I need some advice. For many years, I have worked from my home office. I live in a very quiet residential area. However, in recent months, due to COVID, there are many more people around during the weekdays, including children.
The next-door neighbors have small children who are really loud when they’re outside. The vacation rental on the other side has been busy since the summer, and people on vacation just don’t seem to care what time or day it is.
To add insult to injury, I have recently been catching a random cat using my backyard as a litter box. I know this is unrelated, but I’m ready to crack. Please help.
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You are not alone. We have all had to adapt to a lot of very uncomfortable changes lately, for sure. For instance, I never realized that a neighbor of mine is a burgeoning opera singer. Yes, really; you can’t make that up.
However, I have had to make myself understand that we are all being forced into the same lifeboat, and that the opera singer and the working parents who are suddenly forced to stay at home and homeschool kids who would rather be with their friends are every bit as inconvenienced as we are.
The vacation rental? I got nuthin. What are they thinking? They should go home and stay there.
As for the cat, I’m just going to point out that cats don’t like being squirted with water from the hose. Before we hear from cat lovers who think this is mean, remember that cats are waterproof. And if it is your cat who is pooping in your neighbor’s yard, tell your cat to follow the advice for the vacation renters.
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