I am sitting in front of my notebook wondering what title I'd give to this blog. I have MIA for the last 2 weeks, I have barely done the blog rounds. my apologies people but there is a valid reason for that...So, here it goes.
My landlord gave me the quit notice about 6 months ago and as soon as he did I started looking for a place and found 2 places in fact. My sister was supposed to relocate with her family to Malawi and pass on the house to me and a client had bought a property and he was giving over his flat for me to rent. I was ALL set to go when I called both of them to remind them that my rent was expiring and I needed to take over the flats (whichever one was available first). That's when story entered. For some bizarre reason they were no longer moving out. The pair of them. Oh, and they didn't deem it fit to inform me, the almost-destitute. Then out of the blue my landlord calls me to remind me I have to vacate his flat. If you know anything about Abuja, they collect 2 years rent in advance, agency fee and in some cases service charge from new tenants. I was screwed. I was stressed. Where was I going to see a nice flat for the budget I had? Y'all know how house hunts can be especially when you have no clue if you'd have a roof over your head in a few short weeks. I tried to keep my cool. My acne was tripling, I was praying *worrying a bit* and keeping the faith.
Long story short, a miracle happened. I got an extra bedroom for the budget I initially planned from someone who wanted to vacate town. I paid NO agency fee...since the guy was leaving to another town, he left me the curtains, the ACs (3 of them), tiles, gas cooker, fridge and the jackpot, A Generator all for FREE!!! I paid a year and a half's rent for a 3 bedroom for the price of a 2 bedroom and I got the items listed above. I moved into my flat today. I didn't need to paint or pay for any electrical works as the flat was all ready to use. If it's not a miracle, then tell me what is. Part of me feels I am gonna wake up and the dude will demand all his stuff back.....but I know deep down thats not how God works. His ways are not my ways. I feel the space is too huge and wonder what people might think, I mean..... But then again when I think of the circumstances surrounding the flat hunt and how I was hounded to take this flat, I feel good. So I am spending my first night here today and I am ecstatic the hunt is over!
I have decided to sublet the other room to expats who want to stay for short term. I am sure it's gonna be fun. I mean who wouldn't want to stay with me? Heheheheeheheheh
Now, *cracking my knuckles* I need to plan my house warming. I have already started planning the menu for the dinner parties to follow :-) What I love most about the house is the fact that I am gonna have a dining table. My former flat was so tiny, I could hardly fit myself in, then in a twist if fate I am living in abundant space.