If We Were Strolling Together

If we were Strolling Together (9)

Hello all you wonderful people…welcome to this space. To all my new followers who haven’t kept up with other posts in this category, this is where I give you updates about my life and tell about the news and rant about the old unchanging things. So join in the stroll and without wasting much time, let’s chat away…

Oh how stupid of me! You’ve come all this way to see me and I haven’t offered you anything to drink. Well, it’s a cold afternoon here so I might fancy a hot chocolate today, or maybe a nice cup of fruit tea (I’ve taken a strong liking to fruit teas these days, which is great). What would you like? If you are a tea lover, I have chamomile, lime and ginger, vanilla, cranberry, blueberry and Earl Grey. Take your pick and help yourself. If you are a coffee person, I only have some freshly ground coffee flavored with Irish Whiskey that I bought a small sample of, from a market recently. I also have some nice honey and oatmeal cookies and these are especially forΒ SudersanΒ (click to read his blog, he writes some amazing posts; one of my most favorite posts of his from recent times isΒ this) who requested for these the last time we met and went on this stroll.

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Well, now that we have a nice drink to keep us warm, let’s walk and talk, shall we?

Life here has been demanding in many ways. I am still settling in, in some aspects. For the most part, I have found my comfort zone but work wise and with a few other minor things, I feel I need more time. I am sure things will fall in place soon though. The winter hasn’t been too bad here but the absence of sunlight gets to me at times. I had only heard of the depression some people suffer from during winters here, and now I realize it is probable! For someone who comes from a tropical country like India, this is quite a shocker!

I have finally picked up some pace with blog posts and that’s wonderful. This blog is extremely important to me and I value a lot the friendship I have struck with all you people. I was very disappointed when I couldn’t write as much for a couple of months earlier but now that things are back on track, it gives me immense happiness.

I have another small piece of news to share. I am learning how to knit these days. I learnt it from a friend and then went and bought myself knitting needles and wool and now YouTube coaches me. I managed to knit a scarf for myself and C, my flatmate and friend, loved it so much that I decided a scarf would be a wonderful gift for her birthday. Now if you have been following this space then you may know that C’s birthday has gone by but knitting takes a while, doesn’t it? So unfortunately I am still in the process of knitting her scarf but it has come out really well this far so I am looking forward to seeing the final result! I have to admit that knitting gives me the old granny feels but so what?! It is amazing that you can create things for yourself and for others πŸ™‚

This movie screening event that I am going to every Thursday (read about by clicking hereΒ orΒ here)Β is also keeping me busy and it is a good distraction from the other things that are bogging me down. If you are going though a rough phase in life because of whatever reason, make time to do things you like and learn new things to keep you occupied and enthusiastic. I swear it makes a huge difference! I didn’t know or think that distraction can be of such use through the darkest hours. But I suppose I was wrong…

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Ah, look at me…I have been talking for several minutes now. Tell me, what’s going on in your life? Have you learnt anything new? How do you deal with your bad phases? Where do you draw your strength from? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments thread below.

See you soon on another Stroll.

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37 thoughts on “If we were Strolling Together (9)”

    1. Thank you so much J! That is uplifting and gives me hope that things will be fine soon. And most importantly, like I said in the post, I didn’t realize how much distraction can mean and it is amazing how much of an upliftment it can be to an otherwise mundane life.
      Thanks for stopping by as always and for leaving your words of encouragement behind. πŸ™‚

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  1. Keep up the knitting, it’s so therapeutic and satisfying. In the winter months, I find myself bringing out my knitting and crochet needles and knit away πŸ™‚ It’s amazing how much one can learn from You Tube huh? I learned how to make sushi that way.

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  2. heylo.. its been a while..!
    Oh, and I should thank you not just for the kind words, but especially for the honey n oatmeal cookies that you have remembered to bring along…! Guess I can live on cookies..! πŸ˜€

    Guess we all have our little cave we would like to crawl into, our comfort space when ever there are things that bog me down. Guess you are getting more creative by the day, (not that you arent already, given your multi lingual skills… πŸ˜› ).

    They say “this too shall pass”. Maybe that is one thing that keeps me going, or rather keeps the spirit to think of going on.. Oh, and do put up a picture of the scarf once you are done! πŸ˜€
    Cheers… πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Sudersan, how lovely to have you along in the stroll! I suppose you are right… the spirit of going on has to be drawn from within, and sometimes from these quotes we keep hearing. One of the quotes I recently read somewhere that really stuck in my head was something to the effect of, “when you want to quit, think of why you started”…Makes sense, doesn’t it? πŸ™‚

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      1. It absolutely does. As a matter of fact, i happened to come across the very same lines a couple of days back. Sometimes the little things are the ones that keep you moving…
        It does not matter how much you move as long as you keep moving, said someone.

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      2. I agree. Things are really slow for me here and I was worried and unsettled. But once I accepted that it’s okay for things to move slowly and that meanwhile I should find better things to do and keep myself immersed in some kind of activity that I enjoyed, things seemed much better πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Ranjini, thank you for joining me on the stroll today. It’s lovely to have new people as there’s so much to discover about each other. I’m glad you like this section…Most posts are about episodes in life but I suppose it’s nice to write about life in general too πŸ™‚

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  3. Hello, my friend! It’s a joy to walk and talk with you today. A cup of cranberry tea sounds lovely. Shall we go? I am working on a new poetry book, a chapbook about night and the moon. It’s an exciting time for me. I am thrilled you are knitting. Will you journey farther and perhaps knit a sweater or two? Until next time, I’ve truly enjoyed our time together 😊

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    1. Hello Dorinda, so glad you made the time for this stroll πŸ™‚
      Your book sounds like a lovely endeavor. Will we get to read snippets from it maybe? And so far I’m just knitting scarves and I’m not too bad at it. I’ve got a couple more scarves to knit for some very special people and then I’ll probably move on to trying out a jumper πŸ™‚ I will post pictures of my scarf soon and you can tell me if I’m any good πŸ™‚ Cheers!

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  4. Good luck with the knitting! I want to learn too. Our school has a knitting club and staff members can do it too. I think the next school year I’m trying it. Happy days to you and I hope you get some sunshine. We are in winter here with less sunlight and I’m starting to feel it and longing for spring! 🌷

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the stroll. And knitting is extremely therapeutic and I have taken a bug liking to it. And knitting makes great presents too πŸ˜‰
      We just had storm Doris visit us in Scotland so we are very much in the depth of winter too. The flowers are slowly starting to bloom and I hope it means that spring is right around the corner!

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  5. you might enjoy crochet very much! In my teen years I always envied my older, smarter, prettier sister who could knit like a magician. I found knitting slow, also a little tough. But then I discovered crochet. It was quick, fast as a kitten, and very easy. I once made a large red crocheted shawl in one day for that same sister!

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    1. A large shawl in one day! Now you are really making me curious about crochet and I think I’d love to try that. Knitting is slow yes but somehow I find it therapeutic. However if there’s something that can grow in size so soon, it’s something I must learn, haha! πŸ™‚

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      1. it is very quick, very easy and almost like magic. after I found it, i sadly ditched knitting! Knitting is therapy but crochet is dancing! But I also did learn tatting! And that is like so difficult, so intricate, so slow, it is like turning into a nun! the effect is best of all these three but too much work!

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      2. I love how your describe knitting and therapy and crochet as dancing! πŸ™‚ Beautifully put. And on that note, I will buy myself a crochet needle soon and some wool too so I can learn how to do it and YouTube will be my teacher as always πŸ™‚

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  6. I think this was lovely your suggestions on how to lift mood from darkest hours to lighter ones by staying busy.
    I like all the years but especially like blueberry or vanilla. Earl Grey tea is quite a unique English flavor but international in its use! Your coffee sample sounds delicious, too. Honey and oatmeal cookies would round our sharing news over our snack perfectly. πŸ™‚ Good luck completing your knitted scarf gift.

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