Monday, August 31, 2009

Still More Artwork

Thaïs started school today after a two-week break. With much persuasion I managed to get her to open her coloring books:

Don’t miss the thumbs up!And yes, I’m aware of the spelling error.

What A Colorful World — Thaïs’ version of the song.

Painting the monkey’s toes red wasn’t enough, she painted her own toenails as well.

Now this elephant started out with jaundice, but I guess it recovered pretty quick :) She did a fair job with the other colors, until she picked up the red crayon. I don’t have anything against nail polish, but those red patches on the body were puzzling, to say the least. However, she cleared that up for me. “The poor elephant has a rash,” she said. “He has been scratching.”

Thursday, August 20, 2009

When Life Hands You Lemons…

… make lemonade… Or so the saying goes.But Thaïs has her own version…When life hands you dry days…. make your own rain!!



Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ferragosto In Goa – 2009

We’re in August once again.. and with it, for our Italian club here in Goa, comes our annual celebration of Indian independence / ferragosto lunch for members and special guests. For those of you who missed out on Ferragosto in Goa, 2008 you may read my post on it hereThis year we had a comparatively easier time – last year we made the pasta from scratch, this time we bought it and cooked it with 3 varieties of sauces.Also, Liana, our gracious host, made the traditional ‘patollios’ at home so instead, we made banana fritters. Sorry Ave Cleto, I’ve forgotten the Konkani name :) If you don’t know what ‘patollios’ are you’re going to have read last year’s post

Here’s Liana, frying the fritters…

This time, the kids didn’t fight as much :)

Back to the kitchen, Emanuela (our Italian teacher), Maureen (who, last year, demonstrated the art of making pasta), and Liana, turn around to show us their better side…

Mise en place…

And others helped get the decorations up…


Our new club president with his grand-daughter…

Some of us had to struggle a bit…

Even the secretary of the club wasn’t spared…



Passing on the technique…

We did have a couple of experts….


Getting the salad chopped..

Some worked tirelessly…. (L to R) Charlotte, who painstakingly made buttonholes for all of us, and Chiara, who was in and out of the kitchen helping Emanuela with the cooking and the rest of us with the decorations…

Whilst others took a break… :)

The kids had their own agenda…

Supervised by Prof. Ave Cleto….

All that hard work made little Emily hungry…


Revitalized after that short break, we get back to work…

Circolo Italiano director and president planning, strategizing..

OK… Time to put those books away… Let’s play…

Now that the decorations are up, let’s sit down and enjoy the wine…. On the extreme left we have India’s leading bass player Colin D’Cruz who very kindly gave us all Jazz Goa CDs, Merwyn, president Nevett, and Adolfo with Monica, his better half.

Here we have (R to L) Charlotte chatting with Maureen and daughter Leanne who made a surprise dessert profiterole

After all that hard work, wine is well-deserved…

Our secretary Basil with his family.. And everyone wants to carry Emily…

Ahh… lunch time… Let’s dig in…..




And now it’s Emily’s turn to entertain us….


Now for a little business.. Our new president giving his acceptance speech….

And Emily clapping for grandpa…

The official handing-over of presidential duties from Ave Cleto to Nevett…


That done, we sat down with dessert and coffee to watch a concert by Andre Rieu


Sorry Emily… Did my popping flashbulb ruin the concert for you???

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

All About Sight Words


Thaïs has been learning about sight words in school. ‘Sight words’ is the term for words that readers should recognize instantly, for example, and, the, it, is, on… You can find the Wikipedia entry for sight words here.
She now ‘reads’ the newspapers, recognizing all the sight words and yelling them out.
In the past I’ve blogged about Thaïs’ colorful language, which has become even more colorful in the last year. But she does exercise caution, making sure (most of the time) that she doesn’t curse or abuse when there are people other than family around. Nevertheless, I try, however unsuccessfully, to tone her down.
Now, and I don’t how this has happened, she is under the impression that if she has valid reason to abuse, it’s OK. The other day, after she came back from school, she started rattling off all the ‘bad’ words in her vocabulary. “Bastard, swine, idiot, asshole…” she went on.Oh yes, the ‘F’ word too..
So naturally I told her to stop and asked her why she was cursing.
“No, mummy. I’m not cursing… I’m not angry…” Then with a wicked grin, “those are the new sight words we learned in school today.”