Yes I really do feel like I'm waiting for things to happen today.
It started with the water. Repairs to water pipes in the village have been going on for months now and we are experiencing water cuts every day. Sometimes for just an hour or so, but occasionally for a whole day. It wouldn't be so bad if it was switched off at the same time each day..but of course that would make life too simple wouldn't it? I was unprepared for the lack of water when I got up this morning, as I was ready to jump in the shower and I had a pile of washing to do.
Finally it trickled through the pipes several hours later and although I managed a shower, the water was so slow that the washing machine had to wait. The power was also cut a fair number of times today, but just for a few minutes at a time. Although this doesn't really cause problems as far as general household appliances are concerned, it is extremely annoying if I'm using my laptop, because I lose my connection and it seems to take forever to get it back.
I found myself waiting for Mr Ayak to ring. He was so low yesterday that I was reluctant to ring him too early today just to say "how are you?" because I wasn't sure I wanted to hear the answer!
A couple of hours ago I was checking my diary and suddenly realised that it is our wedding anniversary today. We've been married for 11 years. I had completely forgotten all about it...something I've never done before. Mr Ayak never remembers...but that's a typical man thing isn't it?
So I decided to ring Mr Ayak, but thought it best not to mention our anniversary, because he always feels bad when he forgets. I rang...he answered and said "do you know what day it is today?" "Err Wednesday"...I replied. He then said "It's our anniversary. I was waiting for you to ring because you always remember". So I had to own up to having forgotten....but for once he had actually remembered! So we both ended up laughing...which made us both feel a lot better.
He seems more positive today. There are customers arriving at the hotel tomorrow, and everything is ready for the business to get underway. Although his partner Mehmet isn't due until Friday, they have employed another masseur, so there's nothing to stop the hamam being open.
Incidentally, I am slightly more reassured about Mehmet's predicament. I was starting to wonder if he did in fact have connections with the PKK, but Mr A has heard that ALL the passengers from Diyarbakir (around 20 or so) have been detained until Friday...so I think this is just the jandarma being extra vigilant...or maybe downright difficult!
And of course I am waiting for Sunday and my trip to England...I really need this break and it can't come soon enough.