zitting cisticola

the zitting cisticola is the kind of bird you recognize mostly by hearing its periodic “zits” — when you look up, you notice a bird flying in waves, with the sound coinciding with the top of the wave. i was riding my bike through the salt ponds last weekend and noticed this one hanging around on a bush by the side of the road.

it gave me enough time to grab the camera and snap a couple of pictures, before flying away. neat! :)


weeknotes 42-43/2023

– i finally reached inbox zero on my work mailbox! 🎉 this is a rare event, which happens only every few years for me. it feels amazing to see that folder empty, and i’ve been doing my best to keep it that way. the boy has been helping with the most difficult stuff, and iris, our new teammate has been a steady blessing too.

– the lebkuchen dough is ready for its 2-month rest, ahead of advent baking season! our trusty food-processor almost died in the process of making this sticky dough, the poor thing.

– my father reports that the olives from our olive tree that he took north some weeks ago, are eatable! two weeks with running water to lose the acidity, and now they’re ready to be seasoned. amazing!

– the rain is here, and there was so much wind last weekend that lots of trees fell down all over town. it’s kind of heartbreaking, seeing big trees drop like that and be immediately cut down.

– i’ve been playing with dall-e, the image engine. at some point it gave me this lonely santa, who looks like something out of a movie. what’s the story here? who is he waiting for?

– after a month or so of respite, the boy’s non-stop cough is back again… sigh.

– i’ve been a bit restless with my reading, dipping my fingers in lots of different books and not finishing that many, but last week i read through “making comics” by lynda barry, which is a bit like jumping into her art class and given assignments and exercises to do. i wish the library had more of her stuff.

– we watched the one piece live action, and i loved it!

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september 2023 — one second everyday

september was brilliant!

our friends came over for a few days and stayed for the mediterranean diet fair. the food gardens launched. we tasted things here and there on the rota do petisco. played some new board games. started a new sweater for baby LJ. the boy’s cough got worse, then better. tried new recipes. and got ready for the world postcard day!


weeknotes, 39-41/2023

ooof! i got a little distracted, and three weeks have passed in the blink of an eye!

– world postcard day was a whirlwind of excitement and postcards! this year, we decided to put some limits in place on the number of postcards each person could send (so that the algorithm wasn’t straining as much to find addresses)… but things actually backfired and people ended up asking for more addresses than normal 😅 i think somehow we made these addresses sound like a precious resource, and everyone decided they better enjoy them! even then, things went really well, with much enthusiasm and many, many postcards. makes me happy.

– we had the parents over for a few days on that week, and it was nice to catch up with them and taste all the produce that the farm has been growing this summer. we also picked up olives from our own olive tree for the first time! it’s hard to believe we’ve grown this tree from a tiny pot.

– on one of my sleepless early mornings, the thought struck me that maybe i’m entering perimenopause… i googled a few of the random symptoms i’ve been having (erratic sleep, weight gain, heart palpitations, joints pain, frequent headaches) and it makes sense. at least now i can stop worrying about disconnected issues, and be reassured that this is a normal part of life.

– i finished the back pain book i mentioned before, and i don’t want to jinx it, but… i think it might have worked? 😳 i haven’t had much pain for a couple of weeks at least, and no one is more surprised about this than me. i hope it stays that way!

– we went to the birdwatching festival in sagres, and OMG, it was amazing!! part of it was just the fact that we took a 4-day break in sagres (a place we really like). but also, just the amount of great activities organized, and how they opened our horizons — not just for birds, but culturally as well! we had a really nice time, and are planning to go again in future years.

– i started a raised bed in the backyard! right now there’s lettuce, broccoli and beetroots growing, and also some other random seeds. i missed having a place to grow herbs and a few other things.

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august 2023 — one second everyday

i’ve been a bit lazy about compiling these videos, but let’s catch up!

i can barely remember august, other than the joy of having baby LJ in my arms and also the joy of coming back to our own place, to meet all the friends that visit during the summer. :)