I have just passed the fourth year of blogging with WordPressCom. I really must get a life !
Perhaps I will !
Hilda is a great local friend to me. Remember how she and her husband, David, hosted the Summer Party ? And some of you may remember Hilda helping out as my Interior Designer when my apartment was renovated.
She also buys the cat treats when they go to Murky Donna supermarket.
And then there was the time when Manny, a teddy bear blogger from California, clambered around in her cleavage. He loved that !
Anyway, she suggests ….
Yes, on the 15th of December this year is my 70th birthday.
Maybe I should invite Elena from my Spanish village Tabac.
…. impressing her with my Sunday best suit. I must remember to paint my nails 😀
How about a cabaret ?
Beth ! You’re hired !
What do you think ? What will make a party to remember ?
You are also very welcome to mail me a birthday card, the funnier the better >>>
137, Canada del Real Tesoro,
29391 Estacion Cortes de la Frontera,
Or, come to the party !
Talking of Hilda. The other day the local village put on an Hawaiian night on the beach of the local river where I tried out Tai Chi.
Even though the party was only 50 yards away from my home, I didn’t go as my ankles were swollen probably from the heat of the day and I didn’t want to take the chance of having a fall on the stones. Still, Mary and Hilda had a great time !
Meanwhile, back in Daddy’s bedroom.
Suddenly a strong gust of wind blew into the bedroom ….
…. swirling behind the bedroom door, the door slammed shut, casting China Cat into a heap on the hallway floor.
Whew ! What have you cats been up to ? I have restarted Coo Coo, put China Cat back and closed the bedroom balcony door to block off that gusty wind. What is going on ?
Oh boy !
For me, an imaginary kiss and a cuddle with an imaginary girlfriend would be nice ! 😳
Ralph xox ❤
This long post contains gifs (animated photos) which can take a while to load if you have a slow speed IP (Internet Provider). Play with your toy while waiting. 😀
Welcome to Ralph’s Blogging Class of 2016 ……. Hey you, stop fiddling with your bra and pay attention ! Heck, and you leaning back with your feet on your keyboard painting your toe nails, concentrate ! And that’s just my male readers. You ladies are even worse !
Settle down !
Stand up Debby and take a bow. You asked me this very intelligent question in my last post which has never happened before by anyone, as my commenters are usually smashed on wine while commenting here. Oooh, why me ?
My cats are going to tell you how to animate pictures by making “gifs”.
Oh boy. Thanks cats !
You will need a Photo Editor (this old prehistoric Editor was on the CD which came with my ancient digital camera) ….
….. and bookmark this free website as it makes the “gifs” for you.
The simplest “gif” is to take two photos from the same spot. For your blog, reduce them in size to 450 pixels or less. Upload them to the GIFMaker. Select the speed. When happy with the Preview, click Create GIF Animation, Download The GIF to “save file”. Done. It’s easy !
This girl “gif” is one photo plus a mirror image of the same photo. It is really too big for blogging.
A photo of a suitcase cropped as a square. Rotate the photo 90 degrees, save. Rotate another 90 degrees and so on until you have 4 photos.
I added text to each of the 5 cat photos, but made a mistake by cropping as rectangles, not squares, so the photos are slightly different in size.
Cropping is easy. I had taken 3 photos of Marcus playing. The background on all 3 were slightly different ……
…. so I picked the same 2 points in all the photos and cropped them …..
…. ending up with 3 new, slightly smaller photos which I resized to the same size.
I uploaded the 3 photos to the GIFMaker, uploading #2 twice to make the “gif” more fluid.
And finally 2 “gifs” spliced together. Here are the 2 original photos of Ana serving paella in my last post. Notice the backgrounds are very different.
The same as before. I picked 2 points, cropped and resized the photos
These 2 photos I uploaded to the GIFMaker website, set the speed, clicked Create GIF Animation and Download The GIF to “save file”.
I then uploaded the same 2 photos again, but this time doubled the speed, downloaded as before to “save file”.
So now I have 2 “gifs” both of which I uploaded to GIFMaker, clicked Combine Animated GIFs and downloaded the finished “gif” to “save file”. Easy ! Lo and behold, a fun “gif” for my post.
Can’t you give me one “gif” cats ?
As usual you weren’t. Stay behind after class and I’ll put you over my knee …. again ! 😀
Ralph xox ❤
The other day I received an invitation …..
….. to go to David & Hilda’s home here in southern Spain for a party. Yay !
It just so happened to coincide with a full moon on the Summer Solstice. The next full moon on a Summer Solstice will be in 2062 when I will be 116 years old and probably will marry a 21 year old super-model that day unless one of you ladies out there sweep me off my feet first. Well, you have 46 years to work on it. 😀
Welcome to the party !
As you can see this party had no cats.
The food was great.
The music by Marcus was brilliant ……
….. to dance the night away to.
I bet you would have loved to dance with me. I must learn how to Jive so that I can swing you over my shoulders and between my legs at the bar before the music starts. 😉
Then, of course, the company of friends enhanced the evening.
Thank you David & Hilda for a wonderful party 😀
I’m unavailable 20th of June 2062 as I’ve probably just met a 21 year old super-model that day and I’ll marry her the following day. Got to work fast when 116 years old 😀
Ralph xox ❤
Wow ! A package for little ol’ me in Spain, all the way from a dear blogging friend in Florida, USA.
That’s strange, it’s got air holes all around the box.
“Cats ! Help !”
My cats are now scaredy cats and revolting (no change there), so Ali Gaiter has a new home, sleeping with a neighbour, a 4 year old Spanish boy, who just loves the toy 😀
Do you remember this ?
Well, Katie owned up for sending the parcel. Not giving up, she sent it again and this time the gator walked on its own into my home. Thank you my friend.
The Urban Dictionary defines a “Gator” as
I’m an old single crock 😀
Ralph xox ❤
I did promise to show you the contents of the Man Tin (a present from Ute).
What I am about to show you is just between me and you the reader as I don’t want the whole world to know what is in my Man Tin 😉
It took me a while to work out how to open the Man Tin, but I did and filled the box with useless and pointless items.
What’s this ?
I reckon it’s a rubber hand bell for a librarian to use at closing time.
Of course Sonic has a different opinion.
This is a bit of a squeeze. An accordion ? No, a geeetah !
“Totally Useless And Pointless” was the name of my song. I can’t play or sing, so the name was apt.
I kept my magic carpet in the Man Tin as it’s not magic and is a rug, not a carpet.
Samantha, of course, has her own idea.
What’s this day-glo item ?
I think it’s worn by builders as safety clothing. To protect and warn the public of a crack exposure.
Now this chainsaw is totally useless and pointless as I have no bushes or trees three floors up in the building.
What’s this tucked away in the corner of the Man Tin ?
I don’t have a Harley, just cats !
I’ll just shake out and show you what’s left in the Man Tin.
White shoes for living in the muddy countryside.
A tractor for a field three floors up.
And the final useless and pointless item, a doll. A DOLL ?? It’s not mine. It’s a cats toy. Honest ! You believe me, don’t you ? *cringe*
That’s it ! The Man Tin is empty.
Well, it was empty. Thanks Ute !! 😀 😀 😀 x
I am !
Ralph xox ❤
That’s the dishes washed !
Time for me to start drafting my next post, but before that I must check my emails.
Do you want to hear my email notifier sound ?
If only I could find her. She is either a Jeannie in my laptop, or magically invisible. 😀
Oh no ! Sonic and Samantha are in my office chair.
Awww ! Don’t they look sweet ?
When I get the chance I’ll update my lovely blog readers on a couple of things.
I could remind them of the time that the earth moved for me in November 2015 while I was soaping myself in the shower ?
Sadly not a magically invisible Jeannie in my shower, but an earthquake a few miles away.
The tiles on one bathroom wall bowed out like a balloon. Pedro, my neighbour, removed all the loose tiles.
Nothing happened for a few months until last week.
“Bang, crash, wallop !”
A couple of very rough looking local Spanish villagers were banging on the door.
Sweeping past me towards the bathroom, they muttered in unrecognisable Spanish,
“We have come to repair your bathroom tiles.”
Two hours later the deed was done. Paid ! Gone ! Great job.
I could have told my readers about that, but I just can’t shoo the cats out of my chair.
Awww ! They look so sweet !
I could have told my readers about my latest medical fiasco. Last year I instructed the hospital Neurologist via my local GP that I didn’t want any more tests and chemical treatments ….
…. because after two years of hell there was no change to my vibrating hands. I’ll live with it.
So what does my Neurologist do ? A letter arrived in January saying that she wants to see me at the hospital in October this year. Last week, a telephone call from her reception, all change, she wants to see me on Monday 25th April ….. in a few days. No way. I’ve had enough of spinal taps, MRI scans, Xrays, women sticking needles into all parts of me. Nothing worked and why do pretty women like to stick needles into me ? I’m not going !
I think I’ll forget about a post this week. It’s lovely watching Samantha wash Sonic. I’d better go and make my bed I suppose.
This page is a magical illusion. Maybe I’ll publish a post another day. 😀
Ralph xox ❤
I’m going to run away from home, relax, listen to some music.
Paul Leonard-Morgan – Blue State
I’ll visit Wonky the cat in my friend’s garden just up the hill and catch some sun.
Why am I running away ?
Well, it all started the other day with Sparrowtacus. You read it right “Sparrowtacus”. Not Spartacus !
Sparrowtacus is a real troublemaker and lives in the gutter above my front balcony.
THANK YOU so much Sonic and Sparrowtacus ! Added to you two are Binbo, the trash can, cracking my back and Coo Coo, the cuckoo clock, cookoo-ing all night. I’m off to join Wonky !
May I join you Wonky ?
Oh dear ! I may as well go home ….. AND who tore the front off of my Speedos ?
I give up !
Mine is 😀
Ralph xox ❤
Thank you Hilda for the fun photos of Wonky & Alfie. xox
Three weeks ago, the day after my last post was published I was knocked flat by the flu virus. Living alone, home chores still had to be done even though all I wanted to do was to stay in bed or lay on the sofa and sleep.
One such job was to change the bag in the bin under the sink in the kitchen. I bent down to pull the bin out of the cupboard and my lower back snapped. I was in agony !
This is how my cats saw it !
Oh boy ! Everything about the cats is on the floor. Their baskets, litter tray, the constant mess they make. I moved their food and drink on top of a kitchen work surface ….
….. which helped my back a bit, but everything else is almost impossible for me to do.
No. You are okay Sonic. Just wait until I get better !
Ralph xox ❤
I am feeling much better, not quite 100% human. 98% prince, 2% frog (or is it the other way round ?)
Thank you to my blogging friend from the USA who sent me the package which is on its way back to her. It may not be delivered to her home in America and may be sent back to me in Spain. What fun !
It may take me a while to answer all your comments as sitting at my laptop is still quite painful.
Happy Easter ! xox
Welcome to my Art Blog and follow my adventure. Bohemian artist who loves to travel and draw.
The life of a waitress…in all its glory.
Discover Life. Incredible people, places and our world!
Loving Life On and Off the Tracks
Day-Dreamer, Moon-Gazer, Confirmed Contrarian, Traveler, Artist, Frustrated Cartoonist, Perennial Fish Out of Water
A life in a photobooth.
Work in progress
Single and Over 40 and Not Suicidal About It
cruise ship adventures
This is my story and I'm sticking to it!
Poetry & Medicine
my learning journey
Traveling & Blogging Near and Far
A great WordPress.com site
Inspiring the WOW factor in life and business
Mishaps with men, mental health, BBC and drugs
Una visión sobre el complejo y apasionante mundo de la cerámica
a blog for kids and kids at heart
Relationships reveal our hearts.
The Fifth Corner of Life
Photography,digital art,craft,writing and all things creative...
Art & Inspiration
fashionable over 50
Books, musings, news...
Food, Travel and Eating Out
A freelance writer, clairvoyant medium, credit manager, chakra meditation teacher, traveller, animal lover, past-life healer, and a change advocate.........having walked many paths, I ask; did I really sign up for this?
Life as I see it: I'm a Tree-hugging Publishing Consultant, Small Business Mentor, Practicing Writer, Cat Rescuer, DIY Addict, and Beach Dreamer
Luxuriating in Ephemeral Art
Read the difference
Illustration is the passion of my life!
An Englishman, his Sicilian wife and an Italian / English Dictionary
Where You Live Happily Ever Laughter!
Smexy Historical Romance
cities - cultures - ocean - marine life
A broad blogs broadly on women’s & men's psychology: sex, relationships, equality
The Art of Glamorous Fantasy
Uncorked tales from Andalucia.
My love of food, fashion, and living life.
A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.
Walk along with me
Kindness Images, Videos, True Life Stories, Quotes, Personal Reflections and Meditations.
These letters are written to remind you just how much you matter, just how important you are, and just how beautiful the gift of life as a human is.
The truth is in here