I think I am pretty well organised. Well I thought so. When I left Spain about 20 months ago for Austria, I informed every Spanish government office, including Spanish social services that I was out of there. I thought that the only thing I had left to do was to sell my Spanish apartment then everything would be done and dusted.
Over the years that I lived in the apartment, Toñi, my neighbour, was a godsend. She did almost everything for me, washing clothes, cleaning and cooking. She was in tears the day I left. I will miss her and her husband, Pedro, who did countless handyman jobs for me.
Anyway, months before I met Natascha, Toñi thought that it was a great idea that I had someone from the Spanish social services to give me a hand when she was not around. As most of you know I have trouble keeping my hands still. If I pick up a cup of coffee my hands shake so much that the molecules in the liquid decide that they have had enough and jump out all over the floor, committing suicide. Toñi filled out the form and on returning that day from the Spanish social services she told me that it may be up to 10 months before I am assessed for assistance. I imagined that help from a handmaiden or belly dancer would be all that I needed.
But knowing my luck ……. say no more !
A few days ago I received an email from Toñi. She had found a letter in my letter box from the Spanish social services. It seems that I had a visitor. My assessment for help ! Of course they did not phone or email before banging on my door. Two years it took them to have someone come round. For heaven’s sake I could have been out for the day, dead, or cleared off to Austria, got married, gained an extra cat, learned how to yodel while wearing tight fitting lederhosen.
I don’t think that I will arrange another appointment. Haha, appointment ? Because I would hate to think of someone banging on my door in two years time when I could be out for the day, dead, or cleared off to Austria, got married ………. etc. etc. ! BUT, what if the Spanish social services decided to give me a handmaiden without seeing me ? I might receive a letter in two years time saying that a handmaiden has been assigned to me. Two years after that she would knock on my Spanish apartment door and get no answer, thinking that I have been out for the day, dead, or cleared off to Austria, got married, gained an extra cat, learned how to yodel while wearing tight fitting lederhosen, she would leave a letter in my letterbox stating that I must re-apply for assessment. How many years would it take for the Spanish social services to decide to sell my apartment to pay for my handmaiden ?
Anyway, thank you so much Toñi and Pedro, you are awesome friends.
A few days ago was Father’s Day when I received this lovely card from the pussycats. They had mesmerised Natascha into a catatonic state who made the card to the cats’ specifications. Thank you so much my awesome family !
Natascha has taken wonderful photographs of the birds in the garden from the balcony. Here are a couple of them. Handsome creatures !
My cats are plotting something.
I have worked out what they are up to. They are reaching out for a tummy rub !
Hand in here and don’t be late or Samantha will pat you on the head. She is boss cat ! Or just comment as normal.
Ralph xox ❤
Cat photographs taken by Natascha and the empty apartment photograph by Toñi.
Category: Austria, cats, Fun, Life, Ralph's life, Serious stuff, spain, Village lifeTags: apartment for sale, belly dancer, birds, father's day card, handmaiden, handyman, letter, Murli, Natascha's photographs, Pedro, reach out, samantha, shaking hands, Spanish apartment, Spanish Social Services, Toni
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