348: I Don’t Believe It !

~Yes, I Don’t Believe It !~

I obviously underestimated bureaucrazy.  Why ?  I really did think that it was all over, no more government paperwork and then a letter arrived 10 days ago from one of my UK state pensions.  A pension which knew everything about me, because I informed them of all my details as soon as I arrived in Austria a year ago.  All the letter asked for was for me to confirm my name, address, phone number  and sign it.  Simple.  No problem.  Pages of explanations leading into getting a witness for everything I said on the form.  I had to fill the form in or I may lose my pension.


Of course there are conditions.  The witness must be impeccable,  have known me for 12 years and had a stamp. The Austrian Post Mistress was out of the question as I have only been here a year.  Donald Trump failed on all accounts.  Sonic, my cat, volunteered to be the witness, but he is family and doesn’t count.

The only way I could find around it was to go to a local Notary to act as my witness. A week later  Natascha and I visited the Notary who said yes,  but doing it in his own Austrian way,  not using Sonic’s form,  but creating one of his own for legal reasons.  It didn’t take long and we walked out with a folder with signatures plus stamps all over it and €50 poorer.  Natascha then informed me that it was not all over.  We had to go to an important Austrian government office and have an apostille applied to the document.  More stamps !  I didn’t believe it, but it was true !  On entering the building we had to go through “airport” security and the lady in the office stuck stamps on everything (it took ages to get one off of my forehead).  So we left with a folder weighed down with more stamps and €14 the poorer. Over last weekend we scanned everything (we always do that), wrote a covering letter and Monday morning Natascha mailed the document off to the UK and came home €4 poorer.

Will the UK government office accept my filled in form ?  Will I still have a pension ?

What a week !   I don’t believe it !

~Murli Thinking~

“I like watching paint dry. I don’t believe it ! The paint is DRY !”
“I don’t believe it ! Who stole my milk cup ?”

~Breaking News~

Images of flooding last week in the Spanish village where my apartment is.

Woman rescued by helicopter from the riverside mill opposite the Tabac in Estacion Cortes de la Frontera, Andalucia.


The flooding in the field behind my Spanish apartment.
River when the water dropped
Clean up in the village
House cleaning

Thank you Toñi for sending us these pics.

Have you had a “I don’t believe it !” moment ?

Ralph xox ❤

Natascha shot the Murli pics.

76 Comments on “348: I Don’t Believe It !

    • Heehee. Of course, when you do believe it, you won’t believe it dear Annette 😉 Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  1. Ralph & Natascha…OMG! Another paper hell for you! Unbelievable. Let’s hope this is the last. I’ve had a few “I don’t believe it” moments, but nothing compared to your. mind-boggling and costly ones. Nice to hear from you! Love the cat photos and your comments! Made me smile. 🎼 Christine

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    • It really is unbelievable, isn’t it Christine ? I am so pleased that your don’t believe it moments were not quite as bad as this post. Thank you for your lovely words my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  2. This HAS been an “I can’t believe it” week for you. Sonic was obviously unclear on the concept of paperwork. He should have stamped his paw print MANY more times to make it acceptable. The more papers, the better; the more stamps, the better. In Mexico you can tell the importance of a bureaucrat by the height of the stack of papers on the desk. What is amazing is that these people don’t seem to understand that they are messing with your life and well being when they so lightly threaten to cut you off. I’m hoping this will be the end of the story! A similar issue happens every year for my husband as he has his Social Security from the U.S. deposited automatically in a Mexican bank. We are asked to verify it yearly, but we are in the U.S. when the papers arrive by slow boat into Mexico and by the time we return, it is past the deadline. The first time it happened, he was cut off with no warning at all. Surprise!
    I’m glad you were not a part of the flooding at your old home. It wouldn’t have hurt you since you were not on the bottom floor, but I imagine it messed with transportation, electricity, etc. for everyone! Any luck with a buyer for your place?

    I hope you have many unexciting weeks for the rest of the year.
    Your wifi,

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    • Seems like a good plan to have Sonic stamp more paw prints on the form except for one thing, he makes enough mess without having black paw prints all over the place. I should have sent it off anyway as the government office would probably not read it anyway.
      You really got me worried after reading the tale of your husband’s social security being cut off. I never know if the office ever receives my form as they usually don’t say anything, but Natascha mailed it recorded and we can track the letter on her smart phone. It only took a day to reach the UK from Austria and we know that they got the form today. It is a real pain having to run around especially when they know all about me already.
      My apartment is okay as it is on the top floor. We have not seriously put the apartment up for sale yet as the Sterling/Euro exchange rate has been awful, but improved over the last month.
      Have a lovely week dear wifi Linda. Ralph xox ❤

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  3. I think your “can’t believe it moments” take the cake, Ralph. Think of it this way, good thing you got out of Spain before the flood.

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    • lol. I would rather have received a cake from the government office instead of a silly form Leslie. That would be something if they did that !
      Yes, you are probably right that I am out of there now my friend.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  4. Wow! The flood thing is crazy making. How is your apartment? Is it sold?
    Well, all insanity aside, Murli’s photo, staring meaningfully at a wall, is fabulous. Congratulations, Natascha! Murli is now the most intellectual cat on earth. Love to all! xoxoox 😀
    Yes, Thanks to Toñi for the pics!

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    • The last big flood in the Spanish village was in 2009. No, my apartment is not sold as yet. I am not in a panic to sell it quickly anyway.
      Murli is very photogenic and does think a lot before doing something. Not like me !
      Love to you dear Resa and Jeep & Johnny from all of us. Love Ralph xox ❤

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  5. Oh dear, it never seems to end does it? Firstly, I’m glad the papers have finally been sent off, and that you and Natascha are doing well ❤ I feel terrible for the folks facing the consequences of the flooding in your old home. As always, do try to take care and stay sane. You're together with the love of your life 🙂

    Best wishes,

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    • Thank you so much for your great comment Takami.
      I agree, it never seems to end. Hopefully, this paperwork will be the last for a while.
      The Spanish villagers seem to be very resilient and do have a hard time anyway without a flood to add to it. I have a lot of respect for them.
      Thank you my friend and take care of yourself. Ralph 🙂

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  6. Who hasn’t had such a moment, Ralph? 🙂 Here’s hoping this moment doesn’t last long…
    My goodness! Such excitement in the village! A rescue even!
    Are you pleased you are having paperwork troubles in Europe, or would you rather be in your old apartment in a flood?
    Oh gosh, Ralph. That’s a very unfair question… Who ever!!!!

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    • It’s not an unfair question Carolyn. What was important was Natascha’s health. Although my apartment in Spain was set up for both of us, she would have had to start from scratch with the Spanish medical system and probably would not have migraine medicine there for ages, which would be bad.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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      • When I met Keith he suffered almost daily with migraines and constantly on very strong pills. I changed his diet. He’d been a coke drinker, three sugars in his coffee and lots of chocolate daily. It took a year or two, however, this helped enormously with the migraines. Today, he rarely suffers; occasionally he’ll have a headache, but nothing like he used to suffer. I’m sure the docs have looked into Natascha’s diet. But, if they haven’t this may be worth a try! There nearly always seems to be a food trigger!

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      • Natascha has read your write-up about Keith and will reply to you shortly Carolyn. Glad to hear that he is much better 🙂

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  7. Have you ever had a boring month? Always hoops to jump through and just random happens. What a bad flood😳. Good luck 🍀
    Take care 8)8)

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    • Nope ! Paperwork is bad enough Katie, jumping through hoops is next ? I believe you my friend, I really do 🙂 Ralph xox ❤

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  8. Crikey, are Toni and her lovely family okay? What a mess flooding creates, aside from everything else.

    My elder son would say you’ve had another character building week. Since you are a character, this is a good thing, right? oxo ❤

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    • Toñi and her family are okay. They all live high up out of the flood’s reach, which is good news.
      Right ! Character building at my age doesn’t really work. Old dog and new tricks and all that. Ralph xox ❤

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  9. Ralph, I really can’t see why they wouldn’t accept Sonic’s perfectly pawed version! 😀😀 I feel for you both, the bureaucracy is maddening and I don’t think Murli is so much watching paint dry as about to hit her head against the wall in sheer frustration. Grrrr… on another note I’m sorry to see the flood in your village in Spain. That must have been a shock for you, I remember the views from your posts when you lived there. I hope all your friends are okay.

    Hoping this is the end of your paperwork saga! Let them know life isn’t all about stamps!!

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    • That would be a bit of fun if I had sent Sonic’s witness form, now wouldn’t it Annika ? I must try it next time, but better not as they may stop my pension due to excessive laughter.
      From what I have heard everyone in the Spanish village is okay, just a little damp.
      Ralph xox ❤

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  10. C’est exaspérant toute cette paperasserie ….c’est l’administration. C’est terrible ces catastrophes qui arrivent un peu partout et si soudainement. Bonne journée Ralph

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    • Oui Georges, l’administration va au-dessus de la situation surtout de nos jours. Je suis d’accord, il y a des catastrophes partout. Reste en sécurité mon ami. Ralph 🙂

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    • Amazing that ! I blame the government for mud being a brown colour. Definitely a start of a conspiracy theory, don’t you think Glen ? 😉 Ralph 🙂


    • Oh, you are so wise dear Beth. One thing I know is that I can count on you my favourite Ms Abacus. 😉 Ralph xox ❤

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  11. I love the videos! I’ve had more than my share of “I don’t believe it!” moments 🙂
    I think Sonic should be your representative in all matters. Then the people on the other end can have their “I don’t believe it!” moments! 😀

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    • I hope that your “I don’t believe it” moments were not too bad for you dear Magick Mermaid and that they are all finished now.
      Heehee. Sonic has more sense than these government departments, doesn’t he ? Well, he is asleep all day especially during working hours.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  12. oh no, when will the red tape ever end, I hope that is it now. Frightening to see the flooding in Spain. Love to you, Natasha and the cats. xxx

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    • Hopefully the red tape will end one day dear Adele. We are still in the middle of setting up two more bits of paperwork. One is our Wills and the other Natascha being able to sign for me as my hands are now totally useless for things like that. I hope bureaucrazy gives these a miss.
      Flooding anywhere is awful, isn’t it ?
      Love back from all of us. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you Jan. At the moment everything is good. Touch wood ! Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  13. With all of those paper works and about € 68 poorer, it is better than UK government requests you to show up in person with the letter in hand and all your IDs you every accumulated for the last 10 years 🙂

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    • So true YC, visiting government offices is not a fun way to spend a day, is it my friend 😦
      Take care. Ralph 🙂

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  14. Well, I was going to say perhaps you two should have stayed in Spain with all the BS bureaucrazy, until I saw the floods where you used to live. It’s like there’s nowhere left in the world for peace or sanity! ::( Hugs ❤ xx

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    • It would have been lovely for Natascha to have lived with me in Spain. I think we could have coped with the flood, but her medical condition put a stop to it and the sensible solution was for me to move to Austria. No regrets ! Big hug back. Ralph xox ❤

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      • You are quite the catch my friend! Hopefully, this bureaucrazy stuff is done! ❤ 🙂


  15. If this paperwork ever really does truly stop I’m sure you’ll both fall over in dead faints! … those floods look dreadful. So glad the only flood you have to deal with is this idiotic paper one.

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    • lol. Yes, we will probably faint when all this bureaucrazy stops. Wonderful comment, thank you so much dear Widdershins. Ralph xox ❤

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  16. Hello Ralph. Oh dear! I hope they accept the paperwork with all the stamps you managed to get. It’s crazy how much evidence is needed when living overseas…and all the money it costs!
    Sorry to hear about the flooding in the village you used to live in Spain, and hope your friends are all ok.
    Sending my love

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    • Yes, I can imagine how much paperwork you have had to go through in Spain, not only living there but with your medical issues. I do hope that today is much better for you dear Carly. As I said before, I am thinking of you.
      Yes, everyone seems to be okay after the flooding in the village.
      Love back from both of us to you my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  17. There is one way to turn this around to your favor, Ralph. You must invest money heavily in the paper industry. You alone are probably responsible for its stock rising this past year!

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    • What a good idea Al ! I do remember a few years ago when computers took over typists with all the hype about no more paperwork as computers will store everything. That didn’t work, did it ? Since I arrived in Austria I have accumulated about 2 inches thick of papers in my folder. Oh boy ! Ralph 🙂

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  18. One country has not enough water and others have floods. It looks terrible and so mucky. I know that the villagers in your Spanish village always kept everything clean, they had a big job to do. Is Tony still looking after your apartment? Good job you have a lovely family you know, right there.
    It seems UK-Austria is an impossible combination, what you have to got through, and everything costs of course. Hope you continue getting this pension. All the best wishes to you both!

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    • You are so right dear Ute. What I don’t understand is that the UK has constant rainfall and there are still hose pipe bans. Toñi is looking after my Spanish apartment for me. She is such a dear.
      After all this witnessing and apostilles the British government should give me a pay rise. lol.
      Love from both of us. Ralph xox ❤

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  19. HOLY CRAP!!! I had no idea about the flooding in Spain, Ralph. How unfortunate for your friends there, but how lucky for you that you had already moved. Yikes! Hope you get your pension sorted out. Hopefully they don’t ask for a blood sample in the next letter!! *eye roll* Have a wonderful weekend, my friend! xo

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    • I had no idea about the flooding in Spain until I received the photographs from Toñi. What a mess ! I do hope that you are in a safe place Tanya.
      Oh no, not blood samples !
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  20. the government will try to get your money and info some way some how. Love that used the cat and pawprint for knowing you for 12 years. However I do have a suggestion and favor to ask. I know you are not writing dollar signs but if must put the price please put what it would be in US dollars too. Seeing that price could be 4 million or just 4.00. I don’t mean to mean but think it’ll be a good idea for us people who can’t read the price.

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    • Governments do love to mess around with normal people’s lives, don’t they Crystal ?
      US dollar and euro are pretty much the same. It cost us €64 which equates to roughly US$64. If you need a more accurate exchange rate then there are plenty of currency converter apps around. I hope that helps.
      Ralph xox ❤

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  21. I love the word bureaucraZy. It’s a perfect description. I hope that paperwork horror will not be an annual thing for you.

    It was sad to see the pictures of the flooding. I suspect, however, that the people there are highly resilient and will come together to help each other – at least I hope so. Having been through a major hurricane (Rita in 2005), I can totally relate to such destruction. In fact, my biggest “I can’t believe it!” moment came when I saw the destruction of the apartment complex where I lived. Then I saw my apartment!!! Afterward was when the bureaucrazy struck as I had to fight FEMA for more than a year, and jump through all sorts of hoops, to recover my physical losses.

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    • Bureaucrazy is a lovely word and so apt Barb. I am with you all the way in hoping that this paperwork is the last of it.
      Oh no ! My paperwork tales are nothing compared to what you went through in 2005. I do hope that you managed to rebuild your life and are now settled in a more safe place my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  22. You are the King of “I don’t believe it” episodes. The US is becoming more form fanatical as we age. Cindy had to fill out some paperwork, and she had us read it to make sure she did it right. I understood every word individually but putting them together mad no sense. Vince said the same thing. I think they write this stuff to intimidate people. If you don’t get it, you will brush it off, and the next thing you know your pension stops and you don’t have a clue why! Good luck with all of that. I’m glad your cat helped dry the paint. It looks good. 🙂

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    • Thank you for your story about Cindy’s paperwork. Crazy isn’t it ? Whenever I receive a brown envelope, usually from a government office, I make sure I answer it straightaway or telephone if I am confused with something. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Indeed ! Quite a post, eh ?
      I hope you are well & happy Simone.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


    • It is ! 😦

      Just found this comment of yours in my Dashboard spam, Simone. The other one was normal. WP gone silly again 🙂 ❤ xox


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