334: Press One For ….

~What If … ?~

What if I could speak German and I telephoned the Austrian Graz Registrar about marrying Natascha and myself ? I am sure that I would hear this

 Church Bells 

*10 minutes later*

“Welcome to Graz Registrar, the perfect place to marry your loved one with tranquility and ease.    Let us take the worries of being married out of your hands so that you can enjoy your special day.

Press One for anxiety.

Press Two for stress.

Press Three for an easy way to empty your bank account.

Press Four for wasting months of your time.

If you wish to speak to your own personal Registrar, please wait about a week as she is on holiday.

 Church Bells 

~OMG !  Will We Get Married ?~

Everything the Graz Registrar asks us to do with the paperwork takes time.   Remember when I had to get a new certificate of my old marriage from the UK and then send it immediately back to the UK to be legalised ?    That took almost a month before we got it done.  It was quite stressful, we knew everything was genuine and correct, but it’s the not knowing if they find a fault and not legalise the document.  As you can see in the following image, it took days to get the envelope back by courier to Austria.

Natascha opened the envelope and we were so relieved to find that the final document had been legalised.    She immediately scanned all the documents, translations and legalisations and emailed them to the Graz  Registrar.    It took them almost a day to reply, saying that our personal Registrar is on holiday for another week.   Oh boy !    When she returns we will still not know whether everything is acceptable as our main worry is the legalisation is in English, French and Spanish …..  not German !

Will we get a date to get married ?   Goodness knows !

~What Is Going On In The River ?~

I have no idea what they are doing just up the road in the River Mur.   Any ideas ?

~China Cat Meets Murli~

Although we have not put up the pictures and lights yet, Natascha decided to unwrap China Cat and put her in the salon.  Murli was instantly drawn to talk to her.

Is Your Life As Boring As Ours ?

Ralph xox ❤

Natascha took all these  photographs.

115 Comments on “334: Press One For ….

    • Oh no ! Not a little bit longer ? lol
      We are definitely looking forward to a bit of relief. The sooner the better !!! 🙂
      Thank you for your lovely comment Kat.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❤

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    • It must be exciting for you dear Annette 🙂
      There are a couple of good things that will come out from all of this. One is that Natascha and I will be married and secondly the Graz Registrar is giving me a load of blogging material.
      Have a lovely weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  1. It sounds like you might be in the home stretch – it shouldn’t be much longer. (Easy for me to say though.) At least it looks like your weather is warming up. 🙂

    Not sure what’s going on with that river but hopefully it won’t take as long as your paperwork. 🙂

    Thanks for the address – you will get an envelope either from the Northwest Territories or from British Columbia. 🙂

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    • I really do hope that you are right dear Lynette. We know the home stretch is in sight, but we are not counting our chickens yet.
      Yes, winter is over at last ! Tulips, blossom and warmth have finally emerged from the cold.
      They have pulled the JCBs and their little working bridge up on to the river bank as the water level is really high now from the melting snow in the mountains which feed the River. ,
      That is really, really kind you to send us something for our wedding. I will be publishing a future thank you post to everyone who sent us something. We have had three warnings that something is coming our way, including you. Thank you my friend and thank you to the others as well.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  2. Paperworks what a waste of time and money😡but you ll get there……you are actually very close now👰🏻🤵🏼.I loved the cats conversation…….China cat sounds like a smart boss 😉

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    • What a lovely comment from you dear Ortensia ! Yes, hopefully we are now close to the big day.
      lol, Thank you. I am happy that now I am more settled that I am able to post more of the cats having fun.
      Have a lovely weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • I hope you are right dear Miriam. Our Registrar should be back on Monday and hopefully she will contact us with good news. Fingers crossed ! Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Good morning Amanda 🙂
      Oh no ! I hope you are having a less boring weekend !
      Thank you so much for your email. As I said to Lynette I will be posting a card/presents thank you post once Natascha and I are married.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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      • It has arrived ! We are not going to open the beautiful present until our special day. Natascha will be sending you an email shortly. Thank you so much dear friend. You are so kind Amanda. Ralph xx 🙂 ❤

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    • Yes, it is crazy LouFox ! All this paperwork hassle has come about by a local law. It seems that different areas in Austria have different laws, some are not interested and others go over the top. I just think that we are unlucky in Graz.
      Have a lovely weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  3. When she comes home from holidays, she will ring you and you might hear those church bells. Don’t let them stress you out… it will happen.” Gut Ding will Weile haben” – Natasha can translate that for you. …and then it will be Bliss for ever after, however you are already together do enjoy that. So glad that China cat is free, phew I was missing it. I am redecorating my front room as my son has moved out to his own house…..that was rather stressful and now there is so much to do. So let’s put pictures up and the lights …. come on, let’s do it together. Greetings to you all from Ute

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    • That’s what we are hoping dear Ute. When she comes back on Monday she will give us a date to get married. Fingers crossed !
      Yes, China Cat seems to be happy out of the cupboard and bubble wrap.
      That must have been a big event when your son moved out. I expect it is a lot quieter at home now. With my hands being so bad, Natascha is willing to have a go at DIY. She has never done it before as her dad did everything like that. She is doing very well under my guidance actually. She put up curtain rails and curtains in the bathroom last night. Looks good ! Drilling holes for the pictures next ! I am sure that she will be okay after the first couple of tentative holes drilled.
      It’s nice and sunny and warm at last. Flowers and blossoms everywhere.
      Have a lovely weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  4. and you have the most amazing wedding/trying to have a wedding story ever. overcoming all odds with every country in the world trying to slow you down. as for the river, i believe they are removing it. i hope that you enjoyed it while you could. glad you are not giving up and i believe one day you will actually be married.

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    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment dear Beth. We also believe that one day we will get married. The Graz Registrar should have returned from her holiday today, but we have heard nothing from her. The River is really high today due to thunder storms. I am sure that all the work that they have been doing has been swept away.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Oh dear ! Wonky WordPress has been messing around with you as well, but all is now okay is good news and it is nice to read your comment dear friend. Thank you so much for your congratulations Adele. Not quite there yet ! Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  5. When you finally are married and have your marriage certificate you must frame it (in gold if you can still afford it!) and as it will be the most expensive item in the house.

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    • What a brilliant idea dear Gallivanta ! I also have a good mind to ask them when we get the marriage certificate that I want it certified, translated to English and legalised. And, as you suggest, they can put it in a golden frame as well. lol
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  6. I love hearing your take on events again Ralph. A big portion of humour makes the medicine go down. 😊 . This bureaucracy would fell me…or make me sick. I guess, one paper at the time is the ticket. You will get there and I hope your day will be Splendifirous!
    Your adored and adoring cats might try and steal the show but none of you will mind.
    The diggers down river…I never figured these out, we get a lot of them too. Maybe they actually do something, or..?
    Have a wonderful time.
    Miriam

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    • Thank you for your wonderful comment dear Miriam. Everything to do with the Registrar has been crazy. So I have to be crazy on my blog sometimes to keep my sanity. I am pleased that you enjoyed the cats segment. The diggers have left the River as it is so high and are now digging up the roads around that area. I hope you don’t mind, but I would like to add an update to this comment of yours as I don’t want to post the news and have to answer another 40 lovely comments.
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      .
      Just a quick update !
      Yesterday afternoon, 17 April 2018, Natascha received an email in German from the Graz Registrar stating that all our documents are okay and could we send the British Embassy document to them and then we can be married.
      .

      .
      For heavens sake ! They took the document off us in February 2018, lost it, then found it and then told us that it was unacceptable, then said it was okay after a week of Natascha and I tearing our hair out with their bureaucrazy. Anyway, Natascha immediately laid into them by email, telling them exactly what we thought of them and that they had the document. She tried phoning them, no answer ! We were really upset. I mean really upset ! Later on in the afternoon Natascha managed to talk to the Registrar who was so sorry, she had found it at the bottom of the file. Oh boy !
      Anyway, good news ! Natascha and I are to be married next Tuesday, 24 April 2018.
      We did it ! Got there at last !
      .

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      • CONGRATULATIONS to the both of you!!
        NOW – what about the honeymoon? new passports? name change? You have a ton of things to tell us!

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      • Thank you so much for your congratulations GP. Not much chance of a honeymoon as Natascha has to go to the pharmacy twice a day for medicine. We have loads more paperwork for both of us after we are married. Natascha is going to change her name to Mrs Bluefish Way. lol …… no, to mine ! I think that is all your questions answered my friend 🙂

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  7. Marriage is just a piece of paper – if you two love each other, that should be a strong enough bond.
    As far as your question, is my life boring? Only when I let it be.

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    • I totally agree with you about the bond GP 🙂
      The marriage certificate is important to us. It gives us Security and I am able to do things which are impossible when not married such as going to the doctor with her etc. . Secondly, I need the certificate to change my pension from single status to married which will increase our income dramatically.
      How can you be bored with such a great blog as yours my friend.
      PS. Please read the update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours.

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    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Magick Mermaid, my friend. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤
      PS. Please read the update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours.

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  8. It must be frustrating, but at least you haven’t lost your humour!
    Natascha has taken nice photos, I especially love the one with Murli by the balcony.

    Blessings!
    ❤️carmen

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      • Ooops ! I hadn’t finished ! WordPress went wonky again !
        ….. especially when reading your wonderful comment Carmen dear friend. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤
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  9. Lovely photos, Natasha. Can’t you two go to a lawyer and make a declaration of your commitment to each other? Such bureaucracy is so frustrating.
    Leslie

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    • Natascha says thank you Leslie 🙂
      GP Cox in a comment above you asked a similar question and I replied …….
      “The marriage certificate is important to us. It gives us Security and I am able to do things which are impossible when not married such as going to the doctor with her etc. . Secondly, I need the certificate to change my pension from single status to married which will increase our income dramatically”
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤
      PS. Please read the update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours

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    • Oh no ! I do hope that this week is not a boring week with you dear Jan. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤
      PS. Please read the update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours

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    • Thank you so much Barbara. I am so pleased that you like our header photos and making such a wonderful comment my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤
      PS. Please read the update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours

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  10. That is so terrible for taking this long just to get the paper. I guess this must be the lowest in the ranking for them to do. Best wishes!

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    • It was awful YC, but we have got there at last. Ralph 🙂
      PS. Please read the update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours

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  11. Okay! You guys are getting somewhere, somewhere very close. China Cat is free, and now it’s time for Cuckoo Clock to ding those wedding bells.
    I believe the next post will be the wedding one. Love to all! Resa xoxoxo ❤️🍷🌹👍🌺🌹🍷⭐️💝🎵

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    • What a lovely comment dear friend. Amazing and I love the emojis. Love and hugs. Ralph xoxoxo ❤
      PS. Please read the update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours

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  12. You wouldn’t want your life to get boring would you? 🙂 … all fingers crossed for the paperwork odyssey to be over soon … it looks like they’re either twinning the bridge or doubling the width, is my guess. 🙂

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    • Exactly right ! Boring is not on my to do list !
      I think the River work as something to do with drainage from the city.
      Take care my friend. Ralph 🙂
      PS. Please read the update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours

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  13. Hang in there Ralph and Natascha!

    So happy to see China Cat is back. Murli did well to welcome him/her/it so promptly, even though there was some miscommunication going on. Inevitable with them having different mother tongues and getting used to new accents etc.

    Hope your next post will be filled with wedding photos! ❤️🌹❤️😃

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    • lol. I just love your take on the cat conversation dear Kate. Have a lovely day. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤
      PS. Please read the update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours

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      • Such great news, Natascha and Ralph. 😃 I’ll be thinking of you on the 24th. My goodness that is this coming Tuesday! How exciting. 🌹🌼 Wishing you both a long and happy life together. Lots of love from Australia, Kate. (Don’t reply, you have important things to do. Stop that! You’re reading this aren’t you? Get back to work. You have a wedding to organise 🙄) x x x

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      • Sorry, I am too busy to reply to your wonderful comment dear Kate. I have important things to do such as organising a wedding so I haven’t got time to do anything especially answering your comment, which I really must do one day when the dust has settled. As there are only myself, Natascha and her dad going to the ceremony and our wedding reception will be a cake and a cup of coffee in the local cafe. Inside, as it is forecast rain. As you can see I am up to my neck in preparation, so, as I said, I am really sorry for not answering your comment dear friend. On the other hand, if I was free to comment I would say something like thank you so much for your wonderful words dear Kate, but I am exhausted with all the details, such as tram times from my home to the centre of Graz. Heck, I am really need help with the little details. I wish I did have time to answer your lovely comment, so I will not reply. Love Ralph xox ❤
        ps. Please do not reply to this non-existent reply comment. If you can read this, keep taking the tablets my friend. 🙄😊💖 xxx

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      • I wonder if you were a stand up comedian or comedy writer for TV, once upon a time, Ralph? You crack me up! 😂. I’m glad you are not run off your feet with wedding preparations. Sometimes people go a little bit overboard with their plans . . . It does sound like it will be a lovely day! 💐🌷💐

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  14. Paws Crossed For Monday. Glad China Cat managed the journey in one piece. Hugs and Purrs to you all.

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    • We heard nothing from the Graz Registrar until yesterday afternoon Criss. Please read the update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours. Hugs and purrs back. Ralph xox ❤

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  15. Hahaha. Thanks for the update, Ralph! You will be married in no time, I am sure. Very excited for the two of you!!! What the hell are they doing in that river? So bizarre! Lots of love and a big hug! xo

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    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment dear Tanya. I have added an update to this update. Please read the updated update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours. lol. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  16. Hang in there! You WILL be married! You are one step closer than you were. Meanwhile enjoy each day together and keep your head bandaged (you know, from where you are beating it against the wall in frustration?).
    Have a great weekend,
    Your wifi,
    Linda

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    • So funny ! Banging my head against the wall is a definite possibility. Anyway dear wifi Linda I have some good news. Please read the updated update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours my friend. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Yay!!!! I am so happy for you both!!!! 🎉💜 I put it on my calendar and will be thinking of you on your special day! (BTW, many of us are thanking God not only for your upcoming nuptials, but also for the search feature on the computer so we could find your update to delphini510. 😂)

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      • Maybe I should have linked the comment update to make it easier for you Linda. Five days to go. Yay ! 🙂 ❤

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  17. Dear friend Ralph,

    There are many words we could use to describe your life, but boring is not one of them. Good luck with the ongoing marriage certificate saga.

    Nancy

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    • Yes, I suppose that is true dear Nancy, my life as not been boring up to now. I have some good news. Please read the updated update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours. Love Ralph xox ❤

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    • Not long now dear Mia. Please read the updated update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Dear Ralph and Natascha, congratulations! I’m so happy to read the good news. I’m truly touched by the news, and wish the two of you the most amazing Tuesday! Sending much love your way. ~ Mia 💗

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  18. Hi Ralphie, I made it over! And lol, I’m still laughing at that whole dialogue with China Cat, I don’t blame her one bit for wanting to get back under wraps! LOL.
    Well it’s lovely to see you again here, I thought you may have ran off to another country to try and get married with all you’ve been through LOL. Well. I’m looking forward to hearing that you two lovebirds finally tied the knot!!!!! Happy Wedding Day to come!
    Sending you happy hugs! ❤ xoxo

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    • Thank you so much for coming over to my blog and making such a fantastic comment dear Debby. Please read the updated update I have added to delphini510 comment above yours. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Oh my gosh, you made up the perfect words – bureaucRaZy! I am over the moon for you guys, not just for your happy day finally approaching, but for living through the madness!!!!! ❤ ❤ xx Congratulations!!!!! 🙂

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      • Thank you so much dear Debby. Your words mean a lot and I am sure that you will use the word bureaucrazy many times in the future. lol 🙂 ❤

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    • Thank you so much for your awesome comment Mihran. I am sure that this post is not the last of our adventures. Take care my friend. Ralph 🙂

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  19. I’ve been traveling on my 50th anniversary so I’m late in responding. It sounds like you are in the far turn and heading for the tape. Thinking positively that this registrar will be in a good mood from holiday and rush your paperwork right through. You both get the gold medal for patience!

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    • Firstly Al, congratulations on your 50th anniversary and what a lovely way to celebrate it. Secondly, we finally have a date ! We are going to be married next Tuesday, 24 April 2018, in four days time. Yay, we got there at last ! Enjoy your next 50 years together. Ralph 🙂

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    • Thank you for lovely comment Charlotte. We are finally married and the day went really well. The rain which was forecast held off and it ended up a lovely day. Photos in my next post. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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