A vomiting cow / Una vaca vomitando

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IT’S BEEN MORE THAN 24 hours since my second AstraZeneca shot and side effects have been minimal. I had a minor headache that began in the afternoon and lasted through the night. In the evening, my arm began to feel just a bit sore. It’s already less sore today.

I don’t think I’ll be going for much of a walk today except for some errands. It’s a bit busy (for my tastes) along the beach. Already 31˚C/88˚F and expected to be from 35–38C/95–100F. This might be a day simply for indoor exercise.

July 16 was Virgin of Carmen Day (click here for a previous year). It’s our favorite holiday here in Fuengirola because the Virgin of Carmen (patron saint of mariners) is processed down the street by dozens of “sailors” who then carry her into the water on their shoulders. When they reach the water, we’re treated to a fireworks display. This was the second year without those festivities. Instead there was a concert on our plaza. But people continue to leave flowers at the nearby statue. Many people consider it a memorial to their loved ones.

I haven’t yet installed the new window shade, although I unpacked and imagined myself doing it. That’s a good start. Given today’s sun and heat, I might try to get it done before the sun comes around back in the late afternoon.


HAN PASADO MÁS DE 24 horas desde mi segunda inyección de AstraZeneca y los efectos secundarios han sido mínimos. Tuve un dolor de cabeza leve que comenzó por la tarde y duró toda la noche. Por la noche, mi brazo comenzó a sentirse un poco adolorido. Hoy ya me duele menos.

No creo que salga a caminar mucho hoy, excepto por algunos recados. Es un poco concurrido (para mi gusto) a lo largo de la playa. Ya hace 31˚C/88˚F y se espera que esté entre 35–38C/95–100F. Este podría ser un día simplemente para hacer ejercicio en interiores.

El 16 de julio fue el Día de la Virgen del Carmen (haz clic aquí para ver un año anterior). Es nuestra fiesta favorita aquí en Fuengirola porque la Virgen del Carmen (patrona de los marineros) es procesada por la calle por decenas de “marineros” que luego la llevan al agua sobre sus hombros. Cuando llegan al agua, disfrutamos de un espectáculo de fuegos artificiales. Este fue el segundo año sin esas festividades. En cambio, hubo un concierto en nuestra plaza. Pero la gente sigue dejando flores en la estatua cercana. Mucha gente lo considera un homenaje a sus seres queridos.

Todavía no instalé el nuevo estor enrollable, aunque desempaqué y me imaginé haciéndolo. Un gran comienzo. Dado el sol y el calor de hoy, podría intentar hacerlo antes de que vuelva el sol.

• One of the fountains I like in town.
• Uno de los fuentes en la ciudad que me gusta.
• This made me think of my aunt Lillie. She had a small ceramic creamer in the shape of a cow. The first time I used it, I said, “Oh, a vomiting cow!” She never forgave me, telling me she couldn’t stand using it after that. I adored her.
• Esto me hizo pensar en mi tía Lillie. Tenía una pequeña crema de cerámica en forma de vaca. La primera vez que lo usé, dije: “¡Oh, una vaca vomitando!” Ella nunca me perdonó, diciéndome que no podía soportar usarlo después de eso. Yo la adoraba
• The fish at a nearby chiringuito were not vomiting.
• Los peces de un chiringuito cercano no vomitaban.
• I noticed the double carousel, which usually sits near the fountain, has been removed for the season. What a shame.
• Noté que el carrusel doble, que generalmente se encuentra cerca de la fuente, se ha eliminado para la temporada. Qué lástima.
• Virgin of Carmen.
• Virgen del Carmen.

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..

36 thoughts on “A vomiting cow / Una vaca vomitando”

  1. That is not the end of the cow that milk comes out of. Nice fish. Bring back the sailors! (next year?)

    1. David:
      The milk come from the other END? I had no idea (and I’m sure neither did Lilly). We were a city family. Milk came from the supermarket.

    1. Bob:
      Well, I hope your imagination works better than mine did with the window shade. Argh!

  2. Ohhhhh, yes, I gave a vomiting cow as a gift, once!
    So glad to hear that your after effects have not been bad. I remember Ken B (who also got AZ) saying that he thought he felt just a little sleepy, so went up for a nap, and slept about 20 hours–ha! All fine, otherwise.

    Have we seen photos of Aunt Lillie?

    1. Judy C:
      I actually really like those vomiting cows. I’ve told about Aunt Lillie (sometimes it was Lilly and sometimes Lillie!) before, but I’m putting together some photos for today’s post.

  3. Between this and the poop emoji, you’ve been coming up with some interesting post titles lately! I always feel bad for fish on ice like that. I hope they all get eaten. I’m glad people have continued to celebrate Virgin of Carmen Day despite Covid, and I’m glad your second shot didn’t give you any dramatic side effects!

    1. Steve:
      Those fish don’t look very happy, but if you like to eat fish they do look delicious. One of the ugliest fish I ever saw here (monkfish) was also one of the most delicious. I was sorry I had seen it before-hand.

  4. There’s nothing like trying to keep the heat down to motivate you to make some shade! We use a lot of Coolaroo shade cloth and it helps so much. Hope your job is as easy as you can imagine!

    1. Wilma:
      The job was a nightmare and I gave up. I should have paid for installation!

  5. I love fountains too and that is a nice fountain. I love the sound of water. But the fish on ice were cracking me up, especially that real flat fish. First off I probably wouldn’t eat it…looks odd, but the poor things expression says, today was not my day. Look at me stuck in ice.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      I can’t remember what kind of fish that is, but it’s delicious. And you’re right about its expression. We also love fountains. We talked about getting one on our terrace and started shoppin around. Our friend Tynan said, “Brilliant idea. We have the sound of the sea 24 hours a day. Let’s mask that with a fountain.”

  6. That was sooo not the vomiting cow I was expecting — my first thoughts went to the Ale-Hop cow too, LOL! Nice fish fountain, but I’d be itching to try out that Yellow Seahorse or Unicorn boat-slide instead!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      I should buy some plastic vomit for the plastic cow! The seahorse has a curving slide. Even more fun.

  7. Whatever happened to peeing cherub fountains? Fish, ugh! Will a vomiting cow creamer work with the non-dairy stuff? Do they come in red 🙂 ? I will be slo-mo unpacking all week. It’s like aerobic exercise for old lazy arthritic people.

      1. I remember Tiger Balm, Mads. I had a cat that loved the stuff. He’d lick it off of my back as I was napping. Vicks and bleach, too. He didn’t care for catnip at all. Poor old Barnaby. He didn’t get along with Balder, so I believe his toxic addiction was a death wish 🙂 Thanks for the memories 🙂

    1. Deedles:
      Mannequin Piss is still in Brussels. Wish we had something as fun as that. Vomiting cows do come in red. My aunt had a cigarette dispenser (in the ’60s), a plastic donkey. You pressed down on his ears and a cigarette shot out his butt. My father and I replaced the cigarettes with unwrapped chocolate ones. My aunt was not amused.

    2. Deedles:
      Left out the reply ot unpacking. Take your sweet time (anything YOU do is sweet) and enjoy it as much as you can.

      1. Sweet, huh? Thanks. I tend to think of myself as a Sour Gummy Bear. Sweet on the inside but ya gotta suck a lot of sour off to get to it!

    1. Jim:
      I ended up going out for a walk. It was never as hot here on the beach as it was projected to be.

  8. They are merely words, but yeah, reading “vomiting cow” almost made me into a vomiting little woman.
    Glad you got the shot behind you.
    I’ll take one of those boat/rafts with a slide please –even just for one hour?

    1. Anon:
      Some people just need to hear the words vomit (sorry) or blood (sorry) and they immediately get the dry heaves. We had a friend like that. Once only said I had had a stomach virus and she got the dry heaves.

    1. Kirk:
      It’s a nice fountain. A problem we have here is poor aesthetic placement. We miss a lot of photo opportunities.

  9. Now I know what a vomiting cow is. I was a little uncertain about what I might see based on your title.


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