Good, Goodbye, By The Way !


As it’s a New Year, I think you cats should change your ways so that our readers can see that you are being good, kind and helpful to me.  Make me proud, cats !








Awww !  Really ?  You guys are really sweet !


Meanwhile ….


It’s a sad moment to say goodbye to two couples, friends, who are leaving this village for pastures new.

Brian and Monica are giving up the vineyard and moving back to the UK as Monica needs to be close to family.




And secondly, David and Hilda.  Yes, my close friends David and Hilda !  Their home is sold and are moving to another town in Andalucia, Spàin this week.  (10 cats are going with them !)




I will miss you.  Goodbye dear friends.


~By The Way~

Another milestone !  2,500 followers !  Most of which are “ghosts”.  A single Follow email and that’s the last I have seen of them.  BUT, about 150 of you visit or use your Reader to Like or say “Hi !”.  Thank you so much for your love and support dear friends.


Try the top of my sidebar to follow.  That one works !


I am so pleased that my cats are going to be good, kind and helpful.







WordPress !!!   Oh no,  not you as well !!!


So much for the change for the better !  I give up !


Do you live in a madhouse like mine ?


Ralph xox ❤


116 Comments on “Good, Goodbye, By The Way !

  1. Sorry to hear that you are losing some of your friends, Ralph. It must be heart breaking to leave that vineyard behind, but when family calls you have to do what you have to do.
    I wouldn’t count on those cats being too helpful. Happy New Year.
    Cheers Leslie

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    • Hello Leslie 🙂
      Thank you so much. Brian must have been really torn between his vineyard and his wife’s need to return to the UK especially as he was becoming an expert over the years in wine making. I do hope that their move to the UK will help enhance their life.
      I know, my cats are hopeless, aren’t they ?
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Huh, the “Comments” space disappeared, just like your friends.

        Gosh, you’ll miss them, that pretty Hilda seemed an especially nice woman and good friend. I hope their lives work out well for them.

        Cheers, young fellow with the cats and cuckoo clock. xox ❤

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      • @Yvonne
        Have you been putting an aborigine juju on my comments box my friend ? It seems to be working okay here in Spain. lol.
        Yes, I will miss Hilda a lot as she has been a good friend and a great help to me over the years.
        Cheers and big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  2. Always sad to say good-bye to close friends! (my top search is “titties” – I imagine those ghosts are expecting something other than what they get)

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    • Hello Jan 🙂
      It is very sad to say goodbye to friends especially David and Hilda as they have been a wonderful help to me over the years and we got along so well. I will miss them.
      Top Searches are a lot of fun, aren’t they ? I never know what is going to be thrown at me next. I must admit I have never had “titties” yet 🙂
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  3. Dear Ralph,
    I know you will miss your friends. Here’s to new friends taking their places! Cheers!
    The main thing is that the cats are staying, especially China Cat. What would you do if the door closed? How would S&S get their food?
    Let’s face it, life would be very empty without the dedicated love and devotion of your selfless pets 😉
    Okay, so it’s time for some special treats for S&S. They’ve earned it!
    Much love,
    xoxo <# ❤

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    • Hello dear Resa 🙂
      That’s right, stay positive ! My friends know what they’re doing and there are plenty of other friends who may become closer over time. Cheers !
      That’s true, the cats are staying. HELP !!
      China Cat is in charge of keeping my bedroom door open only. Sonic and Samantha have their food in the bathroom, the only room with ceramic floor tiles, easily cleaned. Treat ? I thought I would give them something different tonight which they had a couple of months ago and wolfed it down. Tonight though, they stuck their noses in the air and meowed the house down until I changed it to their usual food. Oh boy !
      Love and hugs. Ralph xoxox ❤ #<

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      • Cats are kinda like men. You never know what they’re thinking nor what they might want. (HAH!) ❤

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      • @Yvonne
        lol. I will purr, curl up on your favourite chair and rip your clothes to shreds. Well that is what Sonic is doing to me at this very moment. Oh boy ! 🙂 ❤

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    • Hello YC 🙂
      Yes, I agree. It is sad when good friends move on. I am sure we have all experienced that some time in our lives.
      Take care my friend. Ralph 🙂

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  4. That’s too bad that you’re friends are leaving town. 😦 I hope that Samantha, Sonic and everyone else keeps you company! And yes, I definitely live in a madhouse too! lol

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    • Hello Amanda 🙂
      Thank you my friend for your great comment. Yes, I must admit that my cats do keep me company and insane 😉
      lol. We must compare notes !
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello Pamela 🙂
      lol. You must be referring to the above stats comment or perhaps that I am the underpaid, overworked, over here slave of my two cats kind of staff. lol
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  5. Ralph, so sorry you friends are moving away!!Good you have Samantha & Sonic to keep you company, even though they are devilish plotters! In the end you know you can count on them! Coo-coo & China cat will stay put too. Happy New Year! Hope 2017 is the best for you. Found that I have ghost followed too. Ever grateful for the ones that are dedicated followers. Thank you Ralph for your visits & comments! Good health in the new year! 🎆 Christine

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    • Hello Christine )
      Sorry that I have been so long in replying to your lovely long comment my friend. I needed a break from answering comments but I am back clutching a very large tin of cookies. Tonight is called the Three Kings here in Spain where the children receive their main presents (as Jesus received presents from the Three Kings on this day). Yes, my neighbours must have thought that I am a kid by giving me this tin of cookies. They received a large tin of sweets from me (and I did not have a couple before giving the tin to them).
      I do hope that 2017 is being good to you Christine. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Thanks so much for your comment. Interesting about the cookies. Your friends just wanted you to enjoy them too. Cookies are good comfort good. Enjoy! Understand the break from making comments. Hard to keep up with your many dedicated followers. Happy Sunday! 💛 Christine

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      • I haven’t open the cookie tin yet as I’m still ploughing through my Christmas marzipan Stollen. Want some ? 🙂 ❤


  6. aw, that is sad, i know they’ve all been good friends to you. as for those cats, they may be plotitng something. )

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    • It is sad isn’t it when friends move away Beth, but you are still posting and that makes up for it.
      I do hope that my cats are not plotting anything too serious. Time will tell.
      Big hug for 2017. Ralph xox ❤

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  7. Dear Ralph, so sad to read that your friends are moving away, hopefully Sonic and Samantha will be extra good company, and keep you busy. Please enjoy the rest of the first week of the New Year. Take good care. ~ Mia xo

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    • Wonderful comment. Thank you so much dear Mia, my new bloggy friend. The first week of 2017 is passing by so quickly. I do hope that this New Year is being kind to you too. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello dear Widdershins 🙂
      Thank you so much my friend.
      That’s true, once they get their Internet set up in their new home.
      Take care and hugs.. Ralph xox ❤

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  8. I know you will miss your friends and knowing them, I understand it totally. Maybe Hilda and David might visit from time to time or you might be able to visit them as they are still in Spain.
    Your cats re lovely deep down, they love you dearly! 🙂

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    • Hello dear Ute 🙂
      I am sure you will never forget the day you helped with the grape harvest. I know you really enjoyed yourself helping Brian and Monica with all our friends. I have been thinking that there has been a very high turnover of expats over the years, but I never thought that David and Hilda would be moving so quickly. As you say we may meet up again.
      Yes, I am sure that my cats love me deep down as Thomas does you.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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      • You are right, I loved the harvest time and I still got the t-shirt and wear it often. I had a great time when I visited you. Probably some new British people come that way too and throw great parties you can go to…. As I know you all throw great parties!

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    • Thank you so much Georges 🙂
      Happy New Year to you too.
      Take care. Ralph 🙂


  9. All the best for 2017, Ralph (and to your felines). It’s always sad to say goodbye but it’s easier if the move is something the friend wants and is happy about. :):

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    • What you say is so true dear Gallivanta. One cannot be too selfish over friends leaving. So long as they are happy.
      I do hope that you are having a lovely 2017. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  10. Wishing you a Very Happy New Year Ralph.. Sorry to hear your good friends are moving away.. But I know both Sonic and Samantha will keep you on your toes.. 🙂
    Have a Wonderful Happy Healthy, Peace filled Year Ralph..
    Hugs and Blessings your way.
    Sue ❤

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    • Thank you so much dear Sue and may I wish you a happy New Year as well. Doesn’t time fly as it is 6 January already ?
      Ha ha, those two cats will always keep me on my toes. I’m turning into a ballet dancer ! 🙂
      Thank you my friend. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  11. Wishing you a wonderful New Year my friend!! Sorry to hear some of your friends are moving away…unfortunately it happens 😦 As far as the mad house yes I believe I do but mine are two young teenagers and a cat instead of just two cats 😉
    Hope your New is healthy, wealthy and peaceful!!!

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    • Thank you so much dear Kat and may I wish you a happy New Year as well.
      I will miss my friends tremendously.
      Ha ha, you and Amanda (commented above) need to compare notes as she has a madhouse of two teenage girls..
      Maybe you should read my comment in this post of hers
      Compared to you two my New Year as been as calm as a lake at dawn..
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • lol. I am sure they do dear Daria.
      I do hope that you are having a wonderful 2017 my friend.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  12. Just wanted to say Happy New Year Ralph! Losing people is hard but change is sometimes good. Do you know who bought your friends house?

    Take care. I always pop by, even when I not comment. 🙂

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    • Happy New Year to you too dear Grainne 🙂
      I’m not too sure but I think that the buyer of the house is a Spanish lawyer. Oh dear, does that mean I have to be on my best behaviour ?
      That’s lovely. Thank you. I am so pleased that you popped by and commented this time.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  13. Sorry about your friends Ralpha. I don’t have many and my best friend moved away last year, so yeah it is sad to lose someone that way but hopefully you will still see them and make up for lost time when you do. Happy New Year again to you and the cats. Had to smile about the cat Samantha. I have an editor Samantha….I am ducking her right now so my ‘Yes Samantha’ probably sounds like your cat’s x

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    • Hello dear Shey 🙂
      I am so sorry to read about your best friend moving away. You must have been really upset. I do understand.
      Happy New Year to you too my friend. A week is gone by and I hope it has been a good one for you.
      Aha, love your Samantha comment.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Our kids grew up together. At one point she just lived down the road. Then she moved out to Gauldry , then of course we moved over the Ferry. But now they are away to the outskirts of Edinburgh. However I will hope to see her in Feb or March. Hope your week has been good too my friend. xxxx ( I am still ducking Samantha but now …now the edits on that other book have come in, I am ducking a Tracy too.)

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  14. Hi my friend.
    Ralph so nice to see you again.
    Wishing you a very beautifulllllllllllllllll 2017 I leave a photo of my dear Sally


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    • Hello dear Shera 🙂
      It is nice to see you here too. Thank you for coming and commenting my friend.
      Thank you for the lovely picture of Sally. So sweet.
      I do hope that you are having a wonderful 2017. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  15. It’s always sad to see friends go. We’re losing our wonderful neighbours in two weeks time. We will miss them so much.

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    • Hello dear Adele 🙂
      I am so sorry to hear that you are losing your neighbours. Good neighbours are a god send. So I am sad for you, but I do hope that the new ones will be just as nice.
      Have a lovely weekend my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  16. Happy New Year dear Ralph! Hope this is a wonderful year for you and your felines. All the very best for 2017 Big Hugs from us all here in Alcala La Real xox

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    • Happy new year to you too dear Lottie. I really do hope that 2017 will be busy for you, loads o’ money ! Hugs back from another Real – Cañada del Real Tesoro 🙂 Ralph xox ❤

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  17. Happy New Year Ralph! Sorry that some of your friends are moving away. Hopefully they will visit your blog!
    Now about those cats– 😉 I had a feeling they were just teasing! One cannot expect them to be good all the time LOL 😀

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    • Happy New Year to you too Magick Mermaid. I do hope that it will be a good one for you this year. I hope that my friends will visit my blog once they get settled and have the Internet connected.
      Yes, I am sure my cats are just teasing all of us. Little Rascals !
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  18. Happy New Year! It’s always sad to see friends leave. All the best in 2017. 🙂

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    • Thank you, and a happy New Year to you too my Lightning friend. I do hope that you have lots of things planned to make 2017 a great year for you.
      Yes, I agree, it is very sad to see friends move on.
      Take care and have a wonderful weekend Ellen. Ralph xox ❤

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  19. Lol you crack me up. I don’t know why you have so many ghosts, it’s sheer entertainment when visiting you. I get a great chuckle out of those snarky cats. Don’t be fooled my friend, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. . .or cat, so don’t expect them to keep their promises LOL.
    I’m sorry to hear about your friends moving, but just think that soon you will make some new ones and of course you always have us. Happy New Year Ralphie! ❤ xoxo Wishing you a great year. ❤

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    • Heehee. Thank you dear Debby for being my favourite boiled egg 🙂
      Whew, I have enough problems answering 50 comments per post as it is, so I am really pleased that 2500 comments do not materialise per post. Heck !
      I have a lot of fun drafting the cat posts and I am so happy that you enjoy their antics.
      Yes, it is lovely to have so many bloggy friends as well as the few remaining in this Spanish village.
      Have a lovely weekend and a happy New Year to you too my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Thanks for the wishes Ralph. And I don’t think you’re the only one with ghosts, lol. Comments are lovely to have for engagement, and gratification to know people are reading our work. But I couldn’t imagine answering either if all my followers left comments. Grateful for tender mercies. ❤ xo Happy weekend!

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  20. OMC saying goodbye to good furriends is so not good, Ralph, but TC you still are the three Sses…MOL 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy and Healthy New Year. Make it a wonderful year 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Hello Binky 🙂
      So true, saying goodbye to good friends is very hard thing to do.
      Thank you and I do hope that you and Granny have a specially nice 2017 with lots of sleep and selfies.
      Love from the three Sses xox ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • I totally agree Georgia 🙂
      Have a lovely weekend my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


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  22. I’m so glad the cats are going to be good this year…the furball in the slipper is a nice touch 🙂 Sorry to hear that some dear friends are moving away, Ralph. Perhaps new friends will move in. Happy New Year to you 🙂

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    • Hello Diana 🙂
      Ha ! That will be the day when my cats become good cats. I would have nothing to blog about. lol
      Thank you. That’s the good thing about friends, they will always be friends whether close or miles away.
      Happy New Year my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  23. You and your cats keep me smiling. I wouldn’t believe a word they say. As I’m sure you know, it is THEIR house, after all. I’m sorry your friends are leaving. I guess that is the first big change for 2017. It seems that most of life is about change and neither cats nor people are too fond of that–especially as we get older. I hope your 2017 is a great year full of good health and inspiring friends (and helpful cats:-)

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    • Hello Linda 🙂
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I do like the part about it’s the cats’ house. After 14 years with them I should have realised that by now. Thanks for the reminder 🙂
      I do hope that 2017 is very kind to you my friend.
      Ralph xox ❤

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  24. Well you’ve taken me on a roller coaster of emotion today Ralphy…
    Sadness that you are going to be missing your friends.. genuinely that is quite a loss to lose 2 different couples from your area at the same time.. I suspect you’ll still be invited to lots of other parties though..
    Laughter at those ‘cheeky cats’ .. they really are SO naughty making fun of daddy – and a furball.. that’ no joke! I had a dog that use to leave those little presents for us. yuk!
    And of course ‘Celebration’ at your success! Do you think if I do a post about my ‘white knickers’ I’ll reach the same number of followers.. somehow I suspect not!!
    Have a brilliant day.. I wonder if those cats are simply taking their lead from their daddy? x

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    • Hello Wendy 🙂
      Thank you so much for your long and fun comment. You always make me smile.
      Actually it is a brilliant day today. I just took this from my front balcony. Sunny 18°C !

      Take care and keep warm my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Ooo Sooooooo jealous.. I’m looking out on a very cloudy and dreary overcast day and I’ve got cold feet! Enjoy the sunshine Ralph and I’ll just ‘think about it’ as we plan our summer holiday most likely to Spain! Keep it ‘hot’ for us…
        You have a brilliant day too! xx

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  25. Wishing you sunny days and happy times with cats and friends. It’s sad that friends move away, but through blogging they’ll be able to keep up with your shenanigans. 😀

    ❤ carmen

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  26. OH MFR, I’m so sad David and Hilda are leaving. They have been wonderful and a part of this blog almost since it started. Even Manny is crying right now. Manny still wears his necklace and is right now lounging with me on Carol’s daughter’s bed in Australia. He has some new friends, Mama Roo and Pouch Potatoe Joe, Eckie, the Echidna, Koa the Koala, and Womba. He sends his love to David and Hilda, Brian and Monica, all the cats, especially China Cat, and, of course, you. He said he would come over and drive you around. 🙂 Take care of yourself in 2017. 🙂 Lots of love, RVBFM xoxox

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    • Hello MVBFM 🙂
      Wow, so you are in Australia after all. I wasn’t sure as you have been posting a lot of reblogs lately. I do hope that you are having a great time. It seems that Manny is, who has made a lot of new friends. I just love the name Pouch Potatoe Joe. So funny. I didn’t know that Manny could drive. He is growing up, isn’t he ?
      Yes, it is a shame that David and Hilda have now gone to pastures new and they were in a lot of posts, weren’t they ?
      I hope you are having a great time with your bloggy friends. As I said, have fun !
      Love Ralph xox ❤

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      • I have been reposting so I don’t have to post, but also to honor my hostesses, Carol and Leanne. It hasn’t brought them much traffic, but they both do well on their own. It has been an amazing journey. I would have been nicer if Vince had wanted to come, but he hated to leave home for three weeks. I go home Monday, but I’ve had time to create posts while I’ve been at Carol’s home in Toowoomba, Queensland. It’s very warm here, so I’m enjoying summer weather instead of the cold at home. It looks like it has been very cold in Europe. Give my love to David and Hilda. They are leaving very big shoes to fill. :)Love, RVBFM xox

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    • Hello and welcome Ms LW 🙂
      I have two cats that live with me at home, on top of which I feed another five farm cats in the field behind my apartment. I have not heard how the move went of the 10 cats as yet.
      Thanks for commenting, take care. Ralph xox ❤


      • That is so nice that u feed some outside kitties. I have four kitties myself. All four are fixed and indoor only kitties… Long story how we got four. Lol


    • Thanks Kate. It is sad when good friends move on, but there are a few left in this Spanish village who I don’t see as much as the ones that have just left the village. Still, I have new friends on the Internet including you.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello Juls 🙂
      lol. The only way to find a fur ball in your slipper is to get a cat. You won’t regret it ! It can be a lot of fun and quickly become a new member of the family.
      Happy Wednesday !
      Ralph xox ❤


  27. I hope you are well, happy and enjoying new friends, knowing old ones really never leave you, Ralph. 🙂
    You are warm, special, caring and fun to be around!! 😉

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    • Hello Sandra 🙂
      lol. If I was a policeman I would remark, “Anything you say will be taken down as evidence.”. Of course I would never do that to you my friend …ha ! 🙂
      Another hug. Love Ralph xox ❤

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