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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   27/05/17, 01:19 pm


I am so thrilled that you are getting all this sorted already Sandy!

And Sky dish is already on the roof ... woohoo bounce 

Oh good thinking on the spot for the heater!! As you know mine is smack bang in the middle of a wall. What idiot put that in ...

I am so excited for you!!!
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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   27/05/17, 08:10 pm

I have seen heaters installed in the most ridiculous of places in some of the other flats, taking up room on a wall that could be used for furniture.

Those units are so small that every bit of wall space is paramount and if they installed it on the right of the electric point instead of the left as I have now asked to have it, I couldn't have fitted that extra bookcase in I want, as where that will be going I would have had to have then put one of my glass fronted cabinets.  Now my plans are all back on track and I should get that extra bookcase in.

I was curious today as to exactly how long I have been here living with Sarah so I looked up the paperwork.  I moved in here on 9th of May last year and it was the 8th of May this year that I was told they had this new flat for me.  So by the time I move out I will have been here 13 months.  It has seemed far longer than that.

I have now arranged for Sky to install the telephone and wifi on 29th June and the Sky TV on 1st July. 

My next step is to ring the office next Friday to get a definite moving in date of 1st July.  Although I will be able to collect the keys before that to organise the Sky chap on the 29th and also get a carpet laid before the 1st July.

Once I have that definite moving date I then have to ring the aerial chap, that the office use, to arrange for him to run the wire from the Sky dish into the flat before the 29th.  I don't have to be there for that as he can collect the keys from the office himself.

But I am also going to arrange for, a carpet to be laid, a fridge freezer delivered, a full week's shopping to be delivered and get Aimee to take all my kitchen packing boxes over all on the 29th.

I will then unpack all my kitchen equipment whilst there, and waiting for the Sky and Carpet being installed, along with unpacking my food in cupboards and fridge/freezer.

Then when I move in proper on the 1st July all my Kitchen and Bathroom stuff will already be there unpacked and sorted and I can feed and water those that help me move.

The 1st of July is a Saturday and that means that by Sunday evening I should have all my other boxes unpacked and be totally sorted without even breaking out in a sweat.

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   29/05/17, 10:38 pm

That sounds all so organised Sandy; well done! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   30/05/17, 07:02 am

Organising bits slowly bit by bit as I am is really helping to keep the itching to go and the frustration of waiting barable.  I'm so close now.  It also keeps the stress of moving down as well I think and actually makes moving fun rather than being a pain in the arse.

And of course this problem I have with my bladder/kidney means I can't walk or move around too much at a time without being extremely uncomfortable, so doing a little at a time as I am, I'm hardly noticing the discomfort while getting organised.

I'm hoping our Gary will be around on the 1st July to help move me but I haven't asked him yet until I can confirm with the office it will be the 1st I can officially take it over.  If he is down in Dorset then, he will definitely help but there is no guarantee at the moment that he will be.

I have spoken to Beverley's Ted and he is going to hire and drive the van for me.  I'm so lucky to have those two men that don't care what they do for me.

Organising the 29th June is going to be the worst, because I have to make sure that I can get Aimee out of bed early to move my kitchen boxes over, along with arranging carpet laying, delivery of the fridge and shopping as well as waiting for Sky all on the same day.  All those things need to fall into place at the same time.

Although I am stupid.  As I write this I've just realised that there is no reason why we can't get the kichen boxes over on the evening before.  That way it wont be a pain in the arse early morning job.  I can then get a taxi over there in the morning instead of getting Aimee up early.  Woo Hoo!  That's just made another job easier.

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   30/05/17, 05:13 pm

You know I was thinking about this and coming here now and reading your last post I see we (again) are on the same wave length Smile

And don't forget, instead of a normal taxi; find out about Uber and their costs as over here they are heaps cheaper and I find them very reliable.

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   30/05/17, 07:16 pm

Stop reading my bloody mind woman.

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   02/06/17, 01:56 am


You must be getting excited! Do you lay in bed and daydream about how you will decorate? That's what I do when I'm planning a move, and I can barely get any sleep because of it  tongue
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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   02/06/17, 09:02 am

I am getting excited Elaine. I'm not so much day dreaming of decorating, more planning where and how my storage is going to work, especially when it comes to the kitchen.

Although the design of these newly renovated kitchens now allow for all 3 main white goods to fit in, it has taken away storage space. I will now have one less floor unit and one less wall unit than I had previously in my old flat of the same style. Which also means, incidentally, that I will also have slightly less work top space.

So I am going to have to work around that little problem.

However, when it comes to the bathroom, for me it's great news. They have removed the old 1960s 2/3 size bathtub and put in a wall to wall double sized shower. It will be wonderful not to have to climb in and out of a bathtub with my bad hip.

The cost of moving and buying the carpet, the cooker, and a new fridge freezer is going to take all of my little bit of savings as well as eating a little way into my credit card, but once I have managed to save a bit again I do intend to buy either a new 2 seater sofa or 2 small armchairs along with some new soft furnishing such as new curtains, cushions, towels etc.

The other thing I need to plan and day dream about is sectioning off the sleeping area from the living area.

In my old flat, my nephew Gary had installed lovely mirror/glass sliding doors virtually turning the single studio room into a one bed flat. But I did then find the sleeping pod, as I called it in fun, was a bit claustrophobic, so I don't want to totally section that off as I did then, but instead find a more eclectic style of doing it. But once again, that's all in the future.

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   02/06/17, 07:46 pm


Something I've seen that I thought was pretty cool looking for room dividers was a couple of large bookcases on wheels, one for books and knickknacks and the other was mainly for plants. The wheels make it very easy for re-arranging and for cleaning
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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   02/06/17, 07:48 pm


Ummm, that's sounds like a good idea. Will check that out.

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   02/06/17, 09:46 pm


You know that is a great idea indeed about those bookcases on wheels!

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   06/06/17, 11:27 am

I have just been on the phone to the office and have been told that the earliest the flat will be ready is about the 7th of July, so they will give me tenancy on the 1st of August.

I'm a bit disappointed but it's only an extra 4 weeks to wait.

I am now just waiting for the aerial chappy to ring me back about putting in the wiring from the sky dish to the flat.

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   06/06/17, 08:20 pm

Laughing aerial chappy Laughing  How cute is that! Canadians need to integrate the phrase into our Canadianisms vocabulary!
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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   06/06/17, 08:44 pm


The web has been a marvelous tool for us all spreading our different ways of talking.

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   06/06/17, 08:51 pm

aerial chappy almost sounds Canadian already. I don't think we get the 'chappy' part but would certainly call him a chap. Smile We use Shaw Cable here, and so call the cable guys who come to fix it all up "the Shawman' lol as in "shaman"  tongue We are usually disposed to give him the deep and flourishing bow  that a shaman deserves (if he's done the job properly, lol)
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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   06/06/17, 09:20 pm


Lol, I like that little story.

I think as far as "Chappy" goes, it might be a south of London term, rather than a nation wide term.

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   06/06/17, 09:37 pm

It's funny how some phrases are so different in each country. Although Canada is so near California,when I say "OMG that so freaks me out!", the Americans thought I was saying something about sexual deviance, lol. Of course in Canada, it just means scared & afraid
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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   06/06/17, 10:19 pm


I means the same here too. The funniest I came across was when I used the word knickers. The Americans I was posting with at the time, didn't know what they were.

And another one was when this American chap kept saying 'when I am on the job' - He of course was talking about when he was at work. I finally told him how over here "On the job" means having sex. That conversation was hilarious.

The funniest conversations were when we all (ordinary people) first started to be able to afford to have computers and meeting each other from other parts of the world. We all just had no idea half the time of what we were each talking about because of the language differences. Now of course we have had years of picking up each others idioms.

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   08/06/17, 05:20 am


Sandy sorry to hear you have an extra 4 weeks wait til you get the keys! On the other hand, this will give you more time to organise the last bits and pieces. Of course it also gives the office the chance to go over all the reno and make sure all is up to standard etc.

Lol Elaine some of the wording Sandy and I used in the beginning was hilarious too and to try and understand each other would have us in stitches at times:)

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   08/06/17, 05:27 am


"On the job" is hilarious! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   08/06/17, 07:41 am


Everytime he said it I was having a real chuckle Elaine, until I finally just had to tell him.

Martha's way of talking sometimes still makes me chuckle inwardly because she has an Australian accent, but every so often she will pronounce a word the way the Dutch would say it when reading it.  And I still chuckle at the way she simply can't get "of" and "off" right when she writes, lol. 

Well, she thinks the keys will be available from the 7th of July and then of course it will be the first of the month before I would officially take the flat over.  But......  She said that after the 7th I can go in and "borrow" the keys.

When I got the last flat I was given the keys over 2 weeks before the flat was officially mine to get things organise in there, So you see, unofficially things are very fluid.  A bit like I wasn't meant to get another dog after Bayley died but the office pretended that they hadn't noticed a Yorkie suddenly looked like a Chihuahua, if you know what I mean.

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   09/06/17, 11:42 pm


Well that makes things even better for you then as you can sort a lot out before you even start paying rent!

Hahahahaha I gave up on the of and off Sandy as it does my head in at times and when I'm typing fast I just can't be bothered going back and change it. Everyone seems to understand what I mean and that is good enough for me. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   04/07/17, 03:46 pm

I finally had a phone call this Monday just gone to tell me that I can pick up the keys to the flat next Monday and officially have the tenancy from 1st August.

All is on the move now.

Today Aimee and her fella drove me to find and arrange for a carpet to be laid. That will be laid on the 27th of this month. I chose what they call "Mink" which is a light beige colour. Dark enough not to show dirt but light enough to look bright and clean. As that range was coming to an end I was able to get it for 60% of the full price. With that, underlay and fitting it came to a total of approximately £550 which for the quality I am well pleased with.

We also dropped into Curry's and I picked out a frige/freezer and a cooker that I like. As they will only take 2 days to deliver those after ordering, I decided to wait and order them on line, hopefully to be delivered on the same day as the carpet will be laid to save me a 2nd journey and a waiting at the flat for their arrival. I"m also going to try to arrange for the aerial chap to run the wire from Sky dish to the flat on the same day.

I checked the flat this morning. Although the workmen weren't there I could see through the window they had put the heater in the exact place that I asked for it to be. I also had the opportunity to chat with a couple of my old neighbours there and drop in for a quick chat with Brenda to update her.

By the time I got home after all that running around my insides were killing me. It's the longest I have walked and stayed upright for a very long time. But after an hour lay down I am feeling ok again.

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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   05/07/17, 05:42 am

omgosh Sandy, That sounds amazing! I'm so happy for you  hug
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PostSubject: Re: I've Been Offered a New Apartment   06/07/17, 01:21 pm


Thanks Elaine.

I have now organised the removal van/men.

Although I don't take over the flat officially until Tuesday the first, it seems it's ok for me to move in on the Saturday before.

So organising the removals is another job jobbed. I'm slowly getting there.

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