8 out of 10 cats / 8 de cada 10 gatos

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I WAS OUT RUNNING ERRANDS Tuesday evening and decided I needed some kind of baked treat for dessert that night. I bought a sugar-free torta de arandanos (a big, soft cake-like cookie with blueberries) for myself and two piononos for San Geraldo. Our favorite after-dinner drink at Mesón Salvador was inspired by these pastries, which are traditional in Santa Fe, a town outside Granada. That’s where the liqueur is made, too. This is the first time I’ve found the pastries here in Fuengirola. The only place we’ve ever had the liqueur is at Mesón Salvador.

Christmas decorations have been going up around town. The lighting will be 26 November. I told San Geraldo I saw a grain silo being erected in our plaza. I described it as a walk-through cylinder with a flat Christmas tree shape on top. On our way back from Mesón Salvador Thursday afternoon, San Geraldo saw it and laughed, “It’s a candle!”

“8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown” is a British comedy panel show that I love to catch on YouTube. It’s a combination (bastardization) of two other British panel shows, “8 Out of 10 Cats” and “Countdown.” If I need a laugh, I know I can count on the quick-witted panelists. Today’s image is from a segment where the panel are given 9 letters, which they have to unscramble to form the correct word. I grabbed a screenshot (first photo below) from an episode I watched Monday. Remember Flutie Sourbutts (click here)?

Nutrition and Fitness Report
Stretching: Twice Friday. Twice Saturday. Once so far today.
Gym: Good chest and back workout Friday.
Walking: The temperature is currently 14˚C / 58˚F. It’s supposed to reach around 20˚C / 68˚F. I’m waiting for it to warm up a little. There’s a 1 percent chance of rain. Dare I risk it?
Note: No sweets. No alcohol. I bought a bar of sugar-free Valor chocolate. I’ll let you know how it goes.

P.S.: The moon photo at top was taken from the beach with my handheld camera. Steady hands or good camera?


ESTABA HACIENDO RECADOS EL MARTES por la tarde y decidí que necesitaba algún tipo de postre horneado esa noche. Compré una torta de arandanos sin azúcar para mí y dos piononos para San Geraldo. Nuestra chupito favorito en Mesón Salvador se inspiró en los pasteles, que son tradicionales en Santa Fe, un pueblo en las afueras de Granada. Ahí es donde también se elabora el licor. Es la primera vez que encuentro la repostería aquí en Fuengirola, y el único lugar en el que hemos bebido el licor es en Mesón Salvador.

Las decoraciones navideñas se han estado levantando por la ciudad. La iluminación será el 26 de noviembre. Le dije a San Geraldo que vi que se levantaba un silo de grano en nuestra plaza. Lo describí como un cilindro de paso con una forma plana de árbol de Navidad en la parte superior. En nuestro camino de regreso de Mesón Salvador el jueves por la tarde, San Geraldo lo vio y se rió: “¡Es una vela!”

“8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown” [8 de cada 10 gatos hace cuenta regresiva] es un programa de panel de comedia británica que me encanta ver en YouTube. Es una combinación (bastardización) de otros dos programas de panel británicos, “8 Out of 10 Cats” [8 de cada 10 gatos] y “Countdown” [cuenta regresiva]. Si necesito reír, sé que puedo contar con los panelistas ingeniosos. La imagen de hoy es de un segmento en el que al panel se le asignan 9 letras, que deben descifrar para formar la palabra correcta. Tomé una captura de pantalla (la primera foto a continuación) de un episodio que vi el lunes. ¿Recuerda Flutie Sourbutts (haz clic aquí)?

Informe de Nutrición y Estado Físico
Estiramiento: Dos veces viernes. Dos veces el sábado. Una vez hasta ahora hoy.
Gimnasio: Buen entrenamiento de pecho y espalda el viernes.
Caminando: La temperatura actual es de 14˚C / 58˚F. Se supone que debe alcanzar alrededor de 20°C / 68°F. Estoy esperando que se caliente un poco. Hay un 1 por ciento de probabilidad de lluvia. ¿Me atrevo a arriesgarme?
Nota: No dulces. No alcohol. Compré una barra de chocolate Valor sin azúcar. Te dejaré saber cómo te va.

P.D.: La foto de la luna en la parte superior fue tomada desde la playa con mi cámara de mano. ¿Manos firmes o una cámara buena?

• The 9-letter word is OUTBURSTS.
• La palabra de 9 letras es OUTBURSTS (que significa ARREBATOS).
• No sugar added, blueberry cookie / cake.
• Torta de arándandos, sin azucar.
• Piononos.
• The erection.
• La erección.
• A cylinder… a silo… A candle!
• Un cilindro… un silo… Una vela!

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..

26 thoughts on “8 out of 10 cats / 8 de cada 10 gatos”

  1. I hope that you will post a photo of the candle when it is lit up.
    I have never watched 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown. I must try and see if it is on anywhere.

    1. Frances:
      I promise to share photos when it’s it. 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is available on YouTube, highlights and also entire episodes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

    1. David:
      SG loved the pionono pastries. I would have! It will be fun to see what the silo looks like when lit.

  2. I can’t do Christmas yet. Too early for me. And I’m really thrown off now being in Ptown visiting Pearl. Never been in November before…rather nice…

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      Too early for me, too. I’m glad the city isn’t lighting up for another 11 days. My first time in P’Town was in November. Imagine my shock when I returned that summer. Have you been there for Halloween. Not a lot of people, but some great dress. That’s when I met Miss Ohio. Six foot four (not including the sensible pumps), built like a line-backer, and wearing a crocheted shawl to keep out the chill.

  3. No…. you didn’t REALLY take that photo of the moon with just a regular camera?!
    (Plus, WOW on everything else)

    1. Judy C:
      I really, really did! With my 5-year-old Canon Powershot SX730HS with 40x optical zoom… and no tripod. I leaned my back against a palm tree (and I’m sure that’s what did the trick.)

  4. I’m not sure I would have recognized that as a candle. It looks like a bird cage to me.

    We love “8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown”! Did you see that Sean Lock died a few months ago? So sad — he was so funny on that show.

    1. Steve:
      Thank you! When I look at the photo now I think it’s obviously a candle, but it didn’t occur to me until SG said so.

      I DID see that Sean Lock had died. What a funny and likeable man.

  5. Sourbutts! Let’s fill that cookie jar (that’s what it looks like to me, anyway) in your plaza with giant, sugar-free, Sourbutts candies! I will check out 8 out of 10 cats countdown show – sounds like fun.

    1. Wilma:
      I love the show and watch it now regularly… although not on TV. I couldn’t believe SOURBUTTS. I’d love a cookie jar that big!

  6. Who knew Sourbutts would be popular???

    I am wondering how you looked at that candle and thought tree? I mean, even without the flame it doesn’t say tree.
    Still, it’s a pretty candle.

    1. Bob:
      I thought the top — the flame — was a flat Christmas tree. The rest I called a silo. Now that I know what it is, I can’t believe I saw it any other way.

  7. It’s a silo. It’s a candle. It’s a silo. It’s a candle. You and SG could probably keep that going for days. I’m surprised he’s not the one who thought it was a silo with his Dakota roots.


    1. janiejunebug:
      I, too, am surprised by the reversal in this story. Is this the shape of things to come?

  8. Great moon shot! NASA quality with a handheld camera — wow!

    Those Piononos look like mini “goat hooves”, but are they as yummy?

    And here I thought your post was going to be about cats, LOL…

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      The piononos is a pastry rolled in a cylinder, drowned in sweet syrup, and topped by toasted cream. Pata de cabra is topped with orange cream glaze and filled with angel hair (made from the pulp of winter squash). Similar pastry I think, but different taste and texture. And BOTH delicious. I found a place in Granada that makes no-sugar-added piononos! Time for a roadtrip?

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Since we haven’t figured out how to have a Christmas tree with these two cats, I’ve been thinking of putting up icicle lights. But I probably won’t.

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