"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.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

My Own Private Idaho...

Wandering among my music folders, here in my Pongaio, I found this song of the B52s.... does this take me back! I quickly went to Youtube and found some great videos.

The quirky, funny, mocking, sharpness,... those marvelous, what were then corny, but now is vintage, my dear, getups... and the energy! The faaabulous 80s, with that hint of irony!
And to believe I was at Rock in Rio in 1985 and saw them live!
250 thousand people all dancing along!

I do believe I've been in my own private Idaho a bit too long this year!
You're living in your own Private Idaho
Living in your own Private Idaho
Underground like a wild potato.
You're livin in your own Private Idaho. Idaho.
You're out of control, the rivers that roll,
you fell into the water and down to Idaho.
Get out of that state, get out of that state you're in.
...and this:

Always thought there were quite a few someones partying&printing in basements in Brazilia in those astronamically-high inflation years!!!
So much legal tender flooding the market place.
Aaah! Must've been the in same unsavory "porões da ditadura"!

Just love the charrming, that certain simple life granny-canning-in-the-basement touch:
Livin' simple and trying to get by
But honey, prices have shot through the sky
So I fixed up the basement with
What I was a-workin' with
Stocked it full of jelly jars
And heavy equipment
We're in the basement...

Friday, December 11, 2009

Importing... II

Well... I did it!

... and, doing something wrong, it actually came out right!

Since I wasn't able to read those weird, horrid, confirmation-text letters correctly, I had to do the process again, and this time I forgot to mark the "import and publish" box.
So, they weren't. (duuuhhh!...) (... I'm a bit slow to understand all these instructions!)
As this is exactly what I wanted to do for this "new", mainly English, Pongaio blog, all I can say is: yea!!!

Now I can go slowly choosing and translating (if needed) the posts to add here.

Importing... I

I'm going to try "import other blog"... hope it works!
Huh... ... ... maybe not? ["medaaaaaa"... acared, mama!]
Aaaaah, why not!


Not so good a day, so far. I think result of the bodywork on Wednesday. Sinus-y, nauseous-y, and generally ugh-y.
Buuut... happy that I got this blog up and running!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

December Already!

My birthday has come and gone, this year falling on the Thanksgiving weekend. I'm still going to post some photos of my lovely presents from family.

The year continues to zoom along: already almost the middle of December!

I brought the little Christmas tree to set up. The connector of the top and bottom parts is damaged. I'll have to figure a make-do solution... and quick! Before Christmas has come and gone!

This little tree is so small   : (  
I like a taaalll tree, but the circumferece of my parent's old one (that's about 40 yrs old!), is too big for the space in our new apt. Everything has to be the little-footprint-type of thing! I'll put on top of something to get greater height, but what?

Minutinho Blog — "Christmas-y"

A minutinho here today, a little minute, to write something, and try out this blog background, Dear Santa, from The Cutest Blog on the Block that has great tips, and lots of goodies.

The images seem to float!... Hmmmnnnn... actually the text moving, and the transparent effect fooling the eye!

The loading of the background takes a rather loooong time, though.

For a better appearance, I'd have to adjust the margin of the posts, and change font/link colors. (done... with blogger-post-format)

Update: I modified the background image, for a better placement of the text. I uploaded it to my Photobucket, but the linked image too small! It seems freebie account limited in size!?
So, uploaded it to Picasa... after a bit of a fight to get the right html tag, it finally worked! Never thought I'd be back, but: yea, Picasa!!!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Duo Siqueira Lima


Also at (better image and sound, but can´t be embedded): Duo Siqueira Lima at the Brazilian Music Institute, 2009

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Great find: Posy!

Off and on, checking out helpfull blogging sites, and gaining ideias and info about making a new template, or at least, a new background. I don't know if I'll go with my orignal ideia of a rose floral patchwork... or what.

On my searches for my recent obsessions:
cottages, roses, miniatures, skies, ... ,
I've como across some inspiring blogs.

A favorite is Posy , Jane's blog from Devon.
From her's onwards, a whole world of mother-of-three (coincidence) creative, crafting, home-loving women's blogs. Enough to make one learn how to sew after all these years!