Saturday, 23 November 2013

Sipping Chai in Boulder, CO ...still

Buddha and the orchid, my sunny patio, Boulder, CO
Apologies to readers for my long lapse in posting. For those of you who have been following my blog for the past two years, you may know that I am now working in my hometown of Boulder, CO (USA) after two years spent living and working in Chennai, South India, as a technical writer.

I am still employed as a technical writer at a high-tech company and doing some freelance work as well. I am planning a trip back to South India in February, if the Universe smiles on me. My new employer has offices in India so I hope to visit the offices in Chennai and Bangalore.

My husband, David the writer, is back in Tiruvannamalai for the winter months to work on some writing projects that involve translators in India. It will be a couple months till we are reunited. He keeps me posted on the happenings there and sends frequent photos of our home and the wildlife on the path to Skandashram.

Monkeys on the path to Skandhashram,
Tiruvannamalai, South India
He was in Boulder with me for nearly six weeks recently during which time we did lots of hiking...and eating! Thank goodness for Skype since that and email are our main avenues of communication.

David tells me that the rainfall amounts are still in deficit mode in South India although Tamil Nadu did receive a nice steady rain about a week ago due to a passing cyclone. (Deepam was a wet event but the flame could still be seen from atop Mt. Arunachala.) There is worry that this season's monsoons may fall far short of what is needed for a successful growing season.

Power cuts have been up to eight hours a day in Tiruvannamalai so our solar panels are proving to have been a great investment. I still continue to plug away at my book although working full time is definitely cutting into my free writing time. I am having to set realistic goals to avoid feeling like I am slipping on my self-imposed deadlines.

Our dog named Puppy, the porch wildlife,
Tiruvannamalai, South India
The dogs and cat that call our house home seem to be doing well. We lost one dog, named Winnie, to old age while I was in the USA. India is not an easy place to be a dog or cat but she had a long and happy life running around in the fields around our home.

Namaste~ And an early Happy Thanksgiving!

Climbing beans growing in front of our home
with Mt Arunachala in the background,
Tiruvannamalai, South India

Mt Arunachala though the coconut trees, Tiruvannamalai, South India