The relatives were due to arrive today around 6.30pm. Mr A told me he would be home around 4.30pm with the meat for the barbeque.
On Thursday I went into Milas and bought the cheese that was requested, which cost me nearly 30 lira...more than a 10kg sack of dogfood, which I'd rather have spent the money on. I also bought, as requested, 2 kilos each of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and onions.
Yesterday, David took me into Milas to do shopping and I bought a barbeque...it wasn't expensive, but it wasn't something we need at the moment, plus some charcoal, also two pillows for our guests, as I had used the spare ones for the dogs kennels. Along with various other odds and ends.
I was pretty hot and bothered by the time I got home. I cut my finger quite badly trying to fix something. I was also up all night with an upset stomach. This morning I broke up a fight between Chas and Dave, bruising a finger on my other hand in the process.
However, using rubber gloves I managed to make a huge dish of potato salad, and baked a cake. It seemed even hotter today and I still didn't feel particularly well so was unable to eat all day.
4.30pm came and went, and no sign of Mr A, which isn't unusual...he's always late. Finally he phoned before 5.30pm to tell me that the cousin and husband were on their way and had just phoned him. It seems they were bringing their two children with them. No-one mentioned children! As I said in my previous post, I had only met this couple once before...briefly...some years ago and I didn't recall them having children. Mr A told them that he wasn't happy about the children coming as we have 9 dogs, and was worried about their safety. It seems that they have rented a house in Torba (just outside Bodrum) for a holiday and only intended to visit us and stay for one night. So they decided not to visit us but go straight to Torba.
A bit later on I asked Mr A if he was aware they had children and he said he was but they normally don't take them if they are travelling any distance. But why the hell couldn't he have asked when they first invited themselves? Or why could they not have mentioned it?
I was so angry that I had wasted my time and money on these people. Mr A didn't come home, deciding that it wasn't worth spending money on petrol. Thankfully, the cousin had phoned Mr A before he had bought the meat, which was something at least.
I have told Mr A that if in future his relatives want to visit, that's fine with me, but that he will have to be here, and I will go away for the duration. I've had enough of these haphazard plans, over which I have no control.
BUT...now that I've calmed down, I am relieved of course....even though I will be living on cheese, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers for the foreseeable future.