I was watching the Bourne Supremacy on TV yesterday and I wondered. If Jason Bourne had a Lifelist , would it be useful in helping him remember who he was and what he was all about? I’d like to think it would. That made me think about myself. If I lost my memory, assuming that Al or somebody would tell me what my name is and what my password is, would my Lifelists be a good enough reminder of who I am? Maybe I need to do some more work on my Lifelists it just in case!
We’ve had weeks and weeks of wind and rain. The last few nights have been very stormy and as a result we have bowls and pots and pans all the way up our staircase and along the corridor. The sound of all of the drips landing in the various containers is amazing. So much water has come through the roof that our bedroom ceiling is soaked and now it’s black with mold / mildew- well I don’t know what it is, but stuff is growing. We’ve had to move into our guestroom which is the only dry(ish) room on the 1st floor. I just hope that we can make it through the winter intact and find a way of getting the money together for our new roof in the spring. It’s all very upsetting; my books are starting to go mouldy! When we moved here it was because we wanted to opt out of the ‘rat race’. We always said; we don’t want lots of money; just a roof over our heads but wow, when that roof starts to leak, everything changes.
So back in October I was very excited about the start of a new series of Strictly Come Dancing. Now the sparkle has started to wear off a little for me. The dancers I like get voted off and the judges’ comments drive me round the bend. I still watch it but the magic has gone. It’s like when I hear a piece of music for the first time and fall in love with it. I play it over and over and enthuse to all of my friends about it. Then, 2 weeks later, I’m embarrassed to say I liked it at all. I adore SCD when it first arrives on our screens but I wouldn’t want to add it to my main Lifelist because I fall out of love with it as quickly as I fall in love with it. It will be perfect for my ‘Nowlist’. We plan to add Nowlists to the site in the near future. A Nowlist is a list of things that I’m loving right this moment. We will only need one Nowlist because they will constantly change as our moods change. We’ll be able to list the music, TV, whatever, that is making our world go round at that moment without making the same commitment to it that we do when we add something to our main Lifelist.
It seems that sadly our little bar is not long for this world. We’re in the quietest part of the year now and the truth is, it’s costs us money to open. We’ve been subsidising the bar from our own pockets and we’ve been doing this for a long time now. We can’t carry on doing that, especially in the light of tonight’s events. Earlier this evening a customer emptied our coal bucket onto the fire in the bar and added lots of turf (it was part of a joke that won’t translate very well). Shortly afterwards, our chimney was on fire. Although chimney fires are not unheard of in this part of the world it really was very upsetting to see huge flames shooting out of the top of our chimney and wondering if the fire would spread to our roof. We called the fire brigade. In this area the fire service is a voluntary one, they arrived quickly and very professionally dealt with the fire. Our local council will now send us a bill for 500 Euro, which is the rate they charge for a call out for a commercial business. We don’t know how we are going to pay this- we did even think about not calling and hoping that the fire didn’t spread but in hindsight we’re glad we did call. We were very lucky that the wind was blowing the flames away from the house and although our chimneystack is now cracked we are pretty sure that for the time being at least, it ‘s not in danger of falling. The same can’t be said for the precarious financial position we find ourselves in regarding the bar though.