Short and sweet / Corto y dulce

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

SATURDAY, I WENT FOR AN invigorating walk before lunch. I went back out after lunch to spend some time lounging on the beach. Before dinner, I Skyped with my friend Susan, who is not an old friend (although she’s older than me) but the dearest friend anyone could wish for. [Note: I’ve read that, if you follow grammatical rules, a vieja amiga is an old friend, while an amiga vieja is a friend who’s old. However, some of my Spanish friends don’t agree with the rules and tell me I should say mi amiga de muchos años, my friend of many years.] I don’t listen. So, Susan is an amiga vieja and not a vieja amiga… and I know she just gave me the finger. While Susan and I talked, San Geraldo baked apple cake (click here for the recipe). He and I then had a quiet dinner at home.

I plan to go for a walk this afternoon and have a workout at home with the new toys purchased at Decathlon on Thursday. Sometimes the excitement is simply overwhelming, isn’t it? I look forward to summer’s end when we’ll start taking day trips and broadening our horizons.


EL SÁBADO, SALÍ A DAR SATURDAY, un vigorizante paseo antes del almuerzo. Volví después del almuerzo para pasar un rato descansando en la playa. Antes de la cena, hablé por Skype con mi amiga Susan, que no es una vieja amiga (aunque es mayor que yo) pero es la amiga más querida que cualquiera podría desear. [Nota: he leído que, si sigues las reglas gramaticales, una vieja amiga es una amiga de mucho tiempo, mientras que una amiga vieja es una amiga que tiene muchos años. Sin embargo, algunos de mis amigos españoles no están de acuerdo con las reglas y me dicen que debería decir mi amiga de muchos años.] No escucho. Entonces, Susan es una amiga vieja y no una vieja amiga … y yo sé que ella solo me dio el dedo. Mientras Susan y yo hablábamos, San Geraldo horneaba tarta de manzana (haz clic aquí para la receta). Luego, él y yo cenamos tranquilamente en casa.

Planeo salir a caminar esta tarde y hacer ejercicio en casa con los juguetes nuevos comprados en Decathlon el jueves. A veces, la emoción es simplemente abrumadora, ¿no es así? Espero con ansias el final del verano, cuando comenzaremos a hacer excursiones de un día y a ampliar nuestros horizontes.

• The view from my towel Saturday afternoon. Confusing perspective. The tall building is nearly half a mile away (and those shorts were probably about 50 feet away).
• La vista desde mi toalla el sábado por la tarde. Perspectiva confusa. El edificio alto está a casi un kilómetro de distancia (y esos pantalones cortos probablemente estaban a unos 50 pies de distancia).
• Their masks are doing little to nothing. I don’t know what the shorts are doing.
• Sus mascarillas no sirven de nada. No sé qué están haciendo los pantalones cortos.
• After every volley, the one in the black shorts, pulled the legs up. I’m sure it improved his game.
• Después de cada volea, el de los pantalones cortos negros levantaba las piernas. Estoy seguro de que mejoró su juego.
• Seen from the terrace. If it hadn’t been for the shorts, I wouldn’t even have noticed this guy.
Visto desde la terraza. Si no hubiera sido por los pantalones cortos, ni siquiera me habría fijado en este tipo.
• Protein bar from Decathlon. Delicious.
• Barrita de proteínas de Decathlon. Delicioso.
• San Geraldo’s apple cake.
• Tarta de manzana de San Geraldo.
• San Geraldo’s apple cake in front of a bag of ripening bananas for San Geraldo’s banana bread.
• Tarta de manzana de San Geraldo frente a una bolsa de plátanos maduros para el pan de plátano de San Geraldo.
My sweet, fresh, and delicious balls (and healthy, too). Click here for the recipe.
Mis pelotas dulces, frescas, y deliciosas (y saludables, también). Haz clic aquí para la receta.
• Moose and Dudo patiently awaiting their treats this morning.
• Moose y Dudo esperan pacientemente sus aperitivos esta mañana.

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..

45 thoughts on “Short and sweet / Corto y dulce”

  1. Lots of yummy, including the cake. You have an image that perfectly illustrates that long focal length lenses flatten perspective. (And great depth of field for a telephoto setting.) Wide angle (shorter focal length lenses exaggerate perspective.)

  2. And the ‘one rolled up leg’ saga continues…..I just googled it and got nowhere. Must be a ‘Spanish’ thing.
    That cake looks perfect……now with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt……..

    1. Jim:
      Ooh, Greek yogurt on the apple cake would be perfect. It’ll have to be next time. We had the last two slices this morning!

  3. I needed that last shot of D & M to return to sanity after those Aaaaaaargh! pics of men in silly shorts. I’m hoping that when next Summer comes around this fashion absurdity will have been categorised as a gross historical faux pas.

    1. Raybeard:
      I don’t think the “fashion” will ever go away. I know some guys simply shove, fold, or roll up both legs to expose more leg for tanning (shorter shorts would work). But I can’t figure out the one leg thing (and I love sharing the photos).

  4. Hmm…protein bar or apple cake? No contest.

    I see Dudo still hasn’t gotten over the shock of you in the kitchen.

    1. Mary:
      Well, the protein bar was chocolate on top and crunchy below. I loved it. But a lot more sugar and calories than the apple cake. So, I’ll stick to the apple cake. Dudo figures if I’m not washing dishes or giving him a treat, I have no reason to be in there. He clearly knew there was no treat and he really did look at me like I was in danger.

  5. SG’s apple cake and your balls; drop the protein bar in the trash!

    those people not wearing masks properly are lazy bastards.

    the shorts thing is stupid. the first guy with the furry legs though…me likey.

    and sweet moose & dudo; hopefully they got their treats.

    1. anne marie:
      The protein bars were more like major sugar-overload chocolate bars with a layer of crunch. The apple cake and my balls are much healthier and much less sweet. Dudo and Moose ALWAYS get their treats. Yesterday they demanded them so early they actually came back to me at 1 expecting to get another round. Yeah, that first guy was pretty much the total package.

    1. sillygirl:
      Nope. At first I thought there was some rhyme or reason but then someone would come along and blow my theories out of the water. Some guys like to show off tattoos on an upper leg. Some seemed to have shoved both legs up (for more sun exposure or to cool off), one fell down, and they just couldn’t be bothered pushing it up again. But I HAVE seen guys carefully fold or roll up one leg and one leg only. AND there doesn’t seem to be a gay leg or a straight leg (like we USED TO HAVE with earrings).

      1. Very strange. I find my one leg is bigger than the other or the other one is smaller – whatever – so when I pull up one pants leg it stays and the other won’t. Maybe that explains things – or maybe it is to tell left from right – I have trouble with that, too.

  6. I’m over those who use a mask as a chin strap.

    I am not over that Apple Cake.

    And, of course,your balls look tasty!

    1. Bob:
      I just got home from the store. I woman passed within inches of me on the street, mask down around her chin. I told her in Spanish that the mask served no purpose on her chin. She laughed. I said it wasn’t a joke and kept walking. I don’t know if she was simply an inconsiderate, selfish, jerk (well, I suppose I DO know that) or if she didn’t speak Spanish and had no idea what I was saying.

  7. I also would not have noticed the guy in the black shorts if not for his shorts. (Insert “tongue in cheek” emoji). Looks like everybody got their treats.

  8. Re. the weird shorts thing, I guess people hike up their shorts in order to get their thighs tan, and then one leg slips down. That’s my theory. (My question is, why do they CARE whether or not their thighs are tan?)

    1. Steve:
      Yes, some guys clearly are trying to get more skin surface exposed to the sun, and then one leg drops after being rolled up. Others are just trying to stay cooler… and a leg drops. But I’ve seen so many very carefully fold or roll one leg and only one leg and walk through town like that. I myself like my thighs to be tan. Beige from the knee up is not a good look on me. But i just wear shorts short enough to accomplish that. It’s a lot more comfortable than all that extra fabric getting shoved around.

  9. The photos of the people with one leg of their shorts higher than the other crack me up. It seems to be a thing in your town.

    1. Carole:
      I saw it once on the Boardwalk in Coney Island, but it’s definitely a thing here.

      1. Anonymous (Parsnip???):
        Mary is a joy. This is the best part of blogging.

    1. those balls ARE dee-lish, dear! I can give you the recipe, or perhaps mitchell can publish it in his next blog post.

      1. anne marie:
        I’ll share the recipe again tomorrow. Thanks for the reminder. I had meant to in this post. I read your comment and thought, but isn’t it already there? Jeez! And thanks again for the recipe. We LOVE these. These last two rounds I used ground flax see with added spices. SOOOOOO good.

      2. mcpersonalspace54:
        Here’s the recipe. And I’ve added the original link in the blog post, which I had meant to do in the first place.

        • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
        • 1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
        • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
        • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
        • 1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
        Stir in up to any 3 of these
        • 1/2 cup dried cherries, raisins, blueberries or cranberries
        • 1/2 cup unsalted chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios or peanuts
        • 1/2 cup crushed whole-grain pretzels or cereal
        • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
        1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well combined.
        2. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes so the mixture is easier to shape.
        3. Using your hands or a cookie scoop, roll mixture into 25 (1-inch) balls.
        4. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
        Where I had options, I used agave nectar, a mix of dried blueberries and dried cranberries, crushed Kellogs muesli and Special K, and chocolate chips.

      3. mcpersonalspace54:
        Oh, you can always count on me whenever you need help in the kitchen.

    2. mcpersonalspace54:
      Some days, I see none and some days they’re everywhere. And most of the time they have no idea I’m focused on them. The cake is gone. Just had a ball. And, yes, they ARE delicious.

  10. I just can’t anymore with this low high short leg opening thing. This must be a trend to you guys only…I’ve not seen this anywhere else. The cake looks delish, but are those balls good? They sort of look like the things called suet balls I put out for birds?!?!?!

    1. maddie, those balls are easy, no cooking! honey and oatmeal and chocolate chips. I can give you the recipe.

    2. Mistress Maddie:
      I did see one guy on the Boardwalk in Coney Island I think it was with the one-leg up thing. But, other than that, only here. The balls are exceptionally good. And I agree, I thought this round looked like suet. I usually make them with a round measuring teaspoon. This time, they didn’t hold together well that way, but did when I rolled them in my hands. And that made them look more like suet balls. Believe me, these are suet balls you’d really enjoy.

  11. Jim’s theory made me realize that you never show any women with one leg rolled up, probably because women’s shorts tend to be shorter than men’s anyway.

    But I really don’t care what these men do with their shorts on the beach as long as they remain shirtless. A lot of great-looking pecs, biceps, and broad shoulders there, along with some sexy tans.

    1. Kirk:
      A while back I did actually share a photo of a woman with the shorts rolled up. But I think she had the diaper look! And I know what you mean. Some of these guys could walk around stark naked and I would not complain… well, duh!

  12. Decathlon just opened here last month so I do believe we need to visit. Hey maybe they sell shorts with one leg shorter or longer depending on your view of life. Gees, that perspective pic makes me think that that guy is a monster, LOL! Winks time for some protein bar or cake or anything!

    1. Ron:
      I really enjoy wandering the aisles at Decathlon looking at everything. Wouldn’t that be hilarious for Fuengirola Decathlon to start a line of Short-n-Shorter-Shorts?!? Just had an energy ball. Protein bars are gone (and were good but much too much sugar and calories). Apple cake is gone. Still waiting for those bananas to ripen; then BANANA BREAD!

      1. Thank you! Always looking for apple recipes since they’re so plentiful on Long Island in the fall.

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