Clouds in my coffee / Nubes en mi café

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

I WOKE UP TO SUNSHINE at 8:30. I decided to face the day, so I had breakfast, did crossword puzzles, read blogs, treated the cats. But then clouds formed in my head; I was back in bed at noon for another hour.

It’s after 4 pm and I’m about to drag myself out the door. I have so many exciting things planned. I have to take down some recycling, drop off a bag at the charity shop, mail a postcard to The Kid Brother, and maybe even go for a little walk. I hope to not look again at any of the international news for the rest of the day. Although I can’t seem to look away.

Maybe it’s time to open that bottle of Málaga wine from Pedro and Kathleen and have a few drinks a day until it’s gone. (It’s only good for around five days once opened.) Screw the low tolerance for alcohol. Screw the diabetes. And since I’m screwing the diabetes, maybe whenever I’m tempted to read the news, I’ll instead have a piece of chocolate. And more Málaga wine.

Never mind. Maybe I’ll just go for another walk. But I haven’t ruled out wine and chocolate. The photo above is a pair of my earrings, both for one ear. What do you see when they’re opened?


ME DESPERTÉ CON EL SOL a las 8:30. Decidí afrontar el día, así que desayuné, hice crucigramas, leí blogs, traté a los gatos. Pero luego se formaron nubes en mi cabeza; regresé a la cama al mediodía durante otra hora.

Son las 16:15 y estoy a punto de arrastrarme hacia la puerta. Tengo tantas cosas emocionantes planeadas. Tengo que retirar algo de reciclaje, dejar una bolsa en la tienda de caridad, enviar una postal a The Kid Brother y tal vez incluso dar un paseo. Espero no volver a mirar ninguna de las noticias internacionales durante el resto del día. Parece que no puedo apartar la mirada.

Tal vez sea hora de abrir esa botella de vino de Málaga de Pedro y Kathleen y tomar unas copas al día hasta que se acabe. (Solo es bueno durante unos cinco días una vez abierto). Al diablo con la baja tolerancia al alcohol. Al diablo con la diabetes. Y como me estoy jodiendo con la diabetes, tal vez cada vez que tenga la tentación de leer las noticias, en su lugar, me tome un trozo de chocolate. Y más vino malagueño.

No importa. Tal vez me limite a dar otro paseo. Pero no he descartado el vino y el chocolate. La foto de arriba es un par de mis pendientes, ambos para una oreja. ¿Qué ves en los que están abierto?

A Monarch Butterfly at the Port of Fuengirola.
Mariposa Monarca en el Puerto de Fuengirola.
Roses for San Geraldo. Just because.
Rosas para San Geraldo. Simplemente porque.
Dudo keeps me company — because I turned on the space heater (I have no heat in my office).
Dudo me hace compañía, porque encendí el calefactor (no tengo calefacción en mi oficina).
Still on the beach.
Todavía en la playa.
• A pillow My Mother the Dowager Duchess embroidered around 50 years ago. I patched some holes and had the zipper replaced and hand-washed it, but it’s now disintegrating. So off to the charity shop. Maybe someone creative will do something with it.
• Una almohada que Mi Madre La Duquesa Viuda bordaba hace unos 50 años. Reparé algunos agujeros, volví a poner la cremallera y la lavé a mano, pero ahora se está desintegrando. Así que vamos a la tienda benéfica. Quizás alguien creativo haga algo con él.

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..

43 thoughts on “Clouds in my coffee / Nubes en mi café”

  1. What a shame about that pillow case!!!! I have always loved it when you showed it once before. I think I would have matted it and had a nice frame made for it and hung it as art. I love the pattern.

    1. Mistress Maddie,
      I considered framing it but we have a closet filled with framed art that we’ve got no walls for. Also, bins of framed photos up under the bed. We’ve got several of my mother’s works framed, paintings and embroidery, so I decided to let someone else enjoy this one. But it wasn’t an easy decision.

  2. a dancing man is what I see. kinda like a keith haring character. and the roses are gorgeous.

    1. Anne Marie,
      That’s what I saw! The roses were stunning. Unfortunately they don’t last long.

  3. Earrings?! I thought they were some form of medieval torture devices! You can’t perceive size from a picture, so I’m not telling what I thought they clamped around 😉 The roses are exquisite! I have about fifteen bushes of them in my new yard. My son, sweet man that he is, pruned them within an inch of their lives. You gotta do that with roses. I know that cyber hugs can’t take the place of chocolate and wine, but I’m sending you one anyway. Do with it what you will, sweet Scoot.

    1. Deedles,
      I would love huge earrings. But the ear lobe would drag on my shoulder and that’s nan especially bad look for someone with no hair. We loved roses in our gardens. Jerry’s grandmother won awards for hers every year. His father’s would have to. Are you already settled in?!? Cyber hugs from you are a wonderful addition to wine and chocolate.

      1. Not settled in yet. It’s going to take a couple of years (I prefer saying a few months). A little at a time. Eighteen years of clutter to sift through and BH isn’t retiring for a couple of years (health insurance, you know).

      2. Deedles:
        We’d redecorate a dozen times in a couple of years. In the past, we’d just move. I forgot about the health insurance issue. At least he can retire by the time you both reach 50! Hugs

      3. Bless your lil’ pea pickin’ heart, Scoot! 50, hah! Our oldest just turned 44 (Jan. 8th, Elvis’ birthday, the same year Elvis’ died) so we would’ve had to be 6. Of course I know you’re just pulling my leg. Try not to get a hernia 🙂 Hugs are always welcome here.

  4. What gorgeous roses! It’s a shame about the pillow, the embroidery is so pretty.

    Enjoy a little wine and chocolate if it helps, but please don’t overdo it! Take care of yourself, Mitchell.

    1. Jennifer,
      The pillow brought 50 years of joy. Hope someone else can enjoy it now. Truth is, despite what I say, I don’t overindulge.

  5. Those open earrings look JUST LIKE a wine corkscrew! Coincidence, or a Message From The Universe? And aren’t you a romantic, showering SG with all those beautiful roses!

    P.S. Thanks for your professional assessment of my drawing’s fuckin’ ugly leaf. I feel a little better about it now.

    1. Debra,
      That’s great. I hadn’t seen a corkscrew but now I do! Message from the Universe! Despite my depression, or maybe as a result of it, I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude. It makes me feel so good to buy SG flowers. And I wish you were here so we could sit and draw together!

  6. Like Maddie, I think I would mat and frame the pillow cover. But you two already have so much art on display, so that idea might not be very appealing to you.

    We don’t have a TV, so I get all my news online. I have CNN’s Live Updates (with no video or sound) open on my computer all day and check it periodically. I can’t “not” keep an eye on it, but I try to access it on my schedule rather than just open myself up to unsolicited bombardment.

    Love that bouquet you got for SG.

    1. Wilma,
      Framing the embroidery was very appealing, but we already have too much for the walls and it’s stashed in boxes and bins. We’re lucky to have a number of my mother’s embroideries (small and large) on the walls. I hope someone else enjoys the pillow in some other form. We also get all our news online, and I haven’t been able to turn away still. Those roses were gorgeous but didn’t last long. Time for something new!

  7. You might take the embroidered piece to a framer to have them put it on a backboard and then have it framed under glass. Glass that will help keep it from disintegrating further.

    1. Mary,
      Framing would have been great except we have so much framed art already including many of my mother’s works. No more room! I’ll do post of what we currently have of my mother’s.

  8. I see a back-to-back ski chair lift.
    Dudo: “A tad warmer please.”
    Lucky SG!
    Now go have a drink and some chocolate….

    1. Jim,
      I didn’t see that. So much fun to read what people see in that. I’m seriously tempted to open that bottle. Wish SG liked Malaga wine!

      1. Wilma:
        I like the back-to-back ski lift! I saw “a person.” Nothing more specific.

    1. David,
      They were stunning, weren’t they? Didn’t last long but so worth it. Time to see what else to buy! Thanks again to you both for inspiring me to again bring cut flowers into the house. The cats have behaved!

    1. Mcpersonalspace54,
      I love how specific people have bee with what they see in those earrings. Aboriginal, Egyptian… The flowers really were beautiful. Time for fresh today!

  9. I wonder where does all this drift wood and wood debris comes from so much of it, would make a nice bonfire. The flowers are so beautiful and the colours brings joy. Hope you feel better soon, best wishes.

    1. Laurent,
      Doing better today. Thanks. Always up and down and I don’t think anyone is having an easy time of it right now. We have flood channels scattered through town. The debris mostly gets washed down from the mountains and into the sea, and then it gets washed on shore by the surf. The flowers did bring joy. Time for more… joy!

  10. I see a headless man with his legs splayed out because he wants to run faster than he ever has before–or it’s a corkscrew. The roses are beautiful. I’m cutting back on the news again so I’ll be ready to watch a lot on Wednesday (inauguration). The news is so damned depressing. I’m beyond thrilled about Joe and Kamala, but watching too much makes me think about the horrors they face.


    1. Janie,
      So much imagination! Yes, I’m with you about the horrors they face, but more hopeful than I’ve been in 4 years. Wishing you some happy, peaceful days ahead! Hugs!

  11. Awww, I hope someone does take that beautiful embroidered pillow and display it some how. It’s completely understandable that you couldn’t, at this point… only so much space!

    1. Judy C,
      It wasn’t easy! And seeing the comments almost made me regret it. But we can’t save everything!

  12. I think your mom’s pillow will make someone’s day! I see a guy flexing his biceps in your opened earrings, although I can’t really explain why his head is a horizontal line. 🙂

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