Is it not Divorce, Death and Moving House that are the 3 main stressful elements of our modern day life?
I've done the Divorce, Death and Moving House so many times I have forgotten where to hang my hat, BUT BUILDING a house in this country has to be one of the most stressful things that I have ever undertaken. I know it is stressful when I wake up in the night thinking that somebody could have done that part of the construction better or differently, that I must order this material and a host of other problems that occur from day to day. It is more stressful now than ever as it is all coming together. I await EVN to come and move the electric meter from the old house to the street, charging 500 Lev for doing it, but never ever knowing when they might turn up. I await my English Electrician to come and finish his second fix, I await my Plumber to come and connect the water supply to the boiler that combines with the solar heating panels waiting to be constructed and of course the connection to my multi-fuel burner....
I await slow Bulgarian builders who prefer to do what they want to do and not what I want them to do and stand over them. I have lived in Caravan now for ONE WHOLE year, the fridge has packed up, the hot water boiler has packed up and the outside shower from a hosepipe is getting colder with the cooling sun.
Would it get me down, yes, of course I get down when my Gas/Electric hob doesn't fit properly and needs some modification, but overall, this is the best place for me to be. If my Wife continues smiling and my dogs continue to wag their tails with happiness then, I can continue to get this project finished. You never know, this time next year, I might have a proper toilet to sit on and a hot shower to stand under. If not, I shall reconsider my relationship with Mr. Jameson and Mr. Tullamore Dew.