Category Chez moi

Fire and fury

My landlady’s definition of a proper clean and my definition of a proper clean are not the same. I had her clean the flat twice before I moved in, and while the second attempt was a much more valiant effort, the bathroom still wasn’t habitable.  Because mildew. Even after two allegedly “professional” cleans there was […]

Almost chez moi

It’s official —  I have a place to live!!  Tenancy agreement signed, check-in inspection complete, and keys in hand.  And oh, what keys! The reader-of-gothic-novels in me got childishly happy when the leasing agent handed over two skeleton keys.  It just feels so, well, English of me to be living in an 18th Century building full […]

Homeless! Homeless?

You guys.  It’s a travesty to all that is bloglike that I have not been live-blogging my flat search here in London.  Talk about trials and tribulations! To catch you up, let’s start with the cast of characters.  Where would you rather live?  New River Head — A tiny one-bedroom flat on the third floor […]

Day 1, or The Longest Nap

You would have thought that, having gone to bed at 8:00pm last night, I wouldn’t have had any trouble waking up this morning.  And I didn’t, really.  I woke right up when the alarm went off at 6:00am.  I had breakfast and thought about launching into my list of Things To Do.  But the weather […]

House Tour

What better reason to interrupt a long blogging hiatus than to talk about how my house became more famous than I am? It all started at my housewarming party in 2015.  I got a ton of compliments on how I’d put the house together, and one guy suggested submitting it to be featured on the Apartment […]

Old table new

Last summer I stopped at a garage sale down the street and bought a couple of chairs and a little wooden table to use on my roof deck.  I spent $20 for the three items, and I figured that I’d sell them myself or take them to Goodwill once I’d replaced them with “real” furniture. […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The first best thing about Thanksgiving is getting together with family for delicious food, fun conversations, and the feeling of gratitude for all the blessings that fill my life.  All those things happened this week (I flew down to Reno and spent the holiday with my parents), but since my phone battery died and my […]