So it's February. Wow! That was a quick month. I've been busy on the landlording front unfortunately. The house ran itself for a few years without much hassle, with the tenants struggling to pay the rent on occasion and me giving them more time when necessary, but they always paid up eventually.
Then everything in the house decided to collapse.To be honest I never expected to be letting the place for so long. I thought 2, maybe 3 years at the most, but here we are 4 years on, and I still expect them to be in there for another couple years. Though if they moved out tomorrow I'd cope. Financially I mean.
So last year was a new boiler, a new kitchen, a new bathroom. Then over Xmas the boiler kept shutting down. It was the old radiators. So I've now replaced all the old radiators upstairs. The ones downstairs will have to wait till later in the year!
As well as that there are 101 niggling problems with the place. nothing I couldn't live with, but when you let a place out there is a higher level of expectation, however, the fact that there are niggling problems is reflected in the amount I charge in rent, which is on the low side, and lower now than I charged at the start of the tenancy! how does that work?
I managed to get my bike mended over the weekend, after getting the all clear from the doctor regarding my knee injury. I think I just strained the ligaments (tendons?). Apparently the only thing the X ray showed was normal wear and tear for someone of my age. Phew!
So - apart from that - a new office: 55 Broadway; a dry month in January and a commitment to reduce my drinking substantially....i realised it interfered with just getting on with my life! Another diet - this one a long term attempt to genuinely change my habits, cutting out big portions, sugar, cheese, etc, combined with reducing the drink should get me where i want to be, 15 stone and under!
I had a lot of support on Twitter from people I now think of as my friends, is that sad? Yes? Well fuck you!!
So now I'm looking forward to 2012 ahead of me like a great shoe with its lights on (c/o Danny Baker). I have a few things in the pipeline for this year. I've been wanting to have a venus fly trap ever since I managed to kill the old one a few years ago...
Have been using ebay to find things from my long lost childhood that my mother threw out - including Asterix books, comics, Top Trump cards, etc. all for a pound or two each.
I left a comment here about the Live at Thames Poly CD
Having a go at fixing the numerous problems that my blog suffers from - such as photos that have mysteriously dropped off and unfinished entries:
Must restore photos to this post - Budgieman
Finish entries about glastonbury 2004
Finish blog about Lee Valley & post pics