"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, September 13, 2010

Monday, Monday

Hubbs got back from Germany on Friday.
       Minus his knapsack.
Just where he carries carried some of his documents, his notebook, the camera, a newly bought video camera, oodles of freeshop chocolate...

After the first shock, then anger (why did he turn his back on the luggage cart???!!!), I calmed down so that when he got in (after the extra time spent with airport police filing report, etc) I was able to commiserate and give him a comfort hug — after all, he was the one who went through the shock of finding that all his special goodies were gone, suffered the hassle of the aftermath, AND had just spent 14 hours-plus travelling.
Up until now our airport has had no, or not notorius, problems with luggage being stolen in the lobby.
Guess we've now been bumped up to The Big Boys Airports.

My tennis shoes and sweater did get back from their extended holiday in Germany, though.
I'm so happy to see them! And the dear soul who went after the bus company, found and kept The Lost Ones all this time, also sent me three Butzelmann stoneware bottles!!!

Wha...? What... are... bootselmuhnnnn stoneware bottles???

At the Flower Show in Hemmer, or on some other occasion with the girls, the subject of bitter digestive drinks came up. Probably someone with an upset tummy. So, Christa, the dear soul, mentions Butzelmann, a "herb liqueur" from the region, and that it comes in a stoneware bottle, at which bit of info I probably had one my enthusiasm freak-outs.
So, when she emails me that tennies&sweater are safe and sound and in her office, she also mentions that she has gathered some empty bottles for me!

And dear, dear, dear Hubby has actually loaded down his cases with them and brought them back!
He truly loves me!

When unpacked, I loved the bottles. And three of them, which makes up a good number for display.
They still have their labels on, which I'm a bit sad of taking off, as there is a cute little man/gnome on them wearing something that suspiciously looks like potato shoes!
(ok, I admit it: I have a "cute" addiction...)

I made a collage with some images I got from the web, as no camera to show mine. (a tear shed for the dearly departed)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Got it done!

Got the living room shelves moved!
Which entailed taking everything out, cleaning, and then relocating the 2 smaller shelf units in the living room.
And then putting everything back in different places, which nearly overtaxed poor Tica & Teca's organization skills.
I did it from about four in the afternoon to eleven-plus at night. My knee certainly did not colaborate in getting up and down ladder and stools, especially at the end of the day.
I 'd stop every once in a while for a breather, do a knee stretch&rest, and to watch some Law&Order and House.
But, IT IS DONE! (...for the meanwhile)


And why do I blog this definitely-not-earthshaking news?
To give my morale a boost!
I do delay, get waylaid, go off in web la-la land, but also do sometimes also get these pesky household jobs done!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010


As I spend times away, when I do come back sometimes there are some new Blogger features. I saw that recently Blogger nows allows for tranparencies. Lovely.

I tried out some of the new blogger templates, but just too much work to find&learn on the template to adjust to my taste right now. I'll just leave as is for the moment, as this one continues to please me.

(But I do want to do something nice with those transparencies!!!)


Oh dear!
After posting yesterday, I saw that the last two posts are of me being waylaid by the delights of webland.
Or, just not getting my work done! How blush-making!  blush1still blush2

My only excuse is that when I'm not waylaid (by myself: no victims here!), I'm actually doing some of the projects proposed. Not too many, as I seem do be in a not very productive phase, alternating intense, almost obsessive work periods with periods of not knowing where time went with hardly anything done. *sigh*

Maybe it's age. My brother does say: Older, Fatter, Slower
I can give checks to all three.

I do hope that its just a low ebb, and that I'll get peppier soon.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Not reorganizing my shelves!

Today, as part of the Sept. 7th holiday, I had planned to clean out the shelves in the living room in order to change their places.

Before starting I checked in my webworld as usual, and can't remember how now, came across The Adventures of Elizabeth, Elizabeth Maxson's blog.

The Adventures of Elizabeth title

I read a few posts, but then just had to go to the beginning and read them all! There went the shelves&moving!

I enjoy "decorating", art, and craft blogs, especially those with before-and-after pictures (lovely photos, she is also a great photographer). She has those plus loads of good ideas and great tips. As in all the blogs I especially enjoy, what kept me interested was her story: she welcomes us into her real world, and not just the glamour of a talented designer/craftswoman/boutique-owner's experience. Her humanity touched me; her rising above her difficulties, and sharing the gifts of insight she gained from them.
I actually was moved enough to actually write a comment, something I don't usually do, as sad to say, this still a place where my old shyness comes over me.

Or maybe it's just that she also loves the movie Fargo, which coincidendently I just saw again, again, last night.

Well, now back to my world.
*sigh* Is there still time to work on the shelves?
Since it is a holiday, I guess not.
I'll just have to console myself by watching my novelinha and having some pizza for dinner. After all, Hubby is in Germany, working but, I'm sure, sacrificing himself to some alt Bier, poor thing. Sons² and ³ are on holiday trip or with girfriend.

Poor, poor me. I guess I'll just have to have a glass of wine with that pizza.

*I just did a Google check to see if I wrote beer correctly in German (I did) and came across How to say "beer" in several languages, good for a quick laugh and some yeast&hops culture. I'm so glad to know that beer in:

       •  Corellian: Lum (in case you find yourself in the Star Wars universe)
and that
       •  English (old): Beor (in case you drunkenly invent a time machine)