A hose is a hose is a… / Una manguera es una manguera es una…

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I SPOKE WITH THE KID Brother last night — because I thought it was Tuesday. When I was dialing, I told San Geraldo I was a half hour late (we don’t change our clocks until the 28th and I lost track of time), he asked, “Isn’t it Wednesday?” I said, “Oh, shit! I’m 24 and a half hours late!” When The Kid Brother got on the phone, he laughed and said, “What happened yesterday? What’s the idea, wise guy?!?” I told him what happened and he said, “You nut!” and laughed some more.

That reaction is something that has changed significantly since My Mother the Dowager Duchess died. He used to obsess about the timing. If I phoned a minute late, he started the conversation by snapping angrily, “You’re late!” A minute early, “You’re early!” My mother did the same thing. I thought she was mimicking him, but I think it may have been the other way around. He received another postcard from Larry of Prince Edward Island (click here). He wouldn’t tell me what it was a picture of and said I could see it when I visit.

We’ve been experiencing pandemic fatigue at our house. Reading and hearing of the relief and sense of hope many of our friends and acquaintances around the world are feeling now that they’ve had the vaccine has made us a bit more anxious for an end to this battle. We’ve I think come around to again accepting that this will play out as it will, and there’s not much we can do about it except be careful — and patient.

I got out of bed for sunrise yesterday morning. I was up early today, as well, but the sunrise was pastel and cloudless. Still beautiful, but I decided to let it pass without my camera. My walk yesterday morning was pleasant. The surf was up and the sound of the sea was soothing. It was good to see people out enjoying the day. I almost bought another orchid at the flower kiosk, Nikoflor, I regularly visit. But I reined myself in. The best part of my day was when the reclusive San Geraldo asked if I wanted to go for an evening stroll on the beach. I, in my tank top, and not-zipped-up jersey. He, in his polo shirt, heavy sweatshirt, and winter coat. What a pair.


ANOCHE HABLÉ CON EL HERMANITO, porque pensé que era martes. Cuando estaba marcando, le dije a San Geraldo que llegaba media hora tarde (no cambiamos nuestros relojes hasta el 28 y perdí la noción del tiempo), me preguntó: “¿No es miércoles?” Dije: “¡Oh, mierda! ¡Llego 24 horas y media tarde!” Cuando El Hermanito se puso al teléfono, se rió y dijo: “¿Qué pasó ayer? ¡¿Cuál es la idea, tonto?!?” Le conté lo que pasó y me dijo: “¡Estás loco!” y reí un poco más.

Esa reacción es algo que ha cambiado significativamente desde que murió Mi Madre La Duquesa Viuda. Solía ​​obsesionarse con el momento. Si lo llamaba un minuto tarde, él comenzaba la conversación gritando enojado: “¡Estás tarde!”. Un minuto antes, “¡Estás temprano!” Mi madre hizo lo mismo. Pensé que lo estaba imitando, pero creo que pudo haber sido al revés. Recibió otra postal de Larry de Prince Edward Island (haz clic aquí). No quiso decirme de qué era una imagen y dijo que podía verla cuando la visitara.

Hemos estado experimentando fatiga pandémica en nuestra casa. Leer y escuchar sobre el alivio y la sensación de esperanza que muchos de nuestros amigos y conocidos de todo el mundo están sintiendo ahora que han recibido la vacuna nos ha hecho sentir un poco más ansiosos por el fin de esta batalla. Creo que hemos vuelto a aceptar que esto se desarrollará como será, y no hay mucho que podamos hacer al respecto, excepto tener cuidado y paciencia.

Me levanté de la cama para el amanecer ayer por la mañana. Hoy también me levanté temprano, pero el amanecer era pastel y sin nubes. Sigue siendo hermoso, pero decidí dejarlo pasar sin mi cámara. Mi paseo de ayer por la mañana fue agradable. El oleaje estaba subiendo y el sonido del mar era relajante. Fue bueno ver a la gente disfrutando del día. Casi compré otra orquídea en el quiosco de flores, Nikoflor, que visito regularmente. Pero me contuve. La mejor parte de mi día fue cuando el solitario San Geraldo me preguntó si quería dar un paseo nocturno por la playa. Yo, con mi camiseta sin mangas y un jersey sin cremallera. Él, con su polo, sudadera gruesa y abrigo de invierno. Que par.

Feathery cirrus clouds up high.
Cirros plumosos en lo alto.
• I did a double-take. The City is working on the irrigation system and the angle just happened to be perfect. Or… that is some hose!
• Hice una doble toma. La ciudad está trabajando en el sistema de riego y el ángulo resultó ser perfecto. O … ¡eso es una manguera!
Put a little bounce in your step.
Pon un poco de rebote en tu paso.
We both needed a shave and a haircut. (But who’s going to see us?!?)
Ambos necesitábamos un afeitado y un corte de pelo. (¿¡¿Pero quién nos va a ver?!?)

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..

42 thoughts on “A hose is a hose is a… / Una manguera es una manguera es una…”

  1. In the first feathery clouds photo, the one with more blue in the sky, there is bird in the perfect location, I could just climb into that photo. If not for you caption, I would have missed the pipe. Cute couple,

    1. David,
      Sometimes I get lucky with the shots. That’s what happens when you take 20 (or more) for each one you use! Funny, the hose position was the first thing I noticed as I walked by. I went back for the picture.

    1. Sillygirl,
      I suppose so… although he bounced — and tipped —more than he balanced.

  2. I’ve been on a hopeful bent now that adults are in charge, but then we learned yesterday that, after several GQP governors nixed the mask mandates and reopened everything, cases are spiking again.
    Now I doubt we’ll ever get out of this with such ignorant RepubliQAnons in office.
    But your beautiful skies do help.

    1. Bob,
      The news is exhausting. I made the mistake yesterday of watching Rand Paul’s moronic attack on Anthony Fauci.

  3. Spring has sprung by the sounds and looks of things around you. It looks like things are picking up as well.
    SG will gradually wear less as the days get warmer, right? His Norway relatives must get a chuckle out of these pics.
    Typical March day here along the coast……..overcast, rainy and +5C.

    1. Jim,
      Stormy weather coming. Glorious now. Huge rain and wind last night and more on the way. Our Norway relatives laugh at us.

  4. Awww, what a treat to get to see a photo of you and SG together 🙂
    That’s cool news that The Kid Brother has loosened up on the timing thing! Woo hoo!

  5. That’s funny about your brother and the missed call! I can identify with your “best part of the day” — Dave never likes to walk and when he decides to join me it always feels like a special bonus.

    1. Steve:
      I hope this isn’t a dupe response; I was replying on my iPad while out for coffee and a number of replies don’t currently appear! It really was uplifting for us both to be out together yesterday. We haven’t been in the car for anything but doctor/dentist appointments in the past year.

    1. Karen,
      Even under the mask? I’m impressed. A friend here told me she’s got friends who have stopped waxing their upper lips and only make up their eyes.

  6. You two have the most gorgeous eyes! That is all. I ain’t touchin’ that whole hose thing 🙂

  7. Your brother is learning flexability? Maybe the pandemic assisted. The shot of you and SG is wonderful

    1. Cheapchick,
      Well, I don’t know that I’d go as far as “flexibility” but he might have gone from excruciatingly rigid to simply rigid. Honestly, it’s all since our mother died. She meant well… usually. I do like that photo. Thanks!

  8. I have absolutely no steam today. It’s been cold grey and windy all week and today very damp and rainy and the Cruella side is out today. It a day to stay to myself.

    1. Mistress Borghese,
      So sorry about your bad day. Hope you were kind to yourself and have better Friday. Consider yourself hugged.

  9. The blue of SG’s eyes really shows up beautifully. What a match you two are – you can soar into the wild blue yonder of his eyes and he can fall head over heels into your depths.

    Like Deedles, not gonna touch the hose thing.

    1. Wilma,
      His eyes are incredible. The first time I saw him, I thought to myself his eyes were the color of the sky with clouds and sunshine. He used to say I had puppy dog eyes. Now they’re old dog! SG would never say that however.

    2. Wilma,
      I hit send before finishing. I don’t know about you and Deedles. No one told you to TOUCH the hose.

  10. I agree with others, that’s a nice photo of you and SG! His blue eyes are beautiful!

    It’s great to hear about Chuck laughing and taking life a tiny bit easier! It sounds like he’s really looking forward to seeing you, too.

    1. Jennifer,
      SG’s ARE beautiful. I so hope I don’t have to disappoint Chuck… and myself.

  11. That little flower shop on the street looks wonderful! After a long, dark cold winter here in Canada, nothing cheers me up in spring like a big bunch of yellow daffodils… I like to put them in a clear vase with cobalt blue glass stones! Are Dudo & Moose strictly indoor cats or can you leash them and take them for a walk with you?

    1. Tundra Bunny,
      We have three of those kiosks within 5 minutes of us. So uplifting. I adore daffodils. My sister always picked up a bunch of the first ones of spring at the subway station on her way home from work. So they always made us all think of her. And, yes, blue glass stones would be stunning. Dudo and Moose on leashes! Oh dear god. That will never happen.

  12. Can’t see what might be going on with your shaving or not…..but your hair looks fine. That photo is lovely….made me smile back at you! Go and buy that orchid…you deserve it. Can’t have too many orchids. I have 4 in flower and one on the way. I love them.
    I just read John’s latest blog…re Mike Wosniak……I agreed with you that he didn’t look like much in that awful photo, but having looked at some other pics, he looks like a different man. A much more fanciable man at that!!

    1. Frances:
      I hate when the sparse hair on the top of my head looks like an unmown, badly grown lawn. I gave myself a buzz cut today (and shaved around the edges of my beard yesterday) and I’m much happier.

      I was very surprised by the other photos and videos of Mike Wosniak. I can understand the attraction.

  13. Great photo of you both. The masks are a sign of the times. Are you unable to get vaccinated yet?

    1. Carole:
      We’ll be contacted when it’s our turns. A very good, fair system, but Spain (and Europe) is way behind the US in vaccines given. Expecting 70 percent of population to be vaccinated by summer.

      1. Glad you will be vaccinated by summer. I feel a little less anxious since we’ve gotten the vaccine, although this entire year has played havoc with my mental health.

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