This November has been the best so far..
It’s almost winters. But then, thanks to pollution, it’s killing the chills. In childhood, by this time of the year, our woolens used to be out and seeing the sun to get warm. Our moms would take the quilts and put them over the folding beds in verandas. Over them used to be woolens and other warmers. The quilt covers were washed and spread to dry.
Guavas would be carted by most of the fruit sellers inside the colonies. I could never sink my teeth in without washing them after the purchase. A habit made fun of by neighboring aunties and then later by my colleagues too.. 🙂 Oranges would be bought as the staple fruit of the season.
Soon, afternoons changed its scorching appearance to the most awaited part of the day. Small cots would sprung out outside almost all the ground floor houses. Communal meetings would be held in name of soaking sun. Knitting, peeling oranges and at times snoozing over became the usual regimen. Kids would keep squeezing the orange peels into their friends’ eyes.
The home- makers would take out the wool balls and knitting needles to knit the most amazing woolen stuff. My mom was an avid knitter. That’s the term that would suit her the best. I still have a few of those that she had knitted. I have all of those multi- colored sweaters, scarves and other warmers still! I would go out with her to shop for what I liked. She would then humbly make something to gift me. She said that I could wear them when I grow up and flaunt. Copy mom, I do that now..!!
I wonder if she had known of her early demise and so had hurriedly made all arrangements possible for my future!
For the last decade or so, it’s no more as chilling as it used to be in winters. Pollution, maybe?
I love winters. I don’t feel tired or warm at the slightest movement. I am ever- ready to do almost anything. Just moving about breaks sweat in summers! No creepy- crawlies to invade my house and even the surroundings. The vegetation becomes greener. This is when the Flowers too shyly open up their veils and smile upon the passersby.
Where I stay is a country- side. Well almost. How beautiful it becomes when all those spring season flowers bloom up throughout the walking trail and in parks- in whatever little of those we have here.
As I said, it’s still not as cold as it used to be or rather should have been, I have my own reasons to celebrate!
A few things have happened this November, a few more are on the schedule, as if to break the pattern of the last several years. The stances as if have acted to add towards the momentum that I have gained this year.
- My Interview @ http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/ was published at the Jingle Poetry Blog
- None other than Jamie Dedes herself has covered that for me.. 🙂 It was her idea including the Execution.
- She had suggested that I partake in NaNOWriMo. It makes me swell up thinking how she had made me believe that I could kill it in no time!
- One of my friends- Sophie, had come over to spend a day (and a night) at my home. After maybe almost 10 years, some one had come over at my place to stay. I had only shared my house with only a couple of friends so far, a couple of times, 10 years back. They were my childhood friends. This one seems would become my life- time friend. I may have written about that in detail if I wasn’t this killingly occupied. I’ll do that the next month most probably.
- I had always wanted to compile some thing on my brooding and about spirituality. I am doing that in NaNOWriMo. Really now, I am already teased as the Divine Mother by a couple of friends; after compiling this, they’ll have more valid reasons to do so.
- One thing I am still up with is Pigeon watching. A pair of those flocks together from one veranda to the other the whole day doing their usual sound of “ghoongh- ghoongh”. They ensure that I don’t sleep late in the morning! I have to write about those too. I have already shot them in their act.
- I also have plans to travel long- distance this weekend. I’ll be doing that after practically 3 years of being home- ridden! May be this is the beginning of this phase’s end.
Jamie has been blogging side by side with writing for the NaNoWriMo challenge, as most of the other participants. I have other commitments at the Jingle Poetry as an official so am unable to Blog. After reading her posts for more than 15 days now, and a post at Marylin’s Site, where they write about their writing progress and the development, I felt I needed to write too; and hence this post.
Enjoy your winters. Stay warm. I’ll be back with my regular posts even before you start missing me.. Love xx