"Pongáio" was the name my Aunt Mona gave to a long, green, cool room where we gathered at her home —
replete with comfy chairs, a rocker, sewing machine, sewing goods, beautiful beads, shelves, books, bibelots, photographs, odds'n'ends, mementos of a life, treasures —
a gathering of all the useful & 'useless' things that so make life a pleasure.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Cottage Love

I love cottages.
The tiny kind, not the Newportish giants.

Since a girl, I would save those little house plans and drawings at the end of the Country Living Magazine... the smaller the better.
I really, reeeeelly love little houses and cottages...

But, and a BIG BUT at that, I don't know if I'd actually (ever) manage to live in one:
too much" precious stuff "!

And... where would that dream deep-soaking-bathtub go? (Although, I think one of those could be fitted in)

I do have to go on a personal de-stuff-ing crusade... *sigh*

I'd love houses to be teeny on the outside and big on the inside, as I imagine Mrs. (Ma) Shoe's must be, to fit in all those children. Even stacked on kiddie shelves, a lot of room would be needed!

As not possible with the physics of this world (yet...?), I'll just keep collecting images and sighing over them.
Ah, yes! And slowly sending my preciosities (a.k.a the j-word, my s dear j-u-n-k) to new homes.

Ma Shoe's House
from web

Update: images & poetry!
More There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe:

old woman's shoe
Drawing of There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe by Kronheim, c.1875
                          There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
                          She had so many children, she didn't know what to do;
                          She gave them some broth without any bread;
                          Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

The earliest printed version in Joseph Ritson's Gammer Gurton's Garland in 1794 has the coarser last line:
                          She whipp'd all their bums, and sent them to bed.
from Wikipedia

Friday, November 16, 2007

Badi Assad

... marvelous!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
You are making a commitment in a relationship you don't know you're making, though I think you will like the results. There seem to be two processes of joining or union going on in your life: one that you're conscious of, and one that is rather cryptic, and which defies comprehension. You are more than aware enough to tune into both of them, though you may not want to, need to, or be curious. The results may be enough. Yet the deeper level of awareness, the emotional level, will give you a great deal of satisfaction if you allow yourself to go there. You do go there, by the way, when you dive in and question your motives and see all sides of the equation. You go there when you feel raw passion that is not connected to any specific vision for the world, but which you know on some level is driving you forward.
--- Planet Waves

Scorpio New Moon

"Sabian Symbol by Marc Edmund Jones for this New Moon degree is: 'A woods rich in autumn coloring. This is a symbol of nature's high ministry of service to every function and purpose of individual living, and of the varying manifestations of a reality supported and brought to its genuine fruitage by the eternal and illimitable resources on every hand. There is here an exaltation of every ideal potentiality, dramatized in the form of inevitable and universal consummations of order and beauty. Life achieves its ultimate promise in a personal excellence, which may be found compounded a thousand-fold. The keyword is fulfillment.' "
--- Kirsti Melto and Eric Francis, Lunations - Scorpio New Moon
New Moon degree: 17 Scorpio

Friday, November 09, 2007

Via Combusta

From Lunabar :

Moon in Via Combusta
Literally “the path of combustion,” the Via Combusta is a section of the zodiac regarded by the ancients as unfortunate, or challenging. The Moon in the Via Combusta tends to have a negative or disrupting effect.
Lunabar regards the Via Combusta as comprising 15° Libra through 15° Scorpio in the tropical Zodiac.

For November 2007

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
You may, for the moment, not quite understand where a certain person is coming from or the agreements they need to live by, but you do seem destined to find out. You also have a sense that they speak for a hidden dimension of yourself that you wish would be more directly available, but different people around us always give voices to different aspects of our psyche. In any event, he or she has adopted a viewpoint that on one level seems unusual and on another level involves exploring the most basic questions of relationship. Here is the central difference between you: for them, the experiment is the central reward. For you, there is beauty in the secondary reward or recognition. What you have in common is that you are both obsessed with living in an elegant way. The beauty factor is essential, and there is beauty both in balance and in the process of working out the adjustments and chemistry that lead to balance. Then comes that mysterious moment when something that has been created takes on a life and message of its own.
--- Planet Waves Monthly

New Moon - 20:03

New Moon in Scorpio Friday, November 9, 3:03 pm PST, Thursday, 6:03 pm EST

The intense emotional force of the Scorpio New Moon usually drives feelings deep inside to scoop up pieces of the past and re-examine them in light of current circumstances. This time, supportive trines to the Sun-Moon conjunction from active Mars and revolutionary Uranus provide powerful motivation for letting go of old wounds, uncovering hidden resources, and applying them in new and different ways. Freedom from chronic emotional pain comes by following intuition and moving forward, rather than looking back and being mired in disappointment. Mystical Neptune's square adds a spiritual dimension that increases the capacity to forgive yourself and others.
--- New Moon Report, November 9, 2007 - by Jeff Jawer

Monday, November 05, 2007

"Reiki Ideals" I

Just for today, I will let go of anger
Just for today, I will let go of worry
Just for today, I will give thanks for many blessings
Just for today, I will work honestly
Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing.
— "Reiki Ideals", Takata

Mark Twain

"Don't let your schoolin' get in the way of your learnin'."
— Mark Twain