One More Day / Un Día Más

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OK, THE TITLE should really be “Two Months More,” but no one wrote that song. Monday afternoon, I was back at the orthodontist for my monthly appointment. I got my first set of Invisalign braces in October 2016. I was told the entire course would last between 18 and 20 months. Now, 39 months later, I’ve been told I have just two months to go. I guess that was 18 to 20, more or less.

At least I no longer have the sets of plastic braces to remove every time I want to eat or drink something. When the orthodontist attached this one final wire to six of my bottom teeth two months ago, she told me I would have it for two or three months, which I figured meant six. I don’t like her math(s) skills but I finally understand. Besides, I love how my teeth look. Also, the price was fixed. So I haven’t paid a single centimo in 19 months.

San Geraldo usually drives me over and I walk home. It’s only about 3.5 km (2+ miles), but the entire staff was very concerned this time because I didn’t have a hat, hood, or gloves for protection and it was extremely cold outside. I assured them I’d be OK and would even stop and buy a hat if I found the weather too harsh. I toughed it out, though, and arrived home without frostbite — in the 15C (59F) chill. Oddly, my ears were cold by the time I got home.

Tuesday morning I woke with the crag martins to another dramatic winter sunrise on the Alboran Sea, our part of the Mediterranean Sea. One more dawn.

Go ahead. Click the images and watch the sunrise with me.

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OK, EL TÍTULO realmente debería ser “Dos Meses Más”, pero nadie escribió esa canción. El lunes por la tarde, volví al ortodoncista para mi cita mensual. Obtuve mi primer frenillos Invisalign en octubre 2016. Me dijeron que todo el curso duraría entre 18 y 20 meses. Ahora, 39 meses después, me han dicho que me quedan solo dos meses. Supongo que fue de 18 a 20, más o menos.

Al menos ya no tengo los juegos de aparatos de plástico para quitar cada vez que quiero comer o beber algo. Cuando el ortodoncista conectó este último cable a seis de mis dientes inferiores hace dos meses, me dijo que lo tendría durante dos o tres meses, lo que supuse que significaba seis. No me gustan sus habilidades matemáticas, pero finalmente lo entiendo. Además, me encanta cómo se ven mis dientes. Además, el precio fue fijo. Así que no he pagado ni un solo céntimo en 19 meses.

San Geraldo generalmente me conduce y, después, yo camino a casa. Son solo unos 3,5 km (2+ millas), pero esta vez todo el personal estaba muy preocupado porque no tenía sombrero, capucha, o guantes para protegerme y hacía mucho frío afuera. Les aseguré que estaría bien e incluso me detendría y compraría un sombrero si el clima fuera demasiado duro. Sin embargo, lo saqué y llegué a casa sin congelación, en el frío de 15C (59F). Curiosamente, mis oídos estaban fríos cuando llegué a casa.

El martes por la mañana me desperté con los roqueros con otro dramático amanecer invernal en el Mar de Alborán, nuestro parte del Mar Mediterráneo. Un amanecer más.

Adelante. Haz clic en las imágenes y mira el amanecer conmigo.

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It’s A Treat To Beat Your Feet

It was a bright, sun-shiny day! We walked over to El Jazzy for coffee this morning and, afterward, I took a 1-1/2-hour walk on the paseo. The City and businesses are out in force cleaning up the mess. Mountains of mud are being scooped up by trucks. Streets and walkways are being powerwashed.

MUD BEING CORRALLED ALONG THE PASEO.

There’s a lot of work to be done on the beaches. Boardwalks and facilities were torn apart by the rain and mud. Huge trenches have been cut through the sand and the entire beach and shoreline need to be re-graded. I don’t know what they do about all that mud on the beach. Maybe it’s heavier than sand and will just sink? Right now, it’s not very pleasant, but the tourists are back out there sun-bathing. I don’t blame them. I saw many sad-looking people dragging their suitcases to the train station yesterday. (Click the images for bigger mud pies.)

SUNDAY AND…
… TUESDAY.
AT ANOTHER SPOT, THE SUN-BATHERS HAD ALREADY RETURNED.

It’s a treat to beat your feet on the Mediterranean Mud, too…

Open A New Window

YES, I KNOW THERE ARE STREAKS.

We still haven’t finished putting the terrace back together since the installation of the glass curtain. We got sidetracked by a trip to a new-to-us garden center (called a vivero). It’s a half-hour away and our new favorite place; having a car sure makes a difference.

We bought six large amaryllis bulbs and San Geraldo planted them in a long planter. We hope to have the same year-in/year-out success as the restaurant across the street (click here). We ordered a potted amaryllis for My Mother The Dowager Duchess every Christmas. As we selected our bulbs at the garden center, I had a moment of panic that we hadn’t yet placed this year’s order. Oh yeah…

So, we’ll instead think of her as ours grow and bloom.

The new awnings (toldos) have been opened and closed again. We’ve had the windows completely open, partially open, and closed again.

Today’s temps — a frigid 10C/50F earlier and now a chilly (Oh, please; I know) 18C/65F — have made us really appreciate the warming effect of a glassed-in terrace.

Dudo has been out there soaking up the sun. (Click the images to turn up the heat.)

BOTH AWNINGS DOWN.
I’M ABOUT TO REMOVE THE BOTTOM SCALLOPED VALANCE.
WINDOWS SLID. AWNINGS DOWN.
AWNINGS UP. TWO WINDOWS BLOCKING THE INSIDE CORNER.
A NEW WAY TO KEEP THE CATS OFF THE NEIGHBORS’ TERRACE!
THREE WINDOWS STACKED AGAINST WALL. 
WE’RE NOT THE ONLY ONES LOVING IT.

The Glass Curtain

We had our entire terrace enclosed in a glass curtain (cortina de cristal) this week — glass panels that slide individually to the ends and then fold in to stack vertically. It’s like adding another 30 square meters (323 square feet) to our living space and it looks incredible. And San Geraldo can no longer complain about the cyclonic winds destroying his plants and making his life miserable. The furniture and plants aren’t back in place. But we can get that all done today even though it’s raining!

(Click the images for crystal clear views.)

I was up at 7:30 every morning to greet the contractors. I didn’t enjoy that part of things. However, Thursday morning’s 7:30 sunrise — which I would normally sleep through — made it all worthwhile.

Perseverance, Thy Name Is Dudo

A swallow flew through a drain hole on our terrace last week and then flew off. Dudo has been monitoring that drain ever since.


(Click the images, taken over several days, for a closer look.)

A MORE COMFORTABLE SPOT THIS MORNING.
AND THEN I WAS SURPRISED TO FIND HIM UNDER A CHAISE.
AND MUSY, TOO!  BUT HE DIDN’T LAST LONG;
JUST WONDERING WHAT DUDO HAS BEEN STARING AT.

Don’t stop believing…