....has been quite an eventful one for me. I spend a lot of time on my own for weeks, even months, and then all of a sudden things happen.
Mr A returned home on Monday. I know...you probably can't keep up with his movements..just imagine what it's like for me! When he went over to Kusadasi to work in March, I did try to tell him that not only would he miss his home (and me of course) but he would have to pay for a hotel to stay in, his food, laundry etc, and this would cut a big chunk from his salary. He doesn't listen to me, but after a while he realises that I am right.
He finally considered all of these things, and having received a call from the Bodrum hamam boss where he worked last year, decided to take some time off from the Kusadasi job and explore the possibility of working at the hamam. He started there on Tuesday. The Kusadasi job was originally only temporary, but they had asked him to stay on. He wanted to keep his options open in case the hamam job didn't live up to his expectations. This evening he tells me that he will stay with the hamam and has informed the Kusadasi people that he won't be returning.
I am of course delighted that he's back home. I hadn't realised quite how much I had missed being able to chat in the evenings, and to sit with him on the balcony in the mornings drinking coffee, before he set off to work. It's also so helpful that he can now get my shopping for me on his way home from work, to save me struggling on the bus and up the hill with heavy bags.
Mr A's woodwork phase seems to have ceased for the time being and the latest obsession is to make the garden pretty with lots of flowers. The past two days has seen him arrive home with plants and pots and as I write he is outside digging up soil and planting. The garden has been somewhat neglected while he's been away and there's a lot of weeding to do, but he enjoys it and will have a couple of hours of daylight to do this when he gets home every evening.
I've had visitors this week. Yesterday Gwen and Suleyman called in for a couple of hours, on the way back to their hotel in Bitez from their house in Aydin. They were accompanied by Gwen's parents who are over from England for a month.
And today I had a visit from a blogging friend, BacktoBodrum, who I recently met for the first time. A very enjoyable afternoon.
Next week looks set to be busy too. The other Gwen, from Selçuk will come over at the beginning of the week for a couple of days. I also plan to visit Gwen in Suleyman in Bitez, and Karen from the Turkish Animal Group will hopefully be collecting me from Milas towards the end of the week, to take me to the dog shelter for the day.
All this activity has helped to lift my depressive mood. However, an hour or so ago I opened my emails to find one from the sister of a dear friend in England (I'll call her P). P was the first real friend I made when I moved to Turkey almost 14 years ago. About 5 years later she returned to England to live but we have kept in touch. The year before last she came back to Turkey for the first time since she had left. It was for a short holiday in the August. I met up with her in Bodrum and we had lunch and such an enjoyable time together.
In the October, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had to wait until January for a biopsy, by which time they could not operate because the cancer had spread to her liver. She has spent the past 15 months undergoing chemo and radio therapies, and has suffered immensely. Two months ago she was told that there was nothing more that could be done for her.
This morning she finally lost her battle. I know she had reached a point where she had had enough, and the only consolation is that she is now at peace.
Rest in peace P. I will miss you so much my dear friend.