My upstairs neighbor "Lily" is a retired woman in her 70s. She has lived in the building for 12 years and is friendly with the owner of the building who lives on the 1st floor - they are from the same cultural background and same age range.
A few months ago, Lily's daughter, her husband, and their toddler aged child moved in with her. They had been living in a state where unemployment is top 3 in the country and moved here to get back on their feet. Lily's apartment has the same floor plan as ours and so I can say with authority that 3 adults and a child is pushing it in terms of occupancy.
Even worse, the daughter and husband are home all day every day...playing scrabble. Audibly. I work from home pretty often so I know this is all week, anywhere from 1-3 times a day, for at least 40 minutes at a time. It's not disturbingly loud - I can put on music or the TV and drown it out - but after weeks of this I started to think about Lily. If I can hear it, so can she. She's retired and was a homebody before they moved in so I'm not sure if she's in the apartment during their 'games' but I suspect so. I can only imagine how uncomfortable it is for her. It's a little awkward for *me* and I don't even live on their floor!
I feel awkward even writing about this, like I'm some sort of voyeur. Obviously there's nothing I can do and it's none of my business and for all I know Lily has some excellent noise cancelling headphones she listens to Mozart on all day. For her sake, I hope so