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Everyday Moments (#SOL- 2019)

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I believe that the moments in each day make our life what it is. Of course, the unexpected always happens and whatever preparations we make, Life surprises us. Many a time, we think that nothing happens in our life, but things do happen. I started writing to my Doddamma, my father’s elder brother’s wife in October 2017. She is 88 and is not able to hear properly. I post my letter to her every Tuesday. Both of us enjoy the letters. These letters have made it possible for me to appreciate the ordinary moments of life. I edit the letters and post them as Slice of Life every Tuesday

22-04-19

We voted on the 18th. Our polling booth was in a college not far from our home. Our neighbour came with us, we started at 6.30. Polling was to start at 7. There was a good crowd because there were many weddings on that day. People had come to vote before attending the functions. A bridegroom too had come. Many ladies had come all dressed, maybe they had to go quite a distance for the wedding they were to attend. We were back home by 8. Now we wait for the results which will be declared in May.

On the 16th afternoon I went to Asare (Home for the Mentally challenged) I had not been able to go for more than two weeks. I like my time spent there, I have been going there from 2011. For many of the people living there life goes on. They many not know about what is happening in the world but they do understand what affects them.

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One morning I spent two hours cleaning our kitchen, spring cleaning 😊.
Tree pies have started coming to eat the chapatis that we put out for birds. For more than two months birds were not coming, we were wondering why. It is good to see them. I feel we are lucky because we are able to hear the birds calling out to each other early in the morning. It sounds like an orchestra. I wonder what they are telling each other. There are a lot of sunbirds here and it is nice to see them flying from flower to flower.

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One afternoon our son had to leave at 3.45. We dropped him at his college, it was too early to go for a walk. First we went to the mill from where we buy wheat flour and ragi flour. It is in the next small town. We came to our library and were there for more than an hour. I read most of the magazines there. We then went for our walk before returning home. We then played scrabble 😊.

At one end of our back yard there is a mango tree. It was planted long back by the previous owners. This year we are getting fruits for the first time. They are very tasty. The branches of this tree are outside our compound. My husband and son went to pick the mangoes which had fallen there. The land was a hill side earlier. Now it has become a flat piece of land, destruction for construction. Green forests are giving way to a concrete jungle. The place looks like a crater now. Not only land but people are destroying each other. It seems so pointless. I often wonder what we are leaving behind for the future generations.

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19th was Good Friday, a holiday.
We went to see my father-in-law. We had not been there for more than two weeks. My father-in-law is fine. He talks more about the past. Unfortunately, we cannot understand what he is talking about and he cannot explain to us. The problems of old age.

My husband plucked cocum (kokum) fruits and wild mangoes. I have made squash with the cocom fruits and mango panna. We have to separate the seeds in the cocum fruits. I put sugar to the peels and kept them in a bottle and placed it in the sun. I have done the same with the seeds. After some days, we get the juice. It is very tasty.

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I also made some chutney powder using lentils and (methi)fenugreek leaves. Jaggery syrup is our favourite with dosas for breakfast. I boil jaggery and water to one thread consistency. That makes the syrup a little thick. We get all this in the market but I like making them at home. I also made masala powder for a rice dish called ‘bisi bele bath’. I was making it for the first time and we liked it. The cooking site http://www.vegrecipesofindia is a blessing.
Yesterday was a lazy day. In the evening we went to the walking track in the training college grounds of Syndicate bank. I met two friends. It is nice to talk and walk 😊.
Everyday Moments

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God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us – in the dreariest and most dreaded moments – can see a possibility of hope.
Maya Angelou

Health Benefits of Ragi – medindia.net
http://www.medindia.net › Diet and Nutrition

Garcinia indica – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garcinia_indica

bisi bele bath powder recipe, how to make bisibelebath powder …
http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com › recipes › Cooking Tips & Methods

Fenugreek – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenugreek

 

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle.
We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books but now I am learning to write fiction. Sunday photo fiction is fun and challenging.
Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I am doing something in my own way. Twice a week I go to a home for the mentally challenged . This has enriched my life.
There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

8 replies on “Everyday Moments (#SOL- 2019)”

I enjoy hearing the birds around here in the morning. All that chatter. I like to think that they are discussing their plans for the day.
It is a shame that some people think only of themselves and are not concerned about what they are leaving, or not leaving, behind for future generations.

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It is finally starting to warm a little here and so we were able to sleep with the window open. It was the first time we’d really heard the birds this year – such a wonderful way to wake up. Hearing them come back you almost breathe a sigh of relief. “Oh good, they’re back.”

So much great food coming out of your kitchen and even out of the ground in your house. I’m often hungry after reading these posts. After reading this entry, I think there is bisi bele bath in my future. I haven’t had it in several years.

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“Not only land but people are destroying each other. It seems so pointless.”
That is so true, except that greedy people seem to want money for its own sake. Then they put it in the bank and never do anything worthwhile with it. But by then, the land id ruined and forests are just blocks of flats.

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