Moon, Moose, & Merry / Luna lenta & felino feliz

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

THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK is that we can once again cross the street. Through 17 December, we can travel anywhere within the province of Málaga (our state). From 18 December until 10 January we will be allowed to travel to other provinces (not that we will). At least I can broaden my horizons in the coming weeks. I can walk to Mijas or Benalmádena or even take the train to the outlet mall, only 20 minutes away but within the city limits of Málaga.

I walked around town yesterday, just about as far as I was permitted. Christmas decorations this year are very limited. The City is putting the money saved towards covid-19 issues. However, I was happy to see the lights go on at 6 (18:00) during my walk home.

I tried getting photos of the lingering moon this morning before sunrise, but the light wasn’t quite right and I wanted to go back to bed. So I didn’t stick around for the rest of my naked sunrise. You’ve all seen enough of that anyway (my naked parts, at least).

And then there’s Moose. He sleeps cuddled up against San Geraldo most nights. If SG changes position, he does so carefully (unlike yours truly; I flop constantly and scare the crap out of the cats). When SG rolls, Moose rolls with him. In the first photo taken the other morning, he’s tucked into SG’s bent knees. Moments later, SG straightened his legs and Moose adjusted. So this is love.


LA GRAN NOTICIA DE ESTA semana es que podemos volver a cruzar la calle. Hasta el 17 de diciembre podremos viajar a cualquier punto de la provincia de Málaga (nuestro estado). Desde el 18 de diciembre hasta el 10 de enero se nos permitirá viajar a otras provincias (no es que lo hagamos). Al menos puedo ampliar mis horizontes en las próximas semanas. Puedo ir andando a Mijas o Benalmádena o incluso coger el tren hasta el centro comercial outlet, a solo 20 minutos pero dentro de los límites de la ciudad de Málaga.

Caminé por la ciudad ayer, casi hasta donde se me permitió. Las decoraciones navideñas de este año son muy limitadas. La Ciudad está destinando el dinero ahorrado a los problemas del covid-19. Sin embargo, me alegró ver que las luces se encendían a las 18:00 durante mi caminata a casa.

Intenté sacar fotos de la luna persistente esta mañana antes del amanecer, pero la luz no era del todo adecuada y quería volver a la cama. Así que no me quedé por el resto de mi amanecer desnudo. De todos modos, todos hacíais visto suficiente de eso (mis partes desnudas, al menos).

Y luego está Moose. Casi todas las noches duerme acurrucado contra San Geraldo. Si SG cambia de posición, lo hace con cuidado (a diferencia de yo; me desplomo constantemente y asusto a los gatos). Cuando SG rueda, Moose rueda con él. En la primera foto tomada la otra mañana, está metido en las rodillas dobladas de SG. Momentos después, SG estiró las piernas y Moose se ajustó. Entonces esto es amor.

• In downtown Fuengirola, the back of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary is more interesting (to me) than the front.
• En el centro de Fuengirola, la parte trasera de la Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario es más interesante (para mí) que el frente.
• Casa Consistorial (now a hotel) was originally the town hall when Fuengirola was still part of the City of Mijas. The [ugly, in my humble opinion] imitation bronze statue at right is of Isabel and Ferdinand. There’s usually an exceptional nativity scene showcased on the plaza for Christmas (click here).
• Casa Consistorial (ahora un hotel) originalmente cuando Fuengirola todavía formaba parte de la ciudad de Mijas. La [fea, en mi humilde opinión] estatua imitación de bronce a la derecha es de Isabel y Fernando. Por lo general, se exhibe un belén excepcional en la plaza para Navidad (haz clic aquí).
• Still in downtown Fuengirola, before returning to our neighbourhood, Los Boliches.
• Aún en el centro de Fuengirola, antes de regresar a nuestro barrio, Los Boliches.
In the center of Los Boliches, the Church of Virgin of Carmen.
En el centro de Los Boliches, la Iglesia de la Virgen del Carmen y Santa Fe.
Almost home. Mesón Salvador to left of car. 6:20 and already closed for the night.
Casi en casa. Mesón Salvador a izquierda del auto. 6:20 (18:20) y ya cerrado por la noche.
An accident, but I like it.
Un accidente, pero me gusta.

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..

30 thoughts on “Moon, Moose, & Merry / Luna lenta & felino feliz”

    1. David:
      The lights at City Hall are usually incredible, but there are just icicles this year. Still, I’d like to see that lit up and I was there too early the other day. Maybe this week.

  1. Jerry and Moose have it all figured out I see.
    A good, if not tentative, sign that things are getting better for now with covid. Hope it is the start of something good for Spain.
    Any indication of when Spain will begin vaccinating? Our tiny province gets a start next week with the seniors in care homes and the healthcare workers. We figure we will be able to get vaccinated in the spring………the very vulnerable first then the rest.
    Great photos.

    1. Jim:
      The plan is to start vaccinating in January with a similar game plan. I haven’t heard any firm details yet.

  2. Guessing you were pretty happy to be able to stretch your long legs a bit further.

    SG is lucky Moose adapts to his changing sleep positions. Used to have a very loving, but very large, Doberman who also liked to sleep in the bend of my legs…or along the length of my body with her head on my shoulder. And would not move once she was comfy. I would be pinned in place until she decided to change positions. I know, I know…but she was getting on in years and had arthritis. Still miss her.

    1. Mary:
      I love getting up during the night to find them both in their new positions. Sometimes, however, Moose will end up at the foot of the bed and SG can’t straighten his legs… and won’t disturb Moose.

  3. lovely holiday lights, neat moon shots, ans sweet moose poses. all is right with the world.

    1. Debra:
      Thanks! I really do like it. I find myself wanting accidents lately. Some great surprises.

  4. I really like this part of town!!!! Our Lady of the Rosary is a beautiful place.

    I love and adore both of your cats, but I have a soft spot for Moose. And don’t put words in my mouth…I never said I had enough of your nakedness. Btw…its the 7th day.

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      The center of town can be a great place. Lots of cool restaurants and bars. Lots more trendiness, too. That’s also just a five-minute walk to city hall, the zoo (which is exceptional), and lots more.

    1. Wilma:
      Moose will not be held, will not get on a lap, but wants to be hugged, cuddled and petted about 20 hours a day.

    1. Kirk:
      One would think they would. But they never do. Maybe that’s their resting position. (You know, like the way birds claws automatically curl so they don’t fall off branches.)

    1. John:
      It was a different place way back then! I had never even heard of it until we were researching places to live in Spain in 2010.

  5. I am surprised to hear there are fewer decorations. Around these parts people have done the opposite: more than usual trimmings and earlier up/out.
    I like the Moose-pics best.

    1. Urspo:
      Homes aren’t decorated here at the same level as in the States, and I’m pleased the City decided to put this year’s money to better use.

  6. Will look at the sunrise photos anytime you post them and your moon shots are wonderful. Most of all I will look at the Catties anytime. Love at the way his paws curl up. Adorable.

  7. What a contented kitty! Bert can be affectionate. At least, I assume that he can. I jest. He likes to purr into my ear when I’m trying to sleep.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Moose, on the other hand, prefers to yowl at us both when he thinks it’s time for us to get up.

  8. For a few months a couple of years ago I had a Yorkshire terrier sleeping with me…..I had to be extremely careful how I moved as she would snarl and try to bite if she was disturbed !

    1. Frances:
      That sounds like a Yorkie! Moose and Dudo leave the minute I fall asleep… unless Dudo is lying on my chest. Then he figures he’s safe from my flailing (and I’m safe from getting a sound sleep).

  9. I’m so glad you get to wander a bit farther now. The holiday lights look great! I miss not being able to go down into Westminster to see the ones on Regent Street. Maybe I’ll get ambitious and brave the tube…

    1. Steve:
      I don’t know about the London tube, but our local is so much less busy during the pandemic that I haven’t felt at all uncomfortable the few times I’ve rode it. And I always have my handy bottle of disinfectant with me. Would love to see the lights in Málaga as I do every year, but I’ve seen photos in the news of inappropriate crowds — not the usual mobs, but still way too many people — so I think I’ll pass this year.

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