Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Long lost post

I have been trying so hard to finish page 4 on Quaker that I have been neglecting my blog. LOL. But life is getting in the way, my only consulation is at least I am almost finished my christmas shopping haha, yes it's still November. It's been a couple years since I have been able to accomplish that.


So back to Quaker, I only have 3 or 4 medium size motifs left which if all goes well tonight I can finally finish it.


The only thing new is Fizz decided to injure his dew claw last night and was bleeding, so I have called the vet and I am suppose to wrap his foot until his appointment on Saturday. I really don't know how that is going to work. Hopefully its not major and will heal on its own and doesn't require surgery.


I will try to do a better post once I finish page 4 of Quaker


Thanks for listening.


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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Quaker Christmas WIP

I have finally gotten a chance to show you updated pics of Quaker. What with the stress of strata, my computer dieing on me, busy at work and gearing up for Christmas baking I have found it hard to get an opportunity to do a post much less one with pictures.




This first one is page 2 and 3 finished. When I started back on Quaker I have already finished page 2 and was half way through 3. I was able to complete 3 in about 4 days.



This photo is of page 6 finished. I was a little busy while I was stitching this page so this one took me a week and a half.




This photo is of page 5 finished. I think this one took about 6 days to complete and I finished it a couple hours ago.


So now all I have left is page 1 & 4. My goal is to finished this pattern before the end of the month. It is going to be easy to fulfill that goal. I this can't believe I had this pattern so long as a WIP. I have also purchased Quaker #2 and will be using the same colors as this one but in reverse order. I don't plan on working on it for at least 2 years but it will definitely not be a long WIP if its anything like the current Quaker.


Thanks for listening

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It all worked out in the end

As my post suggests I am in a better mood.
 
I am about 85% happy with what went down at the AGM last night. These things usually take about an 1 hour we on the other hand were there for 2.5 hours so as you can imagine there were a lot of people with questions.
 
At the end of the day the usual strata fees did not go up (they wanted a 5% increase). The roofs are getting done (my father actually voted yes), but the gutters and fascia will wait for at least 2 years.
 
The reason we voted yes is for two very simple reasons 1) As long as the strata gets the money before the 24 month deadline is up they don't care how or when they get it, we could do lump sum, monthly or quarterly. This is fabulous for us so we have time to save and/or add it to the mortgage if we so choose. 2) The money figure they asked for actually might go down. Apparently they are still shopping around for a roofer but from the 7 bids they have received so far they took the most expensive one and put that one into the payment schedule so they wouldn't have to come back to us in 18 months and ask for more money. Their goal was to show us the worst case scenario but ultimately use one of the roofers that quoted less and write checks back to us with the money that is leftover. I really do like their thinking on that. They also added a little nest egg into the proposed figure to cover cost overruns as well so they are pretty confident there will be no need for any more money. Over all very happy with the situation once it was properly explained and rationalized to us. So instead of paying an extra $300 per month for 2 years it's only $184.
 
I was also amused when a couple of the owners went after the property manager about his attitude and ideas he had about spending our money, that was one of my big issue with this whole thing and I was happy to hear I wasn't the only one questioning his authority.
 
So the roofs will be done in stages once the money starts trickling in some time in the spring, there are 5 buildings and building 1 is the worse so obviously they will be done first. We live in building 4 so we probably won't get done till 2013 which is fine with me.
 
This experience has taught me to question everything especially when it involves a third party committee and money. I did panic when I didn't need to but I feel if the paperwork was explained better we as strata owners wouldn't have been so angry.
 
Thanks everyone for listening and letting me vent.....and I promise I will post pictures of Quaker Christmas very soon. I just have to get the photos off my camera.
 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Seriously part 2

Now I'm really pissed off.
 
So my father went to the property management office this afternoon to double check everything was going ahead tonight and was chatting up the receptionist/manager, (I'm not sure what role she has) and the woman is pretty confident the special levy resolution will pass tonight. Naive woman.....that's not what has me pissed off.
 
She mentioned that the discussion about replacing the roofs have been discussed for 2 years now. What the heck is she talking about???? which is what I said to my father I mentioned to him that if strata council talks about it between themselves and behind closed doors that means nothing, the conversation has to be with ALL owners and a 3 line mention in last years AGM minutes doesn't constitute talking about it.
 
She also mentioned that 'we were told' to start saving for the roofs because they would be done this year....a) it is November if the roofs are being done this year the money should have been collected already b) when was it discussed, if she is talking about the 3 lines in last years minutes no where does it say we should start saving c) only 26 of the 48 units were at the AGM last year so when exactly were they going to tell the remaining 22 that we should start saving. e) no where does it say how much to save, me personally I would have squirreled away $100 a pay check and still only had $2400 by the end of the year but we need $7000, we were only told the amount we needed in October and who's to say if they did mention about saving we just thought they were talking about the strata as a whole unit because some of us where under the assumption the contingency fund was paying for the roofs not us personally.
 
And besides even if we all started saving like they asked life and shit happens and people lose jobs, medical expenses come up, cars breakdown etc. and the saving stops. A person would have to save $583 per month for the last 12 months to have the $7000 they want.
 
These people (council) are not being realistic. I am confused as to how these people don't own their own house as opposed to a townhouse if they have so much money laying around. They must go to the UK for vacation every year or summer in Florida because us working folks don't have two dimes to rub together.......Now I'm not saying we are surviving on food stamps or anything like that we are getting by, cutting where we can/need to and living life as it comes but unforeseen expenses like this completely mess with our finances/lives and they don't seem to give a crap.
 
Okay, I have to stop talking about this right now, I'm getting more pissed off. If anyone cares I will post what the result of the AGM is either tonight or tomorrow depending on my mood.
 
Thanks again for listening.
 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Seriously!

Well I am so glad that October is over, it was the worse month imaginable.
 
First off, I got completely blued out when it came to working on Found HAED so around Canadian Thanksgiving (October 11th) I put it away before I really started hating the design. So I obviously won't be able to finish it in time for my mom's birthday in March which was my plan. I have spoken to her about this and she's okay about it.....she actually joked with me and said she was surprised I lasted as long as I did with all that blue. So I have moved on to Quaker Christmas and I'm loving it!!! I can't believe that I didn't pick the WIP up sooner. I started working on page 3 which is where I left off last time I worked on it (there are 6 pages; I've finished page 2 already) and it only took me 2 hours to finish the page, then I moved down to page 6 which took about 5 days to complete and now I'm on page 5 which I hope to be finished by the end of the week which will leave just part of page 1 and page 4 and then I'm done. My goal is to complete it by the end of November and then I want to finish Fairy Celebration #3, then I will either do some biscornus or work on a canvas design, I haven't decided yet. But I still will only have managed to finish 4 pictures this year which is just sad :(
 
So now onto my issues with October. We live in a strata townhouse complex which I detest. I find council are nosy, pushy and don't really do anything for us it's all about them and spending our money on things that shouldn't be the strata's responsibility. Well they have decided out of the blue that the roofs need replacing.....now don't get me wrong they actually do need to be replaced soon they are about 20 years old but the way strata is going about doing this is what has me pissed off.
 
Last year at our AGM (annual general meeting) they mentioned quite briefly that the roofs need replacing and the consultant they hired figured in the next 3 year this should be done.....fine, fine I agree but then they did nothing about it until this years AGM were they announced in the budget paperwork that 30 of the 48 units would have their roofs replaced in 2011/12 along with the gutters and fascia so they would need $4500 from each unit to do this so they would be raising the strata fees from $205 a month to $515 (or we could give them a lump sum payment of the $4500) and the new payments would start in 2 weeks. WTF In this economy who the hell has $4500 laying around to give nor can come up with an extra $300 per month without any notice. My father was livid, he doesn't make enough money to cover this let alone for an entire year, we also have a single mom in the complex, a family with a disabled child, 6 families with small children, 1 family who have rented out their townhouse for hardship reasons and at least 2 family that one of them has lost their job recently. None of these family can afford this either......then two days later the AGM was cancelled and we were told there were some concerned and they would get back to us. Now they want to do all 48 units at $7000 per unit or $300 over two years. Oh yes, strata council this is so much better than the first option (not!!).
 
To me this is just absurd, instead of talking to everyone and seeing what everyone could afford and do a payment schedule with a timeline from that information or start saving last year or even 5 years ago they are throwing this at us now, and right before Christmas. What exactly have we been paying into the contingency fund for if not for a large expense like this.....oh wait!! that's right you (strata council) have spent the contingency fund money on expenses that weren't the strata's responsibility and now that we need the money it is no longer there....... grrrrrrr.
 
So the AGM is tomorrow and we need 3/4 of the units to vote this down and from a couple of the units that dad has talked to that might just happen, I'm holding my breath and being a pessimist about this and assuming it's going to pass, if that happens I can see half the complex putting their homes on the market which includes us. It's so frustrating.
 
**I have thought up a bit of a payments schedule that might work and I'm going to try and present it tomorrow and see if they bite.
 
And then 2 weeks ago our car died quite unexpectedly. My father was able to borrow the courtesy car from work to get me home (yup I was with him when it happened) but he had to return the car the next day. He had arranged a ride from my uncle to get him home after he dropped the car off but my uncle flaked on him so my 62 year old father with vein/blood pressure issues and a bad leg was forced to walk 24 blocks home half of which were uphill, thankfully it didn't rain that day and my uncle couldn't understand why my mom was upset at him afterwards. This situation fixed itself and my father was able to buy a used car from work but it was just the cherry on top of our October problems.
 
If you have made it through this post I thank you for listening. I usually like to keep my problems to myself because this is after all a stitching/work problems blog but I am just so stressed out I needed to vent.
 
I will posted some progress pictures of Quaker tomorrow if I get a chance to.....oh ya and my computer died on Friday so it's in the shop so I am posting from my net book and smartphone only so I might only be able to post 2 of the 3 pictures I've taken.
 
Again thanks for listening