Flore

How to warm you up on cold winter days. After a few days of hesitation, Jimi decided it was time to go outside and check out the garden covered in snow. Much to my surprise, he was enjoying his walks and soon he was following the tracks of the sparrows and blackbirds in the snow. As you probably know, I don’t like the winter but I do enjoy my daily walks in the snow.

Thank goodness I found a good recipe for these cold days. I just bought the latest CD from Gabriel Rios, ‘Flore’. Gabriel Rios (born 1978 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican-Belgian singer songwriter currently residing in Belgium and New York. It’s his 5th studio album and a pecan to the music of Latin America and the Caribbean. It’s a Latin album made in isolation and exile, not only because it was birthed during last year’s pandemic, but because it finds Rios looking back from afar, maybe for the first time, to what remains of his past and his roots. More specifically, these are songs that go back to both his father and grandfather’s youth; songs they would have loved to hear him sing. Feel free to check out this warm album of a great musician. (Info from Sony Music)

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

54 responses

  1. I tried to find a link on YouTube to hear music from the album but couldn’t – I still think it’s wonderful that he included music his father and grandfather would have enjoyed. Looking back is something I do more and more as I age and I find some things I would like to change but most things I know have made me stronger and more resilient. Glad you are finding joy in his music. Also glad to see that Jimi is a “snowman” and enjoying his time tracking birds. Stay cozy…….

    Hugs, Pam

    • Hi Pam. Have you tried the iTunes store? You can listen to a preview of every song. But I don’t know if the album is already released in the US of A.
      It looks like the snow is going to melt the next week, finally. But Jimi enjoyed his walks in the snow.

      Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

    • Hi Tim. Jimi enjoys his walks in the snow but he can’t surprise a sparrow are a blackbird… The new Gabriel Rios album is indeed a real gem. It plays non stop the last days, even Jimi seems to like it! 😉

      Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

      PS: thank you very much for the e-card. I was waiting for the Yellow Submarine to appear out of the water… Thanks!

  2. Some cats seem to like it, and some people seem to like it, and I don’t understand either one, lol. Enjoy your snow, and your wonderful Jimi, and your new music. Each season has its own beauty and I like snow if I can sit inside and look out at it. Be well.

    • Oh yes…!! Just like Mr. Bowie, he loves to be out there playing in the snow and chasing the birds. I prefer having an espresso inside…
      Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday!

    • Hi Christine. That’s not chilly, that is ice ice cold! 😉
      Thank goodness I can play the latest album of Gabriel Rios to give me some warmth. It’s released a few days ago, don’t know if it’s already available in the US of A.
      Wishing you a wonderful Sunday, my friend!

      PS: thank you for the tweets! Much appreciated!

    • I think Jimi is a little snow cat. He loves playing and running around in the snow. As you probable know, I prefer to stay inside… 🙂
      Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday, my friends!

    • Hi Leah. Glad you liked this post and the photograph! Jimi loves to be outside in the snow, just like Mr. Bowie did.
      Please stay safe and healthy!

  3. That photo of Jimi in the snow reminds me a bit of Mr. Bowie. He is a handsome cat, just like Bowie.

    I will check out Gabriel Rios ‘Flore’. Thanks for the tip, Herman! You and Jimi have a wonderful week ahead.

    • Hi Lavinia. Seeing Jimi playing in the snow reminded me of Mr. Bowie, he also loved to be outside in the snow. And the colour of the fur is almost identical. I do miss him a lot but I’m very glad to have Jimi by my side. He’s such a sweet boy…

      I think you’ll enjoy the music of the latest album of Gabriel Rios. Don’t know if it’s already available in the iTunes store in the US of A.

      Stay safe and healthy, my dear friend! Jimi sends his regards!

    • Hi Cornelia. Just like Mr. Bowie, Jimi also like to be out there in the snow. I enjoy to see him play outside and it reminds me of Mr. Bowie.
      We had heavy rain fall last night so the snow is almost gone (and I don’t mind).

      Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

    • The pile of snow was frozen so he could walk on it. And he seems to enjoy it too… Thank goodness all the snow is almost gone today due to heavy rain fall last night. I don’t mind… 😉

  4. Hello friends and welcome to winter . How is it possible to be snowing everywhere all at once? I’m surprised Jimi has ventured out, kitties are so curious about new things. I’m thinking a little change of scenery is welcomed. I know I’d appreciate it a lot. I have 2.5 weeks to go before this dang brace comes off. I long to breathe some fresh air, even if it was crisp and cool. Stay warm boys ! xK

    • Hi Kelly. Oh no… you’re still wearing that terrible brace… Hang in there, my friend, and have another strong espresso!
      Thank goodness the snow is gone and it’s much warmer right now. Jimi was almost the whole day outside today.

      Wishing you all the best and please, stay safe, my friend!

    • Hi Julie. Thank you so much!
      Thank goodness the snow is gone since a few days and we’re having warmer sunny days.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Jimi sends his regards!

  5. Jimi,
    You look so brave out there in that snow. We just barely put our paws in it and not very often. In spite of Steinbeck thinking it’s powdered sugar, we both know it’s cold. So good to see you outside enjoying everything around you. We’re so glad your dad adopted you. The two of you are great together.
    Stereo purrs………Hemingway and Steinbeck

    • Hi there, my dear friends! Jimi likes to be outside and play in the snow, just like Mr. Bowie in the past. As you know, I prefer to stay inside, just like you two.
      But thank goodness the snow is gone and we already have warm sunny days right now. It almost feels like spring!
      Stay safe and healthy, my friends! Jimi sends his regards!

  6. I am surprised about the amount of snow you are having, Herman.. No wonder Jimi’s eyes are so wide open…
    Listened to Flore on Youtube. A good quality record, really neat. Great singer. Being a cosmopolitan I have an opinion that a good music, or any art for that matter, is universal. Thank you for recommending. Loved his cover of a song by Rodolfo Enrique Cabral and some other authors. An evening well spent:)
    Stay safe.

    • Hi Inese. Glad you liked this post! Thank goodness the snow is gone but we still have cold nights. But I’m keeping in mind that spring is very near…
      You are so right about art (and music), we don’t need to translate it and everyone can enjoy it.
      Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday!

      Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

  7. That’s a lovely photo of Jimi in the snow. Mr Bowie loved the snow too and it would be nice to see one of those photos again.
    Hope you are getting through the cold weather okay. Lovely warm day in Australia, have just been in the pool! Lol

      • Hi Herman, yes the warm weather is good, probably hotter than you would like though! Raining now, which is so good, we don’t get enough. Thank you so much for the link to those beautiful photos of Bowie. Crazy to say from the other side of the world – but I miss him❤️🐈

        • Thank you so much for your kind comment, Jill! I was surrounded by cats almost whole of my life, but Bowie was the sweetest and kindest of them all. I still miss him every day. But I do enjoy the company of Jimi.

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