At least there’s chocolate / Al menos hay chocolate

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

THE TEMPERATURE HAS CLIMBED BUT the wind is howling through the building. Right now it’s coming from the west over the mountains, but that could change quickly. Still, it’s 67°F/19°C and sunny.

One of our local knife sharpeners pulled up across the street the other day. This one is high tech. Instead of running the motor on his moto or pedalling on a bicycle to make his sharpener work (click here), he opens the back of his generator-equipped van.

On a recent walk on the beach, I got a close look at some of the sadder boats hauled in for winter. One looked like someone had been sleeping in it. It was even decorated. Some princess or other was left at the bow, as a figurehead I suppose.

Sunrise wasn’t jaw-dropping this morning, but it was worth getting out of bed for. San Geraldo is in the kitchen getting tonight’s pulled pork ready for the oven. I’ll soon, therefore, have a clean-up to do. I’ve got a load of laundry going.

Isabel cleaned today. Moose followed me around until she arrived hoping I would give him his treat. When I went out on the terrace and closed the door behind me (so San Geraldo wouldn’t complain about the cold air; it was only 61F/16C at the time), Moose laid down on the rug with a harrumph.

Oh, the wind has shifted and is now coming from the southwest, which has caused a higher pitched whistle through the windows in the hall. I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you with too much excitement. Not every day is a thrill ride. At least there’s chocolate.


LA TEMPERATURA HA SUBIDO PERO el viento está aullando a través del edificio. En este momento viene del oeste sobre las montañas, pero eso podría cambiar rápidamente. Aún así, hace 19°C/67°F y está soleado.

Uno de nuestros afiladores de cuchillos locales se detuvo al otro lado de la calle el otro día. Éste es de alta tecnología. En lugar de hacer funcionar el motor de su moto o pedalear en una bicicleta para hacer funcionar su afilador (haz clic aquí), abre la parte trasera de su camioneta equipada con generador.

En un paseo reciente por la playa, pude ver de cerca algunos de los barcos más tristes que se remolcaban para el invierno. Uno parecía como si alguien hubiera estado durmiendo en él. Incluso estaba decorado. Una princesa u otra quedó en la proa, como figura decorativa, supongo.

El amanecer no fue asombroso esta mañana, pero valió la pena levantarse de la cama. San Geraldo está en la cocina preparando el cerdo desmenuzado de esta noche para el horno. Por lo tanto, pronto tendré que hacer una limpieza. Tengo un montón de ropa en marcha.

Isabel limpió hoy. Moose me siguió hasta que llegó esperando que yo le diera su regalo. Cuando salí a la terraza y cerré la puerta detrás de mí (para que San Gerardo no se quejara del aire frío; solo hacía 16°C/61°F en ese momento),, Moose se acostó en la alfombra con un gruñido.

El viento ha cambiado y ahora viene del suroeste, lo que ha provocado un silbido más agudo a través de las ventanas del pasillo. Espero no haberte abrumado con demasiada emoción. No todos los días son emocionantes. Al menos hay chocolate.

The Two Sisters have seen better days — or at least I hope they have.
Las Dos Hermanas han visto días mejores — o al menos eso espero.
There was a third square. I couldn’t wait.
Había un tercer cuadrado. No podía esperar.

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 “At least there’s chocolate / Al menos hay chocolate”

  1. Well, I don’t have any chocolate, but I appreciate your sunrise photo. Some days are simply plodders.

    FYI – will be sending KB a Sonoran Desert postcard tmrw–Saguaro cacti backlit by a sunrise.

    1. Mary:
      He’ll love that. He loved visiting us in Palm Springs and even did a desert watercolour for us! We had a large chocolate bar (Valor… so good) that SG bought and didn’t need for baking. He’s been doling it out slowly. I think we each have one more serving.

  2. moose is NOT amused! and I want some of your chocolate! pulled pork sounds good. currently 43F at 1:48p.

    1. anne marie:
      We had left-over pulled pork for lunch. Even better! Currently 63F and partly cloudy (a lot of sun) at 4:12 p.m. I’d say I’m sorry… but well…

  3. It must be a chocolate day today. I made a Mexican Cinnamon Chocolate cookies today. And then dusted them with confectioner sugar. Omg….that and milk was sooooooo food today. If that’s a bad sunrise… I know. I will probably never be a morning person.

    1. Oh, if only I knew a generous person, who has my address, who would send me mailable baked goods, such as, oh I don’t know, cookies maybe 😀 Yanking your chain, Mads (I heard you like that).

      1. Deedles:
        I SO want those cookies! But I can’t even try to guilt him into mailing them here.

    2. Mistress Maddie:
      I’ve been craving cookies. But, oh, Mexican Cinnamon Chocolate cookies! Yeah, not a BAD sunrise but not as dramatic as they can be this time of year. I glimpsed today’s and went right back to sleep… and then Dudo woke me at 9.

  4. Isn’t it nice to have a mundane day without insurrections, lying psychos, and fear for what the president of the US will do next? I guess we still have the lying psychos, but not in the White House.

    Moose can sure pout!

    1. Wilma:
      Moose hardly ever lets us out of his sight. And he can definitely pout. Yeah, still stressing about the news from Washington but nothing like a week ago!

  5. To me, everything in creation is jaw dropping. Even spiders, as long as they aren’t in my house. I love your sunrises. Off to another three days at the retirement manse.

    1. Deedles:
      I am so happy you’ve got your second manse to go to. Did you hire new servants or do they travel with you?

    1. David:
      The only thing I commonly do with sharp knives is wash them. And I take my life into my hands every time I do… and I think a lot about it!

  6. Now I know what my biggest problem is. I don’t have any chocolate. Some shopping is in order. Love all your photos.


    1. Janie:
      I’m thinking it’s important to always have a stash of chocolate in the house. Maybe even in the emergency first aid kit. It’s a wonder drug.

      1. Janie:
        Usually the case with us, too. This is chocolate SG bought for baking and it stays in the kitchen. Somehow that helps. If either of us has chocolate at our desk, it’s gone within hours (or minutes).

  7. You know, it never actually never occurs to me to sharpen a knife. I just go out an buy another one if it goes dull. Maybe if there was a knife sharpener across the street to remind me I would.

    1. Kirk:
      SG sharpens our knives himself with a hand-held honing steel. I would never risk that. Before I met him, I didn’t even own sharp knives. I had a set of 5 (for $1) steak knives that wouldn’t even cut butter.

    1. Steve:
      Oh, now that’s sad. However, if the two sisters tried to use that boat now, they could die.

    1. Urspo:
      It’s a good one, isn’t it. Early on a Spanish friend dropped something and said “Oops!” I asked her how to say Oops in Spanish and after thinking for a moment, she said, “Fuck?”

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