I’m Not Backing Down !

Three weeks ago, the day after my last post was published I was knocked flat by the flu virus.Β  Living alone, home chores still had to be done even though all I wanted to do was to stay in bed or lay on the sofa and sleep.Β 

One such job was to change the bag in the bin under the sink in the kitchen.Β  I bent down to pull the bin out of the cupboard and my lower back snapped.Β  I was in agony !

This is how my cats saw it !


















Oh boy !Β  Everything about the cats is on the floor.Β  Their baskets, litter tray, the constant mess they make.Β  I moved their food and drink on top of a kitchen work surface ….



….. which helped my back a bit, but everything else is almost impossible for me to do.


No.Β  You are okay Sonic.Β  Just wait until I get better !


Has a kitchen appliance ever zapped you ?


Ralph xox ❀



I am feeling much better, not quite 100% human.Β  98% prince, 2% frog (or is it the other way round ?)

Thank you to my blogging friend from the USA who sent me the package which is on its way back to her.Β  It may not be delivered to her home in America and may be sent back to me in Spain.Β  What fun !

It may take me a while to answer all your comments as sitting at my laptop is still quite painful.

Happy Easter ! xox

140 Comments on “I’m Not Backing Down !

    • Hi bossy Lady from Canada ! What I really mean to say is, “Hi sweet Belinda” πŸ˜€ How can I not answer such a kind comment ? Thank you dear friend and a Happy Easter to you too. Big hug. Ralph xox ❀

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      • ~ THIS IS NOT A REPLY ! ~
        This is just an illusion you are having dear Belinda.
        Have another hug ! πŸ˜€ xoxo

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      • Living alone, I only listen to myself my friend ….. oh, and the cats !
        I do hope that you are feeling better and getting a good night’s sleep nowadays Belinda. πŸ˜€ ❀

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      • I quite agree with her statements, dear Ralph…. chill out and come back when you feel completely ready… blogging should not be a burden and your good health is the most important thing… xo Happy Easter 🐰🐣 Aquileana

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    • Oh wow ! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Pamela. Happy Easter ! Ralph xox ❀

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    • Thank you Annette. I hope that you have a wonderful Easter weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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  1. Oh Ralph… get better soon, sweet man! Happy Easter to you, hug those kitties from this girl in still chilly Connecticut, dreaming of Mexico… =)

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    • So sweet ! Thank you so much Tish. I am improving and your comment is helping πŸ˜€
      Hugs given from you to the kitties my friend.
      Please enjoy a touch of Mexico


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  2. Sorry to hear about your back problems, Ralph. That’s a bummer! It is so difficult to do anything when your back is out of order.
    Happy Easter and take care.

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    • Thanks Leslie πŸ˜€
      I agree with you as it is a bummer and a shock when it happened, probably a weakness enhanced by the flu. Still, I am feeling much better at the moment, but I won’t be bungee jumping for a while. lol.
      Have a great Easter my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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      • Very funny as always. Since spending a week with a virtual baby that woke me up 4 times a night I am missing having something to look after and may get a cat. I’m not sure whether your cat stories put me off or not…mind you when my beloved previous cat would vomit all over the carpet I would clean it up willingly!

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      • Thanks Carolyn. I am pleased that you enjoyed this post. Lucky you, there is a new post of mine going live in just over an hour. Oh no she says πŸ˜‰
        Oh no I say, I hope I haven’t put you off in getting a cat ! I don’t think I am quite as willing as you in cleaning up after my cats. I have wooden parquet type floors, but Sonic used to try to be sick on the rugs. He would make his funny noise before being sick and usually I got to him, pushed him off the rug and now he does it in the same place on wood which makes me a lot happier as it is easy to clean up.
        Have a lovely weekend, well as much as you can having that virtual baby !
        Ralph xox ❀


  3. Oh Dear Ralph, so Sorry to hear, but glad to know you are feeling better.
    I have been there –triple home accident– and know what it is like.
    I used a good INTERFERENTIAL machine together with a number of other
    measures i implemented for Pain Management / Pain Relief
    and especially efforts to Reduce Inflammation but still took a while to full recovery.
    Evil Bins you know… a couple of decades back when still young, pretty
    and healthy i leaned over a Recycling Bin to retrieve an item accidentally falling
    into the wrong compartment and misjudging how Dip it was, lost balance
    and with feet dangling above ground my entire body weight falling on to my side
    cost me a broken Rib which healed fairly quickly back then but started a weakness
    that accelerated over the years.
    Take good care of yourself we need You and your Inspiring Humour back
    (with your Back intact, LOL!) which i noticed is not missing
    even under such stressful circumstances.
    You need to befriend a Good –Cat Loving – Widow with no other Family πŸ™‚
    Enjoy a Hopefully Pain-Less Easter

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    • Oh no ! What a story Sonata. I hope the recycling bin wasn’t in your computer. Fancy breaking your rib ! I hope help was near at hand, or did you have to wait for collection day ?
      I borrowed a neighbour’s belt which she used when she had a bad back which helped for the first 10 days of very sharp pains, just a niggly ache now, can’t sit upright for long though.
      Thank you for such an interesting and fun comment my friend.
      Happy Easter ! Ralph xox ❀

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  4. I am glad you are feeling better now. I can understand how things get tough when you are sick with two bossy cats πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks YC. I am almost back to normal, if you can say that πŸ˜€
      Happy Easter from me and two bossy cats. Ralph πŸ˜€

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    • Hi Ra πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. You are so kind ! Happy Easter to you too. Have a good one ! Ralph xox ❀

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  5. Glad you are feeling better, Ralph. Funnily enough , my taxidermy rabbit has begun talking, just like you rubbish bin. Inanimate objects just don’t stand a chance beside loquacious cats and opinionated dogs, normally. They deserve to have a voice, even if only in blog land. Happy Easter X Kate

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  6. Awwww MFR, I’m so sorry! I had the flu too, and it took 5-6 weeks to get over my cough, without cats. V had it first. But the back on top of that!!!! Yikes! Take care, my friend. Hope your Easter is 100%.

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    • Sorry to read that you caught the dreaded bug as well MVBFM. Goes on forever, doesn’t it ? Take care of yourself my friend. I hope you had a great Easter. Ralph xox ❀

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  7. oh, i know this is knocking the daylights out of some of my family and friends, just do the best you can and get better. happy easter to you, ralph and the cats –

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    • It’s awful, isn’t it Beth ? So many people have caught it here as well. I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Thank you so much Peggy. I am feeling much better today. I hope you had a great Easter weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❀


  8. Why are you keeping a Bimbo under your sink? You do strange things in your country!

    I hope your darn back gets better soon, it must be so darn difficult keeping up to two demanding cats AND a Bimbo. ❀ πŸ™‚

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    • Oh, I would never keep a Bimbo under the sink ! A Binbo, yes ! My back is better thank heavens. Not 100%, but getting there. I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend Yvonne. Ralph xox ❀


  9. Oh no, no the back! Washing the bath had the same effect on me – god it hurts! Glad you’re getting better and your two pals to cheer you up. Clever move putting their bowls normal height. Wishing you a lovely Easter. Wonder how they celebrate it in Spain?

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    • (Sorry that I have been so long in replying Annika, not only to you, but the 20+ lovely comments following this one. Although I am no where near perfect, I must catch up if I am able)

      Oh no, not you as well ! It does hurt ! I hope you get better soon.

      Yes, Easter was a holiday here.

      Ralph xox ❀


  10. Sorry to hear that you have not been well, I was wondering. We had lots of flu and viruses going round here too, I am still curing my last cold too. Be careful with your back, that is the worst as you really can’t do much! What an evil bin! I would fill it with even more stinky rubbish, he deserves it. ! Take care and happy Easter!

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    • Thank you for being so kind Ute. I’m no where near right, but I am enjoying the morning sun on the rear balcony and getting quite a tan which is a great plus. I hope you have a great time with your mum. Have a safe flight. Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words my friend. I could do with every one. Have a lovely day. Ralph xox ❀


  11. Norocul sΔƒ fie mereu cu voi . . . sΔƒ aveΘ›i parte de iubire . . . zΓ’mbetul sΔƒ-l aveΘ›i mereu pe faΘ›a Θ™i un weekend plin de VIAȚA vΔƒ doresc tuturor !
    Have a great and beatiful weekend !

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  12. Sweet Ralph, I was beginning to wonder what’s wrong since I haven’t seen any new posts from you in my reader… I hope you are feeling better and wish you a marvelous Happy Easter ❀ Don't wish me back yet, as our Easter is on the 1st of May πŸ˜€ Love and hugs P***

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    • Happy Easter for tomorrow dear friend and thank you so much for your kind words. Have a lovely holiday dear Pelly. Hugs and kisses. Ralph xox ❀

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  13. Ralpha my darling man, you get better. I was wondering where you’d got to. Had not idea it was nowhere at all AND that you are at the mercy of the cats plus a
    dastardly bin. Sending you healing hugs. Do NOT put them in the bin x

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    • Thanks Mary. Could be better πŸ˜€ I hope you are having a wonderful day. Ralph xox ❀

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  14. So… You’ve had an affair. With a BEAUTIFUL flu… And now you tell us?
    I hope you’re well now and I wish you a Happy Easter, Ralph! And have fun!
    My Easter is far away on May 1st πŸ™‚ I’m Christian Orthodox

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    • lol. I really could do with an affair with a woman, not a bug. Dream on Ralph !
      Have a wonderful Easter tomorrow Monica. Happy Easter !
      Ralph xox ❀

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    • Thank you so much my friend. I could be better, but, hey, your comment is a great tonic Daniela. Big hug. Ralph xox ❀

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  15. Oh Ralph, this is not good news. Poor you, bad back and flu – that’s the pits. I hope you are back to rude health very soon. Much love xox

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    • Hi Lottie πŸ˜€ I’m still not too good. Thanks for your kind words. Big hug. Ralph xox ❀


  16. Oh dear, Ralph, so sorry to hear this but good that you are on the mend. Don’t worry about the cats, they don’t mind a bit of mess….Happy Easter! xxx

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    • Sorry I’m so long in replying Wendy as I’m still not right. Oh well !
      My two cats love to keep me busy. Rascals ! Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hi Robin πŸ˜€ Sorry I’m so long in answering. Still under the weather. Ralph xox ❀


  17. Oh dear Ralph, I am so glad to hear you and also to hear that you get well, I worried. Thank you, Happy Easter, Love, nia

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  18. Happy Easter, dear Ralph!
    Hey, my back is not sore, and I have not been zapped, but the cats have it their way any way. I have a 6 ft. long table with a blanky & rug on it along with all cat food, water bowls, & amities .Jeep & Johnny hate eating on the floor. So, now they have the table & I eat on the floor. πŸ˜€
    The best part is now they love to sit on the table and boss me around as I walk by, or work at my desk, which is beside the table.
    Much Love _Resa xoxo #< ❀

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    • ROFLMAO. So funneeee ! So true ! Cats ! Big hug. Ralph xoxox ❀ #<


    • Oh, I wish ! I’m still not right enough to face my laptop, but I must answer your lovely comment and others. Thank you my friend. Big hug. Ralph xox ❀


  19. Sorry to hear about your injury. I’m glad you are on the mend. As to your question about kitchen appliances zapping people, I have not had that misfortune from an appliance, but once threw my back out removing a large roast turkey from the oven.

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    • Oh no ! What a turkey ! That must have knocked the stuffing out of you. I hope your back has mended. Ralph xox ❀


      • It was a long time ago. Worst thing was I started a new job a couple days later and since I tried to avoid anything heavy other people thought I was lazy. Never got a turkey that big again.

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    • Food indeed ! Thanks for the dust Julia. Now that’s magic ! Ralph xox ❀


  20. Ach no, there was me taking the piss out of you and all the time you were not feeling well, I feel a tiny bit guilty, but I’m sure it will pass! Only messing, hope you are feeling much better and well on your way to recovery :)x

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  21. Oh poor you! I think we’ve discussed this awful flu that knocked out me and hub too. I’m so glad you’re on the mend and have been scarce around the blogosphere too due to hub’s ongoing illness. But no doubt, this post was in true Ralphy style. You had me LOLing all the way with your mischievous kitties! Hope you managed a Happy Easter. xo ❀

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    • Thanks Debby πŸ˜€ I do hope hubby is back home again. It’s still dragging on with me as well. I seem to get better then it hits me again. That’s why I am so long in replying. Big hug. Ralph xox ❀

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      • Take your time Ralph. I hear you. With hub it began with the flu and then other more serious complications. I just had him in hospital again over Easter weekend til last Wednesday. Enough already! Get well soon. xoxo ❀

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  22. I’m happy you’re better my friend. You’ll improve by the day. Sending you a strong hug from Tel Aviv. (I’m visiting a friend here and we are having wonderful sunny weather.)

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    • Hello dear Heila. Thanks for the hug dear friend. I’m still nowhere near right. Oh well !
      Glad to read that you are having a great time and that it’s sunny. Roll on summer !
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❀


      • What can I say my dear friend. I hope you are getting better every day and I’m happy you still have your humor. Love and Hugs!!

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      • Wow ! You are up late ! I went to bed at 2am, but couldn’t sleep. No sheep in the field behind my home to count I suppose πŸ˜€
        Have a lovely day dear friend. xox

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  23. hi,
    glad that finally you’re right and present Ralph
    thanks for this post, always funny

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    • Hi Wolfgang πŸ˜€ Thank you for commenting. I hope that you have a great weekend. Ralph πŸ˜€


    • Thank you for your kind words dear Robin. Yes, I think I am finally on the mend …… at last ! Take care. Ralph xox ❀


  24. Dear friend Ralph,

    Oh my goodness – I am so, so sorry to hear about your flu and your back! That will teach me to never go away from blogging for a few weeks, I just never know what I will miss.

    I hope you are on the mend now. And, more importantly, I hope your darling cats are behaving themselves. Although, that may be too much to hope for. πŸ™‚

    Your pal in the States,


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    • Thank you so much for your kind and caring comment dear Nancy. I am almost back to normal at last. I even feel like blogging. I hope that you both have a lovely weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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  25. Sounds beastly, mate. Delighted to hear that you are feeling much improved and absolutely elated to learn that you are 2% frog! MARVELOUS news. Bug hugs and swampy embraces to you,


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    • Ribbit ! That’s my 2% frog answering AJ. Bug hug for you my friend as you wrote such a wonderful comment. Thank you. Must hop off now. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hi Steve πŸ˜€
      What a fun pun comment ! Yes, I am fine now. No more back pain thank heavens ! Hey, it has been ages since we last communicated. I do hope that you and AJ are well and happy.
      Take care. Ralph πŸ˜€

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  26. Cats really do make a mess. When think I’m joking when I say Shekinah is the one who makes me clean all day πŸ™‚ I should show them your post. I’m happy you are feeling better Ralph! X

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    • Yes, it is amazing how much mess cats can do even though they sleep all day.
      Thank you Chantal. I soon recovered and am on top of the world, well almost, Spain πŸ˜‰
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❀


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