"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, December 07, 2014

Gomez! Tisha!

Gomez: [Morticia wakes up] Unhappy, darling?
Morticia: Oh, yes. Yes completely.
[Gomez sits]
Morticia: Gomez... Sun. Il me perce comme un poignard.
Gomez: Oh, Tish. That's French.
Morticia: Oui.
Gomez: Cara mia.
[kisses Morticia's hand]
Gomez: En garde, Monsieur Soleil!
Morticia: Gomez...
Gomez: Querida?
Morticia: Last night, you were unhinged. You were like some desperate howling demon. You frightened me. Do it again.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Moon in Sagittarius

New Moon in Sagittarius
Saturday, November 22, 4:32 am PST, 7:32 am EST
The New Moon in visionary Sagittarius opens our hearts and minds to faraway places and big ideas. Imaginative Neptune’s square brings faith and fantasy that either inspires grander visions or takes us well past the limits of reality. This Sun-Moon conjunction in astrology’s most adventurous sign is an invitation to broaden horizons through higher education and travel. It also plants seeds for seeking and speaking the truth. Sagittarius is a sign of both humor and honesty (with a little exaggeration thrown in to make the stories more interesting), but can sometimes lack sensitivity to the insecurities of others. Expressing beliefs openly can feel liberating but it is not a license to judge or lecture people without regard to their feelings. When faith in what we’re saying is shaky, we push others harder to get their support, but when conviction is real there’s no need to force people to agree with us. Responsible Saturn’s conjunction to this lunation is a reminder that the consequences and costs of traveling a new road may not be recognized at first, making caution an essential element of a successful journey.
New Moon Report - Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cool cellos

Saturday, June 21, 2014

For a Friend

Jon Henrik Fjällgren

Gorgeous... beautiful!!!
... even with the grimaces and posturings of the EGOnalities personalities of these panels!
Jon is singing a yoik (or joik or jojk) he wrote about missing his best friend Daniel who had passed in one of the Saami languages. Saami are the minority indigenous people of Nordic Europe and currently inhabit the artic regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Russian Kola Peninsula. Jon was adopted from South America by Swedish Saami people, so he is Saami by culture but not ancestry. I'm an American whose grandmother was Saami from Finland. The joiks I've heard are exceptionally beautiful and ethereal....when listening to a yoik, whether you understand the words or not, makes you feel like you're listening to the whispers of Angels carried by the wind! Namaste'

Here you can go directly to the music; and comes with the following text

       Sami Native Jon Henrik devotes his song to his friend "Daniel"
       who just passed away...
       The lyrics is in Sami language.

       Music And Lyrics By: Jon Henrik Fjällgren

       Please! Visit "Jon henriks" pages to show support to Henrik & Me :)

Lyrics (from comments, 2016)   Daniel p1 ano atrás

       Do you go with me yet, my dear friend,
       Though I no longer see you? Are you still here on earth,
       So as you remain in my heart?
       I lie there and brood,
       It is desolate quiet around me.
       Tears break out and fall,
       I thought of you.

       An angel here was forgotten left,
       Have now got his wings.
       Where do you fly now, my angel?
       Where do you fly now?

       You fly through the pearly gates, say?
       Or the end of the world?
       If you are flying next to me?
       Or am I alone now?

       Where you now are, my friend.
       Wherever the road for you.
       Promise me you'll wait there,
       Until I meet you.

       I hope you're happy now.
       So as I was with you.
       And the pain you have suffered,
       Hope it is forgotten.

       Float freely, my dear friend.
       You are free now.
       And until we meet again,
       Farewell, my angel.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Creative Process

More usual than not!
the creative process

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014


from Belarmo

MÚSICA EN LA CORTE DE CARLOS V - Concierto de Orphénica Lyra.

Intérpretes: Orphénica Lyra - Director: José Miguel Moreno.

- Nuria Rial (Soprano)
- Carlos Mena (Contratenor)
- Guido Balestracci (Viola de gamba soprano)
- Alba Fresno (Viola de gamba tenor)
- Ventura Rico (Viola de gamba bajo)
- Eligio Quinteiro (Guitarra)
- Fernando Paz (Flautas)
- Pedro Estevan (Percusión)
- José Miguel Moreno (Vihuela y dirección)

[Concierto celebrado el 20 de septiembre de 2000, en la iglesia de Saint-Leu, Amiens (France), dentro del "XIII Festival des Cathédrales de Picardie"].

Friday, April 04, 2014

Love Lighing the Dark

"Venus enters Pisces at 4:31 pm EDT Saturday to powerfully evoke where love meets confusion. Powerful because Venus is exalted in Pisces — another way of saying empowered to express itself freely. Love because, among other things, Venus correlates with emotional attractions. Then, there’s confusion.

The likely correspondence to confusion has to do with the first aspect Venus will make upon entrance to Pisces — a conjunction with the centaur object 7066 Nessus."
"When fast and slow objects function to enter a new sign at essentially the same time and come together in the first degree, it’s astonishing timing."
"Because of their orbital characteristics, and probable origins at the shadowy edges of the solar system, astrologers frequently connect centaurs with the psychological concept of shadow material.
Shadow material is complex and nuanced, just like the orbits of centaurs. Nevertheless, it is possible to say the concept is usually about traumatic or otherwise uncomfortable past experience that has not yet been resolved or integrated — persistently following you like a shadow. Eric, among astrology’s pioneers interpreting centaur objects, has demonstrated a strong connection between Nessus and the shadow of abuse."
"Maybe astrologer Robert Hand expressed the truth best when he wrote “In its highest manifestation Venus is love, the emotion that brings people together without force or compulsion.” Perhaps, upon entry to its Pisces exaltation, Venus will be free to express the truth powerfully. Perhaps it is a truth that will set you free of shadow material when Venus and Nessus come together against all odds and without any force or compulsion except synchronicity in the first degree of Pisces come Saturday."

Friday, March 21, 2014

Amazing Shay

Amazing... maybe, flabbergasted?
I'm running out of superlatives... of wow-type words!

There are so many wonderful pictures, that I don't know which ones to choose to show here...

One of my favorite foods...

Shay Aaron - pizza
Can you believe how small and perfect this is?

Shay Aaron - pizza slice

Ohhhh... pancakes!
Shay Aaron pancakes!

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These I've shown are jewelry, but Shay Aaron also makes ones that are "just plain" miniature food, if this term can be used for anything so perfect.

Shay Aaron - making pizza
(Uh... more pizza!)

Shay Aaron - coldcut platter

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Shay Aaron - rye bread

Shay Aaron - bread trays

Shay Aaron - sushi

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Shay Aaron - macarrons

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Shay Aaron - gingerbread charm

Do go to his Flikr, Shay Aaron, to see more of his fantastic work.
He also has an etsy site, Shay Aaron Miniatures, for those who wish to indulge.

Shay Aaron

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In the Arts

Very proud Grammie just has to show: Grandson premiering in the Arts — participating as a "colaborator" in a Yayoi Kusama exhibition!

The work is a revisit of her 2002 project, the obliteration room; now in Brasília.

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The installation, from the Rio exhibit, via

Monday, March 17, 2014


"Every time you feel yourself getting drawn into other people's nonsense, repeat these words:

Monday, February 24, 2014

Ah, the German

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via facebook

Monday, February 17, 2014

Philippe Jaroussky - Portrait a Haute Voix


Ah, Lucilla! ~ Diridindin

For a good start to the week...

"L' Arpeggiata with Lucilla Galeazzi' s perfect voice, final performance at the concert.

Voglio una casa, la voglio bella
Piena di luce come una stella
Piena di sole e di fortuna
E sopra il tetto spunti la luna
Piena di riso, piena di pianto
Casa ti sogno, ti sogno tanto
Diridindindin, Diridindin...

Voglio una casa, per tanta gente
La voglio solida ed accogliente,
Robusta e calda, semplice e vera
Per farci musica matina e sera
E la poesia abbia il suo letto
Voglio abitare sotto a quel tetto.
Diridindindin, Diridindin...

Voglio ogni casa, che sia abitata
E più nessuno dorma per strada
Come un cane a mendicare
Perchè non ha più dove andare
Come una bestia trattato a sputi
E mai nessuno, nessuno lo aiuti.
Diridindindin, Diridindin...

Voglio una casa per i ragazzi,
che non sanno mai dove incontrarsi
e per i vecchi, case capienti
che possano vivere con i parenti
case non care, per le famiglie
e che ci nascano figli e figlie.
Diridindindin, Diridindin...

Ah, vita bella!!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Monteverdi "Zefiro Torna, oh di soavi accenti" ~ Rial & Jaroussky, L'Arpeggiata

Always lovely to hear and see!

From   Monteverdi: Zefiro torna e di soavi accenti - Fouchécourt, Padmore 
       From "Zefiro torna e di soavi accenti", SV 251, madrigal for two tenors with basso continuo 
       Text: Ottavio Rinuccini
       Music: Claudio Monteverdi
       Published in Scherzi musicali II, in 1632

       In this video:
       Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, tenor     Mark Padmore, tenor
       Les Arts Florissants,                    Conducted by William Christie

       Recorded in 1992

       "Rinuccini's poem is a close imitation of Petrarch's sonnet 'Zefiro torna e 'l bel tempo rimena' (no. 310 in the Canzoniere) - set by Monteverdi in his Sixth Book of 1614 - and there are also echoes of the nature imagery of Tasso... The poem seems ready-made for musical setting, even if Monteverdi felt it necessary to clinch the point by changing the first parola rima (Rinuccini's first line is 'Zefiro torna, e di soavi odori', rhyming with 'fiori', 'Clori' and 'canori'). The composer's new 'accenti' prompts a setting for the most part over the syncopated ciaccona bass pattern in a jaunty triple time. Nor does he lose any opportunity to 'paint' the specific images of the text - the 'sweet accents' 'murmuring' through the branches, the flowers made to 'dance' to the wind, the 'sweet an joyous notes' of the nymphs and the (high) mountains, low valleys, and echoing caverns. But for the final tercet Monteverdi shifts to a dissonant madrigalian style, contrasting the joys of spring with the pains of the lover: triple time returns only at the end as the poet counterpoints weeping and singing, the reference to 'canto' providing the final justification for the use of the two gestures that most obviously invoked 'song' in the early seventeenth century, triple-time writing and (in the final cadence) ornamental roulades. Thus Monteverdi's 'Zefiro torna' conventionally plays off aria styles (for the delights of spring) against 'recitative' (for the grieving lover). "
       — Tim Carter

       Zefiro torna, e di soavi accenti
       l'aer fa grato e 'l pie discioglie a l'onde,
       e mormorando tra le verdi fronde,
       fa danzar al bel suon su 'l prato i fiori.

       Inghirlandato il crin Fillide e Clori
       note tempran d'amor care e gioconde;
       e da monti e da valli ime e profonde
       raddoppian l'armonia gli antri canori.

       Sorge più vaga in ciel l'aurora, e 'l sole
       sparge più luci d'or: più puro argento
       fregia di Teti il bel ceruleo manto.

       Sol io, per selve abbandonate e sole,
       l'ardor di due begli occhi e 'l mio tormento,
       come vuol mia ventura, hor piango hor canto.

       Translation (by Tim Carter):

       Zephyrus returns, and with sweet accents
       makes the air pleasing and loosens his foot from the waves,
       and murmuring among the green branches,
       he makes dance to his sound the flowers in the meadows.

       Phyllis and Chloris, garlands on their brow,
       temper their sweet and joyous notes of love;
       and from the mountains and the valleys low and deep
       sonorous caverns echo their harmony.

       Dawn rises more lovely in the heavens,
       and the sun spreads forth more rays of gold;
       while purer silver adorns Thetis' fair cerulean mantle.

       Only I, wandering through abandoned, lonely woods,
       the brightness of two lovely eyes and my torment,
       as my fortune wills it, now I weep, now I sing. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Word Discovery Adventure

Last Saturday we went to Belle-Fille-to-Be's father’s farm, where Grandson Walking Man went on a World Discovery Adventure all by shishelf!

There was Crossing The Abyss!!! many thousand a few meters from us

Playing with The Water Faucet

Also saw and fed flowers to A Big Dog

Touched, and held the “hand”, of A Turtle!

Quite a bit of Antibody Acquisition – playing with Lots of Dried Leaves with Uncle Pediatrician

And Many More Adventures!

Monday, February 10, 2014


Lovely. Beatrix Potter and Miriam Stockley...

Monday, February 03, 2014

Pleiades dance

Performance and Choreography : Saya Watatani , Maki Yokoyama
Director: Nobuyuki Hanabusa
Animator: Seiya Ishii, Nobuyuki Hanabusa
Music : Nobuyuki Hanabusa

Luigi Boccherini ~ Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid

A bit scratchy, but wonderful... and lovely art.

Luigi Bocherini
Quintet en do major per a cordes (Opus 30) núm. 6. G. 324
(Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid)
Le Concert des Nations
Director: Jordi Savall

Here the version from the film, which I love... haven't seen it in a while. Something for tonight?
Ah... tonight last episode Sherlock, if I can bear the BBC here putting 3 minutes of adds for 1 minute of the series. 
Exageration, I know, but it sure as heck feels like it!

(The Commander especially stern and hunkful) 

A little bit more ear and eye candy.

Saturday, January 25, 2014


Finally succumbed to the immense visual temptation of Pinterest!
(Have to curb my Pinterest frenzy!)


Friday, January 24, 2014

More accounts and La Bella Noeva

Getting my accounts done that I let slip off the leash with the general craziness and exhaustion of last semester.
To make it lighter, and enriching...

    La Bella Noeva: Musique italienne du XVII siècle

    01 - Giulio Caccini: Udite Amanti

    02 - Giulio Caccini: Amarilli 
    03 - Biagio Marini: Amante Lontano dalla sua donna
    04 - Claudio Monteverdi: Si dolce è'l tormento 
    05 - Giovanni Stefani: Amante felice 
    06 - Alessandro Grandi: O quam tu pulchra es 
    07 - Guido Morini: Concerto spirituale 
    08 - Claudio Monteverdi: Laudate Dominum 
    09 - Marco Beasley: Tarantella primma, siconna e terza 
    10 - Anonymous: La bella noeva   00:46:55  
    11 - Giuseppe Morini: La cantata sopra l'arcicalascione 
    12 - Giuseppe di Vittorio: Sona'a battenti 
    13 - Capurro & Di Capua: O sole mio 
    14 - Giovanni Stefani: Amante felice

    Marco Beasley: tenor
    Guido Morini • Rossella Croce
Elisa Citterio
    Marco Frezzato • Franco Pavan • Stefano Rocco

    Ensemble Accordone
    Conducted by Guido Morini

    Ensemble website:
    Produced by Ozango © Broadcast by ARTE, 2011

The bellissima La Bella Noeva, with lovely choir, also here.*
(Sorry, can't embed the video!)
*Found the same that can be embeded, below:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Walking Man

Today Grandson came over for a visit.

First day as Independent Walking Man!

With his Mamãe and Papi walked in all by shishelf...
... rather unsteadly, true, but with no handholding or other support!

He has been in training for a little while now but still insecure and at the finger-clutching stage when wanting to get around on those jus-wanna-bite-em, short&chubby little legs — when in first gear, the one hand/one finger clutch; to rev up into fifth, the two hands/two fingers clutch.

But now... FREEDOM!

Walking Man 2

I didn't have this with my kids: the sadness to see the Herr Baby phase ending...
I guess the older we get, the appreciation of Time's changes, the realization of the preciousness of each moment, is deeper and stronger.

Walking Man 2

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Love: Orange and Small

This week I saw on tv two quirky movies that I enjoyed. Both comedies, but not those in-your-face overkill. Both exploring people's ideas of happines and the redeeming aspect of love. One, in a supposedly free-spirited spiritualist community in confrontation with a conservativer rural village; the other, strange and dreamlike, sad and dark, of the possible littleness of peoples' lives and the idea of personal happiness, in a rather strange and weird romantic point of view.

For me, in Sommer in Orange, dealing with a "love community", the acts of most loving kindness in the face of unknown and a different people come not from the "love" disciples, with the exception of a latecomer girl, Leela. They come rather from the mayor's wife and the mailman, in a way the "least" characters, for Lili, the young girl trying so hard to fit into the "normal" of rural village life, or perhaps, just the more ample, acute teenage desire and suffering to "fit in". The love expressed in actual actions, which takes them out of the realm of idealized modes of behaviour, whether "enlightened" or "conservative",

Sommer in Orange
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Small Apartments
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Reveillon ~ NewYear's Passage

More cooking!

Last minute get-together and overnight stay at a friend's beautiful new house in the countryside to celebrate the passage into the New Year of 2014, the Reveillon or as we also say here the "Entering", Entrada.

We were four couples altogether.

Hubby and I did the cooking for the ceia at our home in the afternoon. Translation of ceia: supper, but with a suggestion of a feast to it, as it indeed was!

We started a bit late as had lunch with Son³, BelleFille³ and Herr Baby — Playing with The Baby is Very Important Work and needs time and attention!

We only got started with the cooking on about four o'clock and went right up the time we left at eight thirty (with a little time out for quick bath, packing and party clothes).

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Menu Reveillon 2013
Hors d'Ouvres
Hubby made several*, as he greatly enjoys inventing new combinations.
Kürbiskernöl is a special pumpkin seed oil traditional to the Steiermark region of Austria. It has a dry, nutty flavor and is a surprising dark green color; it’s also great fun to pronounce!
* Tomato, fresh mushroom, hearts of palm drizzled with Kürbiskernöl  
* Dried apricots, softened in port wine and filled with cream & bleu cheese, garnished with nasturtium flowers
* Carpaccio with capers, grana cheese, and seasoned olive oil
* Parma ham, mini Italian tomatoes
* Cheese plate: bleu, camembert, brie... and cherries
Assorted breads – black olive and plain ciabatta, French baguette
 Dried fruit

For the entrée Hubby made again his delicious
Smoked Surubim* Crêpes with Wasabi and Dill Cream Au Gratin

Plat Principal
I made my
Filet Mignon à la Moutarde aux Herbes de Provence 
and Deglacê Cream Sauce
served with the Hostess’s Fluffy Rice

Apfelstrudel with Vanilla Ice Cream
Repeat performance — onto a delicious yummy good thing here!

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The next day, after a leisurely breakfast that I just love, we were to be treated to Bacaulhau a Portuguesa to be made by the husband of one the couples, but there was so much left over from The Feast, that we just served it again for a very late lunch.
As we get older, although we do appreciate food more, we do eat less of it, and a good thing too!

The bacalhau has been set up for another dinner party, a legitimate excuse for more conviviality!

Good friends, beautiful surroundings, good food — an excellent "entrada" to the New Year.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Christmas 2013

Christmas blessings.

Christmas 2013 delight

Our grandson spent Christmas day with us. At 1 yr 3 months, he now was able to interact more with the moment. He had quite a bit of hard work getting some balls off the tree and checking out the lighting — cool bulbs, verified by Grammie first...
Discovering that the plastic, baby-proof balls do boUnCe!

Christmas 2013 delight

Family over for Christmas dinner.

Got up at seven, after going to sleep only at two-thirty am, to put the turkey in oven... with the finalizing etc, actually got it in a little later.
The "stuffing", my father's recipe of Outside the Turkey Onion and Sage Stuffing, I had already made in the day-before's cooking session: a whole other turkey, stuffing and sauce (gravy) for my co-suegros (my Belle Fille-to-be's parents).
When turkey done, made the gravy, again.

For someone "who doesn't cook", I sure was cooking a lot.
I guess the secret is out.

All this irregular cooking on my part in a busy kitchen (I'm a "lone"cook!), with my co-chefs, Gourmet Hubbie and BelleFilleToBe, who was in charge of the crêpe-making, and with "management" and support from said Son², till I got him cracking on the decorating.

During this time, also running about organizing the house, getting Son² to finish the Christmas tree decorations and other last minute things, setting the table — which envolves digging out the special plates and glasses from their hidey-holes as still don't have my kitchen cupboards! — hiding organizing the magazines and books that abound 'round the living room into the various bedrooms...

The last swipe of cloth, the last detail of the table setting finished, the last red bauble hung ... just three minutes before the doorbell rang!
Felt like one of those tv remodling shows!

Christmas Menusurubim crêpes
lombo temperado
   • Smoked Surubim* Crêpes with Wasabi and Dill Cream Au Gratin
   • Roasted Pork Loin with Mustard&Dill Yoghurt Cream Sauce
   • Caraway seed and Olive oil Oven Potatoes
• Ginger and Honey Turkey
• Dad's Outside the Turkey Onion and Sage Stuffing

A beautiful and delicious Apfelstrudel, that a friend makes, with Vanilla Ice Cream
She makes it just like the good ones in Austria and Germany.

*Surubim - Brazilian catfish

Christmas 2013 delight
No pictures of the "before"!

After all the rush, a tranquil delicious dinner and time with family — best way to spend Christmas!

Sunday, January 12, 2014


This week doing some back-posting of half-started posts in my draft folder:

Les Revenants

To be closer to real-time, if not accurate blog-time.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Post Christmas and Hope

Christmas tree and decorations down till next Christmas, and on the Epiphany, or Dia de Reis, as is the tradition here that I've adopted ... when I can manage it!

This past year of 2013 was a very strange year: most excellent times and some very bad times. Certainly not boring!
And my folorn blog very lonely as no energy left for posting. We'll see this year how it goes.

With a chronic mental health problem in the family, which wore me down, and which I let get to my "energy marrow", for the first time I was feeling afraid of a new year starting. At least the "old" wasn't too good, but the known devil. A great part of this fear was just pure exhaustion, and now that I'm a bit recuperated, I'm feeling glimmerings of hope, and my regular good humor somewhat returning.

 Fingers crossed.