I call her Noisy Neighbor (NN) simply because I've posted about her here before. But this has nothing to do about her noisiness. However my approach to her does have to deal with the background and our relationship
with each other due to her past noisy problems.
BG: She thinks that I'm the one that called her landlady (over a year ago) about her noisiness (very loud music late at night, etc.) but it was the neighbor on the other side of her that made the complaint. NN has been coldly cordial to me since then, and her noise level has been toned down quite a bit. I know she's having a party tonight . . . GO CUBS!
and I deal with these occasional parties. No biggie (even though I have to work OT tomorrow and would enjoy a quiet night of sleep.
The point is that I'm unsure as to how to deal with a new problem. Talk to her in person (I rarely see her)? Leave her a note in her mailbox or tucked inside her doorway? Talk to her landlady?*
There's been some work being done on NN's rental home. Today, being Saturday, was the first I heard about it. I was snoozing, reading, comfortable in bed
and my window is open. At 8:00am I heard NN talking to someone "Oh, and I'm having company tonight. Could you hose everything down? I mean really clean it up. Would that hurt the brick work?" mumbles that I didn't understand. Didn't really care.
I listened to what sounded like saws on wood for a few hours (so much for a quiet, relaxing morning in bed
but I took it as normal neighbor noise when work needs to be done. And then I heard a hose/water spraying things down. Okay. They did what she asked them to do.
The problem: When DD#2 came home this afternoon, we were chatting and I mentioned that NN was going to have a party tonight. She said "What the heck are they doing over there? I came home yesterday and saw them drilling on the side of the house. My (open) window and screen is filthy! I moved my lap top (which she keeps on her bed) and saw an outline of where it was! I slapped my pillow and a pile of dust just flew up into the air!"
I looked at my open window (I had my shades closed) and sure enough, inside my shade was a whole lot of grime. (yes, we're doing bedding laundry today
I went outside and saw (Murphy's law) the two windows that were opened were covered in dust. All the other windows don't look so bad. Looking at NNs side of her house it looks like fresh tuck pointing(?) was done. A lot of cement dust is covering the side of my house plus the windows.
I don't think that I should be responsible for the clean-up on my side of my home. The inside part? Bugs me, but we'll dust and wash as necessary.
So, how would you approach this? I mention the landlady because I'm sure that NN didn't contract this herself. Given the iffy communication between NN and myself, what would you do?