It’s raining in Sevilla! I don’t think we’ve seen rain here since early May. I like it. Temporarily. Rainy days and Mondays do not get me down. Nor do rainy days and Thursdays. Unless there are also rainy days Tuesday and Wednesday. A couple of days of good, soaking rain followed by several days of sun, that’s the way I like it and that’s what’s supposed to happen this week. So, I’m enjoying the wet and shiny streets and I’m going to go take a walk in what has now slowed to a drizzle.
|THIS MORNING FROM THE DINING ROOM BALCONY.|
San Geraldo needed to do his supermarket shop today, so we decided to grab an early meal downstairs at Dos de Mayo before the lunch rush hit. Most of the seating is outside and, since there was a possibility the patio umbrellas wouldn’t protect from the sometimes heavy rain, we knew inside would fill up fast. Our plan worked. We got our favorite table tucked below the front windows. By the way, an early lunch here for us is between 1 and 1:30. The Kid Brother would not approve. He always has “… lunch at noon, ya know!”
We have both begun a routine of returning home after breakfast every day and doing at least an hour of Rosetta Stone Spanish at our respective computers. The daily habit makes an enormous difference. Unfortunately, it didn’t help San Geraldo at the supermarket today because he hasn’t yet reached the lesson on how to say “boneless.” But the butcher understood by hand signals and simply boned a chicken right then.
|HIGH AND DRY AT OUR FAVORITE TABLE.|
Sometime during the night when the rains started to heavily fall, an alarm in the neighborhood began sounding at regular intervals. Fortunately, it was not one of those intolerable screeching alarms and it sounded like it was coming from inside a building somewhere nearby. It only squealed in very short bursts before stopping for about 15 minutes and then starting again. It was so innocuous I hadn’t even thought to mention it. During lunch, we heard it one last time. San Geraldo looked at me and said, “There it is again! Do you know what kind of bird that is?”
|DUDO. TRANSFIXED BY THE WATER POURING OFF THE ROOF ACROSS THE STREET.|
Be the time we got out of bed, Moose and Dudo were clearly uninterested in San Geraldo’s “bird.” But, when we opened all the balcony doors, they were fascinated by the rain. Dudo ran insanely around the house for hours, from balcony to balcony, stopping every so often to stare at us with wonder, as if to say, “Oh my God! Do you see it??! Is that rain?!?” He finally wore himself out.
|TOO MUCH EXCITEMENT.|