Thursday, October 27, 2016

The malaise I had yesterday morning lifted... I spend most of the day boostering the spirits of the lady I work with, which apart from positive speaking means a lot of smiling, and of course smiling fools our brains into thinking we're happy lol... Maybe all the negative things I hear all day do bring me down, and a reason I feel a bit flat sometimes...  Its hard work being funny and positive all day... but someone has to do it! LOL.... Mmmmm humour falling flat on me this morning too!

I have a headache, again, most mornings, bed is comfy enough, maybe the heating? Who knows... but back to the constant pain relief meds.... Lots to do today so it will lift soon enough and day pass swiftly.

I seem to have been having a shopping frenzy on eBay!  Put bids on a few things, lost three quite soon, which was quite good!  But I put a ceiling limit on what I will pay... and I have three bids on three more tank tops!!!  Yes!! Tank tops!! Who would have known they would be back in fashion... Wish I had kept mine from the 1970's!  Although not sure how the too tight in a 'sausage look' would go down! lol... still, I'm not paying more than the starting prices really, and they're only a couple of pounds each... Also, I travel light!  So maybe its just a distraction...

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day, felt warm too through the windows!  Thousands of ladybirds! They were tapping at the windows... "let me in, let me in..."  No photographs, I really must bring my camera next time, it helps... somehow, gives me something to focus on!! haha!! Focus on! Get it??


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Trying to add a photograph... is a PDF, can't convert to jpg on this Chromebook, sure its possible, was a site offered to convert, but you have to log in with your email??? Sounded dodgy, so haven't, it was a photograph of my mom, one I am sure I have posted before... maybe on fb or here...

Couldn't find the one I wanted, but this is ideal too....
This machine isn't doing what is was paid to do, probably the download speed, maybe not... maybe just me wanted it to work quicker than it can, because technology never works quick enough for me anymore.

I seem to be on a low again, I'm worse than a big dipper!  Whoever said losing ones mom gets better... blah! or did they?  Did they just say it fades a little, the pain?  Some days I guess it must be, or I wouldn't be able to cope at all... Then days like these all I want to do is just talk to her, that's all I want to do, just talk, just pick up the phone, and talk, to her...

I know I shouldn't be like this, should I? Its on its way to seven years... Seven years, isn't that how long it takes for our bodies to completely renew or something like that, does that mean in March I won't even be the same person I was then?

So this isn't helping, better get on.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Short post today!  A beautiful picture of our beautiful granddaughter... she moves so fast all the time, she is always a blur!

I moved the room about here at the work the other day, my room that is!  The bedhead was just out-there before, I hate sleeping with nothing behind my head, like a wall for instance!  So I moved two things, the dressing table and bed and now I have my head against the wall, where it should be, but now of course, I will have a few days of disorientation, again, while I work out where I am in the nights!

Thankfully not as cold today as it was last week at this early time, new boiler being installed today and, so that's it for heating until its done!  And I better hit the 'publish' button because he is due right this very minute!


Friday, October 21, 2016

What the *

I am sorry today is a vent of frustration, I am unbelievably flabbergasted.... so much so I think I am gasted'ly flabbered!!

We checked out a pellet burner the other week, I mentioned it?  We went to a shop down on the coast at La Canada, got a price for the burner and organised an estimate for the works to be done, and two guys came up to the house and did a reckky!

Well, extracting the 'P' or what!
We were expecting, I don't know... maybe €800 euros, maybe as much as €1000, and that was our limit, so when Franco called into the store today! He had gone down to find out what was going on as the 'we'll call you in 48 hours' ... had been surpassed by about ten days!!

And... the man said it would be €1300 euros... Franco called me and we thought, heck! Well we need it, we want it, it will last sometime... So, okay!  Then Franco called me back - the price had skyrocketed to over €1800!!  Because they need 38 pieces of pipe work!! Add the nearly €400 labour and the cost of the burner, and VAT, of course... if you add the price of burner and labour, that's about €800 and the €1000 plus is for pipework and VAT!!! What the *.....

I said have they got the facts wrong?  Do they think its a wood burner, as Franco mentioned the man in the store said "well, its a two story house..." I mean, with a pellet burner you go straight out the wall behind the burner, add a vent, maybe a pretty little cap to stop the rain getting in!!!  Yes with one six foot pipe inside the house.... but only because you don't want snow [somewhere snowy], or rain, [somewhere wet!], or people sticking stuff in the vent [that's more like it!!]

With a wood burner, yes!  Take that pipe up through the dinning room, through the concrete floor, yes! Take it up next through the living room, and through yet another concrete floor, yes!  Then up onto the terrace, yes! and stand it six foot above our floor! Then ask us for 1800 flipping euros!  Be our guest!

Phew... thanks, as always, for listening, I shall go watch Gilmore Girls now... relax, smile, rest, and tell the bee tapping at the window to go hide, winter is coming!


Sing a song!

Oh how I wish I had my camera... a parade of wildlife having just passed the back door!  Two female pheasants, one male pheasant[!!], pigeons, squirrels, two rabbits [chancing each other!], something that I call a wood hen, but after googling it seems it can't be, so maybe its a quail or something??

Thought for a minute I was going to start singing "five golden rings" three french hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pair tree!!  Partridge!!! Its a partridge, just Googled again! So that's sorted then!

Anyway, that't it from this small half window door view I have had this morning, a parade of British garden life!

Three weeks to go then I am home again!  Time is going well, weather is weather and that's that!

I am being short and sweet today!  LOL well maybe just short!


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sky Views...

I took above photograph I think it was when I was coming over to Wales two months ago, I know the flight was a six am flight, the red eye! It was dark as dark leaving and we flew into the light, the sun was coming burning through into the day... gorgeous...

Last weeks trip to work was brighter, an hour later in leaving, but an amazing view out of the window once sun was up... I was on the left-hand side of the flight so missed sun-up...

Autumn is well on its way here, the trees are the most wonderful colors, I unfortunately do not have my camera with me, and the phone, although great for world contact and all web issues, isn't as good as my camera for the best shots...


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Here I am! Back to work! Only three weeks and a few days to go already!  See how quickly time goes... I am sure it won't be long before I am making the days last as long as possible!  Maybe when I am seventy I will rise at 5:30am... and have a ten minute power nap at three in the afternoon before going long haul until midnight!

Weather has already been many faceted in just a few days!  There has been wet low cloud, drizzle, rain, and heavy rain; then there has been watery sun, sun and cloud and full warm sunshine with all the midges!

It feels like I have never been gone on the one hand and been a long time on the other!  Nothing much changes here I guess for either of us when we're gone...

The journey here was dotted with obstacles!  We had to get a bus to the plane in Malaga, something that doesn't happen much anymore... and for someone who flies every month that's a big thing!  So we drove for a while stuffed in our bus, two buses for a full flight, so a hundred at least on each bus... thought at one point they were driving me home!  Which would have been the best thing ever... but no, just around and about the other runway and then we parked next to the plane, in the dark, and very hot bus!! Elbow to elbow, shoulder to shoulder and waited... and waited!!  The driver was mentioning Barcelona which made a few of us worried who were listening to him... a man shouted out to "open the doors, we promise not to get off!"  He didn't and we were all sweating.. lovely!!  Eventually the doors opened and on we got!!! Fifteen minutes stood in that hot bus!

So we took off late, but luckily landed on time!  Bus to Cardiff okay, but then the coach to Builth broke down!  We were at Brecon and a passerby got the driver out of the coach and showed him something near the wheel!  He drove us to a changeover spot, usually its just a driver, but another bus came, and we got off our bus and onto that... Sounds fine eh!! Well maybe yes, for us, but not for the people who had been on the bus and also had to get off! They got onto our broken one!!!  And from their perfect bus we could all see the problem with the bus they were now on!  Lots of black oil all over the nearside rear wheel!! "Good luck" we said to them! Bon voyage!!

Got into Builth about quarter hour late, so not so bad...

I am back to the Gilmor Girls on Netflix and all is well with this little world in here... still wishing I get the lady out of house, with me I mean!!   Be so nice to just get out for a drive, or a visit someplace, town, garden centre, somewhere....


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Back to work tomorrow, and as a good friend of mine said to me this morning, "Spain is crying because you are leaving for work tomorrow"....

There had been a a few drops before I took Pipster for her walk this morning, then it chucked it down before we made it home, sheltering under trees, and looking dodgy walking right next to the houses!

Above when we sheltered in the doorway to the little chapel under the ayuntamiento...

Our new sun-lounger-bed on the terrace! jeje... just kidding, down at Casa Flores, they are getting some expensive gear in these days!  There were a few terrace sofas, one or two sold already, with, the customers names on!!! So everyone else knows where they are now... jeje!!

One of the little turtles bathing in the sun... and yes, this wasn't today!!!  So sunbathing today!  Its all my fault, I actually sat in the sun yesterday, don't normally sunbathe!!

Pippa knows I'm going soon, she watched sad eyed as I packed my bag today... its so light now! It looks like an overnight bag... wish it was!!

Still, not everyone gets six months off a year do they!

We had a coffee down at 'the office' this morning, say bye to friends for a month for me, then got a few bits I needed... but lots closed today, no scrap that, nearly every thing closed!  Well, it it a public holiday today after all... Think another next week too, although that could be local to Malaga, this one is all over Spain.

After town we popped up to 'our' bar for churros!

This time tomorrow I will be pulling into Builth Wells... Speak to you from there amigos!