"Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out." ~
Mr Ayak: Well.. he was waiting yesterday to hear whether he had secured the job he was interviewed for the day before. I asked him not to tell me again that he was about to return home unless he was sure it was going to happen. He didn't get the job, but the boss from the place where he had been working up until now, informed him that business showed signs of picking up and he would like Mr Ayak to stay on.
So he will continue to work for peanuts until the beginning of March...but peanuts are better than nothing..and March isn't so far away.
My four lovely dogs: Beki and Poppy have been in season together for the past couple of weeks. Poppy lives in the house anyway, but Beki has also been inside during this time, as a precaution. The most difficult time is over now, and the constant visits by various male dogs, attracted by the scent, seems to have subsided. Beki is itching to get back outside again. Her domain is the balcony and most of the garden, where she is content to bark furiously at any passing cat, dog, sheep, cow, goat or donkey. Poppy just pops out to go to the toilet, and also tries to escape through the bars of the main gate. Something she can no longer do as it has been covered with chicken wire by my friend L while L & A were here.
Milly and Monty's territory is the fenced-in pen with access to their sleeping quarters...the lovely house made for them by Mr Ayak which is part of the old house in the garden. (a doghouse so comfortable that my neighbour informed me that it's better than the house she lives in!). M & M spend their days play-fighting, eating and generating enormous amounts of poo! Where does it all come from? They also enjoy dragging pieces of of the carpet remnants from their doghouse out into the pen to sleep on in the sunshine.
Milly is quite obedient. When it's time for bed, I go into the pen and just say "go in the house" and off she trots...she never has to be told twice. Monty, however takes a little more persuasion, but eventually they both settle in their house with the door closed, and I hear nothing from them until the following morning.
I'm aware that I need to have Monty neutered at some time. I'm watching him closely and waiting for his testicles to drop ("collybobbles" as Mr Ayak calls them)...then it will be time for the "snip". I'm also considering getting Milly speyed as well, as she will continue to live outside, and if I don't get it done, there will be problems with stray dogs.
The fence is still standing and fairly secure....although M & M are getting much bigger and stronger and it's only a matter of time before the chicken wire will prove to be unsatisfactory..so it will need to be replaced with something more substantial at some point.
I continue to have regular contact with Billy on webcam and so enjoyed watching him in his highchair yesterday eating his tea..he's growing and changing so fast. He's an absolute joy.
The garden is in a terrible state. I can't keep up with the weeds so I've given up. We have young trees dotted about, and Mr Ayak cleared all the weeds and debris last year before he went away. At first I did a bit of weeding each day to try to keep on top of it, but as soon as the rain came last month, the weeds just shot up and are now higher than most of the trees! The arthritis in my back and my hands have made it impossible to deal with the weeds, so I'm afraid they will just have to wait until March when Mr Ayak returns. He tells me not to worry about it...but I do hate looking at the mess. We were hoping to grow vegetables this year, but there's a lot of work to be done first.
And so...life goes on.....