"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 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Prepared the turkey for its roasting early tomorrow morning
(Note to self: Put in oven at 07:00!), and other ingredients for tomorrow's Christmas dinner all organized.
Ufa! What a week, but everything's now pretty much done/planned...
I see that I still haven't recovered my stamina after the surgery.

Tonight, we go to my friend and youngest son's godmother's home, for their Christmas Eve family dinner.
It will be lovely, I'm sure — dear friends, laughter, and caring.

Merry Christmas!

Gerard van Honthorst, 1622
(click to enlarge)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas: Butzelmann&Roses

Remember my Butzelmann bottles?

Here they are, all dressed for Christmas!


I sent the photo, along with my Christmas card, to the friend who sent them from Germany.
To you, dear:


Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Got the tree up!
Happy dance, happy dance!
(This year, I actually got it up on Dec. 12th — Yea! Triple happy dance!)

 Tannenbaum 2011
Ode To Christmas Tree
click to enlarge

Got some candles lit...

And a few friends 'round the house...
(it's blurred cause the critters won't stay still!...)
(... not my hand shaking!)

Happy Holidays to all!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas heart

  "Christmas is not just a holiday for sparkles, roast and trees.
   It's something you do by sharing your hands and your heart
   with people everyday."  ~  overthinking

Thursday, December 08, 2011


For some time now I've been interested in qigong. Its soft, flowing movements appeal greatly to me. I haven't yet found a teacher where I live, but found many videos on Youtube.
I especially liked the ones by Cheyne Towers.

The following one, although for someone who already knows the moves, is very calming to watch.