Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sparkly Lights and a Cat

I pity you, poor readers. There's another month to go on this holiday season and I've got so much more to share with you of Sevilla's decorations, festivities, and observances. If you hate the holidays, then just pretend I'm sharing lots of sparkly lights and interesting/unusual people and traditions. That's all I really mean to be sharing. You won't get any "good cheer," "good tidings," "peace on earth," or "good will towards men," from me. You should all have all that all year long. And sparkly lights, too, if they make you happy.

PLAZA DE LA ENCARNACIÓN, UNDER THE METROPOL PARASOL.

Anyway, I'll keep the holiday part of this post brief. Check out the brand new "tree of lights" set up beneath the Metropol Parasol at the Plaza de La Encarnación. The Metropol Parasol had only been open less than a year when Christmas 2011 came around. This year, there are rides for kids, the spectacular "tree," lots of candy, a charming holiday market with food and handiwork, and (as seen at the lower right in the below photo) artesan CHOCOLATE!

A FEW MINUTES FROM HOME AND A WORLD AWAY.

The Three Faces of Moose
Our cat Dudo gets a lot more air time than his brother Moose. I'd say it's because Dudo gets into more trouble, but that's not necessarily true. Moose plays innocent, but we regularly catch him at something he's not supposed to be doing. He stops the minute he realizes he's been caught out and then acts as if he's as surprised as we are. Moi? Dudo's reaction is more like, "You can't be serious!" One thing's for certain, Dudo is busier and gets distracted much more easily than Moose. So, this year, no Christmas trees and no sparkly lights at our house. They wouldn't survive an hour with "the boys." An example of the difference between Dudo and Moose can be witnessed in the series of Moose photos below. Dudo would have ended up right in my face tugging on the camera strap or licking my hand (until something else caught his attention). Not Moose.

"AW, MAN.  DID I JUST HEAR THAT DAMN CAMERA? AGAIN?" 
"I'M TRYING TO SLEEP HERE.."
"OH, NO WORRIES. I'M GOOD."
NOW, WHY DID I SUDDENLY MAKE MOOSE SOUND LIKE A SURFER DUDE?

20 comments:

  1. I just love the modern architecture of Sevilla juxtaposed against the ancient and more traditional.
    I also love the architecture of Moose.

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    1. Bob:
      I also really love the contrast of the modern and the old and downright ancient. Not everyone loves the Metropol Parasol, but I really do.

      Moose is a classic.

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  2. Oh, that little fluff-ball! Can always outshine the competition, even gaudy lights and colours.
    When a kid I was always the one who took over the putting up of the family tree and decorating the house (what a surprise!) - and as we always had at least one cat at any one time there would inevitably be heard on occasions the crashing down of the entire display. Those sparkly hanging things just DEMANDED our pussies' investigation. To expect them to be left alone was asking the impossible.

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    1. Raybeard:
      Our last three cats were fairly well-behaved. They never pulled anything off the tree. The first day or so, they sniffed, we said "no," and there was no problem. Dudo and Moose are entirely different. They seem to think "no" is just a suggestion. (Admittedly, we've also become a lot less strict than we used to be.)

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  3. We need to see more of Moose, as well as Seville.

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    1. Stephen:
      Thanks! I will try to tie the cat pictures in to other (less important) things, like travel and history.

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  4. Thank you for my Moose fix. xox

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  5. I just love all those pink toes and I'm dying to pet that luxurious tummy!

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    1. Ms. Sparrow:
      He actually does like us now to pet that luxurious tummy.

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  6. Moose and Dudo landed on their feet when they came to live with you. Keep sharing the photographs (of the cats and Sevilla) I enjoy all of them.

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    1. Elaine:
      It's been 7 months since their arrival and it warms my heart to see how comfortable they've become with us, and how well they're getting us trained.

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  7. You can show as much Christmas cheer as you like Mitch, you'll hear no complaints from me!
    Di
    xxxx

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  8. Love all the sparkly tree and your sentiments of having good will towards your fellow men/women with PEACE all year round. :)

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  9. I'm in love with that tree … and Moose knows what is important in life!

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    1. Jenners:
      We walked by the tree again last night. It's amazing.

      For Moose, it's all about love, cuddles, sleep, and food!

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