Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Gestos de amor

Ontem a nossa querida amiga Miriam fez anos e eu resolvi convidá-la para lanchar connosco. A Catarina quis logo fazer o célebre bolo de chocolate e foi ela que preparou tudo. Eu só coloquei o bolo no forno! Mas enquanto eu lavava a loiça ela preparou uma surpresa. Pôs a mesa especialmente para a ocasião:
Depois do bolo pronto, a Catarina resolveu acrescentar mais uns pormenores à mesa. Uma flor, as canecas para o chá e uma moldura que não se vê bem e que tem um cartão que diz: «Que Deus abençoe a nossa casa e todos os que nela entram. Familiares e amigos, sede bem-vindos.»
E aqui está a única foto que se aproveitou de todas as que tirei (infelizmente ficaram todas ainda mais tremidas!). Ah, o bolo estava delicioso!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

O mundo dos sonhos

O meu marido arranjou bilhetes para esta peça e lá fui, com a minha princesa Catarina e mais duas queridas amigas dela, a Maggie e a Mariana. Gostámos muito. Para além de chamar a atenção para os problemas ambientais do nosso planeta, a peça mostra também de uma forma divertida o mundo da Matemática, da escrita e das ciências. Tudo acompanhado com a música de André Sardet, da qual eu sou fã. Uma tarde bem passada.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Mari, from My little corner of the world had this fun quiz on her blog and invited her readers to join in.

The phone rings. Who will it be?
It could be anyone. I receive many phonecalls every day.
When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?
Of course I do.
In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener?
I'm more of a listener. When I was younger, I wouldn't even talk because I was too shy. But now I can do it!
Do you take compliments well?
I'm learning.
Do you play Sudoku?
No! I just hate it.
If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive?
Probably not. If I did, it would be a true miracle.
Did you ever go to camp as a kid?
No. But I did go camping a few times when I was a girl scout and never really liked it!
What was your favorite game as a kid?
I don't think I had a favourite one.
Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you?
I used to think that it was ok to do it but since I became a born again Christian, I think it is not the best thing to do.
Do you like to pursue or be pursued?
I prefer to be pursued.
Use three words to describe yourself?
Joyful, generous, understanding (of course there are also negative things about myself but I'm not teling them right now!!!)
Do any songs make you cry?
Of course. I think everything makes me cry!
Are you continuing your education?
Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth?
How often do you read books?
I'm always reading books. I just love them and I have to limit the time I spend reading because otherwise I wouldn't do my daily chores.
Do you think more about the past, present or future?
Probably the future. I'm addicted to planning even though I know that many times God has different plans for me.
What is your favorite children’s book?
I don't have a favourite one. I read so many books that I can't choose just one.
What color are your eyes?
Where is your dream house located?
In a green, quiet place. Somewhere in the Alps, for example.
If your house was on fire, what would be the first thing you grabbed?
I'm not sure I could take anything with me because I would panic but maybe documents and photos.
When was the last time you were at Olive Garden?
I think Olive Garden is an American restaurant chain but I don't know it!
Where was the furthest place you traveled today?
I spent the whole day at home because I was too tired and had a terrible headache. But I'm feeeling much better now. Thanks God!
Do you like mustard?
Not very much.
Do you look like your mom or dad?
I look like my dad!
How long does it take you in the shower?
I think I take too long because I love showering.
Can you do the splits?
I could never do it!
What movie do you want to see right now?
Julie & Julia, with Meryl Streep, one ofmy favourite actresses.
What did you do for New Year’s?
Last year we went to Madeira island and I loved it but for this year we don't have any plans yet.
Do you think The Grudge was scary?
I had never heard about it but I would never see it.
Do you own a camera phone?
Yes, I do.
What’s the last letter of your middle name?
I have four middle names!
How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
Usually about 8. But 10 would be much better! I love sleeping.
What do you buy at the movies?
The ticket and sometimes popcorns and coke.
Do you know how to play poker?
No. And I don't want to learn.
Do you wear your seat belt?
How many meals do you eat a day?
It depends but usually four.
Do you like funny or serious people better?
I like people who are really good at heart and it doesn't matter if they are funny or serious.
Ever been to L.A.?
No. Never been to the States.
Did you eat a cookie today?
Do you hate chocolate?
Of course not!!! I love chocolate but I know someone who hates it. My husband!
Are you a gullible person?
I think I am.
Are you easy to get along with?
I think so but I'm not the best person to answer this question.
And this is it! If you want to join us, please feel free to do it.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

My sister's keeper

I watched this film yesterday with DD and a friend and I cried from the beginning till the end!!! I loved it though it is was very sad. It shows the pain of cancer but also the beauty in how tragedy can bring people together. My Mum was not sure whether it was a good idea to let my daughter watch this film but I think she needs to know that life is not only made of roses. It also has many thorns.

O sol não brilha mas o dia é lindo porque Deus o criou

Serei feliz hoje!
Embora o céu esteja nublado e cinzento.
Não importa o que apareça no meu caminho -
Serei feliz hoje!
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Creio no sol, mesmo quando ele não está a brilhar.
Creio no amor, mesmo quando não o sinto.
Creio em Deus, mesmo quando Ele está em silêncio.

Encontrei estas frases no livro que acabei de ler ontem, um livro que me foi oferecido por uma querida hóspede brasileira que esteve aqui em casa há pouco tempo. "Atitudes para ser feliz" de Robert Schuller. O autor pega nas Bem-aventuranças e analisa o significado delas hoje, mostrando-nos como a sua aplicação prática pode transformar as nossas vidas.
Um dia muito feliz para todos e que Deus vos abençoe.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Thank you....and a photo to share

I just want to say thank you to my dear blogger friends who visited me last week and left nice comments. I'm visiting you as well but still couldn't comment. I hope to do it soon!

Today I'll leave you with this photo of DD. I just love it. It was taken last July at KidsGames. For those of you who cannot read Portuguese, it says: I am special to God!

Friday, October 02, 2009


This afternoon, my sister-in-law is travelling to India, where my brother is already working. We're going to miss her, as much as we miss my brother, but we know that God is with them. Please pray for them.

Just a little note to say......

....that I am still here!!!!

....that I miss my blogger friends.

....that I'm doing some catching up on reading your blogs but I'm still not commenting (SORRY!).

....that my computer is having too many problems, which makes it very hard to write anything, and I will probably have to buy another one!

....that Fall is here and I love this time of the year!

....and that I turned 40 last Tuesday (29th September) and had such a wonderful time with family and friends.