I'll try not to go on about this too much! A couple of days after I arrived back from the UK, Jim decided to go and see the neighbours and 'smooth troubled waters' as it were. I had sent Sandra an email doing just that as best I could. I didn't receive a reply but thought they maybe hadn't internet access at the moment. They have a dodgy dial up at the best of times. Jim then 'met' Sandra in a shop in Gort. Or rather she laid into him, verbally! Jim was polite and tried to reason with her. He certainly didn't want to make a fuss in a shop, so that is why he'd decided to go down and see them in person. He printed off my email and took it with him, in case they hadn't received it.
About half an hour later he crashed through our door and I have never, ever, seen him so angry. He was almost speechless, steam coming out of his ears type angry. This is roughly how the meeting went. Pete (the one who had shingles last year) now has an ulcer. He walked towards the door when Jim knocked. A little shuffling step with a pained expression on his face. Talk about milking it.
Sandra appeared but Jim wasn't allowed to cross the threshold. Their main argument was that they were not complaining about anything, just discussing or making suggestions! Well, I've heard some discussions in my time but they just complain and demand! They wanted us to let them know any time we were having a delivery by or for the builders in case Pete has to be rushed to hospital, 'it's a matter of life and death' she said! Now, what difference will it make if she knows when a delivery is coming if Pete has to be rushed off? No, I couldn't work that one out either. The builders have also complained about us according to S & P. Now we know for a fact that isn't true as they think Sandra and Pete are complete nutters and just laugh about them to us.
Basically they wouldn't give an inch and said they had to go out and headed for their car. As Sandra was walking off, she gave a parting shot 'anyway, if you want to know about complaints, ask your wife. She complains about you. She thinks you're an awful, mean person, can't stand you', etc, etc. Well, that did it. Jim approached her in the car and said, 'If you ever try to come between my wife and me, you'll be very sorry' and that was what angered him so much. Not surprisingly! Oh, he also said she was a bitch.
Since then, we haven't seen them although Pete was crashing about in their 'garden' today so he must have had a miraculous recovery. If anything it has brought Jim and I closer together and we keep laughing about him being so mean and horrible.
So, far from smoothing troubled waters, we now have a force 10 storm going on!! I must say though, in an odd way, I feel much better now. She is beyond the pale and has gone as low as she is able now. How can you reason with such people? So we shall just carry on as if they aren't there! I am glad I had written and sent my very reasonable, even friendly email before this happened. Jim felt bad that he'd set out intending to smooth things over and ended up making them much worse!
We have laughed so much about him being so mean and horrible. Last night in bed, I was reading and asked Jim to pass me a tissue for my nose. Jim picked up one from somewhere and said 'I think this one's ok'. Now let me tell you that 'this one' was as far from ok as you could get.
Then he realised it might have been 'used' the night before........
Well, we both laughed until we cried. Not only does he offer me a used tissue, but a 'sp...y' used one at that!!! I really should tell Sandra, shouldn't I?
Sorry about that, my daughter-in-law will be cringing and my son will probably say 'please' in his most disgusted way. I'm still laughing now.
I think I'll make this a 'one subject' post. Doesn't seem appropriate to chat about anything else. Anyway, far from making me depressed as she did last time, I feel somehow quite settled about the whole thing.
Back to normality for my next post. Maybe.....