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Anything Goes on Sunday – 2

I introduced Anything Goes on Sunday, last month. You know how that works, don’t you? Just to remind you, if you wrote a post on Sunday (16th March), you can link it here provided you leave a comment on this post. Simple!

Even if Holi is not my favourite Indian festival (I explained that here), I can see why this colourful festival is so much fun for so many. Let me wish all my Indian readers a very happy Holi.

holi

Happy St Patrick’s Day to all my Irish friends all over the world!  You do know how I love all things Irish! You might like to look at some fun facts about St Patrick’s Day here.

Some thoughts on blogging or the lack of it!

Holi signals the end of the Indian winter and the start of summer. Vidya Sury wrote a post yesterday which will give you details of how to know when it’s summer in India – as if I needed a reminder! πŸ˜‰  We’re just back from a week long break in a slightly cooler part of India – Mahabaleshwar and it wasn’t fun coming back to a much warmer and more humid Mumbai.

But I’m not grumbling – it was a lovely break – the best part being that I gave myself a week off from even thinking about blogging or social media! Instead I allowed myself time to visit with this fellow – a few feet away from our hotel room balcony!

squirrel_mahabaleshwar

If there’s one thing I realized from a week away from blogging and its related ‘business’, is that sometimes we allow ourselves to become slaves to our blogs.  As I mentioned to Richa this evening (and I told her I was going to quote myself here!) : our blogs are only our creations – they’re not us!  I think I need to remind myself of this often. Over the last few weeks, I find myself going back again and again to read Chloe Jeffreys’ post, Riding a Dragon Named Purpose. If you’re a blogger, it’s recommended reading! πŸ™‚  

Friends With Benefits πŸ˜‰

I’m happy to let you know about a wonderful collaborative project – an anthology that includes entries from some writer friends of mine called – Read for Animals #1 (B&W version): Anthology to help animals (B&W version)
 (click on the link for details)
. All profits from this book will go to animal shelters.  You can also follow Read For Animals on Facebook and tweet about this effort using the hash tag #readforanimals.

Also, do check out Laurel Regan’s Gratitude List post – up every Monday and add your gratitude links to it.

Let me end with a wonderful Irish toast on St Patrick’s Day.

“May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours. That stay with you all the year long.”

 

 

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  1. […] about an unmade bed that makes me feel uncomfortable. Jose laughs at me when I make the bed in hotel rooms, knowing fully well that the housekeeping staff will come in later and change the linen. Β  I feel […]

  2. […] of the activities that the resort we stayed at in Mahabaleshwar, on our recent vacation – was playing bingo for fun (bingo is also referred to as tambola and housie in India). […]

  3. Carol Graham Carol Graham March 24, 2014

    Sometimes if we do not take a break….we will break. So, as if you are not busy enough I find yet another one of your challenges. I was also pleased to find out you are a dog lover as well. When I was a little girl, I had a pet squirrel I fed everyday — something tranquil about it. You said to link a post we wrote on Sun, Mar 16…. I tried but a message came up that would accept it on this comment form.

  4. […] At the start of another week of hectic blogging, thanks to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, Β it’s important to look back on the week that was and reflect. So here’s my third installment of ‘Anything Goes on Sunday‘. […]

  5. Fab Fab March 23, 2014

    Sounds like you had a well deserved break! I totally agree with you. Sometimes, our blogs make us feel like Frankenstein, and we just need to take a step back and look at it with new eyes. Love what you said – that blogs aren’t us, just our creations!

  6. My Inner Chick My Inner Chick March 21, 2014

    —Lovely Post, Corinne.
    I shall read some of the recommended blogs. Thank You!
    Also, LOooooooooooVE the chipmunk. One of my fave. pets!
    xxx

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  8. Betty Manousos Betty Manousos March 20, 2014

    hi corinne, thanks for this post. totally agree. my recent post happens to have the same subject matter.
    good to hear that you’ve had a wonderful holiday.

    be well,
    betty

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 21, 2014

      So lovely to see you here, Betty. We seem to fallen out of touch – thank you for visiting.
      I just went to your post and it seems we’re on the same wavelength!
      Take care – you were missed.

  9. Loni Townsend Loni Townsend March 20, 2014

    Cute little fuzzy guy! I think he’s a distant cousin, you know, me being a squirrel and everything. πŸ˜‰

    I’m glad you got to step away and recharge. I’m going to read the article you recommended. Thanks for the link!

  10. Beloo Mehra Beloo Mehra March 19, 2014

    Seeing this post on a Tuesday via some other blogging link somewhere, but I did write a blog post on Sunday too πŸ™‚ You are so right, this whole blogging thing can be a kind of an addiction too. I have realized that in my almost one year of blogging! But I think I may have found a way to do something personally meaningful through the whole month of blogging in April (A-Z challenge)…I am trying to bring together lots of notes and jottings I had been making in my diaries in the last several years for posts I want to write for that challenge. Lets see how it all comes together πŸ™‚ May the blogging gods guide me! And Corrine, I too am not really a Holi fan! Don’t know why, but it has always been like that, though I am very much a spring person πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 21, 2014

      Thanks, Beloo. I just saw your theme reveal post and I’m sure you’ll do great! πŸ™‚

  11. Danny Simon Danny Simon March 19, 2014

    Nice to see you take a break! I guess it’s true, our blogs are not us… but I believe it definitely can communicate to a certain degree our personality… you can pick the heart of the author from what he or she writes!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 20, 2014

      Oh that’s for sure, Danny! But we define our blogs – they don’t define us, right? πŸ™‚

  12. Kathy Combs Kathy Combs March 18, 2014

    So nice to see you back! It is always so refreshing to unplug from the internet and social media. There is life beyond it.

  13. Michelle Liew Michelle Liew March 18, 2014

    True….we shouldn’t be a slave to our blogs…they should work for us. A matter of working smart!

  14. Sulekha Sulekha March 18, 2014

    Hey Corinne, long hair suits you πŸ™‚ . You have come back after a week long vacation at a hill station and it shows on your face and in your words. A relaxed and calm mind writes such lovely posts, wish I could go on a vacation too πŸ™‚ Bookmarked the link, Read for animals, and will definitely check it out.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 19, 2014

      Thanks, Sulekha! I thought of you and your association with Mahabaleshwar! πŸ˜‰
      And yes, I’m getting the book for myself too.

  15. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan March 18, 2014

    Thanks for the shout-out, Corinne – very much appreciated! There is always room for everyone on the Gratitude Linkup.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 19, 2014

      You’re welcome, Laurel. And there’s always room for gratitude, is there not? πŸ™‚

  16. Sheethal Sheethal March 18, 2014

    Welcome back darling Corinne…. Glad that had a great vacation.And yea, at times we should keep away from our blogs and esp our mobiles! πŸ˜€

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 19, 2014

      Thanks, Sheetal. Happy to see you back too. Hope you have a good vacation too!

  17. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg March 18, 2014

    Welcome back, Corinne! True, when we go on a vacation, we must take a break from our gadgets and blogs and facebook and twitter too. Glad that you had a vacation free from all these technological trappings! πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 19, 2014

      Thanks, Shilpa. The only technological trapping I allowed myself was my Kindle! πŸ˜‰

  18. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury March 18, 2014

    Those squirrels are friendly. I used to have one casually breeze into my office and run over my foot…and I used to think what good friends we’ve become. πŸ™‚ Yes, missed you. And yes, remember our conversation about becoming slaves to all the things that may not really matter in the long run.

    πŸ™‚ Hugs. Good to have you back. β™₯

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 19, 2014

      Oh yes they are, Vidya. My cousin used to have a pet squirrel. Never forget when my brother had to rescue him from the toilet bowl! πŸ˜‰
      Like I told you, you would have run wild with the photo ops in Mahabaleshwar! πŸ™‚
      And yes, life over blogs, right!

  19. Yvonne Lewis Yvonne Lewis March 18, 2014

    Hi I am Yvonne, one of Arlee Birds Ambassadors for the A to Z Challenge. I noticed you have signed to take part this year. I do wish you the best of luck, oh! have you a logo to put on your site? it would be advantageous for others to reconise you are taking part.
    I look forward to visit you during the challenge.
    Yvonne.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 18, 2014

      Hi Yvonne – I’m smiling because I’m also one of Arlee Bird’s Ambassadors. πŸ™‚

  20. Pratibha Pratibha March 18, 2014

    And you did not meet me πŸ™ I am sad! But you made me happy with the link to the gratitude posts. I am heading there to make my life happier πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 18, 2014

      I know, I know – but like I told you we’re not great with road travel yet. Hopefully we will make a proper visit Pune soon. Or there’s always AWHO too! πŸ™‚

      And you’re welcome. Laurel posts every Monday.

  21. RajlakshmI RajlakshmI March 18, 2014

    Looks like you had a beautiful time. I agree when you said that sometimes we become slaves of our blogs. Because I find myself doing exactly that. Need to control πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 18, 2014

      We did, Rajlakshmi. About becoming slaves to our blogs – we’re all guilty of doing that at times!

  22. Leovi Leovi March 18, 2014

    I love these beautiful flowers! I like those colors!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 18, 2014

      Marigolds are always pretty! In India they’re associated with festivities. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  23. Aditi Aditi March 18, 2014

    Welcome back!! You had an amazing relaxed week…your radiant and happy face told us all! πŸ™‚

  24. Chai a Cup of Life Chai a Cup of Life March 18, 2014

    Good to hear that you had a nice break. We all need it!! You’re right, sometimes we become slaves to our blogs. Anyway, welcome back πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 18, 2014

      Thanks, Amelia. Yes, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of letting our blogs call the shots, isn’t it?

  25. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando March 17, 2014

    Missed you, Corinne, but so glad you had a relaxing break. We all need one of those from time to time.
    Oh, and loved the photo of the Indian squirrel! Made me think of my Grey in my stories.
    Love and blessings!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 18, 2014

      Hope you’re doing well too, Martha. I couldn’t help think of you when I took this picture! πŸ™‚

  26. Shailaja Shailaja March 17, 2014

    That squirrel is an adorable chap:) Yes, we missed you, Corinne. But you’re right. We cannot become slaves to our blogs. Thanks for the gentle reminder.

    Happy Holi and St. Patricks Day to you πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 18, 2014

      He was, Shailaja and he kept ‘talking’ away!
      The gentle reminder is mostly for myself! πŸ™‚

  27. Debbie Debbie March 17, 2014

    Hi Corinne; Sounds like you had a lovely holiday! Thanks so much for talking about the #ReadforAnimals project. The book is a great read and together, we can make a difference for those poor animals who end up in shelters. Happy Holi and Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all those celebrating. Cheers!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 18, 2014

      Oh yes, I did, Debbie. So nice to see that you contributed to the book too – what a fab cause.

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