Saturday, 24 March 2012

Making like a bird...

... and migrating once more. My apartment is starting to accumulate these:

(This is the main reason I've not been blogging much at all. Lots to do.  I am sorting through everything I own yet again and getting rid of things I just haven't used. I still won't be blogging much until all the dust has settled and I am in the new place. I do get out and read things; don't always comment but do when I feel I have something to say.)

One year ago in April, I moved into this apartment. It was a necessary move, what with my shoulder being trashed and finances having swirled down the drain because of being off work and having the Workers Comp Board deny my claim. (A pox on them!, I say. But it has been sent in to the Review Panel so hopefully they will change their tune and allow my claim... which, if they do, would mean they owe me a good sized chunk of change.) The house was sold and I became an apartment dweller for the first time in about 20+ years.

(How could I resist this pic??!!??)

So in April of this year, I will once again be moving. Into another two bedroom suite. But not in a new building (I was the first, and have been the only, tenant in this suite so far). This time, it will be into a very old building (~100 years old but lots of updates like plumbing and electrical) that may or may not have been an actual gigantic house at one point in time.

This one is four blocks from the hospital, so I won't have to pay for parking at work... I can walk! That means I can reduce the wear and tear on my car, reduce my spending on gas, and change my car insurance to pleasure (no, not that kind of pleasure! just means I don't drive it to work. not sure why they have to charge a different rate for that... but who am I to question the gov't monopoly on auto insurance in this province?). Savings all around! Plus the rent is $145 a month less. I will have to pay a bit more for utilities, but that's okay.

This place is slightly larger than the current suite (~50 sq. ft.) and is on the main floor (which is great, because that means not having to lug everything up the stairs... I'm getting too old for that!). It also has 12 foot ceilings so feels a lot larger. It has two doors - the front main entrance where all the suites have a door, and then a side (private) entrance right into the kitchen. It also has a washer and dryer (like the old place) so that's a bonus too. And the landlord allows cats, so Pips and Lila are safe. (Phew!)

My youngest brother will be living with me. He'll be moving in in June, once he gets his business dealings all settled and changes from self-employed to a salaried employee (yay! for benefits!). His health isn't great and sharing a place with him will mean that if he needs help, I will be there for him. It will be nice to have some company and I know Pips will thoroughly enjoy having a second lap to ensconce herself on. He loves cats, so these two will not be an issue.

The suite is nicely laid out for the two of us as well. One bedroom is at the front, then the living room and kitchen, and the second bedroom is at the back. That allows each of us a bit more privacy than if the bedrooms were next to each other. The bathroom (with stacked washer and dryer) is off the back of the kitchen.

So paying less for rent, especially when Little Brother is in and sharing it with me, will mean that I can really start making a dent in the debt that's accumulated over the past year. Plus the savings from the car end of things. And just think of the exercise I will get with that walking! It's a really nice area of the city too, with nice little restaurants, and so close to the rivers, parks and lots of places to ride my bike.

Which reminds me... I had better take said bike in for a complete tune-up very soon. Spring has come very early to this neck of the prairie and although there is still plenty of time for a spring snow storm, I'd like it to be ready to roll!


  1. Oh, wow! That all sounds like a cool move! Good for you, your brother, and the kitties!

    Please take care not to disturb your shoulder healing with all the move stuff.

  2. Wow. That's a lot of change in a short period of time but it all sounds and feels positive. My siblings are my best friends and I would have no problem living with mine. I'm sorry for your brothers health concerns, but I can imagine living with a nurse will bring him some comfort. Still, moving is a a big thing, so take good care of yourself and we'll all be here waiting when you're settled.

  3. Wow. (That makes three "wow's." some sort of record for a comments section.) I trust you're going to employ some movers?

  4. LX: I think it will be good for all of us. Just need to get it over with! And having a couple of young, strong nephews comes in handy when moving! (My shoulder is doing wonderfully and I don't expect any issues from it, but thanks!)

    Boxer: All of my siblings are like close friends as well, so living with Little Brother won't be an issue at all. And I am glad I can be of some help and comfort to him. He so deserves it.

    UB: Yeah, three wows in a row!! Well, the movers I am 'employing' are all either family or friends, and payment will be pizza and beer and hanging out afterwards, chilling, so it's all good. ;-)

  5. Best wishes on your new nest!

  6. wow, wow, and another wow from the MTIM because so much is happening for you, sugar! best to you always! xoxoxoxo

  7. What a wowery! As LX already saied, don't you lift these boxes around, young lady! Exactly, that's what nephews are for.
    Hundred year old house - that sounds interesting. Was it built for a business or for living? I'm just damn curious, I know. I wish you all the best luck with this move.

  8. Excellent news my dear. A new place and some company. Brilliant, not to mention 'wow'.

    Please don't push your shoulder too much with the move, even though you've obviously got loads of help, I know what you're'll want to muck in and get things done.

    Happy moving honey!

  9. It all sounds good, doesn't it? Closer, cheaper, cozier, and an extra lap.

    I should be so lucky.

    Good luck with the move.


  10. Oh I'm glad I didn't miss this explanatory post. It all sounds good. Good move!


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