Hi everyone! Since I don’t have a project ready to go today, I thought I would take this time to give you some updates about the current situation and things to come. Like the title of this post says, it’s going to be a wild ride. I’ve got a few true, but entertaining stories for you! 🙂
I will preface this by saying that, at the time we moved into our current rental, we were planning on living there until at the very least, August 2012 (which would be when my husband could be finished with grad school & would then look for a job).
If you’ve been following me here for a while, or if you are my friend on Facebook, you will already know that my husband and I are living in the rental FROM HELL (please pardon my French, and once we move, I will tell you the entire hellacious story in grave detail). Thankfully, our lease is up June 30th, and we were just given the notice about renewing our lease or going with a month to month option (which would cost $100 MORE a month). Up until a couple of days ago, we had planned to stay even with the month-to-month rate. But now, rather than staying until August as planned, we will now be putting our furniture in storage for a few months and moving back in with my mother.
Well, about a week ago, we were given notice that our unit (and other ground level units) were to undergo MAJOR renovations so that the unit would be wheelchair accessible (we’re talking ripping out toilets and moving them, ripping out counters, ripping out doorways and widening them, making all the doors swing out of the rooms, major major work. We were told that the work would be extensive and take approx. 5-6 full business days 8:30 to 5:30 and we would get a discount on our rent for the next month after the work was done. HOLY MOLY! So our unit was scheduled for May 1st, which was yesterday. I have been so stressed out from the upcoming work that I have had some pretty awful headaches. We packed up the pups and sent them to grandmas house on Monday night and at 9AM the workers came to start working on our unit. They worked for a couple of hours moving the toilets over literally TWO INCHES. This involved lots of noises like jack hammering, cutting, drilling, etc. Crazy loud stuff, all while I had a headache. They completed the work and left. We thought all was well, although it was quite a hassle having no pups and being interrupted. We knew that the day was just an introduction for the days ahead that would involve much more demolition. Little did we know, it was going to get WAY worse that day. . .
We took a walk around the lake in the afternoon about 5PM and I was cooling off, about to hop in the shower and then start dinner, and then there was a crazy urgent pounding on our door & some yelling. I open the door to 5 large maintenance guys rushing in asking me if our unit is flooding because there is water gushing out of the walls right outside of our unit!! I told them that they had worked on our toilets that morning and they all knew something had gone horribly wrong & called for the plumber.
They checked all of our walls and floors along the exterior wall to make sure no water had flooded our unit. They said the water meter was going off the charts because so much water was coming out so they shut off our water & we were then told that the plumber would not be there for about an hour!!! And at that time, I am stinky & sweaty from our walk, still headachy, and getting VERY angry, and we were about to have dinner, which now I wasn’t able to do. I called the building management and demanded that they postpone the rest of the renovations to our unit until after we moved out in two months or they can postpone the renovations until the end of this month and we will move out before then. She said she would find out what was going on and would call me back.
During this time, the workers explained to us that most likely, they would have to rip out the walls and find the source of the leak.
The manager called me back & I was told that it was simply not an option to postpone the renovations that long, but we could move out before May 31st and they could hold off on all the renovation work until then.
The plumber finally came & told us that they would have to keep our water off and work late into the night and most likely all day tomorrow (which is actually TODAY now). I told them we would go stay with my mom, and they could take whatever time they needed. . . so last night we stayed with my mom.
I just called our management and was told they are STILL working on the pipes and would most likely need to keep our water off through the night and no telling how long tomorrow!!! So again today, we will be at my mother’s house while they continue to work on fixing their mistakes. They have ripped out walls and such (I haven’t been there to see, my husband will be heading over there later today to grab a few things from our place).
So because of all the horrible apartment things, our move date just jumped from August 2012 (at the earliest) to THREE WEEKS from now!!! This means lots of packing, lots of last minute planning, and lots of headache! It’s going to be a very stressful few weeks for us & possibly even more stress trying to adjust to not having our belongings while we stay at my mom’s house!!!!
I’ve got a few projects laying on my scrap table that I just didn’t get to finish and I didn’t get to photograph because of all the renovation craziness going on, so I most likely will only have a couple of projects over the next week or so while we figure everything out. My project posting will be very scarce over the next few weeks. The SP Stamps Blog will continue to be updated daily by the amazing SP Design Team so you can still get a daily dose of SP goodness even while I am not posting nearly as much.
The good news is, I will be taking my inventory to my mom’s house once we move so our move will not affect the store except for delaying shipments for a couple of days during the actual moving process. I will continue to work hard behind the scenes to make sure my customers are taken care of.
I appreciate everyone’s patience and consideration while we deal with this crazy roller coaster right now. It’s been very stressful, but it will get better in a couple of weeks.
I really appreciate everyone’s loving wishes and words of kindness lately when dealing with Skyeler. A few weeks ago, I announced that Skyeler, our black and white husky had a lump. Well the lump has been removed & Skyeler is recovering very well. She had her stitches taken out last Friday and we finally got the results back about her lump. It turns out that the lump was actually cancer. The type of cancer was mammary cancer. The good news is that the cancerous cells were only on the inside of the tumor so the vets suspect that the cancer had not spread to other parts of her body. There is about a 50% chance that when they removed the tumor, they removed ALL of the cancer and she could be completely fine as soon as she recovers from the surgery. That means there is also about a 50% chance that her cancer has spread. We are keeping an eye on her and watching for signs of anything bad. Only time will tell if she is fine or if she is actually sick.
I am worried about her, but I know worrying won’t help anything so I just try to give her as much love and attention as I possibly can give to her. My long time readers know how much my doggies mean to me. They ARE my children & I love them so much. I just wanted to give you an update on Skyeler because many have asked me about her lately. She’s doing as well as we can expect. If she has any more health scares, I will be sure to keep you informed about her.