The week is nearing its end

and I have survived. Among other things, tomorrow I am driving to Chicago for one of my dear friends 80th birthday celebration. I've been making something special for her (more to come on that) so that's part of what made the week difficult. One of the other things is that I am going to move. Not to New York, as I might have enjoyed, but to another place in Pittsburgh. Although I think not connected to my argument with the landlord, he raised the rent $150. I figure for that kind of rent I can get someplace with more services. I began looking about a month ago and found little that pleased me. Most of the rentals here are in converted single family homes–no services. There are a few large places like the one I chose to get away from in New Jersey, but they're expensive and, so far, nothing I want.

Now I am looking at places to buy. That's the next step. I want a place where I do not have to take my trash to the curb; where the common areas are really kept clean, and where the snow is removed promptly. I don't think it's asking too much.

This week was my birthday. My artist neighbor made a card for me with my portrait. I must say, she got it exactly right.

Portrait from sari

Copyright 2011, Sari Werner

That's me, peering at the computer amid all the chaos of my life.

Back soon with more.

5 comments

  1. Grace · May 29, 2011

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Ruthe! I’ll call soon to get the details of your move. Good luck with the search. Grace

  2. Alice · May 28, 2011

    Your card portrait looks a lot like me in my office clutter. Happy birthday belatedly, and good luck with that possible purchase. It sounds like you’d be a lot happier. Maybe it’ll even be within walking distances of great little bistros and boutiques like NY. Xfingers!

  3. oldmanneill · May 27, 2011

    Happy birthweek. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with the condo/house/apartment search. If you haven’t been there in awhile, check out the “New Maxwell Street Market” on Sunday in Chicago. I was there a few weeks ago…fun as ever.

  4. Mage Bailey · May 27, 2011

    Oh, wonderful card. What a joy that you have also found a new place to move. Hurrah. So sorry you have to drive to Chicago, but have a ball while you are there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Karen · May 27, 2011

    Happy (belated) birthday! Love the card.

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