Fashionable Friends / Amigos de Moda

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MY PAL LUKE brought his parents over yesterday to spend the afternoon at our pool. Pedro was sporting the latest Fuengirola fashion and was happy to strike a pose (or three). Luke had a bit of Fuengirola style going on, as well, which resulted in father and son having a showdown in the pool. But I think Kathleen was the big winner of the fashion show.


MI COMPADRE LUKE trajo a sus padres ayer para pasar la tarde en nuestra piscina. Pedro lucía la última moda de Fuengirola y estaba feliz de hacer una pose (o tres). Luke también tenía un poco de estilo Fuengirola, lo que resultó en el padre y hijo teniendo un enfrentamiento en la piscina. Pero creo que Kathleen fue la gran ganadora en el desfile de modas.

“I can’t believe I have six more weeks!”
“¡No puedo creer que tengo seis semanas más!”


Every girl wants a man with a farmer’s tan (like Pedro’s).
Cada chica quiere un hombre con un bronceado de granjero (como Pedro).

Less Mess, More Memories

Since our return from New York late September, I’ve been trying to get the apartment more settled and organized. We finished most of our renovations months ago and never got around to putting things completely back together. Then My Mother The Dowager Duchess took her final bow and we returned with memories of her. What we carried home with us was followed months later by some furniture, art, and other things we didn’t have the heart to part with.

We also shipped back from South Dakota dozens of framed family photos we had left with Linda and Tom (Jerry’s sister and her husband) when we moved to Spain. About 10 boxes. They were supposed to go through the photos, keep what they wanted, share with the kids, and then get rid of the rest.

Somehow, in the emotions of our departure, Linda and Tom missed that point and thought they were simply storing boxes of papers! So, in September, we whittled the 10 boxes down to 4. We’ve now got a lot of framed photos and not a lot of wall space. I’m doing what I can, while turning what I had hoped would be a minimalist apartment into a Victorian-looking collection of clutter.

I’m trying to keep the clutter under control and, I must admit, we both love seeing so many family photos back on our walls (thanks, Linda and Tom) along with original artwork, including paintings and sculptures by The Dowager Duchess.

We used to have close to 200 photos lining a hallway or stairway in every one of our [more spacious] homes in the States, plus dozens displayed on tabletops. A few dozen is all this place can handle, I think. And each one requires me to drill a hole into the concrete wall. So, if I measure wrong, that’s where it stays! I still have to figure out permanent homes for all the additional sculptures and knick knacks that are strewn on most surfaces.

Mess makes me crazy.

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