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February 3, 2011

I Heart The Neighbours

We don't know our neighbours that well.  We chat sometimes outside.  The husband has come over to check out what we're doing when we're working on a project in the garage.  We've held onto packages while they've been away.  That kinda thing. 

Well, as you know the snow really piled up overnight.  I was dreading this morning because I have to leave the house and my hubby is not available to shovel (he works an odd shift at work, to say the least).  So shovelling was in the cards for me.  Except when I looked out my window to survey the damage, I saw this:

And my neighbour was headed back to his house with shovel in hand.  He cleared the drive & the walkway!!  I emailed my thanks (going over and sharing this cold would have been cruel).  What else can I do?  Bottle of wine?  Baked goods?  Would you give a mini thank you gift?  Or have I been watching too much Desperate Housewives (what would Bree do)? 

Thoughts?  Tell me about your relationship with your neighbours.  I'm new at this home owner thing . . .

P.S. I emailed my hubby and told him, asking for advice and this is his reply:

"That's great!  I don't know what would be appropriate.  Canadian Tire gift card?  A few jugs of washer fluid?  Cookies?"

I love that a few jugs of washer fluid is a great gift idea according to my hubby.  He'd be totally jazzed with washer fluid (a few jugs, mind you) as a gift.  Hence the no gift-giving policy in our relationship.


  1. Hi...saw your blog for the first time tonight and really enjoyed it. You are lucky to have such a thoughtful neighbor. I've had neighbors in the past that were like a part of my family. BTW, your decor is gorgeous and the chair in your guest room is breath taking.

  2. Hi there! Thanks for your kind words. So glad to hear you've had good neighbours too. When people live so close to one another, it is so important to be decent.

  3. What a nice neighbor! Some baked goods or a good bottle of wine would be an appropriate reward for his kindness, I think.

  4. I agree that baked goodies or good wine would be a very nice way to show your gratitude. BTW I just love your home because it's not only lovely, but it doesn't look like "cookie cutter" design. Enjoy the snow!

  5. Our neighbor helped unearth my car after a blizzard this year, so I gave him and his partner a $10 gift card to a coffee shop. They were really sweet, and wrote ME a thank you for the thank you gift. I thought about writing them a thank you for the thank you card, but I thought that might be a bit much.

    We live in a four unit condo building, and thank goodness everyone is really wonderful. We had terrible, terrible neighbors in our last apartment. We don't hang out with our neighbors or anything, but it's so nice to have plesant conversations with people and to know in an emergency they're right there.

  6. Gosh, I long to live in a place that it snows enough to need the driveway shoveled! It sounds ridiculous I know, but I think I would actually enjoy it...maybe the first time at least!


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