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Elsa Peters
January 7, 2013, 4:43pm Report to Moderator

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Monday 7th January

Up bright and early, showered, shampood and ready to defrost the batmobile to get to the dentist for my final session.  Looked up from the desk when doing my emails and the sky was just beautiful.  It was frosty, the hillside was white over and the red kept coming.  I know that I go on about it and liken it to the Egyptians heralding the new day and life but that's how it grabs me.

Anyway back to the badmobile.  Out and scraped part of the windows but realised that if I wanted to see what I was doing I had to stop off in the main square and scrape some more.  A couple of guys waiting for the milk collect wagon wondered what I was doing so I explained that to stick to the road it made more sense if I could see.  Set off again and my first pick up was in the next village at the bus stop and then the second was on the road just before the main road.  I only pull the car up and say 'Djebel' and they're in. The Dushinkovo unmarked taxi.  Found out that my cow man died of a heart attack.

Into the dentist at eight twenty five and was told to sit in the surgery and this time I took my kindle for his cigarette breaks and while he slotted in the odd patient.  Started to work on me at eight forty five...finished working on me at eleven twenty with a couple of ciggie breaks and a little bit of facebook and telephone calls.  Fantastic job....no high spots when I bite and he asked me if he knew his English dentist friend that he'd met at a dental conference in Istanbul.  He even brought up his details on FB and asked if I recognised him...said unfortuantely 'no' and he does live in Truro which is someway from my home in England.   Bill for the dental work...one hundred and sixty leva and tomorrow I go back for a scrape and polish....

Popped in the shop and start lessons with my student on Thursday...back home and the snow had started to make its mark...Fires going but not fantastic so gave them the kiss of life...tuna mayo on fresh roles from Djebel for lunch and sat down with the first of the Bourne trilogy.  Rest of the spaghetti bolognaise in the slow cooker for later...back to my book...it's going to be a cold one...LN



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Tuesday 8th January

Fristy frosty morning minus eight when I went out there this morning with the ashcan.  Beautiful sunrise again but I can't bore you with too many photos of my day as it begins.  Dentist this morning for a scrape and polish and I'm hoping the road's OK since no sign of the snow plough but that's perhaps as well other wise I would be digging out my drive to get one of the vehicles out.  

Fried eggs on a role this morning for breakfast...the prisoner ate a hardy breakfast.  I thought that if I went off the road I could manage until someone dug me out.  I cleared off the terrace so that the sun would do its stuff, melt it and dry it off so that it wasn't a hazard to shipping, cleared the snow off Beauty, wrapped up warm, got my snow boots on and off I set.  No problem getting in.  Gouljan's father was spreading the salt and sand on the dangerous bits on the lane to the main road but the main road was left to its own devices.

So into the chair...off he went with his tools of the trade and wow did he get right down to it.  They look superb...the 'kamuk' roughly translated as 'stone' has been removed and I have been given instruction to use a specific toothpaste available on the internet with a soft toothbrush to massage the gums.  Now out here there aren't many people that have teeth at all so maybe it's a novelty for him to be asked to preserve teeth like root canal work or scrape and polish and he seems to enjoy it.  I'm not so sure I do....   The only thing to pass my lips since I got home is rum and coffee as a tranquiliser.   The drive back was fun.  I hit a rut and suddenly I had no control at all of the car.  Fortunately no one was following me or coming towards me and you remember the advice about steering into the skid...great advice now where is this skid going?  It did me a favour though ...I was now facing in the opposite direction and suddenly remembered that I wanted fuel anyway so went back to Djebel and filled up.  Every cloud has a silver lining...

Back home...got my head down for an hour.. filled up the log basket...cleared out the bonfire pit and got rid of the rubbish and the Christmas tree.  Beautiful sunset but it's going to be another cold one I guess...It's predicted at minus ten tonight so winter drawers on.  LN...I think it's soup and I might even take one of the pain killers that the dentist specified last time...I feel he dug down to the roots to check if any more wanted canals sorting...   LN...and no snowman by the way...wrong sort of snow...sorry... ;)



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Wednesday 9th January

So today my gums are not so sore...it must have been the 'anesthetic' last night.  I got up about six thirty to empty the ashcan and it was a super crescent moon and the stars were very clear.  I need a new camera...it's just not good enough for some of the ones that I want to take.  Lovely, still, cold morning.  Checked the outside thermometer at nine this morning and it was minus eight so I reckon it must have been much lower in the night.  Once the sun came up though the house soon picked it up and it was twenty two degrees in the stair well so I put the cane chair out and sat in the sun and read.  The Bourne Identity is finished but he didn't get his man in the end so on to the next.

Had a visitor this afternoon.  Semile my sheep farmer has a new horse and he came round to show it to me.  He's very proud of her and told me that he had called it  the same name as my Avatar so not sure what that's all about and he might just be teasing.  Apparently she is three years old and a little skittish but should get better with age so he reckons.  That could apply to both of them.  The girth strap wasn't tight enough and as he tried to get on, so he fell off but fortunately his feet weren't in the stirrups otherwise I could have been either sorting out a horse or calling the doctor.  We discussed the passing of my cow man and one of my neighbours with problems whose only solution was with a gun under his chin...what a shame...obviously no one to talk to or go to for help.  Another comment was that if you discuss it with anyone you don't know who they are going to discuss it with...

Very lazy day...temperature dropping now and the clouds are gathering to the west.  I'm going to shut up shop shortly, ie draw the curtain to conserve the heat.  The nights are getting lighter already...almost five thirty and it's still light.  About to go and find a text for tomorrow...my lessons are starting again...LN....I have work to do....



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Thursday 19th January

Quiet day...my student had to go to the dentist in Kardjali so I have moved it until tomorrow after a telephone call from his mom.  I sat in the day sun most of the day reading until the urge to get in the wood hit me and I ended up moving all that had not been cut and stored in the porch of the old house into the main body of the house where it's dry.  Took me about thirty minutes and my heart rate went up but good for the whatever, I'm told.

The book of Ludnam's book is no more...started and finished today and it was a fast moving piece of prose...literature it was not but does it really matter.  The soup that has been heated up a couple of times has how been finished with croutons.  The remainder with the emptyings of the fridge was delivered to Tommy to make what he could out of it...I hope he survives the night.  As I was making my delivery my two neighbours appeared from no where to see what I was doing.  They again mentioned my cow man and I'm thinking that it was a shock for everyone but probably more so for him if he's up there wondering what on earth happened...What with him and out shotgun friend...both of them have been popping into my thoughts more than they should have been....perhaps tonight I shall meditate and wish them luck and send them on their way...not healthy to linger when you have things to be getting on with...

So supper over...no photos today since they would be more or less the same as yesterday.  It has been a beautiful day here and wall to wall sunshine.  The temperature is dropping now so I'll say LN...tomorrow I have my student and Saturday I shall be off to Kardjali for a day shopping...LN
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Hi elsa its its susan lovely photos i have been trying to phone you but your phone is off can i come to kardzali with you on           saturday
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Friday 11th January

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Hi Elsa, lovely photos I have been trying to phone you but your phone is off can i come to Kardzali with you on Saturday?


Well done for getting on....I'll give you a ring later and as for that phone...bastard thing...I think it's the battery so as well as us there will be a trip to the provider and better bring some ear muffs.......only got the email to sort out now.  Make your way over whenever you want...that's providing the snow doesn't set in...

Lazy morning...fire didn't want to go, hair washed and showered and my student is going to happen at two this afternoon.  Bit of thaw on but it has promised snow for tomorrow and looking at the long term...it's threatening to snow on all Saturdays for the foreseeable future.  Give you the rest of the news later that's if there is any...
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Friday continued

Lesson over, homework dished out, picked up Gouljan and she has a dilemma that I hope I helped her out with but I doubt it....gave her a lift home, phoned the Librarian and we are shopping tomorrow weather permitting.

Checked out my buckets of freasias and noticed three buds on the one in the stairwell...the second one has nothing to show for the care and attention...well maybe...I have shown them.  The money tree is growing but I rubbed the leaves today and hoping that it will do its stuff and send some my way.  The sky has been a mass of variables today.  It's been cold but not as cold as it has been but the wind is in the wrong direction and the fire is absolute rubbish and not drawing at all.  I've just had to take drastic measures this evening to get even a touch of the red stuff out of it.

So back to that sky.  Looked like we were in for a storm and the Greek mountains looked to be holding something back but the wind changed directions and we sent it back over to Greece.  The sunset was casting rosy glows over everything tonight...the mountains to the east looked stunning but it was knowing what to take first...so here's a few of them....

LN for now....my supper started out as chili spicy sausages with rice added and then it ended up as a curry....so it should be ready by the time I've posted this...I'm a tad hungry tonight...LN



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Saturday 12th January

Very pretty snow....very lethal snow....very white plaster covering very blue fingers.  Hospital very accommodating...in and out in about one and a half hours with a lovely wink and I'll see you Monday lunchtime from the guy that got me plastered in the nicest possible way.  Wrist dislocated and a bone not looking as it should so I had an injection to kill the pain and one holing the top of my arm and two pulling to straighten it out before the plastering started.

I was on my way to the cash point in Kardjali and money was my downfall.  They have beautiful marble type steps that I now know are not to be trusted.  I heard the scrunch as I fell on my wrist so knew it would entail a trip to a & E.. Throbbing like stink and pain killers for tonight.  I'm finding one handed typing hard going....That's all for now folks....LN



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Oh Elsa, I am so sorry.  I do hope you are going to manage.  Hope the pain killers work and you get some sleep tonight,  Sending hugs to you, my dear.
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