It's that time of year when the weather isn't so good. A week or more now of torrential rain, or gale force winds, or storms...and occasionally all three, have meant being confined to the house.
It's tempting to spend too much time on the internet, snuggled up under the duvet, but I do try to avoid this as much as possible.
So this past week or so I have made lemon curd with lemons from our two trees in the garden. I have done a huge jar of pickled onions. I've baked cupcakes, banana cake, apricot cake, and various casseroles in the slow cooker for eating and freezing.
I've tidied my wardrobe and drawers and thrown out a load of old tat and descaled the kettle and coffee machine.
I've kept myself pretty busy. Mr A meanwhile has either been hammering wood in his shed, or spending time in the teahouse with all the old men of the village.
However, when I do log on to the internet, I tend to feel a little restless. I browse blogs, watch TV programmes and spend far too much time on Facebook. I scroll past all the uninteresting statuses (or is it "stati"? Statuses doesn't sound right somehow. Can't you tell I'm bored and restless? I wouldn't normally worry about something like this).
Anyway, I do my bit for dog rescue by sharing Turkish Animal Group dogs that are available for adoption, and also take a look at some other pages that I decided to follow. I actually only visit these pages when I'm bored. One such page is a debate group set up by expats in another (tourist) area of Turkey. I won't mention the name of the town because I might offend someone.
A lot of the topics posted on this page are pretty boring. Others consist of endless complaints by expats about Turkey, Turkish people, Turkish culture, habits, behaviour...in fact anything Turkish. Which makes me question why some of these people actually choose to come and live here.
The problem with being bored and restless is that it makes me a bit argumentative. So I go charging in to this debate page and add my comments. I do quite like throwing the cat amongst the pigeons and the reaction I get. It's quite interesting to watch people getting irate while I remain calm. You know you've won an argument when someone replies..."whatever..." then promptly disappears.
Last night yet another post appeared condemning the street dogs. This comes from those expats who having retired to their life in the sun, then decide that they don't want to look at starving dogs fighting for food. They find it so irritating to have to look at something that has been part of Turkish life for hundreds of years. It just doesn't fit into the "little Britain" they have created in their little corner of Turkey. They moan constantly that "someone should do something about the problem" while they sit and do nothing.
Most of it goes over my head and it's not worth responding, but then you get some woman saying "the street dogs should all be shot along with the wierdos who defend them". Ah...red rag to a bull! I'm afraid I dived in and just kept going for hours (I even missed Celebrity Big Brother...the only reason I was up later than usual). I continued until 1.30am. I carried on with the argument again today I'm afraid, but with the help of a few other like-minded souls in the group, we seem to have got the better of a fair number of the expat "nasties".
So that's how I relieve the boredom. What do you do when you are bored and/or restless?