Thursday, February 18, 2016

Better Than Muscles?

The other evening, the setting sun turned the sky ablaze before evolving into soft grays and pinks. The winds had been dramatic for about 36 hours (cyclonic, as San Geraldo would/did say) and they were still blowing (although much less) when I began my walk. By the time of the flaming sunset, all was calm.

I've been reading the usual blogs this week and my Canadian friends have been boasting of their spring-like weather. It's been up to 9 degrees Celsius, they've said. That's around 48F.

Well, we were DOWN to 8 degrees Celsius that one night and we weren't calling it springlike. The word we used to describe the weather began with an "f"; and that's not "fine." Everything's relative.

But don't worry about us (as if you were). We headed back to Meson Salvador (San Geraldo in long underwear) and we come home feeling warm, loved, and over-stuffed!

BLOWING IN THE WIND. (LEFT) MY FOOTPRINT WHEN I RETURNED FROM THE WATER.
(RIGHT) MY FOOTPRINT WHEN I HEADED TO THE WATER TWO MINUTES EARLIER.
LOOKING NORTHEAST AT SUNSET
LOOKING NORTHWEST AT SUNSET.
PINK AND GRAY.
MEJILLONES (MUSSELS) AT MESON SALVADOR.
AND I LOVE MUSCLES.... MUSSELS! (OK, BOTH.)
THEY WERE OUT OF LITTLE MINI-MUFFINS FOR OUR COFFEE.
WE HAD TO MAKE DO WITH HOME-MADE CHEESECAKE BITES. WOE IS US.

NOTE: The difference between mussels and muscles can be confusing for non-English speakers. I've known Spanish friends and Norwegian family to pronounce "muscles" as "muss-kulls." When I've told them both muscles and mussels are pronounced identically, I'm asked, "Then why are they spelled differently?"

24 comments:

  1. You have lost all R-E-S-P-E-C-T for your loyal followers, Mitchell Block! How could one be so cruel and post pictures of mussels and cheesecake bites!!? lol
    Oh, those spectacular sunset photos kinda evened things out.
    OMG, it was 8C there? What the heck is going on with the weather everywhere? Spring is here early, I feel, Yeah right.....

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    1. Jim:
      But I didn't post a picture of an entire cheesecake (although, OK, if I had been served one I would have). Getting below 10C at night is not unusual in winter here. It's just the first time THIS winter. Still, we complain and you celebrate.

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  2. Homonyms pepper our language and I for one love it!

    Muscles, mussels & muss-cells (I made up that last one), but hey you never know it may mean something to some one, some day! Way too may somes there!

    Now who ever bragged as in braggadocio, love that word re: the springlike temps was over elated to be above ZERO Celsius for the 1st time in weeks. So as we Canucks always say, so sorry we must have over-stated ourselves, we are unworthy!

    Winks!

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    1. Ron:
      Canadians are so polite. That's how we can tell you from Americans.

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  3. I love the footprints shot. And I could really eat some cheesecake after 3x aqua aerobics this week! ;)

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    1. Snoskred:
      Well, the cheesecake would undo all your good work (and more). Not worth it... So I'll continue to eat if for you.

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  4. Mussels, cheesecake and sunsets; oh my! It's to be in the '60's over the weekend... and the cyclonic winds are on their way.

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    1. Cranky:
      We've had cyclonic winds again and they actually did some damage. San Geraldo is NOT happy. SO we'll just have more cheesecake.

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    1. anne marie:
      Thanks, we do, and I often take it for granted.

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  6. The food, the view, the temperatures, the muscles ... er, mussels -- how I envy you!

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    1. Michael:
      Yeah, the muscles, too. But sometimes seeing them wandering around in public just depresses me.

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  7. Does that wind pick up sand and "sandblast" you? That, with the cold is reason enough to stay inside. But those mussels would be enough for me to brave the weather and head to the restaurant. Beautiful skies!

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    1. Sharon:
      Oh, yeah, there's plenty of sand-blasting. And it's not easy keeping the place clean with all that blows in when the doors and windows are open.

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  8. However you spell it ... I like 'em both.
    A man with muscles eating mussels? Yes, please.

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    1. Bob:
      I'll see what I can do about getting some photos of that natural phenomenon.

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    1. Gosia:
      That's one thing I like about winter -- much more dramatic sunrises and sunsets.

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  10. Because the guy naming the shellfish couldn't spell?

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    1. Cheapchick:
      Do you think the shellfish should have a "c" as well? Remember the song In Dublin's Fair Ciy: Crying cockles and musckles alive alive ohhh...

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  11. do you wear a mussel shirt to eat mussels?
    fantastic sunset. We had a gorgeous one night before last that I was just too lazy to get the camera out for. I must have been low on mussels.

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    1. Wilma:
      Oh, it's my curse. Any shirt I wear automatically becomes a mussel shirt (and not a muscle shirt).

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  12. Another thing we have in common--I also love mussels.

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    1. Stephen:
      I wish we had your artistic talent in common!

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