....everyday life can sometimes be a little difficult. It's when I realise how much I rely on him for certain things.
It's been very windy for the last couple of days, and the roof of the old house has been keeping me awake. It's a pitched roof but there is some corrugated iron at the front and it's been banging all night. Early this morning I had to get the ladder which Mr A recently made during his wordwork phase and climb up to sort it out. Not an easy task as the ladder seems to weigh a ton. Anyway I struggled up and down a few times with some heavy rocks and placed them on the iron which will do the trick for now.
The mosquito screen door also kept blowing open and banging in the wind because the catch was loose. I attempted to tighten it but it just wouldn't work so I've had to remove it completely...again not easy because the screws holding it were so tight.
As it's been so cold, I decided to switch the aircon on heat setting in the sitting room...two days ago. Because we haven't used it for so long, I'd forgotten how to reset it and I've lost the instructions. It's taken two days to work it out...finally I cracked it this morning. Of course if Mr A was here he would have done it in 2 minutes.
I struggle when I have to carry anything heavy, because I have arthritis in my hands, so am always grateful that Mr A usually gets our shopping from Milas. But today I needed things so set off on the dolmuş. Oh what a treat....a little old (very smelly) lady sat next to me. She proceeded to tell me she was off to see the doctor as she was unwell. She needn't have mentioned it because she coughed, spluttered and sneezed all over me for the entire journey. No doubt I'll get whatever she's got within the next few days.
I should only have bought what I really needed but saw a small electric fan heater that we need to replace one that no longer works, and an electric kettle...both at bargain prices, so these added to the weight of my shopping.
I missed the bus home by 2 minutes...I saw it disappearing into the distance, and had to wait an hour for the next one.
Finally...home. I started to boil up pasta and chicken livers for the dog...and joy of joys...the gas bottle ran out. These huge bottles are delivered everywhere else in Turkey...but not to this village. The village shop used to keep them, but not anymore, so this is another thing that Mr A usually deals with. I only buy one about every 6 months as it's only used for the gas hob, so I never remember when it's likely to run out. So I've found a very small gas bottle in the old house but it's taken me some time to fix the connection and trivet to it so that I can use it for one saucepan at a time.
Thank goodness I bought that electric kettle this morning, because I only had a hob kettle.
So...Mr A's job in Istanbul started on Saturday. They aren't getting many customers because of the heavy snow and icy conditions, but hopefully things will pick up. He will get one day a week off but of course it's too far and too expensive for him to come home for just one day. He thinks that next month, once he's been paid, he may be able to save one of his free days and take two together, in which case he will fly home for a brief visit.
No doubt he will be expecting to relax once he gets here. No chance...I already have a list of jobs for him to do!
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