How to get an indoor pool with surprisingly little effort… and zero intent

I’m still trying to get the new house how the Husband and I want it – including the joy of finding an electricity and gas supplier who charges a sane price!

Up until now one of the larger hurdles has been trying to find a local takeaway that had more than a one food hygiene rating from the Food Standards Agency – this has been surprisingly hard!

Then the washing machine decided that we needed an indoor pool so that needed replacing in a hurry! We found a nice new one in Costco and thought “fab! We can get it now and have no delivery costs or delays” and then realised that it weighed 77kg!

broken washing machine

(Photo from Which)

Amazingly it did fit in the car and thank goodness for the lovely employee in the carpark for giving us a hand – or a shove!

Needless to say we needed a friend to assist us getting it back out of the car! But it made it and so far so good! It even plays a happy little tune when it has finished washing!

I’m sure other stuff must have happened but the house stuff seems to take precedent! We’ve got to re insulate the loft next as there is next to nothing up there!

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Curious: Jinx!

I am very cautions of jinxing things and have been for as long as I remember. It must have been something that I picked up as a child, probably from my parents – although most of their lifestyle choices have been far from cautious!

Jinxing something basically means to take an outcome too much for granted and then watch it crumble to dust.

For example, if a particular football team were doing well and started publically speaking about how great it is going to be to win the tournament then they are tempting bad luck, they are tempting the jinx.

black cat

(Photo from The Guardian)

As such I am not overly delighted that the people we are trying to buy a house from have booked their movers for a set day, that happens to be just over a week away, without any dates having been agreed! The date in question is the one that suits them and I do think they are asking for trouble by having done this – despite the fact that I would LOVE to move ASAP I do think the whole paperwork and money being sorted first might be rather essential.

I’m very eager to try to balance out the jinx but oddly enough there hasn’t been much funding on scientific study of how to do this.

However the internet is full of iffy advice about how to get good luck, including:

“take risks”… uh huh

“be positive” … well I am positive that I want to move

“open your mind”… I am very open to that fact that leaving 13 weeks form putting your house on the market to giving birth is a dumb idea, but that didn’t stop the seller!

“stop looking for something else” … thank you Reader’s Digest, that is just awful advice and WTF does it even mean – apart from don’t go near Reader’s Digest.

And the most irritating “be open to opportunities”. Ok so in my circumstances should I be open to the spectacle that is a woman giving birth whilst being carried out of her former home by the movers? If it were filmed it might make a tidy profit on the internet I suppose, however it might also make a big mess in my NEARLY nice, new home.

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How not to move house part 1

I had a plan to move house, it was a slightly longer than short term plan as I had a lot of bits that I wanted to sort first. It now seems that it should be a shorter term plan, like nowish. So we’ve started to look at houses, we went to see two the other day…

One of them was a new build, mid terrace. It was actually surprisingly roomy and had a nice little balcony, a gorgeous combined living and dining room, a small suntrap of a garden and a nice conservatory.

The conservatory blocked out the light in the ground floor bedroom, it was very very dark in there – enough for me to easily imagine it bugging the heck out of me. There are two bathrooms in the middle of the house without any windows or easy way to air them – extractor fans annoy me… the ensuite has a proper window so is fine, but the other two could get vexing.

ugly house

(Photo from Pinterest)

The main bedroom on the top floor (three floors) had one small window, I really don’t want small windows!!!

And they want silly money for it… way too much. We could probably quibble, but the other stuff doesn’t make me want to bother as it doesn’t feel like a home.

The second place was not a new build, the ground floor was fab, ok size bedroom/study, gorgeous huge living room, small but well done dining room just off it. Good size bathroom with bath, shower, sink and toilet. Kitchen was mostly ok – floor tiles cracked and then a WEIRD cupboard thing that had been left open on the kitchen side after the house had been extended… so you open the cupboard door to find the butt-end of the fridge/freezer staring you in the face!

Garden was a good size and done well – seating area by the house, small seating area at the other end. The garage was a tip, but that could be cleared and a couple of repairs made to the backend of it.

The estate agents were running over 30 minutes late so three sets of people were all looking at once – us, another couple and a darker chap on his own. Everyone was clearly very impressed with the ground floor.

Then we went upstairs… the house was advertised as a “chalet-style” house, I think this means it was bungalow with a high room so someone shoved another floor in. The main bedroom looked ok, then you stepped into the room and was the toilet… there was an alcove off the main room with a toilet just staring at you – no door! And no sink, there was a shower where you’d logically have a sink.

This was just odd and really threw everyone.

The next room was a single-size bedroom with not that much space and the view out the window confirmed that the living room and kitchen extensions had a flat roof! You could have climbed onto the roof from this room.

The other room… I am not sure how to describe it… L shaped and despite being on the same floor as the other two bedrooms which had normal-ish ceiling heights this one had no ceiling for over half of it, even bent double I could feel the roof just about my head!

By this point everyone was struggling to keep a straight face – including the young lady from the estate agents, it was just laughable! Then on the way down it became apparent that the banister was beyond wobbly, it nearly came of in someone’s hand!

I got out of the house before bursting into laughter, REALLY bad. On the hand-out that we were given at the door from the estate agents they must have used a fish-eye camera as the rooms looked much better on paper!

This house hunting lark is trickier than I expected so far!

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