It’s Not Been The Week I Expected…
Neal had his first full week of work since Christmas and with the children being at school I was looking forward to some much needed alone time. I was looking forward to pottering around the house getting things done and getting some quality time in on my blog.
The week didn’t quite turn out like that (isn’t that always the way?).
I Seem To Have Spent The Week Being Constantly Distracted…
By one thing or another.
The main distraction has been that our old dog is nearing the end. For anyone who has or has had a dog will know it’s the worst part of being a dog owner.
Beanie our dog has had a good life, we took her off the streets as a puppy over fourteen years ago and she has spent half her life on medication for kalazar. An incurable disease past on by the sandfly. Last year she was put on heart tablets which are doing their job, but recently it appears that her kidneys aren’t working properly.
She has gone off her food (when you have to encourage a once greedy dog to eat freshly cooked chicken you know that all is not well.) I have been distracted by wanting to spend time with her as I think it is only a matter of days until she looses interest in life and as the vet has told me, that will be the time to make ‘the call’.
On A Brighter Note…
Morris, our now sort of friendly (on his terms) feral cat has started sleeping and spending time in the box we put out for him to sleep in.
We have been feeding Morris for over a year and before that he was stealing the dogs food from the container (he’s crafty cat!). We have never really been cat people and for all his hissing and spitting he kept returning, so we decided to start feeding him properly in the hope that his presence will keep the mice away.
It seemed to have worked as we haven’t had a mouse in the house since he’s been hanging around.
When winter started setting in we went out and bought him a plastic house, which we nailed to the top of a cabinet out on the balcony and this week has been the first time I have found him sleeping in it. He has even been going in there during the day and that has distracted me; I’m like a child, I have to keep peeping through the window to see if he’s still there.
He has also stopped hissing and spitting so much recently and will chin me and rub against my legs purring when I go to feed him. I have yet to summons up the courage to stroke him as he scratched me once and it hurt…A lot!
I’ve been distracted by my excitement at hopefully one day being able to catch him to get him neutered and vaccinated. It’s not going to be for a while I’m sure, but hopefully one day, as I’ve become rather fond of the him.
Another Distraction Has Been…
That next week (like tomorrow!) my son has to go and sign up for the army (military service is still compulsory in Greece). Of course with his Aspergers and other ‘differences’ he won’t be expected to do it, but it seems that Greg’s is excited about the prospect of doing military service. He likes the thought, but has no idea of the reality of military service.
Having a child that is different from their peers is difficult and knowing how to handle things can be difficult too and for this reason I have been distracted. I don’t want to make him feel inferior, but he has to know that there is no way he will be doing military service…Secretly I am hoping that because neither me nor his Dad are Greek, that he will be exempt on grounds of nationality….Fingers crossed on that one!
Today’s Elections Have Distracted A Lot Of People This Past Week Too…
I won’t go into the politics of it all, but this weekend there have been general elections taking place. Greece has been struggling for sometime now and the outcome of these elections may well see Greece leave the European Union. We will have to wait and see…
I Have A Feeling That Last Weeks Distractions Are Going To Continue Into This Week…
As our old dog is still hanging in there and wagging her tail (just about).
Morris will still continue to distract me by looking happy and content in his box.
This time tomorrow we will know the outcome of going to sign up Greg’s for military service.
And I am sure that the uncertainty in Greece will not end when the elections do.
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