I must apologise for not responding to comments, or commenting on your blogs - as you know, I'm a bit busy right now! I have been reading all your comments though, first thing in the morning and last thing at night, and am so appreciative of how you all seem to be on this journey with us. If you've asked (or want to ask) a question and I haven't yet answered it - do please shout at me and give me a reminder. I'm still trying to write a blog post every day, as it helps to consolidate everything I've done so far and still need to do - and it'll no doubt be fun to look back at it when we're in and all the stress is over, laugh and wonder how we managed to do it all in such a short space of time.
Dc you asked if we've had any joy with the electric meter - yes, eventually, after a lot of hassle. British Gas who are the providers of the current prepayment card meter, proved impossible to get hold of on the phone - 2 calls to them, both held in a queue, the first for about 35 mins, the second for over 40 mins - both times we then got cut off without even getting to speak to a real person. 😠 Meanwhile, the electricity credit on the meter was dwindling fast (we subsequently discovered 2 things left switched on by the decorators or cleaners unnecessarily) and the blimmin new key thing B/Gas had sent didn't work, 2 different shops both said the key wouldn't load credit when we tried - I eventually found out, by googling, the key had to be activated (by sticking it in the meter for about 2 minutes, until it bleeped) before it would register any credit top up. It now works, thankfully, and we've topped the credit up temporarily with enough to tide us over until after Christmas. Well, hopefully - seeing as we've never had this type of meter before and I understand the tariff for it costs more than a normal meter, who knows?! Anyway, I've been in touch with our present supplier here (Octopus, who are very efficient, helpful and very friendly), their advice is to carry on with the B/Gas prepayment meter for the time being, as they cannot register us as new customers (despite us already being customers, albeit here at the old house and at our caravan) until we actually move in. Once we've moved in, they will change the meter to a normal one, at no cost to us. So that's that problem solved.
Both husband and I are finding that we can only work during the morning - by lunchtimes both of us are exhausted (neither of us is sleeping very well) and full of aches and pains. In the afternoon husband has a snooze - I have to say I did too yesterday, although downstairs in the armchair, I didn't go to bed. I generally sit and do another couple of change of addresses on the computer, tick off the list the jobs we've done that morning, make a new 'to do' list for the next day, and make any phone calls that need doing. The carpet fitter rang yesterday afternoon, the fitting is back on for 10.30 am today, which is brilliant. We'll be there about 9 am, taking more stuff over. Betty is coming too, she and I will stay in my bedroom (she'll be wanting to 'help' the carpet fitters otherwise!) whilst the lounge carpet is being laid. I've got clothes to put away in my wardrobe, and my curtains to put up, so that will keep me occupied. If I take a hammer and some nails, I could put a few pictures up too (we are allowed to, before you think I'm a vandal! 😂).
Sue (ex-Smaller and Simpler Life) - I just want to say it's nice to still be hearing from you, I'm glad you've not disappeared from Blogland completely. I hope you're all doing well. I'm also hoping the other Sue who stopped blogging (Hard up Hester) is doing alright too, both of your blogs are missed. There are a lot of Sue's around in Blogland aren't there - we're all obviously of the same vintage!