Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Why do we get a little baby standing near a dustbin, not only ignoring our nos, but also turning around and saying "Aaaah" before continuing to dig into biodegradable waste?
Why do we get a preschooler who, at ten in the evening, reminds us that she was good all day and that we should let her play with sparklers. And when she returns from playing with sparklers immediately throws a tantrum about not going to bed and wanting to eat peanut butter, drink milo, read book and then sleep?
Why does a toddler, who, six months ago, barely knoew how to say da da, say "stoie" and when you get a book, cries, takes the book back, and then comes back and cries "stoie" again?
Why does the same toddler ignore all the advice about hygene and pick up and examine rubbish that has been left in the elevator?
Why does the preschooler refuse to listen to advice about going to bed and hug the pillow in the morning when its time to wake up and insists on taking the pillow with her to thhe bathroom?
Atleast the guinea pig is predictable.
"Lets go to Shree Valli akka's house. then when we come back we'll play with hamsters"
"the shop will close when we come back"
She stopped and considered.
"What time Shree Valli akka will sleep?"
"Quite late, but then you must sleep at 10. We can go on Wed to Shree Valli akka's house"
"On Wednesday, Shree Valli will still have a fracture?"
"I think so, yes"
""Ok. We will go on Wednesday"
Monday, September 20, 2010
|Bala gopala: All dressed up. Anjali looks like the personification of naughtiness in Krishna|
|I make a fairly passable Yashoda|
|Just before the program|
|Andal and Krishna|
|Feeding an Elusive Krishna|
|Krishna ran away|
|Eating earth. Indiignant mother|
|Dancing around yashoda|
|Radha and Krishna dance|
|Krishna and Yashoda dance|
Anjali and I were in Cinderella's cage, feeding corn stalks to the pig. Cinderella loves corn silks and the tender leaves that are inside the corn. He wont have anything to do with the tougher outer leaves. Sophia came into the cage and started putting straw all over my pants. When I told her off, she refused to listen, and put hay all over my hair. ("I wont get straw on me mummy!", said Anjali "because Bingo will protect me. ")
So I sent her away to play with chestnuts. She was putting chestnuts and transferring them with a spoon and everything for about fifteen minutes, and was so quietly working, saying things to herself like
"Cook… take out… pour, eat.. vei nishe! Pour! Mum mum!"
Later, we were in patti's room, and Sophia took a baby doll.
"Amma. Thish is baby"
"This is your baby?"
"mm. What called name?" (Sophia speaks English like those clerks in Indian movies, who get all the words right in the wrong positions)
"Is it sandy?" (from the sandy planty duo)
"no!! Thish called name lava"
I was intrigued by the uniqueness of the name.
"where's Kusha?", Sophia continued
"Where's Kusha?" I repeated
"Anchalli take away Kusha!!" she cried.
Later, in the taxi, on the way to the kite festival, Sophia was playing with Kusha all by herself, feeding him, and giving bua and stuff
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
|The girls and the pig giving the cage a trial run when it was under construction|
|Cinderella's house. We have since then modified the house to several different hidey holes|
Thursday, September 9, 2010
"Anchalli cut hair now!"
In the morning, when Anjali wakes up, she makes a beeline for the guinea pig cage. She gets husband or muyself to take the pig out and she plays with him.Husband says that having a guinea pig makes her wake up early.
The pig, i think is more familiar with her than with others, climbing on her hand and eating hay from her hands. (her still refuses to eat hay from my hands, though i caught him sneaking corn leaves and carrot sticks into his house five minutes after I had left his cage)
Yesterday night, I left a snack of apples, and this morning, he had not touched the food. i found it curious and went to investigate. The apples had attracted ants over the night and our pig, i guess is mighty picky. So I washed out the plate and put fresh food and carrots.
Here are more updates and pictures
|Setting him outdoor from his cage|
|cinderella reading books|
|Cinderella climbing on Anjali|
|Anjali has to make sure she wears a jetti because he likes to burrow between her legs|
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Anjali first wanted to call it (him) Cinderella and eventually changed the name to Bingo. But husband likes Cinderella better. So Anjali wants husband and herself to call him Cinderella and Sophia and me to call him Bingo.
This morning, she woke up and was sitting next to the cage for forty five minutes.
The pig was a bit scared of his new home and people yesterday, but is better this morning. He let me and Anjali to stroke him, although I think it will be a while before we coax him out of his cage into our arms.
|Photo by our budding photographer|
|Another photo by our budding photographer|
|photo by me|
All other photos were by the budding photogrpaher
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I tried not to interfere (much) and just observed her painting, and I really learnt much
"She talks more in one day than you ever did in your whole life", I told husband this morning.
Not just that, she also knows all the songs ever in existence and has a perfect tone (I should try to put her in vocal or something)
She sings, some of which we know, some which we can guess, and some which we donot know. The trouble comes when she asks me to join her in singing those songs that I donot know. She would hum something, stop and then say "amma shing!"
Yesterday night, Anjali had a sleepover at patti's house. Sophia, husband and i came back home and spent some time reading. SOphia's favorite bok, is ofcourse, brown bear brown bear. And now, she has added Lemons are not red to her reading list. We borrowed it several months ago for Anjali, but Anjali already knew her colors. Sophia is just learning her colors and it is a perfect book for her right now, the die cut pages making reading a pleasure.
Monday, September 6, 2010
ToaPayoh has gotten a real facelift since we stayed there twelve years ago
We were at the SPCA on sunday afternoon after the walk. Sophia was very astounded by all the animals "Sho manny dogsh!", she kept saying.
After looking at all the animals, we finally settled on a beautiful guinea pig, which all of us, Anjali included, liked. It was black and white, with a very sleek fur, and liked to burrow and hide under newspaper.
Unfortunately, she was taken. Two families had already placed a reservation on her, and they were waiting for the vet to finish the sterilization procedures. Now, both Anjali and husband and (I must admit) me also, have fallen quite in love with the sleek rabbit like creature. So much that we are looking for another one.
Lets see where this adventure leads us.
Friday, September 3, 2010
A large baking tray or corningware which can be covered
red bell pepper
How to do
1. The night before salt the eggplants (cut in half lengthwise), put in colander and let drain in fridge
2. Drain the next morning
3. Fry eggplants cut side down in oil for five minutes or so. take out the eggplants
4. fry onion garlic bell pepper in the same oil and then add tomatoes, 1tsp sugar, salt, papper parsley etc
5. Put eggplants in corningware such that the fried side is up and then put the tomato mixture on top of it.
6. Bake, covered at 180 degrees for half an hour
Heaven with a bit of crusted bread
Thursday, September 2, 2010
|Stay still Krishna and Radha, and let me take a proper picture|
|Finally, the proper picture|
|Isnt this adorable and the very picture of devotion??|
|Radha favored oma podi and Krishna favored - big surprise - aval|
|Krishna, donot stick your tongue out - its not becomming|
|Enjoying the food|
|Radha did spend some time praying|
|And enjoying the festivities|
|But Krishna was so focused on the food|
|And soon Radha too joined in|
|More aval for me!!|