We didn’t have a whole lot of snow this winter and I doubt whether it’s still going to be there at all. But the one time or so we did have snow, I took some shots to show the pathetic amount of snow we had.
Since I’ve been showering you with photographs, I figured I’ll do a few more to show off the results of a month of hard work.
Last night I spent my first night in my new place. About time too, it’s been a month since I got the key.
Today, my uncle came to put the one-to-last finishing touch in, laying laminate in the kitchen.
All that needs to be done now is getting my living room curtains, which my aunt is making for me.
About 98% of the fixing up part is done. The only things that need to be done are painting the wooden bits under the doors (but we wait with that until after I move so we don’t damage the paint during moving) and laying the upper flooring in the kitchen (which is fairly easy and with which we’re waiting for the same reason as the painting). My dad will be hanging up some lights and my mom and aunt said they would go cleaning and so they’ll be doing that tomorrow and then we can move stuff. Finally!
If all goes well, I’ll be all moved and settled in by next weekend.
Here’s a picture of the mess in my room with boxes and piles and such.
Some more pics.
My book case, partly painted (black that is, the yellow is the old colour).
This is the kitchen floor after the guys from the housing cooperation came by and fixed it.
And here are my freshly painted walls, most notably the one red wall. Me like lots!
Here you can just see the hole in my kitchen floor in the top left corner of the photo. I called the Housing Cooperation about the rotten bit of flooring and they came and said two beams that are supporting the floor are rotten as well and need to be replaced. So they will be back to fix it in the next few days.
And this one shows my dad painting a part of a kitchen wall.
This is me, removing a strip of wallpaper the previous inhabitant had placed to separate the red and cream areas of the wall. It turned out to be not so easy as they used a funny type of glue and probably put it on while the red wallpaint was still wet. It was so sticky, we ended up putting a steelbrush thingy on a drill to remove it.
And this is an old nightstand I had which I repainted as I disliked its original colour (lightblue). I made it black so it fits in with my desk which is also black.
Stuff we needed for the fixing up: white paint, red paint, bathroom/kitchen paint, lots of small stuff and a new vacuum cleaner.
So, it’s been a bit but it’s all final now. Yesterday I went to the Housing Cooperation, signed the papers and got the keys. I went to take a look at the place the same afternoon and then I realised that, with all the furniture removed, it’s pretty clear I have my work cut out for me. All the walls need painting, the doors need to be sanded and painted, a part of the floor covering in the kitchen is just plain rotten and needs to be replaced. But still, my dog seemed to like it which is a good thing. I’m not taking her with me as technically she is the family dog and she’s just better off with my parents. I do plan to have her over regularly so it’s good she enjoyed herself.
Here’s a picture:
It’s likely that I’ll be moving out next year. At the moment I still live with my parents but would like to move out and be on my own (4 months abroad and taking care of yourself gets addictive :D) and now it seems to be happening.
I registered myself with the Housing Cooperation in my area last year and they have now made me an offer of a nice little house in the next town (about 5 km from where I live now). I have to decide before the 22nd (technically by the weekend as I have to return the acceptance/decline form by the 22nd) and am very tempted to take it.
I tried calling the current occupant to make an appointment to come around and look at the place but her cell number that was in the letter is out of order so I take it she changed it. Tomorrow I’m going by there to see if she’s home and talk to her then.
The weather was not too pleasant today, halfway the afternoon it started to rain, and not just drizzle, no, a rain that was getting close to a pour. I was planning to go down to the soccer field here as it’s been flooded (in winter the soccer field is the skating rink) in preparation for winter and frost and I wanted to take some photographs. Perhaps I’ll get a chance tomorrow if it stays dry. Personally I don’t mind too much being outside in the rain but it’s not very good for the camera.
So, in remembrance of better times, a sunny picture taken early October, which was unusually warm for the Netherlands.