I'm being as pleasant as possible to the in-laws. I'm offering tea and coffee, asking if they would like me to get them some food...the reply is always no thankyou. As they did last time they were here they are keeping their food in the car, presumably in a cool box.
The small gas bottle that I had found in the old house last week, which belonged to FIL, ran out yesterday. It's the only thing I have to cook on apart from the microwave. FIL knows I need a new large gas bottle. He knows I can't possibly get this without transport. He has a car, but he doesn't offer to get one. So I mentioned that the small one had run out but that I would replace it in the morning, but in the meantime they would have to use the microwave to heat water if they wanted to make tea. So they did...they don't accept my offers of hot drinks...but they make their own. FIL said he would get another small gas bottle in the morning.
They set off with it this morning and of course have not brought it back, no doubt left in the car with their other possessions. Not that I could have used it today as MIL had taken most of my pots and pans with her to cook their food down on the land. She doesn't ask...she just takes. But she did ask if I had any empty glass jars. I do collect them to make jam. I have quite a few that I bought, but also those that contained other things that I re-use. Of course I said yes, thinking that she needed one or two. But she has taken about a dozen...and all of the best ones. And then had the cheek to ask me if they were clean!
I've been in the bedroom most of today as it's the coolest room. It's been hot and sticky and we've had storms again. Mostly thunder and lightening but hardly any rain. A blessing...because it doesn't stop MIL and FIL working on the land all day which keeps them out of my hair. I'm also restricted to the bedroom if I want to use my laptop at the moment because I lost my wireless connection this weekend and am having to plug in a USB cable and the modem is there. I spent half an hour on the phone to TTNet this morning trying to get reconnected. It didn't work and I was informed that my modem needed re-setting so I would have to speak to their technical department. I was transferred but no-one spoke English and I really cannot do technical Turkish...technical English is bad enough!
So it will have to wait till Mr A's return...which should be tomorrow. He toughened up and confronted his boss today and was paid. I can't get too excited about this as there will be very little money left. He has his hotel and laundry bills to pay and one or two other things, and he is getting a different motorbike. The existing one has spent most of the time in a workshop being repaired..it's still useless. Mr A is pretty gullible when it comes to buying vehicles...you wouldn't believe the amount of rubbish he's been conned into buying over the years. He got his money back from the person who sold him the bike. The seller is no doubt happy because it's had loads of repairs done at considerable expense to Mr A. So the refund, plus a large chunk of Mr A's salary will pay for the "new" motorbike.
There's no point in telling him we should wait until we can really afford it because he has to have a vehicle to get home, to find a job and to travel to work each day..and he will do that as soon as he arrives home.
The in-laws arrived home earlier this evening whilst I was on the laptop in the bedroom. They must have just dropped their tools and set off out again, because when I popped out to say hello they'd gone. No sign of the small gas bottle or my pots and pans. No doubt they're going out for a meal while I'm struggling to cook something in the microwave.
Naturally when Mr A arrives tomorrow they will be charming to me. Mr A will wonder why I'm not a picture of smiley happiness when they are such good company.
So...maybe tomorrow will be better...but I have a feeling it may be a lot worse.