A month in our new home, what have I been doing

We have been here a month now. Once again I hear myself say “where has the time gone”

I love our new house and the village it is situated on. Perfect Masterpiece Village.

Everyone seems to be so nice. Still to meet any Western women that live here (I have been told there are one or two). Lots of people are out exercising in the mornings and early evenings when I walk the dogs. Almost everyone says hello in either Thai or English and if they don’t I make a point of saying hello to them. Soon gets people being more friendly. Lots of dog walkers too but most seem to be out of control, pulling their owners here and there. Its good training for Buddy as he is made to sit and watch me with the enticement of treats for being good. Wish I could help them all train their dogs. Buddy attracts attention because he wears a back pack. OH says the Thai’s probably think its a fashion item for dogs, not realizing that its actually doing a job…

Buddy is getting better with other dogs but still he has issues. The Cesar Milan leader definitely works. I have more control over him and he doesn’t pull as much. Making it a much more enjoyable walk. I did enquire as to socialization/obedience training classes for him and I but they are 10,000bhat for 10 x 1 hour lessons. A bit pricey for me at the moment I think.

Roxie the rottweiler pup of 4 months is just adorable. A neighbours dog. She is desperate to play with Buddy but Buddy shows aggression towards her so it will be a long process. Tess of course takes everything in her stride. The barking dogs, the strays that want to come and follow us. All those years of training paid off.

There is also a Beagle pup over the road (they let it bark constantly) she came over and tried to get through the gates. I dread to think what would have happened if I had not been there. Buddy’s hackles were up and he was growling. He is such a woose. Then there was Stella under the car, growling too. Tess was the only one with good manors.

Tess still has her fungus but it seems to be improving as there doesn’t seem to be any new patches appearing.  Which is just as well as a visit to the vets to get more shampoo and spray resulted in a lose to my purse of 1,600bhat. 4 times the price of Pattaya!!!!!

I have been to the pool most days. I have been quite pleased with my efforts, managing at the most 40 lengths, in one go I might add. OH thinks its about a 25m pool. I find after 30 lengths my arms begin to ache though.  I have rewarded myself a few times with a banana milk shake from the restaurant.

Everything shuts on a Tuesday at/on the village. The local shop, laundry, pool, gym, restaurant and coffee shop. Everything. So I find that Tuesday’s is the day for organizing things to be done at the house.

Yesterday we had insect screens fitted to the main doors. What a difference. No more mosquitoes. The gardeners also came yesterday to cut the grass and sweep the leaves. They don’t do anything else though for their money. I guess you have to pay even more if you want them to cut/trim anything. Tomorrow the men are coming to spray the garden for insects and Friday morning a company is coming to give me instructions on how to operate the alarm system.

The restaurant in the village is great. The food is really good. I love the chicken and cashew nuts. I am limited to the Thai food I can sample as I have an allergy to chilies. Can you imagine, being in a country where chilies go in almost everything!!!! great eh?

My Thai teacher taught me a phrase to use, which translates to “Never put chilies in my food please” Thank goodness for that because if you just say no chilies, they think -only a little bit of chili. So you have to be very careful. They still put chili flakes in but I can manage those sometimes. I just pay the consequences later!!!!

I have still to venture into the gym and climb aboard those machines.

It seems to be still very hot and extremely humid so apart from dog walking at 6.30am and then early evening I stay in the house. What with the humidity and the hot flushes it is not an ideal time to be outside except for when I am in the pool that is………………….

I should have been swimming today but yesterday my foot made contact with the leg on the sofa. My little toe went one way and the rest of me went the other. While I was grasping my foot and cursing the stupidity of it the only one of my pets that bothered to surface to see if I was OK was the cat……..Of course Tess would be oblivious as she has selective hearing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Limping around today. Not so bad now that I have taken a couple of pain killers.

I seem to be even more obsessive about my house work, probably because other than that I still am not doing very much except the dog walking and swimming. It seems to be a very dusty house and I HATE dusting.

I need to find the driving ranges and golf course but alas its still too humid for me right now. I am told there are loads very near by.


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