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Elsa Peters
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Sunday 28th December

Cancelled my visit to my student...I've picked up the Librarian's cold and sniffles and I' didn't feel sociable today...Woke up at six thirty, morning worth recording and I posted on FB and some of the other sites that I visit and laid into breakfast of fried egg and bacon.   Lit the fire in the kitchen and at last worked it out...it needs small wood and lots of it and now that the chimney is warm...it's going like a dream.  I have a bit log going on the biggie and my house is toastie....

This afternoon has been watching TV and now I'm in to ET.  I remember the first time I saw this...the children and myself in Peterborough with a special friend....long gone may I add but good while it lasted.   So I've just taken paracetamol and phoned the Librarian to see what her remedy is and she said Mastica so I'm on my second and ever hopeful.

Tomorrow I have to take the Beast to the garage....something I will tell you about later.....it involved me and a cow...a big one...!!

Six thirty my time...ET's back on so I'm off to watch it...sneezing all the way...LN....I'm hoping it will be all over by tomorrow....

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December 29, 2014, 5:29pm Report to Moderator

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Monday 29th December

So my cold is really rocketing today.  You know the feeling when your nose is stuffed up and you can't breath and the fleshy bit at the back of your throat is so swollen that you feel that you are suffocating. I've been on aspirin all day but nothing seems to have lifted it.

Not a cold start to the day...there was a tremendous thunderstorm last night and it bucketed it down and if the temperature had been lower I think I'd have got snowed in.  As it stands, we're still waiting.  Princess informs me that we are going to get dropped on on Wednesday and despite the snow dance she's done....it looks like she has to go back to school next week.  

So the internet has been off most of the day with the resolving host problem and I'm was thinking that the antenna was frozen and snapped off but it's back up this evening.  I'm hoping that I manage to get this posted and no more downtime.  I put the Beast back in the garage realising that there was no way I was going to get it into the garage in Djebel today and I've tucket Beauty pretty close to it in case it snows tonight.  I curled up for the rest of the afternoon with the Kindle until I heard a cow that seemed pretty close and looked at the back garden and I had about fifteen munching everything in sight.  I was out with my stick and couldn't see a break in the fence where they'd got in so I phoned Bekir  to contact Semile to tell him to get them out of my garden.  By the time I'd herded them one way they had escaped in the other direction but the lady with the garden next to mine came over and solved the problem as to where they'd got in.  They'd breached her fence, crossed her garden and come down the old wall and into mine so that's why I couldn't see a hole.  Now she has cows and we managed to get them out between us just as the herdsman was heading up the road.  She'd mended the hole in her fence so that should be the end of it.  Problem is if they don't feed them enough hay they're hungry so they're driven to break through.

Back to the sofa and the book, another aspirin and I'm taking to my bed as soon as I've finished this.  Lovely skies today both morning and late evening....the sunset on the Momchilgrad mountains was beautiful with the sun shining on the windows of the houses.   Nothing for supper.  I seem to remember my mother saying that you should feed a cold and starve a fever....but if you're running a temperature with a cold...I'll settle on giving my digestive system a break.  So....shower and bed...LN.....it's only half seven my time but I want to rest my aching body...LN

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Tuesday 30th December

Slept OK apart from the fact that I could hardly breath through this blessed cold but woke at six, fire still going to topped it up and it's been chugging along nicely all day.  I've decided to feed this cold so three eggs scrambled and on toast  this morning, rang the garage to see how busy they were so that I could get the Beast sorted.  I was there for just before nine thirty and they were hugging the woodburner in the garage and the brother was working on his car...no patrons...it was minus five when I set off and minus five in the town.  I explained that it was all to do with a cow that I didn't see because the sun was shining in my eyes and I braked but clobbered it.  It got up and walked away, my engine was still going so I carried on to the Librarians on Christmas Eve and viewed the damage when I arrived.  There was surprisingly little.  The Bull bars had done what they were supposed to do but I couldn't open the bonnet and the oil light was flickering so hence the visit to the garage.  

I described the happening, they both laughed but the garage owner went and started his jeep, attached two lengths of strong webbing, stuck some blocks under my front tyres and then attached it to his jeep....About thirty seconds later, there was a pop and everything was back in place...oil topped up and ready to go.  I asked him how much and he said nothing so I emptied out the change in my purse and said 'cafe' and he said OK.  I really don't like paying nothing.  Went in to see his wife in the shop and received my present and she said that she was sorry it was so small and I laughed because when I'd dropped their presents off the son had said that mine was very small and they thought it was bigger.  It's a book and apparently on the internet it looked as if it was an A$ size and it turned out to be a pocket size.  Hidden places of Bulgaria...very interesting.  She also gave me local herbs to make tea to fight off my cold but I added lemons and brandy to my shopping list just to make sure.

Haciber came round bearing gifts...she doesn't like to receive without giving and she plonked her backside against the wood burner commenting how warm it was in the house and it is.  Supper tonight was two spare rib chops but my eyes were definitely bigger so I have enough veg for a breakfast omelette.  Just after six thirty my time, cosied in and waiting for the snow flurries that have been promised but not materialised and the moon is up high in the sky and nothing.  Destined to be cold tomorrow again and more snow flurries...yeah!!  LN...I'll post pictures if it happens..LN

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December 31, 2014, 8:45am Report to Moderator

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Wednesday 31st December

The 'flurry' arrived and it's still 'flurrying' but getting blown everywhere.  Minus ten outside but plus eighteen in and both fires are going.  Bit of a bummer...the automatic off switch on the kettle has just given up the ghost so that means an altercation with the shop over a Bulgarian guarantee.  I know, I've had it a couple of months and I've used it but the guarantee is supposed to cover that....Wrong....

Keep doing that rain dance Princess and what do you do to make it stop?.....

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Hope you have a great new year in 2015 Elsa, all the best! No partying for me tonight though , just a quiet night in with my kids
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December 31, 2014, 5:38pm Report to Moderator

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Wednesday 31st continued

Thanks Tabs and to my family and all my friends on here....I'd like to wish you all a Happy New Year and may it bring everything that you wish for....health, wealth and happiness.  Tall order but let's keep our fingers and everything else crossed.....Here's to 2015...

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