Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My jewelry collection

Please don't go by the name. I don't have a huge collection, or I buy jewelry very often. Rather, I buy very rarely buy junkie, though I love them a lot. Mr. Man always ready to buy me all kind of fashionable dresses, but whenever I go to jewelry section he always makes face. I cannot make him understand that I need right kind of accessories. 

This jewelry holder is made by Mr. Man
Few of the bangle pieces



Anyway, I won't only balm him, I also don't want to spend much money on that. I only buy those jewelries which I cannot make myself.

This is a gift from a dear friend


 I don't buy any bead jewelry, I always make myself.

All my pearl collection


These are all gifts from my dear sister


This is a gift from coworkers on my wedding


My love for jewelries began since I was a little girl, though I never got much thing. Anyway, when I grew up I started buying for myself a lot. When I was working in India, I used to travel by train a long distance to reach my office. In India, hawkers usually sell goods in local trains.

This one I bought from Hawaii, but I never wear it.
Few of the many pieces I made 


The pendants, and the earrings are made from from art, this is known an Dokra Art.
It is a very famous art work from West Bengal, the state of India from where I am.


This is terra-cotta jewelry, another famous art work from West Bengal. 

 The jewelry sellers usually sell beautiful and latest jewelry in trains, in ver less prices. I used to buy a little jewelry almost every week. Once I bought 4-5 rings, and put them altogether in my fingers, except the little one. My manager asked me Why I left the little fingers. Actually my fingers are very thin, so, it's difficult to find rings, and for the little fingers it is next to impossible to find ring.


Few of the pieces gifted by my sweet sister-in-laws


My one and only one statement necklace


Little by little I collected a huge about of jewelries, but when I came back to my home town for my wedding, I distributed all my collection among my co-workers. So, I didn't have much in my hand when I came to the USA. Then again little by little I collected. My friends also gifted me many jewelries. When I distributed them to my co-workers I kept few of them. Among those are there even almost 20 years old. Those I'm not going to give to anyone. 

This is another gift from a friend

Monday, June 5, 2017

Handmade jewelries


I rarely buy jewelries, especially bead jewelries. I love to make them on my own. Last year I made many bead jewelries set, but some how I was not satisfied with end look them. So, for a long time I had been thinking of changing them into something else. 


However, no good designs were coming in mind. Last month, I made one multicolored long necklace for one of my friends. Then many designs started coming in my mind.


 Instead of making with same colored beads, I used different colored beads, but I didn't do mixing and matching . 


Instead of that I did only mixing. I made three as of now. In future I'm going to the others I've already made into some different one. 


Friday, June 2, 2017

Five on Friday

Monday:

Today was last last day of long weekend.We had pizza for dinner from Pieology.School is going to over very soon. This is the last week of the school. My kiddo is go into to be in 4th grade. Time flies. Still I feel just yesterday  I’ve brought him from hospital. This Friday I’m going for a vacation with my son. So, this week is very hectic for me. I’ve to pack .


Tuesday:
Today morning I went to SPA. It was a mother’s day. I didn’t go to the SPA at that time. I knew that before going to vacation it would be very hectic, and I needed some kind of relaxation. 

My kitchen counter top is now working table :D


Wednesday:
Today it was a big fuss, after school. When I went to pick my son from school he gave me a diorama he made at school. There was a box in the diorama, but I didn’t see that. While we were walking towards the car, suddenly he realized one box was missing from the diorama. To my bad luck, I was holding the diorama at that moment. He out poured all his anger on me. It took me exactly one hour to convince him that, if I asked the teacher to give another box, she would certainly give that. I sent a mail to his teacher, she replied me that, one his classmate found a similar in front of the classroom, that might be my son’s. After getting the reply, he convinced that his diorama didn’t go in vein.

That very diorama


Thursday:
Today was the last day of school. His teacher gave all the children water blaster. They were very happy. It was extremely hectic, as we are leaving for vacation tomorrow.


Friday:
Now it is five in the morning. We are leaving for vacation at 8. I’ll be gone for five weeks. Though I will try post in my blog, but may be I cannot visit all of your blog. I think all of my friends will understand. After coming back, I surly will  read all of your blog, and leave comment. XOXO

Summer fun

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tassajara One room school visit

In the era of smart phone, cutting edge technology, a one room school house  which was a learning center for children is really an amazing fact  that hard to believe. We cannot even imagine children from grade one to grade eight are sitting in the one small classroom and studying. When we can reach from one part of the world to the other part within 24 hours,  traveling few miles was an event and as well as nightmare in bad weather two hundred years ago. 


Students used to come to school by walking, or on ponies or in buggies through the prairies. The teachers used to stay with the any of the students of the school, as traveling was very problematic. She had to come very early in the morning to clean the school house. 


To know how was the life in the prairie of early pioneers , and how students were taught at that time, the class of my son went to visit the one room school house, and also enact ,as a part of their curriculum. Before going there their teacher taught them how to bow to teacher, how to answer to any questions, above all , the etiquette in that era. The boys dressed in plaid shirts and long trousers, the girls dressed in long skirts, aprons, and bonnets.It was not possible for every one to dressed up exactly like that era, so many of us improvised with the dresses available in our wardrobe.

 
Tassajara school house was like a living museum. The children lived in 1888 for few hours in one morning. On a cold windy day of May (very unlikely) we drove there crossing the ranches and vast open space to reach the tiny house. Two very nice ladies enacted as teachers for the children. From them we came to know in that era the female teachers could not get married. If they got married they had to leave their jobs. They had to dress up covering their ankles, and no ornaments, even a tiny studs in the ears were not allowed. On the top of they got paid way less than a male teacher, there was no concept of equal pay. There were many rules, those were must be obey by children without any mistake, otherwise the punishments were extremely severe. For example, if a boy played with a girl the punishment was 4 lashes, can you imagine it?


After reaching the school, they said the pledge first before entering the school. The “teacher” told them how to use wash basin if the hands got dirty. The basin was a big container of water with big spoon,and a small enamel basin bowl was kept beside that. Those who needed it, put water with the big spoon , then used the bar soap, again washed their hands taking water with the spoon, into the basin. After finishing they had to throw away the dirty water in the ground.

 

Anyway, after the pledge, they went inside the house. First they read from the Bible. Bible study was must at that time. After finishing Bible study, they started learning how to stay happy in life. In the mean time “Hanna”’s pony started roaming out side the schoolhouse . So, teacher and Hanna had to go out side the to tie the pony. As Hanna didn’t tie her pony properly, she got punishment. She stood for five minutes putting her nose on the wall. That was most funniest part of the act. Then they wet out for recess. They played with the toys of the 19th century. 


After coming from the recess they did mathematics, and wrote with a fountain pen. They even sang in their “music” class. After they finished their studies, the “teacher” showed them many of the things, which were very modern tools at that time, like a toaster, a butter churner, even a camera. Taking pictures,and getting the photo in hand used take 4-5 weeks time. It was the fastest possible time to get photos in hand.




We packed the lunch in wax papers, and cloth like that century. We ate our lunch after the school dismissed. It was a life time experience to live in that ear for few hours. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Five on Friday

Monday: 
Since last Thursday I stopped  walking in the morning. Today morning I fought of going, but it was already hot around 8:30 in the morning. So, I abandoned my plan for morning walk. I came back home. I had a piles of jobs to be finished at home.
Those who are following me already know, we are going to remodel our home. Anyway, I almost finished moving things from the three bedrooms and bathrooms today. I left few of the essential things , which I would move later.




Tuesday: 
What happened to me today I couldn’t understand. I started feeling dizzy since morning. Somehow I managed to drop my son to school, and came back. In the afternoon I didn’t take any risk. I called Mr. Man to go to school and pick him up.


Wednesday: 
Today I felt an urge to paper myself. It had been long I got my toe nails done. So, I went to nails SPA. It was so much relaxing that I almost fell asleep.


Thursday:
Today was the day, I couldn’t find anything to do. Lastly I sat down with beads box, and made one bead necklace.



Friday:
It was not so busy Friday. As the bathrooms and the bedrooms would be remodeled, I stopped cleaning them, which made a lot less work.




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Volunteer Appreciation Tea 2017

Who are already following me know that I volunteer a lot in my son’s school. Since my son started going Kindergarten I have been doing the job. It is really fun to do that. Though I don’t like  teaching, I like volunteering in school. When my son was in Kindergarten, I used to help the teachers in crafts and other activities. It is really fun to interact with the little ones, though some times it is difficult to control them, when they get crazy. In grade 1, I even helped the teacher to correct the homework.  Anyway, the teachers of the school organize a volunteer appreciation tea every year. I love to attend the event. 


This year also I attended the same. It was great time with the teachers and other fellow volunteer. The teachers brought many delicious food for us. Not all the volunteers are doing heavily responsible jobs like the PTA president , or the secretary, but each small job also counts. You need someone to do that. So from doing Friday folders to chair a school committee all the jobs are required and important, and the volunteers are doing those jobs with great responsibility and devotion without expecting anything. 


It is really nice when someone appreciates whatever you are  doing for them. The principal gave us a Thank you speech. We all enjoyed that.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mother's day at Pier 1

Few weeks back  before Mother’s Day,I received one mail from Pier 1. They were going to hold an event to celebrate Mother’s Day just a week before the Mother’s Day. When I read the letter, I became very interested going for the event. It was going to be held on May 6th , the previous Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend. I enrolled my name for the event. Almost everyday I reminded myself about the event, until Saturday morning. That Saturday was very busy unlike other Saturday. In the morning I rushed to Home Depot with my kid for the Kid’s Workshop which is usually held first Saturday of every month. 


From there we went to local Farmer’s Market. I prefer to buy the fruits from the farmer’s market where I can get fresh and tasty fruits. Then we came back home. We had lots of things to do in our backyard garden. You know, spring time is gardening time. After lunch still I had some jobs to finish. Around 4 in the evening I finally sat down to have some rest. The event just went out of my mind. Suddenly Mr. Man came and told me that, there was something we were forgetting. He also couldn’t remember what was that?


 Suddenly it clicked in my mind. Oh no!! The event was almost going to an end. I rushed to Piet 1 store. I checked in.  I was the last lucky person to get a beautiful tote bag from Magnolia Home. Though I was not that much lucky to get gift cards from the lucky draw. Anyway, apart from that I bought few plates and two cups which I got on heavy discount. You know, I never pay the full price to but anything. I always search in the clearance section. I got the three plates on 75% discount , that was a steal.



Friday, May 19, 2017

Five on Friday

Monday: 
After a lovely fun-filled weekend, the Monday started with its as usual pace. Beside doing usual job, now I had another tedious job on me. 


We will remodel our home. For doing that,I need to move everything from three bedrooms. 
Though I don’t buy many things, still those rooms had so many things that I had to struggle to fit those things in my garage and living room. In the afternoon I was so exhausted, I gave up doing that and moved on. On the top of that my son had a field trip on Tuesday, for which I needed to prepare few things.



Tuesday:
Today I went as chaperon on the field trip. It was a fun-filled historical field trip. We went to see a one room school house of pioneer era, which was kept beautifully till date. Children went there    not just to see that as a museum, but they enacted like that era. Even they had “teachers” who were also from 1888. I would give you the details in my blog very soon. That one room school house was called “living museum”.



Wednesday:
Today I had many things to outside the home. I drove around the town almost all day.


Thursday:
It was another busy day. Today my son had many activities rather than me. In the morning he had practice for the evening concert in school. He had to go to school early. I thought of going for morning walk. However, again I became busy in shifting the things from the bedrooms. In doing so, it was already late. Moreover, the temperature also high, so, going out was not a good option. Anyway, I almost finished in shifting all the small things. In the evening my son had his spring concert in the school. It was a very fun time. All the little ones sang, and my son’s grade played the recorder.

 


Friday: 
It was so much tiring today that it was difficult for me keep my eyes open in the late evening. Today I volunteered on Field day in the school. It was long process. From 9 in the morning till 12 I was on play ground of the school. All the grades played different fun games from sack race to rolling hula hoops. I volunteered in the hula hoop station. Today was extremely hot day. The sun screen could nothing on the skin. I came back home super exhausted. Again went back to pick him from school. In the evening we went to mall to buy some things which were long pending .