Plaids, palms, pink flamingos / Cuadros, palmeras, flamencos rosas

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I am currently living a life without pain. When I was on the beach I showed Kathleen and Pedro that I can jump up and down with no sciatica pain. The first time in 6 years. Pedro immediately put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Don’t push it.” Exercising at home is going well. I’m focused mostly on isometrics. Wall squats feel amazing as do planks, and even push-ups. Stretching is such a relief. It’s again around 30C (86+F) with high humidity which is knocking me out. It looks like more of the same for the rest of the week. So no healthy walk outdoors for the foreseeable future. Under normal circumstances I’d be enjoying this weather.

At least I can get out for a bit at night and the brief walk to Mesón Salvador most of the last 10 mornings was good. Yesterday I barely made it to the bed when we returned home. I let Maria choose an animal from my old jewelry collection. I created designs based on the words they illustrated (click here). The flamingo Maria chose (because it’s pink) was created from the letters of the word “flamingo.” Maria and her parents went back home to Madrid. We already miss them.

I’ve made my plans for a visit to NYC and the Kid Brother in January — at less than half the cost of a trip in September (and I think I’ll be more willing to sit for 8 hours). The Kid Brother’s response: “In the cold?!?” I told him it leaves me more money to buy him things. He said, “Good idea!”

Actualmente estoy viviendo una vida sin dolor. Cuando estaba en la playa, les mostré a Kathleen y Pedro que puedo saltar sin dolor de ciática. La primera vez en 6 años. Pedro inmediatamente puso su mano en mi hombro y dijo: “No lo presiones”. El ejercicio en casa va bien. Estoy enfocado principalmente en isométricos. Las sentadillas en la pared se sienten increíbles, al igual que las tablas e incluso las flexiones. Estirarse es un gran alivio. Está de nuevo alrededor de 30C (86+F) con alta humedad que me deja inconsciente. Parece más de lo mismo para el resto de la semana. Así que no hay caminata saludable al aire libre en el futuro previsible. En circunstancias normales, estaría disfrutando de este clima.

Al menos puedo salir un poco por la noche y la breve caminata al Mesón Salvador la mayor parte de las últimas 10 mañanas fue buena. Ayer apenas llegué a la cama cuando volvimos a casa. Dejé que María eligiera un animal de mi antigua colección de joyas. Creé diseños basados en las palabras que ilustraron (haz clic aquí). El flamenco que eligió María (porque es rosado) fue creado a partir de las letras de la palabra “flamingo”. María y sus padres volvieron a casa en Madrid. Ya los extrañamos.

Hice mis planes para visitar Nueva York y El Hermanito en enero, a menos de la mitad del costo de un viaje en septiembre (y creo que estaré más dispuesto a sentarme durante más de 8 horas). La respuesta de l Hermanito: “¿¡¿En el frío?!?” Le dije que me deja más dinero para comprarle cosas. Él dijo: “¡Buena idea!”

For San Geraldo. Hot fudge with ice cream. / Para San Geraldo. Chocolate caliente con helado.
For me. Ice cream. / Para mí. Helado.
• Maria saw the pink light-up Minnie Mouse bow and just had to have it.
• María vio el lazo rosa de Minnie Mouse y tenía que tenerlo.

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 “Plaids, palms, pink flamingos / Cuadros, palmeras, flamencos rosas”

  1. A great momento, 80 years from now when she passes the pendent on, she will explain that she met the guy who designed it. Keep moving gently. January is a great time to travel.

  2. So happy the pain is going, but still take it easy for a stretch.
    So glad you’ve got a trip to see the KB coming up … and can buy him more things!!!

    1. Bob:
      I don’t think KB has big ticket items pending. I bought him a new winter coat and electric shaver last year. But I’m sure he’ll think of something.

  3. So good to hear you are pain-free!
    Isometrics also greatly reduce high blood pressure I have recently learned.

    1. Jim:
      I just read that article about isometrics. I’ve done them for years, so it made me happy to read that.

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      What a difference. Still have to stick to the stretches or the hip reminds me. But it’s working.

  4. You are my inspiration, Scoot. Such determination. I’ve had new teeth for four days now, and I’m too chicken to put them in my mouth because of gum irritation. I’ll get used to them if I would just wear them. Here you are, exercising and squatting (that ain’t happening here!) and everything. So, today the chompers are going in and I have you to thank. My hero! Now, if I could just get some help removing my tongue from my cheek!

    1. Deedles:
      Oh, sweetheart, I hope you’re making progress with the chompers. My mother had two bridges made in the ´70s. She said they were uncomfortable and never wore them. So the teeth moved and they wouldn’t fit. She then had everything pulled and got dentures. In her case, she could have saved herself the pain. You’ve gone through so much to get those pearly whites. I want to see your smiling face.

  5. Your jewelry is all so cute! I especially like the alligator and the giraffe. So glad you’re pain free.

  6. Oh yeah, I remember that flamingo pendant! Good choice, Maria! I’m glad the pain is better and you’ve been able to get some exercise, even if not your usual walks. Like the Kid Brother, I question the wisdom of visiting NYC in January, though.

    1. Steve:
      KB was incredulous when I said January. Oh well. The hotel went from over $500 a night to $225. Airfare is about half. If I were a rich man.

    1. Shirley:
      Yeah, jumping up and down on the beach was a dumb thing to do. I need to be monitored.

  7. No pain, an upcoming visit (for half the price) to see Chuck, and more gifts for Chuck… who could ask for more! And, great friends who visit! Woo hoo!

    1. Judy C:
      We so miss Maria and family and appreciate how lucky we are. I’m looking forward to seeing Chuck.

  8. Any day pain free, is a good day, so I hear?!?! So glad you’re doing better. You’ll be doing back flips yet!

  9. Oh my gosh. NYC in January? Any chance you’d have time for a dinner, drink, coffee and/or hug for a blogger friend who would gladly and eagerly hop a train to NYC to see you while you’re there? Hmmmmmmmm?

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