completely unacceptable for little children to be victimized by bullies.

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    • Hello dear Gallivanta 🙂
      Oh no, I could never imagine anyone complaining about you my friend.
      I think that the young family has taking on board the idea of recording any future incidents which we hope may never happen.
      I am in total agreement with you about the bullying of the children. I do hope that will never happen again as well.
      Take care and watch out for mousetraps 🙂 Ralph xox ❤

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  35. OH MY GOLLY GOSH!! These new neighbours sound like the absolute PITS. I sincerely hope that they move on soon. Poor you and poor Toni and Pedro. Good Luck and I hope things settle down soon xox

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    • Hello Lottie 🙂
      The whole thing is the pits ! I am with you in hoping that they do move soon. Anyway it’s been quiet for quite a few days now and I do hope that it stays that way.
      Cold and a few flakes of snow this evening. Roll on summer !
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • I really feel for you, dear Ralph. Horrid neighbours are the pits. I sincerely hope that you don’t have any more trouble with them. It’s just started snowing here, very pretty but brrrr cold xox

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  36. Hi Ralph , I’ve read your post referenced from Yvonne. I really fee for you and your friends. Neighbours can be from hell! As a resident of an Italian village for over ten years I had this hell from a neighbour who only comes very rarely to his (holiday) home, thankfully! These rare visits, however, were enough to cause the following situation – all because he felt he had a right to place his garden furniture on a public road and prevent us from parking on it even with our moped!
    I thought I might publish it as a post but didn’t. It’s in two parts:

    PART ONE

    It is exactly three years ago to the day that a resident of Longoio allegedly committed the following crime:

    The actual formal accusation arrived at the address of the accused on September 7th 2013.
    The heading states that it comes from the Public Prosecutor’s office at Lucca’s courthouse and charges the resident with the following crime:
    ‘So as to profit by it he gained possession of a moveable object belonging to someone else, stealing it from its possessor by entering into the environs of the house of X; to be more precise he walked on that part of the road leading to X’s house and, arriving in the house’s courtyard, gained possession of a rolling shutter (window blind) placed near X’s front door for the purposes of repairing it, and left quickly stealing it from the legal owner.
    (It should also be stated that the alleged crime was that termed ‘aggravated’ burglary since the object was supposed to have been placed on the accuser’s property)’.
    The case was finally resolved on 13th December, 2015 (that day so fateful for Paris) in the Lucca law-courts in the resident’s favour. He was ‘assolto’, found ‘not guilty’ of the crime. The accuser’s evidence was regarded as insufficient to inculpate the accused on the following main grounds.
    1. The accused was not present at the scene and time of the alleged crime. Besides having five witnesses to testify that he was lunching with them, there was also the evidence of timed digital photographs to prove that the accused could not have been at the crime scene at that time.
    2. The charge could not have been aggravated burglary anyway since the roller shutter was placed on a public road – X’s house has no courtyard or garden. Apparently the blind had been lying there for some time
    There were also other facts to take into consideration. The accuser was the only witness for the prosecution. Moreover, he apparently made no attempt to warn the alleged burglar when he saw him, which he could have easily done from the safety of his house.
    The defence was expertly conducted by a very smart lawyer who left the prosecution’s lawyer high and dry. The public minister (present in all Italian law-courts and whose main job is to ensure that all trials are conducted according to principles of fairness and adherence to correct legal procedure) added that the case should have never come to the courts anyway.
    It took over two and a half years for the whole business to conclude in the judge’s decision. On the night of that conclusion 130 people died and hundred were injured in Paris as a result of islamist terrorist attacks.
    You might ask who the accused and who the accuser were in this palaver. Both are British citizens. I was the accused and the accuser was a chief detective inspector in charge of anti-terrorism. (The CDI is not a resident in Bagni di Lucca and has not been seen here since May 2013).
    Perhaps that’s the main reason I have taken out tutela legale (legal insurance) in Italy. (See my post on that at https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/legal-insurance-a-must-in-italy/ . Little did I know that my decision was reached not through some Italian ‘Mafiosi’ dealings but because of an English policeman……

    PART TWO

    Those of you who have read my post at https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/the-blind-leading-the-blind/ will understand why I am adding this postscript.
    I never understood why the person in question did not shout out from the safety of his second floor window: ‘don’t take that. It’s mine!’ After all, if one sees someone stealing a personal object from just outside one’s house this would be a natural reaction, I feel.
    Strangely, the said person turned up over three years later after he’d involved me in a trial lasting until November last year when I was found not guilty of the crime of aggravated theft. It was this July and he stayed at his house opposite mine for five days.
    Noticing that the person had lined the road outside his house with further objects, this time with bits of unwanted furniture and items to be repaired, and thinking that the person was not present in his house, I took timed digital photographs of the objects in order to cover myself in case the said person might accuse me again of stealing any of his articles from outside his property.
    All of a sudden I heard a highly recognizable voice from the second floor of his house shouting: ‘Francis (nice of him to use my Christian name) why are you taking photographs of my house? Stop doing it.’ I kept mum. I realise that there are many occasions when one must pretend to have one’s lips glued with superglue.
    The person continued his rant, moved to another window and added ‘don’t use your photographs for any commercial or legal purpose. I’ll get you if you do!’
    At the same time I could hear his newly married partner (of sixteen years relationship and a secretary to an eminent consultant at one of London’s more famous hospitals) start singing somewhat hysterically, as if to cover her newly acquired husband’s bluster. It was all very odd.
    I entered my house and next morning the couple was gone. For another three years, I wonder, shall we have some peace?
    I realised that, in fact, when I returned from Bagni di Lucca on that fateful day over three years ago I’d never seen a blind there at all. Quite apart that I was not present at the time and place of the alleged theft, something which was confirmed by digital photographs and witnesses, and which was my main defence in court, it suddenly struck me that one was not looking for a criminal who committed the theft. The theft was, in fact, never actually committed by anyone. The person in question had removed the object himself before I arrived home and then, later, accused me of having stolen it. The theft was, thus, a complete fabrication and the person’s testimony was complete and unadulterated perjury.
    It was basically one person’s word against another’s. The problem was that in Italy it’s quite possible to accuse someone of e.g. having pranged one’s car without requiring any other witness to have observed the fact.
    The motive? Very simple. The person in question had his eyes on the house I’d bought back in 2005 for some time before. Indeed, one of the first questions he asked me, I remember then was ‘will you give me first choice when you decide to sell your house?’ Why did he want my house anyway? Again, a simple answer. His own house had no garden, hence his use of a public roadway to use as a repository for his garden furniture. The photograph below shows what happened to my wife’s car after she had parked it. My wife had to ask the person to remove the furniture so that she could exit. If she’d decided to move the articles herself from the public roadway….
    A false charge and a complete fabrication we had to suffer for over three years and a complete waste of Italian court time and procedure! An untruth concocted solely for a motive of property accompanied by harassment, defamation and envy.
    I just wish there had been a CCTV in operation at the time! But they say, God sees everything and this ghastly man whose name and occupation several of my readers will know already will gather even more negative karma in his life (if he manages to get a life, that is.)
    ‘Do not trust Greeks bearing gifts’. To that I would add ‘do not trust detective inspectors offering drinks’.

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      • Thank you so much. I hope things get better as well.
        Personally I am okay and not afraid of the new neighbours, but the same cannot be said for the young family, as I know that the young wife especially is a little stressed over the whole situation and still is even though the new neighbours have gone really quiet for ages. ❤

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  38. Wow. That is unbelievable. It is so sad that people of that type would move in and disturb the otherwise peaceful neighborhood. I am glad the police visit seems to have silenced NewN wife. Hopefully there won’t be any other incidents. peace

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    • Hello Peace 🙂
      Thank you so much for your input. Your comment is really appreciated. Three weeks into January and the new neighbours have been quiet all that time. As you say, hopefully because of the police visit this will be the end of it.
      Have a lovely weekend. Ralph xox ❤

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  39. What I want to know is when did they release her from the asylum? Get a fake video camera it has a red light that stays on constantly by battery and attach it to your building and aim it where the problem is and then see if you can record her screaming and verbally abusing anyone. Sounds like a pretty sick ticket to me.

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    • Hello Patricia 🙂
      Wow, what a comment ! I am sure that there is truth in what you say and thank you about the fake camera idea. The thing is that the new neighbours have been so quiet next door, no noise at all. They are at home all day, but no noise at all is so unnatural.
      I hope you are having a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  40. Definitely not a happy post at all. But what’s done been done and you have the photographic evidence to prove it. Hope the NewN do keep to themselves now and there will be no more trouble. I am sure the neighbourhood has been nothing but nice to them and would have rolled out the red carpet with some cake to welcome them had they been a bit more nice…. 🙂

    Hope you are well and keeping on top of everyone who stops by, Ralph. Love the light-hearted writing as usual. You take care and most importantly, stay safe and out of trouble 🙂

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    • Hello Mabel 🙂
      I agree, it is not a happy post at all. You are right, the new neighbours are really keeping to themselves now, no noise at all, unless the builders are working in there.
      Thank you my friend, I am fine and safe, but somehow always in trouble. lol.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  41. That sucks. It’s said how two people can turn everyone else’s lives upside down.
    Do you want me to start a Big Girls Boot Brigade and come over and sort them out. Dancing in hob nail boots on their roof, or head…whatever! 🙂

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    • Hello Juls 🙂
      Yes, the whole thing really sucks !
      As the founding member of the Big Girls Boot Brigade you would be very welcome to Riverdance in your hob nail boots. I will sell tickets and you will make a fortune, if, of course, the new neighbours kick off again.
      I do hope that you are having a better week this week as I see you have been having a pretty rough time of things lately. Thinking about you my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  42. I am astonished at those awful people who don’t realize that Karma exists, it will come and bite them in the behind! The police should take statements from neighbors at how many verbal tirades the NewN family (I.E.wife) did towards Toni. This was sad but an important post. We need doses of reality, Ralph.
    My purse was stolen at the library with a man on a facing computer who used his feet to reach to get my purse by my feet. It was caught on surveillance video but he pleaded down so my new glasses, Mother’s Day gift cards to restaurants and my cell phone were stolen. Had to cancel credit cards and get new driver’s license. Not as horrible as the bad neighbors! Just had to share about the thief, since “misery loves company.” Take it easy and big hugs sent your way, dear. ❤

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    • Hello Robin 🙂
      I totally agree with you about karma Robin. There is good and bad, bad is the one to avoid big time and I think that the new neighbours’ wife is in for it.
      Oh no, how could he do that to you in the library ! All that hassle for you, probably just for stealing a few dollars. Karma will be busy, won’t she ?
      Thank you so much for visiting and all your Likes and comments dear friend.
      Big hug. Love Ralph xox ❤

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      • You are always wonderful to hear from, Ralph! I will be 62 this year and so made sure to go back to your big 70th birthday party and say my best regards! Fondly, Robin xo

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      • When is your birthday dear Robin ? I will send you an e-card, that is if I can find your email address on your blog or on your gravatar.
        Thank you so much for visiting my birthday post. So kind of you my friend.
        Love Ralph ❤

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      • Oh, it is an email account that I go once a week and Never read! I don’t like the thousands of blog notifications and so I literally delete about 15,000 by not reading them. My friends text or call, but my blogging friends visit my blog. Sorry, but this is just being honest. If I could start all over again I would not ask for comment notifications! 🙂
        Anyway, my birthday is kind of cool, 11-15-55. It is an easy one. I rarely say a word about my birthday on my blog. It is fun to celebrate with my little grandies and grown children. Ralph, thank you for asking! hugs xoxo

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      • Thank you so much for explaining about your email account Robin. I completely understand as it takes me a couple of days to visit every blog who has commented or liked on my new post. Each post generates at least 150 emails. It does take time to whittle down my inbox, so I completely sympathise with you.
        Thank you for your birthday date. I will use comments to send you something in November. Wow, the time is flying by, January has almost gone !
        Hugs back. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Thanks so much, dear distant friend! I will always enjoy our friendship. It is nice to have had enough time to spend time visiting. Next weekend I will be up at my Mom’s! xo

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      • I totally agree with you dear Robin as it is lovely to have a little chat with you my friend.
        Have a lovely weekend with your mom 🙂 ❤

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  43. Neighbours like that are intolerable, and it is difficult to resist the temptation to retaliate in kind, which can escalate into violence. A solution which can sometimes work is to study up by-laws and report such people for each and every transgression. There is always something one can use.

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    • Hello Colonialist 🙂
      I’m sorry that I have been so long in replying to your very sensible comment. So much going on here for the last couple of days.
      I totally agree with you. It is so easy to take revenge on neighbours like these. At least they know that they can’t get away with being so nasty now that the police are involved.
      Have a great weekend. Ralph 🙂

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  44. Holy tires, batman! sounds like a super hero rescue is in order! Don your cape, and save that sweet family. You’ll think of something.
    In the meantime, Karma’s at work, silently plotting from all that evilness the NewN wife has reaped. Bet she even brought some with her from her last house. *shudders*

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    • Hi Roxie 🙂
      I just got in, bruised and battered. I did what you suggested, put on my cape, leapt from my third floor balcony shouting, “To infinity and beyond !” and ended up with a Ralph shaped 3 foot deep hole in the road. Any other bright suggestions ? I am game for anything, you know that 🙂
      Have a lovely weekend my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Hahaha, I can totally see the splat on the road from here! Messed up those pretty yellow lines they drew. Perhaps Spider-Man is who we need?! My cats enjoy those eight-legged buggers, maybe yours will too. And with any luck, NewN is arachniphobic, lol.

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  45. She is definitely an abuser and I am guessing her husband was silent with you because she would have given him more abuse. I think this post is good at highlighting domestic abuse of guys by women. It is so badly under-represented. I know a guy who has been verbally abused by his wife for years – he talks to me in confidence about it and obviously I can’t say the details but I recognise this behaviour and from the way my ex treated me.

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    • Hello Sandra 🙂
      You have really hit the nail on the head with your analysis of this post. I am so sure that you are right.
      Heavens, I am so sorry to read that you went through it yourself my friend. How awful for you.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Hi Ralph, yeah, 8.5 years with one of them, of which mostly 8 got progressively worse until it was like being in prison. I have been free now for over 5 years.

        Have you read my new Asexual Perspectives book – the look inside preview?

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      • That’s great that you have been out of that relationship for a number of years now Sandra, at least you are trying to make the best of it nowadays. Good on ya !
        I am sorry, I have not read your book. In fact I have not read a book for a couple of years now since my hands went wonky. I have watched your videos and read your posts. My laptop is such a godsend. 🙂 ❤

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      • Bless you. So sorry to hear that – it’s a ebook – so like reading an extra long blog post. The book will be on a free promo at some point in the next few weeks too so I have kept it inexpensive for now. You can download the Kindle to any device – I think you may be able to buy the ‘add audio’ option but not sure. But I understand if you cannot touch the screen at all. Thanks for your kind words.

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  46. You can choose your cats, but not your neighbours. 😳 I’ve had some awful ones over the years, but we’re really lucky at the moment. Love them all, including the iguanas and Sammy squirrel. 😅

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    • Hello Sylvia 🙂
      Ha ! I am between the devil and the deep blue sea as my cats are one and the new neighbours another. Help ! 😉
      I am so pleased to read that your neighbours are okay where you are now. That is good news. I do know that you love the fauna all around you. You have a lovely mix of animals and birds. Really lovely.
      Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  47. That is terrible. We have had some inconvenient neighbors. But now we have awesome neighbors. They bring us food. Often. Granted it is too hot (spicy) for me to eat, but my hubby loves it. They are great neighbors!

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    • Hello Terre 🙂
      Oh wow, I am so so pleased for you that you have such wonderful neighbours. The young family who live below me are just as great. Brilliant !
      Have a lovely day my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Everytime we have inconvenient neighbors, I never wish for new ones because they could always end up worse. We got so lucky with these neighbors! I am glad you have at least one set of nice neighbors!

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  48. Yeesh… your NewN wife must be mighty miserable inside!
    Hopefully sooner than later, she will catch an honest look
    at herself and stop being such a jerk! :-/ 💜 Jackie@KWH

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    • Hello Jackie 🙂
      You must be psychic, as a couple of days ago the NewN wife, in tears, apologised to Pedro, offered him money for the inconvenience she caused him and his family, plus she offered him work to be done in her house. Fantastic news !
      Happy Sunday my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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