Oh, hail / Ay, granizo

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

A NUMBER OF PEOPLE AROUND town were talking about the snow that hit right here in Fuengirola during Storm Filomena. It was just up the beach from us, perhaps 1 kilometre away. I only saw it in photos that day.

But it seems we on the Costa del Sol can’t tell the difference between snow and hail. Whitish and cold? It must be snow. It wasn’t. Only hail. A lot of hail that quickly turned to slush and then was gone.

I broke another plastic retainer on Monday. I was pulling the bottom retainer out of my mouth and it got stuck. Instead of readjusting, I simply tugged. It cracked. I was back at the orthdontist this evening and will have my new retainer within a couple of days. To make me feel better, I was told that last week a patient broke her retainer, had it replaced, put it in a napkin while she was eating dinner, and then threw the napkin in the garbage. Since I only have to wear mine at night now, there should be no risk of my doing that (or little risk of my doing that).

I walked the beach and the neighbourhood this morning. It didn’t improve my attitude much, but at least I didn’t go back to bed (like I did yesterday — twice). The cats enjoyed the sunshine in the living room. Then they went back to bed.


MUCHAS PERSONAS DE LA CIUDAD hablaban de la nieve que cayó justo aquí en Fuengirola durante la B orracha Filomena. Estaba justo en la playa de nosotros, quizás a 1 kilómetro de distancia. Solo lo vi en fotos ese día.

Pero parece que en la Costa del Sol no podemos diferenciar entre nieve y granizo. Blanquecino y frio? Debe ser nieve. No lo fue. Solo granizo. Una gran cantidad de granizo que rápidamente se convirtió en aguanieve y luego desapareció.

Rompí otro retenedor de plástico el lunes. Estaba sacando el retenedor inferior de mi boca y se atascó. En lugar de reajustar, simplemente tiré. Se rompió. Regresé al ortodoncista esta noche y tendré mi nuevo retenedor en un par de días. Para que me sintiera mejor, me dijeron que la semana pasada una paciente rompió su retenedor, lo reemplazó, lo puso en una servilleta mientras estaba cenando, y luego tiró la servilleta a la basura. Como ahora solo tengo que usar el mío por la noche, no debería haber riesgo de que haga eso (o poco riesgo de que haga eso).

Caminé por la playa y el vecindario esta mañana. No mejoró mucho mi actitud, pero al menos no volví a la cama (como lo hice ayer, dos veces). Los gatos disfrutaron del sol en la sala de estar. Luego volvieron a la cama.

That really is snow.
Eso realmente es nieve.
Across the street.
Cruzar la calle.
Plant this tuber and grow your own pile of debris.
Plante este tubérculo y cultive su propia pila de escombros.
I don’t think I ever noticed this wall not far from home.
Creo que nunca me di cuenta de este muro no lejos de casa.

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..

23 thoughts on “Oh, hail / Ay, granizo”

  1. my kids love sunpatches too! tell us about the figures under the pub table; looks like 2 cats dancing? where did you get it, etc.?

    1. anne marie:
      Those figures are traditional from Colima, Mexico. They’re known both as Dancing Dogs and Fighting Dogs and there are different stories about their origin. One dog always has lines on it while the other is smooth. Another theory is that one dog is old (the lines) and that dog is sharing knowledge with the young (smooth) dog. They’ve been around apparently for more than 2,000 years. SG got these in LA in the ’70s on a trip down from Seattle.

    1. Mary:
      I love being on the beach with palm trees swaying and seeing snow on the surrounding mountains. I had never see that until our first visit to Palm Springs.

  2. Maybe people don’t know the difference between hail and snow because they seldom see either one. When my son was in elementary school, we paid for three or four replacement retainers before deciding he would wear the retainer at home and not take it to school or a friend’s house. Everything happened the way it should. He ended up with gorgeous teeth.


    1. Janie:
      That’s exactly right. If it’s whitish and frozen, it must be snow! (What the hell is hail anyway? they ask)

  3. Lately I’ve been napping in the afternoons like I’m a goddamn old lady or something. WTF?

    1. Debra:
      Fortunately, we live in a siesta culture. So nobody judges. But some days all I want to do is hide in bed.

    1. Wilma:
      Lounging in bed doesn’t really make me happy, but I do like to sleep in the sun!

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      SG leaves the heat on in his office for the cats even when he’s not there.

  4. Those first two photos with the mountains……stunning!
    Winter is a time to hibernate. It is OK to take a few naps as needed.
    I know we have.

    1. Jim:
      Unfortunately, the naps just make me more miserable. Getting out and moving this afternoon helped.

    1. Bob:
      I’m sure the boys would wonder why I bother sharing photos of anything but them.

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      I got some shots of all the snow-covered mountains, but the picture was than smaller than I wanted. But thanks!

    1. David:
      Except no-one kneels next to me and pets me while I eat! Although SG would if I asked.

  5. That tuber! It looks like the ginger tubers I use for my tea ritual ~ take a frozen tuber ~ grate on a rasp ~ pour hot water onto gratings and sup away ~ relieves all my issues ! Time for a nap again! Winks!

    1. Ron:
      The tuber is either “Phragmites australis” which serves some amazing purposes OR it’s “Arundo donax” which is very invasive but also very useful. My guess is both washed ashore. Apparently, they both make tea!

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