MY Neighbors hate me and I love it.
Start this 5:00am
Not sure if they hate me but I really don't care.
I don't complain about the music blaring at 2:00am, dogs barking 24 hours a day, neighbor painting my patio and patio furniture and pond while staining their deck. Their illegal deck that isn't zoned and falling apart, the weeds 20' high in back of and along side my house, the ivy that is taking over my yard that I cut back every year, the damage to my home because I didn't clean the gutters quick enough before a heavy rain to remove the billions of helicopters from the neighbor 3 houses away, the cigarette butts I find all over my property and in my pond, the dog shit on my hill and front yard, the neighbors cats messing in my garden and killing the baby birds in the nests that leave the carcasses to rot with maggots that i have to clean up, the newspapers that pile up on my neighbors side but ends up on my side, cars parked so far over my driveway that I cant get out or in my driveway, my yard flooding because the neighbors drain is clogged with years of dirt and my drain can't handle both yards, living with the stench of a pool with 6" of swamp that was so bad I couldn't go on my deck for two years, not only was the smell horrible, the mosquitoes were astronomical, neighbors kids throwing rock and clumps of dirt in the pool and onto my deck, beating my garage door with a wiffleball bent leaving dents everywhere, going into my yard leaving the gate open and letting the turtles out never to be found.
So basically if they leave me alone I leave them alone and if all they have on me is a pit fire a couple times a year and a few smokes and do complain, they are in for a world of hurt and believe me they would not want to get on my bad side.
I do have neighbors that I am close with and some we vacation with, invite to our parties, have rushed them to the ER, spouses funerals, sat with them while the ambulance came, driven the neighbor to the bus stop, help moving furniture for their kids, lend my car, lend my tools, done some woodwork for a few, lend use of my refrigerator when having parties, send over food a lot, let them have free reign of my garden when I am on vacation, climbed through their window when they lost their keys, have been to their children's weddings etc...
I have some older neighbors I will help with minor maintenance and shoveling during the snow, have even helped an elder neighbor move their bed stricken husband quite a few times before he passed.
I even setup a small community herbal garden in front of my house and let the neighbors know to help themselves.
I learned a long time ago that you can't make everyone happy and there is always going to be that person that is mean spirited, miserable and wants to see others fail!
If someones going to complain, don't offer them food, offer them your back, give food to the folks that aren't complaining, trust me on this.
I try to respect others that are like me trying to enjoy their (slice of heaven), funny Jimmy I always say this to my wife