In the neighborhood / En el barrio

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IT’S ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY IN the neighborhood. Blue skies, sunshine, around 65°F/18°C expected. It was mostly the same yesterday, although a few degrees cooler.

I’m not having beautiful days in my head. Maybe it’s too much talk about Dale’s death. Maybe it’s just too much pandemic. What I’ve got is a bad attitude.

Late yesterday afternoon I told San Geraldo I was going back to bed (for the second time) because I just was “not in the mood.” He agreed, and said, as we’d been saying throughout our grey-sky days, “It’s the weather.” I replied, “Effin’ sunshine!”

At 7 p.m. (19:00) I got out of bed (again), showered (finally), and took out the trash. This morning, I pushed myself out the door for a walk at 8. I’ve got English class with Jesica at 11:30. That always helps. Today’s photos of the neighborhood are from Monday’s sunny afternoon before the clouds returned. The last photo is just before Tuesday’s sunset.


ES OTRO DÍA HERMOSO EN el barrio. Cielos azules, sol, se esperan alrededor de 65 ° F / 18 ° C. Ayer estuvo prácticamente igual, aunque unos grados más frío.

No estoy teniendo días hermosos en mi cabeza. Tal vez sea demasiado hablar de la muerte de Dale. Quizás sea demasiada pandemia. Lo que tengo es una mala actitud.

A última hora de la tarde le dije a San Geraldo que me iba a acostar (por segunda vez) porque simplemente no estaba “de humor”. Estuvo de acuerdo y dijo, como habíamos estado diciendo durante nuestros días de cielo gris: “Es el clima”. Le respondí: “¡Effin ‘sunshine!”

A las 7 (19:00) Me levanté de la cama (otra vez), me duché (finalmente) y saqué la basura. Esta mañana, salí por la puerta a dar un paseo a las 8. Tengo clase de inglés con Jesica a las 11:30. Eso siempre ayuda. Las fotos de hoy del vecindario son de la tarde soleada del lunes antes de que volvieran las nubes. La última foto es justo antes de la puesta del sol del martes.

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..

35 thoughts on “In the neighborhood / En el barrio”

    1. Jennifer:
      It’s nothing everyone else isn’t feeling regularly. And, so far, today is better. And there’s more effin sunshine and 70F’in degrees!

    1. David:
      Sitting on that bench in the warmth and sunshine must have been a pleasure! I should sit on the beach this afternoon.

    1. Frank:
      Oh, I know it’s the same for everyone. Today is better for me. If we get a day here and there that feels OK, that’s a gift.

  1. Feeling like you have to protect yourself from an evil 24/7 for a year now is really taxing on one’s mental attitude. Add to that desperately seeking a vaccine. I was overjoyed to get a first shot and I have heard that many people cry with happiness finally getting the second shot. If you are of a delicate mental state like some of us it is difficult to maintain that balance. And then it becomes a habit. Be kind to yourself. You are dealing with a lot.

    1. sillygirl:
      Sometimes, the whining is therapeutic. I know I’m not alone in what I’m experiencing. (SG has his downs and ups all the time, too.) So, I’m grateful for the good days (like this moment). I am so glad you got your first shot. I have a feeling I’ll get teary eyed when I get mine (but I have a bit of a wait. I’m hoping for late April!

  2. ……won’t you be my neighbour. (had to get that out of the way).
    Speaking of which/neighbourhoods that is……yours looks like it is out of a movie set. I like it a lot.
    You know what I think? This time of year plays havoc with most of us humans……seasonal changes are difficult for most. The weather can’t decide what to do…..stay in winter or move into spring. It’s hard on us. I try to accept what the day (weatherwise) as it comes along with the moods too! Hang in there.

    1. Jim:
      I was tempted to include the song, but although I admire Fred Rogers, I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t appreciate the neighborhood so much when we first moved here. Historic Sevilla was a hard act to follow. But I’ve begun to appreciate the different look here. Will keep sharing photos. SG’s mother’s birthday is today. They just had a snow storm in South Dakota. She said there was always snow for her birthday, so matter what kind of spring weather came before. One day this week it was 70F there, the next day snow! Anyway, I’m fine today and am grateful for that. It’s been a brutal year worldwide.

  3. Okay, now I’ll be singing along with Mr Rogers for the rest of the day. Just wish someone like him was a neighbor. Your neighborhoods sure are quiet. I wish I could say the same of mine. Yesterday was one of the first warmish days where I might have spent time on my deck, but it was ruined by a neighbor running a non-stop chain saw for hours. Today is supposed to be nice again, but we have Red Flag Warning (fire danger). No doubt one of the idiots will decide to burn trash. Happens every time. Sigh. As you can tell, I’m in a mood.

    1. Mary:
      Argh. I was singing, too. And, although I have great admiration for the guy, I just couldn’t subject everyone to that song (except in your heads). As you know, I can understand being in a mood. Tough times in general, and that chainsaw would really piss me off. May you stay fire free! I’m heading out soon to enjoy the sun and warmth. Wishing you a much better (and quieter) day!

  4. all the houses in your hood are different; I like that. please won’t you be my neighbor?

    1. anne marie:
      We’ve also got collections of row houses (nothing as cool as Philly). But people tend to paint them differently. I’ll try to share more and more of the city! It’s fun.

    1. Judy C:
      Thanks! I’m so glad I did. As I was posting this I thought it was kind of dull. I forget how different it looks for many people. I’ll share more.

  5. We are in a warmup and sunny day phase and I will say it does help my mood. We’ve been so gray and cold and drizzly and locked up, that it’s nice to see a little light!

    1. Bob:
      With the views we have, even the grey rainy days can be glorious… if we get our heads out of our asses and enjoy them. In these times, that’s no easy task some days! I’m glad you’re getting to enjoy some sunshine.

    1. Steve:
      That line says it! Today’s feeling a bit diamond-like. Hope it’s the same for you.

  6. I can totally understand your mood swing, and you even got San Geraldo. When I’m by myself for long stretches,not matter the weather, it always seems to end just in time to either go home or see the few friends in my bubble. It has gotten very dark at times. I think the lack of social things and traveling is beginning to take it’s toll. Hopefully the pandemic and vaccines will take this in the right direction finally. Im beginning to think I’m a professional hermit. I have my humane society work toady.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      Again, I am SO happy you’re back. Yes, I am definitely not alone in the mood swings and miserable attitude. We’re all I hope doing the best we can. And people like you really help. My two days a week doing online English lessons are a life-saver. The humane society work you do is wonderful. Sending you hugs and looking forward to the day you can again share all your socializing! You are a kind soul!

    1. Debra:
      Thanks! The happier mood always finds me, and it has today. I’m grateful for any gratitude-filled time I get and also grateful for being able to vent. I KNOW I’m not alone. This year has been so rough and we haven’t even suffered the way so many others have.

  7. Your neighborhood is beautiful! What are those pink flowers growing and blooming so lushly on the wall? We had some wonderful rain yesterday and last night and now today is sunny and gorgeous. Hoping you find your way out of the darkness. Did you follow that link on the Guardian to the Youtube video of Under Pressure? It won’t guide you out of the darkness, but may make it more bearable.

    1. Wilma:
      I’m pretty sure that vine is night-blooming jasmine. It was late afternoon and the fragrance was already filling the neighborhood. I love it. Wishing you more happy days than sad. I’m out of the darkness for now, which is all anyone can hope for in these times. You make it more bearable. Thanks! And, yes, I watched the video and loved it.

  8. It’s a beautiful day here, too, Mr. Rogers. I understand the blahs you’ve had and I hope they lift. At times I would like to get in bed and stay there. It’s a good thing I have to get up for Franklin and Penelope.


    1. Janie:
      I think most people understand the blahs. They’re going around with or without the virus. And huge hugs to Franklin and Penelope for keeping you going in these difficult days.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I thought that house was interesting. Would love to see inside. Some of the houses are huge surprises. Courtyards, lots of natural light, and more.

  9. We’ve had a few warm 70ish days here, though I’m stuck in a warehouse from noon until after dark and don’t get to enjoy them. So I’ll just look at your pictures instead.

    1. Kirk:
      So sorry you’re stuck inside during daylight hours. I’ll keep sending sunshine your way.

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