Last quarter of 2016 coming up!!!

I am sitting here with a slightly shell-shocked countenance, staring at the beautiful, crescent-like shore of Minicoy - on the wall calendar, that is. It's the date that boggles my mind. Really, September 30? ALREADY???  But school just started yesterday....

I take a look at our 2016 photos folder and try to find out where the days went...

We celebrated Ani's birthday in July. One more non-exploding cake under my belt!

After 13 years of on-again, off-again trying with a shuttle, I finally mastered tatting with a needle in the same month thanks to my dear friend Elsa who brought me the needles and to a couple of hours in front of YouTube (Thank you all crafters out there who share their expertise on video! Love ya!!!)

Then it was time to go back to a place that is so dear to my heart, CMS college, where classmates from 21 years ago gathered to catch up and reminisce...




And before we knew it the Independence day weekend was upon us and we went to a favorite spot - Ponmudi and its foothills (click here to see my post on the same). 









And then it was time to bake another cake. And this time it exploded on me again. Fortunately I had enough ingredients left over to bake another one. But I had no butter leftover for buttercream frosting to write with. And the first thing DH said, "Is that cake for me? But it doesn't have my name on it!" I put only four candles to represent the decades, but I guess it could be counted as just years too considering the attitude!

It was followed up by a magical evening at the beach...






I took up crocheting once again and made something useful for a friend for a change. I got the best wool I could from the Pradhan Stores website and made this...
Ani modeled it for me before I packed it up!





And somehow we found ourselves in the midst of Onam. On Uthradam, we shared a sumptuous feast at my sister-in-law's house.

And we were back in town just in time to view the spectacle of the city's Onam celebrations...







And here we all are trekking around seeing the sights in the fond hope that all the Onappayasam we consumed would get burned up... sigh...

Before I know it, the kids and I are plunged into Summative Assessment 1 throes and today I wake up and look around! Gosh, October starts tomorrow!!!

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