Noah’s [P]ark[ed] And Moose, Too / Noé Y Moose Estan Estacionado

IT LOOKS LIKE perhaps Noah (aka The Skipper) has been told to stop building his “boat” on the very public Paseo. He’s moved on to building castles in the sand. The boat is parked nearby. Moose is also parked. He’s much better at it.

PARECE QUE TAL vez a Noah (alias The Skipper) le han dicho que deje de construir su “barco” en el muy público Paseo. Se trasladó a la construcción de castillos en la arena. El barco está estacionado in the neighborhoodMoose también está estacionado. Él es mucho mejor en eso.

Another use for his skipper’s cap: collecting donations. / Otro uso para su gorra de capitán: recoger donaciones.

Don’t Let Go! / ¡No Te Sueltes!

DUDO STILL LOVES his string. Especially when I’m on the other end of it. (Click here to see when he first received it.)

DUDO TODAVÍA AMA su cuerda. Especialmente cuando estoy en el otro extremo. (Haz clic aquí para ver cuándo lo recibió por primera vez.)

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“Hey! You let go!” / “¡Oye! ¡Déjalo ir!”

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“Well? I’m waiting.” / “¿Bueno? Estoy esperando.”

Welcome To “Moving With Mitchell” / Bienvenido A “Moving With Mitchell”

La versión español está después de la foto.

THE MAJOR WORK is done and I’ve managed to migrate from Google Blogspot to WordPress. I hope my old friends have managed to migrate with me and I hope my new friends like what they see. I’ve got a lot to learn and a lot of work to do  — but I’m here!

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MOOSE AND DUDO HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR YOU. / MOOSE Y DUDO HAN ESTAN VIGILANDO POR TI.

EL TRABAJO PRINCIPAL está hecho y me las arreglé para migrar de Google Blogspot a WordPress. Espero que mi viejos amigos hayan logrado migrar conmigo y espero que a mis nuevos amigos les guste lo que ven. Tengo mucho de aprender y mucho trabajo — ¡pero estoy aquí!

Dowager Duchess’s Dog

My Mother The Dowager Duchess was not an animal lover. Not by any stretch of the imagination. When she was a little girl, her mother got a cat to fend off any rat/mouse problem in their tenement apartment. My mother told me that one day, when she was around 9 years old, the cat jumped onto her lap and she sat and petted it for a while.

I said, “Wow. I can’t imagine you doing that.”

She said. “It was disgusting. I finally felt so sick that I pushed the thing off.”

My mother couldn’t understand how we allowed our California cats, Dobie and Maynard, to sit on the furniture. They weren’t allowed on tables or counters, but my mother found it just as bad that they were allowed on sofas and chairs.

Once, when my mother was visiting us in Santa Barbara, our long-haired, gentle, friendly cat, Dobie, walked by her chair. She reached down and stroked him absently before lifting her hand away in disgust.

I said, “How can you be like that? He feels like a fur coat! You love fur coats.”

“Well,” she said, “Fur coats don’t breathe!”

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The Dowager Duchess did have her own “pet dog” for more than 25 years.

She had created him from yarn, felt, buttons, and cardboard. She gave him a red leather collar with a gold buckle. Even he had to sit on the floor.

So, while we were cleaning out the apartment, I allowed the old boy to sit wherever he wanted.

MY MOTHER LOVED THIS COAT SO MUCH SHE KEPT IT FOR 68 YEARS.
(BUT I NEVER ONCE SAW IT ON THE SOFA).

Vacation Plans

We’re planning a September whirlwind tour across the United States, beginning and ending with the Dowager Duchess. Not lots of time in any one place, but some very special family visits that are long overdue. It’s still more than two months away and the days are already filled.

San Geraldo always acts as our travel agent and he does a phenomenal job finding flights, getting good seats, scheduling connections, getting in touch… He finally booked all the separate flights that will take us from Málaga to the Northeastern US to the Plains States to the Pacific Northwest and back again.

Even though the boys won’t be joining us, Moose has assisted every step of the way. He’ll be in big trouble when Dudo finds out.

FINALLY DONE AND HAVING A SIESTA
AFTER ALL HIS STRENUOUS … SIESTAS.