Not a lot. He has been out of work since 30th September, when there were no longer any customers at the hotel hamam in Yalikavak. A few days later, just before Kurban Bayram, his elderly grandfather died and he made the long journey to Ankara for the funeral, which because of bayram, took place a day later than would normally have happened.
Since then, he has been looking for work, but we all know how difficult it is to find anything at this time of year.
There are things he should be doing at home, like re-sealing gaps where the rain gets in, and various other DIY jobs on my list...yes I have a list...it gets longer by the day. However, he doesn't seem to be able to muster up any kind of enthusiasm, so I've given up
He did go for an interview a couple of weeks ago at a 5 star hotel in Bodrum. They need someone with good English to work in their reservations department. It's an all-year job, and not only did he know the general manager there, but his father worked for the hotel temporarily some years ago. A case of "it's not what you know but who you know". The job comes with personnel accommodation and food, as is usual with hotel work.
They have offered him the position to start on 27th November. I'm keeping fingers and everything crossed that this one works out, and that he sticks with it.
In the meantime, because we need to budget, he has sold the car and bought a motorbike. Petrol is just so expensive here, and we have to make cuts wherever necessary. He's not too unhappy about this, because he has always preferred motorbikes to cars. It's a comfortable bike, similar to the last one we had, which is fine for me...although I won't be on it much during the winter months.
It will be more economical for him while I'm in England next month, because he will finish work around 5pm, and instead of staying at the hotel, he will come home to take care of Poppy.
With this in mind we have bought a lovely sturdy plastic dog house for her which will be on the balcony. She will be outside every day while Mr A is at work, and although the balcony is covered, this will give her additional shelter from wind and rain. At the moment she has no interest in it. She refuses to set foot inside, but hopefully she will overcome her fear within the next few weeks before I go.
The weather here is still lovely for this time of year. Glorious sunshine every day and it's great being able to sit outside. It's saving on heating costs too. Although the temperature drops at night so I may have to think about switching the electric blanket soon.
I'm getting excited about my trip next month and looking forward to Christmas with my family.
The Christmas ads are appearing on UK TV already..some good...others irritating. I absolutely love this John Lewis ad. I know it's silly but it makes me cry!