Monday, September 7, 2015

A Room Without A Roof

I'm happily back in Spain with San Geraldo (and Dudo and Moose), since Friday afternoon. As I've walked around town, I've received hugs and kisses to welcome me home. Some of those hugs and kisses have even been from people I know. I love Spain.


My Mother The Dowager Duchess has been in her own home nearly two weeks. She's not as strong as she used to be, nor as energetic. But her back is perfect and she's feeling better every day. She's got private 24-hour assistance for the first four weeks at home and she's grateful for that... But she can't wait to have her independence again.

The Duchess was a much better hospital patient than San Geraldo or I could ever be. Seven and a half weeks? Seven hours and we'd have been whining non-stop. Of course, my mother had her moments... and days.  So I spent a lot of time being "Little Mary Sunshine." (I don't know how my mother felt about it but, sometimes, I wanted to slap myself.)

The photos are from Coney Smorgasburg. At a variety of locations around New York City, Smorgasburg "showcases the best of Brooklyn's artisinal food scene." Coney Island's Smorgasburg includes a street-art show. I was there on a Wednesday, when only a couple of food stands were open, so I got to enjoy the art in relative solitude.

Listen to the music and click the images. I hope you feel "like a room without a roof."


















Jet-lagged... But, clapping my hands.

28 comments:

  1. Happy to see you back in Spain and that your mother is doing well. Some people who kissed you, you knew and then perfect strangers just being friendly, ah Spain! LOL!

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    1. Laurent:
      People are SO much more warm and friendly (and physical) here. Yes, ah Spain!

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  2. Just love that song -- I never had seen the whole video! Gracias por eso :)

    How happy are Moose and Dudo to see you, eh????!!? :) And, Madame la Dowager Duchess, if you are reading this: Glad to know you're home and healing!
    Judith

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    1. Judy:
      Pharrell Williams is so talented.

      Moose was happy to see me. Dudo was, too, but gave me attitude for 36 hours or so. He'd turn his back and walk away whenever I approached. The second night, he slept on my bed and now he's my best friend again.

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  3. Listen Little Miss Mary Sunshine, good to have you back and happy things are moving forward for you all.

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    1. Jim:
      Don't worry. I'll soon resurrect Cynical Cyd.

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  4. Just dump all the good news on us at once, why don't you :) That is great, so glad your Mom is on the mend. I bet your cats were extremely happy to see you (but at first turned their butt to you to let you know they weren't happy you were gone so long).

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    1. Cheapchick:
      Dudo and Moose were elated to see Jerry and wouldn't leave him alone from the time he arrived. Dudo gave ME major attitude. But he's over himself now and apparently loves me again.

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    1. Michael:
      And I'm glad for your kindness. It was a long and interesting summer. But at least we missed the heaviest tourist months here at home.

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  6. Such amazing color in your photos today! Glad Mom is doing well and about to get her independence, Little Miss Mary Sunshine. I wish you had a video we could enjoy.

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  7. Some of that artwork belongs in a museum. Love the song and I'm glad the DD is doing so well.

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    1. Stephen:
      I'm in awe of the talent displayed on these walls. Thanks!

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  8. great song luckily my house has a roof

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    1. Gosia:
      That phrase is lost in translation. "If you feel like a room without a roof" in this case it means you're so happy that nothing can keep you down. A nice feeling. But I suppose it IS good to have a roof over your head.

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  9. I too enjoyed the news and took pleasure in the most splendid art works.

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    1. Spo:
      Locals kept telling me to hit one of the Sunday Smorgasburgs while I was there, but the idea of all those self-serve creations and mobs of people didn't appeal this time around. So glad I got to experience the art before I left.

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  10. So glad to hear that things are getting back to normal. I was just wondering how you all were doing, especially the DD, and if you had plans to go back to Spain. I feel great knowing that you are home and have been properly welcomed with open arms!

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    1. Michelle:
      I bumped into more people and received more hugs today. (I knew everyone.)

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  11. I've been wondering how things were going... and the news is GOOD! Hugs and kisses from me, too.... for being such a thoughtful, loving son.

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    1. Sharon:
      Aw, thanks. The Dowager Duchess thanked us often. We didn't do it for the thanks, but it sure is nice to see the love appreciated.

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  12. Great art! Great news! Glad you, SG, and DD are all at home and happy. Cheers!

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    1. Wilma:
      So grateful for your thoughtfulness. We're all happy! (although the DD is not QUITE as happy as her boys in Spain)

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    1. Walt the Fourth (it's been way too long since I've written that);
      Thanks. It's a bit of culture shock after 9 weeks away, but I'll get over that as quickly as I'll get over the jet lag.

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  14. So glad the DD is mending nicely, and I imagine that you two are over the moon to be home ... and that your boys were sufficiently happy to see their Dads.

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    1. Bob:
      SO happy to be home and together. Moose welcomed me home sweetly. Dudo gave me attitude for about a day and a half. I sure do love them.

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