Great weekend here - got lots of gardening done, got the new bed put in and mostly filled with dirt. Brother-n-law showed up with a new little peach tree and apple tree. Then the crazy people showed up.
Our neighbors came over to see how we were doing and brought their kids (4 and 3) and their dog (which they never leash) and altho we do enjoy their company, for the past 5 visits in a row, something gets broken or ruined or my leather couch gets peed on because they don't want to get up to go pee because they are too absorbed in the TV. The dog chases my waterfowl and poultry and I've asked them to hold their dog many a time and offered them a leash (then they realized I wasn't joking) and absolutely NO DOGS are allowed in the pens with my animals or my garden.
There we were - in the garden and here comes their dog - came under the gate - and there she goes across my freshly tilled and planted rows and beds - I hollered at them to get the dog and they just stood there - I grabbed my rake and went after the dog to corner her - reached down and grabbed her under one arm (30lb dog not heavy) and carried the rake in my other - she ripped my shirt in the back in three places and clawed my back to bits with her hind legs while she fought me and cried - I threw her out the garden and they just kept on with the conversation like nothing happened. Second time the dog came in, I hollered that the dog needs to go home NOW. It was a bit more rude, but then they chased their own dog out that time.
The kids are so confined and restricted with what they are allowed to do to the point that when they go somewhere in public (or my house for instance) they go crazy getting into everything. THey have no sense as to what is right or wrong - they just go for it. They took a large container of diesel that I was using to burn wood and leaves and promptly watered a row of my 1 yr old parsley with it.
The number of times we invite them to our house have these long stretches in between that are getting longer- in fact, we've actually stopped inviting them over for dinner - their kids have broken things in my office, stuck toys between my piano keys - etc - I have to watch their children b/c they just turn them loose and sit on the patio.
They grew up in an environment where everything was bare on the walls 4 foot down -they are not allowed ANY TV of any type whatsoever - then they come here where my house is not kid proof by any means, (I shouldn't have to kid proof my house just for others' children)and go into my office, climb on the desk and break the glass out of all of the picture frames.
I pad lock my bunny and bird cage when they come.
I've come home many a time and found my baby goats out wandering around the house unprotected and the gate latched improperly at the goat pen - the mama were hollering and calling ... couldn't figure out why the gate was latched differently than how I do it - come to find out they were coming over during the day at random times to help themselves to play/pet my goats and animals. So I started padlocking the pens.
We LOVE to share the farm with kids - it is such a great experience. But these guys are going to have to stay home for awhile until they grow out of whatever phase they are in and the dog dies of old age I guess.