My daughter in love went shopping for vegetables yesterday and saw freshly arrived ground nuts, called peanuts by the Americans, and knowing my weakness for it, bought a pile of it.
I got it steamed in a pressure cooker and sat down to shell them.
That is when nostalgia kicked in taking me back to my childhood when my mother used to ask the four of us siblings to shell the nuts. We used to call that a picnic as, while shelling for storage, we used to keep popping some as we went along. I did not pop any while I shelled because I am still recovering from a tooth extraction but, am looking forward to doing so soon enough from the shelled and refrigerated stock.
Apart from the picnic nostalgia another memory of a late friend kept coming up. That of VB, a dear friend who used to get the snacks for our parties. He used to specially get these boiled groundnuts for me and inevitably say, “Nuts for a nut from a nut!” It has been a long time since I remembered him.
Here is a stock photograph from Alamy showing Indian village children having a picnic like we used to have in our childhood.
How do you like your ground/peanuts?
Our lady of the house, Chutki has taken ill and has been hospitalised the last two nights. Her absence is most felt by me as she tails me around wherever I go and likes to keep an eye on me. I was told by a dog mind reader that it was her maternal instinct and she considers me as her child.
On the other hand, the same person told me that when she was with my son and daughter in love, she thought that she was their baby and that she was human.
What a split personality. Despite all that, I miss her and hope that she will get well soon and return home and to me.
The comic strip ‘Peanuts’ has been a favourite of mine for decades. I can’t remember even one which I did not enjoy reading and savouring.
The latest to come way is a link to a blog on the philosophy of the late Charles Schultz, the creator of Peanuts, this blog post which I am sharing with my readers with the hope that they will enjoy it as much as I did.
2021 is here with us and what better can lead us into it than the inimitable Lucy?
I do not have a Lucy in my life but, my daughter in love more than makes up for that lack. She bullied me into getting dressed “properly” and took me out to lunch at our local club earlier today. I had gone for a drive only once before during this lockdown and this was my second outing after March 5, 2020. I thoroughly enjoyed it though, wearing the mask was quite a nuisance.
The outing has given me the confidence to make other forays and I intend doing that to catch up with some socialising and shopping soon.
I take this opportunity to wish my readers a very happy and certainly a much better 2021. I hope as I am sure they do too that the Covid problem will leave us soon and that we can get back to some semblance of normalcy soon.
Ah, fill the Cup – what boots it to repeat
How Time is slipping underneath our Feet
Unborn tomorrow and dead Yesterday
Why fret about them if Today be sweet!
~ The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Snoopy’s pithy observation says enough about this topic and I simply leave it at that and close this post.
This is my take on this week’s Friday 8 On 1 blog post topic. The other seven bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Maria. Sanjana, Padmum, Raju, Shackman , Srinivas and Conrad. This week’s topic was suggested by Raju. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic. Thank you.