Winners and still champions / Ganadores y todavía campiones

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Moose is husky. Dudo is slender to the point of concern at times. Dudo eats the dry food always available, although not much. Moose inhales it. When it comes to the twice-daily wet food treats, Dudo inhales those while Moose, although no slouch, can’t eat as fast. Dudo receives about 3/4 of the package to Moose’s 1/4, and that seems to make them both happy. They both, especially Dudo, are always waiting (demanding) the next round of treats. So we decided to reduce the amount of dry food they get every day and give them wet food three times. Because Dudo goes from one of us to the next and just sits and stares pathetically. Guilt is a powerful motivator. Anyway, they both seem to be very happy now.

The plants have been tended to. They’re doing well. It helps that I’ve been paying them consistent attention, and they’re enjoying the warmth and sunshine. The aloe vera blooms are almost gone. So, I’ll soon cut the stems and trim the dead tips.

The desert rose (adenum obesum) was still glorious yesterday and has dropped many more flowers already today. But, given that it’s been blooming beautifully for more than a month, I’m not complaining. Besides, when I was watering, I discovered the other desert rose has flower buds. It’s a different variety with smaller flowers that are more pink (not red). It still brings us joy when it blooms and I hope we’re successful this year.

Tonight I get to video chat with The Kid Brother. As for the moto at top, now that’s a fun paint job (see the Porsche for reference).


Moose es fornido. Dudo es delgado hasta el punto de preocupación a veces. Dudo come la comida seca siempre afuera, pero Moose la inhala. Cuando se trata de golosinas de comida húmeda dos veces al día, Dudo las inhala mientras que Moose, aunque no se queda atrás, no puede comer tan rápido. Dudo recibe alrededor de 3/4 del paquete frente a 1/4 de Moose, y eso parece alegrar a ambos. Ambos, especialmente Dudo, siempre están esperando (exigiendo) la próxima ronda de golosinas. Así que decidimos reducir la cantidad de comida seca que reciben todos los días y darles comida húmeda tres veces. Porque Dudo va de uno de nosotros al siguiente y simplemente se sienta y mira patéticamente. La culpa es un poderoso motivador. De todos modos, ambos parecen estar muy felices ahora.

Las plantas han sido cuidadas. Lo están haciendo bien. Ayuda que les haya estado prestando atención constante y que estén disfrutando del calor y el sol. Las flores de aloe vera casi se han ido. Entonces, pronto cortaré los tallos y las puntas muertas.

La rosa del desierto (adenum obesum) todavía estaba gloriosa ayer y ya ha dejado caer muchas más flores hoy. Pero dado que ha estado floreciendo maravillosamente durante más de un mes, no me quejo. Además, cuando estaba regando, descubrí que la otra rosa del desierto tiene capullos. Es una variedad diferente con flores más pequeñas que son más rosadas (no rojas). Todavía nos trae alegría cuando florece y espero que tengamos éxito este año.

Esta noche tengo mi video chat semanal con El Hermanito. En cuanto a la moto en la parte superior, ahora es un trabajo de pintura divertido (vea el Porsche como referencia).

• Moose walks around the place meowing at full volume. But he does that even when he doesn’t want a treat. The cat likes to talk.
• Moose camina por el lugar maullando a todo volumen. Pero lo hace incluso cuando no quiere un regalo. Al gato le gusta hablar.
• Dudo sits beside San Geraldo staring accusingly and mewing pathetically and quietly until I walk into the room. Then his gaze turns on me. Could you say “no”?
• Dudo se sienta al lado de San Geraldo mirándolo acusadoramente y maullando suave y patéticamente hasta que entro en la oficina. Entonces su mirada se vuelve hacia mí. ¿Podrías decir “no”?
• Desert rose yesterday.
• Rosa del desierto ayer.
• Desert roses today.
• Rosas del desierto hoy.
• The second desert rose.
• La segunda rosa del desierto.

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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 “Winners and still champions / Ganadores y todavía campiones”

  1. I was looking for a desert rose at the local nursery last week…….no luck but will check for them at another soon.
    Moose is a talker, eh? …….with a slower metabolism, it appears, than Dudo who is one of those lucky ones!
    Looking forward to the Kid Brother report.

    1. Jim:
      Yes, Moose is all-round slower than Dudo. He’s also got a very square and solid bone structure as opposed to Dudo’s fine bones. Hope you find that desert rose.

  2. It looks like it’s definitely been a good year for plants! We’ve been giving Olga more wet food as she gets older, too. She loves it so much, and…why NOT?!

  3. I looked up the Desert Rose, and it’s related to some very familiar house and garden plants such as Frangipani, Oleander, Hoya, Mandevilla Vine, Star Jasmine and the humble Periwinkle. A huge family indeed!

    The boys are the cutest beggars on the block. Jx

    1. Jon:
      I had no idea the desert rose had such a variety of relatives. Some make perfect sense. Others, I never would have guessed. (Oh, how I love the fragrance of Frangipani.)

  4. My God.. your plants in the sunroom are glorious!!!!!!!!!

    And your story of the cats cracked me up. When Lily was here and with us… she was The Moose…. she ate like a field hand and gobbled like a hog. Buster meanwhile eats little tiny bites and takes up to 20 minutes to eat. Always has. So demure.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      That’s actually the entry hall outside our apartment door. Afternoon sun, and a lot of it.

  5. “Guilt is a powerful motivator” Ain’t that the truth!! (and no, I don’t actually use the word “ain’t” in normal conversation, even if I am from the south!)

  6. Who could resist Dudo & Moose? Not I and I’m terribly allergic to cats! Those scooters look like they’d be fun to drive — I’ve always wanted to try a Vespa. It’s such a romantic European mode of travel!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      Vespas and the like are so great… except for the most deaths on the road. So, I’ll stay clear.

  7. Oh, I do love that desert rose! And now there’s another, how fun! I too have a cat who stares me down, well, he stares us both down. Very hard to ignore!

    1. tobyo:
      Our California cats didn’t do the stare down. It’s hilarious… and effective.

  8. Those aloe (?) plants (last photo) are amazing! We’re getting used to not hearing Bert’s meowing (demanding treats) around the house. Sigh.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      We complain about the constant meowing and we miss it when it’s gone. Such a shame.

      I need to thin out the aloes again. So many new young plants growing below the huge old ones. I saw the local flower kiosk selling small aloes for €5 each. In that case, I could make about €100!

  9. I wonder if the desert rose plant grows around these parts. They’re beautiful. I now have plants blooming in my backyard that weren’t there yesterday! I do love Spring.

    1. Deedles:
      The desert rose requires sun and heat. We had one outside in San Diego that was spectacular … and never had the insect problems we have with these.

    1. Urspo:
      We describe Moose as husky. I’m sure there’s fat involved, but he’s just an incredibly thick and solid cat.

  10. THAT makes me want to get my motorcycle license.

    I am too ashamed to confess the hoops we jump through to get Harvey to eat these days. ‘Nuff said.

    1. Sassybear:
      There’s a large motorcycle regularly parked outside a nearby restaurant. It’s the size of a small Cadillac. If it had three wheels, I’d take it. I wouldn’t feel safe on the moto. Too many accidents.

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