339: Flatpack Fantastic

~Thank You Nancy~

Yes, thank you so much dear Nancy for your lovely card.

Nancy

But what happened ?   Why did it take six weeks to get from the USA to Austria ?   Any ideas ?   The wackier the idea the better.  I think that it went to the White House, played cards, Bridge actually, and got trumped.

What a lovely card from you my friend.  Thank you.

~You Don’t Ring My Bell Anymore~

Sometimes I read this Austrian newspaper…..

…..translate it into English …..

……and, boy, does it come up with hilarious results.

Oh no, poor handlebars !   Must have really damaged their ting-a-ling.   No more “ringing my bell”  I suspect.

~Flatpack Fantastic~

As you can see, I have had my laptop on a drinks trolley since arriving in the apartment in Graz and  because Natascha wanted to be near me with her computer, not on the other side of the room, we had to do something about it.

So, we ordered two desks which eventually arrived as flatpacks in cardboard boxes.

No need to unpack and assemble the desks as the unboxed packaging on the drinks trolley works really well.

But, at the end of the day we had to do it properly.  Initially, having no experience, Natascha wanted to knock the big bits together, but I said no.  It took us four hours to build the first desk.  I read the instructions and Natascha screwed the dozens of “what’s this”  into the “where’s that”.

The first desk came together beautifully.  The second desk, Natascha prepared all the boards while I was having a siesta.  When I woke up, I helped her to assemble the big pieces into the shape of a desk.  And it worked !

And it only took Natascha an hour !

The final result !   And we can now blog together !

~Catatonic~

Let’s see what the cats are doing on the balcony.

Does Assembling A Flatpack Scramble Your Brain ?

Ralph xox ❤

Natascha took the photographs in this post.

65 Comments on “339: Flatpack Fantastic

  1. just seeing the boxes gives me the chills. this is a nightmare scenario for me. i once built something upside down, that’s the closest i’ve come. i commend both of you –

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    • Heck, what a horror story dear Beth ! How in heavens name did you manage to build something upside down ?
      When we first arrived in the apartment we needed a wardrobe. As there was no way that we could build it from a flat pack we paid to have it delivered and built by two men. The cost of doing that was almost the same as the price of the wardrobe. 🙂 ❤
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  2. No, my brain is already scrambled.
    Eggs, puzzles, snores and muzzles we don our perfume.
    Fritz, bits, a cats’ balcony
    OMG, I hurt my knee.

    There you have it, insanity with LOVE, Resa.
    xoxoxo 😀 😀

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    • Oh no, you are not insane dear Resa. You are a normal WordPress blogger ! Your comment is wonderfully understandable. (Got to keep her amused and happy). Sorry that you hurt your knee. The men in white coats must be told to be more careful. LOL.
      Lots of love from us in Austria. xoxoxo ❤

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    • Thank you so much for being so excited for us dear Annette. We are very happy with the way the desks are arranged.
      Take care my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  3. The funniest thing is with flatpacks is more often than not you get one piece left over. 🙂 … bravo to you both for a magnificent desk.
    Such a beautiful garden the kitties have to look out at. 😀

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    • Ha ha. So true ! We have followed the instructions and do have a couple of screws left over. Not missing, thank heavens ! Though I reckon I must have a screw missing by buying a flat pack. LOL
      Yes, we love the garden as it is well looked after.
      Take care Widdershins. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Oh no, better you keep off flat pack assembly then dear Lynette. That’s a good plan !
      Thank you my friend, the computer set up is now perfect for us and, yes, the cats are happy.
      Have a lovely day. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thanks Kate ! I do charge for humour, but for you my friend it’s free, or shall I say, priceless.
      Lots of love. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Merci Georges. L’assemblage était vraiment facile car les instructions étaient en images. J’aime les photos! lol
      Passez une bonne soirée mon ami. Ralph 🙂

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  4. Kudos for having the tenacity to assemble that furniture yourselves. Many a marriage has fallen prey to the rigors of flatpack assembling.

    Actually, I find furniture assembly very easy, although sometimes I do get a little fatigued watching the handyman I hired deal with it.

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    • Having got through assembling our first flat packs together I can understand what you say about marriages falling prey. Luckily for us, Natascha was willing to listen and learn and really put her heart into the work. Awesome !
      I am the same as you Al. I would rather do it myself, but my hands won’t let me. Still, Natascha made a wonderful job of it.
      Take care my friend. Ralph 🙂

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  5. Great idea with the connecting desks! I tend not to read the instructions when putting things together. So far it’s been working for me 🙂 Cool cat video. How nice that you can look out into the garden.

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  6. You two are like some kind of super geniuses (? genii), putting together 2 flatpacks, and still talking to each other, and with no pieces left over. You could bring about world peace, if you could spare a few moments. oxo 😚

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    • Your wish is our command Yvonne 🙂

      GENIE RALPH
      .

      .
      GENIE NATASCHA
      .

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      WORLD PEACE
      .

      .
      You have two wishes left 😉 ❤

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      • I’ll have to think about that. Oh, one would be for good health for you and Natasha. Or, maybe that’s two … ❤

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  7. wow – this is such a great story, step by step adventure…I have to admit, this post is simply great to let my children to learn of being organized…Thank you!!

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    • Thank you for being so kind Mihran. It is definitely an advantage to be organised when young as it will be with your children throughout their lives.
      Take care. Ralph 🙂

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  8. Well done , you two did it! As my house is full of IKEA stuff, I am a Master in putting flat packs together. The Bathroom too, I love my flat packs and I get better every time! Like the desks , nice to blog together and be close! Enjoy the blogging together! Much Love Ute xx

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    • That is brilliant to be able to assemble flat packs and not worry. It seems that you are an expert dear Ute. Well done ! The desks really work for both of us.
      I hope to hear some good news from you by Tuesday.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • The desks worked out well, didn’t they Charlotte ? I can just imagine Google Translate having a breakdown with some of your operas. I expect you get some really funny translations.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  9. 6 weeks is pretty good to get from USA to Austria. I guess I’m comparing it to a bill that takes a bill to its place and the place it’s going is no more than 10 miles away. That’s a guesstimate.

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    • Looking closely at the struck out country on the envelope, it looks like Nancy wrote Australia instead of Austria which may explain why it took so long to get here.
      Take care Crystal. Ralph xox ❤

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  10. wow, well done Natasha for assembling those flat pack things and turning them into two very nice looking desks. Hope you are both doing good, the cats look as if they’ve taken over already lol. 🙂

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    • Natascha says thank you so much dear Adele and also says that she enjoyed putting the desks together. Yes thank you, we are both well and happy. The cats are really settled in our apartment.
      Take care my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  11. Lol, this was hilarious, especially the cat convos :). You two are certainly a great team in more ways than one. I know the horrors about putting things together that come in flatpacks LOL. But looks great you two working side by side. Hugs to you both! 🙂 ❤ xxxx

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    • Thank you Debby. I am glad that you enjoyed reading this post. I am really happy that Natascha and myself do get on and can work together. Flat packs just need a little time to assemble. Luckily for us the instructions were all pictures. I prefer picture instructions rather than completely incomprehensible translations from Chinese. lol
      Hugs back. Love Ralph xox ❤

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      • Lol, I’m with you! I much prefer those pictures. And when in doubt I go straight to Youtube. 🙂 ❤ xx

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  12. great photos natasha! all the kitties seem to get along and play nice with the neighbors, no wonder, they have a lovely catio! and now you both can blog happy with a fabulous new desk! glad to see you’re smiling face, Ralph, hope you two continue in bliss!

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    • Natascha says thank you dear Roxie. She loves taking photographs …… of everything ! And I think we need a Google data centre here in Graz for all the photographs she has uploaded into Google Photos ! Poor Googley ! lol
      The desks make life a bit better for us I must say.
      Have a lovely evening dear friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  13. Great idea for the desks, though I quite fancied the box topper drink trolley. Careful with Romeo purring poetry to the balcony….trouble my friend lol. Take care 8)8)

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  14. Ralph, so nice to see you and Natascha! Your life together in Austria seems to be so perfect! (laughing) The flat boxes bring back memories of putting things together, some successful and some not. Looks as if you have a great desk set up for the two of you. Now the cats, good they have a balcony and neighbor cats, or at least Fritz for one. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I had to re-follow you, not sure why. Or maybe you haven’t posted in a while. Please keep us up to date on your new life in Austria. We need to keep up with your fun, creative mind! 💜 Christine

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    • It is lovely to read your wonderful comment Christine. Sorry I am so long in replying. I needed a break, but I am back ! Yes, the desks are great and we are so glad to have them. Makes a change from the drinks trolley !
      I have just come in from the balcony. Fritz has just walked through the garden on his evening patrol.
      I am glad that you are back following me again my friend.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❤

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  15. What a beautiful card you hav received… I love it…, traditional way, if you know what I mean 📝😀 wow, that desk looks so cool… great job, dear Ralph… enjoy your weekend 😘

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    • Yes, Nancy’s card was really lovely. Glad you liked it dear Amalia.
      Thank you. The desks work really well together, don’t they ?
      Have a lovely day my friend.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  16. I should have read this post first! Bought an IKEA bunk bed, mattresses not included! Why I thought I could put it together is unknown. I could not figure out the directions–even just pictures! Add to that my vision is not so good, so if I drop a screw, it disappears into another dimension, never to be found again! Had some college kid put it together for me. He was pretty smart! Never again–oh, wait, it will have to be disassembled some day to get it out of the room!

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    • Hello Greg. I have just found this comment in my dashboard comments trash with 10 other comments from other friends. Oh boy, your comment came in a week ago ! Word press has gone crazy again !
      Thank you so much for your story and it was a good idea to get help with your flat pack. I am pleased that Natascha was able to help me.
      Take care. Ralph 🙂

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  17. I love your new desks. What a great way to work independently–but together. Congratulations on the assembly. Thankfully, it took a lot less time than the paperwork required for marriage!

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    • Thank you dear wifi. The desks work really well for both of us. We can share the printer now ! I agree. The assembly took hours, the marriage paperwork took weeks, and months later I am still trying to get my Spanish bank account closed. Oh boy !
      I hope you are having a lovely day Linda. Love Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you violin Tina (I hate this voice/typing app as it makes up its own words and sentences). Try again. Thank you Valentina (it worked). You don’t seem to be the type to be bothered with flat packs. I am sure that you have lovely bestoke furniture.
      By the way your comment was in my dashboard comments trash. Goodness knows what it was doing in there with 10 other comments from friends.
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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