Missing Chemistry Lab?!

“How are you managing to do Science experiments during these Covid times?” I asked the daughter as she munched on a cookie while on a diatribe about her latest Chemistry assignment. “Oh we do it online. You can tip stuff into test tubes with your mouse, and it shows you what happens.” she said with … Continue reading “Missing Chemistry Lab?!”

An Asian Reading Fest

Regular readers of the blog know that we recently returned from an Asian vacation. Every time I take a vacation with the sister in the Middle East, she has a set of books ready for me to read. The books she had laid out for me this time included books written by Jean Sasson, who happens … Continue reading “An Asian Reading Fest”

The I-Miss-Hawaii Craving

We are just back from a wonderful trip to the vowel islands of Maui and Kauai in Hawaii.  Our eyes only need to close to pull up those magnificent beaches, trails and lookouts. We are not quite ready to be back in our zone yet, and sigh wistfully of the many things done and to … Continue reading “The I-Miss-Hawaii Craving”

Miss Goodie Two Shoes

In an act of rare wisdom, the daughter and I bought ourselves matching boots. We squealed uncharacteristically in the store and paraded in front of the distraught husband (Don’t ask me why, but the husband always looks distraught while shopping. He has a lost, resigned look that we don’t like, two minutes into entering a … Continue reading “Miss Goodie Two Shoes”

Mystery of the Missing Heel in the Universe

Recently, the brain has been quite busy wrapping itself around the book ‘Life, The Universe and Everything’ by Douglas Adams. When I say wrapping itself around, that is a loose word, since the bulk of my reading is conducted in sporadic bursts in the noisiest of places with thousands of people milling around, gently prodding … Continue reading “Mystery of the Missing Heel in the Universe”

“I am going to read a book”

A lot of non-retired folks I know dream of retirement. The quiet mornings, the relaxed lunches and the walks. The retirees I know are in one of two phases. 1) Yearning to get back to work where they miss the hustle and bustle of a daily routine, and just can’t get used to the fact … Continue reading ““I am going to read a book””

Clouds & Rain

“Rain Rain Go Away Come Again An-other Day” The son was plucking away at the notes on the keyboard. I recognized the nursery rhyme and said, Let’s sing it as : “Rain Rain Come Again We have had none To-day” He gave me a quizzical look, and started laughing. “Is this your words have meaning thing-y?” “Well…yes! … Continue reading “Clouds & Rain”

How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel

When the Covid lockdowns started, many folks went on a buying spree (we all know the toilet paper jokes). Ever the dutiful one, off I went too. I was feeling rather pleased with myself when I got an extra bag of rice, and headed onto the library (to get books to tide us over during … Continue reading “How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel”

When Autumn Feels Like Spring

The first day of fall was here, and it felt like the first day of spring. I stepped out to see a blue, blue sky with some cumulus clouds flecking the ocean above with froth. My heart soared like the eagle above. High and higher still. The air felt fresh like it does after the … Continue reading “When Autumn Feels Like Spring”