What did I miss? / ¿Qué me perdí?

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I GOT OUT OF BED this morning (it was a very long night) and had breakfast. I made tea for me, coffee for San Geraldo. He served us the last two slices of apple cake (which he still insists on calling apple tart and/or coffee cake — click here). I made us two more cups — tea and coffee. I served the boys when the clock chimed 10:30. A while later, I went back to bed. I got out of bed a couple of hours after that and we had lunch. I washed the dishes and went back to bed. I got out of bed in time to catch the sunset.

Tonight we’re doing take-away pizza. Because we’re both a bit burnt out from preparing and cleaning up after nearly a year of three meals a day at home. It’s just not our style, but we’ve done very well.

San Geraldo’s birthday is Thursday. I know so many people with birthdays in February; did their parents have spring fever? (I’ll have to explain this to SG who will tell me February is winter.)

Anyway, I suggested that Thursday we have lunch at Joe’s Tacos, a small place along the beach I’ve always wondered about. Mexican and Southwestern American food is risky around here. But I met Joe on my walk Saturday and he’s from Southern California. We joked about Fuengirola Mexican and he gave me hope.

And now it’s time for me to clean up the kitchen once more, but I’m not complaining. San Geraldo has banana bread (with chocolate chips) in the oven.


SALÍ DE LA CAMA ESTA mañana (fue una noche muy larga) y desayuné. Hice té para mí, café para San Geraldo. Nos sirvió las dos últimas rebanadas de tarta de manzana (que todavía insiste en llamar tarta de manzana y / o tarta de café — haz clic aquí). Nos preparé dos tazas más — té y café. Serví a los chicos cuando el reloj dio las 10:30. Un rato después, volví a la cama. Me levanté de la cama un par de horas más tarde y almorzamos. Lavé los platos y volví a la cama. Me levanté de la cama a tiempo para ver la puesta de sol.

Esta noche haremos pizza para llevar. Porque los dos estamos un poco agotados por preparar y limpiar después de casi un año de tres comidas al día en casa. No es nuestro estilo, pero lo hemos hecho muy bien.

El cumpleaños de San Geraldo es el jueves. Conozco a mucha gente que cumple años en febrero; ¿sus padres tenían fiebre primaveral? (Tendré que explicarle esto a SG, quien me dirá que febrero es invierno).

De todos modos, sugerí que el jueves almorzáramos en Joe’s Tacos [Tacos de Joe], un pequeño lugar a lo largo de la playa que siempre me había preguntado. La comida mexicana y del suroeste de Estados Unidos es peligrosa por aquí. Pero conocí a Joe en mi caminata el sábado y es del sur de California. Bromeamos sobre el Fuengirola mexicano y me dio esperanzas.

Y ahora es el momento de que vuelva a limpiar la cocina, pero no me quejo. San Geraldo tiene pan de plátano (con chispas de chocolate) en el horno.


What you didn’t see was Dudo cleaning up Moose’s plate before he left the kitchen.
Lo que no viste fue a Dudo limpiando el plato de Moose antes de que saliera de la cocina.

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..

33 thoughts on “What did I miss? / ¿Qué me perdí?”

  1. Poor STARVING kitties!!
    We are having a very similar day…..just hanging around all day. Actually waiting for snow plow guy to arrive and clear away the snow……so much snow last night/cannot get out of driveway even if we wanted to….which we don’t.

    1. Jim:
      You do live in a winter wonderland. Good you didn’t have to be anywhere! When we lived in Connecticut, we used to hope it snowed less than the amount we could back out over in our driveway with our SUV.

  2. I was up and took a nice winter walk and came back and made vanilla flavored waffles and bacon and coffee! Now I have to go back out tomorrow as I got a call, as my taxes are now done! Yipppeee. Glad that’s done.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      I have been craving bacon for weeks! Now I find myself craving vanilla waffles! Congrats on already having your taxes done!

  3. Last night after another very nice dinner at home Will remarked that it must have been meal 785 cooked at home this past year. Yes it does feel like to many meals at home. We too enjoy going out for meals. Seeing your two cats makes me think I have to write about Nicky and Nora and their treats and many, too many demands.

    1. larrymuffin:
      Three meals a day at home was so foreign to us. We sure have saved a lot of money this year. Nicky and Nora have very cat-like personalities.

  4. The boys are too cute!!
    Luckily, we do love to cook so these past months haven’t been that difficult and I can count on less than two hands how many times we’ve eaten out–hint: 6.

    1. Bob:
      SG loves to cook but tires of figuring out what to make. Although, admittedly, we both get lazy and want someone else to do the work.

  5. It looks like you hit the highlights of the day. The apple cake, is very coffee cake like. I should make another one of those soon.

    1. David:
      Next week SG will be calling the apple cake a crumble! Went for a walk today before breakfast to ensure I got out!

    1. anne marie:
      Our other favorite take-out, a nearby Chinese restaurant, hasn’t been open in the evening for to-go orders. (Restaurants can’t be open for dinner and I think they’re just too big to stay open only for take-away.) So, we’re limited to pizza maybe once a week. I wonder if you’ll binge once we’re allowed to [safely] dine out again.

  6. We rarely went out to eat before the pandemic anyway since the nearest restaurant is a 45 minute boat trip away, but sometimes I just run into a brick wall when planning – or executing – dinner. Last night I made miso glazed eggplant with a recipe from the NYTimes food section. Excellent and easy. Eggplants from our garden. It was a good change of pace.

    The golden wash of sunset is flattering to the cityscape. We rarely have interesting sunsets here.

    Dudo is quite the talker! And eater!

    1. Wilma:
      Yeah a 1-1/2-hour trip just for dinner doesn’t seem very “appetizing.” But your brick walls are so impressive. Miso glazed eggplant. Define “easy.” If you aren’t peeling back part of the plastic before you put it in the microwave, it’s not easy.

      Dudo really doesn’t talk a lot. Only when he has something to say… and in that video he was dying for his treat. Moose never shuts up. I can’t believe he was quiet during the video.

  7. COVID has meant no visitors, no hosting dinners with friends…and no excuse to clean house (we’ve been doing half-assed cleaning just for us). But, as New Mexico has winter at night and spring every afternoon, I’ve been digging the garden, replanting the irises, spreading mulch and shoveling a ton of compost. Another excuse not to clean house.

    1. Frank:
      At the beginning of COVID, when we were in full lock down, we had to clean for ourselves. I did once or twice over about 2 months. Thankfully, our housekeeper is back (we’re all masked when we’re in the house together). Irises! Haven’t had them since Connecticut … we loved them.

  8. I don’t think you even got the word “so” out before those paws were crossing the threshold. Lol.

    Don’t get me started on making meals. Bane of my existence. It isn’t that we ate out all that much in pre-Covid days, but it didn’t used to bother me to tell DH to grab something on his way home if he actually wanted dinner. Of course, I still text him at least once a week to let him know dinner will be leftovers…or brinner (e.g. pancakes, omelette, etc). The good news is that he likes leftovers, so when I do cook, it is usually something that will make more than one meal. Still…

    1. Mary:
      That’s another thing that’s changed for us during COVID. We rarely used our leftovers. SG hated leftovers and they usually went to waste. Now, we often get two more meals from leftovers — and we’re so proud of ourselves.

  9. I haven’t been out to a restaurant in so long! I have ordered take out a few times, but that is a rare thing. It does get old cooking in the house three times a day! Loved the pictures of your cats.

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      If it weren’t for SG, I’d be living on peanut butter and frozen pizza.

  10. I bought a gigantic bag of chocolate chips today at Costco, but I didn’t buy bananas! I must get some tomorrow. Since Joe is from Southern California, he probably knows his way around Mexican food. So boys!


    1. janie:
      I am so looking forward to trying out Joe’s tacos. SG has been craving nachos. I hope they meet expectations.

  11. It’s been a long time since I’ve stayed in bed all day. I call those my “crash and burn” days. I know you’ll make SG’s birthday on Thursday EXTRA-special!

    1. Debra:
      I’ve been having a lot of crash and burn days lately. I’m sure I’m not alone (although I’m sometimes alone in bed).

    1. Kirk:
      Yep, that was my voice. Both cats know that cue. Sometimes one (Moose) is just a little slower on his feet than the other.

    1. Raybeard:
      Dudo could have been in the living room; he moves that fast. But it was 10:30 and they knew something was supposed to happen, so they were definitely monitoring my movements.

  12. OMG, that video is hilarious. It’s like one of those loops you hear in dance music — all you need is some electronica and beats to go with it!

    1. Steve:
      Oh, I hadn’t thought of adding music, but what a great idea. (And I am not going down THAT rabbit hole.)

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