~Slow Home Cooked Meals~ ~Diamond Painting~ ~Relaxing, Soft Music & Country Western Music Weekends~

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Nothing can take the place of slow home-cooked meals, soft music playing in the background, and diamond painting on the weekends.

In the middle of all the things that are going wrong in the world I find it’s important to consistently take time doing the things I enjoy for my own inner well-being.

Spending time in the peace and quiet works best for me while for some people who have become accustomed to having some kind of noise in their ear all the time, they find it hard to completely shut the world out. And so I can understand that I used to be there at one time in my life. But for right now constant noise does not nourish me at all. That’s why I am so grateful and thankful to have the opportunity to be living in the country, in a wooded area where peace and quiet time can be achieved.

So like a glutton I spend the time, letting the best kinds of foods from our garden nourish my body as I sit and let the quiet times be a blessing to my inner soul and being. But lately, I have been enjoying listening once again to some favorite (YouTube) country-western music and other soft melodious relaxing types of music playing in the background while I spend time slowly diamond painting.

I tell you it is such a relaxing hobby to have as reinforcement in this day and time to give me pleasure as it slows me down, as the good food and the quiet heal both my body and soul in such a time as we experience these days lately. Yes, even in such a time as these.

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In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.”

Isaiah 30:15

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~Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and may you have a blessed and amazing day ahead!

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~BLUMA PETTERSEN~

“Come By”

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~THYRA~

“Drinking You Off My Mind”

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~BLUMA PETERSEN~

“Holding On To You”

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~CODY FRANCIS~

“Honey Take My Hand”

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A Husband’s Duty & Responsibilities Increases Over Time: Balika Vahdu

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After marriage, a woman develops a natural hesitation

and unreasonable fear, which has to be driven out

by her husband & that’s his duty.

And the responsibilities increase for the second marriage.

~Balika Vahdu~

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I am in love with the change in the storyline in Balika Vahdu. Whoever would have thought in a million years that Anandi would be getting married to another man for the second time. Especially because back in those days in India, second marriages were not the norm. If a woman was ever divorced by her husband it seems she would be out of luck. While the man could go on and marry for a second time without a thought.

Anyway, I am getting such amazing vibes and I have fallen so much and deeply in love with watching how Shiv (Sidhath Skukla) is pouring so much of his love, devotion, and affection onto Anandi (Pratyusha Banerjee.) I tell you Shiv is such a good-looking hunk and so gentle at the same time. (That’s why I say he reminds me of Superman.) He considers his new wife’s feelings at all times and thinks in such a positive way towards her every step of the way in their new journey. It’s truly refreshing to see this between a couple. I get goosebumps every time I see them blushing at the sight of each other. And how he adores her so much. From the moment they were married, it brings me back to my wedding day and the first few months of my marriage to my husband. When I see Anandi and Shiv. I see me and my husband’s love.

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Just as Shiv does and behaves with Anandi, my husband behaved the same way towards me. I remember how first being married affected me in a different way. Right after we were married I went into the restroom for a very long time. I stood there looking into the mirror to see if there was anything different about me. (Smile) When I think back to that moment I laugh to myself. I don’t remember exactly how long I was in there but as sure as my name is Betty, my husband sent someone in to check on me after a while, he was so caring and concerned just as he is today. So the lady walked in and said, “Your husband asked me to come in and check on you.” Then she asked, “Are you ok?” Even she was so very kind and caring. Well after she said this it seems like I came back to the world yall. (Smile) Cause I was in a daze for a while. I tell you being in love affects all kinds of people in so many different ways. And so I went back out to be with my new husband again.

After we moved into our own apartment I remember how he would always want to hug and hold onto me. I was always surprised each time yall. (Smile) He’d say I was like sweet honey. (Smile) I tell you men know how to win your heart when they want to… right. So anyway, as I look at Anandi and Shiv I can’t help but have this huge smile on my face all during the show and all day after that. But, at the same time, I feel kinda sad because Sidhath Skukla just recently passed away last month just as his storyline in this show started. And so it’s not easy watching him every day now on the show knowing in the back of my mind that he is no longer with us. And also Pratyusha Banerjee is gone too. Even she died at a very young age. They both were true to their art and amazing actors and it’s so sad knowing we won’t be blessed with their continued talent in the future. But I am happy with what they have left all of us.

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~JENNIFER HOLIDAY~

“Say You Love Me”

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By the way, my most favorite African American actress and singer is Jennifer Holiday. That’s right yall! I remember seeing her live on stage as she played the role of “Effie” in that Broadway musical “Dream Girls” right there in Manhattan in New York City. It was awesome! Everybody there was amazed when she came out on stage and sang “And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going.”

And I am telling you… LOL! The original “Dream Girls” was something wonderful and sensational. It certainly was a joy and a pleasure to have witnessed such magic. I’ll never forget that day in all of my life.

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~JENNIFER HOLIDAY~

“And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”

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~JENNIFER HOLIDAY~

“I’m On Your Side”

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I’M ON YOUR SIDE

(LYRICS)

Ooh, ooh, ooh
Oh, oh
In the game of love
Sometimes we get left behind
When pushin’ comes to shove
And happiness is so hard to find
A fall from love can break your spirit
Paint a rosy outlook blue
Darlin’, you don’t have to fear it
Cause, baby, I’m here for you
I’m on your side when times are hard
And you need some understanding
I’m on your side when times gets rough
And no one else can care enough
I’m on your side to be for you
You can say, you’re free
But sometimes you’re the last to know
Well, you can come to me, yes, you can
When some heartache really lays you low
If your lover leaves you cryin’
You don’t have t be alone
Call my number, keep on tryin’
Cause, baby, you know, I’ll be home
I’m on your side when times are hard
And you need some understanding
I’m on your side when times gets rough
And no one else can care enough
Hey, I’m on your side to be for you
Mmm, havin’ a friend when you’ve come to the end
Makes it easier
(Makes it easier)
Come back to me
I can save you when she tries to tear you apart
(Tear you apart)
I won’t break your heart, no
I’m on your side, baby, when times are hard
And you need some understanding

I’m on your side, baby-baby, when times gets rough
And it seems that no one else can care enough
I’m on your side, baby, whenever you need me
Just count on me, yeah
I’m on your side, yes, I am, you see
I’m on, hey, on your side, hey, hey, hey, yes
I’ll be your friend to the very end
I’m on your side, I’m on your side, baby, yes, I am, ooh
Just like a bridge on troubled water
I’m on your side, I’m your side, yeah
I’m on your side
I’m on your side, yes, I am

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Many Families Are Moving Here To The Country

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I am noticing a few families moving in our small town here in the south.

We have a new neighbor whose trailer is located further down towards the highway from us and then another few families are clearing off the land in the opposite direction from the highway and another group of families building homes a few miles from us as well.

I tell you I have never seen it so busy here.

I told my husband that it seems people are running from the cities to the country now more than ever before. Just a few years ago it was the reverse. And there are even some coming not just from the cities but from places throughout the country.

So my only hope is that we don’t get too crowded with many people in our area and it turns into a mini-city because we have become accustomed to the peace and quiet of the wooded areas that surround us.

The thing I love about country life is being able to hear the sound of plain quietness then hear the birds sing and as I watch from my window they fly from tree to tree and hop across the grass after it rains, searching for worms to eat and bring back to their nests. To see the wild rabbits play and eat the grass without fear, and a family of deer’s not be fearful to visit our yard, eating the leaves and grass and I adore it when they stay a while. I tell you it is the most beautiful sight to see these dear little ones.

So we will have to wait and see exactly what happens, if there will be even more people coming.

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The Subtle Attractiveness of A Real Lady Is Such…

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The subtle attractiveness of a real lady is such…

she’s like a beautiful butterfly! Pretty to the eyes but hard to catch.

She might drink a martini while writing a book.

She’s never rude, but stays pretty.

And smile’s no matter what.

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Sidharth Skukla~ My Indian Superman~ Gone Too Soon~ ~~~~1980-2021~~~~

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My favorite actor Sidharth Skukla has passed away today and I am so sad, surprised and in shock at the same time. He was such a good looking man and actor.

I loved him in Big Boss and in the serial Balika Vadu and as a matter of fact the wedding preparations between him as he played the role of Shiv with Arnandi has been going on for the past two weeks on the show. The actual wedding may show tomorrow. It is just so heart breaking to have to see someone you have grown to adore, admire and love leave so suddenly and so quickly as he was still so young with a promising future. People are saying that he may have been stressed out about something that he died so suddenly because he was so very fit and in shape. But a lot of people have died being fit. You just don’t know when your time comes.

I used to call him “My Indian Superman” because I always thought if anyone would be perfect for the role of Superman, well it would be him. He just seemed to have the build and the face and personality for the role to me. I always used to sing the old 70’s Superman song when I thought of him. And so I won’t remain sad for too long. I will celebrate his amazing life.

Also it seemed like he had such a sweet, loving, gentle and kind nature too. I tell you it seems to be true that the good die young. I wish he was still here with us.

Well, I send my condolences to his entire family and friends as it is my hope that he will rest in peace. Goodbye to an amazing person.

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“Actor Sidharth Skukla No More-Died Due To Heart Attack”

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“Actor Sidharth Shukla Passes Away At 40, Tributes Pour In For Big Boss 13 Winner”

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“Dil Ko Karaar Aaya- Sidharth Shukla & Neha Sharma Music Video”

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“Dr. Vishakha Shivdasani On Taking Care Of Stress/RIP Big Boss 13 Winner Sidharth Shukla”

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“Herbie Mann- Superman”

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Sweet Potato Love~ Prepping & Being Loving While I Still Can

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It finally came today! My huge box of sweet-smelling candles that I put up in my candle stash. But it’s the sweet potato marshmallow candle I opened first. I sniffed it and fell deeply in love. So on the kitchen table, it sits to be burned for a few hours every day! I tell you it smells amazing as the aroma goes throughout the house.

I also purchased packets and packets of instant sweet potatoes to go into my food storage pantry stash.

And so my husband picked up a bag full of fresh ones to make for breakfast. I peeled, chopped, and put them in a crockpot then added a half stick butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup of white sugar, a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice and a few tablespoons full of vanilla extract, and a teaspoon of salt, and once it was good and done I added a bag full of vegan marshmallows and closed the lid to allow the mellows to quickly melt throughout the hot potatoes. I have to tell you it was a delicious breakfast meal. We had them with cups of caramel flavored coffee, with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top of frothy almond milk added to the coffee and a small glass of orange juice. I tell you something else, I just am so in love our “Keurig single serve k cup coffee maker” because it has attached to it a frother to make lattes and cappuccino automatically while the coffee is dripping in your mug. So all you do is add the milk to it’s cup, sit it in the compartment and it makes the milk so frothy. Its really a simple way to make a cup of delicious coffee with no fuss in few minutes. I like that I have no coffee pot to wash and no coffee grounds to dispose, just toss the little K cups, rinse the frother and your done.

So we sat, ate and chat about all sorts of subjects and things that was on our minds.

I’m busy making every moment count. Shutting my door to the rest of the world and letting my days be as private and enjoyable as possible. Not one hour will I waste because tomorrow is not promised to me so I am making the most of everyday, every single moment. Doing what gives me joy. Letting go of worry and unhappiness. Kissing and hugging on my husband everyday and checking in on family and friends, telling them I love them. I decided to be happy while I can and be grateful while I still can and be as pleasant, kind and sweet as I can because really I can.

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My Indian Snack Food Stash

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I have a huge fascination with Indian style foods which are so delicious and so we have stocked up on following things:

5 pounds of Jalebi

1 pound of Ladoo

rasgulla

brinjal pickles (eggplant)

garlic pickles

lemon pickles

ginger pickles

falafel

puri kachori

gits bamati kheer mix

chapati

naan

My favorites of the group are the brinjal (eggplant) pickles, naan, Ladoo and Jalebi. The brinjal goes well over my bagels and cream cheese. The naan goes with everything. The ladoo and jalebi some of are my favorite desserts and so I have five pounds of jalebi in my deep freezer for when I get a sweet food snack attack. LOL!

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Surydev The Sun God Rescues His Wife Chhaya The Shadow Goddess: Karmaphal Daata Shani

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When a man marries a woman,

then its his duty to protect his wife,

keep her safe and keep her happy.

~Shani~

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It’s not just a husband’s duty to provide a house,

wealth and clothes for his wife.

His most important duty is to protect his wife

and her dignity…

Shani teaches that a man can only be called a man

when he respects woman.

He should give her the rightful position and right.

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As the demons, Mali and Sumali were about to attack innocent, sweet and fearful Chhaya, Surydev, the sun god, showed up in the midst of them riding on a huge, bright, shiny, and horse led amazing chariot in the sky. The moment was so cool, down on one knee he landed, head bowed as he let his bright and strong presence be known. Without a shadow of a doubt he was there to rescue his loving wife Chhaya as he stepped between her and them with his strong, muscular, and tall stature and said “Don’t be scared Chhaya. I am here.”

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~Karmaphal Daata Shani~

Shani/Shanidev (Chhaya’s And Surya’s Son) Kartikey Malviya

Chhaya (goddess of Shadows) Juhi Parma

Suryadev (god of sun) Safil Ankola

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~Surya Theme~ Karmaphal Data Shani~

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~Tamil Version (Saneeswaran Thalattu Song)~

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Books And Honey

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Books are silent friends, books are quiet,

but at the same time they counsel you…

~Beth Hunt~

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Our local honey man is back in business. My husband picked up a couple of huge jars and I couldn’t wait to have a couple of teaspoons of it in my tea tonight. I put the rest of the jars away with the rest of our honey stash. Also I purchased a bunch more of books to add to our library shelves in the living room and so I look forward to reading them over the upcoming fall and winter months. So here’s the list…

1. Before The Coffee Gets Cold

by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

2. Little Shop of Found Things

by Paula Brackston

3. The Book Charmer

by Karen Hawkins

4. Hissy Fit

Mary Andrews

5. Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy Of Books

By Cathy Rentzenbrink

6. Nappy Edges

by Ntozake Shange

by Toni Morrison

7. Home

8. God Help The Child

9. A Mercy

10. The Bluest Eye

11. You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down

by Alice Walker

by Zora Neale Hurston

12. Mules And Men

13. Dust Tracks On A Road

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Live For Today! The Perfect Work Out Video & Song- Ooh La La!

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Vidya Balan’s famous movie song, is so upbeat that gets you moving during a workout. Even some of her dance moves are creative and fun to try and do over and over again.

Don’t be shy…. Go ahead and work and shake that body!

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“Ooh La La Tu Hai Meri Fantasy Full Song”

“The Dirty Picture”

Vidya Balan

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