December is here and I think in the last few months most of us were wondering what life would be like by the end of the year. In my part of the country we are reading that lesser number of people are being infected and at the same time others are saying that some of their relatives did not survive the infection.
On the 26th my brother-in-law underwent an operation of the hernia in our hospital here. Many wards had been reserved for Covid patients and patients with other problems were finding it difficult to find a bed in wards. My husband told me that most of the beds reserved for Covid patients were empty. Yesterday someone told us all those reserved wards are being made available for others.
Yesterday we had been to our small university town and we saw many students. We were told at the bakery that students are coming back. The whole place had seemed so empty. But things are not back to normal, we are seeing that most people are wearing masks and taking safety measures. But physical distancing is not really possible in our country.
Today morning my daughter called from Germany saying she woke up today morning to see snow everywhere. It is the first of the season. I had been there during this time in 2017 and had enjoyed the winter. She said last year there was hardly any snowfall. Our grandchildren, Advaith and Kavya are very excited and are waiting to play in the snow. Kavya went back to kindergarten after two weeks of home quarantine. One girl had tested positive. But all the others in two groups tested negative but stayed home. Kavya was very happy to go to school. Here children are not going back to school, it is all online. But they are missing being in the classroom.
Mornings now are a little chilly, according to our standards 😊. It is windy too. Last week our eastern coast received heavy rainfall, it is normal. But due to depression in the Bay of Bengal our days were cloudy and windy. Mud is being removed from the big plot behind our house. I think it was last year that the hill side was levelled. We don’t know if construction work is going to start. Anyway, we got a lot of dust everyday and leaves have lost their green colour!! They look very dusty. The monsoon season seems like a dream now.
I made Rasam masala powder from my Doddamma’s recipe. I like making it at home. I completed the table mats that I had been stitching from my old dresses. They were looking faded but the mats do not, it was fun stitching them.
The bulbuls are again trying to build their nest inside the house. I had to close all the windows. If it is an open verandah it is fine if they build their nest but we close all the windows in the evening. Life is going on for the birds, we hear them chattering and busy in their daily activities. It is going for us too .
Wonder what the new year will bring for us and what we will give to it ?