Grapes, pigs, and banana palms / Uvas, cerdos, y palmas de plátano

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

I CLEANED UP THE SECOND aloe vera planter in the hallway. They all look so happy. It’s a good thing they come with their own healing balm. I needed it. (I wore a long-sleeved shirt.) Last time, I placed several plants in a pot for Kathleen and Pedro. I’ll let them figure out where to put those before I give them more. So, sadly, Monday’s trimmings went in the trash.

On my way home from the gym Monday, I passed by my favorite nearby flower kiosk and I saw they had a lot of new orchids. One came home with me.

I spoke with The Kid Brother last night. He hadn’t actually started the new job last Wednesday. He was simply introduced to the new place. He will supposedly have his first day of work today. He was a bit down, telling me “it’s small.” The place, unlike his former huge Rite Aid, has a parking lot. Rite Aid got him the job, which I find admirable. It might be another drug store… I think. He refuses to tell the office that manages his apartment that the Rite Aid closed and he has a new job. He doesn’t think any more of the current office staff than I do. Normally I would step in, but I have to think of how it all would work if I weren’t around. It was an exhausting conversation, but it turned around when we talked about football and the fact that he went bowling on his own on Saturday. 146 and 167! He was rightfully pleased. I’ll have to start a spreadsheet for the new season.

Nutrition and fitness report:
I stretched three times Monday and four times Tuesday. Once, so far today. I can actually stretch without crying now. Well, I never really cried, but I sounded like I was. Monday’s back and arms workout felt great. Didn’t do the new sciatica exercise yet, but I continue to do all the old ones.
I walked 6.5 km / 4 miles Tuesday. I’m back in a couple of size 32 pairs of shorts. The Levi’s aren’t far behind. I’m off to the gym. No sweets, except San Geraldo.


LIMPIÉ LA SEGUNDA MACETA DE aloe vera en el pasillo. Todos lucen tan felices. Es bueno que vengan con su propio bálsamo curativo. Lo necesitaba. (Me puse una camisa de manga larga). La última vez, coloqué varias plantas en una maceta para Kathleen y Pedro. Dejaré que averigüen dónde ponerlos antes de darles más. Entonces, lamentablemente, los recortes del lunes fueron a la basura.

De camino a casa desde el gimnasio el lunes, pasé por mi quiosco de flores cercano favorito y vi que tenían muchas orquídeas nuevas. Uno vino a casa conmigo.

Hablé con El Hermanito anoche. En realidad, no había comenzado el nuevo trabajo el miércoles pasado. Simplemente le presentaron el nuevo lugar. Supuestamente hoy tendrá su primer día de trabajo. Estaba un poco deprimido, diciéndome “es pequeño.” El lugar, a diferencia de su antiguo gran Rite Aid, tiene estacionamiento. Rite Aid le consiguió el trabajo, que encuentro admirable. Podría ser otra farmacia … creo. Se niega a decirle a la oficina que administra su apartamento que el Rite Aid cerró y que tiene un nuevo trabajo. Él no piensa más en el personal de la oficina actual que yo. Normalmente intervendría, pero tengo que pensar en cómo funcionaría todo si no estuviera presente. Fue una conversación agotadora, pero cambió cuando hablamos de fútbol y el hecho de que el sábado fuera a jugar a los bolos solo. 146 y 167! Estaba legítimamente complacido. Tendré que empezar una hoja de cálculo para la nueva temporada.

Informe de nutrición y estado físico:
Estiré tres veces el lunes y cuatro veces el martes. Una vez, hasta ahora hoy. De hecho, ahora puedo estirarme sin llorar. Bueno, en realidad nunca lloré, pero sonaba como si lo estuviera. El ejercicio de espalda y brazos del lunes se sintió genial. Todavía no hice el nuevo ejercicio de ciática, pero sigo haciendo todos los anteriores. Caminé 6,5 km / 4 millas el martes. Regresé con un par de pantalones cortos de talla 32. Los Levi’s no se quedan atrás. Me voy al gimnasio. No dulces, excepto San Geraldo.

• Slathered in aloe vera juice. Wanna lick?
• Untado con zumo de aloe vera. ¿Quieres lamer?
• In front of another building along the Paseo. The residents must have bananas ripening in their kitchens.
• Frente a otro edificio a lo largo del Paseo. Los residentes deben tener plátanos madurando en sus cocinas.
• The pigs in the featured photo are actually descending a wall at the outlet mall.
• Los cerdos de la foto destacada en realidad estan descendiendo por una pared en el centro comercial oulet.
• Dessert. The grapes were the size of little plums, and delicious. We are both saints.
• Postre. Las uvas eran del tamaño de ciruelas pequeñas, y deliciosas. Ambos somos santos.
• Sunset Sunday.
• Domingo al atardecer.
• Sunset Tuesday.
• Martes al atardecer.

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..

30 thoughts on “Grapes, pigs, and banana palms / Uvas, cerdos, y palmas de plátano”

    1. Debra:
      I’ll call Thursday evening to check in. I hope all went well yesterday. He has a very difficult time with any kind of change. But I’m so glad he’s able to immediately transition into something new. I hope the other staff are kind!

  1. We went to desserts of fruit quite a while back – it soothes our sweet cravings plus we have a small square of good plain chocolate after that. I used to make cakes and pies and cookies and we loved them but we feel much better as we are getting older and need to be better about our eating. By the way during the summer we do frozen grapes.

    1. sillygirl:
      I’ve had a problem with reflux since I was around 30. If I eat right, no problem! So, I’ve been feeling especially well lately.

    1. Bob:
      Hoping his first day went well. I approach tomorrow’s phone call with a bit of dread. He doesn’t do well with change. But at least he was impressed that the new store has a parking lot. Not that he drives. I love those pigs, too. AND the orchid.

  2. You are very well-disciplined indeed! Good on you! keep it up.
    I think you may have inspired us…….as we have joined a yoga class in the community just eat of ours. Start in November. So thank you.

    Happy for KB! Change is difficult for most of us. He will be fine in the transition as he seems to have a good support network.
    Nice orchid too !

    1. Jim:
      Oh, so great to find a new yoga class! I’m doing and feeling great. I LOVE change. KB has a really hard time with change at any level. He says, “I take my shower at 6:15! I do my laundry Monday!” After my mother died, we suggested, instead of staying in NYC when we visit, the three of us could go for a driving trip. Nothing doing. He has lived in the same apartment around 30 years, the same job for 45. We are extremes. I can’t believe we haven’t moved in more than 8 years. Three is our average I think.

    1. wickedhamster:
      Couldn’t resist the orchid. Have decided to find sofa throw pillows in that highlight shade of fiery goldenrod. Aren’t those pigs great?

  3. I love those pigs on the wall as art, how fun!!!!

    And yes. it is decided I should send you some of Pam Demics thick plastic gloves!!!

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      I have gloves (gardening gloves, not Pamdemic’s elegant elbow-lenght numbers), but I found it impossible hold the clippers. So, the hands are risked for the sake of the plants. Plaza Mayor and the outlet mall keep adding more wonderful, playful, public art.

  4. The aloes look great, as does that orchid! Is it a Cambria? We have some of those and they look similar.
    I had no idea that KB was such a good bowler! (Well, compared to me, anyway — I’m happy if I break 100!)

    1. Steve:
      Shoot! Did I not mention it was a Cambria? Yes. KB averages usually between 115 and 120 for the season when he bowls in his league. I’m hoping they start back up this month. He looks forward to it every year. I was required to take him with me when I went bowling with my friends when I was 10-14 years old. He was too young to bowl at that time, but we let him sneak in some rolls (got kicked out for doing so one time). He grew up loving it. He has actually bowled over 200 a couple of times. What he lacks is consistency (as do I). SG and I were in a gay league in San Diego in ’99. My average was 156 for the season. Sometimes 240. Sometimes 114!

  5. What a difference in those 2 sunsets – the first is so very serene and the second makes me wonder if you should be evacuating!

    The pigs are a heartbeat away from flying.

    1. Wilma:
      I think our air (and sunrises and sunsets) are at times influenced by the volcanoes on La Palma. I cleaned the exterior railing on our terrace yesterday and couldn’t believe the dense layer of dust. Thank god for the glass curtain! I love those pigs! We used to have a pig them going in our kitchen, which began with a flat metal peg from a butcher shop we found at an antique show.

  6. The gravity defying pigs are wonderful — I like public art that’s fun to look at! Your orchids are beautiful too!

    I hope your bother enjoys his new job and bowling season too.

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      Plaza Mayor and the outlet mall keep adding entertaining and class art. The new orchid is brilliant. I’ll speak with KB again Thursday. I’m holding my breath that all went well. He doesn’t usually cope well with change.

    1. AHAHAHA! Your comment reminds me of The Simpsons movie: spider-pig, spider-pig, goes wherever a spider-pig can!

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      One of my favorite oldies! Mitch Mitch Bo Bitch and Chuck Chuck Bo Buck Banana Fana Fo … Need I go on?

  7. I wish those pigs would walk down my wall. They’re cute. Good for you for stretching and watching what you eat. Lose some weight for me, too, please.


    1. Janie:
      Whatever I lose, half will come off you, too. I love those pigs. I’m tempted to do some paper mache. We had a paper mache pig once. We also had a yellow-naped amazon parrot. He attacked it. Lifted it into the air by his beak and the pig’s snout. A good spot for a nose ring.

  8. I’m caught up with the last three posts! Such a treat 🙂 (When I’m reading on my iPad, it doesn’t always work to try to comment, but I was here!)

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