Everyday Moments(#SOL-2022)

1-11-2022
November is here and I wonder where the days have gone! It seems just the other day when we welcomed the new year. Here, in many ways life is what it was before 2020. But there have been changes in all spheres of life. And we move on.

Early morning exercises have become a wonderful part of my life. It is dark and quiet when I start. I enjoy those moments. Then drinking hot and strong filter coffee while reading blogs. What more can one ask for?

27th was a bad day. I called my friend to enquire about her mother-in-law. We met her whenever we went for a walk near their house. She was very particular about her health. She walked morning and evening and did other exercises too. She once told me her father-in-law had been confined to the bed for a long time. She and her husband had looked after him. She always prayed that she should remain active till the end. My friend told me her mother-in-law had fallen three months ago, fractured her hip and was bed ridden. I was shocked. Later I came to know another friend had suffered brain haemorrhage and was in the intensive care. We do our best, but God only knows what is written for us.

When life troubles us nature calms the mind. The monsoon season has ended. We keep water for the birds, and it was nice to see bulbuls gracefully sip water 😊. The still, serene waters of the lake, the setting sun and small lake on the way to Endpoint soothe the mind.

Today evening we went to the beach side. We live about 10kms from the Arabian sea. Soothing sound of the waves, infinity of the sea and the setting sun give precious moments to remember. Thank God for such places 😊, they are something to smile about. Sadje’s photo of the hills in the distance came to mind when I saw the islands in the distance.

On the 30th, we decided to make carrot halwa, it had been a long time since I had made it. Aravind grated the carrot. A few days earlier I made millets chutney powder. Yesterday I made a spicy pickle called ‘tokku’ form salted lime. There is something very satisfying about preparing something.

I just finished listening to The Count of Monte Christo. It is a fascinating book. I have read it many times but listening to it is a different experience. And I am reading three books 😊. Earlier I used to finish one book before starting the next. I don’t remember when the change happened😊. Many a time we are not aware when certain changes have quietly become a part of our daily routine😊.

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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.

21 comments

  1. I am sorry to hear about your friend. It is always great to have help in the kitchen. It is a good to just talk while preparing something. There is great satisfaction when the item is finished. I usually have two books going at the same time. One On my kindle and that I can hold on my hands and physically turn the pages.

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  2. My heart goes out to those in need, and I am sorry that your friends have had so many troubles. I also find Nature to be a great solace when troubles come in battalions. The photos are beautiful.

    The carrot halwa sounds tasty!

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  3. You are very lucky to live so near to the sea. Every time you see the sea, it is different. One of my favourite songs is about the sea. It is called “Seascape” by Amazing Blondel:

    Strains of delight come greet my ears
    Such music sweet can ease all fears
    As windy waves upon the shore
    Do calm the cormorant by their roar

    Wistfully watching I wonder
    As ships go out to sea
    At mariners yonder
    And how their lives must be
    With oceans to wander coves of tranquillity
    Oh none could be fonder
    Of his sailor’s life than he

    Sights of beauty come soothe my eyes
    Paint pcitures pure to flay disguise
    Of coral reefs and sheltered bays
    Unchartered coastlines to appraise

    Through foul or fair
    All tempests you’ll bear
    Yet show not a care
    For the danger you’re in
    You leave all behind
    Trade kin and your kind
    For capstan to wind
    And a yarn to spin

    Idyll of grandeur excite my mind
    Conjure up peace with adventure entwined;
    Crystal clear fathoms and myriad wrecks
    Attired in booty arrayed on their decks

    Sorry it’s so long but it’s serious stuff!

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    1. It is beautiful. Yes the sea is an amazing place. We feel so humble at its infinity. I studied BA in Wilson college in Bombay, from 1979 to 82. There was only a road between my college and the Arabian sea. Looking at it in its different moods was a great experience.

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  4. Hi. As you say, 2022 has been flying by. I thought that 2021 zoomed by faster than usual, and 2022 is doing the same thing. As for books, I’ve never gotten into reading more than one book at a time. Fairly often, though, I stop reading a book if it hasn’t grabbed me within the first 30 or so pages.

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