Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I was at the garden alone today, after dropping off Husband's lunch at the office, thinking I'd just check on things and pick some green beans. Alas, was I surprised to find several handsome, ready-to-be-picked zucchini!

Monday, July 21, 2014


All things considered--this townhouse's cramped quarters, schedules, weather, Number Two's paperwork and other needs while stateside--it has been a wonderful fun summer and the girls have spent so much time together, be it doing Art, swimming, walking, laughing.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Brookings Book Club

Each month we meet at a wonderful local restaurant downtown, where we have our own private room--an old bank vault! :-)  Some of the ladies come and go as they are able, some are faithfully there. We have had meaningful discussions, much laughter, and tears too. The format and reading selection come from The Well-Read Mom which makes it so easy to lead. The ladies are very appreciative of our book club, but I may be the one who is the most appreciative of all! I look forward to each read and each meeting wholeheartedly, immensely thankful for a new group of friends, intellectual challenges, and spiritual growth too! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Garden produce!

The fennel is fantastic, and so easy to grow! We roast the bulbs in the oven, chopped, with olive oil and a good Parmesan, garnishing it with its own chopped greens before serving. The green beans are yielding very well for the joy of Number Two, green-bean lover par excellence. Number Four, garden-harvester, gets the reward of one of his favorite foods: Homemade waffles!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I never knew my older siblings used fountain pens!

My sister Tereza is just seven years older than me and sent out this morning this interesting post about the school supplies she and my other older siblings remember so well. I do remember some of them, like the wooden pencil holders, and we did own both a mimeograph and that portable typewriter, but I never knew they were still using fountain pens in school!  Also, many of our friends' families had the Barsa Brazilian encyclopedia, but my dad had a complete Britannica, and did I spend hours reading that... and learning more English in the process!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


We took Number Two to visit our garden plot at the Community Gardens! We are proud of our little garden and everything is growing! The second picture shows the duo that actually does the garden work... ;-) The green beans we planted especially for her will be ready this weekend!