Day 13 of the March SOLSC! #SOL2021

My sewing machine is upstairs and from the window I see the yellow Gulmohur tree and beyond that coconut and mango trees. There are plenty of coconut trees around us, it is a pleasure to watch the swaying fronds. I see hawks gracefully gliding by and resting on the coconut trees.

While I am stitching, I  like to gaze my fill on these. I enjoy stitching clothes and am stitching a salvar kameez for myself. I stitched dresses for my children when they were small. It is so satisfying to create something from a long piece of cloth. I usually stitch in the mornings because our house faces west and in the afternoons, sunlight streaming in makes the room hot. This is only from March to June, till the rains start, and then the  weather is pleasant.

I enjoy doing cross stitch.  I had not stitched any design for a long time. But last year I started listening to audio books. I started with the Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes, then War and Peace and now I am listening to Don Quixote. They are wonderful experiences.  While listening I stitch.

I learnt tatting from my father. In 1962 my father got spinal tuberculosis and was in the hospital for many months. He was confined to the bed. But his hands were free. A nurse taught him tatting.  I learnt the basics from him , but unfortunately I  never went beyond that level. His elder sister gave me a shuttle. And looking at it I am seriously thinking of resuming tatting.

Our grandchildren 😘

My stitching over the years has left me with abundant scraps ofcolorful material.  It was great fun to cut them into squares or rectangles, join them and make table mats and covers.
My friend sent me this very interesting site,
She is making a cross stitch in her granddaughter’s likeness.

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.
             Omar Khayyam

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 and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. 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 go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. The Covid has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. 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.


  1. Your descriptions are wonderful, I’m so glad you love to sew. I love it too but I’m not very good and don’t have a machine any more. Thanks for sharing more of your life.

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  2. Beautiful work! I’ve never stitched or anything of the sort. Never had anyone ever show me how to do anything like that with my hands. You make me wonder about it though. Never too old to pick up a new hobby, right? Love this slice. Love all your slices 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I believe we are never too old to learn something. My father’s elder brother had registered for his PhD in Economics when he was 75. He completed it when he was 79. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 91.

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  3. I enjoyed how you wove together the activity (sewing) with the location (that upstairs room) with special memories (of your father).

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    1. My daughter and children are in Germany. Yes, we miss them. Hopefully they will be able to come this August. Our son is here, he is assistant professor in the Department of Languages


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