Category Archives: Just Pictures

Friday Foothills. Hiking the South Bay Trails Spring, Summer and Fall

Happy Friday!

I hope you are enjoying autumn with its changing weather and falling leaves. Here in the Bay Area we have had a roller coaster of fall weather lately, heat waves with temps in the 90s, then a cooling down to the low 50s and 40s, then back up to pleasant 70s and 80s.  The weather has been unpredictable to say the least.  Most mornings however our temperatures are always in the cool and pleasant 50s, perfect time to get out in nature and go on a hike, a walk or a jog.  Today I would like to share some of the photos I took on a few hikes I’ve been on the last few months. Friday Foothills is what I call this series of pics.  I hope you like them. Continue reading Friday Foothills. Hiking the South Bay Trails Spring, Summer and Fall

Pre-Diwali Dinner at Kamal and Nishma’s

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you had a good weekend.  We had a relatively quiet weekend. Saturday was a tad busy but Sunday was a low-key relaxing day. Saturday I took care of a few errands during the day and then started making dessert for my friend Nishma’s Pre-Diwali dinner on Saturday night. Continue reading Pre-Diwali Dinner at Kamal and Nishma’s

Friday Flowers: Pookalam. Flower Art

Happy Friday!

I am excited to share with you these images of an Indian floral art form called Pookolam that is “floral artwork” that I saw this week.  Pookalam are created in the Southern Indian state of Kerala during their fall-harvest festival. I had never seen a Pookalam until this week when I stopped by my friend Veena and Mani’s home for their annual Navratri Golu celebrations. Every year Mani and Veena put on an elaborate and gorgeous display of mythological Indian dolls and souvenirs for their Golu display, but this year Veena had gone further to create a beautiful Pookalam or flower art for the occasion. Continue reading Friday Flowers: Pookalam. Flower Art

Celebrating Navratri 2019

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you had a good weekend.  Ours was super busy.  We were celebrating the fall Indian festival of Navratri.  Navratri is a nine-day Hindu festival that is celebrated every autumn.  It is observed in various parts of India in different ways but one common theme runs through them all – Navratri is celebrated in honor of the divine feminine. Continue reading Celebrating Navratri 2019

Friday Fruits

Gosh, we are so fortunate to be living here surrounded by beautiful nature, amazing weather, lush green farms, and a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available all year round.  And in Santa Clara Valley we are even more fortunate to have the most fertile land available that it is no wonder that this area used to be called The Valley of Hearts Delight, especially given that this area was covered in fruit orchards before it became Silicon Valley.  The new Silicon Valley hasn’t gotten away from its roots though, for every home in our area seems to have some fruit tree or another. I should know!  Almost everyone I know has fruit trees in their garden. Continue reading Friday Fruits

Friday Flowers

Oh how I love mint. I don’t know why I love this humble herb so much.  Is it the fresh scent that exudes from every leaf making me feel happy instantly?  Is it that it is so easy to grow that even a novice gardener can grow it? Or is it that it grows so easily and prolifically that if allowed it could take over any garden patch covering it in swaths of green. Or is it that whenever I am working in the garden and happen to rub against a mint leaf I get a whiff of sweet fragrance making me forget the cares of the world, if only for an instant. I love mint so much that I even wrote an ode to mint.  I just love mint. Continue reading Friday Flowers

Mid-September Dinner with Friends Jo and Oliver

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you had a good weekend. Ours was busy, not busy – meaning we had a packed Saturday and a quiet Sunday. Packed Saturday because it was our twins back to school day and Hitesh and I had to split our parental duties so we could meet over fourteen teachers. These are amazing teachers who are teaching the subjects that our twins are taking this year. Subjects ranging from Economics, Statistics, Calculus, Spanish, History of Genocide, Madness in Literature, Poetry in Literature, Orchestra, Choir, Dance Productions, etc.  As you can imagine it was a packed agenda. Then after we got home Hitesh had to take the twins back to school for auditions. I didn’t realize all this when I invited our very good friends Jo and Oliver for dinner on Saturday.  Lucky for me Oliver loves to cook and had asked me earlier in the week if he could bring something and I took him up on his offer! Continue reading Mid-September Dinner with Friends Jo and Oliver

Friday Flowers

Happy Friday!

My twins started school this week, which means my schedule has freed up and is more predictable now.  The twins are seniors this year, I can’t believe it! One more year and then they are off to college.  But I’m not going to delve on that right now as it does make me a little sad, but rather I’d like to share with you some happy pictures of a recent nursery trip I made to my favorite nursery Half Moon Bay Nursery in Half Moon Bay, California. Continue reading Friday Flowers

Veggie Garden Envy. Veena & Mani’s Veggie Patch in Monte Sereno, California

My flowers have been blooming like gangbusters this summer with nonstop blooms all summer long.  It’s the fairly mild summer we have been having this year that’s making my garden so happy, though in August we have been getting some hot temperatures reaching upto 90s and even 100.  Despite all this cool, warm, hot weather, Anjali’s herb patch is looking great as ever! Continue reading Veggie Garden Envy. Veena & Mani’s Veggie Patch in Monte Sereno, California