My Wonderful Six Week Holiday From Blogging. Ha !

Hi lovely bubblies.  I’m back after 6 weeks … sort of.  Okay, I know you are saying to yourself,

“Oh Nooooo !”

… but a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do … ruin your day !


Heron on a roof top 

My old laptop died so the Spanish technician told me after 5 weeks.  To stay in touch with you I used a psychotic tablet that switched off in the middle of every long comment I pecked at letter by letter.  Your posts loaded slower than snail mail.  The list goes on.  I was like a fish out of water or a heron on a roof top.




So what have I been doing for 5 weeks ?

I tidied up the cupboards.


Shush Samantha !  I organised my paperwork.


For goodness sake,  SHUT UP Samantha !  Toni, my neighbour, removed the hornets nests.  I supervised of course.




Ooops !





Thanks Toni.  Really most of my days were spent cleaning up after my cats.



 My new crazy laptop

I have a new laptop.  It’s a crazy Spanish Windows 10 smartphone on steroids !  It took me days to set up the way I wanted in ENGLISH with a Spanish keyboard.  THEN … I verified that I am who I am with Microsoft and decided to go to bed early and shut down with an update.  Update … a little word, isn’t it ?.  Oh boy, was I in for IT !  One hour of hypnotising English update spinning dots …


 and three hours of Spanish spinning dots ! 

By then I was watching an imaginary spinning skirt instead of dots.


  Finally at 5am,  when, at last, I could see what these updates had done.  The display and Start Menu had changed and most apps are now SPANISH !  Who wants an expensive Frisbee laptop ?  🙂

BUT … I will be strong,  go forth with an English stiff upper lip,  fix the ……..


Oh boy !  Some holiday !  🙂


I just ruined your day, haven’t I ?  🙂


Ralph xox ❤


The spinning gifs are not mine.

87 Comments on “My Wonderful Six Week Holiday From Blogging. Ha !

    • Thanks Jan. I’m sure that you needed sympathy when you set up a new computer. I thought it would be easy until they threw in a Spanish curve ball. Oh well.
      Have a lovely week my friend. Cold and wet here which shouldn’t happen in southern Spain. Another “Oh well” 🙂
      Ralph xox ❤

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  1. you are a whirling dervish and glad to see you back no matter what language you have to use and how you have to do it ) i’m having some crazy tech stuff going on too, so i think it’s the full moon or earthquake that caused it

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    • Thanks Beth, it’s nice to be back with eyes spinning and a “laptop headache”.
      Sorry to read that you have tech problems my friend. Did you howl when the earth moved for you ? lol 😉
      Ralph xox ❤


  2. I hope you have good time off from blogging 🙂 I would expect to hear more fun than watch window 10 update screen. But, wait .. I see that yours are not typical spinning wheel icon but something else. I hope you had plenty of sleep that night 🙂

    Good to see you back, Ralph!

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    • Hello YC 🙂
      It’s nice to be back my friend to this fun comment of yours. No, I did not have any sleep that night and, by the way, the spinning legs are not mine.
      Take care. Ralph 🙂

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    • Wow Cheryl. That is really lovely that you missed me, I must do it more often … perhaps not ! lol
      Both of you take care. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello Widdershins 🙂
      I had to google that ! Shows my age, or how social media illiterate I am. I am opting for the latter. My downfall happened years ago. lol
      I hope you are having a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello Leslie 🙂
      It’s nice to be back my friend. Indeed, I do give my cats a good talking to, but they don’t listen.
      I am due to visit your blog. I may be a while as I have over 100 emails to wade through and yours will be amongst them somewhere.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you LG 🙂
      I thought I knew my way around Windows 10 as I had it on my English laptop (now deceased) until I bought this Spanish laptop. At least I know the basics and my way around the control panel which helps me to overcome unwelcome problems quite quickly. Ha ! I am dreading the next update. lol
      Have a lovely day my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  3. Great you are back, you did a post with the new laptop, it can’t be that bad….Technology is frustrating sometimes, specially new stuff. You will get used to it….Bet you ahve lots of fun posts lined up….. thinking about them laying on the sofa… sorry while tidying up……

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    • Thanks Ute, it’s great to be back especially as this new laptop is so much faster and has no cooling fans making a constant background noise like the old one always did.
      I am trying out different browsers. Microsoft Edge is really basic, has no bookmark bar, so that was dropped. I am now trying Google Chrome for the first time, but that has no tools to set up the home page the way I want it to be. So in the end I may revert back to Firefox which I had on my old laptop.
      I have managed to salvage my original old WP dashboard, notifications and add new post, but I can’t find the CD for my old photo editor. I have upgraded the editor online to a newer version, but for some reason I cannot buy the authorisation code as it keeps saying, when I want to buy, that I am not connected to the Internet even though I have just downloaded the editor. Duh ! What fun !
      I have just finished washing up ….having a siesta 🙂 🙂
      I do hope that you and the boys are well and happy dear friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • You know Ralph, sometimes we can be so grateful for the simple things like washing up … at least they don’t change and are upgraded… they stay the same…phew! I got a new phone and still learning, but I am so happy with it the pictures are even better. (This is my reason to have a Sony phone as the camera is excellent. Just battling a cold but I am getting there… as you can see I am whispering… I shouldn’t talk… my throat is still bad…. Take care Ute oxo

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      • Ha ! Simple is my middle name. About the only thing I can do successfully is to sweep the floor. If you want a floor swept I’m your man 🙂

        Modern smart phones are brilliant nowadays, aren’t they ? I’m sure you’ll have fun with your new one Ute.

        Sorry to read that you have a bad cold. Speak up ! 😉 I do hope it clears up soon. I’ve been lucky not to have a cold this year, but may do so soon as I went to the local shop this morning and the girl behind the counter was coughing constantly. Oh well.

        Thank you and take care of yourself my friend ❤

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    • Merci beaucoup Georges. C’est formidable d’être de retour et je m’amuse certainement avec mon nouvel ordinateur portable …. oh boy!
      Prenez soin de mon ami. Ralph 🙂

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    • No. I must thank YOU for commenting Wolfgang.
      Take care. Ralph 🙂

      Nein. Ich danke IHNEN für die Anmerkung von Wolfgang.
      Pass auf. Ralph 🙂


  4. So glad to have you back…missed your posts!! Computers are like cats in a way…they only do what they want to do…lol!!

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    • Thank you so much Kat, it’s great to be back and to be able to comment to you my friend and all the others.
      lol. Definitely ! So true ! I’m so glad that my cats do not have updates as well 😉
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you Lumar, I am glad to see your comment too and, yes, computers can be such a pain.
      I hope you are having a lovely week. Ralph xox ❤


    • That is really sweet of you. Thank you so much Lara. Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤


  5. Hi Ralph! I haven’t been on here for ages either. I cannot keep up with general blogging. Sorry about the laptop. A few months ago, actually it may even be a year ago, I over cleaned mine with a spray and the keyboard stopped working for a while; the keys did come back but not the ‘p’, so I have to cut and paste which is ok but sometimes I forget I have copied something else and then a whole website gets downloaded onto my page, which can get a bit frustrating ….anyway, how exciting to have a heron on your roof! I am sure it must be lucky 🙂 x

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    • Hello Wendy 🙂
      I completely understand, blogging can be a full-time job.
      Oh no, I do hope that you can “p” again. lol. I clean the outside of my laptop with a damp sheet of kitchen roll and vacuum the keys, I dare not use anything else as I need a “p” 😉
      For some reason the heron was on the neighbour’s rooftop for the whole morning that day. No idea why.
      It’s getting a lot cooler nowadays, isn’t it ? I’m having to keep my heating on all day. Roll on summer !
      I do hope that your art is coming along in leaps and bounds. Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  6. Ralpha my friend I am happy dancing to see you back. Missed your posts and missed you. Should I have written that in Spanish cos of your laptop???? Seriously good to see you. xxxxxxx

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    • Thank you Adele, it’s great to be back and it’s even better receiving a great comment from you my friend.
      Luckily, the heron was on the roof and not on my head. Joke ! Hair on (heron) my head ! Shoot me someone !
      Take care. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  7. Dear Ralph,
    It sounds like your laptop’s update was more of a downdate.
    Where is Sonic? If he’s out on a date… well what am I supposed to tell Jeep?
    Hola! See Resa type in Spanish!
    That’s about it for my Spanish.
    Toni looks good removing the hornets nest. Best I ever saw.
    Okay, love ya! xoxo ❤ #<

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    • Hello dear Resa 🙂
      Oh boy, am I having fun with this new laptop ! I’m so glad it’s replying to you in English and not Spanish. Mind you, your three words of Spanish are all that are
      Sonic is laying on my lap, ripping my clothes to bits while digging happily. He doesn’t care ! You can tell Jeep that Sonic is faithful and true to her as he never leaves the house.
      Toni does look good, doesn’t she ? She is constantly worn out as she holds down a part-time job in a supermarket 10 miles away, sometimes a double shift, plus, she has her husband, three kids and me to content with. Poor woman !
      I do hope that you and your pussycats are well and happy dear friend.
      Take good care of yourself and keep warm. Love and hugs. Ralph xoxox ❤ #<


    • Hi Mihran 🙂
      Thank you so much. It’s nice to be back. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too. Take care. Ralph 🙂


  8. Fantastic Ralphy – great to see you back up and running.. and your gorgeous cats too of course… goes without saying! Thanks for keeping in touch with my blog even in the face of adversity (or a crap tablet).. I’m looking forward to some amazing posts – holiday over!! xx

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Wendy. I am using my new laptop now. The tablet has been returned to its box where it is welcome to stay forever. I really should comment more on your blog which I will do one day as I am still setting up apps, bookmarks etc which seems to take forever. Working on setting up this laptop doesn’t seem to end, takes up so much time, but I will get there and get back to normal insanity. Big hug my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Brilliant and thank goodness Ralphy my friend! So glad you’re gradually getting sorted and back to the land of ‘blogging’ .. Don’t worry about commenting and I’ll be looking forward to some of your great posts once again soon! xx

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  9. So lovely to see you make an appearance Ralph! My, my, Samantha is getting real mouthy, lol. Wow, what a nightmare you’ve been through. So many have had their share of woes with Windows 10, but yours is 10 times worse, lol, on a tablet, Spanish, going in circles. Sheesh! I hope you get your laptop back! It’s been forever!!!! But so glad to see you pop by and know you’re okay.
    Big hugs! xo <3:)

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    • Hello Debby 🙂
      It’s great to be able to use a laptop to create a post after being so long in the doldrums. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment especially about Samantha. Windows 10 has not being easy as some apps seem to be okay on the start menu yet others work better as a bookmark on my browser. There has been a lot of installing and deleting just to get things right for me. For instance, I use Filmon Live TV to watch programmes from the UK. Using the start menu app viewing constantly stopped, whereas streaming the programme directly in the browser is brilliant. No problem at all. All this setting up and fiddling about takes up so much time. Hopefully, things will settle down soon and I will have time to be able to comment on your blog my friend.
      Big hugs back. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Oh Ralph, don’t I know it! This technical stuff is a definite time suck and often baffling to the brain. So glad you’ve found a way to work with things now and you can watch your programs too. So nice to see you back. I look forward to my weekly smiles at your blog. ❤ 🙂 xo

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    • Thank you dear Elizabeth. It wasn’t really a rest from blogging, it was more like Internet warfare with my tablet. Thank heavens the tablet is now back in its box.
      I am so pleased that Toni has cleared those two nests from my salon. It will be about eight months before the hornets sneak back in again. Oh boy !
      I really do hope that you are okay my friend.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤


    • Hi Katie 🙂
      Nooo ! I was not on the rooftop. I was on my rear balcony three floors up looking across at the heron on the roof of my neighbour. Once I get my superpowers then I may consider clambering about on the roof. You did get Toni on the ladder right. One out two isn’t bad. Well done ! Hmmm 😉
      Thank you, it is great to be back and it is lovely to read your comment dear friend.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hi Christy 🙂
      Yep, all is now set up and I have just started drafting my new post. All cats having fun this time.
      Thank you so much for commenting dear friend.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❤


  11. Hi dear Ralph,
    After reading each and every comment I forgot what the post was about… LOL…and what I wanted to comment. It made me laugh that’s for sure!!
    After the terrible fires here we’re praying that the forecast for rain on Wednesday will come true.
    Sending you a super strong hug.
    Heila ☺💕

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    • Hello dear Heila 🙂
      Ha ! You are not the only one who forgets what my post is about. I must have a memory like a goldfish

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I am pleased that you had a laugh.
      I really do hope that the rains will come and douse the flames.
      Lots of hugs back. Ralph xox ❤


    • Hello Mary 🙂
      Awww ! That is very sweet of you to say. I am glad to be back and I missed you too.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤


  12. Hello Ralph,
    Wonderful creatures, computers! Oh yes, Ralph, don’t ever disbelieve the truth about them. They were sent here by the feline aliens who are trying to befuddle us completely before they land.. Oh yes, Ralph. They will take over by seducing us with their feline purrs and spurs. I wouldn’t be surprised if you have one on your lap right this minute! 🙂

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    • Hello Carolyn 🙂
      You must be psychic because Sonic is digging on my lap trying to get into my shirt. At least he is not wandering across the keyboard or laying down it. Oh the befuddled joys of blogging !
      I do hope that you have a wonderful weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you so much Anita for your lovely words and I do hope that you have a lovely weekend as well. Take care. Ralph xox ❤


  13. Glad you are back, MFR! I had to take my computer in today. It is supposed to be done on Tues. so I have to use my iPad. One finger at a time-auto fill in whatever word it THINKS I should write. My sympathies to you 100%. Lots of love xxxxxxx 😀😀😀

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    • Oh no ! Not your computer as well MVBFM ! And I completely understand your iPad problems. I hope you get your computer back very soon. I must say I am a lot happier with this new laptop, no more pecking at an imaginary keyboard as I have Dragon 12 up and running again.
      Lots of love back. Ralph xox ❤


  14. Welcome back! I suppose spinning spanish is better than cat hairballs. But maybe not. Hang in there, that expensive frisbee also makes a super lap warmer, cat bed and cheese plate. Be sure to add wine to any if company shows. Cheers, Ralph!

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  15. Hahaha 😀 love the post and as always, I am giggling 🙂 … Window 10 is a major challenge. I have never updated my Windows 7 or 8 (not sure which one it is, though)… good luck with it…. happy holidays, Ralph

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    • Hello my giggly friend Amalia 🙂
      Thank you so much for loving this post. Glad you had fun.
      I think I have conquered Windows 10 at last and I do hope that you are okay with Windows 7 or 8 ……… add them together and call it Windows 15. Why not ? lol
      Merry Christmas just in case we don’t comment before then.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤


  16. Updates are the worst – except for when websites “improve” and nothing ever works the way it did before. Maybe they have never heard the old phrase “if it ain’t broke don;t fix it, but then again I suppose the tech people have to justify their jobs by making changes. Glad to see you are back.

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    • Thank you. It’s nice to be back working on a laptop again.
      I totally agree with you LB. Microsoft always seems to know when I am in an rush to shut down my laptop and hits me with the update of all updates. I think they must be on holiday as I haven’t had an update for ages. Whew !
      Happy New Year my friend. Ralph xox ❤


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