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GEORGE BERNARD SHAW wrote: “Those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.” I’m sure his intent was something profound, however, since our arrivalin Spain in the summer of 2011, we have had three different sets of dining room furniture. We bought the first at IKEA in Sevilla when we arrived. That came with us to Fuengirola less than two years later and was quickly replaced by a contemporary glass and chrome table. The glass and chrome table became my office desk when we decided to live without a dining room and get a piano instead.
Well, we’re back to having a dining room. I’m so happy I even polished the brass candlesticks. More importantly, though, the cats are happy. And isn’t that why we exist? (Anyway, that’s what Dudo and Moose tell me and why would they lie?)
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW escribió: “Aquellos que no pueden cambiar de opinión, no pueden cambiar nada”. Estoy seguro de que su intención fue algo profundo, sin embargo, desde nuestra llegada a España en el verano de 2011, hemos tenido tres juegos diferentes de comedor. Compramos el primero en IKEA en Sevilla cuando llegamos. Eso vino con nosotros a Fuengirola menos de dos años después y fue reemplazado rápidamente por una mesa contemporánea de vidrio y cromo. La mesa de cristal y cromo se convirtió en el escritorio de mi oficina cuando decidimos vivir sin un comedor y comprar un piano.
Bueno, volvimos a tener un comedor. Estoy tan feliz que incluso pulí las velas de latón. Sin embargo, lo más importante es que los gatos son felices. ¿Y no es por eso que existimos? (De todos modos, eso es lo que Dudo y Moose me dicen y ¿por qué mentirían?)
Some of our dining rooms over the years. Three sets of furniture and 13 homes from 1981 to 2011. Three more sets and only two homes from 2011 to 2019. Algunos de nuestros comedores a lo largo de los años. Tres juegos de muebles y 13 hogares de 1981 a 2011. Tres juegos más y solo dos hogares de 2011 a 2019.
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THE ORIGINAL TEXT of this blog entry was pissy, passive-aggresive… and funny. So, I’ve decided to remove the pissy and passive-aggressive and leave you with just a little bit of funny.
THE BELOW PHOTOS WERE taken after San Geraldo stuck his stylish IKEA dish towel atop his head at Mesón Salvador. There were mosquitoes. After a series of double-takes and sidelong glances from customers and staff, he was mostly ignored… except by José, the owner.
EL TEXTO ORIGINAL de esta entrada fue molesto, pasivo-agresivo … y divertido. Así que, he decidido eliminar el molesto y el pasivo-agresivo y dejarte con un poco de “divertido”.
LAS SIGUIENTES FOTOS FUERON tomadas después de que San Geraldo colocó su elegante paño de cocina IKEA sobre su cabeza en Mesón Salvador. Había mosquitos. Después de una serie de miradas dobles y extraviadas por parte de los clientes y el personal, casi todo el mundo lo ignoró… excepto por José, el dueño.
It’s fly season. While having coffee Saturday morning, I thought the flies would drive me out of my mind. It was bad enough that they kept landing on my arms and legs, but they were constantly flying around my head and in my face.
San Geraldo, who has no shame, offered me his IKEA dish towel — the one he’s known to regularly wear on his head to ward off flies, the sun, cold air, and unwanted distractions.
“I don’t think so,” I snorted. “But thanks just the same.”
AN EXAMPLE OF SAN GERALDO’S “LOOK.” NOT FOR ME…
Then a fly slammed right into my ear.
IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD AS I KNOW IT.
“Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives. And I decline.”
In December 2013, we bought a plant I found fascinating. (Click here if you’d like to see the original post.) The plant is a variety of Sansevieria (Snake Plant) called Sansevieria Cylindrica (Cylindrical Snake Plant). It started off in a tiny pot with nine cylindrical spears. It’s now triple the original height, in a large pot, and has so many spears I haven’t even bothered to try counting.
The snake plant I had had since my childhood took 25 years before it finally bloomed. Thereafter, it bloomed every year. This one took less than 2 years to grace us with its fragrant flowers. I guess it loves Fuengirola as much as we do. But, I’ve also learned that Sansevierias thrive on neglect. My old one was pot-bound and hadn’t had enough water when it sent out it’s first flowers.
Our cylindrical snake plant started out on the dresser in front of the bedroom window. It’s outgrown the space and is now in the living room.
It turns out Sansevieria is also a great air purifier, removing toxins (like formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia) from the air. I’m thinking of getting some other varieties and removing all the toxins from my life. (Oh, if that were all it took.)
STARTING TO BUD A FEW WEEKS AGO.
THE FLOWERS OPEN WIDE IN THE EVENING.
JUST ONE STEM FILLS THE LIVING ROOM WITH A SWEET, LIGHT FRAGRANCE.
Well, we still don’t have electricity or water in our apartment, but progress is being made. The building is managed by the law firm with offices on the first floor (the second floor by typical American reckoning). We met yesterday with the principal lawyer and another lawyer on his team. They have kindly volunteered their services (yes, that’s right, lawyers have kindly volunteered) to get the water and electricity turned on for us. These guys have been so gracious, kind, and generous with their time. Unfortunately, even with their help, it could take until the middle of next week before we have electricity. We also asked them to help us with the process of obtaining our residency cards.
IT’S NOT MUCH, BUT IT’S HOME… FOR NOW (AND AN INCREDIBLE DEAL).
Each time we visit the apartment, we like it and the neighborhood even more. We’re very excited to get in and hope we’ll be sleeping there some time next week. Our shipped items are now on their way. Minor apartment repairs — and new locks — will be taken care of over the next few days. We’re going to start picking up sheets, towels, etc., and washing them in preparation for move-in day (we’re heading off to shop in a few minutes). And we’ll head back over to IKEA to make our major purchases and arrange for delivery. It’s all very exciting. I’m gratified Jerry and I can survive so well sharing one room (in the hotel) for such a long time given our preference for personal space.
ENTRANCE TO EL PALACIO ARZOBISPAL (THE PALACE OF THE ARCHBISHOP).
This is not going to become the blog to visit for pictures of knockers. But, I spotted a prodigious set today across the plaza from the cathedral on the doors to the Palace of the Archbishop and it was obvious to me that they should have been included in the “Nice Knockers” post.
YOU’D HAVE TO BE ON HORSEBACK TO REACH THE LOWER KNOCKER (RIGHT).
I HAVE NO IDEA WHO WOULD REACH THE UPPER ONE (PERHAPS A HIGHER POWER).