What did you like or did not like about the first apartment you ever rented?
I lived at home with my family until Hubby and I got married. We rented a Housing Trust flat where we lived for a year. It was exciting to have our very own place. We were on the second floor of a 3 storey block. I didn’t mind that fact that there was no elevator. I was only twenty so running up and down the stairs was not a problem although a bit slow with a trolley load of shopping. I lost a lot of weight that year we lived there. It was a fairly spacious flat as it had two bedrooms and a decent sized living room although the kitchen was tiny. Best of all it had a balcony. We enjoyed sitting out on it and I kept a few plants there. I had a lot of plants when we lived there because we were not allowed to have pets. That was one dislike.
The one thing, well two things really that I disliked about living there was what I felt was a lack of privacy and I felt that building manager did not like me. The neighbours above and particularly the neighbours across the hall were noisy. They were a bit older than us and had loud voices. The man was alway calling out to Hubby to come over and have a beer. They wanted to be friendly but I wanted us to keep us to ourselves and didn’t want to talk to them every time we were on our balconies. We had just got married remember! They probably thought I was a snob. We shared our laundry area with them and two other tenants and I didn’t like that either because often I’d find that I could not use the washing lines because they were all full.
The building manager must have had bad experiences with young people because he gave me a lecture about noise before we even moved in. When a light switch burnt out in our bathroom he treated me as if I’d damaged it on purpose. After a year I could not wait to leave and luckily by then we had saved enough for a deposit on a house. We bought our first home and lived there for the next twenty-five years. I never want to be a renter again and although I’m always polite to neighbours I don’t really like having them too close.
What kind of art is your favorite? Why?
If photography is considered an art that is my favourite because it is something I can do myself. I’ve never been able to draw or paint well. I was not good at art at school. Actually unless you are planning to make a career of it I don’t think it is necessary to grade people on how well they can draw a straight line or assemble a craft project. It takes a lot of the pleasure out of it.
I appreciate different types of art though. In our area there are people who do wonderful wood carvings, some by hand and some with chain saws. I like textile arts too, I really admire beautiful quilts and embroidery. My visits to the local art gallery as a teenager usually saw me making a beeline for the area where they displayed antique furniture, porcelain and glass. I do enjoy looking at paintings but I”m very conservative and prefer a landscape to an abstract. I once went to see Jackson Pollock’s “Blue Poles” when it was touring the country and I’m afraid that to me it just looked like a mess.
How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order?
Just the one, my sister. I’m two years older than she is.
Complete this sentence: I’m dreaming of a white …. (and no you can’t use Christmas as your answer)
Darn! Now I am going to have that song stuck in my head because of course it was the first thing I thought when I read the sentence. I guess white-capped mountains in a far away country that I’d like to visit, the Swiss Alps, the Olympic Mountains, the Rockies or maybe closer to home in New Zealand. I love to see mountains and snow is the whipped cream and cherry on top for me.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week I bought a lottery ticket and had a small win. Not a fortune but it will go towards a holiday I’m saving for. In the week coming up I’m not expecting anything significant to happen. I’ll visit the hospital and stay home doing chores and spending time with Cindy and Polly on the days I don’t go out. I am hoping, but not expecting that some tradespeople I’ve been trying to contact for some time will decide that they will come and do the work I need done.