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Elsa Peters
October 1, 2018, 4:06pm Report to Moderator

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Monday 1st October

It's been a cold wet day all day...and I believe someone has stolen my mountains and it's time they brought them back.  I woke up at seven and it was as dark as you like or don't like and I remembered that Bekir was supposed to phone me to confirm that he was working today but the phone confirmed that he hadn't so I made the call at seven twenty and I think I woke him up.  We mumbled at or to each other and agreed that I'd pick him up tomorrow at the usual time.  And so it was back to bed with Soda Crush until I was ready to start my day for the second time.

No bread van today so no bread without I headed out to Djebel and it was too cold and damp to worry about it.  Washed and dressed and ready to face the day and I had nothing more to do than to play around on the computer, try and find more relatives and it got quite frustrating.  They seemed to have very few names and so many children...very prolific in those days and at least it kept me awake today.

Supper is in the oven.  Pork in spicy tomato sauce and pasta should finish it off superbly.  I lit the fire about half an hour ago and it's warming up nicely and I've just had a phone call from Bekir confirming that he's stair finishing tomorrow so one of my other plans has gone on hold but I'd rather be here while he's doing the stairs...advice may be needed.

And so down to the kitchen...supper needs finishing off...I'm hungry.  LN...I've work to do tomorrow...LN



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Tuesday 2nd October

So now I'm on the tablet.....my computer is out of bounds and yet again.....the top section is gone and repairs are in progress.  It should be done by tomorrow all being well and Sally has been busy with the whitening for the walls and the lounge is waiting for me to put it back together again but until the dust has come to an end....it can wait.

Out in good time this morning and down to the wood yard for one four metre plank and I was charged little money for it.  Bekir sliced it in half and it went into the Nipper sweet as and it was at that point that we realised that the man who trims and planes it wasn't there so Sally was phoned and I thought he could get on with the planing and then I came up with the other job for him.  Success on the end of a brush.

Lounge more or less back together again, I"m sleeping downstairs and negotiating the obstacle course to the kitchen and bathroom.  I took Gouljan and her hubby out for supper tonight and a good time was had by all.  Both men are working tomorrow and I'll fill in the gaps and Sally will be guided wherever the inclination takes me.  No pickies....having enough problems with this keyboard and I refuse to climb that ladder....LN....Patience is a virtue.....LN
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Wednesday 3rd October

Today has been packed full of surprises and frustrations.  I didn't sleep well last night...I couldn't get comfortable and my head was buzzing with the events of the day.  Both there with their little rubber shoes blacked, and it was straight back home, Sally got to work on sanding down the handrails and then decided that since he had the wall whitening stuff ready mixed that it would be a shame not to use it so the hallway was striped of it's adornments, tables and books removed to various points in the establishment.  I sat in the garden with Marmite on toast and viewed the world from my perspective leaving the men to it.  They knew what they had to do.  I eventually got round to sweeping up and clearing leaves and just before lunch we headed in to Djebel for yet more wood.for the hand and top rails.  

Eventually we got the template for the stairs sorted, it all looked less persisted that in did before and it was full steam ahead.  I'd noticed that there were lots of walnuts that had fallen from the tree at the bottom of the garden so collected up a bucket and now they're skinned and drying in the little house.  I also filled up the second bucket and that's a job for tomorrow.  It was very pleasant sitting out in the sun cleaning up the walnuts and then thee was a request for more wood so at five tonight I headed in to Djebel yet again, was invited to share a plate of home grown tomatoes with the shop owner which I did and then it was home James and don't spare the horses....we were on a mission to get the stairs finished...and they are.

I dropped the men back a little later than usual and on the way back stopped off at Ms. D of S's and the car was there but no one at home.  Fortunately I'd been spotted in the village and they were up at the local bar...it was her birthday.  I got a hut from the little one and she was very busy working the bar and getting lots of attention and eventually she sat down for a few minutes and I had a bit of a cuddle but not for long...she is perpetual motion.  

Drove home to the upside down house...and I'll tackle it tomorrow.....I'm too tired tonight.  We got there with the stairs...a slow old process but they look good and sturdy.  No supper required...just too tired...shan't be long before I hit the sack.  LN...Just a few pickies of the day....LN



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Thursday 4th October

Rotten night with cramp in the lower leg forcing me to hop about a bit.  I did manage to get back off again and awoke at seven and what a relief...nowhere to go this morning...no men...no shopping...no nothing except by self suggestion and putting the thoughts into action.  And now I'm completely knacked.  Lounge only needs the ornaments washing and replacing...and putting away those that need to be 'reviewed', the winter lounge is more or less done, the conservatory is cleared out and then I strayed to the yard.  The sawdust is now at the bottom of the garden and the weeds have been dug out, the old wooden step  'before the conservatory' has been dragged into the garage and the flowerpots tidied.

I ran out of steam at about ten thirty and settled for toast and strawberry jam and I ate it sitting out on the terrace in the sun.  The woodpecker flew to the lonely pine in my garden and had a really good time of it.  I noticed that there are lots of flying ants around so he should have done well.  In fact the starlings were having a field day on the hillside ...stocking up for winter.

The water heater is on for a bath tonight to soak out the aches and pains...lifting some of my wooden furniture to put it back where it came from has taken its toll.  I can't decide on what's for supper tonight...I might even settle for beans on toast...comfort food.  House finishing tomorrow.  I've got the lounge curtains to permanently turn up...the pins have to come out.  The old winter ones need to be replaced but maybe not this year.....a decision has to be made.

Had a lovely light bulb moment today.  At Christmas I bought a necklace for my grand-daughter from my favourite jewellers in Lewes.  I found the receipt about two months ago and for the life of me I couldn't remember what I'd bought.  Today I happened to be browsing through my box of goodies and I found a pair of earrings, the penny dropped and they are as beautiful as I thought they were at the time.  

And now I'm beginning to get hungry...I can hear the beans calling.   LN...Kitchen calls...LN



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Friday 5th October

Six thirty start, that bath didn't happen last night despite the fact that the water was up to temperature but I fell asleep in front of the computer, woke up and went straight to bed.  I was shattered last night .  This morning was all go from the first cup of coffee.  It was a beautiful morning with the mist hanging in the valley and it's remained beautiful all day.  

The ornaments are all back in place, the curtain is up in the corridor and they're essential heading in to winter, the lounge curtains are washed and dried but not shortened and not hung bur the heavy curtain rail is in place,  Breakfast was the remains of the beans I opened last night with heavily buttered toast and I headed up with a cup of coffee to the computer and ended up on the bed playing Soda Crush and yes, you've guessed it I settled for a power nap and woke up just before midday.  Strange dream on waking up, I was helping a blind lady across the road and suddenly she started telling me things like a medium would and just as we started to go through a door she suddenly stopped and I wanted her to go on but she didn't.  It seemed so real...I woke up in a confused state.  Time for a coffee!!

I began sorted out the books to go by the telephone and the Librarian arrived quite out of the blue.  Apparently she's having trouble with her phones so decided that a home visit.  We had coffee and she told me what she'd got up to in the UK and I was pleased to know that everything was OK with the house.  I had tried to phone her to check but as I said ...nothing ringing out.

I suggested we went up to the soup kitchen for lunch...it's good and cheap and ti didn't disappoint today.  I did a little shopping in Djebel, I bought a bunch of leeks for two leva and there were enough for both of us...five each so I shall be making leek and potato soup tomorrow at some point and off she went.  I was out with the mole tablets and attacking the mole hills and ever hopeful for success ....but all they do is pop up in other places.  Washing in and put away, I wasn't really bothered about supper so to date haven't bothered and headed upstairs to watch the Eggheads that's now been rescheduled and messes up the end of one program and the beginning of the next on ITV.  Why don't they leave things as they are??

A visit tonight from Haciber advising me that there is a Mevlit tomorrow at the little mosque on the square and I've been invited.  Apparently the couple are from Turkey so I won't know them but the rest of the gathering comfortable with me being there and I love the peace that it brings, sitting quietly for an hour or so.  So tomorrow I'm determined to get the lounge curtains done....I might even turn them up by hand...that should keep me quiet for an hour or so.  LN...Bath time ....LN
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Saturday 6th October

It's been a funny old day.  I washed and brushed up for the mosque this morning and had a load of washing in and out on the line before ten.  I set off for the venue and met Haciber on the way and we walked down together.  A lot of the women were sitting on stools outside the mosque and the hodja was singing his little heart out and I think he had another three helping him out.  There seemed some confusion about the juice that was being provided for the gathering.  It wasn't the normal but I saw them adding water and sugar and eventually they handed it round in the mosque and to the women sitting outside.  At about eleven I headed in to sit on the floor but there were lots of women that I didn't know, some of the looks appeared to be disapproving but the rest of the village accept me so I had no worries.  I know some of the words by now but never say them or mouth them...I use the space for my own meditations in a safe environment.  

It ended at approximately twelve and the meat and rice was served but unfortunately I ended up with lots of rice but very little meat.  I sat to a lady whose relatives used to live in the village and the house is now a pile of stone and not about to be renovated.  She's a teacher in Ismir in Turkey and has children living in Bursa so their lives are there.  Remsie was there and reminded me that tomorrow we have our local village 'prasnic' or celebration of the village so I'll probably head down there about eleven and see who's about.  I got the washing in around four but it was already going damp despite the sun so I draped it over the banister and it's now away.  Chicken wings in the oven and should be ready any time now so I'll be wrapping this up any minute now.  I've just watched the Chase team taking part in Tipping Point and Mark has just won twenty thousand for charity...interesting watching them on the other side of the questions.....and it was interspersed with watching the woodpecker line itself on the lonely pine and then headed down to the ground for easy pickings.

Supper is ready.  LN....I'm hungry....LN




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Sunday 7th October

Nothing to see here...move along please...   It's been a very lazy day, I didn't visit the village fete and I shall probably be asked why tomorrow but I didn't feel up to it.   There was nothing wrong, physically I felt fine, mentally I was on a down day and pleased myself what I did and what I got up to and believe me...it was very little.

I woke up at seven thirty after a great night's sleep, made my coffee, intended going out on the terrace to drink it but it was cloudy and cold so I sat on the chair in the stairwell.  A second cup was in order and I moved upstairs to the computer and logged on.  I checked emails and Facebook overnights and there was nothing I really wanted to comment on or add to so I switched over to Freecell and played a few games...it gets the brain moving.  I made breakfast of poached eggs on toast followed by toast and marmalade and felt thoroughly stuffed so went back to the computer and started to play around with finding my family.  It was at this point that I decided that my slovenly lifestyle shouldn't include not washing and brushing my hair so I headed for the bathroom but I didn't get further than that.  I'm still in my PJ's but they are the velour ones so are perfectly acceptable should anyone arrive at my door.

After scrambling my brain with the family pursuits I switched off and moved downstairs and went back to reading Game of Thrones book one and it's amazing how much detail you tend to overlook when you start a new series.  I'm also relating it to having see the videos and they are fantastic interpretation and stick very closely to the book.  Eyes southwards for an hour or so and I put film on on the little computer and switched it off again pretty speedily.  I forgot it was Sunday and very little to see so it was back to the book.

I'm heading in to Kardjali tomorrow via the garage to get my tyres changed over to winters as per the law of the land.  I'm taking my phone back to M=Tel, the power cable has open wires near the power in end so I want a new one.  I'll have to clean it up before it goes back...there's a fair amount of builders' dust on it.  I'll be doing trips to Kaufland and Lidl for basics and undoubtedly will be visiting my cheapy shop...just out of habit and you never know Norman....as the old TV add used to state.

No supper required...I had a fit of the munchies and demolished a pack of mini pretzels.  Beautiful day but you can only take so many pickies of the garden.  LN....Will do better tomorrow....LN
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Monday 8th October

Again a brilliant night's sleep....long may it reign...and hopefully not on my parade.  I'm hoping that the weather stays this good when Princess and her oppo arrive next week.  Breakfast of toast and strawberry jam and there was a general tidy round and I decided to go down and visit Gouljan's mum who's recovering from an operation.  They were having an early lunch when I arrived and true to form I was invited to join them and declined gracefully...my jam was still lodged as it wended its way through the system.  She's looking a little better, Gouljan is looking more shattered each time I see her...Cinderella is having a bit of a rough time and doesn't know when she'll be able to head back to Germany since her beau drove home last week.  She's coming round tomorrow...she needs internet connection and a scanner and since I have both...she'll be my guest.

I carried on to Kardjali and into the hardware shop and bought a pot of teak stain.  I would like to put a stain on the staircase but I've got to be sure that it's not going to stand out like a sore thumb...I'll give it a try tomorrow on a spare piece of wood.  I carried on to M-Tel and managed to exchange the house phone but setting it up is a little difficult...it comes without instructions.  Cheapy shop and bought one more sweater suitable for autumn...on to Kaufland and finally Lidl and remembered to buy the fish fingers that Gouljan's mum asked me to get.  I stopped to top up on gas and put twenty five leva's worth in it..that should do me for a week or so.  Back to Djebel and stopped off at my student's mum's shop for a catch-up.  I've deserted her quite a bit later.  Home for six thirty and we had a spate of electricity on and off and so far so good...but I'm not going to take long to finish this one.

Only got one pickie today so I'll add it to tomorrow's offering.  Forgive me...it's  the threat of the electricity going down....so I'm posting now...  LN...Quit while you're ahead....LN
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