Monday, 31 December 2012

Home and back to earth with a bump

I arrived home last night with mixed feelings.   I'm not feeling too good.  I've been trying to fight off a flu bug since before Christmas and it won't budge.   It was worse on Christmas Day which was a shame, but the day was very enjoyable nevertheless.  However,I spent Boxing Day in bed...thank goodness I had a bed to stay in (at my friend's house).   She was away visiting her family, so I could at least feel sorry for myself without bothering anyone else.

My daughter and the boys visited her Dad on Thursday and returned Friday, so I was able to spend time with them before returning home.

Flights were good and on time, and I was greeted with torrential rain when I landed at Bodrum.  I was also greeted with 3 and a half weeks of housework.   OK Mr A had made a kind of attempt at keeping the place clean, but men are really not  much good at this are they?

He has what he thinks are good ideas.  He had erected a washing line in the sitting room, from one side to the other,  so I had to fight my way through sheets and towels to get to the bedroom.

He put some more electric sockets on the wall in the sitting room.  Excellent idea.  However, they are hidden behind a heavy piece of furniture so not very practical.  And he has put up a shelf on the wall which he thought would be perfect for the modem and the telephone.  The problem with this is that it is so high up that you would need to stand on a chair to use the phone.

Avoiding the temptation to beat him about the head, I smiled sweetly and went to bed.  I'll sort it all out this morning!

And it's great to be back to blogging.  I'll catch up with all your blogs in the next few days, when I've cleaned the house, removed the washing line, and repositioned the phone where I can actually use it.

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  1. Glad you are back safely and hope you will feel better soon.
    Had to smile at the things that had taken place during your absence. The washing line in the sitting room etc. Mr A does have a heart of gold but he is a man & therefore not as practical as you are. Hope it is all to your liking before too long.
    You are probably getting better weather than we are, so will perk up much more quickly.
    Hoping your little dog has been well looked after.
    Happy New Year.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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    1. Yes Maggie. It's a choice between smiling or screaming! Poppy has been well looked after..one thing Mr A always gets right. The rain has stopped today and a little bit of sunshine is poking through the clouds.

      Happy New Year!

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  2. Sorry your Christmas enjoyment was affected by the dreaded lurgy, Ayak. Hope you feel better soon and that it won't take you long to deal with Mr A's 'improvements'.

    Sorry your weather is as bad as ours. When will this rain ever stop?

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  3. Oops, I meant to wish you and Mr A a happy New Year.

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    1. Hi Perpetua. The improvements haven't stopped. Mr A was in Milas this morning and I asked him to look for a small glass bathroom shelf to go under the mirror. He came back with a whole set of bathroom fittings...in plastic. He has put up the plastic shelf (even though I didn't want it). I have just placed two items on it and it has come away from the wall....aaargh!

      The rain has stopped...for now..more to come I fear.

      And a Happy New Year to you too xx

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  4. Glad you made it home safe and sound....but so sorry you caught some nasty flu.
    You made my morning I had a good chuckle when you wrote you had a temptation to beat Mr. A about the head...and you had to stand on a chair to talk to the phone. hehehehe. Mine would do the same thing, I think it's a Turkish man thing, mine is 1 foot taller then me and forgets about my height and does weird things also.
    Well.....try and take a rest.....looking forward to your posts in 2013. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

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    1. Yes Erica, I think it may well be a Turkish man thing. I'm glad it made you chuckle though!

      And a Happy New Year to you too xxx

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  5. Happy New Year Ayak and Mr A. So sorry you didn't feel wonderful over the holiday, but I hope you managed to enjoy some time with those gorgeous children. The home unimprovements sound fascinating....at least you know he means well, and I'm sure it wont take long for you to sort things out. Love Janice x

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    1. It was lovely spending time with the boys Janice. I love them to bits!

      Yes Mr A does mean well but I just wish he'd stop now!

      Happy New Year Janice xxx

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  6. Men!

    I hope the bug wears itself out soon...you must be so tired as well, with all the excitement pre Christmas, so you'll need a good rest.

    Poppy will have been so glad to see you.

    Happy New Year to you and Shelfman!


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    1. Yes exactly Fly...men! No doubt you had some sorting out to do when you got home!

      Poppy was delighted to see me and hasn't left my side all day.

      Happy New Year to you and Mr Fly xxx

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  7. Happy new year, Ayak, and thank you for all your blogposts during the last year! It´s always nice and amusing to read about your adventures. I too had to laugh when I read about mr A:s improvements during your absence. And I think it´s so amusing because I recognize it so well. As you say: sometimes it´s a choice between screaming and smiling. :) By the way: what happens in Turkey during new years eve? Is it celebrated somehow? Best wishes for the new year!/Gisela

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    1. Hi Selda. New Years Eve is a time for celebration in Turkey, as it is elsewhere. There are usually events in the more populated areas but unfortunately nothing in this village.

      To be honest, we have never really made very much of New Years Eve. I find it hard to stay awake! Mr A however has decided to take his present of a bottle of Jack Daniels down to the men only teahouse to share with his friends. I'm glad about that because he's not really a drinker and a couple are his limit...so better if it's shared!

      Happy New Year to you xx

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  8. How about fitting a zip wire harness to the washing line and launching yourself across the sitting room to answer the phone. If you do this several times I think Mr A will take the line down himself and lower the telephone shelf.
    Love to you all and Happy New Year.

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    1. Hahaha...that really made me laugh BtoB. Brilliant idea!

      Happy New Year to you too xxx

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  9. Hi Ayak, I still think Mr. A is wonderful! If he had put the washing on the balcony, it would have blown away with the wind and heavy rains. At least he did it, my guy would have left it for me to do on my return!! I have also asked for a glass shelf for the bathroom......I'm still waiting. I love the way Mr. A takes an interest in D.I.Y. and surprises you! He is a such a sweetheart! I love your blog about your time with your lovely grandchildren. They must be such a joy to you. Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2013.

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    1. Of course you are right Noreen. The wind would certainly have blown the washing away. I should be more grateful I guess!

      The time with my grandchildren was lovely. Yes they are a joy.

      Happy New Year to you too Noreen xx

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  10. I'm sure he thought he was helping. My oh would have spent 3 weeks watching football and drinking. He may not have done it perfectly but at least he tried.

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    1. It's all done with the best of intentions KV, that's for sure!

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  11. I'm sure he meant well - either that or he's making sure you don't go away again for a while! Hope you have a very Happy New Year, Ayak (I get the name now!) and hope that nasty nearly cold goes away very soon. Axxx

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    1. Thanks Annie and a Happy New Year to you too. Am feeling much better now xx

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  12. Happy New Year to you both and Geçmis olsun.

    We have also been busy wıth DİY (have new heaters) and, though we have missed the torrential rain, our washing is drying over the soba.

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    1. Thanks Hilary and Ashley and a very Happy New Year to you too.

      The rain has stopped and the past two days have been dry with some welcome sunshine. Washing is drying quite well outside now.

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  13. Just found your blog and really have enjoyed your posts. Went to Turkey for the first time this year and fell in love.
    http://itsabouttakingthejourney.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Dena and a warm welcome to my blog. Turkey is a wonderful country and I'm not surprised you fell in love with it!

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  14. Hi found your blog last night and wanted to say what a lovely read,had a few chuckles along the way too,all the best Morgan x

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    1. Thankyou very much Morgan and welcome x

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  15. I've just found your blog too,lovely read x

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