Sunday, 15 July 2012

Trying to catch up

Time seems to be passing far too quickly these days.  The week my daughter, Stella, was here disappeared in a flash.  I can't believe that another week has disappeared since she returned home.

The weather here is hot...very hot.  The temperatures are up in the 40s now and set to rise to around 50 in the coming days, due to a heatwave making it's way here from Africa.

I hate the heat.  I feel trapped...confined to the house.  The mosquitoes this year are evil.  I always avoid going outside after dusk, but it makes no difference this year..these nasty creatures are biting during the day as well.

One attempt to get into Milas at the beginning of the week failed.  I walked down the hill to the village to catch the bus.  My clothes were soaked with sweat and I felt sick and dizzy, so I returned to the house.   Eventually I managed to get much needed shopping when Mr A drove me to Milas late Thursday evening.

Mr A is having a bad season workwise.  He has been to-ing and fro-ing.  Kusadasi...Bodrum...Kusadasi...back to Bodrum.  I've actually lost track of his movements.  He hasn't worked at all this past week.  He's trying to find work.  He's put out feelers, searched, talked to people, and has reached the point where all he can do is wait for phone calls.  He's passing the time in the village teahouse during the day, and working in the garden till late evening.  We both get stressed and bad-tempered at times like this, so he is wisely keeping out of my way.

I don't feel very inspired as far as blogging is concerned.  This post is a good example of my mood.  I'm moaning about everything and I really don't want to continue like this, because I'm sure it will drive you all away!

The weeks of Beki's illness, and my daughter being here, prevented me from finding the time to follow my favourite blogs, and I'm trying to catch up with them now.  So forgive me if you haven't seen comments from me for some time.

Meanwhile, as I gradually melt, I will do my best to find something cheerful to write about next time!

24 comments:

  1. Don't worry about writing something cheerful, we all have our down days especially when it is hot and sticky and horrible. It is great that you find the positive energy to post something even when you are feeling down. It is always a bit of a downer when friends or relations go back home and you are left feeling that life is a bit empty but I am sure that things will pick up.
    I'm sending you lots of positive thoughts and crossing fingers for Mr A.

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    1. Thankyou Vicky. Your positive comment has helped to cheer me up xxx

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  2. Reading your posts regarding Beki, I know that you are someone who can feel deeply about things; this is, as I'm sure you know, both a blessing and a challenge, but it is better to feel passionately than to be an ice woman (Hah. You probably would like some ice at the moment) You must also be a person with considerable inner strength and/or faith; think of your journey over the last several years, a journey that many would not have even begun let alone embraced. You are to be admired.

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    1. Chris, you're very kind. I'm not sure I am to be admired though to be honest. You are right about one thing. I do feel deeply about things, maybe too deeply sometimes and it's true that it's not always a blessing. Thankyou xxx

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  3. I wasn't sure if my previous comment made it, here is another trial:) lovely to get your honests posts, please don't feel bad about them; we all have our ups and downs. How I wished to send away some of our cool summer in Surrey to you in exchange of your heat, what two extremes! please keep positive, keep posting :)

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    1. Hi Ozlem. Both posts arrived but I've only posted one of them. Thankyou for your reassurance...and yes a bit of a weather exchange would be wonderful wouldn't it? xx

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  4. I'm another who wishes I could do a weather swap with you, Ayak. Add your temperature to ours and divide by two and we'd each get an ideal summer temperature. I can really sympathise with your blogger's block feeling as I have it too, not because of the heat but for other reasons. It's all I can do to read and comment on a few blogs a day at present and people think I've gone AWOL....

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels unable to blog at the moment Perpetua. It happens from time to time but no doubt we'll snap out of it soon.

      Yes a weather swap would be great. This heat is so exhausting xx

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  5. ...ahh Ayak don't feel bad about writing something cheerful. Everyone has their up and down days. That is what makes the world a not boring place. But you still are strong and have positive energy enough to battle this awful heat wave and still write something.....I know my husband's sister and brother in Izmir are saying non-stop that all they do all night is walk around their homes at night with their pillow looking for some new place to sleep. Maybe a bit cooler. They have air conditioners but won't sleep with them. Here we also have HOT and HUMID weather so our A/c has not stopped for a couple of weeks in the house......mind you I have headaches and a sore throat all the time now from those A/C's....
    Sorry about your husband.....I hope one door closed for him but another great door will open.
    We this summer have weird looking pests around....eeekkkks!!! I guess due to the heat..... lots of mosquitoes too.
    Wish I could send you some cool Canadian Arctic air....but we don't have any here either...:-(
    You sometimes are my inspiration.....hope the heat wave breaks.
    xoxoxo

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    1. Erica we are also wandering from room to room at night trying to find somewhere cool to sleep. We have aircon in one room but it also gives me a bad headache so I don't like using it.

      We have some enormous lizards around at the moment and I'm hoping they are eating most of the mosquitoes!

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  6. Hugs, I deffo couldnt cope with your weather, things will soon perk up with everything I hope. xx

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    1. I hope so greygirl xxx

      (PS...msn not working at the moment or I'd have been on for a chat...will do as soon as its sorted xx)

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  7. Heat like that makes me distinctly tetchy - we had it for a few summers in France - so I'm glad to be somewhere that's warm, but not an oven.
    You're bound to feel a bit disoriented after having your daughter with you...and Mr. A's job situation can't help either.

    And don't apologise for moaning...yours is an honest blog, not one of the 'everything in my perfect garden is lovely' ones...so allow your virtual friends to sympathise with you and wish you both well.

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    1. Thankyou Fşy. You always make me feel loads better xxx

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    2. Oops..should have read "Fly". I could blame the sweat dripping off my fingers causing me to press the wrong keys!

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    3. I'm not chooseywhat I'm called....just as long, as my grandmother used to say, as you don't call me late for breakfast....

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  8. Hi, you have talked about mosquitoes a couple of times on your blog and I thought I would send you a tip that Natalie from Turkish Travel Blog mentioned. She drinks tonic water which apparently repels the mozzies because they don't like the quinine in it. My friend Helen and I have holidayed in Turkey for the past four years and whilst I have never been bitten, she has. Twice the bites were so bad she went to the pharmacy and they gave her an injection and some tablets. My tipple is vodka tonic which i drink every night on holiday and that makes me think the tonic must work. I thought I just wasn't tasty enough! Helen decided she would start drinking tonic water a couple of weeks prior to and during our holiday last month and lo and behold she didn't get a single bite! I don't think it's the most pleasant drink to take on its own but might be worth a try if you can stomach it! Margaret x

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  9. Hi Margaret. I did know that quinine is used in the treatment of malaria, caused by mozzie bites, but didn't know it was a deterrent. I think anything's worth a try! I've also heard that Avon Skin so Soft products work too and I always mean to stock up before the mozzie season but it slips my mind every time! I did seem to have become immune to bites over the years here, but this year they've been attacking me quite viciously! Nasty buggers! xx

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  10. I know how you feel, the heat is a bit oppressive now, though having just returned from a couple of months in very wet England it does make a change.
    Business is too quiet but at least we have air conditioning in the office.
    I hope that work picks up for Mr A.

    I will have to do some more work on my blog which has been neglected for too long. We have friends visiting from England next weekend so I will be taking them out to visit places of interest.

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    1. Hi Peter. I thought I hadn't seen you around for a while. I wouldn't mind some of England's rain at the moment!

      Business seems to be very quiet everywhere this year.

      Enjoy your friends' visit

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  11. The heat does sound oppressive Ayak. I hope you're coping, and enjoying reliving ther few days you had with your daughter. Thinking of you....hope mossies, heat and Mr. A's work prospects improve soon. J.

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  12. Hi Janice. It's a little cooler today...only 38 degrees lol! Although there's no breeze so it seems hotter. Roll on September xx

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  13. Hi Ayak
    When I lived in London many years ago, if we had several hot airless days & nights I would jump on the first train out on Sat mornings to my parents house in Kent just for some cooler air & to get some sleep over the weekend, so definitely couldnt cope with your temperatures. I don't know whether it helps but some people seem to think taking Vit B1 or B12 helps to keep the mozzies at bay. It would be great if you could spend the Turkish summers with your family in the UK, but I suppose this is not very practical with a dog & husband to consider. I often think people in the UK who moan incessantly about our weather don't think about the reality of living in a climate like Turkey's for people who are NOT on holiday. BTW I much prefer reading an honest account of how a blogger feels whether up or down - after all we all feel like that sometimes. I don't trust bloggers who write as if everything in life is wonderful & amazing all the time - my life certainly isn't and I don't personally know anyone else whose life is like that. So please don't apologise for being honest, its what makes your blog so attractive. If you cannot get hold of the Avon Skin so Soft I can always send you some, just email me your address - although I personally think Gin & Tonic is a much more delicious way to go :)

    Take Care, Tricia

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    1. Hi tricia. Yes of course living in this heat is vastly different from spending a holiday here, when you have your meals cooked for you and you can just jump in a pool to cool off! You're right about spending July and August in the UK..I'd love to if it wasn't for Mr A and Poppy. Although I may consider it next year if Mr A is working closer to home or can take Poppy with him. I hadn't heard about those vitamins so I may give them a try. Thankyou so much for your kind offer to send Skin so Soft products, but I've now contacted my sister-in-law in England who will get some for me. I agree though that a large G & T seems like a much better idea!

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