it seems I may be suffering from MPD-you know-Multiple Personality Disorder-AND--the older I get the quicker the other me can spring to the surface--sadly. The other me--she is not so sweet---in fact can be a little tart! I call her--that other me---
THE GROUCHY OLD LADY-
My Inner Ouiser
I am pretty good at keeping her behind the curtains--but with provocation---she throws those curtains aside and comes roaring forth. And once she gets going---it is difficult to slam on the brakes and get her back behind closed doors.
My new tenants--bless their hearts--have provoked The Grouchy Old Lady out of hiding. It would seem the garage apartment has not been satisfactory for them. This is the first time in my life as a landlord I have had to deal with unhappy tenants---the first two sets were wonderful. I like for my tenants to be happy and when they have a complaint or a request--I am quick to remedy the situation. I look at the apartment and always think--could I live here? In all fairness, the new tenants have had some legitimate complaints--and I have tried to deal with those. When it came to the mess the squirrel filled pecan tree was making, I began to wonder if they would be happy. After all---it is the neighbor's tree and as I told him---it is a short term problem. There is the option to park on the street until the pecans disappear and no I cannot cut the neighbor's tree.
This is not a slam the tenant post--but rather--how I handle it post. I am afraid after the first few calls---I began to get a slight bit testy--in fact you might say rather belligerent. My mode of reaction when I am less than happy or shall we say not pleased with someone is PA ---oh you know I have told you about my long line of passive aggressive kin! I stop being so sweet--in fact --start absolutely ignoring you--turning my back. When I was busy complaining to #1 Daughter about the unfolding drama, she looked at me and said, "Mom! You're getting to be a grouchy old lady." Nothing else needed to be said--I got the message.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.