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« on: August 13, 2014, 10:18:54 AM »

Hi everyone - sorry not posted in a long while, been very low on energy, and spent last 6 months sorting out moving house.  I sold mine at the end of Feb and finally found one & agreed urchase in April.  It's in Lancaster which is almost 250miles north and the west side of the UK - just sounth of the lake district, so amazing countryside and cheaper houses, friendlier people - what's not to like Huh It rains a lot - the wettest part of the UK!

I was down to only wanting a house in one of 2 streets - given I needed a garden and not busy roads nearby - and that put the choise down to about 50 potential properties, of which only a few were for sale at the time!  Ended up with one which will be really nice, but turned out to have a lot of problems....I spent the last months finding new ones every day.  So at the end of June I completed on the sale/purchase, moved my stuff in and the builder came in for 3 weeks.  The furry ones had 3.5 weeks in the cattery, and I stayed on working and lodging with friends.

I finally moved in 3 weeks ago - to an absolute mess, the builder's idea of cleaning and mine being poles apart - plaster/cement dust everywhere - I sat diwn and cried the day we arrived.  Luckily my sister was on hand to support - she & her partner got stuck in and did loads of cleaning so we had somewhere to be which was clean enough.  The whole downstairs has been damp-proffed and re-plastered, and has only just dried out enough so I've got lots of decorating to get on with.  The floors which were stripped, sanded and supposedly sealed were such a bad job, I'm having to get them redone - and the flooring man can't do it until 1 Sept.  The kitchen needs replacing - end of Sept.  Most of the doors and windows don't open/shut/lock properly - the joiner is coming to sort those over the next couple weeks........

Poor pussycats have now been shut in for almost 8 weeks - they will get their freedom this w/end I hope - if my nerves can stand it!

In the midst of this poor Otto got really sick - stopped eating and was lying about breathing heavily not responsding - vets tests have now concluded almost totally that he's HCM - at present he's still under obs with them, having had 100ml fluid drained off each side (i.e. 200ml total) of his chest.  They are balancing rehydrating him with diauretics etc but todays report told me he's at least eating preoperly again and taking an interest in life - we get the test results from the fluid draw Fri/Mon, and if that confirms it he'll see a cardiologist next week....  So sending him sime healing thoughts if you can, he's about 14-15 now and such a gentle toleran boy.

Mr Rudi continues to be a big strapping ginger tomboy - he had sorted dominating the entire area before we moved, so I dread life for the local cats until it gets sorted out around when he starts going out again. 

Missee Eppie is a real sweetie and snuggles under my chin (often under the duvet too!) each night - she's 15 too now but still looks like a kitten really!

I must get some pics and post soon - once my house is a bit sorted and I can actually get at my things and unpack the boxes.....

So, that's a brief summary of life here for now - maybe I'll post some pics of the new territory too!

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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2014, 11:37:57 AM »

Wow, you must be so happy that the move is over with! I hope everyone settles down well and you all enjoy the new place, and the repairs you mentioned will complete on time. Sending healing thoughts to Otto, good that he is eating again though. 
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2014, 02:00:00 PM »

Holy smokes!  That's a lot to take on - man, I can't even imagine the stress of that... and yet your post sounds very calm and even!  Cheers to you!

Once the dust settles (figuratively and maybe also literally?  Cheesy  ) it's going to be wonderful.  It sounds like you searched around and got the area you like best, and after you've made it your own, it's going to be awesome.  And the kitties will be so happy to check out their new place!

Sending very good vibes to Otto, and hope the upcoming work on the house goes smoothly and without events!
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2014, 02:07:19 PM »

Wow, what a lot of work! I hope as things settle in you and the felines will be happy in your new home. I can just see Rudi patrolling the neighborhood...and when you eventually have things looking good, pictures would be interesting. I'd love to see them in new favorite locations. (And being an Anglophile, would love to see pictures of Lancaster, as well. I have not been there. I see from the map that it is on a river.)

Sorry to hear about Otto's illness, though. If it does turn out to be HCM, I hope they will be able to help him with medications.
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2014, 03:36:10 PM »

That sounds like a lot of work that you had to do after hiring someone to upgrade the new home. Bet you're glad it is all coming to an end and that you will be able to enjoy your new home with your kitties.
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2014, 04:23:40 PM »

That sounds really stressful, JoMax, but hopefully, you will have a home worthy of your love before winter.  And I"m so sorry to hear about Otis.  I'm sure he'll get the best of care with you, though.
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2014, 08:40:19 PM »

Good to hear you're in your new home now, JoMax, even if it isn't quite finished yet!  Sorry to hear about Otto and his HCM.  It sounds like he's under good care right now.  I hope they get him stabilized so he still has lots of time with you in the new place.
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2014, 06:43:44 PM »

Wow Jo, you have been a busy bee! I had been wondering how you and the kitties were doing. That is a big move you've had and you sure didn't need the additional stress of having a messy house when you got there. I'm glad your sister was there to help. Although you're having a rough time of it now, I think you picked your new house with care and it will soon be a lovely home for you and your kitties.

I am sorry to hear Otto is sick and I hope his treatment will have him feeling better soon. Eating is a good sign!

I'm glad Eppie and Rudi are doing well. I hope they like their new house!

Lancaster isn't near the moors is it? I think there's werewolves there! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2014, 07:52:08 AM »

Holy Moly, no wonder you've been missing from here!  I was really worried that we lost you when Itchmo went down for a week.  I'm so happy to hear from you.  I hope the day is soon that you can look back on the last six months, and Laugh.   Smiley  It's just so stressful to go thru a move, without the added stress of sick kitties.  I'll be keeping Otto and you in my thoughts.  Please keep us posted.  Kiss Kiss
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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2014, 02:26:03 PM »

It sounds like it will be wonderful once you get everything sorted out, but how stressful for right now!  Sending good thoughts and extra scritches for Otto.  Your description of Rudi sorting out the neighborhood made me smile.
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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2014, 02:53:23 AM »

Thanks everyone - having lots of really down days right now, mixed with occassional flashes of +ve.  Mainly because Otto is still very ill (I'm posting separately in the sickness area as that is more appropriate.

Re Lancaster and moors - we are within 30-40 mins drive (plus some train / bus access) of the Lake District, the York moors, Peak district etc.  So def more interesting landscape and walking than flat old Cambridge!  Brought the bike back last Friday - have to say most of the way back from the station involved pushing it as there is NO WAY I can get up the hills around here...... However just down from me is the canal with some lovely walk/bike rides all the way out to Morecambe Bay (c.4 miles) - from the canal there it's only 5mins across to the beach - they used to transport goods from incoming ships that way.

I still don't have a car and see no reason to get one - my sister is around for most vet trips / heavy shopping etc., failing that there are taxis and the main supermarkets deliver online orders.  Although a smaller town than Cambridge there is a vicious one-way system here, with several lanes of traffic swapping and zooming around - after not really drivingg for the last 4 years I feel I don't want to do it any more - may change as time goes on, and if so will then do a car share with my sister which shares the expense.

House still feels awful - with Otto so sick I find it really hard to movtivate - think have to feel +ve to tackle major decorating / DIY.  Maybe a bit more 'up' today, but still finding every kind of displacement activity.  Todays being letting Eppie & Rudi have their first taste of freedom - they were quite good and took it cautiously at first (previously I've had my cats rush a long way off, as if working out the far extent of the boundaries first off.  Both stayed quite close to the house and kept coming back every 5 mins or so as if to check the way back was OK.  Lots of levels of garden here, with a single storey extension (my kitchen) at the back which makes it interesting.  And dry stone walls between me and the adjoining gardens so easy to clims and walk along! I also have a garden room at the top - this is massive (c.14ft x 9) with insulation, power etc - the previous owners used to sleep out there on nice summer evenings, and their kids had sleepovers in it. Will try & get some pics when I sort out fining decent camera - I still have an old not-smart phone so the resolution on phonce pics is pretty dire.

Will post again when I can - also fining I often get the 'Please login Guest' screen (which then wont let me login anyhow) when I load Itchmo.  Worked today - wonder if this is to do with what I've done/used before I try it - today it was the first thing I did!
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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2014, 02:57:47 AM »

Ok - took some phone pics - low res but at least means not too big - will try to post!

So have in order -
Rudi - before liberation
...and after
Eppie - before and after (her fav place!)
Both just chilling on the patio


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« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2014, 03:00:46 AM »

They look like they are adjusting very well. Good looking cats!
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« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2014, 03:02:51 AM »

And some of the house -

Looking back down from the start of the garden proper (yes that's Rudi on the upper windowsill!)
The summerhouse at the top of the garden
current view from summerhouse (garden is next project after house - it's very overgrown - but next year I think!)
the lounge area - waiting for me to get on with the decorating


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« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2014, 03:05:13 AM »

And finally for now:

The dining end - also waiting for decorating
And the walk to the DIY store


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