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    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 29th Dec 17, 1:32 PM
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    another casualty ..restart . Diary no.3
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    • 29th Dec 17, 1:32 PM ..restart . Diary no.3 29th Dec 17 at 1:32 PM
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.comshowthread.php?t=53499 16
    And possibly the last . Not sure if the link works .

    From someone who never bothers with diaries ( I’m the person who gets one from the office but leaves it in a drawer for 2 years ), to someone who has done two on m s e .

    As the title suggests , diary 1 is quit ( 28/10/2015)
    Diary 2 is wondering what now?( 2/04/2017)
    Diary 3 is trying to pickup the pieces of the puzzle and put them together so everything fits . (29/22/17)

    I must thank all the regulars ( Lesson Learned, harz, enthusiastic , gigervamp, Anna , copperjar cew Wendy &co. ) plus all the others who have been reading and thanking me along the way.
    I do think that, had the internet and this site had been around when we first had problems that a lot of mistakes wouldn’t have happpened.

    There are many people worse off of course, but Like others I want to avoid falling down after trying to rebuild myself ready to be more sturdy and robust for what is thrown at me in the immediate future and beyond.

    Biggest obstacles to overcome : lose the weight / find a part time job/find confidence to meet new People / stop lazing around/
    Oh, and get off the prednisolone .

    Hope you enjoy the journey with me .

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    • By another casualty 31st Jul 18, 3:57 PM
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    Went down to Poole for some shoppping . Before I did, I had a quick chat with one of my neighbours ( the one who could be moving ,but saying nothing ). I told her about my windows , and she wasn't sure when they do come and clean them. The chap I saw doing the upstairs, was the other house next door . So I receive an email telling me Tomasz did clean the windows . The office manager asked if I wanted to have my number passed onto him to discuss .
    I politely refused, and sent her about 5-6 photos taken from my iPhone . The annoying thing about that is that it has got really sunny and pictures may not have the impact I was trying to point out .
    I did suggest that the windows looked like they have been hosed with water but not wiped . Or that maybe it was dirty water being used.
    I suggested that Tomasz come over and try again . I don't think I should be getting involved with contractors..just me and the mgt co who I mentioned were professional in the short time I have been here

    I mentioned to my neighbour upstairs that I have a key to the electric riser cupboard. Somehow I doubt if the other neighbours have one .

    Btw , the windows should be cleaned every 3 months . Could be wrong, but I doubt if they've been doing that .
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    • By another casualty 1st Aug 18, 9:11 AM
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    I received email from managing agents . They have passed my comments and photos to Tomasz and asked him to reattend .
    In a way I feel bad because it could be because of the heat . In another way , I wouldn’t have thought you would still have water marks on the window after they have been cleaned .
    • harz99
    • By harz99 1st Aug 18, 2:16 PM
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    AC, every 3 months! We have our windows cleaned every 4 weeks, costs £8 a time for a 3 story terraced town house.

    The guy who does it uses just long brushes, hoses and water, but the water is special tanked stuff that dries off and leaves the glass completely smear free. Downside is that the upvc frames do get some staining over time because they are never wiped but at least we get to see out of clear glass.

    Maybe your people are using the same system, but cheating and using tapwater which will smear?
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    • By another casualty 1st Aug 18, 3:49 PM
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    Hello Harz Good to hear from you again . I suppose it's just like some "cleaners " you get in offices . I've witnessed some amateurs over the years .
    Looks like I did the right thing complaining after all . I have a feeling that I've been overlooked this year, what with the beast from the east and all . At least now I have an idea of when to expect them in the future. The mgt company have been good overall ,it has to be said .

    I thought I saw the window cleaner this morning coming out of the van . It turns out not to be him, but the estate agents putting a "for sale "sign outside my window . I looked on the right move website and noticed it reduced from £195,000 to £189,950.
    It's the same estate agents who sold me my flat . I expect a few viewings now that the board is present . Interesting times .
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    • By another casualty 3rd Aug 18, 11:18 AM
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    Tomasz has not been . I will send an email on Monday to managing agents asking, why not .

    Just been to my local small Sainsbury's . Nice and cool in there.
    Too hot for me , so I'm staying put by the fan . Looking at the forecast, the temperature should be more manageable midweek .
    What an extreme year .

    I was gonna ( or have a go at ) record some music today .
    Maybe later. Will probably do something later. I need a haircut . I haven't got much left , but if I have it now my head would be scorched .

    Can we have some more rain please ??
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    • By another casualty 6th Aug 18, 1:17 PM
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    Still no rain Still way too hot for me .

    Friend took me to a couple of pubs in Westbourne on Saturday afternoon . I still have a bad habit on getting more cider

    Just had another session with mr. Trainer . More physical movement ,which I didn't fancy doing to begin with . Felt much better when it was done . He seems to be more than impressed .
    Back home next to the dyson .

    Tomasz never bothered his @ss to come back last week to rectify his amateur job of window cleaning .
    I will send an email on weds as it Would be a full week since my last email conversation with the managing agents .
    I was too polite and making too many excuses for him, but if he doesn't bother to show up I will ask why I am being charged for dirty window cleaning . This is turning out to be a bit of a pane .

    I was going to reduce my prednisolone intake today from 2.5 -2 mg
    However , yesterday as I was taking my bits and pieces it must've fell out of my hand so I took it at bedtime .
    I'll reduce at the weekend and see what gives ..
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    • By another casualty 8th Aug 18, 9:24 AM
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    Cooler weather at last . Cloudy , but a change was needed .

    I have just sent an email to the managing agents , expressing my disappointment and querying why I am paying for a service where the windows seem stained all year . I don't fancy Tomasz coming into my flat , but have a feeling that the office manager may insist he does come in . Personally , I don't think he know how to clean windows and that I have been forgotten about and was an afterthought until I queried back in July .
    I will obviously pay the 6 monthly service charge next month.
    However, if I am asked if there are any points to discuss at the yearly meeting I will raise my concerns and ask if all flats are cleaned at the same time etc .

    I didn't venture out yesterday because if the heat . I will be out later on , maybe Poole for food shopping . May get haircut today/ tomorrow . This weather has been draining me and 3 showers a day have been keeping me cool . I should have more energy now .
    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 8th Aug 18, 12:33 PM
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    Perhaps you could suggest that they use another window cleaner. This one seems like a cowboy.

    It's been raining here, although it was nice at the weekend.
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    • By another casualty 8th Aug 18, 1:30 PM
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    Perhaps you could suggest that they use another window cleaner. This one seems like a cowboy.

    It's been raining here, although it was nice at the weekend.
    Originally posted by Gigervamp
    Good point gigervamp . I would think that could well be the case .
    It's hard to know . In the flat I was staying at for six months, the landlady used to tell me when to expect the window cleaners and asked me about the condition after they were done . They were always done to a good standard imho,and I used to see them being done . No corners cut . I'm awaiting response to this mornings email .
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    • By another casualty 8th Aug 18, 1:39 PM
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    Went to Poole to do food ,and toiletrie shopping . For some reason the packed bus on the way had most of the windows closed . People were beginning to open them the nearer we got to our final destination .

    Nice breeze today . The one thing I miss this year , is the balcony of the flat I stayed in around the corner for six months . If only we had this heatwave last year

    I have the urge for some sasparila . Can't seem to find it anywhere .
    It is the kind of drink that used to be served on tap in herbalists and could be purchased in those grocery shops that have post offices combined . I'll do a google search ,and see if I can get some nearby
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    • By MuffinTops 9th Aug 18, 7:50 AM
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    Tomasz never bothered his @ss to come back last week to rectify his amateur job of window cleaning .
    I will send an email on weds as it Would be a full week since my last email conversation with the managing agents .
    I was too polite and making too many excuses for him, but if he doesn't bother to show up I will ask why I am being charged for dirty window cleaning . This is turning out to be a bit of a pane .
    Originally posted by another casualty
    Brilliant! Thanks for the smile first thing AC.

    I haven't caught up on all your goings on, but it's good to hear you're still doing the training and that your trainer is really impressed with you. I'm sorry to hear about the window cleaner issues. It's not right when people take payment for a service they don't fulfill and apparently have no shame about it either! If he did he'd have rushed round to fix the cleaning when he was told to.

    It's cooler in London today, although it's very grey and gloomy.

    Have a great day.
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    • By another casualty 9th Aug 18, 8:23 AM
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    Hello MT Nice to see you over here again .
    It is the same here this morning . Hope you have a great day also
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    • By another casualty 9th Aug 18, 11:55 AM
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    Still not sleeping properly . Woke up achy again . I did a few floor excercises this morning . The breeze is better outside .
    I am going to do some (more) serious housework . I've been fairly negligent because of the humidity but will spring into action later.

    I have received another email regarding the window issue.
    It came from the new property manager . I never knew we had one until now . It was also cc'd to the office manager I have been liasing with . Basically , she noticed that she hasn't got a response and is in the process of looking for a different company . Hopefully the one she does get , doesn't come on a horse .

    I replied saying that I have been overlooked for the year and shouldn't be paying for windows that are in the same condition all year..dirty. I pointed out that the landlady of the place I was in for six months used to advise me when the window cleaner did arrive and that the windows were actually cleaned. I told her that Tomasz just hit and run . I was polite as could be about the service I have received from the managing agents and that even james said they had a good reputation . It will be interesting to see if I get a reduced bill for service charges next month . I won't hold my breath,or I'll look like the gas balloon I once was
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    • By another casualty 10th Aug 18, 10:32 AM
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    Rain at last (apologies if you don't like it )

    Woke up way too early , but I still put that down to humidity. I would say that now the heavens have opened, then things should be as near as 'normal ' for me once again .

    I just got rid of my final plastic crate ,albeit as discreetly as possible .
    It seems weird that I cannot just put it into the recycling bin .
    I had to disguise it in 2 plastic bin liners and put it into the ordinary rubbish bin . I was the first one to dispose of anything in there ,as the binmen/ women came this morning to do their business .
    Walking past I saw a small dead field mouse outside the flat opposite .
    Looks like one of the cats from next door was bored .

    I did some housework last night, and will finish later.

    I got a text from one of my friends in London . He has a spare tkt for iron maiden at the o2 tomorrow . Too short notice . Seen them many times and don't bother much about them these days. However, if I was living in London and was bored ..
    I see south west trains ( or the new name) have temporarily called off tomorrow's strike . Not sure about he other dates though .

    Got an email from edf telling me I can have a smart meter. A standard mail shot to millions .
    Time to get the bass out.
    Happy Friday
    • MrsPorridge
    • By MrsPorridge 10th Aug 18, 10:49 AM
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    We had one of those letters about the smart meter. I didn't want to bother but DH thought we should. The guy came around, spent about an hour fitting the thing- then said there wasn't a good enough signal (I could have told him if he'd asked in the first place). He then spent another hour taking the thing out! You would think they would know which areas were incompatible wouldn't you. What a waste of everyone's time. We are still getting letters telling us to install one
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    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 10th Aug 18, 11:14 AM
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    Yeah, you'd think they would check the signal before installing the meters!

    When they rang us again last week, husband picked the phone up (I usually let it go to the answerphone) and told them we weren't interested and to take our name off the list, which the woman said she did.

    Then a couple of days ago, a meter reader turned up, even though we'd sent a meter reading, as we do every month, only a few days previously. The day after that, we got another call asking about changing our meter! Husband had words with them, and they've said they've taken our name off the list, again, so we'll see if they try again.

    The problem is, the government want everyone on smart meters by 2020, hence all the calls. I don't see how that will be possible when even if you want one, there are still so many places that don't have mobile coverage. It also doesn't help that they're still installing the old style meters that stop being "smart" when you change your supplier.
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    • By another casualty 22nd Aug 18, 12:56 PM
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    I'm now getting emails telling me to change to a smart meter .immediately put into the trash folder.

    Met friend for a few Guinness on sat .

    On Sunday, I decided to reduce the prednisolone to 2 mg from 2.5
    So far, so good . If all goes well, then I will go down to 1.5 in about 5-6 weeks time .

    Had another couple of sessions with mr. Trainer and he is still impressed in a big way .

    My sisters are threatening to visit over the weekend . Rail strikes don't seem to be happening then ( surprise) . They are scheduled for the following 3 weekends . Supposed to be going to Brockenhurst the following sat, but we'll have to play it by ear .
    Today / tomorrow should be the last of the humid weather for a while
    Fine by me .
    Just had to go to Poole for extra bits and pieces and it was nice to get back .

    Had to buy another colour changing shower head ,as the other one stays on a faint red colour . Just ordered a small colour changing faucet for the kitchen tap . Less than £4 so it'll be a nice addition to the kitchen . Good compromises for not having windows in the bathroom & kitchen ..just showers in the dark . Doing the washing up is fun too

    I have a load of stuff to tidy ,in preparation for the visit .
    I threw loads of cardboard and the rest of the plastic crates out .
    I'd better get a move on ..
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    • By another casualty 3rd Sep 18, 7:25 PM
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    Had sisters down over the bank holiday . All was good .
    They think I have lost a lot of weight and look well . Met friend on sat also .
    Saw Mr. Trainer who put me through my paces in a more thorough manner , doing "lunges" , "box walkouts " , "side steps " , "shuttle runs" etc. The great thing is that he did say that initially I was "obese level", but now am easily "over 40's" standard now . He mentions that other "normal" people haven't got as much as I have in a lot of ways .

    Ok, all good . Till this weekend ...

    I have been going through excruciating pain in my legs from Thursday till present . I know why . It's because of the prednisolone reduction 15 days ago. The rest of me is fine , but this my first problem for a few months I think. It means that I cannot get off of chairs without great difficulty. Even getting off the toilet is difficult .
    Once I'm walking , it's not too bad . Getting up from somewhere is painful and very annoying .
    Saw Mr. Trainer again today and he is fully on board again and I'm sending him info which may help .
    So, what to do ..
    well I was going to start looking for employment . No point at the moment . I could go back and increase dosage of prednisolone again and the pain may go within a couple of days . However, I won't give in and think I will endure the pain as long as I can . The thing I must tell myself is that I was in this position before and this side effect should go in time . Annoying that I only reduced from point 5 of a gram .
    Then again , 7.5 mg in sept to 2mg now may have been pushing it a bit . We'll see. The idea of being pred free by January may be too optimistic .
    Funny thing was, I was asked to report to the pharmacist for a catch up last week when I got my repeat stuff. Gvt guidelines etc .
    The chemist gave me too high a dosage on prednisolone and if I gave it back , it would have been destroyed. And the nhs is broke ..

    Got another letter from edf regarding smart meters . These companies are so smart that they are literally chucking wads of money on postage/ envelopes / text message ..why not cut the crap and reduce our bills ?!?
    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 4th Sep 18, 1:08 AM
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    Sounds like your training's really paying off. I bet your sisters really noticed the difference after not seeing you for a long while.

    If the pharmacist gave you the wrong dose, get it changed, don't keep it to try to save the NHS money, you need the correct dose. In the grand scheme of things, you saving them the cost of those tablets isn't going to make a damn bit of difference.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 4th Sep 18, 10:19 AM
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    Hi everyone.....

    AC not sure why you are so against smart meters, is there a particular reason. I have one and it's brilliant. It really helped me identify the energy vampires and how to cut down usage. It helps me stay in pun intended, lol and You know me, I do like to be the boss.......

    Well I move on Monday.....spent yesterday switching everything over. My council tax is going to be an extra £400 a year so I decided to see what cut backs I could make with the other regular bills.

    So far, I have arranged for a water meter to be fitted. That will save £300 a year, and have got a better deal on my broadband, saving another £120. So that's the Increased in the CT covered. My car insurance is due at the end September and I reckon I can save around £200 on that.

    Ovo have increased my direct debit by £8 a month, so an extra £108 but I think I won't be using any extra - in fact probably less because it has a gas cooker instead of electric, there's a gas fire in the sitting room, and there is an open fire in the living room/dining kitchen. I think I can keep the thermostat on the central heating lower than I do here. I am thinking of getting a wood burner for the open fireplace - just depends on the chimney - so I should be nice and toasty without racking up huge bills, so I think I will be able to reduce my dd to Ovo. I am already well in credit but I'll leave it for now and see how it goes.

    Sorry to hear about the leg pain, hopefully your body will adjust soon and the pain will ease off. I get leg pain from my fibro and I find warm epsom salt baths help, sometimes add a bit of lavender oil to ease muscle pain. I have also bought myself a hand held massager, that really helps. It's electric and cost around £30 but you can buy massage rollers and sticks (manual) from around £6. I find the electric kne easier and more effective. I also use gels such as hemp or voltarol etc. On my knee I use tiger balm, the red one is the strongest, too strong for my feet so if they are painful I use the white version. And when I remember I use magnesium spray.

    Don't know if it's the same for you but I do find that fibro pain is made worse by being cold so I have nice warm sofa throws for watching tv or reading .

    Anyway apart from your leg pain you seem to be doing well with the exercise, weight loss. Well done.

    I can understand you want to quit the meds asap but maybe you e gone a bit too fast. Maybe you need to stabilise now before going any lower.

    Right off to do some more sorting and packing.
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