Category Archives: My Pics

14: tHurSdaY cHaLLenGe ~ Theme: FAVORITE PHOTO

Here’s the pic for this weeks Thursday Challenge: “FAVORITE PHOTO – final week” (Your favorite photo of the year or past years)


All time favo photo ~ My first pic with Lime ! 🙂

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Five ~ Me and my four cousins

FIVE of us are very close in the family. It’s me and my four cousins.

I’m the eldest. The next one is 6 months younger to me. Then 1 year younger, then 2 years younger and the last one is 4 years younger. Elders in the family always say we are like “adukku adukka, rail potti maathiri*one after the other just like the series of train compartments*. We meet in every possible family functions, summer holidays, winter holidays, and the likes. When the 5 of us are together, no one can control us. We are inseparable and the most beautiful queens in the family. Everyone loves us.

The main reason for my recent trip to India was to attend the last cousin’s wedding. It felt like a great event since all of us are married and settled now. We had so much fun. Here’s a pic from the wedding.[Of course it is going to be a blurred pic! ;)]


5 awesome boys and 5 super awesome girls! 😉

IKEA Shelf – Home Mandir

I have always wanted to have a nice swami room at my home. For years we have been using a very old book shelf as the mandir. Now that we bought a new house here in Boston, having a nice little perfect space for the mandir was on TOP of my list.

All along I knew what I wanted. The idea was there but I did not know where to get it from. Buying a wooden mandir shelf here in USA would be very costly. When we went to NY for my birthday, we inquired in a number of desi boutiques and found that the ones I liked would cost me around $500. So, like always I started browsing the blog world to get some DIY ideas and I came across this beautiful post from her which seemed perfect.

I exactly mimicked her and I was so satisfied to see the end result.

First, we were lucky enough to get this shelf from IKEA.

BORGSJO Shelf Unit

I used a white fabric pen to decorate (read Indianize) the doors. 


This part was indeed a challenge. I am not very good at drawing kolams or rather I lost touch with this art for 5 years now. But I tried my best to draw this symmetry. 


And then I wanted to keep Ganesha at the top center of the whole frame. So, I created a backdrop with kolams as shown in the belowpicture.


Next picture shows the entire backdrop.


Then came the fun part. I wanted to have the “Gopuram” effect in my mandir. So, we bought a wall mount shelf from Lowe’s and decorated the top with the wooden beads that I got in Michael’s. Like the original author suggested I also used eye pins to keep the beads in place.


That’s Lemon in action 😉




The final part was hanging the bells. This was tough. I got the bells from Michael’s. But gluing them to the wooden shelf was a challenge. It took us two to three days to figure out how exactly we can glue them. 


Finishing touch was gluing the LED lights (from Lowe’s) to the shelf and adding the decorative door knob from Pier 1 Imports.

The final result is shown in the below picture.


Interested in doing this project for your home?

Here you go –

P.S.: Thanks to her for this wonderful idea. I now have a special place for my mandir at home and I really loved this project. 🙂 

Snowman Saturday

Today we had a promised snow storm. And Lime built his first snowman. The snowfall today was just thick enough for him to roll around and make snow balls. The snow was neither too icy or brittle but just so perfect for his first snowman. We made 3 balls and stacked them on top of each other. Lime was scared initially but after a while he enjoyed playing around and making a snowman. I loved it too, And I understand why kids love doing it as well.

We have named him Fluffy.

Below is a pic of Lime making one of the many snowman that he will be building this winter.  

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It was super fun. We might not stop making snowman anytime soon. Thank you Fluffy for being our first snowman!

What an awesome day!

Today has been so nice! I had an early morning meeting with all the company executives. The meeting was for around 2 hours. We were making some important decisions for our project. In the end I was so stressed out and badly wanted a break. So I was just browsing the web and came across the below pic. And it made me smile!


In the afternoon, I had an awesome lunch. Vathakuzhambhu with vendakka curry.


And then evening was well spent as well. I picked up lime. We went to the dunkins’ to get our favorite donut. Then we went to the indian store to get our favorite snacks. And then to the mall just for time pass. Lime always used to hate the mall play area. He never used to play there. But today was different. He happily joined the other kids and played well.


And now I’m writing this post on my phone sitting in my cozy bed with the tv on and drinking Lemon juice. Ah! The joys of life! 🙂

Stay tuned guys. Will catch with you all tomorrow.