That’s Life

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I have this urge to run and hide

So far away, so far inside

That no one can ever, ever try

To penetrate this simple mind of mine

I wish I could curl up and fall asleep

Into a peaceful slumber that is deep

Deeper than anyone has been before

Longer than anyone who wants it more

But I cannot hide and I cannot sleep

For this life’s been given for me to live

So I’m living it in the way best I can

I hope it’s enough for my lifespan

©NJ

Image courtesy:- Stuart Miles/freedigitalphotos.net

Daily Prompt: Two Right Feet

I wasn’t much of a morning person. I could stay up till two in the morning, easily. But I wanted to change that. I wanted to be up and about at an early hour. So I changed my sleep timings. Now by half past ten at night my body gives me the signal and I’m off to bed.

There are quite a few things that I do once I’m up.

First, I give my thanks. A whisper of gratefulness and then I’m out of bed. Of course the winters are a whole new story (who wouldn’t want to snuggle in their warm quilts for a bit more). I don’t keep an alarm unless I really need to. I prefer waking up when my eyes open and not be forced to get out of bed. Else I end up groggy and grumpy throughout the day and well, no one likes that.

This was taken in another city during the winter. Just before we set eyes on the sun...

This was taken in another city during the winter. Beyond those trees is a road which you can’t see due to the fog. Taken just before we set eyes on the sun…

Once out of bed, I walk straight to the window and take a good look at the sky. It’s bright and blue with barely a cloud around and I smile. I love clear blue skies. My windows don’t face the East so unfortunately I don’t get to see the sunrise but I do get to see the sunset. It is just as pretty (you can check them out here). Blue sky and white fluffy clouds with that tinge of orange-ness makes for a bright and chirpy morning. Needless to say I hate the monsoon. The sun just goes off on a four month break and I miss the blue sky. It probably puts me in the SAD group.

The orange-ness pops up...

The orange-ness pops up…

There's my morning sunshine.

There’s my morning sunshine.

Morning ablutions done with, it’s time for a couple of mugs of warm water (especially during the winters). I’m not a coffee person. Occasionally I’ll switch a mug of water for some green tea but that’s about it. Although not having water post brushing makes me feel like I’m dehydrating my body!

Depending on where I am, I also put on some happy, peppy music and sing along. Belting out songs in a not so croaky voice and dancing along with it somehow makes the day much easier to face than usual. But not listening to music doesn’t make me moody either so it’s not a necessity. I absolutely do not touch the phone. Not for at least a couple of hours. The one thing that absolutely ticks me off is waking up to the traffic noise. The incessant honking, the drilling, and the screaming voices all in a hurry to get to places… yeah, that puts me in a sour mood.

I need my blue skies, fluffy clouds, mugs of water, some peace and quiet (at least for an hour)… without these …. BE WARNED!

©NJ

Daily Prompt: A Moment in Time

1-121 Apple Pie baked for Christmas

The last picture I clicked was of an Apple Pie that my sister and I baked last month. It was our second attempt at it and we were quite nervous. We remembered the first time we baked an apple pie and it turned out into a minor disaster. The only consolation being that the apple filling wasn’t that bad. It was the pie crust that we had a problem with. Turned out that the recipe had missed out two very important steps. So this time we were determined to find a really good recipe and try our hand at it again. And voila! Our second attempt was a success! It tasted yummy and we treated ourselves with some vanilla ice cream along with it too.

©NJ

Until It’s Time

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The battle was lost even before it had begun

But the fight continues till it’s time

Time to hang those boots up in peace

Although the fight is to get some harmony

Peace from the constant haunting reminders

The jabs, the pokes, they are never forgotten

The pointers to the failures are not remotely subtle

They will never be forgiven, that has been established

Nasty names and spiteful words are nothing new in this battle

There are no walls or boulders to sift through the constant battering

The heart is bare and has not a single protection

For it needs to be strong for every situation

But the fight lives on to keep the heart beating

For life was given to keep it going

I do not know how long it will hold

But I know it can’t give up, not until it’s time

©NJ

Image courtesy:- Stuart Miles/freedigitalphotos.net

Daily Prompt: I Got Skills

Slow but Steady

Apart from reading like a maniac, another favourite de-stressing ‘technique’ for me is BAKING. Be it cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, cheesecakes… I absolutely love it. Among my writer friends I am even known for my baking. I am not even close to a Nigella Lawson or a Rachel Allen! One of my friends has even named me the ‘cake girl’ so that her parents know exactly who I am. When I was a kid I used to help my mum with the baking during Christmas. There I was sitting on a chair with a big vessel on my lap and holding onto those hand mixers to get the batter all mixed up. I remember all those birthday cakes with icing on top that my mum would bake for my sister and me. Now that onus has come onto us. And my sister and I enjoy it.

I am always happy when I bake. I am in no way even near to being a professional when it comes to baking but everything, well almost everything has turned out absolutely delicious.

At first I focussed solely on getting the right taste and texture of whatever I baked. So I didn’t even look at icing and decorating cakes and cupcakes for a long time. For me, if it does not taste good, then really it’s of no use. It can look a lil wonky by all means but it needs to taste yum! And that’s what I focussed on. Only once that was achieved, did I shift my attention to the way they looked too.

Don’t get me wrong. My priority is still the taste and texture but now that I’m confident and comfortable knowing that they indeed will turn out well, I also now focus on the ‘looks’ of the baked dish.

That is one of the skills that I’m hoping to slowly learn and master in. Icing the cake fantastically and decorating it beautifully too. I feel am getting there (at least from what I see in the pictures!) … albeit slowly.

The first time I tried out icing and decorating cupcakes.

The first time I tried out icing and decorating cupcakes.

My attempt at icing and decorating a chocolate cake.

My attempt at icing and decorating a chocolate cake.

Getting better at it...

Getting better at it…

The decoration is simple but at least it looks pretty.

The decoration is simple but at least it looks pretty.

What do you think?

©NJ