Glad to hear of your day, Sara. With the aroma of what you were preparing, I'm surprised that no neighbor came over. I would have. My next door neighbors on one side are retired also. Sometimes when I know they are home, I will go over to their house and take an empty cup and ask if they have any coffee already perked. Then I will sit and visit for a while.
Years ago he was having a cookout and had 20 or so people invited. I knew no one that would be there and I was very busy also. My neighbor and I had a plan cooked up and I followed through. When he discretely signaled me, I took a spatula and a hamburger bun and went over to his cookout and made a burger for myself and went on back home. Never spoke to anyone nor made eye contact with anyone. Most of those guests know me now and we still get a good laugh about that one.