Today wasn't bad. Yesterday (Tuesday) was, though. Was sad all day, for multiple reasons. Craving attention, afraid to outright ask for it. Still no cats. Monday was their birthday. I miss them a lot. I don't miss the second litter nearly as much; I had to give them away before their personalities had developed much. But Fanari, Xiomara and Turbo Arcturus.. they were my babies. My (first-generation) feral kittens. If I didn't have my nomadic lifestyle, I'd just adopt them.
Things are progressing slowly regarding the house. So many details to sort out. So many things that could go wrong. For instance, the septic tank is located outside of the property I'd be buying. Renovations need to be done; will that disturb the kittens? Cats. They're not kittens anymore. They'll always be my kittens.
Still don't know how much money I need to borrow.. I mean, I know how much the property costs, but I have not the faintest idea how much renovations are going to cost me.
I think the hot water tank might be borked. I've turned it down way low, but it still heats the water up ridiculously hot. Showering is a pain; not only is the water pressure so low, it goes even lower when I turn it to colder, and it gets so warm I have to turn it to colder after a few minutes. I hate the shower here. I had my first appropriate-temperature shower today. How? I unplugged the water heater yesterday and finally started running low on hot water. Pressure was still crap, though.
Just checked how hot it gets with my "infared" thermometer*. Peaked at 75°C, which is the max setting. And I turned it nearly all the way to low (40). Yeah. So the thermostat on my water heater is broken. Or, something in it is broken. Replacing the unit is going to be costly; I am sort of hoping it'll just break before I buy the house, while it's not my responsibility to replace it.
* it's an infrared thermometer, but it has a typo and is clearly labeled as "infared"
It's been over two weeks since I got to go grocery shopping. There was supposed to be a special bus to Eivindvik yesterday, but I never heard from them. Technically I'm supposed to contact them and say I'm in, but they usually text me anyway and I have told them I'm in by default. I have so few opportunities to get to a store as it is, I sort of rely on that ride. I could get myself to the stores in Brekke in the afternoon, but then I have to spend a few hours there, and it's 40 minutes from the stores close to the bus comes, and that only takes me to Rutledal where I have a 3km walk home.. so I can't go all out on grocery shopping. I have to carry it home too. At least during the summer it's still light outside and that drastically increases my chances of randomly getting a ride.
Yeah, I whine a bit about rural life. But if I lived in a city I'd be complaining about the noise and smell and constantly being surrounded by people. I prefer this. Sure bandwidth and being able to walk to a grocery store is nice. But so is feeling so safe I don't feel the need to lock anything. When I lived in Oslo my safe zone was my bedroom, and even there I feared invasion. Here, my safe zone extends for a few kilometers.
And that's why I'm sort of nomadic. A few months a year in a city (suburb), the rest of the year here. I get to experience the best of both worlds. And I miss rural life more when I'm there than vice versa.