Always Hopeful / Siempre Esperanzado

La versión español está después de la versión inglés.

Final thoughts before bidding good-bye (good riddance?) to 2018. May 2019 bring us all a much better world.

Christmas isn’t over in Spain until the Three Kings arrive on 6 January. According to Spanish tradition, they’re the ones who bring the gifts… not Santa Claus. In Fuengirola, they arrive by helicopter… just like in the bible.

Reflexiones finales antes de decir adiós (¿buen viaje?) A 2018. Espero que 2019 nos trae a todos un mundo mucho mejor.

La Navidad no termina en España hasta que los Reyes Magos llegan el 6 de enero. Según la tradición española, ellos son los que traen los regalos … no Papá Noel. En Fuengirola, llegan en helicóptero … como en la Biblia.

Sometimes, the best things in life ARE Free: Luke with his favorite Christmas gift… / A veces, las mejores cosas de la vida SON gratis: Luke con su regalo de Navidad favorito …
… and Moose and Dudo with theirs. / … y Moose y Dudo con el suyo.
There’s nothing quite like sitting at home by the fire on a cold (15c/59F) winter’s night. / No hay nada como sentarse en casa junto al fuego en una noche fría (15c/59F) de invierno.
Family can sometimes be nice but we all need a bit of personal space. / La familia a veces puede ser agradable, pero todos necesitamos un poco de espacio personal.

And patience is its own reward. / Y la paciencia es su propia recompensa.

Paul Blane is still working on The Kings. I’m sure they’ll be ready for the Epiphany. / Paul Blane todavía está trabajando en Los Tres Reyes. Estoy seguro de que estarán listos para la Epifanía.
I’m so looking forward to the end of this season’s pig out. / Tengo muchas ganas de que termine el temporado de comiendo como un puerco.

“Either you get eaten by a wolf today or else the shepherd saves you from the wolf so he can sell you to the butcher tomorrow”  / “O te come un lobo hoy o el pastor te salva del lobo para que te pueda vender al carnicero mañana”

Ogden Nash

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

32 thoughts on “Always Hopeful / Siempre Esperanzado”

  1. 15C!!!! Don’t get me started!! lol
    My brother-in-law, who is Ukrainian, celebrates Christmas on the 6th as well…..the Epiphany.

    Loving those paper bags….happy cats and child!

    Happy New Year to you and Jerry.

    1. Jim:
      Wishing you and Ron, and your families a happy healthy 2019. Onward to the Epiphany!

    1. Parsnip:
      That’s actually Dudo watching from the windowsill. He’s even more obsessed than Moose.

  2. Ooooh, that sand pig and piglets are so cute! The Three Wise Men kinda look like they’re in a police lineup though.

    HRH always enjoyed a good paper bag, too. I think it was the crinkly paper sound and being hidden away that she liked so much.

    1. Debra:
      I didn’t get back to see the Three Wise Men today. They’ll look better with gifts in their laps (and arms).

  3. I am surprised he doesn’t come in by boat, but I guess if the weather is crappy then little kids cry when he doesn’t come. Love the piglets, really an amazing sand sculpture. Happy New Years!

    1. Cheapchick:
      Arrival by boat would be fun, wouldn’t it. I do want to see their actual arrival by helicopter this year. Will have to walk over to the soccer field.

  4. Happy New Year to you and San Geraldo!!!!💋🍸🎉🎩🎆🎈

    And with his snoring I guess you don’t need fireworks?

    And yet again..Moose’s face looks over Dudo, but I guess since it’s a fun day, he is putting up with it.

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      Usually, whoever is on top gets to stay on top (I’m talking about the cats dear). But Dudo had just been given a special treat and was beside himself (and Moose) with joy. Moose had that “Oh woe is me” look on his face. Jerry and I had been sleeping together again … it lasted three nights and I recorded why he had to leave. I didn’t even catch the worst of it. It had eased off when I started to record.

    1. Bob:
      Oh, please let 2019 see an uptick in goodness and enlightenment! Wishing you and Carlos happiness… and lots more stories!

    1. Snoskred:
      Yes, I think you would really like the shop. It just opened right around the corner. Elegant, unusual, home decor, flowers, and plants. We got carried away during our first visit with things we had absolutely no need (or room) for. I’ll share photos soon.

    1. David:
      Dudo and Jerry are exactly the same. If the temperature drops below 65, they think they’re in the great frozen north. Jerry keeps the heat on his room and he and Dudo hibernate. Moose stays for a bit and then (like me) escapes to a room where he can breath.

  5. Here in the hardly-Catholic USA Christmas ends promptly on 26 December as if if never happened. In church Christmas is just beginning. I don’t know anyone anymore who keeps up the tree until 6 January, which is ‘proper’

    1. It’s po,
      It gives me time to still put up a tree (not going to happen). Interestingly, in this Catholic country, religion isn’t allowed to play an active role in politics… unlike in the USA. Such a strange world.

  6. I must admit I don’t expect to come across a sand sculpture of a pig feeding her piglets, but for some reason, I do find it kind of fun.

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