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I think I said something in exasperation to a neighbor the other day, and it has bothered me all weekend. If it makes any difference, it was that time of month for me too. But, that normally doesn't affect me like that. I don't like conflict or hard feelings. Now I'm almost scared to say hi or chit-chat with her now like I usually do, for fear the subject will come up again and I'll lose my temper again...or for fear she's still mad at me.

Would it make you feel better to apologize to the neighbor for your behavior (not your position on the issue in question)? You might bring the subject up yourself, saying something like "I know we disagree about [whatever it is], but I really shouldn't have snapped at you, and I feel badly about it, I'm sorry." If she tries to discuss the issue further, just repeat that you obviously don't share the same opinion, and change the subject ("Oh, by the way, did you hear/see/other appropriate verb...?).

Sometimes just acknowledging and accepting differences about sensitive issues can smooth ruffled feathers,

Cori
recently did similar fence-mending with our neighbor
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