Thank you so much Sherri-Ellen and BellaDharma! Your beautiful letter and enclosed photograph of sweetie BeallaDharma arrived in the beginning of this week! The letter is in perfect condition and it has none of the usual wear that international mail usually has.
Not long ago, I was talking to our dear friend Sherri-Ellen of nylabluesmum.wordpress.comabout photos and painted portraits of our beloved kitties and how I am planning on having our cats portraits painted (from existing photos) and to have a few of the really beautiful photos printed out as well. I want to have a dedicated wall area in our home for them, and to send them to friends who would love to have copies of the photos and paintings.
Which got me thinking to also have a dedicated wall area of our kitty friends photographs as well! Sherri-Ellen and BellaDharma were really fast and sent us a beautiful photo with a lovely letter.
Thank you so much again! It’s so sweet and really made my week! Lots of love from us all!
Hey lovely readers! Here’s the latest of us trying to get married in Graz:
At the moment, we’re waiting and hoping for the best again. Since the registrar requires a certified translation by a court translator for each of Ralph’s documents, and Apostilles (Legalisation) for each of the same documents, we had to try and get that sorted out.
The translations are underway now, and hopefully, we’ll get them back by the end of this week.
For the Apostilles (Legalisation), we had to send Ralph’s original documents off to the UK via courier. We had to fill out an application form online for it and pay. The next morning (Friday), I had the documents shipped to the UK by courier. Now we can only wait and hope that the documents get legalised and that there won’t be any bureaucratic hurdles. If everything goes as it should, they will send the documents with each Apostille back to us by the end of this week.
And if all of that worked out, the last thing to hope for is that the registrar won’t come up with yet another requirement for certified certificates and/or translations.
This is, or should be the last hurdle now and according to the registrar, we can get married as soon as we have the translations and Apostilles. Which would be, or could be next week even! I’m not counting on that though. Until we have everything back and the registrar accepts it all without another request for certificates, I won’t get my hopes up too much.
Ralph and I will finally be able to relax and just enjoy everything after all of that. I will have my mind in the right place again to blog normally, be more cheerful and communicate more with all of you lovely readers.
As for everything else: It’s March, and like almost everywhere in Europe it doesn’t look or feel like it at all. Here in Graz, Austria, the last couple of weeks have been bitterly cold with nights and mornings temperatures between -18°C (-0.4°F) and -15°C (5°F). During the day, the temperatures didn’t go above -5°C (23°F), often it was even colder. We had lots of snow as well.
The temperatures increased to around freezing point over the weekend, but it’s been very foggy and overcast.
This was Sunday, the view over the city from the Schlossberg webcam. Today, it looked exactly the same…
It’s mostly for Ralph and the cats that I wish for more warmth. Although it’s lovely and warm in our apartment, and the snow looks beautiful, it’s no fun going outside like that. Ralph is cold a lot more easily than I am.
But even if it’s -100° and raining icicles, Ralph and I will go out to get married if we get our appointment soon! 😂
For now, we’re staying in most of the time. We enjoy being together all the time, every second of it.
Murli is happy, and so are Sonic and Samantha. I’m really looking forward to making our balcony pretty and cat safe, and the windows too. Will be lovely, for the summer breeze to come through the open windows and the open balcony door. All of us will love it!
There will be nice walks in the nearby park, where we can see a bit of the sunset.
I will do my best to reply to all your sweet comments. Shame on me… It’s normally the first thing I do in the day as soon as I have time. Hopefully, things will get back to normal soon, once we can relax and all the worrying about bureaucrats is over.
Thank you so much, for always being so kind and leaving such wonderful comments on my blog.
The cats, Ralph and I love you all!
Murli watching the birds from the bedroom window
Sonic on the floor, Samantha on the counter and Murli on the washing machine. They all just love to hang out in the kitchen.
Murli in a cupboard in the kitchen
Murli really loves to hang out on the washing machine recently
Of course, I worried for nothing again yesterday and today… When I went to my doctor this afternoon, everything worked out. It was just a tiny short call to the other doctors office, at which point it became clear that it was just a temporary bug in the system, that went away on its own. Everything was normal again and I got my script as usual. Sigh…
More importantly, we got a Christmas card today! From our Twitter pals from Kitty Haven
Thank you very much for this! So cute! ❤❤❤ Murli showed her appreciation as she rubbed her little fluffy head into the card right away😹
We are looking forward to the holidays! And the christmas tree!🎄 Here in Austria and Germany, the tree isn’t put up in homes until shortly before christmas eve. Some put the tree up in the morning of the 24th. We are doing it on the 23rd usually. The smell of the tree fills the whole apartment and it lasts for a while. Especially every time you let the cold winter air in again, it starts to give off that lovely scent again.
Murli doesn’t climb the tree, but she loves to take naps under it. The christmas decoration doesn’t break, since it’s not made of glass. We have absolutely beautiful ornaments and decorations from my childhood, but we never put those up anymore, for cat safety reasons. The thing that Murli does do, is to paw at the lowest hanging ornaments😹 Of course! It looks like it’s just put there for her to play with. But that is why I don’t put the glass ornaments on there. I would worry too much that she could cut herself in case one falls down and breaks. Geenie did the same thing, and also never climbed up the tree. Only Minki climbed the trees, all the way to the top MOL!!! One time he fell over with the whole decorated tree (floor to ceiling size tree). Mum and Dad were more worried about Minki though, who was only a year young at that time. Nothing much happened to the tree, but from then on, my Dad hooked the trees securely to the wall, so it stood stable and couldn’t fall over due to kitty adventures anymore.
In recent years, we only put up trees that were a bit smaller. Works out beautifully too! You’ll see once we put it up and I’ll decorate it😺 With Murlis help of course, like always!
Hope you all are well! Have a nice Tuesday my furriends!🐾