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A room of one’s own

2011 April 4
by elizabeth_admin

The move is done.  At least for now.*  Jack has his own room and a big boy bed although he hasn’t spent an entire night yet in his bed.  *sigh* 

Here are some views from my apartment…


The good news is:

  • I have a huge apartment.  I can breathe now (sort of*)
  • My dining room table can be a dining room table again and we can now eat like human beings rather than animals. 
  • My living room is without the infamous fabric chair
  • Jack can lay down ginormous train tracks and scooter to his heart’s content
  • My bedroom is large enough to hold my bed and a full size sewing table (imagine 86 inches long with room for three machines and then some)
  • I could even fit a small table for my mosaics!  It’s just that big.  Honest!
  • My walk in closet holds both my clothes, theoretical (read: fabrics) and otherwise
  • I bought and built my sewing table yesterday


* The bad news is that I may have to move out of this wonderfully large apartment.  My next door neighbors smoke at least 10 packs of cigarettes a day and smoke just streams into my apartment.  I can barely stand it.  And I worry for my son who has breathing issues to begin with let alone now with the cancer neighbors.  I honestly don’t know how I will be able to do it all over again.  My heart just aches thinking about it.  I hope it somehow can be rectified, but I know it’s next to impossible to stop smoke from infiltrating into another apartment. 

Although my sewing table is set up and my fabric unpacked, I still don’t have a workable system for all my notions yet not to mention all the other unpacking I have to do.  So I most likely won’t be sewing right away.  Especially if I have to move again.  But I am dreaming of it. 

Soon my friends.  Soon!

19 Responses leave one →
  1. April 4, 2011

    Well, I’m glad to read that you have finished the moving part of the move. Unpacking is another story, but you look like you are well along there.

    I hope you can come up with a solution to the smoke problem. That’s a tough one.

  2. April 4, 2011

    Oh, no! The best apartment ever, but no breathable air! I’d be having many evil thoughts about that neighbor, I’m afraid. I hope it all works out without Jack McCoy having to get involved.

  3. Rosie permalink
    April 4, 2011

    Congrats on the move! It will take Jack a little while to sleep in his own bed as this is new to him so try to be patient. Yikes about the smoker neighbor – can you speak to the management about that? I hope this issue can be resolved so you don’t have to move because it is so tedious even when necessary.

    I need a larger apartment :o) like yours (I’m jealous). I need your secret.

  4. April 4, 2011

    Step one is to get a HEPA filter — or two — ASAP. That should do a lot in the short term.

    Step two (I’m assuming this is a rental) — tell the landlord. Something can be done to rectify the situation I’m sure.

    Great view and good look.

  5. Mimi permalink
    April 4, 2011

    My friend’s building in Center City Philadelphia is smoke free! I am shocked that folks could still be annoyed by others’ smoke! Would a few strategically placed air filters be easier than a move? Hope something can be worked out. Great apartment and great views! Mimi

  6. April 4, 2011

    I hear your pain. I hope a solution can be found that enables you to enjoy fresh air without poisoning (as it were) the neighbourly relationship.

  7. April 4, 2011

    I’m so pleased you have all that space. What a heart rending shame about the smokers nextdoor. Am surprised that can happen in this day and age. Courage!

  8. Sewer permalink
    April 4, 2011

    I love the view of the Statue of Liberty in the distance. Good luck with the neighbors who smoke like chimneys. I can’t abide smoke. As someone else said, consider contacting the landlord s/he may be required to do something, such as give you a filter.

    Enjoy the space.

  9. April 4, 2011

    It looks like such a great space! Sorry to hear about the smoke – that is nasty – I would definitely follow up with the landlord.

  10. Susie Riley permalink*
    April 4, 2011

    Ooooooh – a closet, purely for fabric. Too cool!!!!

    Congrats on that room – you’ll love it!

  11. April 4, 2011

    What a great view! And how lovely to have so much space. I certainly hope you can find a solution to the smoke – and soon.

  12. April 4, 2011

    Congrats on your move and getting your own sewing space. Sorry to hear about the smoking neighbors that really sucks. I hope you can work it out so you enjoy your skyline view.

  13. April 5, 2011

    I am so envious of all that space! Really hope you find an answer to the smoke problem, the place sounds perfect otherwise.

  14. April 5, 2011

    How unfair! I hope it will be possible to fix the smoke situation. Are you now in NJ? I just ask because of the view.

  15. April 5, 2011

    Congratulations on your new apartment! It sounds fantastic and I bet you love being able to “spread out!” Surely there is a remedy for the smoking issue. Good luck!

    Is the sewing table from Ikea? Can you share the style name or number and the dimensions? Thanks!

  16. April 5, 2011

    Glad for you that the move went well and the apartment sounds great – the views are great too!

    Fingers crossed you can do something about the smoke…

  17. April 5, 2011

    Oh My, what a view you have from your apartment. You will have fun sewing in your room. Happy discovery or your new environment !

  18. April 5, 2011

    Oh dear, I am so sorry to hear about the smoking neighbor. It is truly disgusting, isn’t it? It’s amazing to me that smoke free restaurants are just a few years old (in DC; you’re at nearly a decade in New York, I think). I hope that you can find a solution short of moving again.

    But in the meantime, the place looks fabulous!

  19. April 7, 2011

    Congrats on the move. I hope you can find a solution for the smoke.

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