Pancakes And A Thousand Followers !


This story was triggered by a visit to Liz‘s cooking blog. Boy ! Can she cook !


(Click this picture of Liz’s to take you to her pancake post.)

In the ’80’s I stayed with Jim & Doris Nelson in Julian CA  (it’s a shame that I have lost touch with them). Jim asked me to take his truck down to Ramona for servicing.


(Found on Google Search)

I popped into a nearby cafe for a cooked breakfast while waiting for the truck to be finished. I ordered the usual inc. pancakes. I asked for three. The waitress looked shocked and went away shaking her head. “Mad English !” I suppose she was thinking. She returned with two plates. One with the breakfast. The other was piled with three 1″ thick pancakes the size of “manhole covers”. I was surprised they didn’t have printed on them “San Diego Highways Dept.”


(Found on Google Search)

She stood over me and smiled. The cook peeped over the bar and smiled. All the customers smiled. And I thought “Oh boy !” as I asked for the 6th bottle of maple syrup. I got through one pancake !!


1000 WP followers ! Wow !


It’s now 1009 followers. 1003 of you are with WP dot com.  Six more are emails. How fantastic is that ! Thank you so much !

On the 2nd of October 2012, when I had 184 followers, I wrote a fun post about following. I am copying it here as I have so many new followers to upset. Here goes ! Have fun !

I am following you Ralph because:

1) I like your hat

2) I like where you live because it is nowhere near where I live

3)I like your blog but I don’t like you

4) I like you and I want to marry you

5) I am married but I still want to marry you

6)I am single and with you around I am staying single

7)I get bored easily so I come over to your blog and get more bored

8) My psychiatrist recommends this blog as shock treatment

9) I have had a bad hair day and I want to take it out on you

10) I want to know if my boobs are too big for this sweater

11) Other

12) A bit of the other

Thank heavens  you are blog followers, NOT real life followers ! I could  cope with washing the clothes of 1000, even feeding 1000, but 1000 followers snoring ! No way !


Thank you for following this blog my friends !


Ralph xox ❤


121 Comments on “Pancakes And A Thousand Followers !

  1. Congratulations on the follower numbers, though I do resent the implication that I snore 😉


    • Hi Not 😀 Thank you my friend. Sorry. I thought you wearing the pink helmet was to keep the snoring noises down……my mistake 😉 lol. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  2. Great, now I want pancakes. 😀
    Those manhole covers could feed 1000!
    Congrats my intriguing and popular friend.


    • Hi Katie 😀
      Great idea ! That’s the feeding of the 1000 followers solved !
      Intriguing ? I hope that’s not in a weird way !
      Have a hug my friend. Ralph xox ❤


      • Only in the best ways-weird included. 🙂
        I’ll take that hug and hug back. 8


      • You are so sweet my friend. I should keep off the sugar if I was you 😉 ❤


  3. I want pancakes too and you just reminded me I used up all my maple syrup this week. Guess I shall have to go and shake the cookie jar. Must be something yummy I can eat.


    • Hello Lynne 😀
      Oh no ! No maple syrup ? Sorry. You can’t have my Vermont maple syrup sent by Rene for me on Valentine’s Day as I am saving it for a special Spanish 1″ manhole cover pancake ! 😉
      Ralph xox ❤


  4. Same here, Katie. I’ll probably have to make pancakes for lunch, then I’ll get fat and then I’ll need a bigger sweater.

    I am SO jealous of your many followers, Ralph. Just because you have a great blog, everyone has to jump on the wagon. Hmph. I see I am among 357 other discerning readers from Australia. I wonder who they can be?

    Cheers, Ralphie, and well done. By the time I came to your post, you had picked up a few more followers, by the way, it said 1010. You should stand for President of The Whole Darn World. You’d be a shoo-in. 🙂 ❤ oxo and the same to the cats.


    • Hello Yvonne 😀
      Noooo ! Big sweater BAD !! Tight sweaters are good !!! Keep up the good work of cooking more and more pancakes !!
      Oh ! The other 356 are too drunk on Foster’s beer to worry about what they read.
      Thanks. That’s the Dismal Swamp vote for shoo-in the President then 😉
      Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❤


    • Hi YC 😀 I agree. The pancakes do look good !
      #11 is an excellent choice. It keeps your options wide open, yet a secret ! Ralph 😀


    • Hi Annie 😀 I honestly don’t know how this blog has 1000 followers. They had probably downed a bottle of white wine, pressed “Follow” and regretted it ever since. A bit like having a year long hangover ! 😉 Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


    • Hi Mirna 😀 Wow ! That’s really sweet of you to say that ! I hope you don’t regret it in the morning 😉 Big hug and a kiss. Ralph xox ❤


      • Just joking my friend. I also don’t drink alone in my apartment, though I do enjoy a couple of beers socially at parties etc. 😀 ❤


      • I know my friend….maybe one day…a beer…who knows….until there i am still following your blog…the best blog…i think….:) 🙂


    • Hi Beth 😀
      LOL. That is the best mega-ROFLMAO comment yet !! Want a pancake or 200 ? Hugs to you my friend. Ralph xox ❤


  5. I much prefer the thinner pancakes over the manhole pancakes. 🙂
    WOW 1000+
    You da man Ralph – You da man!
    xx Saludos y Abrazos xx


    • Hi RoSy 😀 I am a “thinner” man myself ! I expected pancakes like Liz’s not manhole covers ! The same with pizzas. I prefer American, NOT Italian “bouncy castles” with something red scraped on top !
      Yay ! 1000+ ! Hugs to you my friend. Ralph xox ❤


  6. It would be easy enough to feed your followers with a few of those manhole sized pancakes. But I am a picky follower so I would prefer one of Liz’s polenta pancakes, please.


  7. HUGE Congratulations to my dear sir!! And for the record I agree with Mirna and shall quote her to prove it “I like Ralph because I love Ralph!! Huge milestone and I’m not surprised because you’re awesome like that!!! Love&Hugs xox ❤ ~


    • Hello dear Christina 😀 A HUGE thank you is in order for your amorous comment. You are so sweet. HUGE hug. Ralph xox ❤


    • Hello Georgia 😀 That’s a definite “Yay !” then ! Thank you so much my friend. Ralph xox ❤


    • Hi Shey 😀 Wow. Thanks ! You can follow me 1000 times if you like, but I might get suspicious after 999 😉 Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


    • Hello Wendy 😀 That it is ! Shame really 😉 Wow. 90 already ! You’ll soon reach your 1000 the way your blog is going. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  8. Hi there Ralph, congratulations on reaching 1000 followers. That’s a great achievement…Thanks for bringing me a lot of traffic via the pancake. I am following you because I adore your hat and the fact that you’re so far away from me…ha ha. Absence makes the heart grow fonder…..have a lovely week!


    • Hello Liz 😀 Thank you. I never ever expected so many followers, but I am happy that you are one of them.

      Trafficking pancakes is my speciality. You deserve more readers as you have a magnificent skill and blog.

      I suspected that ! Especially the far away reason 😉

      I am having a lovely week so far, as I hope you are.

      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  9. I like pancakes, but I only eat them plain with no syrup or anything. Everyone tells me this is weird. I don’t see anything strange about it, but then I’m a little weird anyway. Maybe that’s why I love visiting you. 😛 BTW..are my boobs too big for this sweater?? 😀 Love you! ((HUGS))


    • Hello Elizabeth 😀

      This IS weird !! Okay, you said it ! Anyway I love weird 😀

      No. The sweater is too big for your boobs. Change it ! Now ! 😉

      Love you back. Ralph xox ❤ with many hugs my friend.


  10. Oh oh oh…i’m so late in congratulating you! Hooray, hurrah 😀 I’m not sure how long i’ve been following your band wagon? a year? more? either way it’s always a joy to be here. Thanks for the ‘larfs! Hugs galore xxxx


    • Hi Lottie 😀 I found you on page 27 of 51 pages of followers. It was 11 months 2 weeks ago that you began following me. Doesn’t time fly when you are enjoying yourself ? Or not ! Thank you for your lovely comment my friend and the hugs galore. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤


      • heavens! it’s nearly our anniversary, Ralph! How shall be celebrate? a romantic candle lit dinner? champagne on the beach? trying our hand at making paella together? the possibilities are endless YAY! xxxxx


      • Is it ? Heck ! I better think fast and get you a present. A sweater perhaps, or a cactus for your garden, or even a day out on your local village beach. Ice cream ? 😀


      • I heard that ! Turn your computer off the next time you talk to the Irishman like that. On second thoughts turn the volume up ! 😉 xox


      • Oh LOLZS! next time I’m down your way, we shall give you a shout – it would be really fun to meet up with you xox (i’m tempted to write something really rude but I won’t 😉 ) what is it about living in Spain that fires up the blood?


      • Boredom ? 😉

        You would be so welcome to visit. I would look forward to that 😀 xox


  11. It was in October, 2012 that I started following you because you commented on my comments about you on Meme’s post. So funny. It’s been a wild ride of a friendship since then. Now we are VBFFs. Glad so many others have found you as well. You’re a real find. Lots of love to you MFR! 🙂 Happy pancaking! 🙂 For some reason I can’t post with WP.


    • Hi MVBFM 😀 Wow. Was it that long ago AND what a memory you have.? I honestly don’t remember as I must have written about 7,000 comments up to now. I agree, it has been both fun and a wild ride.

      Can’t post ? Oh dear ! Have you tried pressing PUBLISH ! That usually works 😉 Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  12. How the hell did you ever eat 1,000 pancakes? I ate 1/2 last time, and …..? Oh! 1,000 followers. Well, that’s understandable. You’re cute, funny and have a bicycle shed (although temporarily closed). Congrats & case closed!
    Resa xox ❤


    • Hi Resa 😀
      No ! I didn’t eat 1000 followers, but a nibble might be on the cards 😉
      Yep ! Sorry. The bike shed is closed for a private function and may stay that way for a while or two.
      Hugs to you my friend. Ralph xox ❤


  13. Lol you made me hungry for . . . . Pancakes! Good on you for entertaining the masses, it’s no surprise you have so many followers. 🙂 xo


    • Hi Debby 😀 Wow ! Thanks for saying that I entertain the masses. Got to, or they will disappear and do real life things, that is if they remember how to after so much blogging 😉 Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  14. Congratulations Ralph on 1000 followers (nice to know I’m one in a thousand)!! I only have 200 followers and I’m prettier than you, what’s up with that??

    XO 🙂

    ❤ carmen


    • Hi Carmen 😀
      Thank you my friend. Oh, you are definitely THE ONE in 1000.
      Of course you are prettier than me, but you wander around the streets in your pyjamas. I don’t ! Therefore 1000 for me for being a good boy ! I’m off out. Now where did I leave my negligee ? 😉
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  15. Dear Ralph, I am so happy for you!!! That’s amazing. Congratulations!
    # 13 because you are so funny and you make me smile. 😉
    Julia ❤


    • Hello Julia 😀

      Wow ! 14 Likes and a comment from you. I AM blessed !

      Thank you so much. You are so sweet !

      #13 ! Okay ! I’ll go with that !

      Have a Happy Friday my friend. Ralph xox ❤


  16. Ahahahahahha 😀 I laughed so hard on number 2 😀
    I was in shock with American pancakes too! But, only trough internet. they are like five of “our own”…


    • Hi Ivy 😀 Oh yes. #2 ! Most of my readers like that one. I wonder why ? 😉 That is so true about the pancakes. I was so shocked when I saw the size of them. Ralph xxox ❤


  17. Congratulations Ralph. That is an incredible achievement. I am coming up to 400 followers and have been blogging longer. However, it did take me a year to get my first follower – I used to blog just for me all of those years ago (About 4 I think). Love the shock treatment remark.


    • Hello Sandra 😀 Wow ! 4 years and nearly 400 followers. That’s good ! Thank you for your shock treatment visit. I hoped it worked 😉 Ralph xox ❤


      • There is NO way I could cope with 4 blogs. I did have 3 when I first started. I am now down to one which is more than enough for me as it’s pretty much a full time job. I don’t work which helps. Nice to see you say you get new followers every week. I have too much on in my real life to post now. Have a lovely week. xox


      • 5th blog ??!! Wow ! And then I read of a 6th ! OMG. You are breeding them !! 😉 ❤


    • Hi Cybele 😀 No ! Don’t be jealous, you will get to 1000 one day. I will call you my 1001 even though on my sidebar it tells me I am at 1018 now. Manhole pancakes are good for you as they smash healthy diets to smithereens 😉 lol Ralph xox ❤


  18. Congratulations! With a thousand plus followers in tow I really cannot grudge you having that extra pancake with the next installment of six maple syrup bottles 🙂

    I remain curious however as to what that friendly neighborhood cafe owner said when you asked for that twelfth bottle.




    • Hello Shakti 😀
      Welcome to Bluefish Way and thank you so much for commenting.
      I never, never, never want to see a pancake or maple syrup after that experience. Crepes I can just about cope with after being so traumatised. Haha !
      Have a lovely day. Ralph 😀


    • Hi Julita 😀 I must admit I do love THIN pancakes and, wow, you cooked them everyday for breakfast ! You’re hired !
      I believe you did play the game and, wow, thanks for following for so long. Has the shock treatment worked ? 😉
      101 comments now !
      Have a lovely day my friend. Ralph xox ❤


    • Hi PN 😀 Thank you my friend. I thought you had disappeared ! I have just been on your blog and found for some reason (probably an EU cock up) that I wasn’t following you. That is now rectified. No idea what happened ! OMG. I see I’ve got a lot of back posts to read. Be there properly soon. Ralph 😀


    • Seçil Merhaba 😀 Ne tatlı! Çok teşekkür ederim. Burada İspanya’da çok sıcak olduğunu, bu yüzden siestas bol yaşıyorum. Güzel bir hafta kendiniz var. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  19. LOve pancakes and sometimes I make them too for all the family with lots of stroop (Dutch name for syrup) ! You are always have been a little naughty I think just when you was born isn’t it ? And I love all the numbers of your fun-post………….hihihi so great, have a lovely day today 🙂 !


    • Hi Serach 😀 Thank you so much for your lovely comment again. I do love to read and answer them. You have made so many in the past. Pass the stroop please ! Have a lovely week. Ralph xox ❤


  20. Wow, a thousand followers. Congratulations! You have about that many commenters every time, too. I’m always late to the comment party, but I get to read the many fascinating remarks that you and your commenters make. I’ve been to Jerome, California, a lovely place. It was along time ago. Wouldn’t it have been lovely to bump into you there. I didn’t eat pancakes, but I did eat some apple pie, a Jerome specialty, I think.


    • Hi Catherine 😀 I’m the same. I usually end up last on someone else’s blog and I like to read the comments too.
      Julian was where I stayed and that is also in apple country. Lovely pies ! I hope we do meet sometime my friend. Ralph xox ❤


  21. Absolutely brilliant. Congratulations on your tremendous throng of avid followers, dear friend!! In my profound elation for you, there are too many grins to count (far beyond a 1K).

    P.S. Pancake saga was too funny.

    1,009 cheers and chortles to you,

    Smiling Toad


  22. Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to like several of my posts and my “About” page. I enjoy your zest for living and now I know at least 1000 other people do too. Congratulations! 🙂


    • Thank you so much Imagine. I do enjoy the work you have done on your blogs. I’ll be visiting again 😀


      • Wow, thanks for dropping by again! 🙂 I appreciate your support. Thanks again for liking more of my posts and pages and for following imaginenewdesigns. And thanks for liking “Neptune’s Fortress.”

        Your posts remind me that there is so much more to explore in this strange adventure called life. Best regards to you! 🙂


      • Hello Arlene 😀 You are very sweet and polite. Love it ! There is definitely so much to explore. Happy Sunday my friend 😀


  23. It pays to browse the archives, this is fun. By the way, Olivia told me to tell you she has chosen #4.) She is getting ready to announce her wedding as I type. You’ll see. LOL.


    • Hello Marcy 😀 You may browse through my archives at any time my friend 😉 Uh oh ! Please tell Olivia that although she has lovely legs I need time to think. Is this a shotgun wedding ? 😉 Ralph xox ❤


      • Well, Ralph, it’s like this, she’s sent out the invitation. You’d better rein her in before she gets too gung-ho. I doubt you’ll need a shotgun, though. I think if you simply explain to her that she misunderstood your question, she’ll be okay. LOL. Sorry about her silliness, she’s like that you know. 😉


      • Hopefully she is on the right path now. I hope that it works out for her in whatever direction it takes. Silly is good ! 😀


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