Monday, April 22, 2013
Well, we are really living in Spain now. The trip over here went very well. My little doggie was a real tropper. He seemed to handle the flight quite nicely.
The place needs a lot of fixing up. Our furniture and belongings will be coming the end of August. We had already promised to rent the villa out to a family for the beginning of August. That was before we had decided to move here. We will take a vacation in Italy while they are staying here and will not move our good furniture into the home until after they leave.
I am looking forward to turning this vacation rental into our home. It's really different this time. I have spent the last 4 years being detached from this place since we rented it out to vacationers. It was not in my best interest to look at it as our home, as so many people stayed here and it was not always treated with the greatest amount of respect by them. At the end of the season there was always quite a bit of damage and missing items. When we came in the spring each year to fix it up for the next rental season, it was always heartbreaking for me to see how people had treated "our home". My only coping mechanism was to stay detached and not put a lot of expensive furnishings in it.
Now I am here and I am having to switch my attitude. I want to embrace it as my new home, but I can't do that completely until the renters leave in August. We are going to fix it up quite a bit, repair the damages from last year's renters and do quite a bit of renovating. The family that is coming in August is only staying for 2 weeks. How much destruction can they do in 2 weeks?
Besides taking on the task of making the villa our home, I am in the process of finding food that I can eat. Everything is in Spanish, so I have had to have my google translate up while I put new foods into my tracker. I have started to track today. All along I have been trying to watch what I eat and my portions, but tracking is the best way for me to stay accurate. So far I have been doing it by guess and by golly! I think I have gained weight, but my scales is with the rest of the furniture and won't get here for another 5 months. I think I will be OK. I am a lot more active and I can tell by my clothes how I am doing. So I am not too worried about weighing myself.
I don't think that I have been getting enough protein. I am going to a big mall in Malaga tomorrow and will look for some protein powder for my breakfast smoothies.
It is nice to be back with all my Spark friends. Hope all of you are doing well!
Until next time!