April rolls in just a day after my birthday and it proves to be bountiful and abundant as if carrying the birthday blessings forward. The month turned out to be beautiful for me and I have so much to be grateful for that this might just turn out to be a longish post!
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♥ Small mercies
Finally went to give my car for AC service and it turned to a nought when I realised they were making a fool out of me. Why do car mechanics think women drivers to know nothing about the car? Four hours wasted and my temper touched the roof when I had to take the car back without repairs. I spoke to another workshop and decided to give the car next day. I fumed and cried at home over this waste of time and wondered why was god testing me.
As I was driving to give the car, a thought popped up as I had noticed a new Hyundai workshop in that area. I decided to get it checked there and also go in for a full service check too. Am I glad I did so! A genuinely nice service supervisor assisted me and did a wonderful job on my car. I also realised how much the previous car workshop had been duping me when I got the bill. Very grateful to the inner voice to send me here.
On one of my morning walks, the mood struck me to just sit down under a tree and deep breath. And just like that I have begun my meditation and pranayam practice again. Thank you for such blessings divine!! ♥
♥ Health & Fitness
Biggest news is that I lost some weight – one full kg!!! You will wonder at the exultation at the loss of mere 1 kg. But for someone with hypothyroidism, this is HUGE news. It’s been almost 2 years since my weight went up by 12 kgs before settling down at 68-69 kgs. I had gotten so used to seeing the same weight every month that I didn’t notice the change at first. So yes, this is a huge blessing for me.
My healer surprised me with a box of Ayurvedic goodies – I am genuinely touched with his kindness and thankful to the universe for sending him into my life. Actually grateful to A for introducing us and count her amidst my many blessings ♥
♥ Social Front
A photo walk after ages and it was at the Lodhi Art District which is a unique open air gallery in New Delhi. The colony walls have been painted by famous artists from world over, each mural conceptualised to tease the mind. I am so grateful for having seen the walk details on a friends FB page – Thank you!
Attended the first birthday bash for my bestie’s Munchkin. The theme was spring floral and I could’nt resist flaunting a soft crepe in onion pink colour with parsi-gara work on it. Oh the compliments were the best part of the evening 😉 I have waited about 10 years before wearing this one.
Caught up with a friend after ages and decided to check out Cafe Lungta which boasted a Himalayan cuisine. We loved the food we tried out there and cant wait to go again for the momos. The Tingmo was so fresh and soft, we ended up ordering one more. Talk about food blessings 😉
♥ TBR Progress
M sent me books for my birthday and that puts a total of four books + two I ordered from the monies I got for birthday. No I wouldn’t call that cheating on the no book buying pact 😉
I read 5 books from my shelf and one sent for a review; so in total 6 books this month plus one that’s almost through. There was some fantastic fantasy fiction read in this month and you can catch NeverWhere review on my blog. I also tried reading Amitav Ghosh and to my delight, I loved his writing style a lot. Finished 2 of his books and now cant wait to get my hands on the rest.
Watched Ocean 8 on Prime and was quite surprised at liking it. It’s not a great plot but the women just steal the show. Do give it a watch if you are fond of seeing women kick ass ♥
♥ Travel Ahoy
Embarked on a train journey on the 15th to visit A in Uttarakhand, once again. I was greeted by an excited Kimble and this profusely flowering bush of Rosa Banksia. I will be doing a separate travel post for this trip as it truly deserves one.
Suffice to say for now, I am tanked up on fresh pine scented mountain air and relaxed to the nth degree. I binge read books, watched movies, listened to some glorious music in the evenings and ate garden fresh food everyday.
So grateful for such friends who put up with me and get me to extend my trip too as they can’t get enough of me – Sigh!!!!! What would I do without such wonderful blessings in my life ♥
♥ Blog news
I hadnt been blogging much in Feb and March as I just couldnt get into the writing mode. Thats what made me skip out on one of the favourite Blog Linkups – the AtoZ challenge, this year. In fact I had mentioned in last months post that I am considering shutting down the blog. My readers responded with a vehement no, leaving me so humbled and moist eyed.
Its somewhere in April that I began to write again and ended up posting 7 new posts plus 2 refurbished ones. So 9 in all and that has made me feel so good. I ended up writing 4 posts while in Uttarakhand and will be publishing them soonest ♥
Well thats all from me for this month and I look forward to catching up on your Gratitude posts too!!
Linking up with Vidya for the April Gratitude circle