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Elsa Peters
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Friday 29th October

Another early start, I made coffee and had no luck with Sudoku so gave up and stripped the bed.  First load in the machine at seven, second in at seven forty five and all pegged out by nine.  It was quite a breezy day and most of it stayed on the line except for one of the sheets which was hanging on by a peg.  It was rescued early afternoon and aired on the banister rail, folded and put away by four thirty.  

I made beans on toast for breakfast, black cat was bleating so I made bread with a stock cube and the remains of the chicken wings and veg.  She sort of looked at me, she ate most of it, left it for a while and went off for better pickings round the village and came back to it this afternoon.  Fussy little madam or sir...I've not looked that closely but it does seem to be putting on weight.

I got really involved in Find my Past again and trying to get my subscription sorted.  Fortunately my friendly fellow on the Support desk updated me at five thirty, after the Support desk had closed and he's hoping to be able to get this resolved next week.  He's also extended my subscription until it gets sorted.  The morning did seem to drift by, I did a bit more reorganising of shelving and felt happy with the result and booked my ticket to England for Christmas.  Had a lovely catch-up with my daughter and we're both looking forward to getting together again...it's been too long.

I made tuna salad with boiled potatoes and mayo and shan't be needing anything tonight.  Fire was lit around five but it's taken a while to get established...some days it's like that.  Found a big buggly when I was getting the washing in so photographed it and I must found out what it is.  Clean bed tonight and looking forward to getting in there and tomorrow I'm out visiting my other student and then we're off to see her sister and the new baby.  LN....Kardjali will have to wait until Monday.....LN



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Saturday 30th October

Just before eight start and the day has just moved along swiftly but lots packed into it.  I did get washed and dressed early on and it was just as well since my Avatar came round with large notes that she wanted changing into smaller ones....no one, not even the mobile bread wagon had change for a fifty note so she came to the recently established band of Dushinkovo and she went away a happy bunny and can now pay off her debts.  I made cheese on toast for breakfast, washed up from last night and cleared the kitchen and then went back to tidying those spaces that haven't been visited for a while and I'm sure we all have them,

I had a little computer problem yesterday after I'd done a bit of a re-shuffle and my computer was seeing my external drive but wasn't able to open any files.  I phoned UK so see if he could help me with it and we went through the screens and the outcome was that to all intents and purposes, there was nothing wrong with the drive but 'repair' didn't fix it and we both assumed it was stuffed and lost forever.  I put the phone down and unplugged the device, plugged it back in again and lo and behold there was a blue flashing light which there wasn't yesterday so I tried it out.....and it worked so another quick phone call to the UK and I could hear the relief over the phone line, he thought he'd set it up as a back-up and restore but he hadn't.  Not to worry...it's still working.

More pottering this afternoon and sorting and at three I lit the fire so that the house was warm when I had my shower and washed my hair ready for tonight.  At four I was surprised to hear my telephone ring and it was my son who I haven't heard from for a while.  They.ve al had Covid at one time and another and had to cancel a holiday to Rhodes but fortunately got the money back....unlike some who had to fight for it.  We discussed lots of things and he asked if it would be OK for the family to come out next summer and I thought it would be a good idea....so he's on a promise.  It will be his first time and it will be good for him to see where I am and why I would be so reluctant to go back to live in the UK  By not time was marching on so I was in the Nipper for five and heading for my student family home and we sat down to eat at just after five thirty.  Soup, salad and meat and rice and mother parcelled the rest up and we set off to Kardjali to visit the sister and the eight month old baby.  Lovely evening and such a bright little thing, she's already walking around the furniture, I was impressed.

I dropped them off at nine ten in Djebel and carried on towards the main road and was stopped in a document check but the local boys in blue.  They wanted driving licence and residency card, flashed the light on the insurance on the windscreen and that was it and I was on my way.  Managed to get home for half of Strictly and will have to wait until tomorrow to see who goes....silly system, they should just give the results.  Nothing on the cards for tomorrow so far....but everyday is a mystery until it reveals itself.  LN....I'm just going to gain and hour and put the clocks back....LN
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"plugged it back in again and lo and behold there was a blue flashing light ", as an IT person, years ago, that was usually my first comment when anyone complained that their computer was not working! Saved a lot of fussing around.
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Sunday 31st October

I take your point Trevor.  I would have done it but wasn't sure how it had been set up hence the call.  Like you I worked in IT and did support but I had to be more careful, I was dealing with cash systems and figures have to be secured at all cost otherwise they'd have had a field day.

What a long day it's been.  I checked the clock, I thought I'd put it back two hours.  I had a bit of a lazy morning, everything was 'early' and I was over at my Avatar's house with half of a real role that I was handed last night...with roasted seeds on the top of it but it didn't stop there.  I mentioned to her that I hadn't got eggs but that I would go down and see the mobile breadman but she beat me to it.  She came over with freshly made yogurt and three eggs and later this afternoon she came round with some bread roles that she'd made and I said no way was I going to buy her any new rubber shoes when she'd worn them out continually paying me visits.  Then the penny dropped and she started to laugh.  I thought about doing something with the eggs but I was still stuffed from last night's epic meal with my student's family.  I'd actually topped it off with almost a box of truffles but I blame the meal.

I found things to 'play around with', unpicked a handbag to get the embellishment off it and it was very cleverly put together.  The studs on the bottom to protect it were screwed in and I had to use a screw driver to start them off.  I think it's probably a very good handbag but not my style and only one lev from my favourite shop so I shall use part of it but not the whole thing.  I've got a leather coat that I shall never wear and again this came from the cheapy shop and intend making that into a bag and use the bits from this handbag.  I'll let my creative side come to the surface.

Around three thirty this afternoon I got a burst of energy, had a bonfire and cleared up the cans from the burning pit and started to clear the leaves from the terrace.  Suddenly I heard a wailing and probably followed by a gnashing of teeth but I couldn't hear from where I was so I decided to take the old cans down to the skip so that I could investigate further.  As I was walking down the road pulling the log carrier with the rubbish, Haciber was coming from Beyser's sons garden and it was his wife making the noise.  Apparently she had just received news that her sister in law, married to one of Beyser's sons has died in Turkey and it was way before the time she should have done.  I have no further details but on my way back from the container, my Avatar called me in, I didn't hear why she'd died, she wanted me to try on the sock that she's knitting for me with the wool that I gave her.  I was tempted to tell her that I wanted them for tomorrow but you can't joke....she'd probably stay up all night to make sure that they were ready.

I went back to my leave collecting and managed to fill up the compost bin and the rest went over the wall for the cows.  Not bothered too much about supper, I've picked most of the day and drunk a lot of coffee.  More leaf collecting tomorrow but knowing my luck, we'll have a thumping frost and the rest will be down.  LN....Another good day....LN
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