A lot to be thankful for this October #Gratitude Post

I don’t know if it is coincidence or if it is real but ever since I began counting my blessings, they have begun to multiply.

Today I walked out of nursery school having stood in for Anna Shetty and Daughter No. 1. as both mothers were busy. I was only too glad to hear the reports of Little Po and Ms Papaya and my heart was bursting with pride when I heard about the two of them.

As I sat in the class room I felt really happy that these little ones were in a place that was so filled with joy and love. Pre-schools can be quite a zoo with competitive mothers and frazzled teachers. Somehow in this particular not-so-sell-known nursery, the atmosphere is quite relaxed and easy going. I genuinely felt happy that my little ones go here and actually thanked the teachers and Sr.Charlotte for being there in my life. They truly are a blessing.

October was like any other month – a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly. In fact, I’m beginning to feel that all months are a judicious mix. I am after all doing nothing spectacular in my life so I shouldn’t really expect anything extraordinary. So considering how bad things can be, I am grateful for the way things really are.

I always feel it’s better to deal with the bad and ugly first so let me start with that.

The sudden departure of the Bayda earlier this month was decidedly ugly. After working for 20+ years it was time for her to move on . But she should have been more decorous about it . Her sneaking off came as a shock.

Looking at the good side of this situation, however,  meant that I didn’t have to give her a Golden Handshake. I’m also saved the hassle of giving her a monthly pension that we’d planned on giving her . Because even though our relationship came to an ugly end, I cannot forget how useful she was to have around .

The bad bit was the few days we had to do without our young Lady of Shalott. It only made me realise that however ‘useless’ they may seem, home help is of some help.

But the good parts were quite a bit

  • After many years I managed to make a quick trip to Pune for my mom’s birthday. We had a delightful South Indian meal to mark this day and both of us were happy that we could meet and greet.
  • I also met up with some cousins and friends so I wasn’t just meeting my regular bhaji wallah and fish man.
  • Workwise, it was a pretty satisfying month. I got to  interview interesting people and write interesting content. So apart from my blog, I actually wrote something else
  • You may have noticed that I’ve been trying to polish up my blog. Actually my dad who is one of my ardent fans actually pointed out that this new ‘avatar’ is far too polished for my country bumpkin image and my blog no longer seems basic . But he hasn’t really seen how slick and sophisticated blogs really are. My blog really has a long way to go before I manage to make it world class ( my secret dream). But I did manage to connect with Shalz, and Shilpa over Twitter for some advice and tips. And a big thank you to Shailaja V who patiently listened to me for half an hour. As most of you know she is a professional blogger and her time is most precious. I am grateful to have these people around to help me navigate this extremely difficult world of blogging.
  • The thing I am most happy about this month is that Anna Shetty  got me off my butt and managed to make me walk for four days in a row ! This has definitely given me hope that there is still more walking left in me
  • And lastly, even though the outcome wasn’t exactly what I’d imagined, Hubby Dear and I actually went to see a movie

So with health, wealth and happiness in order I do have a lot to be grateful for isn’t it ?

Linking up Corinne and Shalini’s #FridayReflections Vidya Sury’s #GratitudeCircle and Shanaya’s #ChattyBlogs.

How was your October ?


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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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20 Responses

  1. RT says:

    Funny how we had similar Octobers – I had a FAB one. While my heart was in one place my mind was at peace. I enjoyed working out, nourishing my mind and soul, and practised GRATITUDE every day. So glad you are my family!

  2. Vidya Sury says:

    Sunita, I think you ARE doing spectacular things. You are enthusiastic and energetic both on the blog and social media. It is a pleasure to read what you write and your social media posts are so much fun. Kudos on your “work writing”!
    How exciting to be around your grandbabies! Happy birthday to your mom–so nice to be able to meet and spend time! Thank you so much for linking up. And yes, appreciation does multiply joy!
    Vidya Sury recently posted…Because Progress is Better than Perfection #GratitudeCircleMy Profile

  3. Shalzmojo says:

    Thanks so much for the shout out Sunita- that felt really good to read. Its awesome to hear your dad not only reads your blog but comments on its looks, etc to you too! WOW!

    And I ditto you on the sentiment of attracting abundance with gratitude – its been happening at my end too! May this tribe grow!!

    Three cheers to Vidya and her Gratitude circle!!!

    • Bellybytes says:

      Yes my dad is my biggest critic as well as my biggest fan . I feel bad that I didn’t listen to him and go in for computers else I’d have been a genius by now 😉 . BTW do you approve of the change in my blog ?

  4. Kala Ravi says:

    Overall a very good month I could surmise, Sunita. I was remembering my own stint at playschools with my kids with such fond memories. Good that the grandkids are enjoying their time there. How lucky you could meet up with your mom. Your blog looks and works great, you should be really proud of it!

  5. Priya says:

    This seems to be a fab idea. I must try writing about the month gone by, what I learnt etc.

  6. Shalini says:

    Isn’t it so beautiful getting together to celebrate your mom’s birthday! And about your blog, it’s looking clean and nice. I love this! I have always believed in the power of blogging communities. You get to meet many bloggers who are always helpful and is just a ping away. 🙂
    Shalini recently posted…October Ketchup With MeMy Profile

  7. Parul Thakur says:

    I loved when you said that all months are a mix of the good, bad and the ugly. I feel that all the time. But earlier, I would focus on the bad and ugly a lot. Now I am at a place where i look up and see what went well. A lot better.
    I love to read you. So keep writing! So good that you spent time with your Mum on her birthday. Lovely thing to do. 🙂
    Wishing you a great November!
    Parul Thakur recently posted…Gratitude List – October 2018My Profile

  8. Shilpa Nairy says:

    Its such a pleasure to visit mom’s house on birthday and celebrate. Wish you happy and great November.

  9. Sounds like a good month Sunita. And the blog looks amazing. Time with family is always precious. I’m looking forward to meeting you later this month.
    Sanch @ Sanch Writes recently posted…Weekly Gratitude 2018 44/52My Profile

  10. Moms and Dads who follow their children’s blog and give feedbacks really are sweet. It’s something special! 🙂
    Good to see you spend some time with your mom. Have a fabulous November.
    Lakshmi Manoj Kumar recently posted…Thank you October | Gratitude JournalMy Profile

    • Bellybytes says:

      Yes I agree especially when the child is 60 years old and the Dad 87 ! I find it amazing that my Dad still manages to surf the net and tell me what is wrong with my blog ( he obviously compares it to others’ ) . And thanks I’m having a great November so far!

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