A few weeks ago Natascha and I visited the local Austrian Notary to obtain a piece of paper certifying that I was alive and that I am who I am for one of my pension providers. While there, I wanted him to draw up a simple Will for both myself and Natascha. As my hands are completely unable to write, I also asked him to draw up papers to allow Natascha to sign for me on any document. He said that it would take a while. Being a local, Natascha was simple, but being British, I was more complicated due to Brexit.
Brexit ! Basically, the British people voted to leave the European Union. No more European dictatorship and ties. Simple ! For the last two years the politicians on both sides whined and wined, changing their minds every five minutes while collecting huge salaries. With three months to go before the UK leaves the European Union, nobody knows what the heck is going on, except that the UK will leave, but probably will still be under the European Union thumb and the UK will have to pay a divorce bill of £39 billion to the EU for the pleasure of leaving, but staying. Santa Ralph is really upset with these politicians. They have been very naughty and are on Santa’s naughty list.
Anyway, back to the Notary ! The other day we got a phone call from the Notary. He said he could do it, but it will cost us €1500 (about the same in US dollars).
Yes Murli … WHAT !! … €1500 for two bits of paper ! Natascha and I decided to stop it right there. What would you do ?
A couple of months ago, (even though I live in Austria,) as a UK pensioner I found out that I may be entitled to the UK winter fuel allowance. A one-off annual payment to help with the home fuel bills. So, by phone, I applied. I was grilled for an hour, question after question. When I hung up, I was left totally drained. Two things could happen. Firstly, I might get a letter of rejection, or secondly, I might get some money credited to my account on the 15th of December. That’s today ! No letter, so fingers crossed !
Yes, Samantha, you will be kept nice and warm whatever happens !
You two girly cats have been good this year, BUT Sonic (the little boy cat) has been naughty. He pooed on the bed !
Knowing my readers, it’s a stupid question, but, hey, fill up the comments with all your juicy details !
(That’s me banned from WordPress then. Oh boy !)
Ralph xox ❤
Photographs of the cats taken by Natascha.