If We Were Having Coffee – June 7/201: Guest Post : The Move

The Great Move

Afternoon Tea on the Move

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul; I’ll be your barista today. I’m happy to see you have come for a cuppa and a chat. Please come into the garden and make yourself comfortable. Willow has put out the cushions on the chairs and set the table under the canopy so we can have a cuppa and chat. As usual, I’d be pleased to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees to satisfy our world-wide readership. Also available is a large selection of spirits for addition to your cuppa or in its place. We can relax amongst the flowers while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

Well, I finally moved this week and I am pleased. After a year of a leaky ceiling – management truly did exert themselves trying to fix it by patching then replacing the roof, the gutters, the flashing and so on – I have gotten a new apartment in the same complex. This one is bigger and newly renovated with a new counter and fridge and stove and, best of all, they gave it to me at the same price – I guess as a reward for my patience with the leaky ceiling.

Yup just about like this

The move itself was rather hard to get started –it has been eminent and delayed for a month now as the manager had promised to get me some help and other things kept popping up. I was in no position to complain as he was giving me help and the new apartment was a great improvement for the same price. I don’t walk very well, so navigating the stairs was not doable for me alone. The move was just a few buildings down and could be done through the back doors of the units as they share a parking lot at the rear. Ray is the handy man that the manager was going to get to help – and although Ray is a great guy, he is not enamored of work and I suspect he was delaying the move by telling Mark (the manager) that he was too busy. Anyway I have been preparing for this move for a month so most of my belongings were in bags and boxes piled on the floor waiting to go. It was getting annoying living out of the boxes but I was cool hoping the outcome would justify the patience. Rushing them could easily be counter productive – pissing off the handyman is not a good thing to do.

Would you like another cuppa while we chat? Perhaps a sweet? So finally Wednesday afternoon, Mark came to me and said we would make the move on Thursday, but he could not give a time. He asked to see my room to see what repairs had to be done and he frowned when he saw all the boxes and bags. He sternly told me I would have to keep the new apartment much cleaner. I reminded him that all the cupboards and dressers and cabinets were all empty because he had been promising to move me for a month. I had washed and waxed the floor just a few days previous and since then it had rained and dirty water had poured in through the ceiling. I had mopped it up, of course but the floor looked dirty. This was fine, so I made sure I would be in all the next day. I had dialysis Wednesday night so I was late getting home and then could not sleep, so I worked on the computer. One of the guys in my building – Steve – had been kind enough to volunteer to help, so I let him know it would be Thursday. I awoke at noon on Thursday, got dressed and made sure all the daily stuff was boxed up and sat down to wait. It was a nice day so I had the back door open a few inches for air circulation and was working on the computer. Steve called wondering about the move time and I told him it was up to Mark and I’d call him as soon as it was a go.



At 4 pm Mark called out to me from the back door and asked where I had been that morning when they had wanted to move me at 9 am. I said I had been in bed asleep and apparently had not heard the knock. I told him I had had my phone on beside the bed waiting for him to call. Ray (the handyman) insisted he had knocked at the back door and then at the front door and there was no response – yeah, right, the door had literally been open all afternoon and Ray spends most of his day going to and from the storage areas in back. So, Mark said it was too late to move that day and we would have to reschedule. AAAARGH! I pointed out that everything was ready to go and it would only take a short time to move it. Perhaps we could do it now? He said they couldn’t but he would give me the key and I could move lighter things at my own convenience. That was all I needed. I asked if I could stay in the new apt that night and he said it was mine effective immediately. I told him that Steve and I would move and I would text him when we were done. So I called Steve, told him what was happening and he was eager to get started. When Steve arrived, we went to the new apartment and decided where the bigger items would be positioned. I told him that I would pass him down the boxes from the back steps and he could carry them and pile them at the base of the stairs at the new apt. Then I would go over and we would pass them up into the new place. He seemed relieved that the plan meant no one had to traverse the stairs with boxes. Steve had just carried the first box over and I was passing him the second when a passer-by stopped to say hello.

Apparently, Nicholas – as Steve introduced him – was a friend of Steve’s. He asked if we needed help and I eagerly accepted. Nicholas (who I found out is from Gaspe – a remote part of eastern Quebec) pitched right in and he and Steve carried while I passed them the boxes and bags and lamps and chairs. Then while I was cleaning the old room, they carried out the heavier pieces that needed two people to move. With those in place at the new apt, the three of us passed all the boxes and bags from the ground into the apartment.

In an hour we were done and I texted Mark that were all finished and that I would drop the keys in the office mail slot. I’m still putting things away and organizing, but I am so happy that the move is done and I am in my new place. I Googled “Free image of Apartment Moving” and this is one that came up.



It never ceases to amaze me how giving people are. First of all, Mark was willing to give me a bigger and newer apt for the same price – he made sure it was on the first floor so I could walk in easily. He also offered help when he had no obligation to do so. Steve offered his help to move and remained patient and dedicated even when the time kept changing. Steve actually got a new cell phone this month and made sure I had his new number so I could contact him when needed. Then Nicholas, who I didn’t even know, came upon us moving and just started to help without even being asked. People can be so On that note, that’s about all we have room for this week, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and enjoy the garden. Sweets anyone? Please join me in thanking Willow for her invitation to tea. We are all honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Willow is over there serving her guests and chatting it up. Let’s go see how she is today. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you back here for sweets and beverages of your choice again next week.


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19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. willowdot21
    Jun 06, 2015 @ 17:00:59

    Paul I love that bus set up for high tea I cannot imagine anything more fun!! I am so pleased that you are moved finally and settled in! It must be a great relief to be free of all those awful leaks! I doubt it has been doing your health any good !
    There are some really kind people in the world and I am glad that you are surrounded by so many. I believe it is all Karma, because you have been such a kind and caring person all your life ( I shall brook no argument on this ) I firmly believe that you reap what you so! Great news great post I hope you are very happy in your new home!! xxxxxx


    • Paul
      Jun 06, 2015 @ 21:11:40

      Thank you Willow for this chance to guest post. You are so kind to me.

      Yes, that is a weight off my shoulders – I’ve been worried about mold for a year now. Nicholas came into he room at one point when they were moving the heavy stuff and he wrinkled his nose and said he could smell mold very strong. Living there I got used to the smell but never the leak. When it started to rain, even in the middle of the night, I would have to get up and put the buckets under the leaks. I am sure the presence of mold affected my health as I have had a cough off and on for while.

      The new place is awesome – I actually wouldn’t mind bringing a visitor here – I was too embarrassed to bring anyone to the other place. It was funny Willow – I was concerned that the internet link (it is cable not wifi) be OK. So when we had all the stuff across and I was preparing to start organizing, the first thing I looked for was the connection.I had the computer sitting on the desk, where I wanted the desk and the chair in front of it. I saw a data plug beside the fridge, so i tried to plug in but the plug was too small. I knew they were wired for CAT5 plugs because that was what was in my other apartment. So was sitting there in the chair wondering where the plug was, and looking around the room. I spied a wire stapled and painted over above the door. This is an old building (over 100 years) that has been renovated so it would make sense that an internet cable would be installed after. I followed the cable around the room just under the ceiling and discovered that it ended in a plug hanging right above the desk where I was sitting. I just reach up and plugged in, and here I was in the blogosphere. Ha! It was too funny that I chose to place the desk right under the cable without even knowing it was there. Ever thing else (apt related) has been going really well too. I was shopping for bread today as it was on special (I got it for $1.35 per loaf- normally $3.50). I just bought 2 loaves because it won’t keep any longer and there was never room in my freezer (too small as it was not frost free and built up a lot of ice fast), I had paid and was on my way out the door when i realized my new freezer would hold at least 4 loaves – so I turned around and went back and got 2 more. I just saved $4 more because of the new fridge.

      The room also has a cross breeze – when I crack the door and the widow the wind blows straight through making it naturally very comfortable.

      I could go on (like much better back deck and space). I have to say the space is great. I have the bed head against the far wall and my desk opposite it and when I am sitting in the chair at the desk, there is a passage of at least three feet between the bed and chair. Amazing.

      Anyway , thanks so much for your kind thoughts and words – all is well. I hope your week goes well. Good health to and your family.


      • willowdot21
        Jun 07, 2015 @ 07:59:35

        Paul I am delighted that everything is so much better. That mould would definitely affected your chest so plus disturbed days and nights for leaks the new place will be a boon . As for picking the perfect place for the computer again I say its Karma . So you have a new freezer great for dollar stretching. 😉 Be well and Happy. xxxx

  2. cordeliasmom2012
    Jun 06, 2015 @ 18:19:29

    Sounds like you have a really good landlord and good neighbors. So glad you finally got into that new apartment and away from the leaks.

    Did the Peacekeeping Bears enjoy the move? Perhaps they could have dealt with that handyman! 🙂

    (PS: This post has been added to your page on my blog.)


    • willowdot21
      Jun 06, 2015 @ 18:27:50

      Hi CM Paul should be along soon make yourself at home!!


    • Paul
      Jun 06, 2015 @ 21:18:07

      Ha! I gotta get some ID photos done for the bears. I haven’t forgotten. Believe it or not I found more bears while I was moving – I think at last count I had six of them. The new ones are smaller than the peace keepers. Pretty near a platoon of bears! No one will dare misbehave when those guys march through. 😀

      Thanks for adding to the page – I have a few more – I’ll e-mail you.
      Yes, the folks around here are very kind, and they prove it with actions.

      Thanks so much for dropping by CM. I am honored that you visit.


  3. Diana
    Jun 07, 2015 @ 17:43:32

    I’m glad you got everything moved, and that you had some help to do so! Sometimes people can surprise you. 🙂


    • willowdot21
      Jun 07, 2015 @ 17:56:41

      Hello Diana Paul is on his way to greet you!


    • Paul
      Jun 07, 2015 @ 18:26:37

      Thanks so much for the visit Diana. It is great to see you here. Yes, many people are kind and caring. It was a good experience and I hate moving. Thank heavens that is done now – hopefully for years. Hope you have a great week Diana!


  4. Bernice
    Jun 07, 2015 @ 19:23:02

    Paul – it looks like to me you were well organized for your move!!


  5. Paul
    Jun 07, 2015 @ 19:44:28

    Thanks so much for dropping by Bernice. I did logistics for years – some hands-on and some managing. It comes as second nature to me to find ways to do moves as efficiently as possible from the smallest parcels (we used to haul Queen Bees for hives in tiny little containers not much bigger than a match box) to 80 trailer load shipments of equipment to rebuild a paper mill. No move too big or too small. 🙂 It was the hard work of the guys who offered to help that really made it work. I have a hard time walking due to a medical condition so it would have been very difficult for me to do it myself, even though it was short and not very large. All the kudos goes to them.

    It was a pleasure having you visit today Bernice, please drop by again.


  6. 1EarthUnited
    Jun 10, 2015 @ 05:33:25

    Hi Paul, glad to hear of your fortuitous move, how everything came together for you! Putting up with leaks for a year, you certainly deserve a proper apt.
    It feels so good hearing you relate appreciation for the little things in life which we all take for granted. Continued good health, good food, friends and joy in your life!
    Cheers. 🙂


  7. Paul
    Jun 10, 2015 @ 09:57:12

    Thanks so much for dropping by 1EU. I am pleased that I got a new apartment. Realistically management did everything they could over time -up to and including replacing the roof- to address the problem and nothing worked. Water inside an old building (over 100 years – but nicely renovated) like this is very tricky. It can enter in one place and run across beams and joists and come out in a different part of the building. The only way to find the leak, in that case , is to take out the ceilings to find the source. So I benefited from my patience by getting a larger and newly renovated unit. I find that most people do try and it is almost always better to be patient and understanding in the face of adversity. Mind you his has to be done with awareness of the situation and what is being done. I have, on rare occassions, been known to lose my cool when it is obvious I am being played for a fool, but that happens so , so rarely.

    Thanks for your read and comment. Please drop by again.


  8. ~ Sadie ~
    Jun 18, 2015 @ 03:16:23

    So glad you are enjoying your new place!


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