Sonidos Serranos

Sonidos Serranos: Sounds of the Sierras...
Reflecting some of my family's interests: God's wonderful creation (especially mountains and hills!), music, and language...

Psalm 121:1-2 (NASB)

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

14 June 2019

“Crazy Cake!”

Both E and DJ enjoy helping to make the weekly “coffee cake” for students in JM’s evening class. E took a turn this week and made “Crazy Cake” – a favorite extended family recipe!

It was declared a success!

And we all agreed that she needs to practice more – on us!

08 June 2019

Late Autumn Foliage!

It’s late autumn – almost winter now – in the southern hemisphere, and the fall foliage everywhere we turn is beautiful! I’ve tried to capture some glimpses while running errands...



JM and I agree that this autumn season has probably been the most beautiful we’ve experienced since we arrived in 2013. One key may be that leaves have stayed on trees longer this year; we haven’t had multiple wind storms like we’ve had in past years – not yet anyway! And the weather hasn’t turned too cold, too suddenly, this year. So we’ve been enjoying an abundance of color – and cool weather!

That said, the weather guy I follow (via fb) said that last night the city of Mercedes (in Soriano on the western side of the country) got temps down to freezing (-0.4°C) for the first time this season. And cold(er), stormy weather is supposed to be arriving soon...

The sweet gums continue to be favorites for our family. This year we’ve been enjoying the multiple shades of red on the one we pass on the way to the school gym where E has class.





And our poinsettias are in full bloom now.



It’s practically impossible to capture the amazing curtain of color lining the back wall of the yard! Thankfully, the three main poinsettia trees seem to be recovering nicely from the storm damage suffered three years ago.

The ones in front are (only!) cuttings I pushed into the ground when I trimmed the original center tree late last year.





These are branches of two of many sycamores lining our avenue.

07 June 2019

¡Vamos, URUGUAY! 💙

Ganamos 3 a 0 en el partido de despedida para la Copa América con goles de Maximiliano Gómez, Luis Suárez y Federico Valverde.

#CopaAmerica2019  #VamosQueVamos  #SomosCelestes

¡Vamos, URUGUAY! 💙

21 May 2019

We ♥ Autumn!

Enjoying our pedestrian culture on a rainy, windy autumn day...

☔🍂🍃

#WeLoveMVD  #LittleJoys  #PlusPrimaryColors


“Singin’ in the Rain!”

20 May 2019

Helpers!

Both E and DJ enjoy helping to make the weekly “coffee cake” for students in JM’s evening class. (E was on deck for the clean-up work at the time of this photo opp!)

We use one of my mom’s favorite recipes: “Busy Day Cake!”


We often like to “spice up” the recipe!
These were an early b-day gift for DJ’s teacher!
(The photo angle was E’s idea!)

17 May 2019

Celebrating Mother’s Day...

I love these two (not-so-Little) People!


I love their creativity!


DJ and I both got to participate in his school program this year!

Look carefully to see DJ’s eyes peering over his letter card!


E and DJ both earned top grades on their first report cards for this 2019 school year, a fact we do not take lightly on our family’s multi-cultural educational journey!





I’m thankful – once again, more than ever – for my own dear mother and for treasured memories...

I’m thankful for the many ways her love still shines! 💛

15 May 2019

Homenaje a Santiago Chalar

El 25 de setiembre del año pasado, Santiago Chalar hubiera cumplido sus 80 años. Anoche en el Teatro Solís de Montevideo se le rindió homenaje. El recital, auspiciado por su hijo Carlos Paravís, fue acompañado por un grupo importante de artistas amigos reconocidos también por sus aportes a la música folclórica del Río de la Plata. Danzas tradicionales, típicas de nuestra región, adornaron varios temas, y las gauchescas fueron las que más disfrutamos JM y yo.

La noche comenzó con la presentación de un sello postal del Correo Uruguayo, que se lanzó justo ayer, en su homenaje como guitarrista uruguayo.



Fue un repertorio emotivo que incluyó mis temas preferidos (entre ellos Canto a Minas, Del templao, Hombre con H, Cuando empieza a amanecer, Pida patrón, Minas y abril), pero para mí faltó Coronilla, aunque sí se mencionó varias veces en el contexto de la historia de otros temas del cantautor.

El entusiasmo del público fue evidente; disfrutamos plenamente de casi dos horas de memorias y homenajes. Y en lo personal, me fui del Solís conmovida: Santiago Chalar formó parte de mi niñez y adolescencia en Minas. (Incluso como Dr. Paravís, médico traumatólogo, la atendió a mi hermana cuando ella se fracturó el tobillo). Y nunca me voy a olvidar del privilegio que fue escucharlo cantar durante un festival criollo, celebrado en el Cerro Artigas.

Y en mis años universitarios, lejos de mi querido Uruguay, su música y poesía (¡en cassette!) fueron un pedacito de mi Uruguay que siempre me acompañaba. Y su música también jugó un rol bastante importante en la amistad que iba formando con mi mejor amigo, quien comenzaba en ese entonces a estudiar más seriamente el castellano... J

¡La experiencia anoche fue hermoso regalo de cumpleaños para mí!