Friday, May 22, 2009

Won't You Be My Neighbor?


Keira had some great words of wisdom this morning. "If you want to get to know your neighbors, don't ask if you can do something for them...ask them to do something for you" (or something like that).

I was busy making bread this morning...one batch enthusiastically rising in the bread pans, another batch mixing away in the bread machine...when disaster struck.

Catastrophic appliance failure. My oven broke. It got stuck on preheat - and just kept preheating and preheating and....yeah. Danny and I went down to the garage and flipped the circuit breakers...that didn't work. As soon as we turned the power back on, the oven went right back to overheating. Tried again. And again. And again.

What to do about the bread ready to bake? I tried the one neighbor that I know pretty well - I know she wouldn't mind baking my bread. Looks like she's out of town. The neighbor on the other side was out washing his jeep without his shirt on. Keira dared me to try asking him. So I did. No dice - he and his girlfriend were just leaving the house. Blarg. Carp. (Thank you Suzanne)

I finally found a neighbor - I think she said her name is Alicia - her husband is Nick and their gigantic two year old is Ben (he easily outweighs Trevor - who turns 5 today).

5 comments:

OKTownsends said...

Wow, you are admirably persistent. I would have given up sooner, thrown out the dough and went to the store.

Michael said...

Oh wow. What a great way to get to know your neighbors.

Michael and I joke that we get to know our neighbors when they are are moving out.

crashhanna said...

I was persistent because I am determined NOT to go to the store...for 9 more days. Otherwise I definitely would have tossed the dough.

Keira said...

I can't remember where I heard that piece of advice but it's pretty wise/counter-intuitive...

Suzanne said...

Opps, I was logged on as Michael.