My Routine Is Demolished

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I have a very strict routine which I adhere to vehemently. It is basically that I do what I want, when I want and how I want, at any time day or night. This routine is occasionally shattered when I skip gleefully to the Medical Centre to give a blood sample at 8am, or when friends drag me screaming to another party. This routine has worked well in practice over the last ten months or so. But now I am totally disrupted and confused. Why??

I now have to plan what I do, where I do it and how I do it. It is a major military operation. The three cats and I are living in two rooms stacked high with boxes and “things”. A magnificent theme park for the cats. There is no water for the kettle or to wash up, and no bathroom facilities. So to open the door to the builder’s armageddon where the water and loo is to be found without letting a cat escape needs planning. Are they asleep? Are they on the front balcony? If I go to the loo what else needs doing out in the wasteland of half of my apartment?

My new routine is working okay at the moment except for the Tray. As most of you know, Toni, my neighbour downstairs has been cooking wonderful evening meals for a few weeks and the Tray is brought up to me every night at around 10pm. Now the Tray is big and heavy with three brown glazed terracotta dishes and a bread basket. It is also wider than the door to the minimalistic builder’s part of the apartment. When I have finished eating I must get through that door with the Tray to wash up without a cat escaping. They know I am going out and are ready to scamper out of the door between my legs. I have to walk sideways through the door with the wide Tray in my hands and try to close the door as I exit while fending off the cats. No mean feat, but I was successful on the first night. There are many more nights of this palaver to come. Sigh !!


Do you have a routine and a plan of action ??

(I wish I didn’t !! )


Ralph xox


74 Comments on “My Routine Is Demolished

    • Yes my friend. The old cold rear balcony covered extension has gone, to be replaced by insulated walls and a flat roof. Should be nice and warm and cuddly like you. πŸ˜‰
      Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • I love verandahs, but I guess it’s alright. It does look small, anyway. And the railing’s solid so it’s useless to put a chair there where you can have a cup of coffee, and not see any scenery. It woud be nice to have a large picture window, though.


      • I totally agree with you. I will have a large double glazed window and underneath a narrow fold down table and I have two bar stools which will raise me high enough to enjoy the view while I eat breakfast. πŸ˜€


  1. Would love to see this ‘walking sideways’ with a tray and minding cats business -:)!


    • Hi Daniela, my friend πŸ˜€ I am so pleased that you don’t see the antics that I get up to πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  2. Arrrgh; I hate having to plan stuff. Especially having to plan stuff around builders. But all will be well…… day.


  3. Looks like you have a lovely view in which to look out from the new french windows!
    Maybe toss a few treats into the far corner of the room when it’s tray time….? I know what it’s like to get into a tangle with a cat. Mine is intent on tripping me up and giving me a concussion at meal time.
    It will all be worth it in the end Ralph. Hang in there!


    • Star in a box of brackets

      Star’s theme park

      Hi Tracy. I have just this moment taken these photos of Star. She is the one that gives me so much grief, but I love her to death πŸ˜€ Tripping up humans is a great game for cats. Mine are becoming expert at it πŸ˜‰ I hope your cat isn’t reading this. Have a lovely cat tripping day my friend πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Three times I have tried to comment on your Mint post Tracy and they have disappeared. Never came up. So I will comment here.

        Yippee!! *dancing on my laptop* Fantastic news and what a great relief for you Tracy. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

        (This had better work !! ) πŸ˜‰


      • Must be gremlins on wordpress at the moment.
        Thanks Ralph….I appreciate the dance. πŸ™‚


      • Yes, I agree. They are all fast asleep now and I don’t need to go out ….. arrrgh πŸ˜‰


  4. I can imagine the struggling to prevent the cats from getting out while you are trying to get out with the a good size tray. That is no fun and is challenging. Good luck with the practice and hope no one escape during the practicing session πŸ™‚

    I think we all do have a routine plan of actions…


    • Star is so crafty YC, my friend. She hid by the door this morning and was out as quick as a flash. I picked her up and put her back into the salon. So now I have dusty cat footprints all over my clothes and on my laptop. Star, of course, is now fast asleep !! Big hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  5. desertrose7 has a good idea about tossing a treat to distract the guards while you escape with your tray.

    Great pictures of Star!


    • I tried to distract the guard with her favourite metal ball Linda. But it’s lost behind or under something now. I think she did it on purpose πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  6. A declaration of FREEDOM: “I do what I want, when I want and how I want, at any time day or night.” You are the one and only, unique free man, Ralph! πŸ™‚ Congratulation!


    • The reason is very simple my dear friend Wanda. I have no wife and I am a “young” pensioner πŸ˜€ Ralph xox πŸ˜€

      Day 2 Work done this morning


  7. Oh the fun of construction…
    In the end – it will pay off nicely. Can’t wait to see the finished results!
    In the meantime – have fun with the acrobatics πŸ˜‰ xo


    • I am not totally traumatised as yet dear RoSy. At least I am not living with the builders full time as they do have homes to go to. It’s peaceful now. Cat aerobics start in a couple of hours. You have fun too this week my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  8. Ralph hope all is well with you my friend. Read this post and had to laugh at the image in my mind as you elbow your way sideways through the door with tray and cats at your feet and ankles. πŸ™‚ Not fun for you I know. I am unable to open your blog as it freezes my computer for some reason, at first I thought it was due to being overseas but I get from Germany, Australia and Italy ok so something just between you and I (oooh-la-la) LOL Love and prayers my friend ~Len


    On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 3:45 AM, Bluefish Way


    • All is well Len πŸ˜€ I am so sorry that my blog does not load for you. Maybe I have too many widgets or mega-whatsits or, perhaps, I waffle too much and your processor says “no way am I loading that !!”. I hope you are okay today my oooh-la-la friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Doing well Ralph. Anxiously counting days till my knee replacement. I know the therapy is going to hurt like H–L but it has to be better than this. I can’t figure out why your posts keep freezing but I am working on it and hopefully I will be able to see photos of the demo:) God Bless love and hugs ((xx))


      • I understand what you mean about freezing when loading. It has happened to me a few times recently where nothing happens for a few seconds. I don’t think I have done anything new to cause it. Knowing WP it will probably be okay soon.

        Yes. Two weeks to go to your knee op. Don’t worry. It’s just like my building work. It’s painful while it’s happening, but the end result should be wonderful. I will be thinking of you Len. Big hug πŸ˜€


  9. Oh yes, the cat escapees. Our furry lovelies are smarter than we are. Ralph you must bone up on how to be smarter than a cat. Out wit the little boogers. Of course that is easier said than done. I’ve been there and done that with my cats. Currently I have none that want to escape. Sure hope that my luck holds out. I do not like having to chase a cat around the house especially when I am not feeling my best Be careful that the kitties do not casue you to fall.

    ~Yvonne ~ xox


    • I always listen to your advice Yvonne. Maybe one day I will put it into action πŸ˜‰
      I am so pleased to hear that your cats do not wish to escape. I have wind that my three have formed an Escape Committee and are planning to dig a secret tunnel πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Oh I’m a good one to give advice, Ralph. Never mind my ramblings. And of course I know that you “you never mind,”

        You can be sure that your three purrcats are plotting an escape plan. πŸ™‚ Did you watch Henri the French cat that was my last post? In the video the cat mentions escaping and that the dogs are free to go and yet they keep coming back. It is really funny. Well, to me anyway. πŸ™‚

        ~yvonne~ xox


      • Yes I did see the video. Last night I devised a new temporary plan. As the builders are working outside on the rear extension which has a door access to it. I closed the door, swept through the empty rooms. Cleared now of dust and debris I let the cats out to roam through the empty part of the flat. They were happy with that and returned to the front of the apartment where we live without a quibble or moan and settled down for the night. πŸ˜€


  10. I know what you mean Ralph. I have been putting off doing improvements to my house and I think I just need to buckle down and do it. Procrastination is a big obstacle though. One of these days I will get to it. Have a wonderful day Ralph.


    • I am not a Buddhist. I think they have a saying that to go on a thousand mile journey the first step is the most difficult. Just take that step Frank. Take care my friend. Ralph πŸ˜€


  11. Ahhh the cat dance–I have injured myself doing that!


    • Oh no !! I am sorry to hear that Alice. Have I got cat dance injuries to look forward to ?? πŸ˜‰ Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  12. Wow they are really working quick, you will blink and it is done…… It is hard work I can imagine, going round boxes, etc. The tray is obviously a tricky one. How about a smaller tray?????
    Plan A isn’t working anymore so go to Plan B , or Plan C, and ..there are another 23 letters in the alphabet one of them must work. πŸ™‚ Cat treats work with my cat, shake it and he comes in flash where I want him. Probably you can use them.
    It will be all worth it in the end. It will be great to see all the continuation and the end product…. !
    Hope it is not too bad. Enjoy the work!


    • I wish I could blink and it will all be done, but there is so much to do throughout the apartment. Toni fills the dishes so a smaller tray is not an option. I could, of course, employ a group of belly dancers to bring my food one by one. Now that’s a thought πŸ˜‰ I will try cat treats and see what happens. Big hug to you my friend Ute. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  13. Plunk them into a laundry basket? (snorfling at the thought) I have been feeling very very stifled and trapped by the need for endless plotting and something always mucking it up, no one paying but MEEEEEEEEEE, the one who bothered to make the attempt. OH woooooahhhhhhhh is meeeeeeeeeee. (rolls eyes at self)

    I might consider sliding the tray through, with me blocking the door. Turning backwards and using my feet to boot, I mean block cats while I shut the door. My cat is door trained to sit, like a dog though, unless she reaaaaaaaaaaally needs ….ah yes, your word, to use the loo.


    • My cats use a litter tray and they love to throw the little stones all over the floor. I am an expert at sweeping up after them. I will take your advice on board my friend. Have a lovely week Elisa. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • What a good idea AW. You’re hired my friend πŸ˜€ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  14. I love your pictures of Star playing on the boxes. She is in cat heaven. I’m sure she doesn’t realize that the world doesn’t revolve around her. You ARE her biggest toy! Going out the door is just another fun game for the cats! I’m afraid I don’t have ANY advice to make your life any easier! Fortunately, the work is going fast, so that’s great news. I do think the belly dancer option might really work for you! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ duhduh da da da duhduh. da da da duhduh da da da duh duh duh πŸ™‚


    • Day 3 Work done this morning in the heat of the sun

      Hi again my friend πŸ˜€ So I am just a plaything now !! Okay. I’ll go with that. I really do think, like you, that the belly dancer is the way to go. Do you know of any going spare ?? Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • My Pappy worked as a stone mason and I’ve never seen bricks done like this. blink worry frown


      • Not to worry Elisa. Behind the concrete strips above the door are the lintels which are shaped like railway lines and are also used for roof spacers in which they drop specially shaped large bricks. The whole lot will be covered inside and out with an inch of concrete render (like icing a cake) and all the holes will be filled, giving a smooth hard finish for painting..:D


      • OH thank the Lord! I was hoping there was going to be some covering over it, that explained things. Memories of being smacked by a trowel when I put blocks into place like that. I wonder if I can still do it?


      • Most of the old houses in the village (remember Quirky ?) are built with stones from the hillside or river, The walls, 3 feet thick, have a thin layer of cemented stones on the inside and outside. The big hole in the middle is filled with loose stones. That would give your Dad a heart attack to see πŸ˜€


      • ps. Never follow a recipe that says to put in a TABLESPOON and a half of cayenne pepper.


      • Actually I met one a few years ago. True story. One of Vince’s girlfriend’s 50 year old daughter danced for us in her mom’s living room after we enjoyed a nice Spanish paella dinner. I was about the same age, and knew I wouldn’t be bouncing my tummy around literally in people’s noses. It was pretty interesting, though! Muscles moved parts of her that I didn’t know could move! πŸ™‚ You could take it up! OK, I need to stop this line of thought, now! πŸ™‚ xox


      • Yes. I think that you had better stop now MVBF Marsha as I may find some cells in my body rejuvenating πŸ˜‰ I hope you are having a fantastic time. πŸ˜€ xox


      • These are the funny shaped bricks that they are using to roof the extension today on Day 4 Elisa


  15. Hmmm…I always failed to stick to a routine…even during the times when my health was hanging on a cliff (*bad..*bad…wendy)…but I am learning to…*gulped*…yes, learning…

    Thank you for sharing this topic…now I need to do some reflecting about it.

    Cheers!! πŸ˜€


    • Noooooooo !! Don’t do it Wendy !! Routine is Groundhog Day with boredom. Wanda says I’m free and you don’t have to buy two of me to to get one Ralph free πŸ˜‰ Be the routine failure you are my friend and be free !! πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€

      *That was a political party broadcast on behalf of the Ralph Free Party* πŸ˜‰


      • Sir! Yes Sir!! Thank you for the advise and the lovely humour in this lovely comment.

        Have a great and free Friday ahead! Cheers~ πŸ˜€


      • Thank you for your lovely comment M’Lady. Freedom !!! xox πŸ˜€


  16. I guess it will all be worth it in the end, and in the meantime, you and Star will have to make do. She doesn’t look at all concerned at the loss of routine. Hang in there, Ralph. This too shall pass. πŸ™‚


  17. I have no plan, I need one though lol.. looks like its coming along great!!!


    • Hi Nici my friend. Maybe what you have is part of the plan. πŸ˜€ Yes. the extension roof goes on tomorrow but I will be going down to the coast when the jack hammer starts.Whew !! Big hug. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Maybe you are right, doesnt feel like a plan at all… lol.. oh how fun you miss all the loud stuff and get to get away .. have a blessed trip
        hugs and love


      • Maybe so !! πŸ˜€ David, Hilda and I had a great day out today thank you Nici my friend. πŸ˜€ xox

        This morning on the Spanish road towards Gibraltar

        The fields irrigation channel which runs under the back of my building 3 floors below my new rear extension

        It’s a long way up. The builders are putting the roof on the new extension on Day 4 and preparing for rendering and tiling.


  18. I do have routines most of the time otherwise I will be very disorganised. I’m everything will work out soon.


    • Hi Michelle πŸ˜€ I can understand where you are coming from. I hope everything will work out for you. Ralph xox πŸ˜€

      Day 5. The builders have opened up the old window in the rear bedroom for doors to the rear balcony

      The view of my top floor apartment from the street. The geraniums are blooming good πŸ˜€

      View of the work on my rear extension from the path to the river. A hot sunny day today πŸ˜€


  19. Oh my, what bully cats! Poor, poor matie. I have a similar qualm when I am trying to evapourate through doors whilst keeping rabbits from fluttering through door. Always interesting to attempt to step through door and carefully avoid alighting on the β€œtimid” wee woodland creatures that come rushing up to me like exuberant puppies- many-a-time I go a-sprawling as cheery rabbits flit through door in my wake, completely unscathed and totally unperturbed, cursitating madly through the old beach-shack abode, chasing terrified cats every-which-way, sending them sailing as close to the ceiling as possible. Then, there they are, smiling in the middle of room as I stagger in to retrieve them, and out they whirl back onto the porch, kicking their heels up like leprechauns. Bully bunnies.

    Loved this post, well-done. Sorry about your unkempt routine being tidied via all the chaos- ooo but I am excited to see the results of the efforts soon. Glad cats having a grand time. The imagery conjured via your tray description is too groovy, far too many grins evoked.




    • Hello and welcome my dear friend Autumn Jade. I am so glad that I live three floors up with no bullying bunny problems. I have the occasional ant dare to come in. I find out where from and I zap them with my Ant Armageddon Spray. They don’t return in a hurry. Also swallows love to fly in, circle the lampshade and fly out again. Great entertainment for the cats and myself. Thank you for your long and entertaining comment as usual. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Oh that is the most fabulous scene to picture- a swallow swiveling about the room and then dissipating out the window again- what a grand feeling that must be to experience that… adore swallows and swifts, absolutely gorgeous, ethereal birds. Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

        It is always a joy to stagger in and rejuvenate with a dose of Ralph. Thankee.


        Autumn Jade


  20. what a gorgeous apartment, and the rear veranda replacement is gonna look gorgeous when finished! your cats seem to be the boss….


    • I am a submissive slave to my cats and I am amazed at how much work the builders have done in 5 days. Luckily it has been hot and sunny, as it is today, so they are able to work without disruption…. and no problems as yet. I hope you had a great weekend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  21. Oh my! That’s big stuff! I remember those times & I’m glad they’re gone!

    BUt the most serious of all is… your routine! Now that’s a plan! πŸ™‚


    • That is indeed a plan, that was not planned, but, a plan anyway. Oh dear !! Ralph xox πŸ˜€


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