Suddenly, he’s a top / De repente, es un top

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

CLOUDS, GRAY SKIES, AND RAIN RETURNED Saturday evening. The rain is supposed to continue through the night and into Monday. Many towns have experienced catastrophic flooding, while snow has made life difficult and dangerous for others.

Locally, two adults drowned when they attempted to drive across one of several closed Fuengirola River crossings just north of the city. In the car with them were two children who survived.

Yesterday, although chilly (for us), was sunny and beautiful. Since we knew rain was returning, the City only cleared the flood channels but didn’t bother cleaning the beach of debris. I saw two women dragging a beautiful, large driftwood tree trunk off the beach and into their car. Had I been there first, I would have been tempted, so I’m grateful to them. Kids had a ball playing amid the debris. I was tempted by that, too, but their parents would have found that creepy. From the terrace, I saw two people go in for a swim at different times. My guess is neither are from around here.

Dudo was delighted to be able to spend hours in the sun on the terrace yesterday. He begged (demanded) to be let out today, but then demanded to be let back in a minute later. He’s tired of the cold and gray, so he’s adding a bit of color to his life. The gray mice that matched the living room (click here) have been replaced by a green sparkly one, a recent gift from my pal Luke. Moose has decided he likes the top of the kitty condo in San Geraldo’s office. SG has broken up a couple of fights. Last night, while we watched TV, the boys quietly worked out a truce. But, I don’t think it will last. It was the body language — and Dudo’s face.


NUBES, CIELOS GRIS Y LLUVIA REGRESARON el sábado por la noche. Se supone que la lluvia continuará durante la noche y hasta el lunes. Muchas ciudades han experimentado inundaciones catastróficas, mientras que la nieve ha hecho la vida difícil y peligrosa para otras.

A nivel local, dos adultos se ahogaron ayer cuando intentaron cruzar uno de los varios cruces cerrados del río Fuengirola. En el auto con ellos iban dos niños que sobrevivieron.

Ayer, aunque frío (para nosotros), estuvo soleado y hermoso. Como sabíamos que la lluvia estaba regresando, la Ciudad solo limpió los canales de inundación, pero no se molestó en limpiar la playa de escombros. Vi a dos mujeres arrastrando un hermoso y gran tronco de madera flotante fuera de la playa y dentro de su automóvil. Si hubiera estado allí primero, me habría tentado, así que les estoy agradecido. Los niños se divirtieron jugando entre los escombros. Eso también me tentó, pero sus padres lo habrían encontrado espeluznante. Desde la terraza vi a dos personas entrar a nadar en diferentes momentos. Supongo que ninguno de los dos es de por aquí.

Dudo estaba encantado de poder pasar horas al sol en la terraza ayer. Rogó (exigió) que lo dejaran salir hoy, pero luego exigió que lo dejaran entrar un minuto después. Está cansado del frío y el gris, por lo que está agregando un poco de color a su vida. Los ratones grises que combinaban con la sala de estar (haz clic aquí) han sido reemplazados por uno verde brillante, un regalo reciente de mi amigo Luke. Moose ha decidido que le gusta la parte superior del apartamento para gatos en la oficina de San Geraldo. SG ha roto un par de peleas. Anoche, mientras veíamos la televisión, los chicos establecieron una tregua en silencio. Pero no creo que dure. Fue el lenguaje corporal — y la cara de Dudo.

Sunday morning.
Domingo por la 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..

24 thoughts on “Suddenly, he’s a top / De repente, es un top”

  1. The snow in Madrid (20 inches!) made page A3 of the San Francisco Chronicle this morning. Thank you so much for your daily posts; I really enjoy them.

    1. Chrissoup:
      Our friends in Madrid are enjoying the snow with their young daughter, but it’s been a huge mess for just about everything. A very rare occurrence. We even had snow here. I’ve seen pictures shared by friends but didn’t see the snow myself, which was only a kilometre away along the beach. Amazing what that little curve in the coastline does.

  2. nasty weather pix; the boys provide a bright spot. hope your awful weather leaves soon.

    1. anne marie:
      Since we get something like 320 days of sunshine a year, I don’t mind the rain and clouds. They make a nice change. But, yeah, the extreme weather can take a hike at this point.

  3. Dudo is NOT HAPPY! I wonder if it is a degree or so warmer on the topmost level? Thoughtful of Dudo (or Moose?) to share a little color with you on those grey days.

    1. Wilma:
      It it IS warmer, Moose wouldn’t be there for long. He gets hot. But Jerry prefers to use a space heater in his office because it doesn’t blow dry air. So, there’s more warmth closer to that. Try to figure out a cat!

  4. Wow! That’s a lot of accumulated debris. Love the headline. 😉 The cats LOOK like they’re getting along peaceably, even if it’s an illusion.

    1. Steve:
      But didn’t Dudo look peeved? The seas were absolutely wild for a few days. Now, despite still raining, they’re very serene.

  5. Looks like Moose ‘owns’ more of that top perch than does Dudo. Yes, they will sort it out!
    We heard about the storm as well. Stay safe and don’t cross any rivers!

    1. Jim:
      It’s not a matter of ownership; more a matter of need. Moose takes up a lot more space.

  6. That’s a lot of stuff washed ashore. Hopefully you get some good weather and the beaches can return to normal.

    Dudo;s face. That’s all.

    1. Bob:
      Still raining this morning, but we’re SUPPOSED to have a sunny week. Then more rain. That’s the way I like it. (uh huh uh huh)

  7. Sadly, some people don’t have a problem exposing themselves to danger. The kitties are funny.


    1. Janie:
      I’m saddened for these two and their families, but there was a barrier marked “no crossing” and the driver didn’t just put their life at risk but the lives of two children. So grateful for the cats!

    1. Urspo:
      I wish I could get a video of the two cats at night while I sit and open and close the living room door every 30 seconds.

  8. I knew the suggestive title was going to be a joke, but I wondered what the joke would be. So they’re both tops! Usually it’s the opposite and that’s as suggestive as I’m getting.

  9. We saw the snow covered Madrid on the news last evening ~ the map showed that it apparently wasn’t covering you guys ~ now that would have been interesting and “what the f”k !

    1. Ron:
      There was even snow right here in town. I didn’t know about it until hours later when I saw photos people had shared (and a friend from England emailed a video HIS friend here took). Amazingly, it was on the Paseo (where we live) but about 2 kilometres from us — often where I walk, but yesterday I stayed in!

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