Breakfast With Katrina

Most bloggers publish posts and that’s it.  Whereas some of us become internet friends over time.  We email each other, learn about things not mentioned on posts, meet up in real life and even send presents to each other.

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Thanks Sonic.  I love you too !

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One such recent present was a lovely signed photograph from Katrina.

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Yes Samantha.

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Katrina is a young actress in New York and is working hard on hitting the big time.  She excels in video, films, TV shows and theatre plus speaking in many dialects.  She’s got talent and also holds down a “proper” job until becoming a full time actress.

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One thing we both agree on is that one day we will have a breakfast together in real life and we constantly remind each other of that.

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I wanted to send a gift back to Katrina.  But what ?

I could have bought something on Amazingzon, but I wanted to give her something special and personal.  Then I remembered my local friend Jim …..

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….. who painted all the wall pictures in my apartment.

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Over a few days, working on my design and photos I sent him, Jim sent me this draft cartoon for my approval. 

Fantastic, isn’t it ?  Breakfast together while I’m living in the mountains of southern Spain and Katrina is in New York

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A week or so later Jim brought the finished piece around to my apartment.

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Eventually the parcel arrived in New York from Spain.  Katrina was so happy and wrote >>>

“I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOOOOVVVE IT! thank you for the consideration on the frame also, friend. How lovely! I will hang it by my desk as soon as it is framed

The ladies at work were quite excited, as was I, to take part in the fun and one laughed loudly at the cartoon and said that was exactly what my big smile looks like! One of the women wishes for a pen pal in a far away land now, too.”

   The cartoon is now prominently displayed in its new home in New York.

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Three people are thrilled with the present;  Katrina, Jim and myself.

Katrina loves the cartoon and had it mounted in a golden frame;  the colour reminding her of the first Oscar she will get one day.  Jim, who is happy to see where his work has ended up. And finally myself, who has given a personal gift to a special internet friend and in doing so has helped a local artist.

Amazingzon could never do that !

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No,  you can’t Sonic.

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SONIC  !!!   And get off of my laptop Samantha.

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What I have to put up with !  Oh boy !

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Are in touch with blogging friends ?

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Ralph xox ❤

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Thanks to everyone who have sent me presents.  I do treasure every one of them as well as your friendship.  Big hug ❤

119 Comments on “Breakfast With Katrina

      • Aww samantha, you are a brilliant typist! You should get paid for your talent. I am a fan! My cats would get jealous if they knew, they get jealous if i stroke one without the other!

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      • Yay, a fan ! Thanks Ms Tammy. I can only type two paws a minute. We get SO jealous too when one of us is stroked more than the other, but we are training Daddy to stroke us both equally. Love S&S 😀 ❤

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  1. Oh, what a perfect gift you sent to Katrina. Jim has buckets of talent, hasn’t he?

    I hope you do get to have breakfast with Katrina one day. Maybe she’ll invite you to the Academy Awards ceremony? You can be her escort on the red carpet.

    Cheers, chappie. oxo 🙂 ❤

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    • I was very nervous in how Katrina would react after so many weeks of work and in the post, but it turned out well didn’t it Yvonne ? And, yes, Jim is a very talented artist as he does paintings of people and pets as well as what’s shown in this post.
      I would love to walk the red carpet with Katrina. That would be the best excuse ever for having breakfast with her.
      Big hug and take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  2. That was a great idea for a present, Ralph. I’m sure Katrina will really appreciate it.
    No I haven’t met any of my blogging friends yet. I have collaborated with some of them and we have sent emails.
    Leslie

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    • Katrina loved the present Leslie. It was so worth the work and the wait to see her reaction.
      I do hope that one day you will meet a fellow blogger in real life as it’s a wonderful experience.
      Have a lovely week. Ralph xox ❤

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  3. Ralph, This is priceless! Not only featuring Sonic & Samantha, but the overall giving and receiving friendship from the wonderful Blogosphere world. Such a gift you have, Ralph, starring in this role, and this one in particular with the lovely Katrina! Chryssa

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    • I am the lucky one my friend. 😀
      I really do wish that I could type faster and send out more emails to everyone who writes to me, but comments are fine, as yours are my bloggy friend. Thank you Melinda 😀 Ralph xox ❤

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    • Movie ? Please don’t tell my cats Mihran as they will become divas and want stars on their baskets and litter tray. 😉 Thanks for your great comment my friend. Ralph 😀

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  4. I’ve met Yvonne but that was before I had my own blog. I hope that counts. I have plans to eventually meet others too! Maybe when I move to Venice you and I can meet somewhere in the middle, Ralph!

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    • Of course it counts Michelle. I bet Yvonne is a great real life friend. Ummm……meeting in the middle ?……..I hope you don’t mean the middle of a canal 😀 lol Ralph xox ❤
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  5. I’ve met one blogger and have plans to see her again in February (she lives 8 hour drive away). I also have plans to see two others (5 hours away) in the next month or so.

    There are some that I keep in touch with off of here via email. Most of those are outside of the US or I would likely have already met them too 🙂

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    • That’s really great that you have and you are meeting bloggy friends Not. Meeting friends overseas is difficult. I met Heila in Israel and had a great time.
      Have fun my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  6. Loved it! the post, the photos, the idea, the gift, your writing, everything… you are a treasured bloggy friend 🙂 Love ya! Have a wonderful bloggy week P***

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  7. What a wonderful post my friend. I was just so gonna tell these cats off for their cheek but then you fair showed them!! Happy week to you, you special man x

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    • Thanks Shey 😀
      My cats are exhausted after doing this post and being told off. They are happily asleep until I go to bed then all hell is let loose. Oh boy !
      Thank you and have a lovely week yourself my friend.
      Ralph xox ❤

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  8. That is a brilliant present, Ralph, Jim done a great job with the idea of yours. I still treasure the memories of your present for me, the dancing! You are a very kind and thoughtful man. Blogging friendships are great!

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    • Hi Ute.
      Jim has seen this post and emailed me saying, “Hi Ralph. Looks like we could all end up famous thanks to you. Jim”. I am sure that he must have loved your comment and other commenters as well.
      Heck, it was so long ago I had almost forgotten your dance with James. That brought back memories 😀
      I do remember your visit though. We did so much and it was lovely having you here. And, thank YOU for all your wonderful presents.
      Have a lovely week. Ralph xox ❤

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  9. How sweet it is! Ralph, the painting/cartoon is absolutely lovely. I have no doubt the beautiful Katrina will find a successful future in the Biz.
    Your friend Jim is very talented! Will he be doing a portrait of the cats?
    Sending you much love! _Resa xoxo ❤ <#
    Oh, Jeep & Johnny send a rousing meowrr to Sonic & Samantha. I'm sure it's a secret cat code! 🙂 🙂

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    • Thank you my dear friend for such a wonderful comment. Jim IS really talented. He illustrated a book on kingfishers at one time. No, he won’t be painting my cats as I see enough of them everyday and I would have to be on my best behaviour if they look down on me from the wall 😉
      Katrina is also SO talented. She just needs that big break, someone like Orson Welles to take her on (shows how update I am). I believe that will happen.
      Sonic & Samantha say hi to Jeep and Johnny and they love their French Canadian accent. MEOWRR ! 😀
      Love & hugs back dear Resa. Ralph xoxox ❤ #<

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    • Thanks Jules. Jim does have talent, so has Katrina. I am surrounded by talent ! Ralph xox ❤

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    • It is wonderful, isn’t it Beth ?
      Wow ! How fabulous in meeting some blogging friends. Great, isn’t it ? Ralph xox ❤

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  10. You picked the perfect gift for Katrina, Ralph, and I’m glad you all loved it. The cartoon of you is a very good likeness – Jim’s a talented artist. I’ve made a few lovely friends on WP who I keep in touch with by email and have arranged to meet up with one day (pennies permitting) It’s bank Holiday Monday here, so we’ve had yet another typical rainy day. Much love to your lovely ‘Minders’. Sonic and Samantha are treasures. 😀

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    • Thank you for your lovely comment Millie. I am glad as well that we all loved the cartoon. I really do hope that you will meet up with your WP friends. Sorry your Bank Holiday was another washout. We don’t have Bank Holidays here in Spain just countless Saints and Andalucia days plus all of August. S&S send their love back as I do. Ralph xox ❤

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      • If we ever come to Andalucia again, we might just give you a ring! We were on a guided tour in May, so no time to go anywhere but the set route – which is what I needed for my research at the time. Take care. 😀

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  11. Sorry a cat is in my lap. I like this post very much. cyber friends are the best sometimes and I am in touch sometimes with 3 who are just happen to be British. One lives in Spain not too far from you and we have become very good friends.

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    • Ha ! I know how difficult it is to type with a cat on your lap who is digging and trying to get into your shirt 😀
      That’s great that you have many cyber friends Yvonne and one near me, wow !
      Ralph xox ❤

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      • Maybe not so near? She lives in the province or state of Jaen in the olive growing countryside. She is very busy now and I do owe her a long letter.

        Ralph you have quite a few cyber friends and I think you are a lucky man.

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      • Jaen must be a couple of hundred miles to the north-east of me. It’s lovely to have cyber friends isn’t it ? You’d better get writing to your friend Yvonne 😀

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  12. brilliant, superb , loved reading and the pics,. you bring smile on the reader’s face. thank you Ralph ❤ live long to let people smile

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    • Thank you LB. What you say is so true and I loved the idea of sending something that Katrina could really enjoy as I enjoy her signed photograph. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you Valentina 😀
      Great ! It will be really interesting to see how Katrina’s acting career unfolds.
      Ralph xox ❤

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  14. What a wonderful story, although, I must say; at one stage, I thought you were actually going to send Katrina…..”Jim”, then, fortunately, I read a bit further. Lol 😀 Could you imagine ‘Jim’ all packaged up, and then Katrina, having to sign for him at the door? Lol again!! 😀 ❤

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  15. What a wonderful gift. I’m sooooooo jealous! 🙂 And yes, blogging does form deeper friendships amongst many. Some just make that special connection. I’m glad you found that with Katrina. Love the pic! Oh, and tell Sonic to stop being so hard on you! ❤

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    • Oh, don’t be jealous Debby. I am sure that you have plenty of bloggy friends beyond your blog. I have about 6 who email me. I wish I had time to reply regularly. Katrina is one.
      Ha ! Sonic will never listen !
      Have a lovely weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hi Liz. It’s lovely to talk to you again. I had to make some drastic cutbacks. I can’t remember, but I think you disappeared off my radar for a while so I unfollowed your blog. I will have to rectify that, won’t I ? Oh, still plenty to laugh about this end. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  16. You’re special Ralph and very deep like a person, and the painting or cartoon I love it too ! Jim is a very talented man and does he make exhibitions some now and than ? 🙂

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    • How kind ! Thank you so much Serach 😀
      Jim does hold exhibitions and does well in selling his paintings and cards.
      Have a lovely Sunday evening dear friend.
      Ralph xox ❤

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  17. Great to build friendships and you certainly put a lot of effort into your relationships and get plenty of 💖 in return X Great picture – very creative. TTS

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    • Thanks TTS. We all did benefit from this cartoon and the present itself was a lot of fun. Jim will like to read your last sentence. Ralph xox ❤

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  18. Wow! Katrina does so much, there is no doubt that she will win an Oscar and be huger than big. She has the belief, skills and determination to be successful, in an enormous way. And Jim, well he is so incredible. What talent. I love the vibrant and warm colours he uses. I have a favourite local artist, whose work use to be in a big chain of stores called Athena – the Exeter one closed and not sure if the company has completely closed – I should Google that to double check! A few of his paintings prints adorn my flat. Picasso is my favourite artist – Cubism period – I studied that for GCSE at school.

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    • I totally agree with you Sandra. Both Katrina and Jim are very talented and it’s a pleasure to know both of them. It’s great that you support a local artist and it’s a shame the store has closed. Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Hi Ralph, yeah! Thanks. Thankfully I saw him at the Devon County Show this year, which is a local show in Exeter and bought another small canvas and print. He paints animal caricatures. They are colourful and you notice things you don’t see upon initial inspection. Very vibrant and colourful – just like me! Ha!

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      • Ha! I posted a pic of one of his pics before, I will have to try to take pics of them to post, so you can see what I mean.

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      • Hi Ralph, I will try to remember to post some pics. I am just behind with my posts at the moment and got a lot of stuff going on, especially this week; as it’s Asexual Awareness Week and I just launched my new Asexualise My Asexual Life channel and monthly Newsletter sign up form.

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    • The cartoon I sent to Katrina was fun, wasn’t it Roxane ? Thank you for your lovely comment. Ralph xox ❤
      PS Sorry I was so long in replying !
      PPS I hope Uni is fun and I also hope your hand is better.

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