Pearls from LHB – Day 28

Today, I was not in great mood during bedtime and LHB sensed this and said all that his little brain could think of to make me feel better.

Amma, I want to tell you something that can make you feel better

  1. Santa is going to give you a nice gift.
  2. Ask for something green okay? anything that you like an earring or anything in green.
  3. I am talking softly Amma so you will feel better.
  4. I am being polite to you.
  5. Akka whispering in his ears (Say I love you Amma. You are the best mother in this whole world)
  6. Akka say something nice to Amma to make her feel better.
  7. I will tell “happy birthday” on your birthday and will get you a nice gift ok?
  8. See Amma I hug you tight. does that make you feel better?

If sad tears can switch gears to happy tears. It is this moment. He did win in making me feel better and nice about myself.

What more can I ask for? I am blessed. I don’t even care if the whole world conspires against me, I have two little souls that can save me and make me feel nice and worth living every second of my life. God bless you my dear kiddos.

Amma will make a special breakfast tomorrow my darlings. And for that she has to go to bed now so she can wake up early to do the preparations.

I can even bring the moon down for you guys but for now let’s settle with a yummy breakfast deal?

P.S: Adi – I spoke to Ammachi and got to know how to make world’s best potato fry that you enjoyed from her kitchen during summer. All that is left to do now is for Amma is try it tomorrow and hold my breath with fingers and toes crossed for your verdict.

P.P.S: Today has been a long day and I am super tired. I haven’t blog hopped yet. I am sorry. Will read all my favorite bloggers very soon.

P.P.P.S: We cancelled today’s potluck to support the terrible loss of the colleague’s family. I was the one to initiate the plan and was coordinating with people for past two weeks about this surprise welcome party for the newly wedded couple. But, this cancellation strengthens my belief that no matter how much effort we put in, the final decision always remains with super power.

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Unexpected day

Friday, I took my own time to get ready in the morning so that means I get dropped at the train station only after dropping LHB at his school. We were on the way to LHB’s school and I got a call from my colleague/friend. His voice was trembling when he said my name and I could sense the bad news in the air. His Father in law expired back in India. He sounded totally blank in the call. So, off we went to their home after dropping LHB at school and rest of the day was spent in wrapping up all the stuff and helping them board the flight.

I took over kitchen, made them eat something for two meals, cleaned refrigerator, sorted out all left over items, helped with packing, cleaning home et all. M drove him to check all outside work, visit his daughter’s school to fill out of country form, book flight tickets et all.

I came back home after sending them off and M came home after dropping them at airport. It was very tough to see his wife. She was crying now and then recollecting about her father. I did my best to console her.

May they have the strength to sail through this tough phase.

So I am not counting this post as part of the happy days challenge but things I could count as blessings in this day are

  1. bachelors living near their home coming in with a flask of tea and egg curry for lunch.
  2. situations in favor to work out all logistics.
  3. her father’s soul decided to leave his body at his hometown and didn’t trouble his body. It was a quick end with no prolonged illness.
  4. I did not take earlier train and M was also available and we were able to quickly reach them to help out.
  5. Kids need not take extended absence from school as school will be closed for winter holidays.

Thursday ritual – Day 27

This is a ritual followed by Adi every Thursday evening. To fill out LHB’s lunch order form for the following week as we have to return it to school by Friday. It is a sight to watch the both discussing and circling the options for every day. The boy clearly has some priorities about his lunch selections. He orders his Akka, get me hot dogs, can you circle a dessert? and Akka obeys!

There are weeks when we have missed to do it on Thursday evening and Adi rushing to circle them on Friday morning before running to catch her bus. It is her responsibility and only hers ๐Ÿ™‚

Club slogan and Questioning – Day 26

I had to think hard to write something today. Nothing unusual if I don’t count the study time with LHB. We spent around 45 minutes together and inspired by that Adi also wanted me to ask questions from two lessons. Both are very unusual events. LHB sitting in one place for 45 minutes can be considered close to a dead person coming alive. Ok that is a bad analogy.

Questioning Adi happens like countable times in a year. I know she really doesn’t need this but we just do it for some time pass. I remember troubling Amma with this during school days. Make her ask questions in random order and check my answers. That too when she is busy with some errands like grinding idli batter with her hands filled with batter. I will make her wash her hand and ask questions. I will create a scene as if I will fail the exam if she doesn’t ask the questions right away. That memory is so vivid. Yes, I was an atrocious kid who troubled her mother with so many silly demands.

Ok coming to the actual content of this post, Adi recently learned this slogan related to her club and kept saying it at home. It was catchy and little tough to memorize so I tried and memorized too with a strict warning from her. I am not supposed to say this loud either in front of her friends or in the club competition. I should not even show the sign of knowing this slogan. She has so much confidence in this crazy mother that she will surely sing it loud just to embarrass her girl. So, here is the slogan

it dit little dit
oat doat little doat
ishh kili otto
bodaski di ta
oda two

The great meaning of this slogan is yet to be deciphered even by its unknown creator.

P.S: I m getting more popular for jinxing day by day. Just when I was telling Adi that there is nothing interesting that happened today, I got a call from neighbor that there are 3 fire trucks and 1 ambulance outside our garage. I went out to check and it was due to a smoke from neighbor’s dryer unit. The fire men got it under control. All is well now.

It has been 5 days since I went to gym and today I ate two idlis with molaga podi and coconut chutney. So much for the no carb diet ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Have any of tried mixing coconut chutney with molaga podi, make it like a orangish mix and eat with idli or dosa? If not, try it soon. Heaven is the word!

P.P.S: Thank you all for your ideas for the party games. I am reading all comments. Keep them coming. Will reply to them and do blog hop over the weekend. Thank you all again. I also thought of this other game where the person has to answer for previous question and survive for one minute.

 

Holiday shopping, learning – Day 25

LHB had yearly holiday shopping at school today and he bought me green earrings as green is my favorite color. A thoughtful little boy made his mommy super happy. I was grinning ear to ear all evening wearing the earring ๐Ÿ™‚

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Today and next two days are going to be all day learning session at work and I am loving it to learn something new. Today was a productive day. Hoping to try something new in next two days that can impress my management.

We have a potluck coming weekend. Can you guys suggest some game ideas for the bharatha vilas group (I mean its a mix of many states from India – tamil, telugu, malayalam, hindi) so it can’t be like a language specific game like dumb charades or movie name guessing.

Sunday craft – Day 24

This Sunday, the girls had their weekly club meetย  at our home. As usual I sat by the dining table at the corner of living room and watched the girls multi tasking as in chit chat, practice, make props but mostly chit chat ๐Ÿ™‚

It was an afternoon well spent but it got dragged as they had to complete some giant props. M jumped in to help and it went on beyond 8pm. That means its the boy and me again left alone at home. I kept him engaged with interactive learning websites and made a craft with him. No TV ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a walking robot. Our first official completed craft. He has matured in following instructions so making this craft was not as painful as earlier when we always gave up in the middle as he messes up craft work area. This time we were able to complete the craft though it was alive for only few minutes.

I am happy for 2 reasons. 1. We completed the craft. 2. I took the pic in that 1.5 minutes it lasted after completion ๐Ÿ™‚

It reminded me of all those craft sessions with Adi when she was of same age as LHB now. We have done so many crafts.ย Looking forward to more craft sessions with my little honey bun.

For those interested, here is the video we followed for this craft.

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Note: Not ending today with great spirits but its okay. I will overcome this as well. Thanking God for all the strength I have been blessed with and helping me to move in constructive direction. It is a thin line and I am glad to be on the constructive side. Just a small slip and I will fall deep down that even I cannot help myself. But, I am not going to slip. I am not. I have my principles and values rooted very deep and strong that will hold me high and away from negative forces. I am glad to have found my way out and all I have to do is just hold on to it real tight. I will.

Chicken roast – Day 23

Thanks to Jo for sharing this recipe video.

I made shrimp roast for Thanksgiving lunch. It was polished off by friend’s kids in no time.

And now second day in a row, I made chicken roast following same recipe and it came out very well that even M gave thumbs up. The best part is its with less ingredients and easy to make (if you ignore the roasting part). Even that is not very hard. You have to let it boil stirring occasionally and then stir for around 5 minutes when most of the water is evaporated and its ready to be roasted with little more oil.

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Steps:
1. Grind below items to a smooth paste
pearl onion, tomato, green chillies, ginger, garlic, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, curry leaves, salt. (onion, tomato and garlic are optional)
2. Heat kadai, add a spoon of coconut oil, add ground paste, add meat (shrimp/chicken), add water as required to cover the meat and cook in medium flame for around 15 minutes until the water evaporates.
3. Add more oil curry leaves and keep stirring until it comes out as a nice fry. The color will change while roasting.

My improvisations were to add pearl onions, tomatoes and garlic to the grinding mix. Today I even skipped green chillies as I was out of stock.

I highly recommend all non-veg eaters to try this out. I am not sure if this can be tried with veggies. Let me know if anyone tries with veggie.