Tuesday, January 3, 2017

And so to bed

I'm exhausted. After a frustrating half hour trying to organise British Gas to come out, signing up to a year's contract in the process, I had a call back from my plumber. He has done quite a lot of work for me over the past few years, but it's his partner who does the boiler side of the business.... Sign in to see full entry.

Not fine

She has paid the old rate only. That means she is in breach of contract - how can they have been 'signed' if I put on it the new amount and signed my side, and she has paid the old amount which I didn't agree to? I should have known she would pull something like this. But today is quite a big day.... Sign in to see full entry.


It looks like the big guns worked. I received a text at 7 30 this morning to say that she's made a payment and the contracts are signed. She's still complaining about the boiler coming on and off all the time and has taken a video of this in the early hours (!!??). She 'really feels' I 'may well... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Threats, even ...

I haven't had a very positive response from the lodgers since telling them the rent is going to be a lot higher for the extra month they want. The wife is telling me they are 'disappointed' that I have 'belatedly' backdated the £25 a month shortfall between what I asked for in the summer, and what... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

One foot in front of the other

I am probably (or, in truth, definitely) the world's worst negotiator, when it comes to matters financial. I gave my lodgers a 'mates rate' rental agreement, and it was more than generous. I told them, after 15 months, that I was going to put the rate up by £50 per month, and she argued it, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Poor mum is back in hospital. The move to the rehab/nursing home finally took place on Thursday but, it turned out, she really wasn't well enough. My sister wasn't happy when she left after visiting, mum said her lungs didn't feel right, and my sister thought she could hear that something was wrong... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A Gentle Glow

A lovely compliment from my dearest today while I was cooking. He said he thought he and I would have worked out okay the first time around. I'm still smiling. It made me happy... better late than never, I said. Perhaps this should just be my little secret... but I didn't want to forget so this is... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 31, 2016

What the..?

It has been another extremely busy week, with mum's health going up and down - worryingly down for several days - and as much as I enjoy my Mondays at home, I've noticed that lately I feel a bit sick driving along the lane to my house. I almost don't want to come home, in case anyone is there. This... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 24, 2016


Today as I drove into my cul-de-sac to my home, after a couple of hours at my little part-time admin job, I felt very 'anti.' This wasn't because I didn't want to come home, but because I didn't, and don't, want to come home to find the continuing presence of the lodgers so much in evidence. I know... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Strictly No Dancing

It was a bit too quiet around here wasn't it. Our break in Yorkshire was lovely, and we were packing to come back on Saturday morning (the one before this last one) when my sister rang my mobile. Mum had fallen, Friday night, and broken her hip. Fortunately she was wearing her alarm pendant so was... Sign in to see full entry.

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