Posted in Dogs, Personal

New Endeavours

Apr 2018

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We are running a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the relocation of our rescued fur babies. We had planned for their relocation but an unplanned medical emergency has put a significant dent in our savings and we need help to fund their relocation. Please contribute to the campaign and share this message to spread the word.
http://bit.ly/giffynmax

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Hello,
My name is Giffy, I’m 3.5 years old. Although I am friendly and approachable, I am pretty protective of my food and my space. Mom doesn’t understand my concern with my food because I always look after my weight. I tend to get moody but I love my parents, especially my dad. He spends a lot of time away and I really miss him. Mom is almost always around, she’s moody too and she says that she found me alone so young because I probably didn’t want to share my food with my siblings. She understands me better than dad does and I miss her when she leaves. My favourite is my little human brother, he can be really annoying when he pulls my tail, my fur or grabs my neck and screams in my ears, but mom usually rescues me, and then we can play for a bit. I love running around with him and licking his face as he always has those things that mom and dad never let me eat. I protect him from everyone, even mom because you can never be absolutely sure. Especially when he decides to just walk off somewhere while mom is busy with the house. It can be annoying if I’ve just settled down for a nap and he’s gone somewhere uncomfortable but if mom doesn’t notice I have to make sure he’s OK so I go sit with him.

My only complaint with my family is when they leave me in a strange place with strange dogs and people. I’m not comfortable and I don’t feel like eating. They always come back to get me but I don’t like it when they leave me. I’m more comfortable when they ask some friends to stay with me in our house. I still miss them but at least I’m in my house and there are no strangers.

My dad is saying the we’re all moving to a new place and he’s worried that he might not have enough money to take me. Mom is worried about leaving me because she thinks I might starve myself, or die of depression. I want to be with them and I have to protect my little brother in this new place they are going to.

Whatever you can give will help: You can give INR 2000 which is worth an evening dinner; You can give INR 1000 which is worth a movie night; or you can even give INR 500 which is worth a trip to the nearby cafe. Every bit of support counts. You can also share my story with your friends so they could help me too, that would really help out. I am not sure if it’s a lot to ask financially but it is really an earnest plea for my life, I can’t live without my family. Please help me stay with my family. Please support my cause at – bit.ly/giffynmax

Hello,
My name is Max, I’m 2.5 years old. Since my oldest memory, I have been the most anxious member of the house. Something happened to me before I was rescued but no one but me knows what exactly happened when I was a small baby, I don’t know how to tell them my childhood story either. My parents adopted me when I was 4 months old, my little human brother was the same age. They then noticed that I was terrified of people. I’m OK with very few people and I enjoy other dogs, it’s just that most men really freak me out. My older sister protects me, she bullies me a lot too but mom protects me from my siblings. Although I was really apprehensive in the beginning, I have just gotten used to my family over the last 2 years and I’m now feeling more comfortable (we’ve been together for over 2 years). I love being with my family, my siblings bully me a lot but mom always steps in to protect me. It’s been hard for me to figure out how to live with everyone because I’m always afraid. I used to be very scared of my dad. But he’s been patient with me and I am not so scared of him anymore. For the first time in my life I feel truly safe. I still alert my family to any strange humans and I make sure everything is safe before I trust anyone but as long as I have my family around I know I am safe.

My dad is saying that we’re moving to a new place and he’s worried that he doesn’t have enough money to take me with them. I need to be with my family so they can protect me from all the strangers. I’ve just gotten comfortable and safe and I don’t want to lose my family.

Whatever you can give will help: You can give INR 2000 which is worth an evening dinner; You can give INR 1000 which is worth a movie night; or you can even give INR 500 which is worth a few hours at a nearby cafe. Every bit of support counts. You can also share my story with your friends so they could help me too, that would really help out. I am not sure if it’s a lot to ask financially but it is really an earnest plea for my life, I can’t live without my family. Please help me stay with my family. Please support my cause at – bit.ly/giffynmax

Hello,

My name is Boaz and I’m 2 years old. I’ve lived with Giggy and Ax my whole life. Mama and Dada calls

them Giffy and Max. Giggy always growling to tell Mama when Ax and I are doing things quietly. She

follows me around all the time and always licks my mouth. I like Ax he just quietly sits and let’s me jump

all over him. Mama always shouts when I do that. I don’t like Mama!

I love coming home they run and lick my face and wag their tails and run around in circles. Giggy catches

her tail and runs round in a circle, it’s so funny, I just laugh and laugh. I love helping Mama feed them. I

sit and give them those small brown things and make them eat. I tried some it’s tastes pretty good.

Mama always tells me to stop, she says I’m not letting them eat or that I’m wasting the food because

they can’t find it when I throw it. I really don’t like Mama she has too many rules!

I love running after them. Mama makes them run in the house sometimes. She says it’s for exercise

because she can’t let them run without the leash anywhere else. But she always says that they are tired

when I want them to run.

I love them and they love me. I miss them when we go tata but there are lots of doggies Mama let’s me

pet. I don’t like leaving my doggies.

Dada is saying we’re going to a cold place and it’ll be lots of fun with snow. But I hear him talking to

Mama that we can’t take Giggy and Ax. I don’t want to go if we can’t take them. Dada says that you can

help. Please please please help me take Giggy and Ax. Pretty pleaseeee!!!!!

Whatever you can give will help: You can give INR 2000 which is worth an evening dinner; You can give

INR 1000 which is worth a movie night; or you can even give INR 500 which is worth a trip to the nearby

cafe. Every bit of support counts. You can also share my story with your friends so they could help me

too, that would really help out. I am not sure if it’s a lot to ask financially but it is really an earnest plea

for my life, I can’t live without my family. Please help me stay with my family. Please support my cause at – bit.ly/giffynmax

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Posted in Crochet, Scarf

Amused

Feb 2018

Duke Silk Yarn

Silk Yarn

8 ply / DK / Worsted Weight

4 mm Crochet Hook

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I finally found a pattern to use these skeins that have been in my stash for a long time.

Posted in Personal

Journal 

Jan 2018

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I started a diary on my parent’s computer in 2000. I was around 13 at the time. I used a series of Word documents and folders for a while. Then in 2003 I started using a nice handmade file I found in an exhibition. I liked the flexibility of moving the papers around and not being restricted by the amount of space available in the different sections. Since then I’ve been experimenting with different size files and different types of paper, trying to organise the different sections I need. I briefly tried using a notebook and different colored pens, but after I started working trying to remember the color code for every particular entry became too much, so I went back to a file with dividers. I had blank paper for doodling and brainstorming, ruled paper for my lists, notes and diary and I had graph paper for experimental knitting patterns and others doodles. After I got married in 2014 and quit my job I started knitting a lot and didn’t keep a journal regularly, except for a few entries here and there on various apps on my phone. After a few years like this my husband bought me a file as a Christmas gift in 2017. I was a little surprised because I was slowly moving everything online; my novels, my diary and my trackers.

I had started using my husband’s whiteboard to track the house chores in the beginning of 2017. This was so that my husband and I knew what was going to happen that day and could plan our day accordingly and if he was making spontaneous plans at work he knew what state of mind I would be in. Around the middle of 2017 I started using a shared Google calendar because my husband would sometimes forget to look at the board or I would not be in the mood to do the chores and take the day off. This way we were both were in sync as long as we made it a point to check the calendar regularly.

Since I was already using my phone I started looking for something else to do with the file and found the Bullet Journal video. That got me interested in writing again and then I started trying to figure out how to organise a journal again. I want the convenience of using my phone but really miss the comfort of writing my thoughts out. So now I’m trying to see how I can re organise myself using the file. I’ll probably come back and update this post with my setup once I’ve figured it out. I’ll also re read ‘Get more done in less time’ by Donna Otto since that’s how I had organised my last journal. Maybe I can incorporate the two systems together into a hybrid.

Once I’ve figured it out I’ll come back and list all of the resources I used then.

Posted in Personal

Coconut Oil Rant

Dec 2017

For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted long hair. But hated oiling it, I always felt like the dirt was sticking to the oil and making my hair heavy. When I was younger I used to wash it a lot and never put oil. I don’t remember having any problems and always seemed to have good hair. This was in equatorial climate next to the sea (Dar Es Salaam). When we moved to tropical climate (Pune) which is dry, is when I started noticing issues and I had to reduce how often I washed my hair. I also started putting oil. I now try to oil my hair once a month and wash it once a week. Since I got used to using oil in my hair I started using it as a detangler after washing too. I do that by rubbing a little oil into my wet hair especially at the ends. It helps untangle without too much breakage and keeps the hair healthy.

Since I have the oil and don’t like creams because they tend to get slimy when they get wet (I wash my hands and feet lot). I started using oil for my skin as well. I mix a little oil with water and use it like lotion. The best results I’ve experienced is just after a shower. It lasts for about a day unless it gets washed off. If the climate is dry then I need to be a little liberal with the amount of oil I use on my body. If the climate is humid than I use less oil as I tend to sweat a lot. I usually shower just before bed so even if I feel a little slimy when going to bed, in the morning everything is nice. My skin gets dry when I wash something so I have to remember to put the oil back on.

In the beginning of Nov 2017 we took a family trip to Goa and spent a lot of time at the beach. We coated ourselves in oil and headed straight to the beach. We obviously tanned but didn’t get burnt and after a few months back in the house and away from the sun we lost the tan. The added advantage is that it works as a lip balm and for dry and cracked heels. So coconut oil is really working for me and I’m glad that I just have to carry one bottle for all my skin and hair needs.

Posted in Miscellaneous

Merry

Oct 2017

Laura Knitting Cotton Yarn

Cotton Yarn

8 ply / DK / Worsted Weight

French Knitter

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I used the entire ball to make this cord for my sister in law.

Merry 2

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Feb 2018

Laura Knitting Cotton Yarn

Cotton Yarn

8 ply / DK / Worsted Weight

Lucet

I used an entire ball to make this for me to use to hold my stitches when I need to take them off the needle.

Posted in Children

Toddler Tantrums

Oct 2017

From when our son was around 8 months old I would make a habit of consoling him only after he made an attempt to stop crying. If he was upset or got hurt I wanted him to stop crying before I comforted him. As he grew and started his tantrums and public displays of misbehavior I continued to make a point that he had to stop crying before I would listen to anything he had to tell me. This frustrated him a lot but it worked to get him to quiet down almost instantly and then we could communicate. There are times when he is too tired or we are both just to frustrated with each other for anything to work but more often we are able to reduce the amount of time spent in crying and screaming and that is all I can ask for.

I have tired my best to discipline him in private as much as possible but there are times when we all are in too much of a frantic state to be able to think before we react. I will say that I am blessed with a son who is very caring and thoughtful. He is much easier to handle than some children I have seen and I am eternally grateful.

Posted in Children

Weaning

Sep 2017

I decided to nurse our son for 2 years and started trying to wean him after his second birthday. What I did was I got hormone tablets from my gynecologist to reduce the milk flow. When that happened he automatically started eating more solid food. I then started reducing the feedings to only at night. That was a little of a struggle but distractions and activity helped a lot. After a week of only night feeds and first thing in the morning feeds I started telling him that the milk was over and that he would have to stop trying to nurse. It was a little difficult but after sticking to the fact that the milk was over and he could just cuddle he got the idea and was completely weaned after a month.

Dec 2017

4 months later he still likes to ask if he can nurse but accepts the fact that there isn’t any milk and moves on. Lots of cuddles and kisses help in compensating for the lack of nursing for both mother and child.