You live, you learn / Tú vives, aprendes

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

I GOT OUT OF BED a bit too late Monday to catch the best part of the sunrise, but the sun kindly hid behind a palm tree for me. At least I was able to confirm why the cats have been spending so much time racing around the terrace.

The crag martins are back in town and roosting in our awnings at night. Yes, and pooping all over them I’m sure. Dudo and Moose have been beside themselves with excitement. The other evening, we caught Dudo trying to squeeze himself through a space between two windows of the glass curtain. We had to adjust the spacing along the entire railing. Speaking of The Birds, that Alfred Hitchcock film scared me more than any other. I had nightmares for years.

We’re still waiting for our rugs to be done. Meanwhile, neither San Geraldo nor I have sat in the new chair since I assembled it. But the cats like it and that’s really all that matters. Just ask them.

Yesterday morning was a pleasure. Glorious weather and an invigorating hour-long walk. Yesterday afternoon was not so great but I survived it. Last night, San Geraldo and I had a quiet dinner at home and I was happy again. That’s how the days go. Today’s music is what was playing in my head when I woke up this morning.


SALÍ DE LA CAMA DEMASIADO tarde el lunes para ver la mejor parte del amanecer, pero el sol amablemente se escondió detrás de una palmera para mí. Al menos pude confirmar por qué los gatos han estado pasando tanto tiempo corriendo por la terraza.

Los roqueros están de vuelta en la ciudad y se posan en nuestros toldos por la noche. Sí, y caca sobre ellos, estoy seguro. Dudo y Moose han estado fuera de sí de emoción. La otra noche, sorprendimos a Dudo tratando de meterse por un espacio entre dos ventanas de la cortina de vidrio. Tuvimos que ajustar el espacio a lo largo de toda la barandilla. Hablando de Los pájaros, esa película de Alfred Hitchcock me asustó más que cualquier otra. Tuve pesadillas durante años.

Todavía estamos esperando que terminen nuestras alfombras. Mientras tanto, ni San Geraldo ni yo nos hemos sentado en la silla nueva desde que la monté. Pero a los gatos les gusta y eso es realmente todo lo que importa. Pregúnteles.

Ayer por la mañana fue un placer. Clima glorioso y una caminata vigorizante de más de una hora. Ayer por la tarde no fue tan buena pero lo sobreviví. Anoche, San Geraldo y yo cenamos tranquilamente en casa y volví a ser feliz. Así pasan los días. La música de hoy es lo que sonaba en mi cabeza cuando me desperté esta mañana.

• Elements Bar in Torreblanca, the neighbourhood just east of us. I need to stop by for a drink, if only to thank them for the stairway that leads not only to the entrance but also to the top of the driveway and the continuation of my explorations. I take it sometimes just for the empowerment I feel with each step.
• Elements Bar en Torreblanca, el barrio al este de nosotros. Necesito pasar a tomar algo, aunque solo sea para agradecerles por la escalera que conduce no solo a la entrada, sino también a la parte superior del camino de entrada y la continuación de mis exploraciones. A veces lo tomo solo por el empoderamiento que siento con cada paso.
• A helpful stranger explaining how to do it? The guy had landed minutes before. Maybe the stranger thought he couldn’t get it up.
• ¿Un extraño servicial que explica cómo hacerlo? El tipo había aterrizado minutos antes. Quizás el extraño pensó que no podía levantarlo. (¿Signífica lo mismo en español que en inglés?)


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..

34 thoughts on “You live, you learn / Tú vives, aprendes”

  1. Your wonderful sunrises and sunsets must give you some moments of relief if you are feeling depressed! Keep showing them to us!

    1. sillygirl:
      The view, sunrises and sunsets, DO help every day. It doesn’t cure the depression, but it makes it go away for little bits and I’m grateful.

  2. we cannot have moose and dudo escaping! I too like the staircase. “da boids” IS a scary movie!

    1. anne marie:
      Night of the Living Dead creeped me out, but The Birds truly unsettled me. Dudo is a daredevil on the ledge and scares the crap out of me. We’re thinking of getting cat-resistant screens in addition to the glass curtain.

  3. Beautiful pictures, Scoot. So much better than fifties’ wallpaper 🙂 The Birds scared me more than Psycho. It could be because I saw The Birds when I was a child. On television. On commercial t.v. shown with no commercials. San Diego. Gulls everywhere, including the schools. Lunch time and recess where horrifying after that film. Psycho came after I was grown, married with teenage boys. No crazy mama’s boy hanging out near my shower, unless you count Balder Half.
    You guys may have to buy another chair. First come first served.

    1. Deedles:
      I also leaved near the sea when The Birds came out. AND in NYC with all the pigeons. SG I think would say Psycho scared him the most. The cats still allow us to sit on part of the sofa, so we’re OK.

    1. Jim:
      The bar has an upstairs terrace (roofed) that has an unobstructed view of the sea right across the street. I really should try it. Great sunrise this morning but I only saw it from bed!

  4. I love the stair message .Very cool. And cats are quite the escape artists, slipping through cracks you never thought possible.
    Perhaps you should buy The Birds DVD and et the boys watch???

    1. Bob:
      Nope, not buying The Birds DVD. I wonder if I could even watch it now. I do show Dudo videos of birds sometimes and he gets mesmerised.

    1. Steve:
      You should see the cats at night while the crag martins are roosting. Once, one did fly in through the open window. The cats went insane. We managed to herd them in the house and I then got the martin; he was so shaken up, I had to place him on the ledge until he calmed down.

  5. I just love that staircase! Would you mind if I used your photo of it, along with your commentary about it, on my blog sometime?

  6. Hell I don’t even set an alarm anymore. I get up when my body tell me to get up…anywhere from 7-11am. Sleeping in is a luxury. But I’m very nocturnal. I love those lovely staircase!!!!! That is cool

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      I hate when I have to set an alarm now. I don’t sleep all night just monitoring the time and waiting for it. But I DO hate missing these sunrises.

  7. The Fifteen Step Program – I like it. Our winter birds have arrived, too. Redstarts, barn swallows, lots of warblers, catbirds. It’s great to see them again, but I contain my excitement a little better than Dudo and Moose.

    1. Wilma:
      As you can imagine, that’s not saying much for your ability to contain your excitement. Dudo and Moose go insane.

  8. I love Alanis. Thanks for including her. The first Hitchcock movie I saw was The Birds. I was a little kid, maybe seven years old. It scared the crap out of me. Fortunately, I came to love other Hitchcock movies later on. Rear Window is great.


    1. Janie:
      The Birds is really the only film that had that kind of effect on me. Others have been scary/exciting but none gave me nightmares. And, I also love Alanis!

    1. Urspo:
      Tú vivir means “You to live” whereas Tú vives means “You live.” I could have just said: “Vives,” since the verb ending clearly indicates the subject pronoun preceding is “tú.” Also, remember the accent: Tu without an accent means “your,” a possessive adjective. How was that? (I hope no one says I’ve got it all wrong.)

  9. Yes, The Birds ! I sometimes look at the our birds sitting on the wires and wonder. . . Instead of The Swallows coming back to Capistrano it is the Martins coming back to poop on Mitchell’s awnings.

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