327: ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain, ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria, ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada …. WHAT !!!

~Resa’s beautiful Art Gown~

My dear friend Resa from Toronto, ย Canada, has dedicated her latest creation to me. ย I am really thrilled and honoured. ย Thank you my friend.

This is her story of how it came about.

“I want to tell you about this Art Gown I’m making.

Quiet Samantha !!

It goes back to the beginning of May. That is when I began to think about an idea for the gown. ย As I knew I would be dedicating it to Ralph, the first thing I thought of was a “cat” theme. ย Then I thought of a humour gown, which made me think of court jesters and harlequins. This lead to thoughts of the Venetian Ball, where many of the gowns seem to have a harlequin effect.

However, there are challenges for the Art Gowns, and this is what helps define them as art. ย I am not allowed to go out and buy expensive fabrics. I am only allowed to buy bargain bin leftovers for not more than $2.00ย  a meter. I can use expensive fabrics, but only if they are already in my stash.

I have used many things to make Art Gowns, including wine corks. – La Vie en Rose

I have used my scraps and rags – Empress D’Amore

I have used old curtain lace. – Autumn Orchid

So, I went out searching for fabrics for my ideas. Everything was 10, 20 or 30 $$$$ a meter.

All I could find was an off white stretch poplin (now I know why it was $2 not $15 a meter. You’ll read about that in the post. ย I also found curtain sheer for $2.00 a meter, but what could I do? They did not support my original ideas. ย Then I read about a Canadian female artist, the late Joyce Wieland.

In 1967, she was made famous by a lithograph she made by using red lipstick and forming her mouth into an O and imprinting it on her canvas … for Oh Canada. It was Canada’s 100th birthday.

ย This year is Canada’s 150th birthday. So the idea was born. I would make 150 flowers, imprint an O in the centers, and attach them to a gown.ย  As Ralph lives inย Caรฑadaย del Real Tesoro, I figured I could make a poetic connection.

I sent Ralph a first inspiration mock-up a while back, before his post on that he had met someone. I thought this reminds me of a Victorian era wedding gown.

It looks more like a Victorian era (1880-90-the short lived bustle era) than ever, at this point.”

~And then ….~

I’m honored to be one of the first to know of your engagement.

Now, I find out you are getting married.

I never meant to make a wedding type gown, but I am, and I can’t help but feel that the Art Gowns are somehow psychic.

Well, that’s it!

Much love to both of you, and I am so looking forward to your coming out post!

Hugs, love and kisses to both of you! (and the cats)

Resa xoxoxoxo”

~It’s true !~

Yes, it’s true ! ย Both Natascha and I are going to be married, ย to each other, ย which is important !ย 

Yay ! ย But not here in Spain …. Austria !

As you can see I am the marriageable type.

I love my meals ….

…. and doing nothing.

We both love each other so much and we are so alike in everything we say or do.

Natascha immediately said “Yeeeeeesss !” when I proposed to her. ย 

So I bought her a gorgeous engagement ring …..

….. and some pretty things.


~So what now ?~

It’s really simple ! ย Owing to Natascha’s medical conditions requiring specialised medications in Austria and if she moved to Spain would have to go through months of tests from scratch without the right medication she needs, I am moving to Austria.

So, I have already put my apartment on the market ….

…. set up preliminary arrangements to move all the contents, cats etc. to Austria.

Natascha returns to Austria on the 4th August and will immediately find a place for us. ย As soon as I have an address, off to Austria go Sonic & Samantha ….

….. followed almost immediately by the apartment contents and myself.

As I have drafted this post on the 30th July, we will spend our last few days together in Spain enjoying each other’s company.

Sonic ย !!!!

~5 years with WordPress Com~

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 5 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

Thank you old and new blogging friends for being so awesome. ย 

It was $10 a Like and $20 a comment, yes ? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Please do visit Resa’s Art Gowns blog. ย There you will see her wonderful creations.

Ralph & Natascha xox โค

~ps. Natascha Flies Back To Austria~

Click for the big pic

Goodbye sweetheart. ย See you in Austria in a few weeks !

Click on this picture to go to Natascha’s post about her trip to Spain

We do need to be together ! ย Love you !

174 Comments on “327: ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain, ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria, ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada …. WHAT !!!

  1. Oh Ralph, wowowowo!! This is all so exciting! Resa’s gown is fabulous, I just reblogged it, and now I head over to see the “twist” she mentioned ~ OH how exciting that it is indeed a wedding dress ๐Ÿ™‚ Ralph, you and your love Natascha have many more beautiful times ahead and I wish you safe travels to Austria. Congratulations on the engagement!! โค ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hello Christy ๐Ÿ™‚
      Resa and I had a bit of fun playing with our readers over this beautiful gown which she had lovingly created. It finally ended up as a beautiful wedding dress and Natascha says that she would love to wear it as she has never worn a gown ever.
      Thank you so much for your love and kind words towards Natascha and myself.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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  2. Congratulations Ralph and Natascha! The gown is beautiful! Best wishes for the move to Austria! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you both a wonderful life together! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hello Magick Mermaid ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your congratulations my friend.

      Resa excelled herself again with this beautiful wedding gown,, didn’t she ?

      As far as me moving to Austria, it’s all happening ! I spent the whole weekend with my bed covered in paperwork hunting for the many pieces of paper that my lawyer needs to represent me with her power of attorney, which will mean that I will not have to return to Spain from Austria once the house is sold and needs signatures from me. My lawyer will do all that.

      Secondly, Sonic and Samantha will be microchipped, have to take rabies shots and get a health certificate to move from Spain to Austria. I have not told them yet..

      I will be seeing both the lawyer and the veterinarian tomorrow morning.

      Meanwhile Natascha is searching for a home for us in Austria. What fun !

      Natascha loves taking photographs, so there will be plenty for our wedding post.

      Sorry I have not been able to make many comments on other blogs as I have been so busy over the last few days. Normal service will resume as soon as possible. lol

      Big hug. Ralph xox โค

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      • Congratulations Ralph & Natascha! Good to know your detailed plans for the move. You will love Austria, and your life together there. Sonic & Samantha will adjust as long as they are with you and their friends, Coo Coo clock, China Cat & their favorite napping spots. Have a lovely wedding. Look forward to photos of handsome you & Natascha (in that beautiful wedding dress). Hugs, my friend. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ Christine

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      • Hello Christine ๐Ÿ™‚
        Thank you so much for your long comment my friend. Yes, I am sure that I will love Austria especially as I will be with Natascha permanently as soon as I arrive. I am sure that my cats and others will have plenty to say once they arrive in a completely new country. lol
        Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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      • I’m so excited for you both! And the cats will have many new adventures for you to write about once you are all settled in. (No doubt they are making a book deal with a publisher!) ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Haha ! If my cats wrote a book they will have to wake up some time to do it !
        We are excited as well Magick Mermaid ๐Ÿ™‚
        Ralph xx

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    • Good morning Peggy ๐Ÿ™‚

      I must apologise to you and the following 38 commenters. It’s all been happening here, things are on the move and I have had no time to answer comments, but I do this morning.

      As soon as I started replying to your fantastic comment my friend, WordPress threw a wobbly and dumped your notifier comment into my dashboard trash.. Oh boy !

      It is fantastic news, isn’t it ? I am on cloud nine with all that is going on between me and Natascha. Resa’s gown is another brilliant creation from her.

      Take care my friend. Ralph xox โค


  3. Congratulations to both of you!!!
    To the cats: buck up, you’re moving to Austria!
    I look forward to the wedding photos, and the first post from Austria.
    Lovely post, Ralph and Natascha! Thank you for the awesome shout out! xx

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    • Hello dear Resa ๐Ÿ™‚
      It really made my day to feature your beautiful wedding gown on this post.. Thank you so much for dedicating it to me. Fantastic and we had fun, didn’t we ?
      This will probably be my last post from Spain as I now have to concentrate on going through my stuff in the apartment and get ready for the removals. Hopefully today the vet is visiting to microchip the cats and give them the rabies shots. The lawyer’s all sorted and I fired the realtor. Just a normal week then. lol.
      Thank you once again dear friend for creating that gorgeous gown.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xoxoxo โค


  4. WOW Ralph and Natasha. Congratulations and so much happiness. I was over the moon for you both, what a wonderful saga.
    I just got back from dinner on a wooden pier and opened my iPad. I wondered, did I have too much wine? Nope, it is true.

    Keep us up to date and when is the big day etc. You really are making the history of the blogging world.
    Big hug to you both

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    • Hello Miriam ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment explaining how you came to read this post. I usually have no idea of what my readers are actually doing while visiting my blog. So thank you.
      Of course I will keep everyone informed on how Natascha and I are getting on.
      Big hug back. Ralph xox โค


  5. Congratulations Ralph… You are the ONE…. ๐Ÿ˜€ xxoo โค so happy for you!…
    Also, Resaยดs gown is gorgeous…. I just saw it… And want it to pop in to say cheers. Now I found still another good reason to do so ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Hello my dear Amalia ๐Ÿ™‚
      Haha ! I is the ONE !! You are so funny !
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and Resa’s gown is beautiful,, isn’t it ?
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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  6. Dude! ๐Ÿ˜€ When you hit the ‘changes’ button, you really hit it hard! This is fabulous news, congratulations to you all. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Hello Widdershins ๐Ÿ™‚
      Wow, your comment is a completely different slant on what the others have said. Thank you so much my friend for your congratulations.
      Take care. Ralph ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Awww, congratulations Ralph and Natascha! Wonderful news! Sending you my best wishes for a full and beautiful life together! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Resa – you know my admiration for your Art Gowns. Each one is so unique and, well, gorgeous, I end up repeating myself: Out of this world! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxxx

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    • Hello Marina ๐Ÿ™‚
      You are so sweet, thank you so much for your wonderful comment. We really do appreciate it.
      I totally agree with your take on Resa’s gown. It is definitely out of this world.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello Annette ๐Ÿ™‚
      Lord and Lady and Catters-All ? I love it !
      Eternal happiness is the way to go. We are definitely working on that.
      Thank you so much for taking time to write such a wonderful comment my friend.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello big toe (VICTO ! I am using a voice/typing app and it really comes up with some howlers) ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment.. I love reading every word..
      Something miraculous is happening to Natascha. Since the age of six she has been having daily migraines and it took a long time for the Austrian doctors to find the correct special medication to control them. Since she has met me she has only had a couple of the attacks over the last six weeks and that was due to the sadness of leaving me to return to Austria to get more medication from the pharmacy.. It’s amazing ! Must be love or something ๐Ÿ™‚
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello YC ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much my friend for your kind word. Resa excelled herself this time, didn’t she ?
      Take care.. Ralph ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. wow, wow, wow. i am so happy for you and all of your happy life fireworks!!!!! this is so fantastic, life is short, grab it and run and you certainly have! please keep us posted and l love the dress and i love this news. i can’t wait to read about the wedding, oh, and you’ll miss those crazy neighbors )

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    • Hello Beth ๐Ÿ™‚
      I absolutely love reading your comment especially the part about life being short and grabbing it and run. Natascha and I will definitely doing that !
      Oh yes, I will miss my crazy neighbours. lol
      I agree, the dress is lovely..
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello Shey ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment my friend especially coming from you..
      I’m sorry that I have not been commenting much on anyone’s blog recently, but once I am settled in Austria I hope to be back to normal (whatever normal is ?!) lol
      Love to you and the dudes. Ralph xox โค


    • Hello Pamela ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I really do appreciate it.. Yes, you will see me in Austria wearing lederhosen I expect. lol
      Big hug.. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello Amanda ๐Ÿ™‚
      Wow ! I just love your comment ! Thank you so much my friend, at least the whirlwind didn’t get my knickers in a twist. lol ๐ŸŒช๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™‚
      Big hug. Ralph xox โค

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  9. Oh, this is the best post!! Congratulations, Ralph and Natascha!! I wish you many wonderful years together. And what a gorgeous gown, Resa. So much beauty here! XOXO

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    • Hello Mary ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much my friend for such a lovely comment. I will treasure it !
      I love Resa’s gown too. I agree, it is gorgeous !
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค


    • Hello Sue ๐Ÿ™‚
      This WordPress notifier went crazy again and as I was replying, your comment suddenly disappeared into my dashboard spam. Oh boy !
      Anyway, thank you so much for your wonderful comment my friend. We really do appreciate it. Thank you.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค


    • Hello Gallivanta ๐Ÿ™‚
      Haha ! I know how you feel my friend as I am having problems keeping up with the pace of our lives. lol
      I agree, Resa’s gown is really gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment.
      Hugs. Ralph xox โค

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  10. I’m glad you see you back, but holey moley you don’t half move fast lol
    Congratulations to you both, if you’re happy then I’m happy but I think you’ll have to do a little more convincing with the cats ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hello Juls ๐Ÿ™‚
      They don’t call me Speedy Gonzales for no reason, must be my Speedos. lol.
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment my friend. As for my cats, they will probably tell you what they think of me in my next post from Austria. I dread to think what they may say.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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    • Merci beaucoup Georges pour votre joli commentaire. J’apprรฉcie vraiment cela. Passe un bon weekend. Ralph ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hello Kat ๐Ÿ™‚
      OMG indeed ! That’s how I feel sometimes. lol.
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. It’s lovely !
      Big hug. Ralph xox โค

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  11. Wonderful news! So exciting to find the One and I couldn’t be happier for you both! I do hope you can open a PO box in Austria so we can send you wedding cards and well wishes from all over the world! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

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    • Hello Grainne ๐Ÿ™‚
      Actually Natascha was the one who found me and was brave enough to tell me how much she loved me in her first email. I am so, so glad that she did as it has changed our lives for the best for ever.
      What a lovely idea to include in our wedding post an address for you to send things. Love the idea !
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment my friend.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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      • Wow Ralph – this is great. A woman after you and a beautiful one full of love for you. I am so very happy for you. You totally deserve a lot of love for all the love and happiness you constantly bring to other’s lives.

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      • @ Sandra
        What a lovely comment ! You are so sweet. Thank you so much dear friend.
        Big hug. Ralph xox โค


    • Hello sweetheart ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for reblogging both mine and Resa’s posts. In doing so you have really enhanced both posts.
      Love and hugs for my pretty future wife. Ralph xoxoxo โค

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  13. Congratulations to you both and all the very best for the future, Ralph and Natascha.
    Resa certainly whipped up a delicious looking wedding trousseau which rhymes with Trudeau which rhymes with Canada…
    But, it’s now to be Austria… Oh, now I am confused!
    Much love to you both.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hello dear Carolyn ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wishes my friend. We really do appreciate it.
      YOU are confused ? What about my local vet ? She should have been coming to my home at 8 PM last night to microchip and give rabies shots to Sonic and Samantha. At 9 PM she rang to say that she was not coming, but will be coming at 1 PM today or on Saturday. 1 PM passed five hours ago, so it must be Saturday. I am confused, the cats are confused, my readers are confused and the vet is confused. lol
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello Cindy ๐Ÿ™‚
      Your comment is a wonderful read, thank you so much my friend..
      Resa is brilliant, isn’t she ? I am amazed at the amount of work she puts into her gowns, coming up with something fantastically new every time..
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค


  14. Wow!!!! my dear adventurous friend! Oh! what wonderful news, I am thrilled and super excited for you! Congratulations lovebirds โค Love, Kisses & hugs and a new happy fulfilling life!
    Your love story is truly inspiring and heartwarming *********

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    • Hello my dear friend Pelly ๐Ÿ™‚
      I absolutely love your comment especially from you.. Yes, a great adventure is unfolding with Natascha and I will keep you informed on how things develop. This is probably my last post from Spain and, hopefully, in six weeks I should be blogging from Austria (which is just up the road from you).
      You may have noticed that I have not been commenting recently on your posts and on other bloggers posts. So sorry. I just wish there were 24 hours in a day. lol
      Lots of love.. Ralph xox โค

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      • My dear! I know you have like a zillion things to do, you don’t have to apologize, but on the other hand…. I am starting to miss you! A new post from you would be a great idea ๐Ÿ˜€ Lots of love โค โค โค

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      • I miss you too dear Pelly. I am thinking of doing a quick post before I leave Spain. Watch this space !
        Big hug. Ralph โค โค โค

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  15. Hi Ralph! I updated the part after the “Twist” pictures. I announce you are engaged and there is a direct link to this post!
    Much love, Resa xoxoxo โค

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    • Hello dear Resa ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for the update and the link to this post. On reading my comments everyone absolutely adores this gown and I am at the top of the list..
      Big hug and lots of love. Ralph xoxoxox โค


    • Hello Barbara ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment my friend, we really do appreciate it.
      Big hug. Ralph xox โค

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  16. WOWSERS!! <3.
    Congrats. Safe and hassle free move my friend.
    Our mutual friend says congrats too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hello dear Katie ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wowser comment my friend and I really do hope to have a safe and hassle free move from Spain to Austria.
      Oh that’s nice ! I have not heard from our mutual friend for ages. I do hope that things have improved for her and that she is happy. The same goes for you my friend..
      Do you know anything about packing ? I expect throwing China Cat into a box with the TV is not a good idea. LOL.
      Big hug and love. Ralph xox โค


      • I say don’t pack China cat. Carry her throughout and pet her. If anyone says anything, cut them off and produce paperwork insisting that she has been chipped and vaccinated! Maybe put your Speedos on her too ๐Ÿ˜‚. 8)8)8)

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      • That sounds like a plan Katie ! I don’t like the idea of China Cat being chipped. I may have to put her down …….. on the floor ! And, no, the Speedos stay on me ! lol ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™ƒโค

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  17. Wow my friend. Look at all that’s happened in a mere few months. I’m glad you’ve found someone to fill your heart. I wish you both nothing but happiness. That’s a big move to another country! Don’t forget to take China cat and Cuckoo with you, the cats will want familiar friends. And oh ny, the gown is gorgeous! Safe and happy travels. โค xoxoxo

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    • Hello dear Debby ๐Ÿ™‚
      I totally agree with you. A few months ago both Natascha and I were resigned to living out our lives alone. Natascha with her medical problems and myself with my age. Someone up there magically brought us together and what an adventure it is turning out to be for both of us. Amazingly we are like twins, same thoughts and same likes and dislikes. For two WordPress bloggers to come together like we have cannot be a coincidence.
      We are so happy, but soon will be a lot happier when we are together in Austria.
      Yes, Resa’s gown is gorgeous..
      I hope that you are well and happy my friend.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello my dear friend Yvonne ๐Ÿ™‚
      It’s lovely to hear from you after so long. I do hope that things are working out well for you and that you will soon be back to your usual self.
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Excellent !
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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  18. What a beautiful news, congratulations to you both, oh no, to you ALL! Be happy be so happy my dear Ralph, All my best wishes, Thank you, Love, nia

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    • Hello dear Nia ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your beautiful words my friend. I really do think that Natascha and I are made for each other and intend to make each other happy.
      Have a lovely weekend dear friend.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello again dear Nia ๐Ÿ™‚
      I totally agree with everything you say about Resa’s gown as it is a wonderful piece of art work.
      Big hug. Ralph xox โค

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  19. Congratulations to you both I hope you will have a very happy loving life together.The gown is absolutely gorgeous….All the best to you both you deserve to be happy.x๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒป

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    • Hello CCM ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I love every word.
      I agree, Resa’s gown is really gorgeous.
      Have a great weekend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello Arlene ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment dear friend. I know I have made the right decision to move from Spain to Austria to be with Natascha and I am sure that our life will be the best that two people can make it.
      It has been a long time since I have heard from you Arlene and I really do hope that your life is a lot happier and productive..
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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      • You are welcome, Ralph. ๐Ÿ™‚ Based on what I have read from both of your blogs, you and Natascha seem very compatible, so you are off to a good start.

        Yes, I know it has been awhile since you have heard from me. I am kind of reluctant to email you right now knowing you are busy planning for a wedding and relocating to a new place, and I don’t want my ongoing problems to mar the great joy you are experiencing at the moment. I will survive, but I hope there will be better days ahead.

        Good luck and congratulations, Ralph! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • You are very welcome to keep emailing me especially if you need a sounding board my friend.
        I hope your Sunday is a good one Arlene ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  20. Congratulations Ralph, wonderful news, I just found out and I think my congratulations arrive late … I send you my best wishes for happiness !!!
    A big hug and a good trip!!!

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    • Hello dear Belรฉn ๐Ÿ™‚
      No way, you are never too late when you write so beautiful comments as this one my friend.. Thank you so much.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello Charlotte ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. You are so sweet ! I am really looking forward to moving to Austria and marrying Natascha. Now that is exciting ! lol
      I love your blog and what you do. Keep it up my friend, you are doing well.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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  21. Wow Ralph, what wonderful news. I just came back from 3 days in Spain, near Barcelona, for a bit of sun and waves…. and you come with such amazing news. Not just the engagement but also you selling up and moving to Austria. Austria is such a lovely country you will love it, such wonderful scenery. The cats will love it too as it is not so terribly hot. They will thank you later I am sure. I can imagine you have your hands full with stuff to sort.
    the gown is so beautiful what great timing.
    Ralph, wishing you and Natasha the very best from my heart, you both deserve happiness!
    Big hug from Ute xx

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    • Hello dear Ute ๐Ÿ™‚
      Wow, I hope you had a great time by the sea in Spain and I hope you did not get caught out with the strikes at the airports in your area of Spain.
      Yes, it is all happening with me and Natascha, but what the heck, we only live once and do love one another so much. I am so looking forward to having a change of scenery and starting a new adventure with Natascha.
      It’s amazing how much stuff there is to do for a move. I have only just begun, but, hopefully, I should be in Austria within six weeks from now. But this is Spain and anything could happen !
      Resa’s gown is adorable, isn’t it ?
      I am waiting for the vet to come here this morning to microchip and give Sonic and Samantha rabies shots for their move. Three times she has made appointments to come here and never turned up. Heck, I hope she turns up this morning. But, hey, this is Spain and I will be so glad to be in Austria where it is very Germanic and efficient …….. I hope !
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment dear friend.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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      • Ralph, I am sure Austria is more efficient than Spain…. definitely. Hope your Vet turns up this time. You are so right, life is short, enjoy everything you can. You are independent so go for your new adventure! I know you will love it and be very happy with Natascha. Hugs back to you from Ute xx

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      • Heck, I just wrote you a half page reply in the notifier on the RHS of the page, accidentally hit Tab Right key and the whole lot, your comment, everything ended up in my dashboard trash. Oh boy !

        Finally ! Amazingly she arrived on time and watched me chase Sonic around the apartment for 10 Minutes until I collapsed with exhaustion. She grabbed him, then later Samantha, by the scruff of the neck and gave them their shots. Then she screwed up writing their passports, so I have to go up to the office on Wednesday to collect new ones. The cats need another shot in a few days, then a few days after that they get their health certificate and I can get them off to Natascha as soon as possible.

        I really do hope that the Austrian documentation system is really well organised as I don’t think I could face another Spanish screwup again. Thank heavens Natascha does not live in Italy. lol

        You are right. For Natascha, myself and the three cats this is a beginning of a new venture for all of us and we are really looking forward to it,, except the cats who will probably have their say in my next post from Austria. lol

        Have a lovely Sunday dear Ute ๐Ÿ™‚ โค


    • Hello Lynette ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your lovely words, we really do appreciate them.
      I hope you have a lovely weekend my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox โค


    • Hello Sidran ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your congratulations and wishes, that is really nice of you.
      I am sure that Resa will be thrilled with your comment about her gown.
      Take care. Ralph ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. WOW! Congratulations Ralph and Natasha!! How amazing life can be when we simply let it unfold for us. New doors and pathways open up and those exciting twists and turns present themselves to lead us in new directions. I’m delighted for you both! xx

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    • Hello Wendy ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your delight and congratulations dear friend.
      So true. We have to go with our hearts and see where it leads us. For me, Austria and Natascha !
      Have a lovely weekend Wendy
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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  24. Dear friend Ralph,

    Congratulations! I am so, so happy for you. This news made my week.

    Best wishes as you start your new life together with Natascha!

    Love and hugs,

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    • Hello dear Nancy ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment my friend. You have made my day !
      Love Ralph xox โค

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  25. CONGRATULATIONS, Ralph. I’m soooo happy for you and Natascha. What excitement with moving and wedding and love and happiness. This is great news and those cats will just have to deal with it. Love the humor is your post, as always. Blessings to you both.

    And Resa’s gowns are fabulous. I’m going to her place to goggle at them ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hello Diana ๐Ÿ™‚
      Wow, what an absolutely adorable comment from you my friend ! Yes, it is all happening, slowly but surely and at the same time exciting, knowing that there is a new venture just beginning with Natascha, myself and three cats.
      I should. Resa’s gowns are worth a good goggle ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ˜ณ
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello DaisyMae ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you so much for your congratulations. Wonderful !

      I don’t think that we will ever see Resa’s Art gown in real life, but we are so happy to see it on her blog. I understand that she has a live model lined up to wear the gown on a photo shoot. We are looking forward to that post..

      BTW I rescued this comment of yours from my dashboard spam. I have absolutely no idea why it was in there. Oh boy !

      Take care. Ralph xox โค

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  27. Congratulations my friend. This is the best news of the year. I wish you and Natasha a very happy life together. When you say Austria it reminds me of the Movie Sound of music with Maria and Captain von Trapp and how much they were in love. I watched that movie over and over and over again. Love is such a wonderful thing….it’s such a beautiful feeling when you find it like you’ve done now. I hope you live happily ever after. Best wishes my friend! And the art gown is beautiful. Where can I find Resa from Toronto. I go to Toronto every week….all my relatives live there!!!!

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    • Hello dear Liz ๐Ÿ™‚
      Wow ! What a lovely comment. Thank you so much my friend. I have seen the film as well. Loved it ! Yes, love is such a wonderful thing and I am such a lucky man for Natascha being brave enough to tell me how much she loved me and during her long visit to me in Spain I realised how much I love her,, so the obvious outcome is for us to be married which we both really want to do immediately on my arrival in Austria.

      I agree. Resa’s art gown is beautiful. I think the best bet is for you to email her and have a chat.
      I hope you are having a lovely week Liz
      Big hug. Ralph xox โค


      • I am just keeping all my fingers crossed for you. I hope you’ll have a wonderful wedding. It’s raining here, cats and dogs, my friend. At least we get a reprieve from the hot summer sun and the lawn gets to grow greener and thicker. Best wishes and have a wonderful weekend, ahead!

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      • Lucky you Liz ๐Ÿ™‚
        I have not seen hardly a cloud and definitely no rain for months here in southern Spain,, where as where Natascha lives in Austria she seems to be experiencing thunder storms pretty much every day.
        Thank you and have a lovely Sunday yourself my friend.. (Seems like you may have to get out and mow the lawn. lol) ๐Ÿ˜‰ โค


    • Hello Anita ๐Ÿ™‚
      That is very sweet of you to say my friend. Thank you so much and I hope that you find true love soon yourself.
      Hugs. Ralph xox โค

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  28. Wow! Ralph – Natascha is beautiful, I am so glad you have got a beautiful and special love in your life. Congratulations on the engagement and wedding. Have you set a date yet? I wish you tons of beautiful years ahead and happiness forever. Love to you both xx

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    • Hello Sandra ๐Ÿ™‚
      I really must agree with you, Natascha is beautiful and even though it is difficult and expensive for me to move to Austria, she is worth every penny and I am so looking forward to moving, probably late September. We cannot set a date yet because both of us have to go together to the Austrian office to get a date and sort out the paperwork. Thank you so much my friend,, we are both looking forward to many years of happiness together.
      I do hope that all is okay with you Sandra.
      Hugs. Ralph xox โค


      • Hi Ralph, so happy for you. My life has gone topsy turvy. I am being made redundant from my day job on 21st of Sept and a guy I was dating was no good for me so I stopped dating him and seeing him on Monday. We went away for the weekend together – separate hotel rooms, but there was no affection from him and he pretty much ignored me in the first hour and a half of the clubbing bit, preferred to dance on his own, did not really want to speak over meals in Nandos, and there was an incident that was potentially dangerous for me and he never wanted to be seen ever on social media with me. I don’t think a heterosexual guy – and specifically that one, is any good for me. A guy should be kind to me, into me and be proud to be seen with me – which clearly he was not.

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      • Sorry that I have been so long in replying, real life has taken over big time. Packing boxes, organising everything, hours on the Internet. I am flying to Austria on the 15th with the cats in the aircraft hold. The same morning the removal vehicle will be here to take my stuff to Austria. Once there Natascha and I will be married. Yay, happy, happy !
        I am so sorry to hear that you have been made redundant. What a bummer ! Last night Toni, my young neighbour, who worked at a supermarket meat counter for eight years, was told that she was terminated, last day on Saturday. She is in tears.
        It is probably a good thing that you and this guy have parted. It’s must be really upsetting for you Sandra. Big hug.


      • Thanks Ralph so much my friend. Thanks for thinking of me. I am so happy you have a new life with a beautiful woman. I hope you have lots of happy years ahead. Yeah – all this change is difficult for me. The guy was no good for me, even though I was good for him. My heart is precious and deserves a good guy to keep it safe when I give it to him. Ofcourse I still love myself a ton. Job is hard. I just had my second consulation meeting and about to go to CAB. XX Thanks for the hug xx

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      • Thank you so much Sandra for your reply. I think that is a good plan to be happy with my beautiful future wife Natascha.
        Maybe change is what you need at this time of your life, Maybe something else is planned for you. Go with the flow. I have just done that myself. Given up so much at great expense without so much of a thought for myself mainly so that the woman I love will be happy.
        Good luck at the CAB xx


      • Thanks. Yeah – Change can be good.I need to move my own business stuff forward with my e-book store that I am currently building and Quirky Academy that is coming. And i need to create some training courses online.

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  29. Best wishes to Natascha and congratulations to you! I wish you well as you go through the moving process. Moving to another country is fraught with complications, but in this case it will be so worth it!

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    • Hello Linda, my wifi ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wishes and congratulations.. I really do appreciate them.
      I agree with you ! I still haven’t worked out how to get my apartment contents moved as well as the cats, not for a lack of trying, but it will all come together eventually and as you say it will be worth it.
      Happy Sunday my friend !
      Hugs. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello Georgia ๐Ÿ™‚
      I am being kept busy trying to find the best way to move my apartment contents and the cats from Spain to Austria. A bit stressful as everything is in flux at the moment.
      Cheers my friend. Ralph xox โค


  30. Absolutly huge (enormous -:) congratulations to you my friend!

    Very happy for you!

    All the Best to you Both from down under!

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    • Hello dear Daniela ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment my friend. Happiness is our number one priority when I arrive in Austria.
      Love Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello dear Carmen ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much.. Your comment means a lot to me my friend. Sorry I have been so long in replying, but real life is really whacking me over the head with packing up my apartment, finding a removals company and 1,000,001 other things to think about.
      Big hug. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello Tanveer ๐Ÿ™‚
      Spot on. I really do believe that Natascha is my soulmate. Thank you so much for your kind wishes my friend.
      I hope you are having a lovely weekend. Ralph xox โค

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  31. Yippeee!! CONGRATULATIONS to you both!!๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿพ I saw this whilst away on holiday and squealed with joy!! I love the spontaneity of your engagement and decision to move…so exciting. Your love and deep understanding for each other shines through and is a powerful force. I had to laugh at Sonic and Samantha and their surprise – I hope they’re going with you?! Resa’s dress is beautiful and I loved learning about her designing and creating process. Ahh…Wedding Gown…I feel myself tearing up. Warmest and best wishes to you both. hugs, Annika xxโค๏ธ

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    • Hello Annika ๐Ÿ™‚
      *jumping up and down with joy at reading your comment*. Your comment is a delight to read my friend. Thank you so much.. Your words are wonderful.
      As for Sonic and Samantha, I haven’t told them yet, but a friend came round this afternoon to help me pack up my apartment contents and she assembled the cat carriers for their flight to Vienna..
      The cats will fly unaccompanied as cargo and Natascha will collect them when they arrive. I have to stay here to supervise the removal of the contents of my apartment. The day after, I will fly to Vienna, never to return to Spain. I am so looking forward to that day. The only thing holding up my plans are the three weeks of micro-chipping and rabies shots for the cats’ passports and health certificates which are needed to move to another country. The three weeks are almost up and then I can get them away.
      I totally agree with you. Resa’s dress is gorgeous.
      Thank you so much your wishes Annika and do have a lovely weekend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello Georgia ๐Ÿ™‚
      Fantastic isn’t it ? Resa has excelled herself this time.
      Hugs. Ralph xox โค


    • Hello Cheryl ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment. Life does take us in unexpected directions, doesn’t it ? In my case, what an adventure !
      Resa’s wedding gown is adorable, isn’t it ?
      Have a lovely day with Becky.
      Hugs. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hello Georgia ๐Ÿ™‚
      Beautiful, isn’t it ? Resa really knows how to design, doesn’t she ?
      Take care my friend.
      Ralph xox โค


  32. I’m not sure if I have a congratulations comment in amongst these lovely wishes from others, Ralph and Natascha!
    I love Resa’s gown and it is truly a masterpiece! Such a beautiful gesture of love and support for your eventual upcoming marriage!!
    I am hoping you will leave a comment when it all comes through and No more “snafus!!”
    Love and kisses to the happy couple, Ralph and Natascha. ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“

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    • What a wonderful comment from you my friend. Thank you so much for saying such wonderful things, both about myself and Natascha and about Resa’s gown. She is a marvel, isn’t she ?
      Hugs and kisses back to you dear Robin. Ralph xox โค


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