Lizard, tuck, and stretch / Lagartija, meter, y estirar

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

THE AIR TODAY, ALTHOUGH WARM, has a chill here on the Costa del Sol. Clouds have rolled in, the surf is up, and the temperature has dropped from its high of over 70°F/21°C yesterday to 60°F/16°C today. I know that still sounds pleasant but the real feel is lower and there’s a raw, damp wind. So, again, my ears hurt when I walked the beach.

I came upon a gull doing her daily stretches and reminding me I need to do mine. I’m one big ache lately. As you can see above, even the gull was wind-blown. I left the beach for the Paseo.

The shorts with one leg rolled up (click here) were nowhere in sight today, but one man displayed what may be Fuengirola’s new winter look. Long pants with one cuff tucked into the sock and the other not. Do you think it will catch on?

I stopped to admire a flower and I made a friend (the photo after the flower). I’m back to posting early(ish) today because, this afternoon, I plan to create something artistic to share tomorrow. It’s my pact with Jesica (click here).


EL AIRE HOY, AUNQUE CÁLIDO, tiene un escalofrío aquí en la Costa del Sol. Las nubes se han levantado, el oleaje ha subido y la temperatura ha bajado de su máximo de más de 21°C/70°F ayer a 16°C/60°F hoy. Sé que todavía suena agradable, pero la sensación real es más baja y hay un viento fuerte y húmedo junto con una temperatura agradable. Entonces, nuevamente, me duelen los oídos cuando caminaba por la playa.

Me encontré con una gaviota que hacía sus estiramientos diarios y me recordaba que tenía que hacer los míos. Últimamente soy un gran dolor. Como puede ver arriba, incluso la gaviota fue arrastrada por el viento. Salí de la playa por el Paseo.

Los pantalones cortos con una pierna remangada (haz clic aquí) no estaban a la vista hoy, pero un hombre mostró lo que puede ser el nuevo look invernal de Fuengirola. Pantalones largos con un puño metido en el calcetín y el otro no. ¿Crees que se pondrá al día?

Paré a admirar una flor e hice un amigo (la foto después de la flor). Regresé a publicar temprano (más o menos) hoy porque, esta tarde, planeo crear algo artístico para compartir mañana. Es mi pacto con Jesica (haz clic aquí).

• I started with the cap, so I wouldn’t have to combine sunglasses with the mask. Then, my ears hurt, so I put my hood up. But then my eyes were no longer protected, so I put the cap atop the hood. Trendy, no?
• Empecé con la gorra, para no tener que combinar las gafas de sol con la máscarilla. Entonces, me duelen los oídos, así que me subí la capucha. Pero luego mis ojos ya no estaban protegidos, así que puse la gorra sobre la capucha. De moda, ¿no?
Andalusian Wall Lizard (Podarcis vaucheri)
Lagartija andaluza (Podarcis vaucheri)

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 “Lizard, tuck, and stretch / Lagartija, meter, y estirar”

  1. If you put the hood, over the hat, will it keep the wind off your ears? Chameleon? If so is it’s native color green or brown?

    1. David:
      The hood was already up but doesn’t stay up in the wind (designed to look cool but not function… no drawstring or closure). It never dawned on me to do the normal thing and put the hood up over the hat. As for the lizard: Andalusian Wall Lizard (Podarcis vaucheri) … I’ll add that to the caption.

  2. Hey, whatever works for you out there in the wild! You wouldn’t believe, but maybe you would, what ‘looks’ we come up with to stay warm. lol
    Looking forward to your artwork ……no pressure.

  3. I’ll give one leg tucked the benefit of the doubt and suggest that maybe he was riding a bike and tucked to save his pants.

    Now, more importantly is the gull lifting its leg to pee?

    And did you take the lizard home to let him play with the boys? Our cats love lizard toys; I know this because, if I catch them in time, I rescue the lizard, if I don’t, I bury it.

    1. Bob:
      Nah, don’t think there was a bike involved. We have saved a couple of lizards on the terrace… before the cats got at them. (And, yes, they were going nuts.) I didn’t see any pee.

  4. We are in a deep freeze here, even New Mexico and Texas has been declared a disaster area (yeah, I know). We wearers of corrective lenses have been struggling with near blindness while walking outdoors due to condensation from breath escaping from our face masks. I’d be happy with 60 degrees F today!

    1. Frank:
      An English friend of mine would tell you you’re probably eligible for workers’ condensation.

  5. I LOVE LIZARDS, but not lizard people. no fashion trends pictured here today. the gull is very graceful.

  6. My Rare One wears a baseball cap under a big Russky fur hat to keep the sun out of her eyes as she walks.The rest of her face is swathed in a huge scarf. She peers out between the cap visor and the scarf. Fuck fashion, warmth is more important when it’s -30 with a nasty windchill driving it down even lower. Actually, I’m posting a photo of her in this get-up tomorrow, LOL!

    1. Debra:
      SG looks like a polar explorer when he goes out these days. But Minus 30, anything goes.

  7. The sock thing is so intentional, but I do wonder about the intent! You look like a cross between a Maine lobsterman and a bandito. When entering our bank, we are instructed to pull our masks down, look at the camera, replace the mask, and proceed.

    1. Wilma:
      I had read about concerns in banks with everyone wearing masks, but haven’t heard of any solutions. I wonder how many banks are doing what your bank is doing. Very smart.

  8. Flowers and lizards — why, it seems downright TROPICAL there! But everything is relative, as I’ve been reminded by people living on the Canadian prairies when I complain about 28-degree weather. That seagull is so funny! Why do they do that?!

    1. Steve:
      I was sweating in the lightweight sweatshirt while my ears were cold. The seagull really was stretching. Gotta keep those wings limber.

    1. Cheapchick:
      I do look cold, don’t I. It was just my ears. The sweatshirt is just for style; it’s T-shirt weight. I was sweating in it!

  9. I look forward to tomorrow’s artistry. Stay warm! Fashion doesn’t matter when your ears are cold.


    1. Janie:
      Hope you don’t have your hopes up for the artistry. You won’t see much. But at least I’m getting used to trying again. I need Ear Pops. I used to have a few pairs. Ear muffs with no strap/clamp. Felt pockets that popped over your ears.

  10. It’s Call of the Wild hear in Cleveland tonight. I don’t think we have much in the way of lizards here, except for maybe Winking Lizard, a popular restaurant/bar chain here on the Northcoast.

    1. Kirk:
      Some cold and snowy weather in parts of the States. Gray and cloudy here today, but 57F. I’ll take it. I just read there are five lizard species in Ohio. I don’t know if they visit Cleveland (it’s hard for them to get on the bus) but I’m pretty sure you won’t see any now!

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