J is for Junebug / J es para Junebug

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YESTERDAY, IN THE ABRIDGED VERSION of my convoluted phone conversation with The Kid Brother, I explained how I determined that a card from Jacksonville, Florida, was from Jennifer (click here). Well, Jennifer wrote and said she’s from South Carolina. JanieJunebug (click here) wrote and said the card was from her. So, mystery solved and now I can’t wait to tell The Kid Brother about JanieJunebug and my confusion; he’s never confused. Janie, I’m sending you a safe cyberhug! And I’m sorry Jacksonville has a crappy football team.

It rained all night and is still raining as I write. A chilly 13C (55F) when I woke up at 8 this morning and it felt like 11 (52F) (that’s not my opinion, that’s The Weather Channel). Brrr. San Geraldo was already sitting in his office in a sweatshirt with the hood up. He had the space heater going. He asked me to come look at some old photos he had received. I nearly had heatstroke. Even Dudo left.

San Geraldo made a new (to us) dish for dinner last night. Chickpea stew from Delish.com. It was delish! (Note to Jesica: Delish is not a real English word; it’s short for delicious.) We had apple cake for dessert. This morning, I had my gourmet overnight oats and we had apple cake with our coffee/tea — because San Geraldo said we deserved it. I never argue. Well, hardly ever. OK, often. But always for a good reason. Except when I don’t have one.


AYER, EN LA VERSIÓN RESUMIDA de mi enrevesada conversación telefónica con El Hermanito, le expliqué cómo determiné que una tarjeta de Jacksonville, Florida, era de Jennifer (haz clic aquí). Bueno, Jennifer escribió y dijo que es de Carolina del Sur. JanieJunebug (haz clic aquí) escribió y dijo que la tarjeta era de ella. Entonces, misterio resuelto y ahora no puedo esperar para contarle a El Hermanito sobre JanieJunebug y mi confusión; él nunca está confundido. Janie, ¡te estoy enviando un abrazo cibernético seguro! Y lamento que Jacksonville tenga un equipo de fútbol de mierda.

Llovió toda la noche y sigue lloviendo mientras escribo. Un frío 13C (55F) cuando me desperté a las 8 esta mañana y me sentí como 11 (52) (esa no es mi opinión, es The Weather Channel). Brrr. San Geraldo ya estaba sentado en su oficina con una sudadera con la capucha levantada. Tenía encendido el calefactor. Me pidió que fuera a ver algunas fotos antiguas que había recibido. Casi tengo un golpe de calor. Incluso Dudo se fue.

San Geraldo preparó un plato nuevo (para nosotros) para la cena anoche. Guiso de garbanzos de Delish.com. ¡Fue delish! (Nota: Delish no es una palabra en inglés real; es la abreviatura de delicious). Tomamos tarta de manzana de postre. Esta mañana, comí mi avena gourmet durante la noche y comimos tarta de manzana con nuestro café / té, porque San Geraldo dijo que lo merecíamos. Yo nunca discuto. Bueno, casi nunca. OK, a menudo. Pero siempre por una buena razón. Excepto cuando no tengo uno.

SG omitted the anchovy and parsley.
SG omitió la anchoa y el perejil.
Wednesday sunrise.
Miércoles amanecer.
Thursday sunrise.
Jueves amanecer.
Some surfers arrived a couple of hours after sunrise.
Algunos surfistas llegaron unos horas después del amanecer.

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..

36 thoughts on “J is for Junebug / J es para Junebug”

    1. Bob,
      The stew WAS the perfect dish for that day. It’s supposed to have half again as many chickpeas, but was excellent anyway.

    1. Jim,
      I love anything with chickpeas. A more traditional version of this is an Andalusian recipe called spinach and garbanzos. Not common down here but everywhere in Sevilla. Jerry has made that too and it’s one of my favorite dishes. (Espinaca con garbanzos in Spanish.)

  1. it’s raining here today also. lasagna is on my table today, along with a bottle of local made wine.

    1. Anne Marie,
      I haven’t had lasagna in ages. Traditional Italian-American Thanksgiving! Hope you enjoyed yourselves.

  2. That stew looks great, even though I don’t care for the texture of chickpeas (unless they’re smooth in hummus). You’re so lucky to have SG to cook for you!

    1. Jennifer,
      I love chickpeas, hummus too, but I prefer the whole ones. And yes I’m really lucky to have SG to cook for me. If it weren’t for him, I’d have frozen pizza three nights a week… at least.

  3. You got your rain! Nice shots of shiny pavement and moody beach scenes. Night before last I cooked a very similar chickpea stew. Mine also had roasted homegrown pumpkin (winter squash that tastes like acorn squash) and yams (texture of sweet potato, but not as sweet).

    1. Wilma,
      We got some glorious rain. The heaviest was again overnight. Your chickpea stew sounds delicious. I live chickpeas. I told SG he needs to use them more often.

  4. Hey say HI to Janie Junebug for us ~ Sophie’s world was our connection.

    Warm soups always help with the innards.

    I just took a 1/2 hour wandering around our garden because it feels like spring here. Same temps as you. All about personal perspective, eh!


    1. Hi! back at ya, Ron. I miss Sophie’s World and those adorable photos of Sophie. I hope the three of you are well.


    2. Ron,
      I’m so glad Janie saw your comment. The stew was perfect on a night like that. And my throat was feeling a bit “sticky” before dinner. Felt great after. I remember being grateful for temps in the high 40s in Connecticut. The blood has thinned after all these years in the desert and Mediterranean climes!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you survive the brutal winter weather. It was 52 and clearing when I went out for my morning walk. Big bird is in the oven.

    1. David,
      Currently a chilly 59 here. Everything is relative. Saw J’s photo of the beautiful turkey.

  6. Rain – not very often there this time of year. I can see why San Geraldo made soup and cake, comfort food rocks. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Cheapchick,
      We’re in our rainy season and I love it. Incredible clouds this morning. The dinner was perfect for the weather. I’ve been commenting on every one of your blog posts but can’t tell if they’re getting through. I mentioned I was happy for your good news. Sorry it’s messing with Christmas but Christmas was already messed with this year. You can celebrate double time next year!

  7. That chickpea stew looks de-lish. I wondered about the Jacksonville thing, but I thought maybe you knew something I didn’t — like maybe Jennifer was traveling there!

    1. Steve,
      I knew Jennifer lived in South Carolina but had a brain fart. I tend to get ahead of myself with my brother trying to manage both sides of the conversation. The stew was excellent. We finished it all that night!

  8. Happy Thanksgiving…sort of. I put a turkey breast in the oven a while ago, and boy was I aggravated about it. Unlike SG, I intensely dislike cooking. Perhaps it is the unrelenting amount of cooking and meal planning that these past eight months have required. Will just be the two of us. The rest of the family are celebrating in their own homes for safety sake and not gathering with others. Smart thing, too, as we had several reminders of why one shouldn’t gather. DH got a text from his boss yesterday saying his college age son arrived home from university Tuesday night, but almost immediately received a call informing him his roommate had just tested positive for Covid. Same for DD’s husband who was told Wednesday a family member in his late 20s had contracted it. Last week, DH heard a former neighbor of his had passed away from it. Getting a bit too close for comfort. Pretty sure we won’t be gathering for Christmas this year either. Que sera sera.

    1. Mary,
      I wrote a long response and it disappeared! Sorry to read all your sad news. I hope your family stays safe and well! I’m sorry for all the cooking you’ve had to do. My nightmare. SO grateful SG likes to cook and hates to clean. Perfect balance. I’d be living on frozen pizza and peanut butter & jelly. He’d have a weeks worth of dishes for Isabel to wash!

  9. Thanks for the shout out. Sending a card to Chuck was truly my pleasure. Fortunately, I don’t card about the football team. My son watches the games when the Jaguars do well, which isn’t often.


    1. Janie,
      I don’t know how to truly express my gratitude. I hope you understand how much this means to me. Chuck is happier and more energized than he’s been in ages. Not only does this make him feel happy and loved, but it’s a life-saver (for us both) during these tough times.

      1. That’s lovely. Knowing about your love for Chuck impresses me. You take your brotherly responsibilities seriously and with good humor.

  10. That chickpea stew looks good, I must say. It was a balmy -1C here today. We are very blessed to have such warm weather in late November. I almost didn’t wear my earmuffs outside.

    1. Debra,
      Minus 1C? Oh dear God. But we’re talking about going to Northern Norway for Christmas 2021. I suppose I should change my attitude… and buy some new long Johns. And maybe get some blood thickeners!

    1. Walt,
      I recommend it. But I’ll send you a link for a perfectly traditional spinach and garbanzo recipe from Sevilla. Jerry made it some years ago and it was exactly what we found and loved all over the city.

      1. If that’s the espinaca con garbanzos, you’ve already sent it to me. And I make it every now and then and really enjoy it.

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