Category Archives: Stories From Our Home

Spring Cleaning & Healthy Eating. Week 3 of Shelter in Place

Hello and a good Monday to you all.  We are now entering week 3 of Shelter in Place here in the Bay Area.  It’s been tough not being able to see friends and family or for that matter not seeing anyone really.  Technology has made it possible to stay connected but I sure do miss that high touch hug, smile and conversation. It’s been tough, but we will all get through this together. Continue reading Spring Cleaning & Healthy Eating. Week 3 of Shelter in Place

Pink. The color of universal love of oneself and of others.

Good Friday to you all.  It looks like we’ve made it past week one of our “Stay at Home” mandates.   Things went pretty smoothly around here.  Even the chaos at the grocery stores have calmed down.  I went walking yesterday and saw more than the usual number of people walking and getting fresh air, all within the guidelines of “social distancing.”  Basically, people are being respectful of the guidelines set forth to help us all through these trying times.  It’s very reassuring to see. Continue reading Pink. The color of universal love of oneself and of others.

A Little bit of Sunshine

On day two of staying at home – on Tuesday, which was yesterday our gorgeous Bay Area weather, was back.  As if to remind us that all will be okay 🌞.  Mother nature is on our side.  All that sunshine was beckoning me to get out into my garden and I couldn’t hold back my excitement!  I took care of aphids that were showing up on my rose bushes, pruned flowers that were done blooming, and re-potted a couple of rose cuttings I had made.  Still have more work to do but cloudy skies and rain came back in the afternoon.  It was so awesome though to be outside and enjoy the fresh air! Continue reading A Little bit of Sunshine

Day 1 of Shelter in Place

Hello everyone, wishing you a good Tuesday.  I am hoping everyone is well and healthy and are ready to ride this wave out until we see rays of positive outcomes at the end of this “shelter in place”  “self quarantine” “stay at home” and “social distancing” mandate.  Speaking of words, I purposefully chose the title “Shelter in Place” as it sounds so much more gentle than the harsh “self quarantine.” Continue reading Day 1 of Shelter in Place

Solace and Serenity found in the Garden

It’s been a roller coaster of a weekend these past few days. Needless to say.  With so much uncertainty and new information coming our way on an hourly, almost minute by minute basis on the COVID-19 virus – it all seems so overwhelming and hard to comprehend at times.  I know all the extreme measures taken such as social distancing, school closures, restaurant and retail closures, and almost everything closing down for the next few weeks are all in an effort to keep us healthy and well, and my head understands the science and statistics behind it, but the heart makes me feel all-unnerving nonetheless.  All I wanted to do with all this happening is find comfort in my garden, but wouldn’t you know it, our weather decided to start raining out of the blue!  A whole month of dry sunny gorgeous weather and just when we are craving sunshine to cheer us up just a little, we got cloudy skies and lots of rain this past weekend. Continue reading Solace and Serenity found in the Garden

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Happy Monday!!

How was your weekend? I hope you got to relax and have some fun.  For us it was busy celebrating the twin’s 18th birthday.  Those of you who may think that somehow twins have similar interests and the same friends, let me explain – my twins are the total opposite of that thinking! My twins are so different from each other, have their own interests and their own group of unique friends. Which means when it comes to their birthdays they want to celebrate it in different ways and had two separate b’day celebrations this past weekend.  Needless to say it was a busy weekend! Continue reading The Sunshine Blogger Award

Fashion as Art. An Exhibit by Rani. Teen Rebellion in Music and Fashion of the 60’s

Happy Saturday!

I am so excited to share with you some photos from one of my twins’ – Rani’s first art exhibit that I attended yesterday at her school. Rani was chosen as one of the students to display her work at this coveted annual art exhibition and what a beautiful event this was with artwork from the most talented art students at her school. Continue reading Fashion as Art. An Exhibit by Rani. Teen Rebellion in Music and Fashion of the 60’s

Impromptu Weekday Lunch with Friends

Happy Tuesday!

How was your weekend? I hope it was relaxing and you are ready for the week ahead.  For us Saturday was busy cooking and cleaning and setting the table for a dinner I was hosting. It had to be a special dinner as this was the first time our friends were coming over to our place. I made a vegetarian South Indian Tamil spread which seemed to be a huge hit with everyone.  Phew, what a relief!  One of the dishes on my menu was a cauliflower curry that I had just learnt how to make a few days earlier from my friend Padmini when she had me over for an impromptu lunch last week. Continue reading Impromptu Weekday Lunch with Friends

Friday Fruits. Fresh Picked Oranges

Happy Friday!

I hope you had a good week and are looking forward to a relaxing and fun weekend.  It’s citrus season around here and if you live in the Bay Area and are driving around the neighborhoods you are probably seeing lots and lots of orange and lemon trees in every other front yard dripping with hundreds of oranges, tangerines and lemons.  I see so many citrus on these trees and fallen on the floor that I wish I could just pick them all up and bring them home.

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