Gratitude List – June 2016
If I think about June, the only thing that comes to my mind is rains. Bangalore has been behaving very well and monsoons have set in. It’s cloudy most of the times and with showers on and off, it is pleasant and like our good old Bangalore.
But this sudden drop in temperature also means viral fever and flu in the air. Even I was out of action for a couple of days. Wrote not as much as I would have but it’s okay to go slow once in a while. June was a good month and here is my gratitude list for the month, in no particular order.
Entertainment: Movies, Game of Thrones and those Discovery shows. This month, I watched TV more than ever and it was fun. When you can’t step out cos of the weather, it’s better to put your feet up, relax on that pile of clothes that are waiting to be folded and surf channels. I am grateful to those who make torrents available and through those, the latest flicks.
Long Walks: With my Yoga package over for a month, I tried to not let health take a back seat. I am missing my mornings of cycling to yoga classes but this gap is also giving VT and me time together. We walked together thrice every week and as usual, I had to pick up pace with him. I am grateful that we were able to get that time.
Reading: I could read more this month and it has been a good change. I finished two books and I am on the third. I borrowed a book and lent one. Bought another four and these little book chats make me smile. I am grateful that online shopping exists and makes life easy.
Unexpected gifts of love: I don’t know how to begin from the beginning but let’s say that a friend who I met via this blog sent me a beautiful stole when his wife was visiting Bangalore. The gesture was very kind. Unfortunately, I could not meet Mrs. Bakshi but spoke to her and I will always remember that conversation. Then one super busy day at work, an office friend got me some yum banana cake. I was running late that day, and did not even get a chance to hug her but R, you are a darling. Thank you!
Adventures in the kitchen: If you are thinking how can that be on my list, let me stay you don’t know me. I hardly cook. One, I don’t enjoy cooking and second, nothing turns out as it should. This month, however, there were a few successes and thankfully nothing was thrown in the bin. Chicken soup and a batch of cookies(whole wheat nan-khatai) were pretty good by our house standards. I am grateful to my blogger friends who publish easy recipes and help novices like me.
Writing: I’m working on my writing skills and that just does not include writing. I am paying attention to style, choice of words and also staying conscious as I put each word out there. I am proud of a few posts this month and also that I have a supporting group to encourage me when I have my moments of doubt. I am grateful that writing has helped me make friends.
There were long hours at work, many sleepless nights but that’s how life is. It will have its share of everything. I try to find happiness in the little things that otherwise get ignored. Long chats with family, dinner with friends, watching plants grow, walking when it drizzles and those cloudy skies.
How was June for you? What is that one thing you are grateful for that would like to share with me?
Linking this post to Vidya’s Gratitude Circle Blog hop for June 2016.