Astonishing Nature!

Just look how the view from my window has changed from yesterday to today. The landscape was blue and green yesterday and see how it has changed to grey and white today after unexpected snowfall last night in the Twin Cities. If this is not magic, what is? I am accepting the change and amazed at the transformation🙏🏻.

Perhaps the meditative puppy knew about the upcoming snowfall! The wonders of nature is endless, if only we stop for a moment and look.

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls” – John Muir

Nature, you are awesome!

Paw Things#2 – Happy and Me!

It is the beginning of second month after our impulsive adoption of the Shollie Pup – Happy Singh! And while my hubby and boys are enjoying the challenges, I am honestly, still struggling. Hubby has nicely fit into the role of pup-dad, and my sons are happy to be pup-bros, but I am finding it hard to be a pup-mom!

As, I mentioned in an earlier post I am dog agnostic and I am okay with them from a distance. But petting, feeding, potty training… it is all new and may I say, hard work.

I know it is not tedious for those who love the furry creatures. I envy the ability of dog lovers to cuddle, care and pet the creatures as their own child. I have seen how my hubby embraces the puppy and plays with him. But it makes me nervous when Happy jumps and barks to make me play. I just dash for the safest haven or escape from the room. It also makes me dejected to see my art studio taken over by an exploring dog that nibbles at my brushes.

The excitement, enthusiasm and joy of owning a pet is yet to come. But I quite like observing the bonding of my sons and Happy. They happily chuck the devices and forego tv time for running chores for Happy. It is a meaningful relationship for them. And whenever, my hubby jokes about rehoming the pup, he is staunchly opposed by the pup-brothers.

As for me, I am doing okay with his potty outings and feeds on weekdays. Although when the house work increases, I crib. Sorry! Whenever, hubby is around, Happy is entirely his duty. My eight year old does his bit too rather enthusiastically. And the little one just enjoys being around Happy.

I sometimes chide myself for not being very inclusive and joyous about our pet. But I guess, it is because I am just seeing one part of this ‘Happy’ accident – just the ‘compromises and hard work’ part. The feeling of companionship might come later as I get more comfortable around his licking, jumping and playing.

To tell you the truth, Happy is a good puppy. He is inquisitive and tries to obey. He has grown quite big in one month. He is learning fast and we don’t have daytime messes anymore. But night time is still hard in the cold, freezing weather of Minnesota.

The worst weather is about to come, when venturing outside would be a momentous task. And picking after the dog in a snow shower would not be poetic, to say the least. And what if Happy refuses to go out for potty in the snow? I guess, that will be a new challenge.

I really need tips from my dog loving readers and neighbors to gear up for the winters. There is a lot to know about keeping and training a dog. I try to read and educate myself but first hand information is always better.

Now, Happy has become a part of the family – an important member. I am not only observing changes in other family members but also in myself as I have become more adaptable and flexible. I am slowly getting used to all the ‘Happy’ changes. And my only prayer this winter – please god, less snow showers🙏🏻.

PS- Many of my dear, lovely readers wanted an update about Happy. So, I am happy to keep you updated. Please share if you have any tips about taking care of dogs in winters. Stay warm and healthy!

Dear Snow, here again?

Dear Snow,

I love you when you visit Minnesota by the end of November. And admire your smooth stillness in December-January, but your visit in October is…ummm… not so welcome. I am still enjoying the colorful loveliness of autumn, with yellow-red trees and dreamy sunlit landscapes. Please let me take in the delights of Fall while it lasts.

Come back later, dear snow. Won’t you? Bye for now!

Paw Things#1 – Meet Happy the Puppy!

I am dog agnostic. I wish them well but I keep my distance. As a child, when a dog was around, I would sit on chair or bed with my feet up. So a fortnight back, when the lady in a pet store welcomed me with the line – ‘Here comes Mommy,’ and tried to hand me a pup, I was unnerved. Good lord, I, the mother of a pup???

Well, it was dear husband’s birthday and he and the kids really wanted a cute, cuddly, furry baby. They were all bustling with excitement, so, I couldn’t say no.

I felt I was making a mistake. Adopting a puppy was a huge, huge task! All my other plans were at risk to go awry but then I was up against three dog lovers in the family. And I didn’t want to look like some vampish, scornful lady….think Lalita Pawar!

Warning bells did ring when an unknown old lady came very close to me and whispered- Good luck with that! It was a well meaning warning since she had understood my hesitation. But I did not really pay heed to it and went with the flow.

We adopted the two-month old puppy, bought all puppy things, paid the fees. signed papers etc etc… And named him HAPPY SINGH since he was adopted on the occasion of ‘Happy Birthday’.

The real struggle started in the car. The pup wanted to wrestle out of my hand and explore around. And I was scared so I was holding him too tight. I thought he would bite me but he didn’t. Somehow, we reached home.

Happy is not potty trained. So, you can imagine the struggle again. Plus he was on deworming medicine. First two days, hubby kept cleaning huge messes as I struggled to get used to the new smell and resident.

My sisters and other family members were like – But you never cared for any dog!!! On my husband’s side, everyone loves dogs, so they were excited.

My kids were super happy and they kept goading me to be happy about Happy. I noticed, hubby looked tired but enjoyed being around the pup. Only, I felt differently.

When Monday came and the three Dog lovers left, the onus fell on me completely. Every hour I took him out to do his business. Thankfully, he complied. But it was all new to me and loads of extra work.

When the kids returned, they ran straight to Happy. They had accepted him with open hearts. And the puppy loved back. Only, I was the mean one.

Tuesday, I struggled again. By night, I felt completely exhausted. I counted days for weekend to come.

A thousand times, I thought of returning the pup. But something about Happy is so endearing that I couldn’t take the decision despite all the struggle.

By the end of the week, I and him felt little settled.

This week began with struggle again but Happy is a quick learner. And he is doing well. Only I have not gotten used to his playing with me. It is bit rough but husband is training him.

As I write this post, Happy is waiting for me to take him out. This new episode has been challenging but overall I believe that Happy has come to us for a good reason.

He is a sweet puppy and I am slowly accepting him as a part of our family.

Images – My phone

OXYGEN

A visit to Mystery Cave at the Forestville State Park in Minnesota, US, was filled with OXYGEN and adventure. There was not a soul in sight and coupled with zero traffic, this trip turned out amazing. And the onset of autumn looked terrific! It was a nice getaway into nature and beauty. Check out the pictures.

About the Mystery Cave, Preston, MN – “Discovered in 1937, Mystery Cave is the longest cave in Minnesota – spanning over 13 miles underground. It is a network of passages that was dissolved by moving water.

On the tours, you will travel the subterranean paths this water has taken, seeing many of the features that make up Mystery Cave including stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, fossils, and beautiful underground pools. Parks naturalists lead your tour through various portions of the cave and explain its history, its features, and how it was formed,” according to the website.

If you are ever in the area and you have kids above 8, do not miss this one! Wishing an Oxygen filled week to you too!

Small Things#23 – Trier is the best!

Have you heard of the word Trier? Probably not! The word Trier is rarely used in conversations. Why? Because we are so obsessed with tags like ‘Winner’ or ‘Loser’ that ‘Trier’ has been pushed out into irrelevance.

The word got new perspective after watching the latest Hindi film ‘Chhichhore’ with family. The older one watched with interest while the little one cosily slept on papa’s lap.

‘Chhichhore’ like Aamir Khan’s ‘3 Idiots’ presents all shades of college life. It juxtaposes past and present of the main characters (team of losers in a hostel) to underscore the importance of trying. It is an emotional, fun film with a message that ‘Trying is more important than winning or losing’.

The older one got excited about the film and created a way to express the message (check the image above). And appreciation from his teacher was icing on the cake.

And it got me thinking – why is winning so important that trying does not count? What is wrong in losing? Losing is important for learning, right? And for experiencing life? Why do we push our kids harder and harder that life becomes nothing but a competition? Why don’t we simply say to our kids – Be A Trier instead of Be A Winner?

So many kids as well as adults would not take drastic steps like committing suicide or getting into drugs, if obsession with winning ends.

Not only kids, ‘being triers’ work for us too. It kind of reminds me of the powerful concept of Nishkama Karmayoga ie desire-less action!

I guess we should try working on ‘being a trier’ and then probably the word will find its way back to relevance and conversation.

Masala Dialogues of Hindi Films!

Mere paas ma hai! This morning, #Twitter is abuzz with ‘bhari bharkam’ cliched, melodramatic dialogues of Bollywood that were once created to inspire intense emotion, nostalgia and ardent admiration. But these days the audience get tickled and chuckle at the excesses! Replying to Tara Deshpande’s Tweet about sharing favorite Bollywood dialogues, #Twitterati reacted with enthusiasm. Sharing some of my all time favorites!

 

Those iconic dialogues are tadka of our masala films. Whistle, whistle and more whistles for these!!! Which is yours? (To read, what Twitterati has to say – go to @Tara_Deshpande

(Images courtesy Google)