Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Laptop RIP

It may be ressurectable but I suspect I have seen the last of my lovely laptop. Partly because of the condition it has been in over the last few weeks and partly because the man in the laptop shop seems to be completely clueless. Keep fingers crossed for me. In the meantime I have a work lap top which I now bring home each night to use (well, since yesterday really).

Life around here is pretty busy at the moment. My eldest son has left home, although he does pop in to visit a couple of times a week so I am not too traumatised. This has prompted me to reorganise the house. His room becomes the office, the office becomes a reading area and there is a knock on effect across the other rooms with various furniture moving around. Whilst I am moving furniture I am also taking the opportunity to paint. Also having a little 'eBay' corner in the office so that I try to sell my old junk a bit more efficiently than currently.

I am also trying to change my eating patterns to be more healthily. That mean cooking form scratch every day, even if you would rather do something far more relaxing. On the bright side I no longer have to make daily lunches for eldest son. The actual making of them was okay but thinking of something interesting was awful.

Loads of expenses this month with broken laptops (2), car MOT & tax (also 2)and all sorts of other things. I really need to get moving on the extra income challenge.

Trying to catch up with all my blog reading is my light relief this week.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Hiya!

Home again.

I have been home for a week or so actually but my work was waiting and the laptop is broken. I was hoping I could fix the laptop with a new power cable but of course I cant tell if its a cure until I try it and maybe I spend £40 and it still doesn't work. However my husband has now fixed my power cable and I am up and running again. Any sudden silences will let you know if this quick fix has failed!

We had a super time on holiday and didn't have to pay a surcharge on our ridiculously stuffed bags. All furniture, curtains etc arrived safe and sound. Furniture was built but curtains are still not up because the price of curtain poles was somewhat outrageous. Also they don't hang net/lace curtains with wires and I did want two lots of poles. I texted a friend to ask how you hang such curtains in Greece and the reply was 'ask you sister to bring out the wires from home'. Hmmm, have I spotted a gap in the market maybe.

We need to save some money up and sort out the stairs, which are outside before I feel like using the up stairs at all. It is just a bit too scary at the moment.


We also need to sort out our landscaping before the whole house slides off down into the village.

So expense, expense, expense. Looking on the bright side there are a few possible business opportunities which might help us afford to finish off the project. There is a grant programme rolling out for help with business start up. It doesn't come to our village yet but if it does then maybe it is something to build a couple of really good apartments where the old house is (was). I would like them to look like the old building and fit in with the village and to be well finished and a pleasure to stay in. Any visitors would be good for the village and hopefully use the shop and cafeneons. Anyway fingers crossed for next time the grant rolls into town.

Second thing is that the owner of the local oil mill is interested in having us sell the local olive oil in the UK. It is excellent stuff (my friend Sue gives me 5 litres every year from her trees)but I need to know more about the technical side of things.

Hope to start catching up with all my blog reading soon.

Autumn has arrived

I can tell as we have had rain pretty much non stop for so many days. And its getting colder. Part 1: So obviously thats a great time t...