What happened was.
Time slips and slides away and dashes apparently at the moment.
I am reminded by those sage words of wisdom below.
Prince Humperdinck: Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I’ve got my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I’m swamped.
Count Rugen: Get some rest. If you haven’t got your health, then you haven’t got anything.
The front garden has been cut back and now all we have to worry about is shifting all the branches, twigs and leaves to somewhere else. We do have a chipping machine which lies unused and a little forsaken but its tricky because I am busy and Sunday in France is a quiet day with no noisy lawn mowers etc and that just leaves Saturday. In France currently the shops do not open on Sundays, unless you count the early morning, seriously! So hopefully it will stop raining as well, as it is not ideal using an electric chainsaw in the wet.
Another busy week at the work house though time did fly and the week actually felt like just a couple of days. I find most situations have a positive outlook if you can take the time to consider.
The plan this weekend is to start on the jungle which is the front garden but the IT work could encroach on the available time and, you cannot use motorised tools such as chainsaws on a Sunday here in France.
My daughter has had a busy week in Angers and an exam tomorrow moring though we should be OK for hugs next weekend.
Another week and another dollar as they say. My daughter is sitting her Psychology this week so she left home yesterday and it is always an emotional wrench. I suppose like most families I wonder if I said enough or if I spent enough quality time with her whilst she was here?
My daughter is back in two weeks so there time enough to find out why the overflow from one of the immersion heaters is dripping also several other jobs that are mainly IT related that I can do to keep me occupied.
As I get older I wonder about priorities, and personal relationships have to be right at the top also with time no longer a seemingly infinite resource is it time to re-evaluate?
Happy New Year!
Back to the regular job and not too much weight gained during the holiday and it is a short week so the weekend starts soon.
Our daughter has been home over the holidays and is still with us studying away inbetween brief visits to her friends and I am guessing that she will need to leave on Sunday to start back at the University next week.
The daughter is studying Pshycology in the hope to cure her dad though I think that it is too late for that and she will just have to put up with me.
No New Year resolutions this year as I do not smoke, hardly drink and have been losing weight steadily so that I can drop some of the pills that I take on a daily basis.
Regards the previous work the room below has all been plasterboarded and should be ready for a bit of paint soon.
Back to that bit between Christmas and New Year which allows you to catch up on the jobs you wanted to do in the year but work and other commitments got in the way.
I am off to help a friend turn a rural space into a ensuite bedroom and it's great to feel physically tired at the end of the day instead of brain fried from the IT work. I get paid in good food and company so a win win for me.
My daughter is home to help keep the wife on track and a late night early morning was had due to a little mouse which not only upset the ladies but also freaked the dog out.
On a positive note the mouse holed up in the downstairs bathroom, so I should save so money as my daughter likes to shower until the water runs out!
Almost Christmas and plans for the new year are underway. Today I received a message from the accounts service and have copied it below.
"Yet another year is drawing to a close and what a year it has been, with the ongoing dilemma of the Brexit and issues with Macron...the 'Yellow Vests', tax increases then cancellations/postponement..... it does at times look like we are being led by the blind who just do not understand the grass roots, what the future holds I hate to think................everyone has their own personal opinion here but I feel we have paid professional politicians huge sums of money to make a total mess and there is just a total lack of understanding......
In November 'La Figaro' published France is now the most expensive country in Europe for paying your 'Income Taxes, Social Charges, Property taxes, TV Licences'..... France now also has a penalty position of up to 80% + Interest for incorrect/undeclared incomes, so please be careful. It is also now the most expensive country in the world in which to run a business !!!"
Also news from other souces recommend getting money out to last 3 months in the case of a hard brexit along with a variety of other suggestions far to odius to repeat here. Though do make sure to pay for your French TV license as the fine will be € 185 for every TV / Computer screen that you have!
On a more positive note the dog was fairly quiet last night which was pleasant and the wife noted that the dog appeared to be going around in circles so I removed the nail from his foot and now he can go anywhere.
Well what a cold, windy and miserable weekend that was. The only sunshine was that our daughter travelled many hours across several kingdoms to visit with us for the weekend. On a more positive note the finishing school she studies at had a sale on so € 4,000 left the cave and we have another year of breaking rocks and weaving baskets to make up next years tithe.
It is nice to have a purpose.
The Brexit commons vote is apparently on hold at the moment and President Macron is due to make a speech about the troubles here in France tonight, with the yellow jackets and it is truly a wonder that the human race has survived this long.
Are the frogs getting bigger or am I wearing my wife's glasses?
Fridays, my favourite day as I work during the week and look forward to getting up later than normal and going shopping. Really?
My wife and I go shopping as she does not drive and being 104 years old it is highly unlikely that she will learn anytime soon. The vision problem also exacerbates the problem as she is a cyclops.
The good news is that we do see eye to eye quite frequently and, living in the wilderness her hearing has compensated so she can hear a squirrel from 5 miles away but, unfortunately not my frequent requests (Twice Daily) for a cup of coffee as I single handedly deforest Northern France in my search to find her a decent broom that can also double as transportation so I do not have to go to the shops.