Dudo’s Dream House

We needed/wanted a new scratching post/cat tree for the boys to replace the old one, which was cheap, unstable, and not really large enough. San Geraldo found a great option on Overstock.com (who ship almost anywhere!!!) that could be had for only $130. Shipping was an additional $145 (apparently shoppers in Canada can get that same deal). So much for Overstock.com.

San Geraldo found another tree that turned out to be even better. The boys are in love with it. As you can see from the photos, they knew it was theirs before I even assembled it last night.

Dudo has spent more than 23 of the last 24 hours on and in his dream house. Moose is welcome to join him, but he’d better not even think about trying to go a level above Dudo. Dudo made that very clear this afternoon.

I call it Dudo’s Dream House because although Moose likes it, we get the sense from Dudo that “It’s exactly what I’ve wanted my entire life!!! OMG!!! I love you so much!!!” 


(Click the images to really feel the love.)

I UNPACKED AND THE BOYS MADE THEMSELVES AT HOME.
MOOSE LOVED RUNNING ACROSS THE ROPE COLUMNS… LIKE A LOGGER.
DUDO SETTLED IN FOR A FEW HOURS.
I WOKE HIM WHEN I NEEDED THE BOX AND
HE SIMPLY MOVED TO THE NEXT AVAILABLE PLATFORM.
BEDTIME ON LEVEL FOUR.
THIS MORNING.
THIS AFTERNOON,
WITH THE OLD ONE IN BACKGROUND.
EARLIER THIS EVENING.
AND RIGHT NOW.

Things, Like A Walk In The Park

While Judyshannonstreetwhat was still here in May, we took a ride to Benalmádena. It’s the city just east of us and comprises Benalmádena Pueblo (where I saw Paula perform with the marching band during Corpus Christi, click here), Arroyo de la Miel (a bit lower down the mountain from the pueblo), and Benalmádena Costa (along the coast).

We were meeting our friend Kristina for a walk in Paloma Park (still further down the hill from Arroyo de la Miel) and then planned to continue down to the beach where we’d have lunch. All went as planned, the company was great, and the weather was glorious.

LOOKING BACK AT THE TRAIN STATION IN ARROYO DE LA MIEL.
HEADING DOWNHILL.
AND MY MOTHER ALWAYS SAID, “COTTON DOESN’T GROW ON TREES!”
OH, WAIT. I DON’T THINK SHE SAID COTTON.
NOW, WHAT WAS IT? 
EACH FLOWER LOOKS LIKE A SMALL BELL.
THE EAST ENTRANCE TO PALOMA PARK.
ONE OF A FEW BRONZE HEADS NEAR THE NORTH ENTRANCE.
FROM THIS ANGLE, IT LOOKS LIKE THE TREE IN THE PREVIOUS SHOT.
KRISTINA BROUGHT FOOD FOR THE WILDLIFE. 
WE WERE SURPRISED WHEN THIS LESSER EGRET JOINED IN. 
BUT HE JUST WAITED FOR THE LITTLE FISH TO SURFACE.
HE’D THEN PICK THEM OFF ONE AT A TIME.
MORE THAN 2,000 CACTI FROM MORE THAN 450 SPECIES.
KRISTINA’S DOG, ELLIOT, LOVING THE GRASS.

Oddly, I was singing this song to San Geraldo just the other night… (He thought it was odd, too — the song, not the fact that I was singing; he’s used to that).

A Sense Of Renewal

In the more than 34 years San Geraldo and I have been together, we have moved nearly 20 times. (That’s why I called my blog, Mitchell Is Moving; it seemed like a safe bet.)

We lived in Connecticut (two different homes) for a total of 7 years.

We lived in San Diego (two different homes) for a total of 5-1/2 years.

Those were our record stays. We spent no longer than 3 years in any other place.

In July, we will have been in Spain 5 years — nearly 1-1/2 years in Sevilla and, now, 3-1/2 years here in Fuengirola. Long enough to graduate from a temporary residency card to a long-duration residency card. The new cards won’t need to be renewed for another five years. To review our renewal history, click here.

The Málaga Foreigners’ Office (Oficina de Extranjeros) has been phenomenal, responding kindly and completely to my three emails within minutes of their being sent. The last email was to request our appointment. I sent it Friday afternoon, received a response Friday evening, and we already have our appointments — on Monday!

Here’s hoping the in-person experience is as exceptional.

APRIL 2011: WE EACH HAD OUR OWN ACCORDION FILE WHEN WE APPLIED
AT SPAIN’S LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, CONSULATE FOR OUR VISAS
JUNE 2011: SAN GERALDO SHOWING OFF HIS VISA AT THE CONSULATE.
THIS WOULD SIMPLY ALLOW US TO APPLY FOR RESIDENCY CARDS IN SPAIN!
AUGUST 2011: DOCUMENTS FOR OUR FIRST
TEMPORARY RESIDENCY CARDS IN SEVILLA. 
OCTOBER 2011: THERE WAS A PARADE IN SEVILLA AFTER WE RECEIVED
OUR FIRST RESIDENCY CARDS (GOOD FOR 1 YEAR).
NOVEMBER 2012: AFTER RENEWING FOR THE FIRST TIME (GOOD FOR 2 YEARS),
OUTSIDE THE OFICINA DE EXTRANJEROS, PLAZA DE ESPAÑA, SEVILLA.
SEPTEMBER 2014: AFTER WE RECEIVED OUR 2ND RENEWAL (GOOD FOR 2 MORE YEARS),
FUENGIROLA CELEBRATED BY CLEANING THE STREETS. NO PARADE.

Mijas Pueblo: A White Village

Andalusia is noted for, among so many things, its Pueblos Blancos (White Villages). There is a series of famed pueblos blancos along a recommended route through the northern parts of Cádiz and Málaga provinces. The villages are characterized by whitewashed walls and traditional red/brown tile roofs. Some were settled in prehistoric times and the cave paintings can still be seen. Roman ruins, ancient defensive walls, charm, and amazing vistas.

We have our own beautiful example here in the south just 7 kilometres away in the mountains and it’s called Mijas Pueblo. It’s a 10 minute car, bus, or taxi ride and it’s taken me more than three years to get there. Judyshannonstreetwhat and I visited Mijas Pueblo Monday. From the top, we could see our home in Fuengirola, which seemed ages away.

And there was great shopping and seriously good food, too!  Food photos are still to come.


(Click the images for grander views.)