Category Archives: Apartment

New kitchen floor is in now


It is similar to this one, but the tiles are longer.

Today they put in my new kitchen floor. It is a nice one too.

Before I had white square tiles that were permanently dirty and yellow. Washing the floor didn’t help.

Now we have the long, textured tiles in a gray that will hide dirt and I doubt they can turn yellow. The floor looks like something they would use in the flipping and fixer-upper shows.

The guy installing it said they were surprised they weren’t using the cheap commercial tiles. This is public housing so the nice tiles surprised me as well. Now if they would just put in nice soft carpet with a layer of padding it would be great. I fell on this concrete floor with an indoor/outdoor carpet and I was amazed I didn’t break my knee caps.

PS I just found the baseboards are not sticking to the wall. That can be an issue.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Life in a senior high rise and currently revamping other (writing) blog


Well some of you may know that one year ago my name came up for a spot on the public housing (subsidized) list. I was terrified as to how I was supposed to live on the pittance the government gives me for disability. I knew I couldn’t get an apartment let alone food and other needs. Well public housing was the answer. The big problem with that is the super long waiting list. Regular housing is 5-10 years. More anxiety. Well the first good news is that the waiting list for seniors and disabled is less than 2 years long and as things work out I qualified for that housing just months before my dad had a stroke and I would have had no home.

Second good thing is that the rent is only 30% of your gross adjusted income. I had, by the powers to be, already filed for bankruptcy, and therefore all bills were gone and that was livable. I have been here for a year now. I was super frugal that first year, but have now decided that even with the ton of medical bills I can have cable TV and Wifi. I am in heaven right now. I may have to lower my tv selections in order to continue, but won’t know until I figure out how things go with the bill for that and my insulin pump bill and supplies are added in. I had money left over each month so barring no car problems (car is a 2006 and does have a lot of non-motor issues) I can do this.

Life here in the senior high rise I ended up in, is not bad. I am on the 6th floor so I have a great view out of my windows. It is not a super small apartment. It is ample room, other than needing a little more storage, but that is because I am a packrat. And it is all just mine, no sharing LOL!

They provide us with activities here. My favorite is art class. We are learning how to paint with a real art teacher and it costs me nothing. They pay all the fees for the teacher and supplies. We have 2 classes per month. Cool!

We have BINGO once a week. That is a small fee for the cards and a 50/50 ticket (which actually just gives 2 of us a chance to win, they  don’t keep any of that).

My kids have been encouraging me not to be a shut-in and to join things so now I have 2 writing groups and definitely one book reading club (maybe 2 if the one for the building comes through). So with all the reading and the writing I do, I have a pretty full calendar when you add in the doctor visits. I occasionally go to Overeaters Anonymous. I was going twice a week, but now with the insulin pump and having to keep track of my carbs, that I don’t go on binges like I used to. Plus fitting in those meetings is hard since they are the same time as my other activities.

And I am starting to revamp my other blog, the writing one. I wrote a lot of stuff to fit crazy prompts and therefore it wasn’t something I would normally write so I am deleting a lot of stuff, plus occasionally rewriting some posts that I still like, but need work.

Dad is still the same, but in the long term care part of the building now. They put him in the non-functioning part though and he is not that bad. We don’t like him in that area as we feel he needs stimulation to keep his brain functioning, but we have done all we could at this point. His house still needs to be sold. He has a reverse mortgage and that needs to be paid off very soon so we need a buyer now.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

High Rise Activities


Here where I live in the senior high-rise we have a painting activity that is provided by the housing authority and paid for by them. It is a great art class and I never painted before, but the teacher has turned me into a painter.

Now they are planning a new project. It would be a second painting class, but this one would be painting on wood and making murals that would be hung throughout our building. Sounds like fun.

We also play BINGO weekly. We just had a change in leaders and things are definitely going better and better prizes, plus a meal of some kind. Whether pizza, subs cut up into chunks or hotdogs and of course some kind of dessert. Occasionally it is just deserts. Fun way to spend an evening.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Joining the 21st century


Well today I had WiFi internet, cable tv and a digital phone installed. No more iPhone hotspots for WiFi which was always running out and running slow. I can actually watch up to date tv no more shows from 30 to 40 years ago over and over.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Sleep writing again


I just looked at some of my recent postings and I don’t remember writing them. I not only sleep walk I sleep write. Oh and sleep eat as well.

So I will blame the weird posts on my non-wakefullness when posting.

Today is sunny and warm. Of course a few days from now they are predicting snow again.

I joined a writing club to add to my reading club.

Trying to stay out of bed 24 hours a day.

On the 21st of this month I am getting WiFi and cable installed, plus the package includes a phone for the 2 year contract. I am a new customer so I hope this fits my poor little budget. The hotspot on my phone is not working very well and I could do so much more if I wasn’t limited to so much time on my phone for all of the gadgets I have. You run out, it works, it just slows way down which can be a pain on the computer or trying to stream a movie or something. Plus I can watch my shows that I have had to give up. Hopefully they can get my son’s old tv working and connected. It is larger than mine.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

High rise alarm scary


I live on the 6th floor of a senior high rise. In the six months I have been here the fire alarm never went off but it went off building wide yesterday. I didn’t want an apartment on the higher levels as I am afraid of fire (absolute phobia) and it makes walking down the fire stairs hard and painful when you are disabled.

I got to the fire stairway with a neighbor. Just then the building supervisor came running down and said to just stay where we were. Thank God it was a false alarm. Someone burned their dinner and then opened their apartment to air it out, thus setting off the alarms. They are extremely loud. I am hard of hearing, but it was still super loud. No sleeping through that.

I hope that doesn’t happen again. If I wasn’t already partially deaf I would be after listening to that. I was on my way out anyhow and had to wait until they unlocked the elevator. They are immediately locked whether manually or automatic I do not know.

I may have to shut my windows today. If the wind is not blowing it usually doesn’t make a difference in here, but today the wind is blowing and it is cold since I climbed out of bed and from under the covers. I am also not warmly dressed.

My door quit locking the other day and I had to call the emergency weekend maintenance as I might live in a building with a locked coded entrance and guards, but I didn’t feel safe enough to sleep with it unlocked. I don’t trust the neighbors as I have been warned that we have a lot of thieves in here. The guard came up and worked on it til he figured out that it would lock if I lifted the door as I turned the lock. The next day maintenance came and fixed it.

Something is going on out in the hall way. I can hear lots of voices, but not what they are saying.

I have an ant infestation. Those little ones that look like dirt until they move. They are coming out of the drain. They LOVE the ant bait traps with poison. And they are not working.

Just closed the living room windows. The bedroom is still halfway open, but if it doesn’t warm up soon, will close that one too. Our temperature is less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but the wind makes it colder.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Low income living – food pantries


My income is so low that I qualify for the local food pantries. I wish they let us pick what we want, but free food is good. What we don’t want or like we share with each other. We have a community table downstairs and everyone can give or take what they want from it. What is in my pantry containers that I don’t like I can almost replace with the things the others don’t like or want.

Not all food pantries are the same. Years ago where I used to live I went to the one for my area and had to stop. The food was all well past the expiration date and the cans were rusty and dented. I was afraid to eat the stuff. Thankfully I wasn’t that bad off that I needed that food to live on. It was a church and it surprised me that they would give that stuff out.

Not all areas have food pantries, but if you have them and are low income check them out. They check your income and identity. They used to just give out bags of food if you showed up. Things have changed.

I understand that soon we will be getting vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetables from a local farmer. This place is well-known for its produce. Hopefully my age will allow me to be eligible. My neighbor thinks so.

My cabinets are super tall and I can barely reach the lowest ones. I have to use a stool and only the first step to try and store this stuff. I am afraid of the second step.

Off to put the rest away.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com