"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.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Leeetle House!

A itsy-bitsy leeeetle house/cottage. So cute.
I really would like to fit in one!
I think I would have to have several over some land.

This cutey from Ross Chapin Architects. On his site there several more, some a little larger... all delicious.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Neptune Square Sun

Eric Francis:
I did not realize the Sun was square Neptune today till I checked the aspect list, but this isn’t the first time Neptune has disappeared from the chart; it does that sometimes. Given Neptune’s influence over anything psychic, spiritual or esoteric, it’s an interesting day to start the biggest astrology conference in the world (that I know of, anyway). A cautious astrologer would recommend (as with any square to Neptune) to be cautious what you believe. A square to Neptune is not time for blind faith, nor is it time for unsubstantiated belief. You know you’re under the influence of a Neptune square when appearances count more than discernment; when common sense ceases to be a factor. It is more like false faith and less like true faith, but the beauty of Neptune squares is that they can be the best teachers of impeccability.

5/14/08—The laser-like focus of the critical Virgo Moon sharpens our senses and filters out unnecessary noise. Meanwhile, the Sun's dynamic square to nebulous Neptune fuzzes boundaries and amplifies our fantasies. The tension between these opposite forces can flip us back and forth between two contrary states of consciousness. By paying attention to the differences, though, we can learn a lot about how we process information to reach a conclusion.

Yasmin Boland:
Wednesday May 14 – Moon in Virgo
Hi All, The active astro-link we are all facing now is a tough one between the Sun and Neptune. This smells of confusion and weirdness, deception and illusion. If you’ve already started to suspect that someone’s not being totally honest with you, this is the day to watch out they don’t pull a swifty! It’s also not the ideal day for making long-term decisions you’ll have to stick to later, especially if you’re not really 100% sure of what you’re agreeing to. And the good side of it? You could be about to uncover an untruth – and that can be an amazingly powerful thing to do, non? PS The new Weekly Stars are up…

SAGITTARIUS The most powerful active link right now is between the Sun and Neptune. Neptune, of course, is the planet who causes mss befuddlement when he’s at odds with other planets (as he is now). And for you? He’s only in your Mind Zone! In other words, all of the signs, you’ve got a front row seat when it comes to having your head filled with confusing Neptunian hot air. You probably can’t even get what in Heaven’s name I’m talking about here! If you can possibly avoid making decisions which have to be practical and logical today, do so. You’ll be far better equipped to make them tomorrow!
(asc) LIBRA You’re about to enter a bit of a lovely purple patch as your ruler Venus prepares to make some luscious links to various other planets. That’s the good news. Life should be on the up and up. Except (yes, there is an except) expect if you know you’re letting someone walk all over you and generally treat you like a doormat. Don’t do it Libra! It’s not your style for one thing. And for another, if you keep taking their bad behaviour, well, do you really think they’re ever going to change of their own volition?
(moon) AQUARIUS Mars is now well and truly into your 7th House of Love … and Enemies. So watch out! And tell those around you to watch out as well! Mars in this part of your chart means you are now in a great position to act like a dog with a bone, regarding sorting things out with people which you feel can’t be allowed to be left unresolved any longer. And that’s all fab. However, today, with a Neptune crisis in the skies, you need to make sure you have all the fact before you charge on in there, guns blazing!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Where are the honeybees?

Plight of the HoneybeeIn the past two years, nearly one-third of America's honeybees have vanished. Here's how you can help.
In 2006, America's honeybees started mysteriously abandoning their hives, never to return. Farmers -- many of whom rely on the pollinator to help their crops grow (almonds, apples, avocados, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, cherries, and onions are just a few of the foods that require pollination) -- are understandably worried, as are scientists, who fear the honeybee may be a modern-day canary in a coal mine. Although the bee die-off, also known as colony collapse disorder, continues to alarm and puzzle scientists and beekeepers, experts hypothesize that the likely culprits are pesticides, dwindling food supply, and a new virus that appears to target the bees' immune system.
The flavor of honey depends on the flowers the bees visit. Pale golden honeys, such as those produced from alfalfa or clover, sell best in grocery stores. Darker honeys are savored like good wine by aficionados.The flavor of honey depends on the flowers the bees visit. Pale golden honeys, such as those produced from alfalfa or clover, sell best in grocery stores. Darker honeys are savored like good wine by aficionados.

Busy Bees
Every third bite of food we eat has been pollinated by an industrious honeybee. "The bees' survival depends on how we manage and protect our world," says Burt Shavitz, cofounder of Burt's Bees.

What You Can Do in Your Backyard
Replace some of your lawn with flower beds.
Plant native plant species, which are well-suited for local bee populations. A wealth of honeybee resources -- including a free Pollinator Garden Wheel and a poster depicting North American bee species -- are available at
Reduce or eliminate pesticides and insecticides in the garden whenever possible. Visit for eco-friendly alternatives.
Choose plants that flower at various stages in the growing season to provide a consistent source of food for pollinators. prop:For a free packet of bee-friendly flower seeds, visit
— from Country Living Magazine