Spring blossoms- mobile photography

Spring is almost here and the trees already started flowering for the season.

I captured a few pictures of two types of blossoms. Cherry plum blossoms and callery pear blossoms. The whole tree will be covered in flowers and they look very beautiful.

Cherry plum blossoms

These are pale pink in color and has a mild pleasant smell.

Callery pear blossoms

The white blossoms of Callery pear look beautiful.

All photos are taken by me. Please do not use any of these photos without permission.

Thank you for stopping by.

-Ganga

An interesting TV show- SUITS

I watched a tv show recently and it was very interesting. I actually started to watch it just to take my mind off for a while and then I was not able to take my mind off of the show!

So much drama and comedy and it made me keep watching one episode after another. If you are interested in watching it I will leave the details below

TV Show – SUITS

The TV show is named SUITS and it has 9 seasons. It is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video. The story is about a corporate lawyer and his team.

This show has kept me so busy that I did not even publish blog posts for the past two weeks! πŸ˜† Thank you for stopping by.

Do you have any suggestions on where to find a suitable image for the movie/ tv show review blog post without worrying about copyright issues? Please let me know in the comments below.

Reset

Last weekend I went to a lake nearby with family and it was a lot of fun and relaxing. I needed that very much after being home all day for a couple of weeks.

Lake, tree, and meadow 😍

The house was a mess as I was sick and last weekend I needed some time to tidy up a little. So we ordered food for lunch and Adi was playing with his dad. I managed to clean a little in that time.

After lunch, we went to a lake nearby. Adi enjoyed running through the meadow, picking up sticks and leaves, watching planes and birds. I enjoyed sitting and watching him play.

A relaxing afternoon by the lake

I love spending time with nature. The green meadow and the wildflowers were looking so beautiful. A relaxing Sunday afternoon helped me to ease my mind and reset.

Wildflowers and lake
Yellow wildflowers close up

This week I did not stick to my cleaning schedule and took care of things as and when possible. I took Adi for walks and the park. I cooked us nice meals. What I mean to say is I felt very productive this week and it was nice😊.

It’s park time….

What helps you to reset and get back to your daily routine after being sick? Let me know in the comments below.

Evening walk

It has been a while since I posted here. I was busy with our birthdays and then we all got sick. I have been home for more than two weeks and I am getting out for little walks again.

Today I went for a walk alone after a very very long time and it felt nice. I went to a park nearby and sat there for a while. Kids were playing and people were jogging, walking dogs, etc.

The evening sunshine, a lot of wildflowers, green meadow, trees, flying birds and clear sky, everything was so beautiful and I really enjoyed it.

Adi was taking a nap and I sure missed him. He would have enjoyed it a lot. But it was good to walk on my own enjoying nature and taking pics. I think I need to do it more often.

Park

Day trip to Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple, Stockton, California

I had my first road trip of the year last Monday. We did not plan any trip for the new year’s holiday. It was a sudden plan to take a road trip to the Buddhist temple in Stockton. It was a one-hour drive for us.

I prepared a quick meal for the day and packed some fruits and snacks too. And some toys and books for Adi.

It is a beautiful temple with very big statues and gardens with flowers and fruits.

There were not many people that day and we could take our time and look at all the statues and take some nice pictures too.

After visiting the temple we had our meal in the car and drove back home. Adi slept on the way back and we all rested after coming home.

How was your new year’s holiday? Did you go on any trips? Let me know in the comments below.

Why you should do a regular dental checkup.

It had been 3 years since I visited a dentist and this month I decided to take up on the free dental checkup that comes with the insurance we have been paying for. Here they take complete dental X-rays during the doctor’s visit. I knew I had one decay in the front teeth that had to be filled. It was already filled a few years ago but came off. The doctor found 5 more decays that I didn’t know of!

I am not one to brush twice or thrice a day but I brush daily πŸ˜€. Can pregnancy cause teeth decay? I think I will blame it on that. Anyways, I should have had my check-up sooner.

The doctor said they aren’t all that bad. Just a little fill can fix it. That was a relief. I had 3 of them filled on one day and 3 more filled in the next week. The doctor has done a very nice job and my front tooth looks brand new πŸ˜€.

It was funny, I felt like I forgot how to chew food for a couple of days after the fill, and then it was all normal.

Photo by Shiny Diamond from Pexels

After all these let me tell you…

Why you should do a regular dental check-up

  • Here in the US, dental check-up ( just the regular checkup and cleaning) is free if you have insurance
  • During your visit ( every 6 months once with the insurance we got) your teeth will be cleaned professionally.
  • Your teeth might have decay that you may not know of.
  • Teeth start aching very late during the decay and you may want to get that crowned instead of just a little fill.
  • Unremoved plaque can cause pain in gum or gum disease.
  • You can avoid some emergency visits to the dental clinic.

What to expect during your regular dental checkup

You can expect the below listed things during your visit.

  • Dental x-ray
  • Plaque removal
  • Flossing
  • Brushing with professional toothpaste
  • Rinsing and suction

I got a goodie bag as a gift too. It had a small toothpaste, one brush, and a roll of dental floss.

This post is based on my experience and opinion. I am not an expert and this is not medical advice. If you are looking for medical advice please ask a doctor.

Thank you for reading β€˜ Why you should do a regular dental checkup.’ – by Ganga

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Digital art by Ganga

I wish you all a very happy new year.

6 months of blogging!

I can’t believe that it has been already 6 months since I started blogging.

I wrote a blog post almost every week ever since I started ( I missed two weeks) and it has been a good experience.

I learned a lot along the way and made a few connections.

Today, I am sharing a few facts about my blogging journey

My blog- ‘Carving my path’

  • I started blogging to help me be more planned and organized.
  • Writing is not easy for me.
  • I started using a new app to support my writing(Grammarly)
  • I became more active on social media
  • Interacting with other bloggers drives more traffic to my blog
  • The second-largest traffic to my blog is from Facebook.

Blog stats

I have written over 10000 words in the past 6 months and more than 700 people visited my blog. My blog ‘Carving my Path‘ has reached 50 total followers milestone. These numbers may not seem much, but I am very happy about it.

I would like to thank each and everyone who visited my blog, read, liked, commented, and shared my blog post. It means a lot to me.

Plans for Next 6 months

  • Publish more blog posts
  • Interact more with other bloggers.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

6 months of blogging! – by Ganga

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Why did you start blogging? What your blogging experience is like? Let me know in the comments below.

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10 things to do when you have cloudy weather for many days

Cloudy weather in winter is boring. Staying inside the house all day stresses you out. Being a mom I have to come up with activities for my son too. I am sharing what I did for the past few days to keep me busy.

Watch something new on TV

My son loves cocomelon songs on YouTube. He watches only a few songs repeatedly. So I thought of showing him something new. I put on a few episodes of β€˜Mighty little Bheem’ on YouTube. It is there on the Netflix Jr channel. Now Adi loves these episodes too. They have many animals in the story and the stories are good.

YouTube screenshot

Take a nap

A nap in the afternoon is nice. Especially during the cloudy winter days, it feels good to curl up under the blanket and feel warm and cozy. I usually do not take nap. When my son takes a nap in the afternoon, I do some drawing or write a blog post, or check my social media.

I rely on natural sunlight for my drawing and it was hard to find some for the past few days! So I took nice naps and it felt so refreshing. I slept early at night too. Mommy needs a lot of sleep sometimesπŸ˜€

Bake/cook something new

Baking is good for winter days. It makes your house warm and smells nice. You can bake or cook something new or something of your favorites.

I tried a new pasta recipe and baked something savory. Both turned out ok even though they were not so great πŸ˜€

Treat yourself to something yummy

Sometimes it is boring to cook or to eat the same thing .Treat yourself to something yummy.

Image from pexel

We got some snacks for the evening tea on one day and a pizza for dinner on another day.

Clean your house

Not able to go out for a walk allows you a little extra free time. Make use of that time to clean something that you wanted to do for a while now or do some deep clean.

I cleaned our soap dish, removed hair from the shower drain, and did some cleaning here and there in the corners where we usually do not notice.

Decorate your home

Adding some home decor is always fun. I wanted to put some of my art on the wall for a while now and this week I got some time for that. So my tiger drawing ( one of my favorites ) is framed and ready to be on the wall. All I have to do is buy some board pins for that. I tried to put it up with double-sided tape and it did not work!

Framed this 4 years after sketching

Go shopping

A Little cloudy weather need not stop you from some shopping fun.

We all got some new clothes ( jacket and shoes for my son) for us, some household items that we needed and did some grocery shopping too.

New shoe

Dance a little

Dancing a little can warm you up and make you feel energetic. You can dance alone or with your partner or with your kids.

For me, it is dancing with my son for the sounds of his toys and his favorite songsπŸ˜ƒ.

Image from pexel

Exercise

Being home all day, we forget to take care of our health. Do some exercise at home or go to the gym.

I do not exercise much. I go for walk with my son. I could not take him out for past few days due to the weather. It is very cold and the humidity is too high with no sunshine. The little dancing I did with him is what I consider as exercise πŸ˜€.

Rounding up my points

Do what is possible for you and what makes you happy. It is not easy to stay motivated during the cloudy winter days. Be creative and stay healthy and happy. Rounding up the 10 things to do .

  • Watch something new on TV
  • Take a nap
  • Bake/cook something new
  • Treat yourself to something yummy
  • Clean your house
  • Decorate your home
  • Go shopping
  • Dance a little
  • Exercise

What would you like to do on cloudy days? Let me know in the comments below.

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