I think we can all agree that it’s important.
We’ve had a bit of an… intense week here.
It started on Monday when we received a debt collection letter for less than £70 from a company. Addressed to the hus-creature.
Fret not dear audience, we paid it. It wasn’t worth hassling to that level over
For energy in our old property.
For the record this was down to the incompetence of Co-Operative Energy. Do not use them. Ever. They are worse than useless.
See, when we informed them that we were moving and paid off the balance they somehow decided that we were tenants. And so did not keep my details on file for the time between moving (July 15) and the house sale completion (October 13).
However instead of contacting us by name as, you know, the debt was in our names, and so having those letters forwarded, they decided in their infinite wisdom to address them to The Occupier. Which Royal Mail do not forward.
So the first we hear about it is the debt collection letter. Now, interestingly, the debt should have been in my name, as I paid all household bills out of my salary. But it was addressed to the hus-creature only. So we aren’t sure whose credit it might potentially have trashed.
But we paid it before making enquiries. Because, according to the hus-creature:
Co-operative will have sold this debt on to this collection company for pennies on the pound so I would rather they not get a penny of our money.
A sentiment I couldn’t really argue with and either way we did owe the money.
We’ve not taken it lying down though – a politely furious twitter campaign highlighting their incompetence has been ongoing and we have complained about the fact that my online account still showed a £0 balance owed when this letter arrived
In a move that shocks no-one the company “cannot explain this”
They’ve doubled down on the “oh but your wife told us that you were tenants” which is a total lie, but they have assured us that it won’t affect our credit ratings as it never reached legal proceedings stage.
I do not believe them. At all. And so we will be paying to check our credit and paying for more Royal Mail redirection.
I’m furious, but we didn’t exactly have options – we don’t live in the U.K. right now so we can’t deal with it in person. We might move back, so we cannot afford to have our (previously perfect) credit histories trashed. So if they have messed with it, I will rain down hellfire and brimstone.
So that was a fun Monday.
Then on Tuesday we received communication from the landlady that she suddenly had concerns about a swing set that she had previously agreed to and we had ordered
And to be brutally honest we only checked out of courtesy – there’s nothing in the lease that said we couldn’t, and there was already play equipment (but no swing set) out there and she had okayed it.
But there was suddenly concerns that:
- The children might hurt themselves – well I wasn’t going to leave #1 Son out there by himself was I? Let alone TT
- Children might walk in off the street and use it – Well first off if they did they are badly brought up, and secondly how’s about you install the blasted fence you promised when we moved in
- We might sue them (the landlord) if the kids hurt themselves – see the first point.
We measured up before we bought it. We got permission. And it’s a 2018 swingset.
There are a minimum of four kids going to be out in the backyard in any one day once the weather warms up/the summer holidays start. We needed something that could accommodate that.
So that was an aggravation.
Oh and she suddenly wanted proof of Renters Insurance. We have it. We sent it. But it was another irritation.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I know we need it. Of course she wants to see it. But, in my opinion, that should have been made clear when we moved in. Not six months down the line.
Oh and the air conditioner needed it’s filter replacing. So I got a lecture on where to buy a ($3) filter and how often to change it, and not to use the wrong size (I am 35 not 13) and you know what? As we technically share the apartment with said landlady, it is not solely our responsibility. But whatever. It’s three bucks every 3-6 months. I’ll deal with it.
So that added to my levels of pissed off-ness.
Then TT decided that going back on hunger strike would be fun, because why not. And #1 Son is, as ever, a totally fussy swine.
However this week I officially met his harem. I’m not kidding. My not-quite-six-year-old Son has a group of 5th Grade girls (at least 5 of them) completely devoted to him. They are eleven. I am by turns both amused and terrified about what this implies for the next decade or so!
That cheered me up. Then we tried to get TT to actually say her brother’s name:
She has… views on this though 😂🤣
But yeah it’s been a trying week. So when the lovely H said she was getting her nails done, and did I want to come along? I leapt at it, as I haven’t had them done since before my operation and I was feeling sad about the state of them.
Why yes, yes they are colour changing. I’m fascinated by them 😂🤣
We have a standing fortnightly appointment now 👍🏻
Self care – it’s important y’all.