Friday, January 20, 2017
Monday was holiday. I didn't want to do anything. I was in a total resting mood. None of us went outside home that day. In fact I didn't even go in our backyard. Only Mr. Man went to backyard to clean our pool. Most of the I spend reading "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah. Though I read halfway, but I must say that the book worth reading. The book is about situation of France under Nazi rules. How the people suffered at that time really gives goosebumps.
Holiday was over. Again we got to our normal routine. Tuesday was a little bit busy. Apart from household chores I had volunteer duty in my son's school. I spend there more than three hours. We are making some mathematical tools for the students, for we need to cut out some thousands strips, and truly speaking it's a tedious job.
This time I thought of putting some Valentine's day card on my Amazon Handmade store. For that I'm continuously making cards.
Thursday: Today was not so busy day. I volunteered in school. Rest of the day just went by doing housework.
Fido Dido!!! 25 years back my friend gave it to me from her stash.. still I've kept it. It is a treasure to me.
Today was real busy day. I always cook 4-5 dishes on Friday. So that, I can rest through out the weekend. Cooking always comes with loads of utensils to wash. I don't want to take the pain of huge washing on weekend. On there top of that I had jobs to do in my son's school. Luckily Mr. Man dropped kidie to school. I finished almost all household chores, and went to school. After finished works there I came back around 1 in thew afternoon.After coming back I finished rest of the chores, including laundry.The I knead dough for bread, and went back to school to pick him up. The day didm;t end there. After coming back I sat with the unwilling child with his homework. After that I made pizza for dinner. At last I could end there.
|Fido Dido!!! 25 years back my friend gave it to me from her stash.. still I've kept it. It is a treasure to me.|
|The pizza. Although it doesn't look good, the taste was not bad.. :)|
These are the five things on Friday..
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Hello My lovely blogging friends,
Valentine's day is very near. Even we don't have one month in our hand. I thought of making some cards for this occasion. I also have some things to make,but I don't know whether I'll be able to make the other things. On the top of that I also have a very big list of crafts for my home. All the cards are handmade from scratch. I did everything with just a pair of scissors, and glue. Just take look. I'm also giving my Amazon Handmade link. Soon I'll post them there.
More are coming!!
From a girl's mind-Amazon Handmade
Monday, January 16, 2017
It was our Anniversary Day. Mr. Man had been asking what I want from him. In fact I didn’t want anything. I have enough of everything. So, why to buy? When he didn’t get any satisfactory answer he declared that, I must not cook anything, and we would go for lunch. He kept secret where we about to go.
In morning I was not in the mood to go, as it was drizzling since previous night. As many times I asked him, he never gave me any name of the restaurant. Anyway, we started from home in the rain. The gloomy sky was telling me to go back home and to snuggle under blanket. Anyway, our car left our town, the familiar hustles, then went through a quiet posh neighborhood, then we came in the middle of vast open land with green mountains everywhere.
No, the mountains were not green by trees, but green by grass, due to rain. Anyway, on the gloomy day the green vast deserted mountains were looking marvelous. Mr. Man was driving, and driving, I didn’t know where he was heading to. Only I could understand he was going to one of the wineries in Livermore. We had never been there before. We visited many wineries in Napa and Sonoma. Anyway, we reached the Wente Vineyard. First thing I told Mr. Man that I wouldn’t drink any wine. He shushed me and asked me to follow. I must say that was great view. In the cold of November I didn’t want to stay outside, but it was really lovely to walk around the vineyard.
|Crispy Duck Wings|
|Garden Chicken Salad|
That family owned vineyard was built more than a century ago. The vast hilly land was covered by all grape vines, looking like a bright green blanket from distance.
Mr. Man already decided what to have, so we didn’t spend much time on the menu. Ahi Tuna, and Crispy Duck Wings were very famous of the restaurant. We ordered both. That was the first time in my life I love duck meat. I had duck at many restaurants, but never liked any of the dish. However, in Wente it was different. For main course Mr. Man ate Pork Chops, but I went for Garden Chicken Salad. That was really heavenly. The ambience inside was a mix of modern and vintage. As we went after Thanksgiving, they already decked up for the Holidays made the inside more homely. May be in future we will go back again there to try different dishes.
Monday, January 9, 2017
I know Charlie Brown, rather the Peanuts through the comic strips on the Sunday newspaper since my childhood. However,I never introduced my son to Charlie Brown. When he was four years old, somehow he managed to find out ‘Charlie brown Thanksgiving’ from Youtube, and from there he came to know about those bunch of big head kids. Anyway,after that he stopped watching until recently when I told him about how he discovered Charlie Brown. Since then, again he has become a huge fan of that little guy.
He had been watching all the videos whatever available in Youtube on every weekends. One day I had been talking with my friends about his addiction to Charlie Brown. At that time, one of them suggested me taking him to Charlie Brown museum. The name of the museum is actually Charles Schulz Museum, who was the creator of the character ‘Charlie Brown’. However, I would love to call it Charlie Brown Museum.
Anyway, after my friend told me about the museum, I decided to take my son there, where he could learn more about the man behind those bunch of kids, who act like a grown up, and sometimes even talk very seriously. Actually, almost all his comic strips were created based on some real life events. The beauty of the comics are that, the children will understand the literal meaning, which will give them fun, but the adults will enjoy the inner meaning. Once Schulz described himself as, “Someone who has to draw something everyday without repeating himself”. Those characters are magically real to us. We enjoy their distinct personality.
One fine Saturday morning we drove a good eighty miles from our home to reach the museum in Santa Rosa. When we reached there, were very hungry. Just across the street of the museum there was a restaurant named “Warm Puppy Cafe”. The name of the restaurant attracted us so much that we didn’t even think about finding any other restaurant. The restaurant was nothing but a simple burger shop, but the inside of the cafe was so cute, we were totally impressed by that. The place was actually known as ice arena. There was an ice rink just behind the cafe. We could watch the people were skating there sitting inside the cafe.
|Warm Puppy cafe|
Charles Schulz, also known as Sparky, he named after a horse name Spark Plug from the comic strip ‘Barney google’. His uncle named him Sparky. He was known as Sparky among his peers. When we watched the documentary of making of ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’, all the people there ,was calling him “Sparky”. Schulz’s father was a barber, even he also had his barber licensee, which we saw in the museum. He faced many ups and downs in his life, and later he incorporated all his experience is his comic strips. The most popular character among the bunch of kids is the two legged dog,Snoopy. Schulz’s family had a dog named Spike from where he got the inspiration in creating the character Snoopy. As usual , my son is also very an avid fan of Snoopy. Few days back we went to watch Christmas decorations in our neighborhood, and he was so disappointed that no one put up a Snoopy on their front yard.
|This was painted by Charles Schulz for their daughter|
Charles Schulz grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, areas. Since his childhood he liked drawings. He was also avid ice hockey player. All his hockey gears are kept in the museum. At the age of 20 Schulz served for the United States in WWII. When he was away from home during the war, his mother died at the age of 50. After coming back from the war he started working in an Art school’s cartoon division. While working there he started developing his own style of cartoon. He started posting his cartoon to the newspapers, and he started getting success. The funniest part that the famous “Peanuts” name was not given by him, rather it was chosen by the publishers due to some conflicts arose before publication. He never likes the name Peanuts.
|Schulz's Ice Hockey gears|