Morning walk has always been much more than just physical exercise. For me, it is a solo time with nature or with myself . But in the last many months even this simplest of thing finds no space in my day’s schedule. At times, I didn’t have the energy or inclination and other times I prefer some other joys – watching the cute passerby waving or teasing at me; and my neighbor’s tenants arguing with the Dabbaman(lunch box delivery man) on delivering the same vegetable everyday or sometimes putting a request for the next day. And at times watching the squirrel or a bird enjoying the pleasurable and careful walk over the lines.
But, recently when my sister-in-law drew my attention towards my ever growing weight and suggested me gym. It seemed exciting and fun, so just after talking to her I went to inquire about the timings. But later after careful thinking and keeping in mind the needs, hopes and specifically distinctive routine of everyone in the house I realized that doing this on a regular basis is difficult and the only thing that could fit in my kind of schedule is some yoga and some brisk walk at any convenient time. Now, when I have planned a routine for myself I like remembering one quote which my sister-in-law shared on Facebook recently:
Yesterday, just a day before his first exams Virat shared his fear of getting a different paper (of different subject). I assured him nothing like this will ever happen to him and at times, it is quite natural to have such thoughts.
Tomorrow is Grandparents Day. And I want to thank all the grandparents and wish them a very happy Grandparents Day.
A few months after my father-in-law’s death, when we first left my mother-in-law alone in the house to go out of station in summer vacation, Virat was very concerned for leaving her alone and to make sure she stay safe in our absence he sticks stickers on all the walls and on floors giving a strict warning of “No entry” to all the thieves.
One more highlight of the week, Virat has been asked to play keyboard in the school assembly. I think it is a big thing for him as he has learnt keyboard only for 3 month.
Recipe adapted from The Gourmet Traveller
• Whole wheat flour – 1 ¾ cup
• Icing sugar – 1 cup
• Cocoa powder – ½ cup
• Salted Cold butter – 225 gm
• Egg yolk – 1
• Vanilla essence – 2 tsp
In a bowl mix flour, cocoa and icing sugar then add chopped cold butter and mix till the mixture resembles like sand-textured. Add yolk and process until mixture comes together. Turn out onto a work surface and gently knead to come together. Form into a rough cylinder and roll until smooth and 5cm in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until for an 1 hour. Preheat oven to 180C. Unwrap dough and cut into 5mm-thick slices. Place on 2 oven trays lined with baking paper (leaving about 3cm between each biscuit) and bake for 20 minutes. Swap trays halfway through cooking. Cool slightly on trays, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.