” Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May”
– William Shakespeare
Month of May brought hot winds and dust storms to my otherwise staid and stagnant life, turning it all upside down. I have been confined at home since April this year owing to my dad’s ill-health. He has been staying with me to recuperate and get fit again. So I became home bound to his care routine which has taken a toll on me emotionally – such is life!!! I was saved by all the friends and family egging me on to retain my sanity and me chanting – “This too shall pass!”
Books, Coffee & Gossip session
TBR progress is coupled with breaking the no-books-buying pact (again!!!!!!) this month when I stepped out for a much-needed coffee and conversations with a dear friend. Ended up in one of my favourite spots in the Gaon – BahriSons where I indulged in a book buying spree along with a gorgeous cold coffee at Blue Tokai coffee!!!!! It’s been taxing two months taking care of my dad and there are days when I just want to run away from it all. So this outing hit the spot and you can see a much happy me browsing away in the bookshop. Grateful to have such friends around who pamper my demands at times like these. ♥
Also finished reading three more books in May to put a happy dent in my TBR. (A post to follow on that soon with some book reviews up this month)
I have been going for an alternative therapy doc for my thyroid and somehow missed my May appointment in Gurgaon. Dreading the long trek to Delhi for it, but that got done in a jiffy and I ended up meeting Anamika there. We just had to go and jabber some as the gossip session was long overdue. Boy it felt good to meet her and the sweet message she sent me later just made my day. So maybe missing out on that appointment was a blessing after all.
And yes dad is on the mend though loads of care is still needed. Best news is that he is once again walking with the help of his stick and no longer needs the wheelchair/walker. I am heading off to Jammu to drop him off and taking a short break there too.
Grateful to all my friends who sent me messages and wishes to check on my dads health and me too. It really meant a lot to me to have peeps concerned about it and take time out of their busy lives to message me. A heartfelt thanks people. ♥
Took a month-long blogging break and also reduced my time/interactions on social media. It’s done a world of good to my writing mindset and I am raring to go now. So look forward to tonnes of posts this month on the blog.
Happiness came when a friend shared a pic of this list some agency has compiled for Book reviewing blogs – my blog is second from the top. Oh joy, joy, joy!!! ♥
Writing break meant more time for other things and since I was home bound, I decided to re-energize my mosaic art table and complete it. I set a deadline of 31st May the done with it. I simply loved the entire process (even if I did get lazy for 18 months) and it’s been a sheer labour of love.
It’s not completed yet but the pace has been set and the deadline shifted to June end for now.
It was so good to be back in the class with Divya and the gang, each one creating a beautiful piece. Divya hosted a pot luck lunch for the mosaic class and what fun it turned out to be. I packed loads of doggie bags to take home as the food was just uber delicious and the variety meant everything couldn’t be sampled in one go.
Very grateful and thankful to Divya for her encouragement and guidance to me. Some people you meet and know are past life connections – she is one such for sure! ♥
Fitness in May
My fitness routine was in great stride and I was feeling too full of it I guess. So pride came before a nasty fall. I slipped down some steps and injured my back which meant taking a break from my yoga classes. I was glad that nothing was broken and I could resume class after a week. Loved the concern and advice my yoga instructor sent to me to take care of it.
The gym outlet which has yoga sessions to suit my routine shut down for 15 days. I was devastated. I immediately tweeted to them and the sweet blessed people there sorted it out for me in a brilliant manner. I am so grateful to Cult team for ensuring I don’t miss out on my classes by accommodating me at another centre.
The best thing that happened in May is that the weighing scales finally started showing a downward movement. Many kilos to go but oh joy to see that the weight finally budged. Hoping to continue now that it’s got moving. The gym workout badges are my badges of honor and pride at the moment ♥
Caught & let go
Had two run ins with the traffic cops and both times I was saved with sheer good luck.
First one was in Gurgaon as I headed for my mosaic class. Thankfully my pollution certificate was up to date and that was what they were checking.
Second one was in Delhi and I played demonitization card and asked the cop to swipe my debit card. See there was only loose change in my wallet which I showed him. He took 100/- and let me go.
Blessed indeed baby! ♥
Well Amigos that’s it from my end and I am looking forward to starting June on a positive note with lots of good things to come my way. Cheerio!!
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