Friday, May 20, 2011
Wow, my official move in is June 1st. Yikes!! Yes, I got the apartment because I was at the right place at the right time. The 90 year old lady who lived there died and another man was going to rent the place. I went there Monday to get an application and get on the waiting list. Tuesday I took the paper work back and the man was in the office cancelling. That put me right at the top of the list because people who pay more than 50% of their income for rent get priority. Well, I pay about 90% here!! Anyway, I had all the necessary ID's and papers in my purse to fill out the incidentals so within about a half an hour I was approved except for the background check. I barely got back here and told the manager I was moving when the faxes started coming here.
Yesterday morning I got the call that my background check was approved and the new carpeting was being picked up and they are painting today. I can start moving boxes in tomorrow probably. I found a load of boxes in the trash room yesterday from new tenants who just moved in. Everything is coming up roses!
And yes, I am taking care of myself and eating a good breakfast to get me going. Yesterday I couldn't focus but I did manage to get a few boxes packed. Judy came and took all my planter boxes from my balcony. No balcony's at the new place but I can have a garden spot.
The new place houses 39 people. Rent is 30 % of income so my rent is $189 plus about $20 a month for electricity. No dishwasher. disposal or microwave nor washer and dryer. No big deal!! I bought the microwave the previous owner had. There is a pantry in the kitchen, linen closet in the bathroom, two closets plus a storage closet. One bedroom. Air conditioner in each unit. So I am sending half of my furniture to auction. Really downsizing this time and it is feeling 'freeing', as you said, Karen. The laundry room is on the first floor. I am on the third floor. There is an elevator and three sets of stairs.
The shopping district is a few blocks away. Lovely sidewalks to walk on!!
Currently there are six people in the process of moving out of here since the huge rent increase the first of May. Many more to follow. I think they just priced themselves out of the market. Our area is really depressed with 14% unemployment. There is a new place being built down the street to house 100 seniors so people are watching that to see what it will cost. There are several low rent Senior Housing in the area but waiting lists are long. That's why I was so very fortunate to get mine. Nothing like this ever happens to me.
My horoscope yesterday said: "If you look down and see red shoes on your feet, click your heels together three times several times a day and your dreams will come true"!!. Well, I looked down and my shoes were gray but clicked the heels together anyway. LOL I still think I am dreaming all this.
All I can say at this point is it has been a great ride living here and I will be sad to leave but I have to do what I have to do. No one will do it for me. It is a great workout packing.
More to follow as I have time. Oh yes, I get free high speed internet. WOO!WOO!
I have to pay for my own cable but I probably won't hook it up. There is a TV in the social room downstairs and I have two friends living there from here. Joyce used to live on the first floor. The new manager gave me her phone number yesterday morning so I called her and she is estatic!!
Off to my new adventure!!