Might as well be spring / Bien podría ser primavera

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TODAY IS GREY, MOSTLY CLOUDY, and a bit chilly (for here — a high of 61°F/16°C)) but we’ve recently had days of sunshine and warmth, which have encouraged a lot of budding and blooming on the terrace (and around town).

This week, Isabel was here today, Saturday, instead of yesterday. Friday, the cats hovered for their treats and succeeded in getting them early. This morning, however, Dudo caught on quickly that Isabel was coming — because I made the bed first thing. When he saw that, he walked into San Geraldo’s office and went to sleep in his hammock. A sad statement, I know. Moose took a bit more convincing and followed me around the apartment for a while.

By the time we returned from Mesón Salvador, Isabel had given them their treats and Dudo was ready for a catnap on my lap. The animation above is Dudo Friday morning.

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HOY ES GRIS, MAYORMENTE NUBLADO, y un poco frío (para aquí — un máximo de 16°C/61°F), pero recientemente hemos tenido días de sol y calor, que han alentado muchos brotes y flores en la terraza (y por la ciudad). 

Esta semana, Isabel estuvo aquí hoy, sábado, en lugar de ayer. El viernes, los gatos buscaron sus golosinas y lograron conseguirlas temprano. Esta mañana, sin embargo, Dudo se dio cuenta rápidamente de que Isabel venía, porque hice la cama a primera hora. Cuando vio eso, entró en la oficina de San Geraldo y se fue a dormir en su hamaca. Una declaración triste, lo sé.  Moose tomó un poco más de convicción y me siguió por el piso durante un rato. 

Cuando regresamos de Mesón Salvador, Isabel les había dado sus golosinas y Dudo estaba listo para una siesta en mi regazo. La animación de arriba es Dudo el viernes por la mañana.

This has grown into a tree and is covered with flowers.
Este se ha convertido en un árbol y está cubierto de flores.
This hasn’t bloomed in the last few years. And, so far, not much this year.
Este no ha florecido en los últimos años. Y, hasta ahora, no mucho este año.
The always-blooming crown of thorns.
La corona de espinas siempre floreciente.
Ourpallida (wandering Jew). I wonder if I should have picked off that bug.
Nuestro tradescantia pallida. Me pregunto si debería haber eliminado ese bicho.

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

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28 thoughts on “Might as well be spring / Bien podría ser primavera”

  1. I WISH it was spring! As I just came in from sweeping off the snow from car. Actually it was fresh and invigorating .
    Your plants look very happy! Crown of Thorns are so forging, eh? Our mini one has bloomed for years non stop.
    Great tune! Just a month away.

    1. Jim:
      The crown of thorns planters had become so overgrown that Isabel got attacked every time she walked by. SG hacked them down to nothing thinking we’d get rid of them, but they came back and I now keep them in control. I don’t think they’ve been without blooms since he planted them.

  2. I’d kill for 61F right now; it’s 30F here at noontime. and thursday we received another 6-8″ of snow on top of the junk that hasn’t melted yet. I have snowbanks in the yard that are taller than me (from where the plow guy cleared the driveway). your boys are spoiled rotten!

    1. anne marie:
      I feel for you. Views from here of your weather are not pretty. And, yes, these boys are spoiled rotten.

  3. Waiting for Spring here…especially Buddy. You have the prettiest most dangerous flowers lol

  4. It was a long winter before it even started. I’ve been working in the garden (adding compost, turning soil, pruning, cleaning) whenever the days are warm enough. Just ordered a fig tree. Can’t wait to start planting…

    1. Debra:
      I’m working on it. We have stacks of empty pots to get rid of. THEN it will be kept nice.

  5. That glint in Dudo’s eye! And more fanciness with the photos, Mitchell – I love it. Has that big cactus-tree bloomed before? What a monster it has become. Your veranda is gorgeous.

    1. Wilma:
      That cactus has bloomed but never like this. Of course, there’s a lot more of it to bloom now. Can’t believe how fast they’re growing. I should find before pictures.

  6. Your balcony flowers are like SG—reaching for the sun. Please!! Very pretty.

    Just punched out several inches of frozen sleet and sweeping it from the deck and backyard steps this morning (with the help of the lovely sun–which has been missing in action here). The dog was happy about it since he can now reach the backyard without sliding off the deck (12′ off the ground). Unlike cats, dogs don’t do heights. At least mine won’t. He also won’t do rain or snow, in general. A fair weather pooch.

    1. Mary:
      SG would be with your dog. Snow in photos looks so beautiful but then I remember the ice, and the dangerous roads and walkways (and wooden decks and steps). I don’t envy you.

  7. I love the flowers and the hint of spring, but I cannot get beyond that top photo … play a little Psycho stabby music behind it and I’m running for the hills!

    1. Bob:
      I thought of adding music but I already spend hours a day on this stuff and I thought, music, further down the rabbit hole.

  8. Forget about the wandering Jew, I’ve killed several creeping Charlies over the past few decades 🙂 .

    1. Jennifer:
      I sometimes forget and take it for granted. We had no idea how lucky we were to find this place.

    1. Judy C:
      I thought of adding Psycho music to the animation but decided that was taking things a bit too far. I do have other things to do, like laundry!

  9. Those cacti look dangerous! I have a lot of succulents, but none with spikes. Many years ago I had one of those purple plants…we called it the purple people eater for some reason !

    1. Frances:
      We always called the purple plant a Wandering Jew, and I never liked the name. It’s a type of spiderwort and I’ve heard it called purple secretia (blech), purple-heart, and purple queen. Maybe I’ll call it purple queen! The cacti ARE dangerous. A couple could do with transplanting, but I’m afraid to take that on.

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