i have basically been away from the net for nearly a week now.....can you believe it?!!!
if you have been reading michelle's blog you will already know about the stressful week she has had and i also ended up with migraines two days in a row because of stress and run-ins with michelle's new property manager. firstly, i was not going to tolerate this woman speaking to my daughter in such a rude and condescending manner and i told her so. her response was simply to tell me that i was an idiot (which she later denied) and hung up on me twice! i did not yell at her once but i guess she wasn't used to having someone pull her up about her attitude. in all the twenty years i have been renting, i have never come across such a rude and unprofessional property manager. the problem all started when the property manager was annoyed because michelle fulfilled her obligation as a new tenant and notified her of three quite serious problems in the townhouse that needed immediate attention. the woman's negative behaviour was unbelievable and she basically called michelle a liar. thankfully, a tradesman (plumber) was able to confirm that there was indeed a leak and quite a severe one at that. i doubt an apology from the woman will be forthcoming. i feel so bad for michelle because she was so excited and looking forward to this move only to have this horrible person spoil it for her. anyways, we ended up getting onto the residential tenancies authority and they were equally appalled by her treatment of michelle. we followed their advice and let michelle's property manager know, in writing, that she had better treat my daughter with respect from this point on and that if there are any more grievances, a representative from the RTA will be called in. michelle has not heard from her since. oh, and michelle and alex will be reporting her to the head office of the real estate company as advised by the RTA. i think this woman has managed to get away with treating tenants like second class citizens for far too long. hopefully, michelle and alex will be able to enjoy the rest of their tenancy in peace.
i helped michelle and alex clean their old apartment on sunday and ended up with chemical burns to the top parts of all the fingers on my right hand. OUCH! all thanks to some diluted oven cleaner finding its way into the rubber glove i was wearing. it hurts to type but i'm trying to type through the pain.....albeit very softly and slowly.
after all the drama this week, i did do something to try and de-stress. on saturday, i took myself off to bunnings and bought a couple of lavender plants to pot and place outside the front entrance to our home.
and today, i noticed they are already attracting the bees. this little guy and i played a game of cat and mouse (i was the mouse) when i tried to take close-ups. i'd snap a pic then make a hasty exit as he came racing after me. we repeated the process a few more times when i decided i didn't want to run the risk of a bee-sting on top of all the other aches and pains i've had over the past two weeks.
i can't wait to start reading my regular blogs over the next couple of days. i've missed everyone sooooooo much and can't wait to see what you have been up to.