Brazilian Folklore Series

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Hello, darlings! How are you all doing? Well, I hope!

I’m doing well enough, though life’s still a bit rough. Moving is well, moving slowly, and I’m still figuring out what will be done of my apartment. Things will eventually fall into place, I’m sure.

But this is not what I’m here for! I’m here to talk about the new series I have been promising for a while, the Brazilian Folklore Series.

Brazil, as most nations, has a very rich and varied folklore. Our country was inhabited by the Natives (Índios, as they are called here – it is not an offensive term in Portuguese), colonized by white Portuguese people, and those brought in enslaved people from various parts of Africa, with various languages, traditions and religions. Those three were the foundations of the Brazilian people, and their legends and beliefs are what forms our folklore.

I will be bringing up a lot of information and legends, and, whenever the origin of said legend is known, I will list it on the post.

I’m really looking forward to getting it started! Feel free to ask any questions you have, and I’ll answer them in the comments or as a post if it’s a really long answer!

See you on the next!

Small update, March 06, 2022

My old dice and miniatures

Hey, everyone, hope you’re all doing well! Just dropping by to preemptively explain some possible delays on the next posts, as I’m going through a move!

While I don’t come back, I must also very proudly state that my ten year old niece found my old D&D materials in my old bedroom and took possession of it all with my blessing.

We have a new generation of roleplayers in this family.

See you soon, I’m sure!

Just a random picture for Feb 26, 2022

I don’t own this picture. Source.

Hello, my pretties! How are you all doing? Well, I hope!

I’m doing well enough, slowly getting better from the plague. I’m also working on researching for my upcoming Brazilian folklore series.

In order to not leave you without anything for too long, though, I thought I’d drop a little random picture for today. If you use it for writing inspiration, I’d love to be tagged so I can read your post!

Without further ado, I’ll love you and leave you for now.

See you on the next!

It’s been a while… life update February 2022 + Dog picture for no reason

This is Leo when he knows you have food

Hello, my pretties! How are you all doing? Well, I hope!

I’m… alive, which is sometimes all you can aspire to.

My mental health has been shaky at best. My brother or SIL did me the favor of giving me COVID – they came over knowing they both had been exposed and took no precautions at all, fun times. And I’m just burned out at work, with pretty much everything being piled up on me unless one of my coworkers gets bored and decides to get some work done.

I still want to keep the blog, though. It’s something to focus on, it’s a source of joy and I love to connect with my fellow bloggers. I’ve been considering keeping up with the random pictures, and also doing a series here and there. I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a series talking about Brazilian folklore and maybe other cultural traits, such as food and habits. I’ll see how that goes.

Oh, and to make things a bit less grim, I have posted a picture of my brother’s pup, Leo, for you all to see. He spent a few weeks here and he’s adorable. I definitely like him better than I like my brother. I may or may note be kidding.

Until then, what have you all been up to?

See you on the next!

A certain dose of healthy neglect

Hello, my pretties! How are you all doing? Well, I hope!

I’m doing alright. Still getting used to the new job realities, but slowly relaxing and making some plans to move forward with life and make things a bit better. You know, the usual stuff.

I debated posting a random picture today, but it felt a bit lazy, and I wanted to approach this theme today, so here we are. We’re going to talk about “healthy neglect” today.

What do I mean by healthy neglect? No, I don’t mean actual neglect. I mean the opposite of being a helicopter parent, that’s all. As a child born in the 80s, I was subjected to that healthy dose of neglect. My mother had a nanny for us until I was 10 and my brother was 12. Once we reached that age and our nanny moved back to her hometown, we became latchkey kids. We’d wake up on our own, take a shower, get ready for school, etc, and then go have breakfast either mom or dad had made while we got dressed. One of our parents would drop us off at school before taking the bus to work. Then, we’d leave school and go home. A friendly neighbor would heat our lunch for us up until a certain age, and then we’d take care of ourselves and each other – we’d have lunch, do homework, do whatever chores we had to do that day, and then go outside and play with other children until our mom came home at around 5 pm. We’d go home around this time and help mom with dinner or just stay out of the way, depending on what she was doing. Then once dad came home at around 8 pm, we’d sit down for dinner, prepare our backpack and uniform (our school had one) for the next day and then go to bed. Rinse and repeat the next day.

Other than if one of us were sick, we didn’t call our parents for anything, as we knew they’d be home at the usual time. We survived that. The fact that we lived a ten-minute walk from our grandparents helped too, though we rarely if ever needed help from them. We still knew their number by heart, just in case (I can still recite it today).

All in all, though, most of the time, we were responsible for each other. I was thinking about how different things are today, seeing my niece who is the age I was when I started having the key to home, and her mother still has to sit by her side and make sure she’s eating, sometimes spoon-feeding her. She’s got a stay at home mom, so maybe it’s a different thing, but still… I don’t really know. I see so many kids who would be old enough to know better behave in some really odd ways – breaking things, bothering the neighbors, things of the sort – when unsupervised, I can’t really explain or understand.

Has the pendulum moved too far in the opposite direction? If so, why? Do you have an opinion on that? If you do, and especially if you have children, I’d love to hear your opinion!

See you on the next!

More changes at work… yay

Hey, everyone, how are you all?

I’m alive and not too bad, all things considered!

It’s been a while, I know. I’m still here, just trying to reorganize my life and all that fun stuff.

And because why not, I’m having yet more changes at work. Changes that mean a bit of extra coin, but also less work-life balance. And I’m not sure how I feel about that.

I’m tired, to be honest. Really tired. But on the other hand, I can’t afford – financially, physically, and mental health wise – to stop working. I guess I’ll have to make lemonade out of those lemons and save up while I figure out what to do next? I guess that’s all I can do now.

As for this space here, I’ll probably spend more time posting short updates and random pics, but I’m not going anywhere.

I think that’s it for today… if you have any suggestions or ideas, or just want to tell me to stop whining, the comments are open!

See you on the next!

Last random picture of 2021

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Dragon and Mouse – Click for source

Hello, darlings! How are you all? Doing well, I hope!

I’m doing well enough, counting the days for a new year and hoping it’ll be better than this one!

With the year coming to an end, and me being way too lazy to actually type up a decent post, thought I’d give you all the last random picture of the year. Hope you enjoy it!

Along with the picture, I wish you all a great New Year if we don’t talk again before 2022!

See you on the next!

Little life update – December 20th, 2021

Hello, everyone! How are you all doing? Well, I hope!

I’m alive, and not doing too badly all things considered. With the end of the year approaching, I thought I’d update you all a little on my life – I’m sure you had been waiting at the edge of your seats, right?

Without further ado, here goes nothing:

1- I’m still very much single, and very much considering staying this way- I’m starting to feel too much like the old grumpy spinster to go back in the dating pool;

2- I’ve finally gotten around to investing some money. Just a little, but at 39, it’s about time I try my hand;

3- I’ve also gotten a small, but significant raise, which will definitely help with this whole investing thing;

4- The 9th was my ex’s birthday and I had forgotten to take it off my calendar. That notification hurt, y’all;

5- I’ll work until the 22nd and then only next year – I can’t wait;

6- My brother had started talking to me again, but it only lasted for as long as he needed something – he’s gone back to radio silence now – oh, well;

7- I’m getting the itch to move again – because of course I am;

8- I’m learning how to use Blogger again and getting used to writing more in Portuguese – both things are pretty interesting after spending so long writing only/mostly in English and on WordPress.

I guess that’s pretty much it. Everything else is doing just fine. I’m healthy, albeit tired, and everything else is more of the same. Next post will probably be one of those random pictures – I’ve already chosen it, and will post it unless something more important happens between now and then.

What about you all? How are you doing? Any news in your lives? Take care, and see you on the next!

How did the meatless week go?

Hello, my darlings! How are you all? Doing well, I hope!

I’m doing well enough – having some really busy days, and looking forward to the holidays so I can get some rest. You know, the usual.

And I’m here to report on the meatless week, as I had mentioned it prior to starting it.

First things first, I did manage to complete it. Here are some highlights:

  • There was a lot of cheese, milk and lentils;
  • I was really tired most of the time (more than usual);
  • I was always hungry (more than usual);
  • I was a bit cranky;
  • I lost a little bit of weight.

So, that was pretty much it. I’m not even that much of a carnivore, but the idea that I could not have meat made me crave it like crazy. As soon as I could today, I ordered a juicy burger, and it was the greatest thing I’ve ever eaten.

I guess the conclusion I can come to is that I’m not cut out to be a vegetarian.

Do you have any suggestions of something else I should try? Yes, I am a glutton for punishment. 🙂

See you on the next!

A meatless week?

Hello, my darlings! How are you doing? Well, I hope!

I’m doing well enough. Life’s a bit rushed, but things should start getting slower the closer we get to the holidays. I can’t wait for those sweet, sweet days off.

Until then, I’m dealing with tiredness, the heat, and some boredom, as you do. And, since I need to fill the weeks until the holidays, I thought I’d make a few week-long changes to my lifestyle.

This one is a meat-free week. I’d have started it today, but the order I placed without meat came with, and I didn’t feel comfortable wasting food, so I’ll start tomorrow and go on until the next Tuesday. Once that time is over, I’ll have to think of something for the next week – or maybe go a while longe without meat, who knows?

What about you? Have you chosen to go without something for any length of time for no reason other than because you wanted to? If so, what was it and how long did you last? And, do you have any suggestions of things I should try to go without next? (I’m already mostly going without coffee, so this one’s out)

See you all on the next post!

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