I’m Back …… Sort Of !!

Yippee!! Hello again my friends. I’m back after 3 weeks away from you. I missed you in the evenings when the builders left for the night. It was so quiet and in those moments I wondered how you were and what you were up to. Having no internet connection was a good thing while great changes took place. There was no way I could blog with dust and rubble everywhere. This slideshow will give you some idea of the transformation taking place in my Blog Control Centre which is still ongoing.

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Manny, Marsha’s teddy bear, is now here with me for a few weeks of adventures in Spain. I am the first in a long list of bloggers from all over the world who will have Manny. You can see the fun and the mess that he is making every Thursday on Marsha’s blog.

My very first visitor from California. Manny on his adventures visiting bloggers from all over the world and I am his first port of call. I am honoured and we are having fun
My very first visitor from California. Manny on his adventures visiting bloggers from all over the world and I am his first port of call. I am honoured and we are having fun

Woohoo !! My second visitor will be Ute, of Utesmile, at the end of August. I am so thrilled that she is coming to Spain. I am sure we will have fun. It also gives me a target date to finish the upgrade of my apartment.

This photo taken after Ute's dance lesson with professional dancer James Jordan as seen on UK TV "Strictly Come Dancing". I am so excited as Ute, whose blog is Utesmile, is coming to visit me at the end of August. What fun awaits us.
This photo taken after Ute’s dance lesson with professional dancer James Jordan as seen on UK TV “Strictly Come Dancing”. I am so excited as Ute, whose blog is Utesmile, is coming to visit me at the end of August. What fun awaits us.

Manny and Ute here !! Fantastic !!


It’s great to be back.

Ralph xox πŸ™‚


58 Comments on “I’m Back …… Sort Of !!

  1. Ralph, I am so pleased that you are back. I can’t believe it has only been 3 weeks. It seems like so much longer. The renovations look as though they are working out nicely. Wonderful that you have Manny, and that Ute will be visiting soon too. All the best.


    • I am so pleased as well to be back my friend Gallivanta. There is still a lot to do, but it’s the fun bit now of decorating and putting in the new furniture etc. Manny and I are having fun plus the bonus of Ute coming in a few weeks. How exciting !! Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Uh oh !! Big problem !! My feet don’t work and my balance is wonky. I listen to music on the radio channels on my TV. I think to solve the problem I will have to buy a DVD player. Manny, my three cats and I will sit on the sofa and watch Ute’s cabaret. What fun !! Don’t tell Ute what is planned for her πŸ˜‰


  2. I am glad you are back. Your place is looking good. I think you passed the big hurdles now.

    Welcome back!


    • Hey YC !! I missed you !! The construction is over. 6 weeks of hell now turning into my heaven. I am looking forward to blog full time in a few weeks. It’s nice to talk to you again. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Daniela !! It’s lovely to see your avatar again. I will begin to visit other bloggers in a few weeks as I haven’t got my head around blogging yet. Still so much to be done here. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  3. The changes look wonderful so far, looking forward to seeing the finished product, plus glad to hear you will be having visitors, always good to do something different…..my daughter just visited me for 3 weeks, incredibly special time together…


    • Oh Annie. I am with you all the way in seeing the finished product. I am exhausted but happy with the progress. I am so pleased to hear that you had a wonderful time with your daughter. For a teddy bear, Manny is a handful, needs constant attention and always getting into trouble. I expect Ute will be the same πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  4. Welcome back Ralph. I missed you!


  5. Great to see you back, Ralph. I’m sure Manny doesn’t mind the mess. Your space is looking good. πŸ™‚


    • Thanks Sylvia for the welcome back. Manny loves the mess, not a lot left now as Toni spent 4 hours yesterday cleaning right through and loves my new Dyson vacuum cleaner. I have a young lady coming tomorrow to paint colour on the walls. As most young mothers she is desperate for money as work is sparse in the village. I will pay her on an hourly rate. So to help her I will ask her to apply two coats of paint instead of one and to paint the communal stairway which doesn’t really need doing but every little helps. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Yay!!!! Pelly !! I missed you too. I miss the emails of your exploits. We will talk soon. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  6. Welcome back!!! I will be in Madrid in August. So, will be breathing your country’s fine air. πŸ™‚ My blog has changed much and turned into podcast site. PEACE-


    • Hi my friend Wambui. That’s great news that you are coming to Spain. I hope you have a great time here. I will visit your blog when I am more relaxed and have the time. I am looking forward to see how you throw peas ….. wrong podcast? πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  7. Welcome back πŸ™‚ and I was thinking were is Ralph, where is that man who makes me laughing ! I’m sure that you three gonna get a super time ahead and wish you a very pleasant time ! Xoxo


    • Thanks Shiro my friend it’s great to be back. Talking of laughing, one of the builders was ask by the electrician to chisel out a hole in the brick wall for a new circuit breaker box. After much banging and dust there was a massive crash and a large hole appeared through into another finished painted room. The very sheepish Spanish builder peered through and I did understand his Spanish when he mumbled “Uh oh!!”. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Hahaha, it’s no true ..OMG ! You are back, I knew it, thanks Ralph to be always the person who you are and I wish you many success with finishing and a very splendid evening ! Xoxo


      • Thanks Shiro on all accounts. What a lovely reply!! It’s coming up to midnight here so I will say goodnight and maybe I will find a glass slipper on my way to bed πŸ˜‰ xox


  8. Whoo -Hoo! our Ralph is back!! How wonderful you have been so missed, so very happy to see the progress made and that you have visitors there and coming. You are a very special lucky man look forward to hearing from you on a regular basis soon. Love and hugs (((xx)))


    • Whoo-hoo Len my friend!! Thank you for your lovely comment and it’s great to be back amongst my blogging friends again. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • By the way Len I forgot to ask how your new knee is. I hope all is well πŸ˜€


  9. Looks great Ralph, and great you are back here. Well, when I come you will get to know the real ME……… scary or what?


    • Hi my dear friend Ute. It’s great to be back even if it is on a limited scale at the moment. πŸ˜€

      Now about this “scary or what”. Please, please leave the “scary” in London and I will chance the “what”. Perhaps the “what” is more scary than the “scary”, but hopefully the “what” is a pleasant surprise. I am not panicking yet !! πŸ˜‰

      Manny is totally in love with you and is beside himself so much that there is almost two of him and he is counting down the days to your arrival. He can only count up to two, so he watches every airplane that flies over thinking that you are aboard.

      Big hug from both of us. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Awww so sweet… I really am quite nice, so no worries, hehe!
        Give Manny a kiss from me in the meanwhile!


      • Whew. That’s a relief. Panic over πŸ˜€
        Manny says he wants a kiss from you, not from me, yuk !!


  10. YAY – A Ralph sighting πŸ™‚
    The room is looking fantabulous!
    I bet it’s so exciting to have Manny over & to be the first on his list of blog travels.
    And – I’m sure it will be even more exciting when Ute stops by for a visit. That is so wonderful that you will get to meet eachother in person!
    Can’t wait to hear about your Spanish adventures with Manny & your meeting up with Ute!
    xo Saludos y Abrazos xo


    • Yay !! My fantabulous friend RoSy. I hope all is well in your part of the world. The visits of Manny and Ute are a real bonus to my life and I hope more bloggers will visit me in the future. And/or I may visit my blogging friends. I have had two offers already. What fun !! Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  11. It’s great to have you back!
    Your little bit of heaven is looking, well, heavenly πŸ˜€


    • Hi my friend. Yes it is great to be back. I am having to blog on and off for a while as work is still in progress. I will answer your lovely email when I can in the next day or so. Hugs to you all. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  12. Monday July 15,2013 at 5:00pm

    Hip, hip hooray. Ralph has made my day.

    Your home/ apartment is looking so good and soon you’ll be living in grand style.
    I like what you are doing with your apartment. Very, very nice. I see that plenty of other women/people were glad to see a post from you. Lots of commenters to scroll past to get to a blank slot. Hope you are in feeling good or in fine fettle. I hope fine fettle is not too much of a stretch. πŸ™‚

    Yvonne xox


    • So sorry Yvonne I missed answering your lovely comment. I got distracted and when I came back to replying to comments somehow I missed yours for a day !!

      My “fine fettle” fine is gradually becoming fine, but my fettle is exhausted. For instance the wall decorator was booked to start at 3pm today, so at 11am Hilda and I went a few miles to the paint store. Chose the colour codes to be mixed on the machine which refused to work. Two assistants tore the side off the computer tower at which time we left to go into town for a coffee. On our return the same two women were dissecting the computer at which time we went home. The painter came at 3pm and left to be notified when the colour paints arrive. At 7pm tonight we got a phone call that the paint was mixed and ready for collection. So off we went again and the paint is here now. I may just stack the paint in the middle of the room as a sculpture and use as a talking point if the painter does not arrive tomorrow. Nothing is simple in Spain that’s why I love it πŸ˜€

      Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Yessie. It was lovely to see your comment pop up. It’s nice to be back πŸ™‚

      Quiet!!!! How disappointing. I was hoping to hear that you all had coffee mornings, Zumba dancing, parties and a Glastonbury festival in this comment area while I was away. Perhaps you did but not saying πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  13. Welcome back, Ralph. Good to see you are making it through the transformations. Take care.


    • Hey Frank. It’s great to see you here again. I have been really busy the last couple of days and it is ongoing, so I won’t be a regular blogger for quite a while.
      Have a great weekend. Ralph πŸ˜€


  14. yay! nearly time for me to relocate to a new comfy spot in your house!!! how to choose? hooooooow to choose?! If I weren’t afraid of falling down I could sock skate on that floor!


    • Hi Elisa. Sock skating throughout the apartment is now on the cards and the only comfy spot at the moment are the cats, but furniture comfy will be arriving in the next few days. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Ok, you remember how much I like red and LOOOOOOOOVE purple, and magenta and…don’t you?!?! OO maybe orange….


  15. And so, you said it was only going to be two weeks?? (β•―Β°β–‘Β°οΌ‰β•―οΈ΅ ┻━┻

    Anyway, welcome back, my friend!! ヽ(Β΄β–½`)/

    Cheers!!! πŸ˜€


    • I did say that didn’t I Wendy? I see you believe everything I say πŸ˜‰ Still a Spanish two weeks being three is good going here. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  16. Looks fantastic! I’m so excited and happy for you that you’ll get to meet Ute. I have met a few online friends over the years, and I hope to meet many more. Welcome back!


    • Hi Rene πŸ˜€ The pressure is on to get everything shipshape for Ute’s arrival. I am emptying boxes and cupboards to see what I have and what goes where. A bit chaotic at the moment. Still with Ute coming it will be worth the effort. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  17. YAY, Ralph is back! Three weeks without Ralph was a VERY long time for me! Especially sending Manny over unsupervised! I hope he is still behaving after his last incident. I haven’t had the nerve to tell the rest of the world yet what happened. I left them wondering, so don’t spill the beans – or the flying fur! πŸ™‚ I missed you terribly, but I’m so glad you are sort of back online. Lots of love and hugs to you, Fanny, Manny, Ute and Danny when they get there, too! πŸ™‚ xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox πŸ™‚


    • Hello again MVBFM πŸ˜€ Manny has been a good boy the last couple of days. I think Fanny has taught him Mannymanners and is letting me get on with the work without Manny distracting me. I don’t think it will last long as I am sure that he will get into trouble again πŸ˜‰

      It’s nice to be back on and off. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Hi MFR! So great to hear from you! You don’t sound like you have much confidence in Manny being a good boy!!! You may be spoiling his further travel plans. I’m not sure people are going to want to host such a naughty bear! They still don’t know what he did to get into such trouble! I’m glad Fanny has taken over the training! πŸ™‚ xoxox


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