We are still getting rains. Radhika tells me this is important for the paddy fields. Sunday evening, we went for a walk to the lake. My mother is with us now. Both of us walk for fifteen minutes and return. She walks for half an hour in the morning too. She is very particular about it because she is convinced if she does not walk, she will not be able to. Since 2017 she has had cancer three times. She is fine now. I do my exercises in the morning so I am comfortable walking at her pace.
On the 7th we attended a wedding about 100 kms away. It was pouring in the morning, we could start only at 8.30 but we were there by 10.45. It was nice meeting relatives. The next afternoon, my husband an I attended a religious function. My neighbour and her husband attend many functions in a year. All their relatives are nearby and there is some social or religious gathering happening. During 2020, life had come to standstill.
Yesterday I went to Asare. I was talking to two caregivers. They said in that year their husbands had no work and they had to live on their earnings. It was a difficult time. We were praying that a pandemic should never happen again.
I am reading some fascinating books. My mother enjoys reading. She loves Kannada books. We borrow from the library. She tells me she forgets the story after reading the book. I told her that it is nice that she has wonderful moments while reading them. She told me forgetting them is a plus point because she can read them again 😊. We are now buying books on Kindle. My husband is also reading in it. Of course, holding a book is a different experience altogether. Recently he read The Braided River: A journey along the Brahmaputra by Samrat Choudhury and liked it.
I baked bread after a long time and made tomato soup, a delicious combination when it is raining 😊. I usually roast spices to make chutney powder when I pre-heat the oven. I made orange peel flavoured chutney powder. I sun dry the peels during orange season and store them. I enjoy experimenting. The aroma fills the air. Behind our house a hotel is being constructed. The workers live nearby. There are cooks to prepare food for them. The aroma at nights tell us what is cooking 😊.
Yesterday I saw many Babblers sitting on a tree. They really babble 😊 Birds are a joy and I like listening to them early in the morning. A good beginning to the day and something to smile about.