...and I'm trying...really I am! Problems can usually be overcome. It's important to remain positive and focused. This is my current mantra. If I repeat it often enough, I'll start to believe it.
The problem with getting someone to look after the dogs for the month I'm in England has been solved. My dear friend Gwen, lives in England and also has a home in Selçuk. She comes over as much as she can and it's her intention to retire here completely in the future, but commitments in England prevent her from doing so at the moment. She is due in Turkey at the end of this month and hopes to stay for up to three months. She loves my dogs and will look after them for me. Understandably she doesn't want to stay for a month here in the village, so if Mr A can get the dogs over to her, she will look after them there.Thank heavens for good friends!
Mr A and I talked a bit more about what's happening. Even though it would be better for both of us if he could work closer to home, if that isn't possible, the job in Kusadasi seems to be more reliable, so he may well have to stick with it. He knows I'm unhappy about staying here for another year on my own, and we are trying to find a solution. He is going to look around for a small place to rent over there. It has to be small, furnished and cheap...and most importantly we have to be allowed to have the dogs there. This is where the problem lies of course, because the Turks aren't keen on dogs and it's almost impossible to find a Turkish landlord who will accept them. If we do manage this, it's also possible that I can work with Mr A on an ad hoc basis...just going in to talk to customers when they have large groups. This will hopefully enable us to earn as much as possible to live on through next winter when there is no work.
There are a lot of loose ends which need tying up...lots to sort out...but it has made me feel a bit more positive today.
And there's always something going on in the world that puts all our problems into perspective. The horrifying tragedy in Japan has left my speechless. I cannot imagine what those poor people are having to endure and my heart goes out to them.