It’s October and Fall is in the air

It started to look like fall. It’s been more than twenty days since it rained. So the prediction is that due to the lack of rain we may not get those gorgeous fall colors. The tropical storm Nate’s effect will be here tomorrow. So there is rain in the forecast and hopefully more vibrant fall will be here soon.

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Listen!  the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!
–  Humbert Wolfe 

Pumpkins are coming, lots of Oktoberfests, farm fall festival activities are happening and slowly fall is ushering in. Continue reading

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9/11 Sixteenth Anniversary

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This is National September 11 Memorial in New York city commemorating September 11, 2001, attacks, which killed 2,977 victims.

I still remember. It was Sept. 2001. I visited the twin towers with my friend. We went to the observation tower, walked inside the connecting subway which ran between the two towers. It looked like a shopping mall. We clicked out a photograph with the tower behind. All done and enjoyed. Then after a couple of days later, one fine morning I watched the horror unfolding. Since then the US changed in a number of ways. It was not the same as before.

 

It’s Time

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Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

-Rabindranath Tagore

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I loved drawing, painting and everything crafty. But years went by and I lost the touch of painting. Last year I got a few canvases and the whole bunch of paint related things and I picked up that paint brush again. It felt so good that I lost myself in painting. Now it’s time to pick up that paint brush once again and keep that paint and brush flowing on the canvas. It’s time to create. Sometimes we forget what brings us true joy. It needs to be reminded and revisited.

Anyone felt like this or am I the only one?

Digitalizing Old Photos

This has been a long overdue. Many times I thought of starting but never really started this project. A box of photos about eight years needs to be scanned, documented and stored.

You will never find time for anything.
If you want time, you must make it.
– Charles Bruxton

Here is the first scanned photo of Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine – one of the oldest city in the US. This was taken while we were traveling to St. Augustine before the era of digital camera/photos. Minolta Autofocus SLR camera was my treasured camera at the time. As soon as the world transitioned from manual to digital, we did make the shift too. Still today I have that camera and some unused films. It all makes me nostalgic.

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I will write more about this digitalizing experience as the process goes on…

Total Solar Eclipse – the moon will make America dark again… momentarily

The countdown has begun. Eleven more days to go to witness the Great American Eclipse.

On Aug 21st I am going to witness my first Total Solar Eclipse here in the US. You are science buff or not so science person, every one of us will witness this unusual event which never happened here in the US in 99 years. This is the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse since 1918. Anyone who is in a 70-mile band that goes from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a complete blotting(for 2min 40 sec) of the sun for a brief period of time.

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Map credit NASA

This will be my second total eclipse. I had a vague memory of my first solar eclipse when I was a child growing up in India. It was a total darkness, birds started to going back to their nests thinking it was evening… and within a few minutes, the sun was back. Everything was normal, but it was one of a kind event.

Today I was looking for eclipse glasses to buy. While shopping, I came to know about many other facts of this solar eclipse. Here are a few things you may want to know.

Total Solar Eclipse – Everything you need to know

How long will the solar eclipse last?

Here’s what you see where you live – interactive map

Eclipse: Who? What? Where? When? and How?

Solar eclipse glasses – don’t get scammed

Watch NASA Eclipse 2017 live – streaming here or here on Aug 21, 2017

 

Our Identity and DNA Testing

What’s our Identity? Who are we? From where our ancestors came from? We talk a lot about these things these days. Today I saw Ancestry.com is selling DNA testing kit for $65. The other one 23andMe advertises for $100. I don’t know, to know more about ourselves is a good thing or a bad thing. I am not yet ready. But it will be always there in the back of my mind. Continue reading

Chrysanthemums are blooming!

The chrysanthemums are also called as mums or chrysanths. It’s almost mid-August and fall mums are blooming.

These perennial mums are my favorite ones.  I always had them in my garden for many years. Two years back my lovely mum bushes died. So last year I started again with a couple of other perennial mums. It paid off. Now, these perennial yellow mums have started blooming. Other mums are also having lots of buds and will start to bloom in a week or so.

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When I first started my gardening, Continue reading