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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sometimes, I can’t find a fitting title, so I just use the current date…

You might have heard about the heatwave in Europe? We did have a few really hot days, but it cooled down to normal levels again for this weekend. Though, the temperatures are rising again and according to the forecast, the coming week will be even hotter than the previous one.

With my ongoing quest to spoil the cats as much as possible, I wanted to create more shade for them on the balcony. So I ordered a cover for the railing, which will shade the floor of the balcony. I ordered this blue and white striped one, because I love things to be as colourful as possible.

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Of course, I could just mount a cover for the whole length of the balcony railing, but then the cats would not be able to see into the garden as easily. Therefore, I folded the cover in half and mounted it so the cats would still be able to look out on both ends easily. I left more uncovered on the right side, where the bird feeder is.

The mats I had previously used for shade were by now almost falling apart from taking them up and down constantly. With this balcony cover, I don’t have to worry about taking it down all the time, since it’s made for being outside. It’s working nicely and creates full shade.

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The wooden privacy fence and the big blue umbrella together with the new cover make the balcony really comfortable and also more private, while still giving the cats enough unrestricted view to watch everything going on outside of the balcony.

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The right end of the balcony, where the bird feeder is.

Then, while I was shopping yesterday morning, I discovered a mat that I knew would be great for the cats to lie on outside. It is quite long and makes it much softer and comfortable.

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Murli and Samantha

I still covered the mat with their blankies and they absolutely love it. They’re out on the balcony even more now!

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The reason why we don’t really need an umbrella for the right side of our balcony is this very tall Sycamore tree. In the late afternoon, it will shade the whole balcony. Although there is a span of time where the right side is in full sun for a while, before the sun gets behind the tree, but it’s not too much of a problem.

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Sweet little boy Sonic prefers to stay inside for the most part. He’s always been that way and usually only stays out on the balcony for a short time, unlike the two girls who stay out there for hours.

Sonic has his favourite spots and also loves to flop down wherever he feels like, even if he is totally blocking the way.

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The nights at the moment

With the hot summer days, people leave their windows open all night, including us. It is normally absolutely quiet in our block, which is really amazing considering how many apartments there are. I can leave the bedroom window wide open all night and there is just no noise and it’s wonderful!

Or it was… The lovely quiet night has been broken up by the screaming and moaning of a woman, every night for the last week.

Edit: I forgot to clarify… It’s not a woman in pain btw… She’s at it with a man and it’s totally obvious, so that there’s no mistaking what’s going on. Seriously, it’s so annoying! We heard a man moaning for a while as well the other night, that’s why I know it’s a woman with a man.

It sounds like it’s coming from the ground floor level of the building next to our building. She is really loud and it will go on ALL NIGHT. She will start at like 1 or 2 am and then keep going until it’s morning. She will stop for maybe 15 minutes in between and then start up again. Of course, it keeps waking us up. I had to close the window last night, because we needed sleep, even though I would really need the fresh air overnight when it’s hot like that. It prevents getting a migraine from stuffy air.

Here is a google maps screenshot of the part of our block where our building is. I concealed the street name with the flowers lol. It’s just safer that way I think since you never know who finds your public images and blog.

Anyway, here it is:

Google Maps screenshot of our block

The blue arrow points to our building and the area of our apartment. The red arrow points to where the moaning comes from. We can’t see the building like that from our point of view, so we can’t be sure which apartment it comes from exactly, but it’s definitely this building.

It’s just crazy! I’m certain it won’t be any different tonight either. I’m currently thinking about what to do if it does not stop. I’ve heard other people calling out to them to keep it down, but she does not seem to care at all.

Some people…

Otherwise, we all have been doing well! I’m currently looking forward to getting all my pain medicine for 18 days, starting the coming Friday. This means I don’t have to pick up my bottles every afternoon from the pharmacy. Maybe we can go up on the mountain near Graz on one of those days and take lots of photos and videos! I love doing things together with Ralph, we always have such a lovely time, no matter what we do.

Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday everyone! The cats are sending out purrs and paw hugs!

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It’s summer here! Cats all flopped out all day.

Just look at them!

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It’s been lovely, but hot and unfortunately very humid, which is the actual problem. The temperature itself would not be so hard on them. The apartment is nice and comfortably cool. During the worst heat of the day, the cats don’t even want to go out, not even Murli, which says a lot.

Murli spends most of the afternoon up on the fridge…

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Murli
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She enjoys when the fan is on too!

Samantha and Sonic like to hang out in the bedroom when the window is open with just the cat safety net on. It’s impossible to make the bed in the morning like that. If you try, they will help, but with their help, it will take longer than to just wait until they are somewhere else (which will be about midday or even later).

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Sonic and Samantha
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Samantha telling me she’ll love to help make the bed
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Sonic – He’s not going to move… He’s enjoying the breeze from the window

But in the evening they like to hang out on the balcony again.

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Murli, and she even took a bit of string to play and later fell asleep on it
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Samantha on the other chair (I replaced the previous image with this one from the same evening, because I realised I already had the photo with Samantha on the blankie in my slideshow at the top of the post lol)

In other things…

There is a forecast for thunderstorm and heavy rain for the afternoon today. Since my Dad is on vacation for two weeks, I take care of the flowers on the grave of my Mum and my grandparents. I usually go there in the morning, before it gets too hot. I love to take care of them and it’s a lovely bicycle ride, which I record on my GoPro. I was even able to keep my hat on without it flying off!

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It’s this hat, that Ralph found in Ronda, Spain

But with the forecast predicting so much rain, I’ll take a gamble and hope the rain will take care of the flowers today. I’ve been a bit exhausted these days from doing a lot and need a day of not having to go out (which would be today). But if no rain comes, I’ll go to the cemetery in the early evening.

Also, after having migraines every single day for more than a week, I finally got a bit of a break. Didn’t have one yesterday and as of right now, I feel fine too!

Ralph, the cats and myself, wish all the awesome Dad’s (which includes Cat Dad’s too of course) out there a happy Father’s Day! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Love, Murli, Samantha, Sonic and me <3

PS: The cats told me to help them make a Father’s Day card for Ralph, their Daddy. So I used one of my apps on my phone and they told me what to do. Happy Cat Daddy Day!

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The Father’s Day card the cats made for Ralph (with my help)

 

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Weekend, June 1 and 2, 2019

Caturday, June 1, 2019

At 7am Sonic woke me up as he was trying to curl up on me… Once Murli knew I that I am awake, she came round as well. (Murli always knows. I don’t even have to move or make a sound. She knows as soon as I’m awake … ) Samantha has already been on the bed, curled up by Ralph’s legs. I was actually glad, since I really didn’t want to sleep anymore anyway.

I like mornings and getting up early usually. As soon as it’s morning (if it’s at least a more reasonable hour like 7am), I’m like “Yay! It’s finally morning! On to the coffee.” Before I get my coffee though, the cats get their breakfast. I can’t enjoy coffee while they look at me, pleading and meowing!

Again some new stuff for the cats…

After their breakfast, I put aside my coffee after about two sips, because I realised I can actually use the cat safety frame for the window that came the other day, since it was finally pleasantly warm today, even now in the morning. We already have a cat safety net for the whole living room window, but sometimes we just want to open it slightly, which is why I ordered it. I simply fixed it onto the window and it ended up being sturdy enough.

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The living room window with the safety frame

The size of the frame is exactly right. The width is perfect.

But now little Boss-cat Samantha needed to inspect it, to make sure I did it right and that it was good enough for the cats…

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“Purr, I like it!”

It works just fine and it’s on there tightly. The cats would not be able to try and mess with it. They usually don’t mess with things anyway, but it’s better to be safe. I like that we get fresh air in, but it keeps it from blowing through too much.

It was a warm Caturday, but there were lots of clouds for the first half of the day. Later, it started to clear up a bit and the sun came through. The cats were happy to be out on the balcony again in the fresh but warm air.

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Murli loves to have a good wash out on the balcony.

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Samantha

Samantha took a few strings with her from the string curtain again, just in case nothing was going on on Kitty-TV.

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Sonic

But Kitty-TV was just as entertaining as always, so that even Sonic hung out on the balcony for quite a while.

Later the cats went in, because I think they got a bit too warm outside.

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Samantha and Sonic

As every day, Samantha and Sonic gave each other a good clean. They usually end up having a little play-fight afterwards, which Sonic loves. The play-fighting never last long enough for Sonic, he always starts meowing to call Samantha back after she leaves…

Of course all of that is exhausting. So Sonic went to have a nice little nap in the bedroom.

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Sonic

Murli went had her nap outside a little later, since the sun was already behind the big tree and there was shade for the whole balcony.

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Murli

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The morning was even warmer than yesterday and it was sunny, despite a lot of fluffy white clouds. I got up at 8am, and after a few sips of coffee, I decided to get my camera and go all the way up the stairwell to the last communal balcony, to see the view and the sky:

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I will go up there again to take better photos and probably for a video.

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That is looking down to our balcony. The little black blob you see down there is Murli ;-) I got a bit dizzy looking down lol. I’m not used to being high up.

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Sweet girl had no idea I was up there looking down on her, she was fast asleep after her breakfast. I went back down right after this picture.

Our day was quiet, but I did go out once to pick some sweets up from my Dad. When I was out, the sky had gotten so dark, I thought I would not make it back home dry. Thankfully though I did. But the weather stayed that way. The whole day we saw big black clouds. It stayed very warm, and the rain came in the early evening and only lastet a few minutes.

This is what the sky looked like for most of the day:

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I’m glad that it’s finally gotten much warmer and it’s awesome that we’re now able to leave the windows open. It’s so much better for me to have constant fresh air, since stuffy air often causes migraines too.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Much love from us all and thank you so much for always writing such nice comments and for all the likes on my posts <3

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This week on Kitty-TV

It was bucketing it down for most of the week, all the way until Thursday. This is my post for the days before this weekend.

It was really dark, rainy and cold. The rain kept going day and night for most of the week. Except for Murli, the cats didn’t even want to go on the balcony. But the birds were just as busy at the feeder, no matter how hard it rained.

Though I could see the birds fluffing themselves up, trying to sort out their wet feathers, like this cute Great-Tit that was sitting in the tree across from the balcony.

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But even Murli had to watch Kitty-TV from inside for most of the week. Though she was quite happy to hang out on the chair I put close to the balcony door.

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Samantha rather cuddled up in her warm basket and Ralph covered her up, which she actually enjoyed, since it had cooled down a bit. Samantha doesn’t usually stay under a cover. If she stays underneath, she needs it. To me it did not feel too cold, but I did put the heater back on after this.

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Samantha

Sonic stayed in the bedroom most of the time, it’s his favourite room. He also had his favourite ball with him, which he fell asleep with after we were playing.

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But despite the bad weather, the Woodpecker finally came back! We haven’t seen him or her since last year in June. It just kept raining and raining, and he was busy digging for bugs and worms in the trees, especially the broken off branches.

After it stopped raining for just a little bit and even the sun almost came out, we could see him have a little rest on the tree right across from our balcony.

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Sweet Woodpecker having a rest after it stopped raining

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Not long after he had a rest, he was busy in the garden again

I also have a video of him trying to sort out his wet feathers after resting on that branch before:

But we got another surprise! This year, the Woodpecker did not come alone! No, this year it’s a pair! Now this sweet pair are feeding each other and helping each other get food. We see them visiting the garden every day and they might have a nest somewhere close by.

It’s the sweetest thing and we feel so very lucky to be able to see birds closely like this.

The sparrows and the Great-Tits are just as cute. They have their nests near by as well and we’ve seen the babies once they start flying, or trying to. The cats absolutely enjoy their Kitty-TV, as do we.

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The feeder at the balcony. I took these photos from our bedroom window with zoom.
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Great-Tit about to land
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It’s busy like this in the morning and later afternoon
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This is the newer and bigger feeder with 4 seats. There was too much complaining and chasing with just two seats on the smaller feeder before lol.

I’ll post about our weekend as well, but in a separate post.

We hope you had a pleasant week! I’ll catch up with you all in a bit <3

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August 8, 2017 Back in Austria, after the best time of my life! And with news!

Hello dear friends!

So where to start… after so much has happened, so much is happening and the long time I’ve been gone from my blog. I will start with an apology to all of you, every single one of you wonderful friends, the ones who’ve known me and the many who came here through the blog of my dearest Ralph. I apologise for not posting on here, like I had thought I will do. I travelled to Spain, thinking I’ll be posting from there… But then Ralph and I were so much within our own happiness, enjoying every second we had together. From the moment I got out of the Taxi in front of Ralph’s home in Spain, to our first hug, we were just in the clouds with our minds. We were pretty much useless for anything else but enjoying each others company.

We were just as relaxed, natural, and at ease with each other, as we’ve been all the time before during our many hour-long calls, our emails and messages. It was even better than I had expected. We are so good together, it’s pretty much a miracle. We complete each other in a perfect way. And from the first things we did together, like making orange juice, we were a perfect team in even such little tasks. Everything between us is smooth, happy, natural and totally uncomplicated. It’s like we understand each other blindly, and as if we’ve known each other for all our lives.

It really was so amazing, so much more than I could never have imagined before, that we forgot everything else, as the time went by so quickly. Ralph started to reply to many of his lovely readers after quite a while, little by little. I was usually beside him or nearby, but still useless for writing a blog post…

The cats Samantha and Sonic are just the sweetest! They too stole my heart in no time and I love them! They seem to have taken a liking to me as well! Yay! I had so much fun playing with them, cuddling them, and taking to them. It was so sweet to sleep in a bed with Ralph and two cats!

Sonic and Samantha enjoying the morning sun on the bed

As for sweet Murli, I was so very relieved and happy, because she was just fine, and happy, eating and playing and cuddling normally, thanks to my Dad. He took good care of her and they had quite a bit of fun. I was in communication with Dad every day, so I constantly knew how she’s doing, which put me at ease. Although I was missing her lots, and I cried for quite a while when the train left Graz for Vienna, on my first day of travel to Spain (I had to take a hotel room near the airport, since the flight to Malaga, Spain, was going very early in the morning the next day).

I will be writing a couple more posts soon, as there is so much to post about, I can’t do it in just one post. There are many pictures and things to write about, so I will do that in a couple separate posts. Today, this post is for the most important updates, so everybody knows about what’s going on with us.

So on to the news!

Back when we were still only communicating over the distance, in our many hours long daily calls over google hangouts, and countless long messages and emails, we were already amazed at how amazingly well we get on. We never seem to run out of things to talk about, and we are able to talk about everything. We’re both open and honest with each other, and we found that we have all interests in common, and the things we like and dislike, the way in which we go about our lives and the way in which we deal with things. We constantly found new things we had in common. And everything is so smooth and natural between us, so easy and relaxed and happy, it’s like a dream. Something like this doesn’t normally happen I always thought. I certainly would have never expected to find someone to love and who would love me. I had given up on finding someone for me long ago, when I was about 25. Now with 37, BANG! Finding the love of my life, when I least expected it.

Our time together in Spain, absolutely and completely reaffirmed what we had already felt and wanted before I came to Spain, and much much more on top of that. While there, Ralph and I got engaged, all official with a ring and everything. I had said YES within a millisecond. YAY!!!!! And I say Yes a quadrillion times more, endlessly for the rest of our lives. I say yes with all I am, and my heart and soul. Not a single hint of any doubts in either of our hearts.

For some, or even many, it might seem crazy, and that we’re doing things too fast… But for someone on the outside, it’s just different, as they can’t see within our hearts and minds, and how wonderful we are together, and how well we take care of each other and how happy we are, and how absolutely honestly we mean it with each other. For us, there is no reason to lose any time that we could spend together as a couple, as husband and wife. There’s no reason to wait, as everything is already clear and it could not become any more clear and certain that we are right for each other. So any waiting period would not change anything, but would just be time we’re not together. And with time, everybody can see for themselves how wonderful we are together and how much we help and support each other.

Hopefully, within September, Ralph will be able to come to Austria, as well as the cats, his belongings and all the contents of his apartment, after I have found us a home here in or around my city of Graz. From the moment on, that I have my dearest Ralph back, as I pick him up from the airport in Vienna, he will never again have to do anything alone, as I’ll be there, with him, for him and through everything. I love him so much, and I want to see him happy and make his life easier, in any way that I’m able to. Ralph is such a big support for me as well, with my anxiety, and my medical conditions, and together we are complete. Together we can get things done perfectly, as we really complete each other to such a degree, it’s like we’re really meant to be together.

Some of you will already know about it all, since Ralph’s post went live late last night, and the wonderful and talented Resa, has finished her newest art gown, which was another really miraculous thing, because of the way the ideas for the gown and the gown itself seemed to have gone their own way, as if there was some foresight involved. Resa also mentioned us and our announcement in her own very sweet words. You can read all about it here: O Royal Treasure

I will also reblog Ralph’s and Resa’s post on my blog, as they’re just so wonderfully amazing and important.

I thank you so much Ralph, for your amazingly wonderful post about us, and I thank you as well Resa, for dedicating your stunningly beautiful gown to Ralph and now me too, and for your kind words! You are really amazing! Your gown is so beautiful, I’m just speechless. Stunned! Thank you so much!

So that’s it for now, for this post. But there will be more to follow! With more pics!

Thank you all so very much, for all the kind words towards Ralph and I, it’s been absolutely amazing. We’re speechless, getting so much love from so many of you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Sending lots of love to all of you, from Murli and I!