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productive days

Injuries: three new bruises, one salamandra burn, one aching leg.
Life Satisfaction Index: Up 12.68%

Three productive days! On Monday the rain stopped, and my windows were delivered. Over 30 window pairs, 8 glass double doors and a huge arched window. They were ripped out of a chateaux in France according to Ze Manuel, my second hand supplier. They are gorgeous and give me a tiny preview of what the house might become…

window delivery

Work continues on the annexe bathroom. Two walls have been scrubbed free of moss and fern and clay mortar. Then I pointed-up the rear wall (that is, I replaced the mortar). A, for practise pointing and to experiment with mortar mixes, and b., to prepare the wall for an anti-growth treatment before building the brick wall in front.

It looks totally different than before – (I used two different mortar mixes; the lower has one part clay, but you can hardly tell the difference) check out the pics. I’ve got to work on getting it darker and redder… and I didn’t like the consistency of either of my mixes so tomorrow is another day to experiment. As both of these walls won’t be visible it’s a good chance to play around.

And sun! Two days of clear beautiful blue skies and gentle but constant sunshine. After a whole month of darkness, everyone is euphoric. There were lots of smiles about today.

bathroom walls

bola de berlim

Injuries: 0. Cups of tea: 8

The weather has deteriorated. The day started with snow, which might have been nice except it was so unbelievably cold. Then came fierce winds, more rain, sleet and hail. Apparently now it’s officially the worst winter in 15 years. I heard this from two different sources on the same day so it must be true.

The dogs had to go to the vet to be chipped so we rugged up and went out. Only once we were about half way there I realised that I actually didn’t have the €120 that it was going to cost so I took the dogs for a galão e bola de berlim instead. Only the café didn’t have any bolas de berlim nor the milk required for the galão (caffe latte). Radical compromises had to be made. The dogs were having fun at least.

On the way home Babywookie did a major vomit between the two front seats. Not only was it on me and my seat but it oozed down onto the floor and very nearly got into my handbag. The handbrake was covered, so there wasn’t going to be any using that, and with every movement of the car it oozed around more so that every last orifice of the floor was filled.

Did I mention that I got out in the rain yesterday and washed the car, inside and out? Looks like I would be doing the same thing today. It snowed again while I was on my hands and knees scraping half digested batatas fritas from the tracks under the seat.

Which reminds me of the day wookie vomited eyes.


the day wookie vomited eyes

When Wookie was a puppy, he took some getting used to the car. I used to go out prepared with the dog equivalent of a sick bucket and towel, just in case. But this time, nothing could really prepare me for what he was to bring up.

I’m trying to navigate the winding twists and turns of the Serra do Espinhal, where one false move could put you off a cliff, and Wookie starts making vomiting gestures. I’m begging him not to, but there’s already this huge intestinal looking lump coming up his throat and out of his mouth. It looks like he’s giving birth rather than vomiting. It is one solid mass, a slimy salivery bloody fleshy gargantuan slug.

I almost immediately start heaving myself and slip onto the road shoulder in a brake- locking skid. I turn to look at the horror beside me just as Wookie starts up again. This time it’s a big white ball that lands at his feet in a puddle of masticated offal. It is an eyeball.

I can’t get out of the car fast enough. Nor can Wookie. After a few deep breaths I charge in to grab a plastic bag or anything that might help but I recoil at the smell. It is so intense, but all I can think about is that stuff soaking into the seats. I have to get two hands around the warm leaking pile of puke and in shifting it slightly I see there are actually two eyes, and they are looking at me in a just-died kind of way.

I had plenty of time to review the images in my mind while I hosed out the car that afternoon. Maybe I was in shock or something because I just couldn’t work out how this cute little puppy had been able to get a pair of human eyes into his belly. Certainly didn’t come out of my tin from the supermarket. After repeated recitals of the story to the neighbours (they took a while to be convinced I wasn’t babbling incoherently) all was revealed: Tia Maria had slipped them a rabbit that morning. I choose to believe it was an already dead rabbit. 🙁


babywookie (l) eye regurgitator (r)

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