"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.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Les Revenants

This week finished watching the season of the series, "Les Revenants", (The Returned).
As is the new usual, googled it and found interesting info, including that it's only about a year old! So, very new!
I ususally get excited about some music, tv or movie, only to find out it's quite some years old.

One of the best parts, or "characters", due to its presence and contribution to the impact of the series, is its music/soundtrack. Like in Fargo, which would not be the movie it is without its soundtrack.

A little more googling and found the soundtrack...

A group, Mogwai, that (as explained above) I hadn't heard of, composed the music specially for the soundtrack.
Gizmo, the Mogwai
(see those almost gross-out fingers and toes?
I believe they're human ones, but weird over all)

A Mogwai to me was, up to this date, the furry, overtly cute but somewhat-off-putting (those weird fingers), creature from which the Gremlins were spawned in the 1984 movie.
(Well, that certainly dates me!)

I'm in the direct replay mode for this album; quite enjoying it.
Does nicely as a soundtrack for trying to working on my accounts.


Friday, November 29, 2013


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Although no official holiday here where I live, we have always tried to do a family dinner to celebrate, usually on the following Saturday. This year on the Monday I decided to make a dinner for the regular lunch hour on the day, Thursday, and those of the family who could make it would come. (nearly all those who live here in town made it!).

We also had the presence of my Norinha³ and our/The Grandson. As she is working in another state and comes back and forth, not always do we have the happiness of having them for a celebration.

I am working on giving daily, several-times-a-daily, thanks for all the blessings we have.
Also for my "homework", working on my surrendering to God...
I do so want to micro-manage the Universe! 
And know the outcomes!
Getting through this difficult time is really testing my faith.

So, although really frazzled, I did want to celebrate a happy family moment and give thanks — and which all came together to happen.

Thanksgiving 2013 4 generations
Nana (Great Gran), Grammie (Gran), Herr Baby (New!)
Four generations were at the table — Blessing!

Friday, November 01, 2013

Tous les Soleils

Last week saw the film Tous Les Soleils... nice and light, with lovely music.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Stefano Landi - "Augellin" - L'Arpeggiata, Marco Beasley

Stephano Landi (1587-1639) 
Marco Beasley ~ L'Arpeggiata

Che'l tuo amor
Segui ogn'hor
Dal faggio al pin;
E spiegando i bei concenti
Vai temprando
Col tuo canto i miei lamenti.

Il mio Sol troppo fier,
Troppo altier,
Del mio gran duol
Clori amata, Clori bella,
M'odia ingrata
A' miei prieghi empia e rubella.

Non sia più
Cruda no, morirò
S'ella è qual fù;
Taci, taci, che già pia
Porge i baci,
Al mio labro l'alba mia.

Segui augel
Né sdegnar
Di formar
Canto novel;
Fuor del seno amorosetto
Mostra à pieno
La tua gioia, il mio diletto.

      Paintings by Bouguereau

Word rant

Warning: This is a rant!

Ok... so what's with Microsoft ?!!! (I'm sure I'm just one of millions of users swearing at *It/them***).

Recently changed from Word 2003 to 2007. Ok, ok, so I'm late.


Microsoft has c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y hidden all the formatting buttons in a myriad of fancy-looking but not-needed tabs and twice or thrice hidden the commands in mysterious menus.
The game: You are Suckers! Blaaaannnhhh!!!

So, instead of just getting the work done, oh no, you must play hide and seek. And if you are so lucky as to actually find what you want, you'll still do it in three or more steps than before.

***Pot party during software-making time? or just sheer bloody-mindedness? or should that be an "and/or" and an extended list of mind impairing drugs?

And, this unfortunate trend just continues onwards-and-backwards to the 2010 and 2013 versions.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Co- and Inter-

“Codependency is defined as a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (typically narcissism or drug addiction); and in broader terms, it refers to the dependence on the needs of, or control of, another…Codependency may also be characterized by denial, low self-esteem, excessive compliance, or control patterns.[2]Narcissists are considered to be natural magnets for the codependent.”
“interdependence – a reciprocal relation between interdependent entities (objects or individuals or groups). This concept differs from a dependence relationship, where some members are dependent and some are not.
In an interdependent relationship, participants may be emotionally, economically, ecologically and/or morally reliant on and responsible to each other. An interdependent relationship can arise between two or more cooperative autonomous participants (e.g. – co-op). Some people advocate freedom orindependence as the ultimate good; others do the same with devotion to one’sfamily, community, or society. Interdependence can be a common ground between these aspirations.”