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What is on the wallpaper of my mind? #GratitudeCircle

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Gratitude. That’s what is on the wallpaper of my mind—in vivid vibrant splashes of color, sometimes literally!

Can you believe my computer crashed—AGAIN? It did, within two weeks of being revived after the last crash. And it is still not up. The techie was busy with the financial year ending/caught in rains/wasn’t feeling well/etc. etc. What to do? I did nothing.

Then the printer crashed. Called a techie to repair it, but couldn’t test it as the ink cartridges had dried up. Ordered those but the cartridges don’t work. Then found out the black cartridge won’t print. Sigh. And anyone that uses an HP Deskjet knows the cartridges are as expensive as a new printer. Double sigh. What can I say? Grateful for the printing shops nearby when we had an emergency.

Getting my new glasses turned out to be a challenge as my usual optician was either away/locked his shop/didn’t answer the phone. Then, determined to somehow get it over with last week—I was afraid the prescription would change—I set out to find another. I did and even as I write this post, I am seeing through my new glasses. So all’s well that end’s well. And in the process, I discovered a rather cool garment shop where I bought stuff to gift myself! Win-win! Gratitude.

I am feeling slightly sad that my little friend next door is going away on 1 May. I’ll miss her so much. I am grateful that I was able to enjoy her delightful company. I will miss her voice, her squeals, the laughter of her Mom. Grateful for technology that will keep us connected!

Thanks to my system being down, I spent more time with friends this month. Which meant I played hooky at work but hey, I had my priorities in order and simply followed my heart and had a good time. Love shopping in my area and had so much fun checking off items from my friend’s list as she got ready for her vacation abroad.

Oh, I got new flip flops. A bright cheery red! Feel good under my feet!

This month was also my Mom’s birth anniversary. She would have been 74. Our house was fragrant with magnolias—one of her favorite flowers. I celebrated by feeding the girls at my local welfare home and of course I miss my Mom!

I am grateful for buttermilk this summer!

And fruits.

And the fan.

And summer showers that take the tap water from geyser-hot to ice-cold!

I am tremendously grateful that my son will be home for his summer project. Looking forward to some short trips together!

Since I am spending a lot of time offline, I have been busy purging and giving away stuff. And I am grateful that I have people to receive. Did you know it isn’t easy to donate? As much as the giver is willing, the recipient must also be ready to take.

On the work front, I wrapped up editing another wonderful book! Gratitude for a nice author to work with—and of course the publisher–and most of all, for work I love!

Health-wise—my abscess has finally gotten a little tired of me and decided to recede. It is taking its time, but hey, even slow progress is progress. In the meantime, my ear felt jealous of all the attention I was giving the abscess and decided to act up. So much that I was crying in pain and had to rush to the doc. Turned out to be an infection and well…antibiotics and pain medication followed along with a constant tummy upset from not tolerating the meds and ten days later, I felt much better. Grateful for the relief.

Ah, big news! I am thrilled that the coffee table book to which I’ve contributed is being launched on 29 April in Mumbai! Looking forward to it eagerly!

#Repost @abekgoonj with @get_repost ・・・ After more than a decade in sales & marketing & training, she retired from her corporate career at 33 to focus on family. A change in priorities and a passion for writing inspired her to start working from home when a client praised her for one of her travelogues. She is now living her dream as a writer and editor, writing content and blogging for businesses and editing manuscripts for publishers or authors.She is passionate about visiting new places and collecting memories with her camera, both through solo travel and trips with friends & family. We welcome @vidyasury to our event #abekgoonj & #musafir Date :- 29th April 2018 Venue :- @theorchidhotel_mumbai #traveltips #nfngomumbai #nfngodiaries #memories #camera #publishers #she #authorsofinstagram #travelbook #solo #manuscripts #editor #contentwriter #priorities #wanderers #wanderlust #nomads #locals #rahgir #travelling #traveller_stories #vidya #sury #writer #travelogues #orchidhotel #mumbai

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In the middle of all this, I met a rather nice diabetologist at a diabetes camp and got some useful tips. Ah, sugar is not under control, but will stabilize soon, I hope. I love hope!

…And, grateful for coffee with close friends!

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Be in love with your life…every minute of it!

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Lee @ Dragon'sEyeView
    April 27, 2018 at 3:27 am

    Loved reading all the things you are grateful for this month! Congrats on your coffee-table book! Mmmm…coffee! I love hope too!

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    BellyBytes
    April 27, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Red flip flops! That’s really cool for the hot summer. and congratulations on your coffee table book…..May your month of May be as gratifying. And I hope I’ve got the badge for your link right !

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    Ramya Abhinand
    April 28, 2018 at 7:33 am

    I love your gratitude posts, gives me a cute picture of your life :)… The small things that make you happy, from red flip flops to butter milk.. 🙂

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    Shantala
    April 29, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Oh dear, the technology crashes must be overwhelming, but I am glad to see that you are putting your time offline to such great use. Friends & shopping – sounds perfect.

    Hope your health gets better & stays that way. Wishing you a wonderful May – with lots of quality time with your son.

    Oh and congratulations on the book!

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    Parul Thakur
    April 30, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Again? God! The crashes are just too stubborn. What’s good is that you are using the time you have to do good stuff. Shopping, giving away things and friends! Rings like happiness.
    I loved the phrase – geyser hot to icy cold. Ha ha! I so know what you mean 😉 Congrats on the book. It’s a big on. I am sure Vidur’s visit will be a good break for Sury and you. Have a lovely time together. Wishing you good health and those sugar levels to come under control 🙂
    Hugs and wishing you a happy May!

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    G Angela
    May 1, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Congrats vidya:) loved reading your post, and despite all the crash of computer& printer and pains you have learnt to risen above all that, hats of to you for your courage, determination and balance, I am sure May will bring some good health and happiness for you as well as your family. Lovely pictures and thanks for sharing your post:)

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    anupriya
    May 1, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    First of all congratulations for the book release with your feature. And yes we have to learn to live with technology lapses in our life. Have good time with your son. You’ve really got to cherish these moments.

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    Shalini
    May 2, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Many many congratulations on the coffee book!! This is amazing!
    Computer crash again? Oh, that’s so sad. I hope it will be up and running soon. Share a picture of the red flip-flop, please 🙂
    And I hope you get an amazing neighbour real soon! Have a fantastic May.

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    Pratikshya Mishra
    May 2, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I am so so happy for summer showers too. They are worrisome but do keep heat at bay. And all those summer drinks. Oh yes, coffee and tea too. Can’t imagine a day without either one of those. Loved reading your gratitude posts, you really do see positivity amidst all mess and chaos. That’s so good. Nurturing that habit, trying my best to.

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    JayanthyGovindarajan (@JayanthyG)
    May 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    I love your gratitude posts. There is always a cute message that I learn from the posts I read in your blog. You must be the real living Zen Buddha, I am thinking. After your system crashing so many times, you have still posted it just like another thing. I guess I would have given up by this time. You just taught me “Patience”.

    Special birthday wishes to your mother. ❤️

    I am glad you spent time with your friends a lot this month. Also, I feel sad that the little girl next to your home shifted. I know how much you will miss her and aren’t these sweethearts great companions! 😘

    Congratulations on completing another book work. I enjoyed working as a editor of website articles, I loved it. Lucky, that I remembered them when I read this post. I am sure you must have done a great job. Have a great time with your son this season. My April was great too. Wishing you a Marvelous May.

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    Soumya
    May 2, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Linked up as promised 🙂

    First, I need to see pictures of the new glasses and the red flip-flops. I know that you will rock them.

    Computer and Printer crashes would have sucked. I do have a spare laptop at home, let me know if you want to use it. Offline is so much better isn’t it! If not for blogging and friends like you I would have switched off being online like forever. I’m so glad Vidur is coming down. Wishing you a lot of together time and you better make him all the dishes that he loves.

    The heat is killing this time, isn’t it? Buttermilk is the way forward this summer for sure.

    Lots of love, Hottie! <3

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    Rachna Parmar
    May 2, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Horrible those crashes! Hope everything resolves soon. Been a bit late in writing the post this time but didn’t want to miss linking up. Congrats on the lovely book and editing that manuscript. You do rock! So nice that you spent some quality time offline and also that healthwise you are in a better zone. Happy that Vidur will be home soon. Have a lovely month, dear Vidya.

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    Mahati ramya adivishnu
    May 4, 2018 at 1:33 am

    All the best for your new book! Congrats. Sometimes, All is well that ends well. You got more family time due to laptop crash.

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    Shailaja vishwanath
    May 4, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Sigh, it does seem to have been the month of laptop crashes.

    So grateful for my husband, really.

    I am glad to hear that the abscess has receded. Must have been incredibly painful! And gosh, take care of the ear. Always take a b-complex tab along with antibiotics. Will keep tummy upsets at bay.

    Congrats on the coffee table book! Your pictures were gorgeous on Insta/FB. So proud of you.

    And yet with all this you did the A to Z! You really are superwoman 🙂

    Hugs to Vidur and have a great time when he is here. We couldn’t meet in April.Let’s plan for June. Actually planning a BAR meet in June, so here’s hoping 🙂

    As always, thanks for hosting the linkup 🙂

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    Obsessivemom
    May 4, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Sending you hugs Vidya and loads of positivity. Sometimes life just decides to play weird games and yet you always come out on top. So very inspired by you Vidya. And yet again I’m glad I am joining in at the gratitude circle. Of course I’m quite the last person in but that just the way it is.
    I do hope your laptop is up and running as is the printer. Do take care of your health and keep the smile on, though I don’t think I need to say that.

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    Shalzmojo
    May 4, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Oh oh -the troubles seem to be coming your way in plenty this April – maybe just a little bump in the road to get you off your ass and out there in the world which is exactly what you did. So glad to see you enjoying your time off from the computer. And a huge hug and a fist bump for the book unveiling- I had no clue of the other blogger-contributors and am blown away to be in such august company!!! I hope to lay my hands on my copy soonest to celebrate the joy!!! 🙂
    Here’s wishing May is bountiful and happy!

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    Guilie Castillo
    May 9, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Well, Vidya, I finally did it: after maybe a year (or more!), I’ve finally joined the Gratitude Circle again—late, I know, but I’m still so happy I could. I want so much to make this a habit. Somehow I kept missing when the linky opened, but now I’ve set up a fail-safe: I’ve marked the last Thursday of every month on my agenda, and I’ve also set up a reminder, with repeating notices for three days, so I will never miss another month 🙂

    You have so much to be grateful for! Lucky, lucky you 🙂 The problems will sort themselves out, as they always do—you know this, of course. And the joys will multiply, simply because you’re open to receiving them.

    I love being your friend, Vidya.

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    Vinitha
    May 14, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Oh no, computer crashes are a lot to take now that most of our data are secured in there. I hear you, Vidya, it’s better to get a new printer rather than buying new cartridges, they are too expensive! Take care of your health, Vidya.
    And congrats on the new book. 😊❤️

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    Jyoti Babel
    May 16, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    I love your gratitude posts Vidya. And I am sending you a virtual hug as a gesture of thank you! I was meaning to become a part of gratitude circle since Jan. But, somehow couldn’t. But, this time I have and I have covered all months. Thinking about all the things I have been grateful for this year brought in a fresh new perspective. Forever grateful to you and others who keep inspiring me every day!

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