"What irritates you Monday" is a meme thought up by Delores from The Feathered Nest.
Here, on a Monday, we get a chance to vent our little, or not so little, things that irritate us.
Today, my irritation is....
She's a nice old lady, not too much older than me, a bit vague, likes to chat, but repeats herself a lot.
And she is diabetic, so when people give her gifts that she can't eat, like biscuits or chocolate, she gives them to me.
The irritating part?
She is a little......intrusive.
When she thinks of something to tell me, something she thinks I need to know, she pops over and stands at the door singing out "are you there E...? it's just P..."
Day or night, makes no difference. Last week at 9.30pm, she knocked on my door to give me something she thought I'd need.
(she was right, it was a new bus timetable and I had no idea the schedule was changing).
She's been at my back porch gate as early as 7am....I swear that woman doesn't sleep.
If my doors are open or the lights are on, she'll pop over.
Not 24 hours a day of course and not even every day, I'll go weeks sometimes just nodding hello and that'll be that,
but here's the thing.....it's uncanny.....always when I am almost asleep having a nap, or just sitting down to eat.
Meal, snack, bowl of icecream....."are you there?"
So I chat as my icecream melts.
I speak to her through the screen door which I keep locked, as my porch is very accessible from the street, and I'm a safety girl.
I rarely invite her in.
In the beginning, when she'd knock on my door, she would also try the handle, to find it locked.
Turns out that was a good thing I did, because she has now got friendly with a newer neighbour and just walks on in.
Walks. On. In.
Pulls open the screen door and says "it's just me..."
This horrifies me, so my door stays locked and so does the back porch gate.
The other neighbour leaves the door propped open ever so slightly so her cat can come and go.
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