During the months of December 2018 and January 2019, we spent about 5 weeks getting several long-overdue renovation and repair projects completed around the home. The projects involved all sorts of works including masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and some basic landscape designing — pretty much everything. There still remains some major painting work, but that… Continue reading Four Lessons from Home Renovation
That moment, that morning everything was perfect. Just for a few moments, everything was right, just right, just perfect. Everything was in the right place, as it should be. Nothing was amiss, nothing was wrong. Can it be so? Can it all be perfect? That moment that morning it all was. I had gone out… Continue reading When Everything was Perfect
Today is World Environment Day. Pretty much everyone who is active on social media – from ordinary folks to politicians, from activists to spiritual leaders – has been busy posting some appropriate picture or message or quote about it. Why we must take care of the environment, how we can do our bit for the… Continue reading Weeding
This is the 300th post for this blog. No celebratory or self-congratulatory words, no ‘looking back’ type of thing, no chalking out of something new for the next hundred. Only a reminder to un-do some things. Things that I carry within, things that become unwanted veils inside giving me a murky reflection of my many selves. Things that end up becoming burdens,… Continue reading Undo
I almost missed my blog’s birthday. It was quite late in the evening that I remembered that my blog completed three years yesterday. Not only that, I remembered this morning that earlier this month Matriwords our research blog also had its first birthday. How to mark this special occasion of two birthdays in a month? Well, simply by… Continue reading Did I miss a birthday?
To read readers’ comments on this post, click HERE for the previous version of this blog. Photo by Hengki Koentjoro This morning my husband and I had a long talk with our gardener. About five trees in our garden. We had similar talks before but without much seriousness. Today we had to come to… Continue reading Difficult Decisions
For readers’ comments, click HERE for the blog’s previous version. “Hello Miracle, my old friend. So good to see you! Long time, where had you been hiding?” “Hello there! I suppose I could say I was just hibernating, taking it easy, you know! How have you been? I see you look quite hale and hearty,… Continue reading Hello, It’s a Miracle!
For readers’ comments, click HERE for the blog’s previous version. Today on this World Environment Day, I certainly feel rich! I feel rich when I see the beauty and blessings of Mother Nature in my little garden. Today I remember the little sapling of Rangoon Creeper that we had planted in a little corner of… Continue reading Do I Feel Rich Today?
Click HERE for previous version of this blog if you wish to read Readers’ comments. Readers may recall an earlier post in which I had spoken of my ongoing effort to facilitate some kind of peaceful co-existence between two pushy creepers in my garden fighting over space. I figured it is now time to update… Continue reading So Far So Good….
That’s enough. I give up. I am giving in to the temptation. The temptation of wanting to possess. Beautiful objects, beautiful things. Not for me, but for my home. (Same difference?). When I started this blog almost a year ago (it will be a year on April 14) I had decided that I would never… Continue reading 2 Objects of Joy
I admit it. Patience is not something that comes easily to me. No, I should be more honest. I am quite impatient. But I value very much the quality of patience and would like to become more patient. Ever since moving into this house two and a half years ago, I have found a very… Continue reading A Fragrant Lesson in Patience
For readers’ comments, please click here for the previous version of this blog. “Just take the whole thing out,” my husband said. “No!” I almost yelled. “It will be easier that way, it is getting too messy.” “But I like it very much, I like the other one too.” We were talking about the two much-over-grown… Continue reading Eliminating or Harmonizing?