The Big Blue Neighborhood Blight

Do you have any of those neighbors?  You know the ones.  They don’t pull their foot-tall weeds, or they always leave a bunch of junk out in their yard, or maybe they keep a big ugly blue cargo van out front and never move it!

I have a terrible thing to admit.  We are those neighbors.  Let me clarify.  We are the neighbors with the big ugly blue van.  To make matters worse, we are on the outer end of a cul-de-sac, so everyone gets to see that rusty old van numerous times, everyday, as they drive by.

My husband uses it for work, sometimes.  Our driveway is too steep to park vehicles.  And, it could fit in our garage (it’s been there before), but we have too much junk!   So, it got planted out front.  I was OK with that.  A big ugly blight for a short period of time is no big deal.  But, my husband lost the keys!  We searched seemingly everywhere…nothing.

So, there it stayed, for one month, two months.   One of our neighbors in the cul-de-sac was trying to sell their house.  I could just imagine their daily joy over having all prospective buyers pass that van.

Finally!  I was cleaning out my closet and found those elusive keys in a coat pocket.  I called my husband to tell him the glorious news.  “I have a key!” my husband yelps.  Very randomly, a spare key had been discovered at his work, at the approximate time of my discovery. 

I kindly demanded requested van removal, but my husband didn’t seem as concerned about our neighborhood eyesore.  He was planning to get something fixed on it soon and would move it then.

This Tuesday was the special day.   The van was moved!  I could just imagine the cheers of celebration as my neighbors arrived home to see the big blue blight missing.   I suspect there were numerous parties thrown in honor of the occasion.

So, it’s gone, at least for a few days.  Now it’s time to pull those foot-high weeds.

Not actual van.  If only ours were so lovely.

Grumpy Mom Goal of the Year: Try not to be one of those neighbors.


  1. Vanessa says:

    You know… we don't have a big blue van, but we do have the weeds, and the tree trunk that has not been cut down all the way. and pile of wood in the front and back yard. Cause we obviously need fire wood??!! I can only imagine what the neighbors say about us. Especially since we are the only one in the neighborhood with children and toys are in abundance at our house. OH WELL!!

  2. adventures in unschooling says:

    I have been one of those neighbor's too. at one point a neighbor of mine called the police over the "abandoned stolen truck" since surely nobody on our block would own such a thing.

  3. yummychunklet says:

    Ha! Growing up there was a house down the block that had a light blue van eternally parked out front. I don't think I ever saw it moved. Kudos for finding the key!

  4. I Am Not Superwoman says:

    LOL. Funny thing, when we were trying to sale a house several years ago, we helped neighbors clear yards out, did yard work for them, etc just to help along the sale of our house. Our house now has a huge yard front/back so we have let it go a bit. Luckily our oldest boyfriend mows/edges for us most of the time otherwise we would be those neighbors too. BTW, funny thing. I awarded you that award and then saw your "confessions" page and laughed. I would have awarded to you even had I read the page before. I think your blog is pretty neat. It makes our hectic and crazy life seem like the norm. LOL. Have a great weekend.

  5. Andie@multiplemama says:

    I was gonna say the same thing, we're kinda those neighbors too! I leave weeds on my sidewalk all the time. And have let the grass on the back parkway die, permanently.

  6. GrumpyJaxMomOf3 says:

    Put it back!!!! That is how I know I'm at the right house ๐Ÿ˜‰ Plus what will the kids run and hide in when we are trying to leave? I plan on making more trips now that it is summer. Glad you found the key though LOL You always make me smile.

  7. blueviolet says:

    I had neighbors with cars minus wheels and parts just sitting in their yard while I was trying to sell a house. It took us 9 months to move it and that was in a good market! I figure you weren't all that bad????

  8. HA! I am laughing so hard right now & the thought of the neighbors having a party ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. I think that van looks pretty rad! Like a band van ~ the one a band would carry equipment in. Totally hot, in my opinion. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And I've heard that old vans and tall weeds serve as an inexpensive way to ward off theives. They won't choose to rob the house with an unruly yard because it gives the impression that there aren't worthwhile goodies inside. This is what I tell myself when I look out at my yard…

  10. Mom of 12 says:

    Dang! We are one of those neighbors too…maybe I shouldn't spend so much time blogging…

  11. Rachael says:

    We are those neighbors too. Unwatered lawn. Unraked leaves. No landscaping. I discovered every time I pick up the three or so phone books left on our doorstep it's an open invitation to leave more. So I just leave them there. I am not the one littering. I didn't put them there!! I am also very bad about leaving all those flyers hanging on the door. I figure there are only so many they can hang right?!

    For the first couple of years we lived here my old car sat in front of the house and rotted. The AC was broken, windows didn't roll down and it leaked water. (which then mildewed) It was a health hazard. I'm sure the neighbors loved it. Finally someone knocked on the door and asked to buy it. Couldn't say yes fast enough!

  12. Tatiana says:

    When we both work crazy hrs, sometimes, our grass gets a bit out of control, and I can only imagine what our neighbors are thinking.
    I think during those times, our neighbors throw a party after we cut our grass, too.

  13. Texas Type A Mom says:

    That's nothing! In fact I would welcome the blue van, you need to move next door to me – you should see the eyesore we have. We have a city address but we're actually in the county. So guess what? There are no zoning requirements – the lot next door isn't even finished yet (it's a shell of a house or the "stick house" as it's known around these parts) and there's a Winnebago, camping trailer, boat, 3 large trucks, and a bunch of other junk there – EYESORE, yes. Seriously, consider moving next door to me because I'll appreciate your van!

  14. JennyLynn says:

    Well, glad to know that I am not the only one with an eye sore of a yard. Because, we are the house on the corner that needs a weed wacker to attack it. The weeds are very tall. Good news is my son finally mowed today while I was at work.

  15. Haha. Glad you found the key.

  16. Mo'Betta says:

    I "spotlighted" your blog on the Spotlight Saturday blog hop! Here's the link if you want to check it out!

  17. Karen Greenberg says:

    Grrr… I left a nice long comment, and there was an error posting. *Sigh
    Don't feel bad about the weeds. I've been there, too!

  18. Kristina says:

    This is hilarious. Favorite part was your husband having a key already – and little did you know! ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL – MEN! Gee! At least its gone for a bit!

  19. In an effort to cut back a bit we got rid of our lawn service and now my husband is our "lawn boy". He cuts the grass, but does not trim or anything else, so we look acceptable but just a little scruffier than the rest of the block! So far they have not asked us to move!! Lol! Great post, I always have fun when I drop in!!

  20. Caffeinated OC Mommy says:

    GGM, YOU are quite refreshing to read! Thanks for the giggles, and no, I'm not one of THOSE neighbors! But the neighbor down the street with the quad trailer sitting, sitting, sitting, ah yep. Time to fix my lipstick… xoxo

  21. MommyChickadee says:

    Ha, ha, ha! I LOVE this post. Sadly, I think that most of us have unwillingly been "those neighbors" at one point or another. Thanks for making me smile!

  22. Saunders Crew says:

    oh no, my image of you is shattered!!!! j/k
    i'm not one of those neighbors….i'm the one having the block party!
    we have people across the street that have a car that just sits there and is rusting away and it drives me nuts. the older boys just use it as their smoking hole…yuck.

  23. Jessica says:

    I wonder how long until the neighbors send you homemade chocolate chip cookies to say thank you.

  24. Laura@livingabigstory says:

    We were in a planned community in our last place (i.e., it was a very large community run by a *huge* HOA, rather than a city counsel). Before we moved in, we liked it because of the rec centers and the lower sales tax (no city tax). Then we found out we had to get our paint color approved by the HOA. Yeah, that was a bit much! I say the more vans, the merrier!

  25. Karen Greenberg says:

    @Laura: HOAs can be a HUGE frustration. I know here we have to have a certain color drapes in our windows. It's driving me crazy! It has to be white, at least what people can see walking by. Grrrr…..


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