Well I don’t know where this week has disappeared to – one minute it’s Monday morning and I’m on my way to Knit and Natter, and just two minutes later it’s Friday afternoon and I’m getting ready to go to Knit and Natter again! It’s no wonder that I get confused!
In all fairness I’m not going to continue to go to the Friday afternoon group on a regular basis. I’m just making an appearance until the ladies are organised enough to manage themselves. The problem is that no-one seems to be capable of taking the lead, even though it’s perfectly straightforward!! Just for the record I like to keep a little register – the easiest way is to pass the notebook round and ask everyone to sign themselves in. In that way, no-one needs to keep saying their name loudly or having to spell it several times. I’ve asked if anyone could help me by doing that – but the answer seems to be that they want me to be there and the silence is deafening!
I’m not sure how to resolve it – although I enjoy going to the groups, they effectively take up the major part of Monday and Friday. I certainly lose all Monday morning and Friday afternoon which although I don’t have a problem with it, is rather restrictive. The other point is that I’m planning on starting another group at the new village hall after Easter. I had thought that Wednesday would be quite good – but now I’ve been asked if I can start an evening group as well.
I’m so sorry that I sound really negative. I’m not meaning to, it’s just that I have a vision of my week disappearing in a haze of knitting groups! Don’t get me wrong – you know that I thoroughly enjoy my knitting but one of the problems is that at the groups I can’t actually manage to do any – there are just too many interruptions.
Anyway, I’m sure you don’t want to hear me banging on about knitting groups for the rest of this post. Right, so what else can I tell you? Oh yes, the work here has completely ground to a halt. I haven’t gleaned much information as yet, but there is certainly something strange afoot.
As you will remember, after the Christmas break only one workman returned and when I quizzed him about it, he told me that everyone else had been diverted to work on other complexes. I knew that it didn’t feel right, but there wasn’t anything I could do about it. I just hoped that it was a temporary situation, and there was an emergency elsewhere which necessitated “all hands to the pump”. However, it would appear that the contractors won’t be returning to our complex. It is definitely a worrying situation – and once some of the more elderly and vulnerable residents realise that all of the upgrading works have been abandoned permanently they will start to feel very concerned. I need to find out what’s going on, so at least I can tell any neighbours if I am asked. I’m not going to get myself involved as I can’t take on head office on my own. I had a feeling that something like this could happen, but had hoped that I would be proved wrong. How far this inactivity will extend is pure guesswork.
I do have a contingency plan which I’ve been considering for some time. No, I’m not going to tell you just yet! I need to be sure that everything will work for me. No point in deciding on a solution, without considering all the ramifications first. However, the situation here may change in a few days – you really don’t know what is happening from one week to the next.
One thing that certainly isn’t progressing at all is the new buildings manager we were promised shortly after Gordon’s death. The current position is that a relief manager who covers several complexes in the north-west pops in once or twice a week – when he’s passing, so we don’t actually know when he’s going to be in attendance! Of course, from his point of view that works very well as we can’t make an appointment to sit down with him to discuss problems or ongoing issues.
It really isn’t satisfactory for anyone. I believe he purely comes as a necessity for “health and safety” reasons as otherwise there could be problems with their insurance. If by any chance you happen to see him whilst he’s running around and you ask for a couple of minutes of his time the response is always “you’ll have to take it up with head office. I don’t know anything about it.” Not helpful in the least, so now everyone just keeps out of his way. I don’t think he’s been here for longer than an hour on any visit, so what can you expect him to do in that length of time?
I do sound like a grumbling old biddy today. I really must apologise, but I am incensed by the manner in which head office are treating us all. Although some residents own the flat they live in, the vast majority of us rent them, at a not inconsiderable figure and nearly £200 from our rent every month is for a service charge. Those residents who own their flat also pay the service charge too. There are the gardeners and window cleaners, security, lighting and the cleaning of the communal areas. I’m almost certain that the salary of the building’s manager is paid from the service charge too.
I know I’m just a miserable old woman who got out of bed on the wrong side today. It happens to us all from time to time. However, it’s when you just start thinking about one thing, which then leads on to another thing etc etc.
I think I better love you and leave you before I manage to depress you completely. That wasn’t my intention, but one thing has been followed by another. There really isn’t anything for you to be concerned about. I have just had various things going on in my mind for a couple of days and it got to the point where I had to say something, and you happened to be there at the time.
No, please don’t worry about me – I’ll be absolutely fine. Yes, it would be lovely to have a coffee on Saturday and we’ll speak later to confirm it. In the meantime I’m going to make a pan of soup, some of which I’ll thoroughly enjoy later, and there will be enough left for three more meals next week. I do love my homemade soup. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx