speaking of pandemics (and where the hell have I been?)

I found out the other day that my dad’s grandfather and an uncle died of dengue fever when it hit greece back in 1927-28. Who knew? And obviously, a lot of people were lost during the Spanish Flu pandemic in the early 1900s. I guess we should count our blessings despite all the inconvenience and problems COVID 19 is causing us…

That said, this whole COVID 19 thing is really wearing thin isn’t it? Greece had done so well during the first phase. We had strict lockdowns, you needed to send a text explaining why you were out every time you ventured out of your home. You were only allowed to go out to shop, assist an elderly person, walk a pet or exercise, or go shopping or to a medical appointment.

Then they lifted restrictions and opened the borders.

Welcome to phase 2 of COVID 19. We are now heading back to strict lockdowns as the daily cases rise to levels never seen before in Greece.

Great job guys. Well done. And its not like opening borders helped struggling businesses… tourism was low, too many businesses suffered – so many places didn’t open at all cause the cost of opening was more than they stood to make.

Yet Paros was busy. Okay, perhaps not 2019 summer busy, but busy nonetheless. August only. I rarely went out in the evenings but there were people around when I did, and beaches were busy.

Having become somewhat of a hermit, I’m looking forward to some more quiet times ahead when lockdowns are put in place.

So what have I been doing that’s kept me away from the blog?

Well… in bullet points:

  • I started a job at Yria ceramics and have been working more or less 8am-2pm 6 days a week for the last month.
  • Aunt 1 has been moved to the nursing home on Paros. I went to Athens to pick her up in person. She is very happy and grateful and isn’t complaining a bit. Right. And pigs might fly.
  • I have a tenant in Aunt 1s house and so far all is well with that.
  • The bathroom apparently works.
  • I still have to sort out the issue with the other loser tenant who doesn’t pay his rent till he feels like it. I may have a solicitor lined up to begin proceedings to evict him.
  • I am currently on the mainland, having come here to attend some dog shows in the south of Greece with a friends. Fun was had, awards were won. Then there was an airport strike which only affected 6 airports in Greece… Paros being one of them. So a 5 day trip is now an 8 day trip.
  • When at home on Paros my days consisted of work, accompanied by Lainee, a swim, a rest, Netflix and the odd bit of socializing.
  • And mom. Taking her places, helping her with shopping. Eating the food she prepared for me when I could keep up with it. Thankfully Lainee and the neighbourhood cats helped with that.

So there you have what I did do. What I didn’t do was get online much, hence the silence. I guess I just didn’t feel like I had much to say so I didn’t say anything at all.

Hopefully now the summer season is over things will go back to normal and I can be creative (for myself!) again.

z

not happy jan!

Now its all over and done with I think I can share the bathroom reno saga. I was just too upset about it and too stressed over everything to face it before.

To recap: I was renovating Aunt 1’s house in order to rent it out. The bathroom was the biggest project. I got three quotes and decided to go with one of them, a father son team, who came highly recommended by the lady who owned the shop I bought all the tiles and fixtures from. The shop came highly recommended by my cousin who’s always bought from them.

So, I was there when the bathroom started, then again when it was ‘finished’. Feast your eyes on the ‘finished’ pics below.

When i got the chance to actually LOOK at the ‘finished’ bathroom I was upset and pissed off. First thing I noticed was that the light ‘backplate’ was touching the mirror. AND the mirror was off centre. It looked squished together and awful. I tried to remove the mirror so it could be set lower and found that it was almost impossible to do. And that you can see the hole and wires behind the light/under the backplate. I spoke to the electrician, why on earth would put the light there like that? He said the mirror was already in place and he set the light as far as he could from the mirror and still hide the hole. I asked him to go back and fix the light. The mirror needed to be moved down and the light backplate moved to cover the wires/hole.

But that was the least of it…

The builder/tiler (ha) didn’t corner the tiles properly and ‘fixed it’ by painting the exposed edge when I complained. And take a look at the quad on the ceiling!!! I could have done a better job with my eyes closed. At the time he told me ‘thats the painter’s job, but I can do it for you’. I should have said no thanks.

He ‘trimmed the door’ using an axe. Or at least thats how it looks!!!!

There was grout missing in tons of places, cause he ‘wasn’t finished yet’.


I also noticed how many places the tiles weren’t straight on the wall. I DID query the lack preparing and smoothing the wall before laying tiles… also the lack of of waterproofing of the bathroom walls. But whenever I asked a question he was ready with an explanation – and of course never having renovated in Greece before and never having dealt with brick walls, I didnt feel condifent enough to say NO, this is wrong, do it properly… so now I have tiles in places where they are just NOT level. Oh, and he didnt use spacers either. he said he didn’t need them on the wall, you wanted the tiles as close as possile to eachother.

He got plaster or white goop or whatever its called all over the place. He obviously never heard of a damp rag to wipe it off before it dried to concrete.

He did a particularly great job on the window. I mean, metal strips are a great idea, but they dont meet! And look at that quad! And dried goop everywhere!

Where he put the styrofoam quad between the wall and ceiling he left fingerprints in the quad and tons of dried plaster everywhere. He never did put quad above the door.

Where the toilet joins the wall there is a small hole. there are places between tiles missing grout and places in the grout where there are holes.

Almost every wall he came into contact with has dings and marks, footprints or scrapes. Ditto some of the casings. Lets not talk about the cement like crap on the floor everywhere. Again, never heard of a damp rag…

The wall he built to divide the living room from the dining room was plastered over really roughly so the painter had a job of smoothing it.

I spoke to the lady who recommended – she said they must fix it at their expense. She showed them the photos and was really angry at the job that was done as its her reputation on the line too…  That would mean they come back and rip out tiles and start over. No thanks. That would have added another week or so to the house being finished and I couldn’t keep travelling back and forth.

I just got the painter to fix it as best he could. I know he does a good job. Even he couldn’t really fix it to my standards but at least it was passable.

I now dread the time when water gets through the grout and underneath and tiles start to pop off walls cause there was no waterproofing…

I blame myself for not being tough enough, but its hard to be tough unless you KNOW things for sure and I’ve never tiled or done renovation work on brick walls.

Anyway, its done now, finished to the point where its acceptable. And the house is rented. So at least MOST of my headaches are gone. Well… some of them. Getting the house rented was/is a nightmare in itself. Not the tenants. They’ve been great (so far, fingers crossed) but the paperwork required to rent the house. I’ve never seen anything as impossible as this. I swear…

Sigh.

Enough complaining for now. I have positive things to do today. Like repotting some of my plants.

z

the kitten


This is Spartacus. He’s the tiny kitten I found outside my place, covered in ringworm.

I got him treated. I got him vaccinated. I washed him in special shampoo. I fed and cared for him while keeping him in isolation in my tiny back enclosed yard.

He got better, but not before infecting Lainee with ringworm which she is only now getting over. As for my ‘spots’… a staph infection, I can’t totally blame Spartacus as I could have got that anywhere from scratching at a mosquito bite and infecting it.

Anyway, mom was dead set against a cat and more upset due to him spreading his ringworm to us. In her mind he’s a filthy animal and needs to go.

When I found him I thought for sure I’d keep him. He was so tiny and helpless and cute. Of course as he grew and got stronger and healthier he turned into hell on wheels… due mostly of course to having spent weeks in isolation without enough human interaction.

So, I thought it was a sign for me to get a cat… an indoor house cat at that. Then I realised that he’d have to be an outside cat cause I often go away for weeks or months at a time. I can’t leave him in the house or in the yard even if my neighbour is good enough to feed him for me. He needed to be a free cat. After neutering of course.

Then one day my mom told me a neighbour told her that his brother was looking for a cat. Theirs had died and they wanted another… I was wary at first… but it turned out to be the best home Spartacus could wish for!

He now lives on a farm with an older retired couple who adore their animals. They live on Paros all year round and Sparky will be an indoor/outdoor cat. He’s now got playmates in all shapes and sizes. There are sheep, goats, chickens, a dog, a donkey and 2 cows. And he’s already chasing mice. They are besotted with him.

I’m so pleased. And really incredibly lucky. There are so many abandoned cats and kittens on the island, they could have gotten one anywhere, but Sparky was the lucky one.

z

its good to be home

So, as you know, I’m back home now. It feels great to be back in my own place and back on Paros. I’ve been swimming twice and have been sorting and cleaning the house.

Before I’d left for Athens and the shows I’d ordered some cubbies/drawers from Jumbo and I have already put them to use, putting small things in them. The project isn’t finished yet, but here they are in their places in the house.

In the bathroom…
In the bedroom…
In the living room above the sewing machine table, next to the old hotel reception cubbies…
On the bookcase to hold office stuff…

When I say I’m not finished yet I mean I haven’t filled them all yet, plus I’m not sure if I’ll keep them all as they are or paint over the patterns, even just to fade the colours a bit. We will see. For now I think I’ll just make some simple labels so I dont have to open every single cubby when I’m looking for something.

Meanwhile, I’ve checked my plants, they’re all still alive. I do need to get some potting mix to pot up some more cuttings and repot some things. I found a stash of mixed colour and size rectangular pots in the trash before leaving so I want to use them for some of my succulents. I’d rather they were all one colour so I might try painting them… will see how that goes before I pot stuff in them.

I have tons of projects lying around taking up space in my living room but I managed to get rid of a few things…

For instance: the crocs I bought which arrived in the wrong size are now living on a friend’s feet. The foam for the antique Parian couch is now living on my neighbour’s outdoor couch (since the couch frame is still to be painted and will be put into storage till I have space for it). I’ve moved my storage suitcases (which were stacked next to my bed) to the now empty underbed space making them easier to get to and less bulky in the bedroom. I took some stuff to the rubbish cause I won’t use it, don’t need it. And I gave away some succulents I didn’t want…

I haven’t done a ton, but just those few things have made me feel better. I hate clutter and yet I live in a constant state of it given I only have a small place. Back in the old days of four bedroom houses with garages and sheds I could stash my stuff somewhere out of the way and close the door: instant neat and tidy home. Now I have to live with my clutter.

So… I better get to work on finishing some projects I’ve had on the wait list so I can rid of more clutter.

z

adventures in holistic care

Back in Athens again. Only for a couple of days this time… in theory. But I have to be back at work on Paros on Monday so I can’t stay long anyway.

So, today I went to get swabs/tests done to finally get a definitive answer to what the spots I had were. They’re gone now… just scars remain, but I wanted answers. Lainee’s tests came back positive for ringworm, the kitten had ringworm, I was sure mine were ringworm too given the situation… but they cleared up with antibiotics, non antifungals… so… I wanted answers.

Got to the hospital 20 min before my appointment with my mask on. The guard at the gate said come back 10 min before your appointment. I made some calls and went back. He let me in and told me to walk all the way around the building to the back.

I went round the back and followed the signs up two flights of stairs to exam room 8 where my appointment was. I was told to go down 2 flights of stairs and a ramp to the main office to check in, then go across to another desk to get a printout to confirm I was there.

Back up the ramp and 2 flights of stairs to the office and was taken in immediately. Three doctors looked at my spots, which had healed, and said ‘well, they’re better, we can’t test them’ (!!!!) which kind of made my entire trip unnecessary* but they agreed, it wasn’t ringworm, it had been some kind of infection. If it came back, go on antibiotics again… thank you for coming.

Go downstairs to the main office and follow the red line to the end, then up the stairs to another office and give them this paperwork. I followed the red line for about a mile to the office. They gave me another paper and said go up the first staircase to the end to another office to get a stamp, then go down the second staircase to the bottom to pay.

By the time I reached the office to pay I was out of breath and said this isn’t just a hospital, its a gym as well. The lady there laughed and said, “Yes, we take a holistic approach to health”.

I didn’t have to pay, which was welcome.

All up it took 1 hour. 5 minute consult and 55 minutes of exercise.

So… back in Athens.

The house is still not entirely finished. The tiler came back today to finish the shitty job he’d done and put in the fly screens he ordered for me.

The plumber is coming back on Saturday morning to put a tray under the water heater in the loft so that if it leaks it wont ruin the ceiling in the bathroom. And put in a shelf over the sink.

The electrician is coming tomorrow to adjust the position of the light.

The painter is coming back tomorrow to finish up the lasts of his touchups and collect his stuff.

I didn’t tell you about the shoddy work that was done by the tiler. I was too upset. It was a mess. There were tiles which weren’t flat/lined up on the walls in places. I did ask when I saw him putting tiles on a wall that was uneven and rough… surely the wall has to be even before you tile…? I mean, I only know what I’ve seen and done in Australia where you put up cement sheeting and waterproof it… but he said that’s not how its done here where the walls are brick… what do I know? There were gaps in the grout, he trimmed the bathroom door with what looked like an axe. The cornice quad looked like it had been done by a three year old. There was cement hard grout and stucco or whatever everywhere. He hadn’t centred the mirror over the sink and put it so high the light had to go even higher… it was ugly.

The poor painter had damage to fix in places he’d already painted. He had to fix up the really badly cut and placed quad cornice. Its not perfect but it will have to do. I’m shit at cutting 45 degree angles but I would have done a much better job of it. The tiler said ‘its the painter’s job but I can put it up for you.” Wish he’d left it alone!

Anyway, once those last things are finished, the cleaner can come clean up the place and its ready to let.

I’ve had people enquire. Mom has vetoed most of them. We’ll see. People are asking so there’s no shortage of interest at least. If I dont find the right people before I leave I’m putting it in the hands of a real estate agent. Its a nightmare I really dont want to deal with.

I really don’t want to have to come back to Athens again till after summer. I’m over the trips.

z

art from trash – sea rope basket finished

Back home. Finally. And SO glad to be back. The moment I stepped off the ferry and smelled that sea air I was happy.

Of course, you go away for a week and come home and it looks like you’ve been gone for months. Piles of pine needles all over the place, everything is dusty… but I’m home!

Anyway, I finished this little gem before I left for Athens and never got a chance to share it. Its made entirely of rope pieces I found while walking on beaches near home. Art from trash basically.

Its only small, about 15cm at the widest point. I love art that’s also functional. Lets face it -not many people have the money to spend on art these days, but I know I’d buy something beautiful/interesting/unique if it was functional as well. Hence, most of my creations are both.

So… news… I have some. I just haven’t felt like posting about it. I will. Let’s just say I’m not a happy camper with the ‘finished’ work in the bathroom, but that’s a long story for when I have more time and feel up to talking about it.

Healthwise I’m better, Lainee is looking a bit better but her treatment continues. I feel so horrible for her. Right now she’s staying home when I go out cause I feel safer keeping her contained right now.

Spartacus is much better. He only has one bald patch at the base of his tail left and even that is starting to grow hair. He’s turned into a wild child… all scratchy bitey when you reach out to pat him. And fearless. Then again, what do you expect when you have a kitten you can’t handle for ages? sigh… Hopefully once he’s cleared and can begin to hang out more he’ll calm down. He’s like a cat on speed right now… speed and red cordial. ugh.

Both of them have another appointment at the vet in a week. Sparky’s last shot and Lainee’s second.

I’ve started working back at the ceramics studio and love being back in such a creative atmosphere. Even though I’m painting all day, I feel inspired to do more when I’m home. Not that I have as yet. I haven’t had much time. I need to clear off the kitchen table (my painting studio) so I can work, but the desire is there which is good. With the heat in Athens, the headaches of all the stuff I had to organise and us all being sick, I just didn’t want to do a thing.

Hopefully things will get back to some kind of normal soon.

With a couple more trips to Athens mixed in…

ugh.

z

moving right along

The bathroom is almost finished. Yesterday all the fixtures were put in. I’m missing a shelf for under the mirror cause I decided not to reuse the vintage one my aunt had, and we need a bigger metal strip for the shower glass partition. Basically, the wall is crooked so there’s a gap under one end of the glass which doesn’t look nice…

The radiator and towel rails are in place on the right hand wall but my photo was blurry so I’ll post that side later.

The builder is here now finishing off all the odds and ends. He had to vacate yesterday in order for the plumber to come do his job. Its just finishing touches left now, plus putting stucco on the new wall, rehanging the door etc.

The electrician put in the light and updated the power board so we can get an certificate for the house.

Theoretically I’m on the home stretch… Monday the painter will begin finishing his part in all this, the cleaner can step in and clean and tidy the place so the agent can come take photos.

Meanwhile I’m heading back to Paros on Tuesday morning with mom’s car loaded up with her stuff. I start work at the ceramics studio this week. I’ll have to come back again for my test appointment on July 16, but I plan to only come up for 1-2 days for that. Everything else should be finished and handled by the time I get back.

I hope.

Its bloody hot in Athens. I slept with the air conditioner on all night last night. First time it didn’t cool down enough to sleep with just the fan. Poor Lainee is dragging her feet on our walks.

My spots are all but gone, just sort of scars where they were. Lainee is not doing so well. Her spots are now up to 5 bigger ones and 2 tiny ones which might not be growing. I’ve made an appointment to take both her and Spartacus in for shots on the 14th. Her second, his last. sheesh. Its bloody ridiculous how much this has cost me.

After all this you’d think I’ll want to keep Spartacus seeing as to how much he’s cost and how much trouble he’s caused… but I’m not sure I want to… All this cause I rescued one tiny kitten. Maybe I should find him a home. Seriously. He’s gorgeous and playful and loving but I can’t handle the bills for 2 pets. Plus he’d have to be an outdoor cat as I can’t be bringing him to Athens with me when I come back here in winter. That means he’ll be in danger of catching something else, getting into a fight with another cat, being hit by a car. I really don’t want those things… sigh…

I’ve done virtually nothing the whole time I’ve been in Athens. No art. No sorting of stuff, no tidying. Only the bare necessities: moved a bit of leftover stuff from downstairs and overseeing the reno. I’ve been down from the whole ringworm/staph/who knows what it is thing and the heat has just drained me. I’ve had to go out to shop a few times and return to zonk out in the air conditioning.

I’m glad I’ve been here alone though. I need to disinfect the house before I leave so there are no spores or germs left when mom returns. Wouldn’t want her getting anything!

A few more days and I’ll be back in my own home for a while, start work and things will go back to whatever normal is for me now.

z

trying to climb back on the wagon…

Remember this post from long ago?

It was from back when I was inspired to go off sugar. It was before my holiday to Greece where I decided to move back here to be closer to mom and family.

It was way before I joined a gym and began to love working out again after years. And got fit and lost weight.

It was back when I started getting healthier.

Since then I slipped back into eating sugar till I’ve once again managed to disgust myself on days where almost everything I’ve eaten has been sweet.

I tried going to the gym but got sick, couldn’t get into the new gym, stopped going.

I really need to go back to where I was about two years ago and cut sugar out again. Then start exercising again.

I will not make the same mistake and pay for a gym membership in advance again though. Not when I don’t know where I’ll be from one week to the next. I need to find a gym in both Athens and on Paros where I feel I’m getting a good workout and pay monthly.

I miss my gym in Tasmania. I miss my gym in Melbourne. Its so important to find a gym you like, where you click and where you feel like you belong. And after so many years of not going to gyms I was lucky to find two I loved being a member of.

I want that again…

I also miss my doll remakes… I miss painting…

I miss making stuff… Need to get back to that.

z

progress


Progress on the bathroom… Wall tiling will be finished this morning, only the top row needs doing. Floor tiling next.

The builder/tiler will fit flyscreens to the louvre windows in the bathroom and kitchen and finish the wall between the living rom and dining room. On Friday the plumber will put in all fixtures. The electrician will fit the light on Saturday and do whatever he has to do to get a current compliance certificate for the place (ugh) and the painter will return to finish his part on Monday. Somewhere in there the whole house must be cleaned.

So, theoretically, the house should be ready for photographs to list it mid next week.

All going well.

Keeping in mind that this is Greece and that things don’t always go as expected…

Still, I’m not doing badly considering this is my first renovation in Greece.

On the other topic of disease and pestilence: my spots LOOK like they’re getting better since yesterday, but Lainee has two new spots. Lovely. Given I’m taking an antibiotic for BACTERIAL infections, and it seems to be working, doesn’t that indicate its a staph infection rather than ringworm?

There’s a silver lining to Lainee having new spots: she was able to have swabs taken from the new spots today since they’d never been treated, so now I just wait for the results, not for 3-4 days before we can swab. Cost of vaccine/treatment plus culture: 60e. Second (and possibly 3rd shot if its ringworm) 35e each. (That’s not a bright spot btw.)

Lainee’s spots are more like mine… start off ‘wet’ or just red and then turned scabby. Like a real scab, like hard blackened spots like after an injury… Not the naked skin on Spartacus. And the pet shop lady who i got Malaseb from today who go ringworm from a kitten said mine looks nothing like what she had… I’m really dumbfounded by this!

I was given the numbers for two of ‘the best dermatologist in Greece’ but I haven’t called either yet. Originally I thought what the heck, if I can get this over with faster I’ll pay to go privately… then I remembered the hospital saying they wanted me to do the test after TEN days of no topical treatment. sigh… so even if went privately I’d have to wait those 10 days. So I’d only save 6 days from my current hospital appointment… Maybe. And be out a ton of money…

Maybe I’ll wait?

I’m not good at just waiting. I want things done now. I want it gone now.

I don’t know.

That seems to be the position I take regarding everything in my life lately. I just don’t know.

I know nothing about living in Greece. I don’t know whether I should wait here, go to Paros and return, whether I can make it living on Paros, whether I’ll have to move to Athens on a more permanent basis, whether I should spend money on renovating this house or not, whether I should just get a job and forget about trying to run a business which will cost me 200e a month just for the privelege of having the right to work as a freelancer in art/grooming/whatever whether I made any money at all… ie pay 200e a month every month regardless of earning a cent or not… and then paying about 50% tax on that cent. From day one…

I just don’t know.

I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet. I can’t anyway. I moved here for mom and I can’t just up and leave her… but maybe the wisest decision would be to go back to Australia?

I DON’T KNOW.

I’ll put that on my gravestone: Here lies Zefi. She just didn’t know.

z

reno update – ie back in athens. again.

The bathroom has been officially de-pinked.

I arrived in Athens late Sunday night and found this when I went downstairs in the morning. The bathroom has been ripped out and all pipes have been moved. The far wall will be the shower, toilet and vanity will be along that left hand wall.


The wall that held the sink is now empty… this is where the new panel radiator will go plus a towel rail.

The living room is now separated from the dining room by a wall which is ready for the painter to finish it off.

The wall on the dining room side needs to be finished in order to be painted, but the house now has two official bedrooms with proper doors.

This morning the tiler began work on the bathroom…

The electrician is here to move the light to the wall opposite over where the vanity will go, plus he’ll be back to fit the light fitting (all lights in Greece are hard wired, not like in Australia where you have plug in lights, sooooo much easier!)


We have these on all our ceiling lights, and we can buy wire extensions so we can drop our lights down and buy pendant light fittings or ceiling light fittings. Instead here you have to either call in an electrician to WIRE IN a light or learn how to do it yourself if you’re brave. I’m not that brave. Next time I renovate a house for myself to live in I’ll get them to put these fittings in everywhere for me. They just make way more sense.

What else has been happening you may ask?

Well… not a hell of a lot of good stuff.

On the Sunday when I washed Spartacus I thought he was doing better. Again, some fuzz on previous bald spots. But what the hell do I know? I thought he was getting better just before he got worse.

Lainee had a couple of red spots on her neck where she’s obviously been scratching. Oh no. I put iodine on them and by the time we arrived in Athens that night she had hard spots, skin thickening… so I hit it with more iodine.

Next morning I took her to the vet who said that cause I’d treated her with iodine she couldn’t do a culture and without it she couldn’t say what it was. I had a choice. Leave it without any treatment for 3-4 days and return to do a swab, or begin treatment as if it was ringworm. I bought the stuff but decided to wait it out. The worst thing about the culture is that the results will take 15 days!!! So I ordered the anti-fungal vaccine. If its ringworm she’ll need 3 shots at 35 euros a pop. Which is what Spartacus is getting. If its not ringworm she needs 2 as preventative vaccinations. Wonderful. At least after I get her swabbed I can begin treating her with antifungals just in case. I did ask the vet if I had staph, if she could have got that off me… she said that was rare.

But then do I really know I have staph?

I decided that all these doctors/vets who aren’t swabbing and testing to find out what something is and diagnosing with just looking at something aren’t doing a proper job. So yesterday I went to the hospital here in Athens that specializes in veneral and dermatological diseases. Trust me, its not a hospital I relished visiting!!!!

The doctor looked at me and said he had no idea what it was and that I had to stop the antibiotics I was taking, stop the cream I was using, take the ones he gave me, wash with an antiseptic he prescribed and come back in 10 days. He was said he would work on the assumption that it was fungal and that I got it from the cat and so did Lainee (or she got it off me poor thing) and go back in 10 days (to allow things to be back to normal from the treatments I was using) in order to run tests which wouldn’t be compromised.

So I have to wait in Athens till I get the test done. But the first dermatological clinic appointment available is July 16, 16 days away, not 10. And then, what will they say? Do this and come back in a week?

This is hell.

Not only do I have some pestilence which I most likely got from taking in a sick kitten, I gave it to my baby girl, and I have to stay in Athens for who knows how long, and even if I returned to Paros for a few days, I’m advised not to go swimming!

This sucks. I have no idea how this will affect my job as I delayed my start date till July 10 or so cause of the reno. Now? Who bloody knows.

Nope. I’m not in good place right now. Physically. Emotionally. Financially. This has cost me a ton. I may as well own a chemist with all the various medications I bought over the last 3 weeks. No income to speak of and anything I do earn goes straight out the window on doctors, physio’s, medication. Oh, yeah I didn’t mention putting my back out when I went to groom a dog, did I?

Wonderful, I told you. My life is all peachy.

z