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Another Zoom wine tasting with the usual suspects last night. We're so rubbish at guessing the grape variety that this time all the whites were chardonnay and the reds cabernet sauvignon so we only had to get the country. Turns out we're not much better at that.

Catching up from my dry couple of days on the Ipcress File. One of those missing evenings, and how my clothes ended up where they did I've no idea.

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15 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

Another Zoom wine tasting with the usual suspects last night. We're so rubbish at guessing the grape variety that this time all the whites were chardonnay and the reds cabernet sauvignon so we only had to get the country. Turns out we're not much better at that.

Catching up from my dry couple of days on the Ipcress File. One of those missing evenings, and how my clothes ended up where they did I've no idea.

OMG I won't ask where your clothes ended up, but made me laugh😄

 

Going to attempt some heart shaped biscuits now - that should make me laugh as well😁

 

Carol

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Wow! Glad things worked out for you, Michael. You must have been in a bit of a panic for awhile. How nice that you were able to reach an amicable agreement with the owner. Sounds like a nice deal for you in the end.

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Very happy for you Michael. My favourite mantra once again: there's always a silver lining.

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16 minutes ago, Cecile Marion said:

Wow! Glad things worked out for you, Michael. You must have been in a bit of a panic for awhile. How nice that you were able to reach an amicable agreement with the owner. Sounds like a nice deal for you in the end.

 

12 minutes ago, gvallee said:

Very happy for you Michael. My favourite mantra once again: there's always a silver lining.


Thank you Cecile and Gen, a lot off restless nights lately but I should sleep well tonight!

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53 minutes ago, Michael Ventura said:

the hassle of getting it sold

 

Been there, ended up selling it to a guy who had investment rental properties after one buyer turned flaky.   Good to be able to stay in a house.   Congratulations. 

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14 hours ago, Michael Ventura said:

Well this could have easily gone in the thread for bad things happening but I think this has had a good outcome.  About 3 or 4 weeks ago, the owner of the house I am renting or letting (what's the proper verb in the U.K.?) wrote me to say that he will not renew my lease since he wants to sell the property!  Well that was really tough news to hear since I was not expecting it at all and love where I live.  I had two months to figure out my housing.  I decided that I needed buy a place and stop renting since the rents are crazy around here and only going up and up.  The owner of this house wanted way too much, so I engaged a realtor who took me around to look at homes....very depressing since what I could afford was not much a of house in crappy areas and further from my kids.  The owner of this house said he really wanted to work with me and asked me to tell what I could pay....well after a lot of back and forth, we came to an agreement and I have a signed contract today. Barring any unforeseen things happening, I will own this house come March 26th.  I think the sale is a win/win, he reduced the price of the home below market value but will have to do nothing to prepare the house for sale and deal with the hassle of getting it sold...not to mention I have been an great tenant, never missing a payment and not trashing the house.   And the really good news, I will be paying less a month on my mortgage than what I was paying in rent!!

Wow Michael that is so amazing for you and I can imagine the stress of not knowing what was going to happen.  So lovely to hear good news and 26th March is not so far away.  Buying and selling property here in the UK takes so much longer.  I will open a virtual bottle and celebrate on 26th March !

 

Carol

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14 hours ago, Michael Ventura said:

Well this could have easily gone in the thread for bad things happening but I think this has had a good outcome.  About 3 or 4 weeks ago, the owner of the house I am renting or letting (what's the proper verb in the U.K.?) wrote me to say that he will not renew my lease since he wants to sell the property!  Well that was really tough news to hear since I was not expecting it at all and love where I live.  I had two months to figure out my housing.  I decided that I needed buy a place and stop renting since the rents are crazy around here and only going up and up.  The owner of this house wanted way too much, so I engaged a realtor who took me around to look at homes....very depressing since what I could afford was not much a of house in crappy areas and further from my kids.  The owner of this house said he really wanted to work with me and asked me to tell what I could pay....well after a lot of back and forth, we came to an agreement and I have a signed contract today. Barring any unforeseen things happening, I will own this house come March 26th.  I think the sale is a win/win, he reduced the price of the home below market value but will have to do nothing to prepare the house for sale and deal with the hassle of getting it sold...not to mention I have been an great tenant, never missing a payment and not trashing the house.   And the really good news, I will be paying less a month on my mortgage than what I was paying in rent!!

 

Best thing you have ever done. Apart from what you think/ know the best thing is you have ever done.

 

I have always considered rental or leasing costs to be wasted money and will always prefer to purchase.

 

Allan

 

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11 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Best thing you have ever done. Apart from what you think/ know the best thing is you have ever done.

 

I have always considered rental or leasing costs to be wasted money and will always prefer to purchase.

 

Allan

 


I agree Allan, I wanted to buy sooner but couldn’t.  My divorce 12 years ago left me tight on finances.  I shutter at the thought of how much I paid in rent over the years but had little choice then.

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4 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

I have always considered rental or leasing costs to be wasted money and will always prefer to purchase.

 

 

This depends.  I heard of Philly houses dropping by half in value, being basically unsellable, and turned into Section 8 rentals.   Houses in Nicaragua can take years to sell (I know of some in my town (my first rental where I stayed for three years was for sale the whole time and even after I moved).  What's a great idea in one location can be a trap in another.

 

My taxes and insurance  in Philadelphia were about what my rent is here.

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Good thing today. I moved three radiators and removed another,capping off the pipes, in one of the farm cottages we're renovating. The systems been re-pressurised now and no leaks, always a good start :)

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With time on my hands I decided to purge some of the items in the attic. For some misguided reason I had kept the boxes from our electrical/electronic goods purchases over the years and had amassed a large quantity of them. They will all go to the local tip today, thus enabling me to further insulate the roof space. Should have done it years ago. I looked up the price of loft insulation and was surprised to find that the local builder's merchants were a good deal more expensive than a couple of DIY stores.

 

I'm still hoarding my photo enlarger and associated kit, along with the remnants of the large model railway that used to go around the walls of our sons' bedroom. I might give that stuff to a local model railway society when things get back to normal. Some useful finds included a set of boules and various beach bat and ball stuff, along with forgotten toys that will be useful when the grandbairns are able to visit. Once upon a time we were into home brewing of beer and wine, so several demijohns etc to be disposed of when lockdown ends.

 

Sadly no boxes of valuable Chinese pottery, old masters, or exotic jewellery to be found !

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4 hours ago, Bryan said:

With time on my hands I decided to purge some of the items in the attic. For some misguided reason I had kept the boxes from our electrical/electronic goods purchases over the years and had amassed a large quantity of them. They will all go to the local tip today, thus enabling me to further insulate the roof space. Should have done it years ago. I looked up the price of loft insulation and was surprised to find that the local builder's merchants were a good deal more expensive than a couple of DIY stores.

 

I'm still hoarding my photo enlarger and associated kit, along with the remnants of the large model railway that used to go around the walls of our sons' bedroom. I might give that stuff to a local model railway society when things get back to normal. Some useful finds included a set of boules and various beach bat and ball stuff, along with forgotten toys that will be useful when the grandbairns are able to visit. Once upon a time we were into home brewing of beer and wine, so several demijohns etc to be disposed of when lockdown ends.

 

Sadly no boxes of valuable Chinese pottery, old masters, or exotic jewellery to be found !

 

Sounds like our loft, there are boxes for several defunct computers up there. And also from memory, there is a sledge, a whole silk parachute, old children’s books and toys, old chimney sweep rods, pots Ian made at college 50 odd years ago, the last 7 year’s accounts, a bag with 6 straw boater hats, boxes of xmas decorations (most of which we don’t use), etc.

Might have to get up there now and declutter!!

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Found it!! We're booked for a day trip tomorrow to an inland on the Outer reef of the Great Barrier Reef. Great I thought, I'll use my new toy, a half-in half-out dome for my GoPro while snorkelling. Now where is it?? There are only a few cupboards (and 3 photo bags) in my motorhome. I go through everything twice. Nothing. I dismantle my bed for the third time, it can only be there, I go through all the fishing gear [why doesn't he sell this stuff, he never even caught a sardine...] and at last, tucked in a corner right at the back near the tools, here it is! Shots won't be for Alamy of course but it should be a lot of fun.

 

Let's just hope that the sea won't be too rough, it's 2h sailing each way. 

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The last 3 posts prompted me to revisit the keywords of a picture of the contents of my garage. Thanks!

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Made the trip to the dump, but had to queue for ages to get in. Several people gave up and did an about turn, but eventually the deed was done.  Should have taken a photo of the queue. - but didn't.   Proceeded to the DIY shop to buy insulation, and, as if by magic, the single roll purchased fitted exactly into the required area.  Sometimes you get lucky.

 

Seeing Mr Standfast's comment above, I should really revisit the loft and take some photos!  Keywords, slightly untidy loft. 

 

 

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Painted half the rear wall of my garage with 2 coats of white waterproof paint onto bare brick.

 

Two reasons: 1  bricks are/were damp and causing problems.  2  makes the inside of the garage brighter with the same lighting.

 

Allan

 

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Booked my vaccinations today on a tip-off, for ten days' time, even though I'm only group 7 and didn't think I'd be due yet. But the website took my NHS number and DOB so who am I to complain.

I just have to remember to resist the temptation to give any credit to certain persons.........

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36 minutes ago, Bryan said:

Made the trip to the dump, but had to queue for ages to get in. Several people gave up and did an about turn, but eventually the deed was done.  Should have taken a photo of the queue. - but didn't.   Proceeded to the DIY shop to buy insulation, and, as if by magic, the single roll purchased fitted exactly into the required area.  Sometimes you get lucky.

 

Seeing Mr Standfast's comment above, I should really revisit the loft and take some photos!  Keywords, slightly untidy loft. 

 

 

I have a large storage room in the basement. The rest of that floor is a living area, 3rd bathroom and a bedroom. I worked diligently and sold a lot of stored stuff in my garage sale last fall. I think I still have 20-30 boxes in there, along with a large shelving unit full.

A funny story. When we moved, we hired a moving truck. The company assured me the truck they sent would hold everything from a 4 bedroom house with two living areas. Well, it didn’t. The day we had to leave and turn the house over to the new owners, my grandson made a 4 hour round trip to borrow a large enclosed trailer.

The back story is this. I packed up my bedroom and personal things, but during that job my back pain became so overwhelming I couldn’t stand up. There was a discussion between two relatives about leaving things in the drawers, taking them out and stacking them on top of each other to load in the truck. One said yes, do it, the other said no. I was out of it by then, so I don’t remember what was done.

I and my two daughters had carefully labeled with wide black marker every single box we personally packed with the contents.

The move happened. I accessed kitchen things from the boxes labeled “kitchen”. My bedroom was labeled “master bedroom” and so on. Other unnecessary boxes were taken down to the storage room. There had to be at least 60 boxes in storage.

While unpacking my bedroom, I couldn’t find my nighties, and most of my bras. Some were brand new. I’d go down to storage, then look at all the boxes stacked upon each other with a lot of moving, unstacking, turning labels around but could find nothing labeled master bedroom or “Mom’s nighties/underwear.”

I had separately packed a small bag that had 2 nighties, and a couple of sets of underwear because we had to wait 5 days before the moving truck delivered to the new house. We stayed with my daughter.

I ended up having to shop and buy new underwear and nighties to go with what I had in my overnight bag. I periodically, over months, went to the basement and looked again. Nada.

A couple of months ago I was looking for something, and found a box labeled “mystery box” with a goofy smiley face on it. It was not my or my daughters’ handwriting, but one of the mens’. Could have been a choice of two sons-in-laws or 3 grandsons.

I looked in the mystery box and there was all of my unmentionables.

If I knew who that culprit was, I’d choke the life out of him.   But I actually don’t know what I’d done without their help. Ended up in the loony bin, probably.

I can barely close my nightie drawer and underwear drawer, now. Stuffed. 3 years later. My underwear and nighties (pajamas & sleep shirts) will outlive me.

The only thing that was lost is a zipped pouch that contained my favorite earrings, probably 6 pairs of them. All 14K gold or sterling silver.  I had and wore them at my daughter’s house but never found them again. I now have new earrings.

Did I say I hate to move?

Michael is so lucky he doesn’t have to do that.

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29 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

Painted half the rear wall of my garage with 2 coats of white waterproof paint onto bare brick.

 

Two reasons: 1  bricks are/were damp and causing problems.  2  makes the inside of the garage brighter with the same lighting.

 

Allan

 

 

 

Did you mention plans for a workshop?

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29 minutes ago, Mr Standfast said:

 

 

Did you mention plans for a workshop?

 

How did you guess?

 

Double garage so one half will be for the car and the other???

 

Allan

 

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1 hour ago, Betty LaRue said:

Michael is so lucky he doesn’t have to do that.

 

Yes! One of the biggest reasons I wanted to get this house I'm in , I HATE moving!  Your story is very funny and I think you mentioned your "unmentionables" a half dozen times 😅

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