31 January 2016

'The day I rode a cop car' --link

I thought I would post a link to my memories blog about this post, which wasn't really a memory from way back but happenned to me when I was in the US in 2009.  The whole incident was hilarious.

31 December 2015

Christmas (just) past

And so another Christmas is gone.  I no longer feel the enthusiasm to take out our tree from storage and decorate it.  Luckily for me, my daughter & her daughter came over for a weekend (she lives 2 hrs drive away) and decorated the tree.

This time, for dinner on Christmas Day, my daughter and family and a nephew and niece were with us.  I cannot believe that I cooked a dinner, all by myself, me, for whom cooking is a depressing chore!  We had a chicken roast, a coca-cola pork pot roast, beans with bacon, a mushroom sauce, salad, garlic bread and icecream for dessert.  I think I'm writing this down just to remind myself, at some later date, that I actually did it.  Incidentally, except for the chicken, the recipes I got mostly through pinterest.  Thank you Pinterest!  Unfortunately nobody thought of taking any pictures.

Well now the end of 2015 is almost upon us.  I do hope that 2016 will be a more peaceful year than this one was.  Wishing everyone a peaceful and productive 2016.

20 December 2015

Winter in Kerala

It is winter here 9.6°N of the equator.  The sun shines with almost as much heat as usual.  But the angle of the sunlight is different.  The quality of the light makes the air feel just a tad cooler, the bird calls sound wintry and as I look at the sky I feel a yearning, [as Hans Christian Andersen's ugly duckling must have felt when he saw the other swans flying south at the beginning of winter] a yearning to be a bird, flying high in the thinner air.  There is also a tug in my heart, a nostalgia for times gone by.  The light makes me aware that another year is on it's way out and a new one to come, hopefully more peaceful than this one was.
The shadows chase each other outside my window, but the shadows are fuzzy, not stark and the light gentle.
I love the December light.

06 September 2015

US summer

I was in the US of A for around 5 weeks and just got back a week ago.  As it was summer, we didn't have to load ourself up with extra clothing--our usual clothing for India was enough.  There is a beautiful lake near where my son lives and I managed to walk almost every day, which certainly upped my stamina.  But alas, all the desserts that are so easily available there, proved too much to resist towards the end of my stay and therefore, I have become a little more well endowed.  The next time I shall endeavour to use a little more restraint and only eat dark chocolate and fruits and maybe the occasional gelato!
I really, really do want to go in Fall once.

19 July 2015

Off to the US for a month.  It should be lovely there now.  Am sure it will be very pleasant walking around the lake near my son's home.  Looking forward to seeing summer in her full glory.

26 June 2015

Z is for Zzzs

At last it's the end of the A to Z blog posts and naturally it should end with zzzzzs--sleep beautiful sleep.


Z is for zither, zip, zig-zag and zit
Zero and zest, zingy and zeitgist
It's also for Zamorin, Zachariah, zebra
And last but not least, zzzzs and Za!!

25 June 2015

Y is for Youth, Yesterday, Yawn

Youth is what seems so prized, that today, so many people--who can no longer make any claim to youth--wish to continue looking young and put themselves through so much, to achieve that end.  But I am guessing that even those who want to look young, won't really want to go back to their youth.  Whenever I think about it, I am quite glad I am no longer a teenager, especially in today's world, where anything deemed as weakness can be exposed and ripped apart cruelly, not just by your own circle, but by the world at large.  When one is young, one is so conscious of one's shortfalls,plus the need to impress the world around is so great.  The angst of the young can be so torturous.  It's good to grow out of that.
Now youthfulness is another thing altogether.  To me it signifies someone with the mental/physical energy of youth, but without the angst, someone who has gained wisdom from all the experiences they have been through and still have enthusiasm for life.  I have a much older cousin like that, still ready--at 83--to have fun, and it's not that she's a super healthy 80 year old either.

Yesterdays are what those folks, not in their youth, have plenty of.  My yesterdays form a kaleidoscope of colour, some blue, some really dark, dark and some bright and rainbow-like.

Yawn, sleepy time --  "Yawn, yawn , yawn your sleepies out (3)
                                      And wiggle your waggles away. "   A verse from a song my junior school kids sing :-)