unfortunately we had to pay for the water pump's electrical component that had blown up. we still don't know about the underfloor heating upstairs. overall, in replacements and blown up equipment (microwave, toaster, chargers) and labour it's cost us about 500euros.
i have issues with money, with asking for abundance.... one day soon i'll talk to you guys about it. because it's something that i feel needs to be worked through now.
on the bright side, Husband has been taking it all very well. he is the pessimist so my concern is always the situation and his reaction. but perhaps we're in such a bad state right now that even he has to shrug and carry on. chuckle
we've had builders here all week. nice bunch of lads - although wait for the bottom of this post for a cry - they've created a path and patio around the house. all from the stone on our land.
side/back door in background
today they're shuttering for stairs. they're not on our property, but as our land is higher up, we need to climb a little steep bit to get to it. so the stairs will be wonderful to have. we've been using a makeshift wooden ramp since we moved in.
you might have noticed a dog in the corner of some recent photos. well that's Missus (as in Mrs). she's a stray who has adopted us. i didn't really take to her. i fed her as i do every stray that comes into my life. but you know how some animals you have a soft spot for, and others you don't? she's a very dominant female. and dogs who aren't submissive are a bit of a concern, especially around a small child. she seems very undomesticated, almost taking my hand off when i offered her some food. my guess is that she was kept chained up and was simply a guard dog (happens a lot around here).
she hurt her paw very badly and we called the local shelter to take her. they have a vet there and would de-flea her, etc. and how do we afford to feed such a large dog anyways?
but 2 weeks on and no one has come for her. she isn't aggressive and has even become affectionate towards me. and her skinniness breaks my heart. she's grown on me. Husband has taken to her as well.
waiting for me to throw a stone for her
so we've decided to keep her. or, to allow her to keep us. Husband is buying some antiflea/tick/lice stuff from the vets. and spirits almighty she needs a bath. no idea how to attempt that, other than get a muzzle and leash. but i think she'll make an amazing watch dog once we have a closed perimeter around the property.
after losing both our little boys (Jack Russells) i didn't want to know about another pet. i can never say no to a stray though and have looked after several dogs and cats already.
the good thing about Missus is that she is woods wise, and we can let her out when we go out. and if we travel far and long, she's fine roaming around the village and the neighbour will feed her.
our last pets tied us down because we spoilt them. and one hated all other animals. Missus gets on with the local dogs (i swear they have a midnight posse going on) and in a tiny end-of-road village road safety isn't an issue. so an animal that is a fellow wild nomad fits us well.
as i was writing this post, with a view out my window, i caught one of the builders throwing out my beautifully tended compost. i had recently given it a good turn and added lots of lovely egg shells and veg. he thought it was rubbish - well... yes! and wanted to use the water butt. even worse, he didn't dump it on ground, but on building rubble. so completely wasted. i could cry!
other than that, doing art, more art, and more art.... reading proust still.