"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.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Frisky Poles

I read recently — I believe from Philip Sedwick — that the cosmos not helping with cyberstuff. Well,  I certainly haven't been desirous of blogging, facebooking... etc... for a while now. Thus the abscence of posts, I believe. The non-virtual world's call is stronger right now.

As here my pongáio, let me put this on a shelf:
It's so unkind of science
To go and interfere!
What if the poles should frisk about
And stand upon their heads!
I hope I'm ready for the worst,
Whatever prank betides!
                                       — Emily Dickinson
Rather up-to-date, considering the magnetic poles' movement with the Chilean earthquake.

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Today is the our Autumn Equinox, exact at 14:33.
The Earth will slowly slide into longer nights, shorter daylight.

This year I'm rather relieved at this, as we'll soon be having cooler weather.
Also, with the colder nights, "cold" for us that is, The Very Noisy Neighbors tend to quiet down, much to my relief.

When I read about the reasons for the having seasons here on Earth, many explanations say something like "the tilt of Earth's axis changes, thus receiving more or less sunlight in the southern or northern hemisphere". But that is rather falacious, implying that the Earth changes its tilt, that it "moves about", from an angle of 23°plus to one side of a "vertical axis", swinging to the 23°plus on the other side.
The axis does not change: it always "points" in the same direction. It is the Earth's movement on its orbit around the Sun that causes the effect of more sunlight in one hemisphere than the other.

Below, a very cool interactive site that lets you "play" with the perspective, the viewpoint, and the Earth's orbit, which makes it very easy to see the mechanics of the seasons:

This is an image of the flash site. 
Click HERE to go there:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

We can help each other. We can create and hold a space of safety and support for those who think for themselves instead of avoiding them or calling them weird. We can be informed instead of uncomfortable when someone declines a burger for lunch. We can back off on threat and aggression. We can be less demanding. We can listen without judgment. We can give authentically with no expectation of return. We can receive genuinely with no assumption of debt. 
— Len Wallick Who woulda thunk it? , Planet Waves
Note: my emphasis

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Good Sunday

After the rain, some sunshine and better weather — out of the emotional doldrums also.

Spent the last few day out of the house at my latest project, the new appartment of good friends, getting measurements, taking pics, and trying to figure out how to use the old furnishings, fit them, in the new apt. After a few cad (drawing, that is!) sessions in between, starting to have a glimmering!
The decorator-angel is helping.
The client has some 60's sofas, 80's sofas and tables, older fashioned pieces, some made of now forbidden rosewood.
(and lots and lots of romantic doodads, souvenirs, little paintings...)
Have to get everyone talking harmoniously to each other.

I've added a "real-time" Earth and Moon gadget to my side-bar.
I love the Moon, quite a lunatic, in fact.
I hope it doesn't make the loading here too heavy.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Under the Weather

The weather changed this week.
In the last weeks, except for a few days here and there, we were roasting, or melting, at ±37°C temperatures. At night, it would cool off a bit, but sometimes in the middle of the night, or at dawn, it would heat up again. Not conducive to sleeping well.

Since Monday, though, it's been cooler... and raining: drizzling, misting, sometimes something a little thicker, but not really rain, as it usually rains here. And on and on and on, all day long. And grey. Light grey, dark grey, grey, grey, grey.
A welcome relief.

It does make me want to hunker in at home — having usually beautiful, dry weather, rain feels like a blizzard: me no go out.
Buuut, today I have a lot of errands downtown.

garner up my courage, my umbrella, my carry-all,
prepare to get wet, and go catch the bus. *sigh*

I doesn't help that today I'm having a faint recurrence of a panic attack; just enough to make me really not want to go out!. That deserves another *sigh*  [this time in italics! : )))) ]

Hey Ho! Hey Ho!
Here I go!

Update: Here I go, que nada!
The drizzle turned into a downpour.
While getting ready, everytime I looked out the window more, more, and more, water falling out of the sky.
Argued with myself severely for being such a wimp, but caved in and cancelled my 11 o'clock appointment.
Still have the 4 o'clock. Till then the rain may stop, but will have to go, any which way the rain may fall.

Update #2: Lunchtime — the secretary of the 4 o'clock appointment just called: cancelled!
Sad and happy. Sad not to have the session, happy to be able to stay in, while the rain now pouring buckets outside.


To quote Nathaniel Hawthorne from The Scarlet Letter, “No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
— Len Wallick, Choosing to Survive/Choosing to Live, Planet Waves

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

A Clock! Finally!

Ever since last year,I've been meaning to add a clock gadget on my blog(s). I don't know what happens, but something certainly does, that I do not get to finish the process, e v e r y single time.

Weeeelll... finally, I managed to get from A to B... and the clock is in my sidebar!
I chose this one, although many nice ones there:
A clock in a delicious, roundish-shaped drop of water, dewdrop, or smooth crystal — and I love delicious, roundish, smooth shapes (just check out all the rocks about the house!) as well as transparencies; just too lovely to resist!
I also love watermelon... and pears!
Oh! how to choose?!  

All clocks above from

At ToolShell there are also many cool clocks, as MM can attest:

Monday, March 01, 2010

Have a great day!

From an email sent by a friend, and a good start for a Monday morning:
.....have a 
GREAT Day!!! 
And Enjoy Your Daily Blessings!!!! 
Life is short! 
Forgive quickly!
Love truly, 
Laugh uncontrollably
Let your Light shine brightly
for all the world to see!!!!

(Original font size! To have a really, really great day!)