Monday, October 05, 2015

Evolving memory keeping methods...

Back in 2006 when I started this blog, I had still to make the transition to a DSLR and was getting a steady stream of pictures printed at the local pharmacy shop from my film SLR and scrapbooking was my only method for memory keeping.
As time passed, more and more of my pictures were digital and scrapbooking was a creative process more than a tool for memory keeping; and as we all know creative processes are often slow, evolving, and subjected to moodiness. I realized that my family wanted to see the trip pictures right away and not wait for over a year to be documented into a very fancy books that has to be handled with extreme care and treated as family heirloom.

Out of the necessity of a memory book which is easily shared with kids, doesn't take long to produce and easily recreated, I turned to digital photo books.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

My first Quilting project

Sometimes I feel like perhaps I'm a social crafter. I started quilting when I was pregnant with my first born and wanted to make some blankets for the baby. I made some easy quilts that didn't involve any piecing. It was during that time that I met a lady who made all her quilts by hand. She used to handle our print shop at the architecture firm and during her down time, she'd work on her piecing. She introduced me to the basics of quilting, then I went to a local shop to take a basics class and I was hooked, or so I thought…
Fast forward to Fall of 2014, when I picked up the pieces to continue making 'Grandma's fan' that I had started 10 years ago. By winter I had about a dozen of them ready but didn't know how to proceed. The process was slow going and I couldn't imagine the final piece anymore.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fear, hope and Blogging

I think we are all nothing but a product of our fear and hope.
Hello Fall! Welcome…
Deep inside there is a battle going on between our fear and insecurities and our hope and perseverance and how we go through the day is based on who has the upper hand in the current situation. When we interact with others, they have no idea of who is winning on the inside, it is just what you share. Those who are close to you might have an inkling but again they have their own battle inside of them; unaware of each others battles when our fears interact, anger spews out. When we can meet others in the place of hope and love in spite of our battles we lay foundations for lasting relationships… 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Chevron wall - pink and white

Personalizing our personal spaces with colors is one of the big tool that we are using for dealing with change. I asked my girlie, what would she like to see in her room and she said,"it should be bright and cheerful and it should bring a smile to whoever is entering the room and that they should know that its my room even if I'm not there to welcome them. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A brief stop in San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano is a small hill town in the province of SienaTuscany region in Italy. It is famous for its picturesque towers recognizable from miles away. It had a magical conglomeration of Roman and Gothic buildings, the traditional brick paved road and the requisite piazza. 
This picture was taken from about 15km away as we were approaching the town and the towers in the distance are clearly visible.
Its preservation of the dozen or so tall tower houses has created an identifiable skyline in the mind of travelers, like any of the other metropolitan city in the world, but it is far from being one. And I'm thankful for the quaintness of this town...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Chinese restaurant - Hop Sing Palace, Folsom

Our recent move brought about a lot of changes and I've been talking about them in the past many weeks but one need that left a gaping whole in my life but took me a little while to figure out was not knowing my favorite restaurants on my fingertips.  
On a harsh and emotional day when the triple degree temperature prevent extensive cooking at home, one might wish to wallow themselves in black bean sauce or a schezwan curry but for the lack of information about a good chinese place. After suffering through many a mediocre chinese restaurant, I finally found a place I love. Hop Sing Palace is located in historic Folsom district and while walking from the train station towards 'Snooks' our favorite ice-cream place we were drawn in with the wafting curry smells. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Memory Keeping Prompts by HS, Day 24 thru 30

Day 24: The Good Stuff…
I am thankful and touched by Heidi Swapp's courage to share her personal tragedy so openly with the rest of us. I'm sure there are many things that she's not sharing but one can feel what she and the rest of her family must be going through even without explicit words. She made me realize that sharing true life matters even if it is messy. I'd not have dared to share this picture a few months ago but something has shifted in my psyche and the unpacked boxes, TV on the floor, lumpy poufs, unadorned mantle don't disturb me as much, even though I do notice them all. What matters is the perfect moment of peace and joy with all of us present (two of us are in the reflections on the window pane), happy, healthy and surrounded in love… that is 'the good stuff'.

Day 25: Don't mind if I do…
Spend the entire day on the hammock reading a book. We have had this hammock for almost two years but never had the time or the weather to really enjoy it so now that I am enjoying my time off from work, it seemed like a perfect idea to spend the day under the tree. Once the girls got home from school, they took turns reading in the garden.

Day 26: Shine down on me
I've a strong faith in the universe and that everything happens for a reason but there are some days when extra prayers are needed to go through the day. This picture was of the Janamashtami festival, celebrating the birth and life story of Lord Krishna.

Day 27: Having the best time…
On the pool side enjoying our respective drinks, Root Beer Float, Sprite Float, Brandy… having the best time!

Day 28: Say yes to 'Sleeping in'
After a hectic work week, it feels wonderful to allow myself to sleep in and not feel guilty about it. 

Day 29: Hello! Love
Maggi noodles is the equivalent of ramen noodles of India, only a spicier version and we all have fond memories of it from our childhood, including my girls, they absolutely love it too. After the recent food controversy in India where the lead content in the spice packet was found too high and it was banned from Indian markets, we were shocked and hesitant to eat Maggi. I tried but couldn't throw away that last packet and ended up making it just for the old time sake...

Day 30: Note to Self
After 30 days of memory keeping, looking through and taking new pictures based on prompts by Heidi Swapp, I'm sold on the idea that memories are mine to keep and to share. 
Pictures are tangible memories of the fleeting moments, and I want to hold as many of them as possible.