I am on the newly-formed HOA board for my neighborhood. ("HOA" stands for "Home Owners Association.") We aren't a huge neighborhood, but we want to be able to keep our open spaces looking nice and have our roads plowed--our county doesn't have enough trucks to plow neighborhoods, so they're in charge of it on their own. The issue is that some of people seem to want to be very strict, but some people (myself included) don't, lol. Being on the HOA is, I'm quickly finding out, stressful. The good news is, I'm already friends with over half the people on the committee and I'm acquainted with all but 3 people. And I really like those 3 people I met tonight. Everyone was respectful of each other and listened to their ideas. And I'm sure I'll get to know more of my neighbors through this association. My big meeting with (some of) my neighbors got me thinking: do you know your neighbors? Are you friendly with them? I am very good friends with my former across-the-street neighbor; she was the first person to introduce herself to me when we moved into our rental (then we bought a house down the street). She was at the meeting tonight, actually. And I love love love our current next-door neighbors on both sides. We hang out, and sometimes we just chat while outside. One neighbor has said "I'm bothering you!" when I'm out gardening. Are you kidding?! I'll take chatting with her while weeding over NOT chatting while weeding! So what about you? I do hope you have a good relationship with your neighbors, even if you aren't Friends with that capital F. We had a nasty neighbor in a former home, so perhaps our current neighbors are even more of a blessing because we know what having a bad one is like, ya know?