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Manny, “Can You Hear Me Now?”

Manny has never been away from home without us, and it feels so weird to think of him being in someone else’s house – without us!  He’s never gone anywhere without us.  I got a short email from Ralph telling us what’s going on over there in Spain.

Dad, what's in this box.  It smells good!  Can I open it?

Dad, what’s in this box. It smells good! Can I open it?

Hi Marsha,

Manny arrived safely here in Spain. I think Fanny smelled the honey in Manny’s suitcase right away.  This is sort of how the conversation went when I brought in Manny’s box.  She wanted to open the box herself, and you can imagine how that went.

“Fanny, I think this box is for you!”

Manny's Trip to Spain

“Really Dad!  Really, REALLY!  REALLY!  I’m so excited!  I can’t get this tape off!  Ooooh, it’s getting stuck in my fur.  Help, por favor.  Don’t cut my fur, Dad!  I want to look pretty!”  Fanny is picking up a few Spanish words.  Don’t be surprised if Manny comes home speaking Spanish.

“Ouch, Fanny.  That IS sticky stuff.  Hold on.  I’ll try not to mess your fur, Fanny.  Ok, let me cut the tape, and open the box for you.”

Manny's Trip to Spain

“Oh boy!  Is this a toy, Dad?  Look how cute he is.  How silly, too.  It wasn’t sunny in there.  He’s got on his glasses!  Is he dead?”

Manny's Trip to Spain

“I am NOT silly.  AND I AM CERTAINLY NOT DEAD!  It was sunny when I left California.  Where am I?  Can you help me get out of here?  I feel stiff.  Thanks, By the way, I’m Manny.”

Manny's Trip to Spain

“Hi, I’m Fanny, and this is my Dad, Ralph.”

“Hi Fanny!  You’re soft.  Can I sit on your lap?  You look pretty, and you smell good, too! Hi Ralph, You look just like the Ralph that didn’t want me playing teddy bear music at Renee’s birthday party.  Fanny, do you want to see my teddy bear video?  Ralph, do you have a computer?  Mommy lets me use her computer A LOT!”

“Sure Manny, right here.  This is my new office.  How do you like it.”

Ralph's remodel003

“It’s beary nice, Ralph.  Can you help me reach the computer.  Mom lets me sit on the keys.”

Manny's Trip to Spain

“Wait a minute!  There’s my mom.  Mom!  What are you doing here in Spain?  I thought you were in California!  Talk to me Mommy!  MOMMY!  I see you Mommy!  Can you hear me?  Can you hear me, Mommy?  Turn this volume up, Ralph.  I don’t think Mommy can hear me.  Can you hear me now?”

Manny's Trip to Spain

“Manny, Manny!”

“Fanny don’t tease Manny.  He misses his mommy.  Go get your teddy bear video.  I’ll put it in for Manny.”


Oh no, what have I gotten myself into?  Maaaaaaarrrshaaaaaaa…!!!

Lots of love,

Ralph xox

So now what’s in store for Manny next?  Ralph sounded a little franticized.  Did Fanny like her present that Manny worked so hard to make?  Has Manny met any Spanish people yet?  Has he really been a good boy?  Will he get in trouble at Ralph’s house?  hmmm?  What do you think?  I guess we will know more next week!

Manny’s text just said,

“Hi Mom,  LOL havng fun.  Fany is cut.  Ralf is nise to.  Luv Manny”

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    • Thank you PT. Manny sends you his love. 🙂 And he sends DQ, Mono, and King E his love as well. Oh yes, and I send my love, too. You’ll have to call GV and see if he is still feeling the love after you guys didn’t show up when we were hoping to see y’all. 🙂 JK 🙂


  1. Marsha, looking like Manny … have his hands full now with Fanny … I promise you they will be up to no good .. now *laughing – what a cute post and so full of feel good. And I love the video … thank you so much for this – just so great.


    • Thanks Viveka. Manny is a fun boy. He will definitely keep Fanny going a mile a minute, not to mention Ralph! Wait till you see what trouble he’s already gotten into. I got a new email from Ralph, and …oh my goodness! 🙂 I can’t say more than that! 🙂 Lots of love, ML 🙂


      • I wonder who have .. given him is naught streaks … or where he got those idea from ????? Can’t wait to read more about their Spanish adventure. *smile


          • Then he’s perfect! And I do love him. You are right. If he wasn’t so naughty, I would think he was just a boring little stuffed bear. He has never been that! 🙂

            Manny just texted me this picture to send to Justin. I’m not sure who his new friend is! — Or his friend’s friend, for that matter.


    • Oh my yes, but don’t you think Ralph will be teaching a few tricks of misbehavior. Or maybe it will be the other way around. Not sure yet! I’m a little concerned that Manny is going to wear out his welcome. I got a new email from Ralph that suggests that maybe Manny is starting to act more like himself every day. 🙂


    • Hi ST, I love that you laugh at my ultra old corny jokes – even when Manny cracks them. Poor kid he’s picked up my old jokes, and I’ve never been too great at telling jokes, old or new. ☺🐬🐹🐰😜


      • Your jokes practically kill me I fear. I laugh at every single one. They always seize me by surprise, and I’m gone. The chair topples over and there is a convulsing Irish being on the floor yet again as poor Sir topples in and mutters, “Aaaahhhh back on Marsha Blog again I see.” 😉


        • My 88 year old first cousin once removed would absolutely love you. He likes nothing better than to crack puns and send me funny stories. When I visited him, he brought his huge 5 inch binder full of jokes out of his office. We sat at the dining room table and he watched as I cried and fell off my chair over his funny stuff! 🙂 Yes, he fell desperately in love with me. It was the first time I’d met him. He was my mom’s preschool playmate. 🙂 I fell in love with him, too. He looked much like my favorite Grandpa. 🙂


          • More hyena-being-strangled imitations exude, imagining all you have described here, and now resounds Sir droning, “There you go again…” I would LOVE your 88-year-old cuz indeed! TOOO funny!!!


          • Hal made it clear to me that I was way too old for him! He lives with a 23 year old pilot (male) who is adorable. When I visited I had Hal take a picture of Dave and me, and I texted it to Vince, with this caption: Marsha and Hal. I thought it was hilarious because V was a little irritated that I thought Hal seemed so young in his picture in the letter he mailed to us I thought he would get a real kick with the picture of me and 23 year old “Hal”. He didn’t.


          • Yes, V was very disgruntled. Tell Sir that I had never met Hal in person, and, of course, neither had V. Hal and Dave and I had a great laugh. V was not as forgiving for a while. Now, after a couple of years, Hal is in V’s better graces. 🙂


  2. I can’t wait to see Manny and Fanny….. they sureky wil be great friends by the time I arrive, and Manny will have a suntan…


    • Ute – You know me – I’m a huggy person. Please pass a hug from me to Manny, Fanny, & Ralph 😉
      Here’s one for you too {Hug}


    • Manny was grounded! So he’s been staying inside for the last few days. Fanny is trying to e him, but I doubt that it will work teach him to be a good boy, but Ralph has his doubts. I can’t really say too much because I don’t want to scare you. He is still hoping to go to England with you! So my mouth is sealed until Thursday.


  3. Oooooooh – so Manny is your lil guy!
    I thought it was cool when Ralph mentioned this. What a first trip to take all alone. I bet he will have a great time with Fanny & Ralph. Can’t wait to hear about Manny’s Spanish Adventure!


    • Stay tuned – Every Thursday! 🙂 Until he quits writing, anyway. He’s been really quiet for the last two days because he got in trouble. I think he’s afraid to talk about it. I’m going to broach the subject on Thursday. He’s grounded right now. Good thing he is going to be there for a while! 🙂 He may get to see some things yet.





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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