I arrived home Thursday, worked madly at the paperwork all afternoon Thursday, and all day Friday, and all day today. I am still not done! I am getting close though, only two piles left to process. These are all the bills and paperwork since last October, and it sure was piled high and deep!
Attila had two days off work last weekend. A rare event! We took advantage of it to drive down to stay overnight with Luna and Janus and the Grandbabies. We arrived shortly after lunch time, had a great visit with the kids. Janus was working, so when Luna drove off with the Grandbabies to a birthday party, Attila and I went shopping.
On Saturday morning I took a shower at the country house. It was grand, lots of hot water, lots of water pressure… until suddenly it stopped. Completely. No water at all. The water pump was not running. I called for Attila, but he was outside chopping wood. There was nothing for it but to get out of the tub, dry myself off, and begin to troubleshoot. Water came out of the bathroom taps, the water pump ran, no problem there. I decided then and there that we needed a new water pump. The one we have has been repaired with found parts, many times over. I think it is a good idea to invest the $300 in a water pump to sell the house. After all, most prospective buyers will turn on the taps to see what happens, they might even flush a toilet. We want a water pump that works!! So when we went shopping on Saturday, we were searching for a water pump. We found one that Attila wanted, bought it, bundled it into the car, and headed back to Luna’s house.
Shortly after we arrived back at Luna’s, she returned with the children. Then Janus arrived home from work, and took over the kitchen. He prepared a fantastic meal of BBQ pork chops, Caesar Salad, and home cut French Fries. We all wound our way up the three flights of stairs to the “family room”, where we watched the movie Madagascar, and ate popcorn. What a lovely time we had on Saturday! I was sitting on the floor beside Tink, who was very active. She would put her head on my shoulder from time to time. Then she put her head on my shoulder and fell asleep within seconds, literally seconds. I thought she was playing a joke, but no, she had fallen instantly asleep on my shoulder.
On Sunday Luna and Janus went shopping at Costco, leaving us with the Grandbabies. It was a lovely day, so we all headed outside, including Bim the dog. The children were busy making birds nests. They found toys that had collected water, poured the water into pails, added dry grass, mixed furiously, then used the device for flinging tennis balls for the dog to scoop out the mixture and set it to dry on the deck, to produce a fine collection of “bird’s nests”. When they needed grass, Attila or I would rake and de-thatch the lawn, and the children would collect the piles of dead grass we created. Imp was the chief bird’s nest maker, watching the process carefully, creating the perfect “bird’s nests”. Elf enjoyed riding his bicycle in the land behind the house, and cracking concrete “stones” using larger concrete stones. Tink helped her sister with the “bird’s nests”, and sat with Attila and I, in between us, arms wrapped around our shoulders. All three of the grandbabies played on the trampoline, even persuading Attila to give it a bit of whirl.
After Luna and Janus returned, we packed our things and off we went on our journey home. We will see them all again in a few weeks time, as we are having a family dinner at the country house, and they are driving up for it. Shortly after that they leave for Ireland. I didn’t know they were leaving before school is out, so that was a surprise. They are in the midst of packing and planning, getting ready for their temporary stay in Dublin. It is quite an adventure for all of them. They invited us to visit, but sadly Attila can get no time off from May to September, so we won’t be able to go.
Tonight Attila is starting into the projects that have to be done before the house goes on the market. He has torn out the main bathroom floor and has half the new floor installed. I have been carrying on with the overwhelming paperwork, and doing dishes. Soon we will call it a day, sit for a chat, and then head off to bed.
Mist is getting used to me being here again. She frequently comes over and meows at the top of her lungs, which she does because she is deaf. I stop whatever I am doing and spend some time petting her. When satisfied that she has had enough attention, she heads for my easy chair, which she has claimed as her own, and has another well deserved nap.
Date: 8:00 PM EDT Monday 27 April 2015
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Temperature: 9.7 C
Dewpoint: 1.4 C
Wind: NNW 17 km/h
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