My husband and I just got home from a short walk. There were many folks outside gardening and gathering their yard recycle for tomorrow morning’s pickup.

This 19641/2 Mustang reminded me of Holly's car in _Forever Amish_! I suspect my husband enjoyed talking about it more than gardening.

This 1964 and 1/2 Mustang reminded me of Holly’s car in “Forever Amish”! I suspect my husband enjoyed talking about it more than gardening.

I think my husband was surprised by how many neighbors I know. But I have always felt it is important that you help new people who move into the area feel welcome, housewarming gift baskets are a great way to do it! It is also an amazing way to break the ice too. When our sons lived at home, I assumed I knew my neighbors because the local children played together or saw each other at school. Later, after the kids left home, I had dogs to walk and got to know my neighbors through our canine companions. Now, with a friend or by myself, I head out and stretch my legs, even when I don’t particularly want to.

Walking your dog is a great way to meet people if your pet is friendly.

Walking your dog is a great way to meet people if your pet is friendly.

I enjoy strolling up and down the streets getting exercise and chatting with people. I figure those out weeding or planting their front strips don’t mind my stopping to admire their work. Some of them are veritable artists in their gardens and enjoy talking about their unusual plants and designs.

This woman enjoyed showing me her garden artistry.

This woman enjoyed showing me her garden artistry.

In the past, we’ve had a few neighborhood rifts. When you live in close proximity disputes sometimes arise. Oh, my, those can be unpleasant, and best avoided.

Do you know your neighbors? Perhaps more than you want to? My husband and I were pleased when an Amish couple said they wished we were their neighbors. We feel the same way about them!

What do you think is the best way to meet neighbors? Or would you prefer to not know them at all? Do good fences make good neighbors? What does being a good neighbor mean to you?

Amish-made 16

Amish-made 16″ x 11″ x 8″ purse/carryall bag with leather straps. Dated and signed on the bottom. The store calls it a purse, but it’s big enough to hold my smallish handbag. Great for carrying books, knitting, sewing or quilting supplies, or to take on a picnic.

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