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July 2021: life, travel and blog updates

You know, I tried to start this tradition of writing monthly updates over and over again. Some random entries can still be found on this site. I don’t know why I am so bad at sticking to it – well, I could write a long list  of reasons, but what’s the use? Instead, I’ll give it yet another try 🙂 After all, I do enjoy reading such posts on other bloggers’ sites, so theoretically I should enjoy writing them, too.

We celebrated two birthdays in the family

Yes, firstly we celebrated Alexandra’s 9th birthday on the 2nd of July, and then Bruce’s on the 26th. Alexandra’s birthday was really unique. I was extra tired that week, so there was no way I could plan a  themed party, decorate the house, cook delicious meals and so on. So we decided to give Alexandra her presents and have a lunch at a restaurant (we’re still under lockdown so the restaurant were working only till 4.00 pm).

My 9 year old.

On the way to the restaurant we saw a baby crow on the roadside, and one could only guess how it ended up over there. Well, we decided to take it home and keep as a pet, at least until it grew a bit bigger, otherwise it would inevitably die. But there was one little problem – we had a cat at home! And a very bloodthirsty cat when it comes to birds, I must say. So we needed a cage. So instead of a restaurant we went on a quest  of buying such a non essential item as a bird cage in  a city with hardly any shops open. However, the kids had lots of fun and we did find a cage.

As for Bruce’s birthday, my husband decided to cook a  royal meal inspired by the feat in  on of Enid Blyton’s books (Alexandra are extremely found of them at the moment). And so he did, and it was a great success. 

My husband’s preparation

We also got a remote controlled car for Bruce, and it made his day. Hard to believe he’s two already!

Happy Bruce

I increased the number of work hours

I’ve been working as an ESL teacher online for quite some time, and all in all it’s a wonderful job. I’d even go as far s to say it’s a perfect job for me. But there is a but. I have a large family and due to some reasons, I am the only provider at the moment. Bills are piling up in no time, kids are growing, I’m also trying to save something, so yes, this month I started working even more in order to increase my income. And it works, but of course there is a price to pay – with home-schooling, chores and work in hand, I hardly ever get a free minute, and it’s extremely challenging to keep my spirits up.

There is no way to travel at the moment, but there are other things I love apart from traveling: foreign languages (Spanish and Hindi at the moments),  blogging (when was the last time I updated this blog?), reading, gardening… I haven’t even tried finding balance, but I’ll have to… Let’s see how it goes in  August.

I had to deal with technical issues on the site

Phew! I can’t express how annoying technical problems are, especially if you haven’t done anything wrong. In July, I was suddenly faced with an array of issues  on IndiaPalette: the changes wouldn’t save, extra elements would appear out of the blue, the pictures wouldn’t scale and so many more.

I’ve tried everything:  disabled all the plugins and enabled them one by one to see which ones were faulty, cleared the cache, wicked setting here and there… I’m still not even close to finishing, and it’s really disheartening. On a brighter note, I’ve changed the site’s theme, and I have no words to describe how happy I am with it – it feels so light, so refreshing. I’d been wanting to get rid of WordPress’ heavy and dated Twenty Eleven for a long time.

Well, I won’t bore you with technical details, but if you’ve been with me for some time, please let me know in the comments whether you like the present look of the site.   

Kids got chickenpox!

And it was extremely unpleasant. Firstly Adriana got it, and although we  tried to keep her separately, very soon Alexandra and Ares got it, too. I know it’s no big deal, but still, one has to deal with fever, itchy pimples all over the body, and discomfort. We made a paste of turmeric powder mixed with water and have been putting it on the kids pimples. It does seem to ease the healing process by decreasing itchiness and reducing pustules healing time. Bruce hasn’t got chickenpox yet, but I guess it will inevitable happen, and I dread it!

So that’s it for now… Let’s see whether I’ll write a post like this for August, ha-ha!

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