Everyday Moments-(#SOL-2022)


Today was a bright day after four days of steady rain. We were tempted to hang the washed clothes in the sun. We did, and after some time it started drizzling. By the time we got the clothes inside it stopped raining 😊. A hotel is being constructed on the plot behind our house. Rain or sunshine, work goes on there. We heard that the building has to be completed by the end of next year. Many of the workers are from Bengal, we hear them talking in Bengali. Heavy rainfall in different parts of our state has created havoc. I keep thinking how difficult it will be for people to start their lives from the scratch.

Sunday evening there was a break and we went for a walk around the lake. There had not been much rain the previous week but now the level of water had increased. This is a rain water harvested lake in our town. The sky and the water were grey in colour, a beautiful grey with green all around. This lake is a blessing and is something to smile about.

Many of our neighbours heat water for bathing in a firewood stove. In the mornings while drinking coffee I see smoke rising from the roofs of some houses.

For almost a month we were sure that a mouse was getting inside our car. We asked at the garage and they added a mesh at the opening in the front. But it did not help. The mouse kept coming. A shopkeeper told my husband about a mouse trap which was effective. When he got it home we saw that it was a mat with glue on it ! The mouse was to supposed to stick on it. We did not like the idea at all but we kept it in the car for two days. The mouse came but it escaped the glue !!. Then somebody told us to keep pieces of tobacco in different places. Mice are repulsed by the smell of tobacco. We got that too and decided to keep a regular mouse trap with a piece of chapati on the hook. The mouse got trapped. We did not feel like killing it. Radhika took the trap and released the mouse in an open ground a little away from our house😊.

Coconut chutney with groundnuts, sesame, red chillies

I finished the book about the history of Indian food. Kings and queens and common people have come and gone but the food eaten is almost the same over generations, for hundreds of years. It is a fascinating thought. I read two books about Christmas by Debbie Macomber. It is about Mrs Miracle. She says, ‘Sorrow looks back, worry looks around and faith looks up.’

I read a few pages from the commentaries on The Geeta and Taitteriya Upanishad by Swami Chinmayananda every morning. It is said that faith is essentially inward courage, it is confidence in ourselves.  I thought of the picture posted by Sadje about two children. It is lovely and the older boy definitely has confidence in himself 😊. I believe if we have confidence in ourselves, others will have confidence in us.

What do you see # 146 – August 8, 2022

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. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


  1. The manager of a large building where I rented counselling space in London’s Little Venice used humane traps and sent a reception staff member in a taxi to Regent’s Park to set the mice free. I made a cartoon of a trio of mice standing on each other’s shoulders on a pile of suitcases, the top one pressing the front doorbell. The woman kept it displayed on her desk

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  2. Hope your mouse doesn’t find its way back!

    There are many in my birth state if Kentucky who lost loved ones and homes in flooding this summer. In western states, there have been huge fires because of hot, dry weather. Such extremes.

    Mrs. Miracle is a fun character. I’ve read many Debbie Macomber books. My mom and I used to take turns buying the paperbacks and exchange them with each other. And also share them on Kindle. I miss that!

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  3. My wife is a fan of Debbie Macomber and has read many of her books. We get an occasional field mouse where we live. The cats think it is best to have a toy that moves all by itself. 🙂

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    1. Hope you get rain soon Michel. Our monsoon season is from June to end of September. The South West monsoon is the life line of agriculturists in India. If we do get the rains there is trouble and every season heavy rains without stop lead to great destruction.


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