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Elsa Peters
December 20, 2012, 4:56pm Report to Moderator

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Thursday continued

So one posted so let's see if the rest will....LN.  Technology is a real bugger at times...



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December 20, 2012, 7:00pm Report to Moderator
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Hi Elsa. Just thought I'd rub it in a little, we had 35 here today. And forecast for the next few days is 30's, and Xmas day 40.    I will melt, and be driving around in it to go see my Mum....in a car that will be 52 no doubt.lol. so might have to crank up the air con in it, so I can get from A to B....hehehe. Take care in the snow, and always wear something bright, so u can be seen......Alpine joke.

Tip: pinch yourself somewhere really hard, and that will take the pain from your tooth away short term.....not a remedy, but cant be that bad. The pain from the pinch will immediatly take the tooth ache away, but you'll have a sore arm or where ever for a few minutes.....heheheheh >
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December 21, 2012, 7:27pm Report to Moderator

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Friday 21st December

Thanks for that Linda....I could have done with some of that this morning when I came to get into the car.  Thawed it out by pouring water over the door frames to remove the ice, managed to get inside, it started first time but it was a long slow process.  Just finished when my house phone went and my Librarian was at the end of my road with a car full of her neighbours heading for the hospital and did I want her to pick me up instead of the agreed meeting in Djebel.  Great idea so I popped over to my Avatar to see if she wanted anything from Kardjali and I wrote down toilet rolls and clementines.  

Dropped the ladies off and headed for one of the Leva shops and got a few things, managed to find the builder's merchants and got six bags of coal, went into my Leva shop and found a few more things for pressies for my ladies and then into the second time around shop and picket up a padded fleece sweatshirt and the lady went into the back and came out with a handknitted woolen jumper that she thought was me.  I asked her how much and she said fifteen leva...I said that I thought it was expensive and we settled on ten which is just under a fiver.  Lovely bargain!!  Had lunch and then on to the shoe shop and found a pair of red ankle boots with a sheepskin sleeve round the top and for twenty leva they were mine.  They'll look great on Christmas morning as I sit in the dentist's chair   I'm thinking of taking him a christmas present just for the sheer hell of it and maybe a couple of mince pies.

Got home and unloaded all of the goodies from my Librarian's car, Avatar came round and helped me get the coal outside the door.  Both fires were just hanging in there but are now chugging away as the temperature is supposed to be really minus tonight.  Checked the forecast and it is supposed to be down to minus fifteen on christmas night....might need a touch of Bailey's and a hot water bottle when I stay down at the Librarians on that night providing I can get down there and I thaw out alright from my dental visit.

So supper was last night's soup with hot buttered toast.  A little touch of the dark rum with coffee for tonight just to keep the cold at bay and so back down to the fire with my new book which is proving to be a bit of a nice rambling yarn.  As for the school...there doesn's seem to be any damage to the structure,  just loads of damaged hay bales in the school grounds..  LN...I'm heading south for the evening...
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December 22, 2012, 9:49pm Report to Moderator

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Saturday 22nd December

So that's a first for me.  I thought it was only the end of term get together that I was invited to but it turns out that all of the women in Bulgaria celebrate (as part of the new year festivities bearing in mind that most down this neck of the woods are Muslim so it's not exactly leading up to Christmas in their book) a women's night out.  There were only women in the restaurant and lots of them and no need to dance round handbags...they dance round each other.  The only downside for me is that it was at mega-decibels, when Gouljan and a stragler from the same village got into the car to come home about thirty minutes ago, I am deaf as a post in one ear and it appears to be rattling but it seems to be sorting itself out fortunately.  On the way back I was asked if I could head into one of the villages on the way and pick up the straggler's children from her mothers.  I was a little concerned since the side roads have not been gritted and there is a fair amount of ice around but everybody is home now, I have had to light both fires since six hours is about the stretch and am waiting now for them to catch properly before I go to bed. I have a rum, hot water and sugar keeping me company, it can get a little lonely on your own( ) and soon to my virtuous pit.

As for the rest of the day, I finished getting the presents for my village ladies and the wrapping paper, sat down this afternoon reading my book and decided that at five I ought to make a start on the gold larme and the sequins or I wouldn't have been down at the bus stop for Cinderella at five thirty.  No glass coach (but there again not a man in sight in the restaurant) only my little Bearuty.

Tomorrow I think I might have lined myself up to help build a cow lean to for Gouljan's father or at least to get him into Djebel for materials...I'll see ir I get the call.  LN.. I've danced the night away in my new red boots...just so comfortable for the first outing...I think I am going to like them muchly.  LN
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Sunday 23rd December

Slow start...I was up until two thirty this morning trying to get the fires lit so that they would be up and running by this morning helped by the dark rum but as a result I slept through until seven forty.  What a result.

But this morning both fires were out and so your first task should you choose to accept it is to get those bastards lit again and I did,  Up on the landing catching up on nothing in particular on the PC and Hacebar was round with a dish of her home made yoghurt and the beef in the slow cooker provided Tommy with his morning treat and home went the dish at the same time.

Gouljan and her father decided that it was too cold to go into the construction business this morning and thanked me for offers of help but no thanks...nothing doing.  I settled in and finished my Linda La Plante and revaluated the books that I have on my CD for my Kindle from my kind benefactor and joy of joy...the Scarpetta novel that I had to hand back on the ship because I hadn't finished is now downloaded to my Kindle...thanks Roo.

Sun came out about three this afternoon and I sat like a cat reading in the sunshine.  Wasn't very warm but there again we started off from minus eight so it had to go some.  Saw it go down tonight and the moon is up already and there is that cold feeling and look about the countryside.  It's going to be another cold one.

Supper tonight was beef with onions, carrots, potatoes and peas and tomorrow it will be soup...I love this two day stuff.  Not much will be left for Tommy...he's had his bones already.  LN...it's a little beer tonight and now back to the Scarpetta book and trying to remember where I left off on that last day on board ship...it seems such a long time ago...LN...back to my fire.



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Monday 24th December

Only one more sleep...and then I'm off to the dentist!!  And was there something special happening?

Presents all wrapped...well almost...stuffed under the tree in the hall and I shall play Mother Christmas when I get back from the dentist.  I love the look of surprise on their little faces...I caught them all out picking baby spinach this afternoon when I came back from my final onslaught of the shops in Djebel and they looked like naughty children scrumping.  I laughed and was told I was a good neighbour...not sure what I'd done to deserve the accolade....oh well...I accepted the complements gracefully.

A little bit of sad news today.  On my way in to Djebel I saw lots of cars outside the house that was half up for sale at the bottom of the village.  One of my friends was interested but when we found out that it was only half the house I had to explain that English would want the whole house and I think they were disappointed, they wanted to go and live with their daughter.  Well unfortunately he has gone to the great beyond and I saw her in the garden on my way back and went to offer my condolences.  They don't hang around here...no sooner off then they are down under...She was so distraught, they must have been married forever and I tried to find the words but in the end I just gave her a hug.

So as I said, only one more sleep and I'd like to wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and for the New Year, all that you would wish for yourselves.  My yuletide log is on the fire and hopefully it will be going for the morning but I shan't be sitting up watching it burn as is the custom here I believe and if any of the men knock on my door dressed in funny gear they can keep knocking....I don't answer it to anyone that knocks after nine o'clock at night....not even opportunity.  Weather looks fine, we had a bit of a thaw this afternoon as the temperature went up but it's gone down again now.  LN...an early night for me...no holiday for the wicked or dentists out here....LN





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Merry Christmas Elsa. Hope you have a lovely day. We are sitting enjoying a rum and coke, watching a really bad horror film. Hopefully see you this year coming if all goes to plan. Ln xxx


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Merry Xmas! It looks beautiful with the snow! I hope you tooth gets sorted.
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Hi Elsa, Merry christmas from Dennis and myself and hope all goes well with the tooth there is nothing worse than a toothache especially on Christmas day, Best of luck and stay warm

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Dom & Annie.........



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