next door have decided they get to walk across my back yard to get to a house that's down the alley from me.
At first I thought it was just the children. There are about four children between the two houses, none of them older than four I'd guess. I wasn't happy about them using my backyard as their own personal pedestrian walkway, but I didn't raise a stink because I learned long ago that parents think "They're just kids" excuses anything their kids do.
I put up a dog pen to block the point they enter/leave my yard at the alley, hoping they and their parents would take the hint.
But yesterday I looked out my back windows and saw the father of the ones in the house on the left LEADING the little brats across my back yard and squeezing through the small opening that the dog pen can't cover.
Not once has any of them come to me and asked if they can go across my back yard.
This. Is. War.
I now do not plan to mow my back yard this summer, only a path right around the house and to the garden. If they're going to totally disregard my property rights, they are going to get covered in bugs doing it. I hope they get Lyme Disease.
I may plant the border to the alley in cactus plants or blackberry bushes.
And the NEXT time that prick shoots bottle rockets into my yard drunkenly, I'm calling the cops.