Some of you, my lovely readers, can relate to this. Why have I got so many followers ? Over 3000 to date ! I reckon that there are less than 200 who actually visit, comment, like or hit my blog. To the remaining 2800 I have a question. Why do you ONLY follow, then disappear, never to be seen again ?
That question actually leads me into my post. All of you 200 followers are special to me and I would like to give a shout out to one follower, whom I also follow. Mutual stalking ?
Hi Resa ! If it wasn’t for blogging, Resa and I would have never communicated and Natascha and I would have never met and got married. So thank you WordPressCom.
In a machine age, dressmaking is one of the last refuges of the human, the personal, the inimitable.
Resa is phenomenal ! Not only is she a fantastic movie Costume Designer, once nominated for a prestigious Canadian Film Award, but also in her spare time she creates wonderful Art Gowns. I think she has lovingly hand sewn over 12 gowns to date. Each one taking months to make out of scraps of material. They are all different and unique. It would be brilliant if she could one day show them in a gallery or on a catwalk.
This is where the gown “O Royal Treasure” comes into Natascha and my wedding last year.
Resa decided to name the gown after the Spanish village I lived in at the time. Cañada del Real Tesoro …. Track of the Royal Treasure. She thought that the gown would make a wonderful wedding dress for Natascha. After a lot of research, it was decided not to send the gown from Canada to Austria due to the expense and possible loss in transit, which would have been awful. Anyway, both Natascha and I would like to thank Resa for the kind thought which we will always treasure.
Resa asked us to link the gown to a charity and we chose Water Aid.
Recently, Resa made this drawing of Natascha wearing the gown. Lovely ! Thank you, our friend.
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He gave her his heart. She took it and placed it quietly in the pocket of her gown. No one observed what she did.
Here are the updates from the Western Union Remission website.
Update September 10, 2018. Over 180,000 petitions have been received in the Western Union remission process. The claims administrator is currently reviewing and evaluating all submissions to determine eligibility. If your petition is deficient, the administrator may contact you by mail to explain the deficiency and seek additional information. After the petition review is complete, recommendations will be provided to the Department of Justice for final decisions. Due to the large volume of petitions submitted, it is anticipated the petition review process will continue into 2019. Payments cannot be issued until all petitions are reviewed
Update April 10, 2019. Over 38,000 deficiency letters were mailed to petitioners in the United States on March 29, 2019. One or more of the following deficiencies were identified on petitions filed by those who received a letter: 1) the petition was unsigned; 2) a taxpayer identification number, such as a social security number (SSN) was not provided; and/or 3) sufficient supporting proof or documentation for some or all of the claimed amount was not provided.
So, I have to patiently wait, either for a letter wanting more information, or, a letter containing a cheque. I hope the latter. I also hope that they don’t ask for me to send US$400 to Ghana before I receive the money. I may get a bit suspicious, wouldn’t you ?
Meanwhile, I’ll sit back and watch this lady deal with a scammer.
A couple of things I have learned about my being scammed. Firstly, I should have listened to my friends who suspected Tammy was probably a fake, and, secondly, KEEP OLD PAPERWORK. I am so pleased that I did file the Western Union receipts and did not throw them out when I moved from Spain to Austria in 2017.
On Wednesday, 24th April 2019, Natascha and I had been married for a year. Awesome !
I went shopping for that special anniversary gift on the lower -3 level
I tried to find and ask Service for help in finding Floor -3. Failed miserably !
Oh well, patience Natascha. That special anniversary gift ? Next year !
I’m in trouble now !
~Our patient cats~
Sonic and Samantha are on the balcony while Murli is finishing off cake crumbs. All is quiet in the Whillier home. Bliss !
1978 ! Missiles building ! Men fed up, exhausted, frustrated !
That year, life for me went topsy-turvey. On leaving the British Army, I found myself being resettled in a factory tuning a block of metal used in a missile. Initially I drove to work. Traffic jam every day and I never seemed to arrive on time. So I bought a Puke. No licence required, just a helmet and warm clothing. Yes, I arrived at the factory on time. Zippy !
Clocking on at 8am. Entered the workshop. “Morning !”. The Fitters, Engineers, grunted back. Another groundhog day began. The block of metal was state of the art for 40 years ago. It had wires, tubes, screws to turn, surrounded by test equipment, oven and refrigeration, and was a pain in the neck to work perfectly. It would work at room temperature, then threw a wobbly at minus 20°C. Get that right and it would refuse to play ball at +60°C. Eventually, after many hours, it worked, got fitted into the missile and off it went for the Navy to play with. For me, another block of metal, then another, then another, day after day.
Zipping home to my first wife and two girls on my Puke gave me a such a sense of freedom and the fresh air was lovely. I found myself at home, volunteered to working on the house and ironing clothes. She wanted bras and underwear ironed. Not Monday to Sunday panties, no ! ….
….. to me, it was the 1st of January to the 31st of December panties, EVERY WEEK !
Oh, I painted doors as well !
This gif shows perfectly what working in the factory is like. At the end of the month your salary goes into the Bank. Whatever you do with it, it never seems to be enough. It is thrown away on bills, whatever is urgently needed for and Oreos. Whatever you do with it, it always comes back and hits you squarely in the face by you having to go back to the factory every groundhog day morning and start all over again.
Cats ! Who’d have them !
Have you ever had a boring and soul destroying job ?
Over the years I have had my ups and downs with many women. Not understanding one iota of how they function. This video explains it all.
Your turn. Where on the crazy/hot chart below do you or your partner hang out ?
Or, if you wish, you can vote as many times as you like in this poll.
~Practical science proof~
There I was, minding my own business, setting up the photographs for this post, when up popped a new post from Pamela’s blog in my Inbox.
QED ! She must be psychic !
~What’s a girl ?~
My first few years of life were okay … exploring on my own. England’s green and pleasant land was my playground. No other kids in the valley except my sister.
She had two hobbies, horses and getting me into trouble. Later on in her life she admitted to our parents that she used to egg me on to do something naughty, she would tell our mother and when Dad got home from work he’d beat the crap out of me and send me up to the attic where I stayed all night with nothing to eat or do. I spent many hours sitting on the window ledge staring along the valley. So, to me, girls were to be avoided as much as possible and the English countryside was my haven.
Junior school had girls, boys and myself, all from far away villages. There was a no talking policy in school and my knuckles were rapped with a ruler many times for breaking that rule. For hours on end we were taught to chant the Times Table in unison …… seven times one is seven … seven times two is fourteen … seven times three is … Don’t know ? Google it ! (no Google in those days). Playtime was 15 minutes of mayhem. No time for girls.
So girls were off my radar.
And then …. wham ! …. at the age of 12, my parents buggered off to West Africa. I was assessed to be intelligent enough to be sent to a boys only boarding school for 5 years.
To me, the school was a cross between a penal colony, Oliver Twist and psychological warfare. Girls ? Nope !
One subject I didn’t understand was Latin. It was all Latin to me !
Yes, he did look like him ! I became adept at evading incoming blackboard rubbers that he threw at me. There were a multitude of chalk marks on the wall behind where I sat.
I also enjoyed being removed from the Latin lesson and made to wait in the corridor outside, which was okay as it was the school museum with things in glass cases and had an area I found for a no-no cigarette. Daydreaming of doing sports or roaming the countryside during utterly boring History lessons was also a no-no …..
…… resulting in my visiting the headmaster. A cordial affair, but a bit one sided.
“Ralph … tut-tut, tut-tut-tut, tut … Here again ? I might as well move your desk in here. Bend over ! As a non-violent man, this is going to hurt me more than you.”
WHACK ! x6 ( I was good at Maths !)
Now look at the school. Girls everywhere !
It’s dripping in girls (probably with their noses in Facebook drooling over horse selfies). Neigh !
~A soldier’s heaven~
Eventually I finished school with certificates (not Latin or History) at the ripe old age of 17. As I was an expert at surviving a cross between a penal colony, Oliver Twist and psychological warfare, I signed on to another cross between a penal colony, Oliver Twist and psychological warfare …. The British Army !
I hadn’t a clue, no understanding at all of what my fellow newbee soldiers were bragging about, mainly women, parts of women and what they did with those parts (no Google in those days) .. until …
…. I got posted to Cyprus, working 24 hours then 3 days off, based a stone’s throw from a young soldier’s heaven. Famagusta ! A place where hot, sometimes crazy women fused into …. well, that’s another story !
After those 3 years of heaven, followed decades of ups and downs with women smoothing out to nothing …. until I met Natascha.
~She is a keeper !~
That says it all ! She IS a keeper !
There is an update concerning Murli’s toothy-pegs here
Over time, all three of our cats were showing signs which required visits to the vet. Natascha will explain all inthis post in her blog.
A couple of weeks ago we decided that the tiny “GoPro Hero 7 White” camera would be a great present for Natascha’s birthday. Perfect for her daily bike rides to the pharmacy. The results are so stable, no shaking at all !
Natascha carried Murli to the vet by taxi and tram, Sonic both ways by taxi. Both cats were as quiet as mice. Samantha was a different kettle of fish, noisy, and as the day was lovely for February, Natascha decided a bike ride was the way to go.
You are welcome to ride along with Natascha and Samantha through Graz in Austria. (The GoPro is clamped on the handlebar and, sorry, the bike brake cable is in the foreground of this video.)
How many meows in the video ? No prize, but heck, you must be really bored at work to count them !
What do you think Samantha is saying. Have a go at the Poll.
Do you have a travelling to the vet story ?
Ralph xox ❤
All credit must go to Natascha, not only for the photographs and GoPro videos, but her unwavering love, care and attention towards all pussycats.
No one reads my posts (they either Like on Reader, or scroll down so fast that their devices smoke). So this message is just between the two of us …… Nooo ! Don’t scroll down so fast that your laptop smokes. It’s smokin’ ! Oh well, just me talkng to myself then ! I was going to say ….
“I am still amazed on how we hit it off a couple of years ago, got together and became an item. Yes, it is almost 10 months since we went through all those upsets and then the joy of getting married. Natascha, you are awesome ! A real pussycat mummy and also a mummy to the wild birds in the garden. Perhaps most of all is the way you care for me. My hands make me pretty useless in doing most things and you are always there for me when I need help. You never complain, just get on with doing almost everything even when you are not feeling well or suffering with a migraine. You are awesome ! Murli, Sonic, Samantha and myself love you to bits, lots and lots and lots. Happy Valentine’s Day sweetheart ❤ “
~Crazy Lovers !~
There’s this woman who married a ghost pirate. She is now divorcing him. Who did she call ? Ghostbusters ?
And this woman is planning to marry her duvet. LADY ! Don’t we all !
Then there is this woman who is engaged to a chandelier. I think that she loves Bud Light too much !
Finally, a woman has a boyfriend called Schatz. He’s a Boeing 737-800 ! She loves his thrusters. Don’t upset him Lady, because he may dump you ….. from 30,000 feet !
As it is Valentine’s Day, it’s time I gave Samantha a big hug
What Object Would You Marry ?
I know that most of you are married to your coffee pot 😉
On the arrival in our new Austrian apartment, the electricity provider estimated a fixed monthly payment for us. At the end of the year we were notified that we had paid too much, therefore we can have free electricity for the first 6 MONTHS of this year. Yippee !! So, we are thinking of lighting up the World ! 🙂
Perhaps not !
~More Snowflake Education~
QUIETEN DOWN CLASS !! Welcome to this, my Biology Lecture at Snowflake University. I am Professor Ralph ……. Resa, stop photographing the SKOOL SUCKS grafitti on the wall and Natascha, please put those 15 cats back in your bag.
Right ! Biology ! New research, straight out of our Snowflake Labs. A white woman believes she is now a black woman after skin colouring injections turned her white skin to black. Because she looks black she is adamant that she is going to have, not white, but black babies. Snowflake science in action !
Homework tonight ! Dye your hair pink and you will morph into a My Little Pony, then stand under a rainbow where you will become gay. Class dismissed !
~I Need A Haircut !~
Yep, I need a haircut !
Perhaps not !
Rats ! It’s winter in Austria. Got to keep my neck warm. Maybe I’ll get it cut in the summer.
I was given a clothing store gift voucher for Christmas. What will I get ? Something to show that I am not Gender Neutral ? …….
…… or, something for the summer ?
Aaah ! Perfect ! Something nice and warm for these cold Austrian winters.
What do you think ? Or should I get a little something for Natascha instead ? 😉
Have You Had Anything For Free ?
Ralph xox ❤
Photographs of Samantha and myself taken by Natascha
Twitter is becoming the education centre of the “great unwashed”. Maybe I need to open a Twitter account, get educated and be really happy.
And I thought it was all about the New Year. Live and learn !
Taking the mickey out of your mates is part and parcel of being a soldier. You know, you drop your bayonet and stab yourself in your foot on parade, you will never live it down. Simple fun. You give it out and you take it as it comes. Not for this Scots Guardsman.
The British government paid out £1.5 million to some dopey advertising agency to increase recruitment for the British Army and they used this serving soldier’s face on this snowflake poster. A soldier’s career of guarding the Queen and fighting in Afghanistan has been torn to shreds. I think that I would resign as well.
Give me £1.5 million British government for your recruitment campaign ! Done ! Pay up !
I have every right to stand up for this soldier as I served 15 years in the British Army. It was a time when men were men and women were women. Simple ! A time when queers, paedophiles, transvestites etc. were not even talked about, mainly because we didn’t know, as big corporations such as the BBC, churches, law, politicians etc. kept these things under wraps. It was a time when I would lay down my life for my mates ……… and any young lady who was willing to take my virginity 🙂
Thank you Aer Lingus for supplying a layover stewardess for me. I didn’t need to die anymore ! 🙂
This Army photograph was used in my local UK County newspaper at the time. I wonder what could have been said with it and what would be written nowadays.
Oh boy ! Shoot me someone !
Many, many years later I am happily married. Still got things to do in the apartment such as putting up pictures and lights. We have been in this apartment for 15 months and as a Christmas present we decided to unbox the big 49″ TV I brought from Spain. Neither of us are interested in getting Austrian TV programs, but both of us enjoy movies, so it was a no-brainer to sign up for Netflix TV shows and movies.
I’ll tell you what, the Internet is a heck of a lot cheaper here in Austria compared to Spain. I was paying €45pm for unlimited Internet (10Mbs) and €45pm for IPTV movies in Spain, whereas here in Austria we are paying €25pm for unlimited Internet (30Mbs) and €13pm (first month free on the Internet) for HD Netflix movies. How does your pricing compare ?
Have You Had Your Face Plastered All Over The Newspapers ?
Knowing my readers, probably in the Most Wanted column 😉
On the first day of Christmas Officials gave to me An excessively large gas bill!
On the second day of Christmas Officials gave to me Two well torn gloves And an excessively large gas bill !
On the third day of Christmas Officials gave to me Three French fries Two well torn gloves And an excessively large gas bill !
On the fourth day of Christmas Officials gave to me Four calling scammers Three French fries Two well torn gloves And an excessively large gas bill !
On the fifth day of Christmas Officials gave to me Five cold call rings ! Four calling scammers Three French fries Two well torn gloves And an excessively large gas bill !
On the sixth day of Christmas Officials gave to me Six politicians lying Five cold call rings ! Four calling scammers Three French fries Two well torn gloves And an excessively large gas bill !
On the seventh day of Christmas Officials gave to me Seven bins abrimming Six politicians lying Five cold call rings ! Four calling scammers Three French fries Two well torn gloves And an excessively large gas bill !
On the eighth day of Christmas Officials gave to me Eight days to pay up Seven bins abrimming Six politicians lying Five cold call rings ! Four calling scammers Three French fries Two well torn gloves And an excessively large gas bill !
On the ninth day of Christmas Officials gave to me Nine lawyers robbing Eight days to pay up Seven bins abrimming Six politicians lying Five cold call rings ! Four calling scammers Three French fries Two well torn gloves And an excessively large gas bill !
On the tenth day of Christmas Officials gave to me Ten dollars a month Nine lawyers robbing Eight days to pay up Seven bins abrimming Six politicians lying Five cold call rings ! Four calling scammers Three French fries Two well torn gloves And an excessively large gas bill !
On the eleventh day of Christmas Officials gave to me Eleven words of warning Ten dollars a month Nine lawyers robbing Eight days to pay up Seven bins abrimming Six politicians lying Five cold call rings ! Four calling scammers Three French fries Two well torn gloves And an excessively large gas bill !
On the twelfth day of Christmas Officials gave to me Twelve headaches drumming Eleven words of warning Ten dollars a month Nine lawyers robbing Eight days to pay up Seven bins abrimming Six politicians lying Five cold call rings ! Four calling scammers Three French fries Two well torn gloves And an excessively large gas bill !
MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL !
~PC …. Humbug !~
It’s Christmas ! Not a time of Season or Holiday. It’s Christmas ! A time when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. So what’s with all this Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays tripe ? PC dictates that we must not upset the Muslims by openly saying Merry Christmas. Schools in Europe are banning Nativity plays … mustn’t upset the Muslims ! Well, if the Muslims are upset, then they should bugger off back to their own countries and carry on celebrating their own traditions of whining and beating the crap out of each other over there, not here in Europe. I am also totally against those idiotic control freak lawmakers as I am not going to be told by some drunk unelected politician or snowflake that I cannot celebrate Christmas, talk about it, enjoy it and keep our traditions. Merry Christmas everyone, inc. Muslims, drunk unelected politicians and snowflakes !
~Our Christmas Card For You~
And yet again, Merry Christmas dear ones !
Is This Song Your Christmas ?
If so, or if you know someone in this situation, reach out to them as I am doing to you. All I can offer you is love and hugs from Natascha, myself, Murli, Samantha and Sonic. Take care my friend.
Ralph xox ❤
The original song lyrics were slightly altered by Ralph. The Christmas card was created by Natascha.
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