Yet another Monday #MondayMusings

And it’s April even before we know it .

This last month of March has literally marched ahead taking me along with it. It was a a mixed bag with half of it spent in the New World and the other half spent in the Old .

I have a lot of things to be grateful for this month – chief among them being surviving a winter I was totally infamiliar with.

Although I had gone to New Jersey to experience first hand for myself what a North American winter could be, I never expected to experience three severe nor’easters ( as they were called ). Luckily Daughter No1 lives in a complex that wasn’t affected but several people had days without electricity. And if you are in sub-zero temperatures that’s not a good idea. So I’m grateful that despite the storms, my winter was fairly comfortable.

Castles in the Snow

This month has been a mixed bag with two halves of the family. My NJ half is an all girly affair and I am thrilled that I could spend time with the delightful Ms.Papaya. Despite the fact that I didn’t have appropriate foot wear, I did take her properly clad to the courtyard one day to play in the snow. Unfortunately after the snow settles, it becomes hard and we had to improvise with beach pail and space to make snow castles .

Animals and Food

This month I ate a real AmericanBurger in a real American restaurant called The Committed Pig. With a fat friendly copper pig waiting outside, I could just about wait for a quick snap in the 0 degree weather.

But I more than made up for the cold with a hot chicken broth and Monkey Bread as a tea time snack at the Neiman Marcus Cafe.

Flying is always fraught with tension. Luckily I survived two long distance flights despite ONE hour of turbulence. I am grateful that I could ride this one out.

Back home

While Ms Papaya was sad to see me go, Little Po and Wow Dinga were happy to have me back. Wow Dinga turned 5 this March and I’m grateful he allowed us to attend his birthday celebrations. I’m quite sure next year he’ll ban me from hanging around .

News at home wasn’t all that cheery with 90 year old father-in-law taking to bed . I am grateful though that despite his pain and discomfort, his daughters are around to keep him as comfortable as they can.

So March has been a mixed month – with happy times, anxious times, family times and time with friends . It also has had moments of anxiety and stress . But that’s life I suppose isn’t it ?

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Linking up with #MondayMusings hosted by Corinne. Image for Mondaymusings

Also linking up with Vidya Sury’s #Gratitude Circle.

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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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11 Responses

  1. Heard about sand castles, never tried with snow. I like snow even with discomfort. Glad that you survived 2 flights. I love flying but hate to spend more hours on continuous travel. I am trying home gardening this April and my march was busy too.

    • Bellybytes says:

      Yes I don’t think anyone makes snow castles … but didn’t know how else to play with baby without getting frost bite ! Hope you get some lovely flowers in your garden this summer . There’s nothing quite so relaxing as gardening

  2. A mixed month, well miss papaya could always come and visit you. Bu agree theres that tug at the heart when you bid goodbyes. Hoe the health of your Father in law picks up soon. nothing worse thatn having a family member unwell.
    Ramya Abhinand recently posted…Chitra Banerjee and Before We Visit The Goddess #AtoZChallengeMy Profile

  3. Kalpanaa says:

    I liked your castles in the snow. It’s hard to return from a trip and be thrown into the deep end. Hope your father in law feels better soon. This was a lovely post.

  4. Remembered the song, “Yeh jina hai angoor ka dana…kuch khatta hai, kuch meetha hai…”
    The Committed Pig and Monkey bread got me smiles! Adore the minds that thought of such names.
    Wishing you a very happy new month Sunita…may all the grapes in the bunch be sweet for you!

  5. Shantala says:

    You seem to have had an eventful March. Oh and you are quite adventurous too. I try to hide myself at home during the snow. But even when I have ventured out, I have never made snow castles, though it sounds like fun, will definitely try it out. I am sure my 6 yo will be thrilled.
    Shantala recently posted…March 2018 – The Month That Was #GratitudePostMy Profile

  6. Vidya Sury says:

    Indeed life is a mixed bag! Glad you enjoyed your trip to New Jersey! Did you take a photo of the copper pig? Would love to see that!

    Sorry to hear about your dad-in-law–he must be happy to have his daughters around.

    Thanks for linking up!
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