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New home

June 7th 2015 9:37 am
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Mom and I are settling into our new apartment. We started sleeping here this past Weds but I didn't get here 'til after 10 pm and kept mom awake most of the night. There are still many boxes yet to unpack. She'll let me keep 1 to myself but the rest are going out to the dump. The ssscats were placed on the counter right away and my cat gym is set up next to the living room window. I have my own private litter closet in the dining room (it's just big enough for that purpose) and my food station is set up just off the kitchen in a corner nook of the dining room.

The cable guy came in the first 24 hours so we're all hooked up. Mom's bathroom is in her bedroom. It has a mini closet above the toilet so she filled it up and put spray cleaning stuff up high. I managed to open the closet door so much that she put the folding table in front of it with the hand weights in front of that to keep me out. She had to get a new desk for her desktop computer and put that in the bedroom. Instead of a bigger bed she decided just to keep the daybed she already had and brought everything we have here.

The kitchen table, chairs & couch are new to us but right now the table is covered with boxes. She's working on a plan to keep me off with foil, bubble wrap, tape etc. It's not a brand new table & chairs but doesn't want me on it either.

She's waiting for her storage locker to be ready for the Christmas tree & seasonal decor. Once the unpacking is all done she'll put out the regular decorations & get posters up on the walls.

She got the key last Monday and has been moving stuff over 'til Friday so it took almost a week to get everything with multiple car loads. After everything was here she and her mom went back to clean up the old place. There was a lot of my hair everywhere! She was ordered to take it easy for 2 weeks last year after gallbladder removal surgery (but needed more recovery time) and for at least 3 days after the tooth removed just over a week ago.

Still recovering from the tooth removal this move was not easy for her and she's quite exhausted from all of the work so will be taking a break from big, heavy things and putting small, light things on shelves for a few days. There are 2 new sets of shelves, 1 for toys when the nephew comes to visit and little pink ones.


Paperwork about me is done now

April 30th 2015 8:14 pm
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Mom's therapist called and let us know that she completed the paperwork and faxed it back to the new property management so now I should be cleared to move right in. If they need my vet records mom has them (scan & e-mail) or can get the contact info from the papers to provide them.

Mom is trying to hide boxes from me! Since we have just about a month 'til moving day she's gonna start packing this weekend and pack as much and often as possible the next few weeks. She's excited to get out of here. She knows I'm going to freak out once I get on the elevator and we cross the train tracks (it usually means I'm going to the vet! MMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWW!) but will have me in my Thundershirt and try to set things up similar to how it is here before I'm let loose. My soft carrier is under the small table in the living room so she'll do that and set up my cat tree by the living room window again.

Moving out of here won't be the worst thing with the rolling carts for boxes and stuff to move furniture, plus the 2 elevators that make it easier. The new home is right in the front door to the right on the ground level (nothing below us but basement, 1 person above and next to us, 1 person across the "hall" from us) so even though there isn't anything to help move once there it should be simple to get everything moved in.


Unfinished paperwork

April 29th 2015 12:03 pm
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Mom and I are hissing mad that the doctor has yet to fill out the paperwork and return it to the management of our new home. Until that happens I am not welcome to live there. Mom tried to call today to set it right but the doc wasn't in today so hopefully tomorrow that can be resolved. We still have a little over a month before the move so the sooner it's done & turned in the sooner we can breathe a sigh of relief.

Mom already turned in the 30 day move out notice but had to put the 6th of June for vacate day since the current person there now doesn't know when she can move to her house yet. She's starting to get boxes & stuff together and start packing soon. She went through her closet & dresser & found some stuff she doesn't really use anymore so hopes to get rid of it soon.

The air conditioner is uncovered now at our current place. It feels so much better in here with the weather warming up.


We're outta here!

April 21st 2015 9:51 am
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By here, I mean our current apartment! Everything went through just fine so once the calendar flips to June mom will be moving our stuff to the new apartment! She's really excited and can't wait to leave with 1 last door slam.

Last night was potluck so yesterday she made an easy apple pie (roll out crusts & canned filling - assemble & bake) to break the news to the few current neighbors who attended the dinner.

She can't afford a decent house so getting a better apartment is much more manageable.


Paperwork part 3

April 10th 2015 9:52 am
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Since everything is going great thus far mom went down and notified our current landlords about the move. This resulted in a small amount of additional paperwork to be filled in & signed once we know our move out day.

She got the fax # for the therapist so the paperwork about me can get done. She still needs to make a few last copies. With great credit, 4 years of always paying by the due date and other stuff this seems like a done deal.


Paperwork part 2

April 9th 2015 7:02 pm
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Mom turned in the HRA's paperwork and requested copies they needed so now she just has a few more things to get done and a 1 page application for the new place. She and her mom went to take a look and they both really liked it a lot. It has very good plumbing and more room for me to expend my energy. The carpet was recently redone (6 months). It's very quiet so once everything is in place she thinks I'll settle in just fine.

She wanted to move out of this place last year but that didn't happen so she's hoping this time it sticks and we're out of here before the total plumbing reno gets into full swing.

She's meeting back up with the new landlord on Monday evening to turn in the paperwork, checks & copies needed but it sounds like this is a safe bet that this will be happening. Once the approval happens it will not be shown to anyone else.

The person wasn't home when she went to look but she found the kitty in a little crate in the bedroom. Looked kind of like me except black & white.

Mom's grandparents are moving next weekend so as they unpack she can take their boxes to start packing her stuff.


Paperwork underway

April 8th 2015 5:02 pm
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She stopped by the HRA today for the section 8 rent help paperwork. If approved for it and for the other place we are out of here fur good! She already finished that paperwork so will probably drop it off tomorrow on her way to see the other place.

She won't get to see the other place in great detail until tomorrow since there are no interior photos online, but we look forward to about half a dozen neighbors instead of the 60 we have here.

We have more little things that can be packed into boxes, not a lot of furniture. It will take more time & effort to pack all the little things (fragile included). She's considering renting a u-haul to make the move faster & easier instead of needing several pick-up or car loads going back & forth over the train tracks. Sometimes the trains are frequent.

Mom is excited and hopeful that we'll get to move out & avoid the worst of the plumbing renovation. We couldn't be together at the motel anyway when they get to this unit during the reno so this suits both of us just fine!


Potential move ahead

April 7th 2015 7:19 pm
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There's a more spacious 1 bedroom apartment just across town. It became available last fall just before the first snow. It's still available so mom is gonna go check it out before this weekend and see if it may be suitable for us. We don't want to live in a construction zone when the plumbers come to replace all of the pipes where we live now. It'd be too noisy & messy for both of us to live happily, and access to water might be sporadic when that happens.

She sent an e-mail & made them aware of me and they assured her companion animals are allowed. It's just a matter of additional paperwork. We also have copies of my vet records to show that I'm in good health and have been neutered. I'm also very good at using my litter box. My former mom had me declawed in the front paws only so my current mom is careful not to aggravate those paws.

Mom has moved several times before, but never with a furry friend. She'll move the bathroom & bedroom out first (and maybe the kitchen stuff, there's no table or chairs) and put me in there with the door shut with litter, water, carrier, maybe a couple Temptations treats and a note on the door. Good thing I have a thundershirt! She'll probably put me in her bedroom at the new place since it will likely be the first room set up.

The deposit is quite steep compared to what she paid here and will sign up for rent assistance for her low income. Last time she applied she was told she'd have to get another 1 bedroom. She's been reading how to make the move easier on both of us. We'll likely be moving in late May and be out of this place by June 1st, probably around the same time they start replacing the pipes!

Mom still requires major dental restorative work (2 crowns) so may have to put that on her credit card & get by with lower payments at first. She'll be attending Disney on Ice this weekend and 4 concerts over the summer as well as performing bridesmaid duties. She's also opening her own theme store soon - www.frozenpeachthemes.com


New year & winter static

January 14th 2015 6:44 pm
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Christmas was good to mom and me. I got a stocking full of new toys & treats!
Mom got Reese's cookie making stuff with mitts, candy, scented body stuff, 2 DVDs with Christmas classics that were on tv all the time & Taylor Swift's 1989 on Vinyl.

New Year's Eve came and there was a bingo party downstairs. Mom made herself a home made pizza before she went down to play for 3 hours. She got bored so came back up to catch Taylor Swift on the tv show & to ring in the new year with me.

She was feeling exhausted after a busy December but when she started getting aches & coughing she knew she was dealing with the flu (not the stomach one). She made tea, drank it up & medicated the worst symptoms and has been on the mend the past several days. It has been extremely cold lately in Minnesota so she's been home a lot so far this year.

The worst part about winter is the dry air so she's been trying to keep the humidifier going almost nightly. Our hair still stands on end and the shocks are no good to either of us. Tonight she's running the humidifier and giving me a mini bath with kitty bath wipes.


Christmas is coming!

December 21st 2014 6:00 pm
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Mom has some new surprises for me that are all hidden in my stocking. It's just high enough that I can't see in it or get it down myself. Mom appreciates my love & dedication I've shown all year even when she wasn't feeling her best with her gallbladder removal so she bought me more gifts than anyone!

She's been busy. She attended a friend's baby shower last weekend. Just last night she attended her nephew's 1st birthday party and spent the actual birthday evening with him. I hear he got his first taste of cake and frosting all over his face.

The tree looks good but I'm staying away from it because of the ssscat barrier. All mom and I really want is a silent night together, so maybe Christmas night that will happen. We're still cramped up in the tiny apartment and seeking quieter housing options after winter ends in the northern plains.

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