5 things I did this Weekend

A walk in the park ... and some Handstand

After stocking my fridge with 2 weeks of grocery, my husband and I drove to Nurragingy reserve, a 63 hectare beautiful park in Blacktown Council. He wanted to practice skateboarding, while I found a nice place under the trees to do some sketching. Somehow before leaving we ended up arguing over handstands. 

I am still a beginner so it took about one thousand and five hundred attempts to finally get it straight. My husband of course has to show off and tell me how easy they are, so we ended up doing a handstand duel. I couldn't hold in for even one breath.

And since I am such a bad loser, I haughtily pointed out that his form is wrong and he is making the typical banana shape that instructors warn you about. But well, I will get him the next time!!

handstand - fitness - health


This weekend I planted my Tomatoes and Chili seedlings in the garden. I have been protecting them all through winter. So as the temperature is slowly becoming normal, it was time, for the young to go out... into the wild.

Since I had only grown cherry tomatoes from seed, I bought few plants of bigger variety too. 

The Onion plant in the picture is grown from a discarded onion that had started sprouting. 

Growing tomatoes - growing vegetables at home - home garden
My Vegetable Patch

Nail Stamping

Long time since I dabbled with nail paints and stamping. This is my favorite pattern and I keep coming back to it when I want to give my nails a quick makeover.
Nail polishes - Sally Hansen and OPI, Stamp plates by - Cheeky
Wanna learn how to do nail stamping at home. Check this post.

DIY nail design - trendy nail art - nail polish - nail nail stamp


Started a new zentangle project this week. I am really running out of ideas . After hours of scrolling through Pinterest I zeroed in on a painting of a Japanese girl. The outline I drew is inspired by it. Will be spending the next few days filling it up with zentangle patterns.

sketch of japanese girl - drawing ideas - pencil drawing ideas


If you have been following this blog, you might already know that my husband is an excellent cook. He keeps experimenting with different dishes, adding his own twist. On Sunday morning, while I was busy in the garden, he made a mixture for Lauki ki Thalipeeth . It's a thick paste of Lauki (Bottle Gourd), Chickpea flour, wheat flour,  a bit of cornflour and rice flour, onions, tomatoes, mint along with whole heaps of different spices. Once he started cooking, I simply sat on the kitchen slab and finished off whatever he put on the plate.

lauki ka thalipeeth - tasty  indian cusine breakfast - healthy india breakfast


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  1. What a perfect weekend - I'm envious!

  2. Wonderful weekend , Rajlakshmi... I'm more excited about the vegetable patch. Would love to see pictures when your vegetable patch is up and running 😊

  3. So you had a productive weekend. Good for you. Thalipeeth! Yummily,

  4. The perfect blend of fun, relaxation and food. And I must say thats a perfect handstand by your husband!

  5. Ah...sounds like a perfect weekend! I've been planning to plant a few herbs on my kitchen sill. Gardening sure is therapeutic.

  6. a husband who can cook well to feed the spouse is a boon to cherish. See this is the part which interested me the most out of all in the post :D

    1. but be careful Anamika...there is one drwaback, once he is a good cook, he will find faults in you n when u r out of town, he won't miss u much, the way to man's heart is thru his stomach is very true.

  7. Well your Handstand pose is much better than your husband ;)
    You can tease him by showing this comment :)

  8. Sounds like a very good weekend you had! My stomach is rumbling now, after reading about the thalipeeth! Zentangleis so similar to our mehendi designs no? Or am I way off the track?

  9. Sounds like you had an awesome weekend.Thalipeeth yumm,one of my favorites.I am looking forward to read more about your up nd growing vegetable patch :)

  10. The vegetable patch looks interesting! I remember doing something like this in school days. We had been given a pack of tomato seeds, and we had to plant it and take care of it. To say it simply, I looked after the patch of soil for a week, till I saw that no plants were growing, and then forgot all about the tomato seeds! Do tell us about the progrss of the garden, and the handstands too :D

  11. Fighting over handstands!! Shame on you two! Over here, fatties like us (me) can't even sit properly on plastic chairs without it sliding and u two are going ulta pulta! :D

  12. nice way to spend weekend! I wish i could do such amazing headstands! I <3 ur zentangles

  13. That indeed is perfect doing the things you love. I am envious of the mini garden that you are growing. :)

  14. That made me happy to read - how fun weekend - love your handstand pose - sure a good one, but the banana pose - moor of an interesting one:-) :-) Lots of love

  15. Ah, now you packed in quite a lot in the weekend. That's an interesting thalipeeth. Chillies and tomatoes -- those are currently flowering on our terrace.

  16. Ah, now you packed in quite a lot in the weekend. That's an interesting thalipeeth. Chillies and tomatoes -- those are currently flowering on our terrace.

  17. You better,secretly, practise on those handstands and get them better than the husbands! Pronto!:))))
    But if made that awesome Thali peeth,lets overlook the one upmanship on the handstands, shall we :))))
    I truly love the nail stamping and the color combination you used.
    As always reading your post was a treat!
    Mayuri www.sirimiri.in

  18. Wow..so many things in a weekend..and looks like u r multitalented..writing, software engineer, sketching, handstands and so much more..keep going :)

  19. So many fun things to do, Raji. That garden patch is cool. Thalipeeth is a unique name. Never heard that but can try at home :)

  20. your weekend seems to be so fulfilled, nice and envious!.. Menaka Bharathi has recently published /saving-investing-know-exactly

  21. What an awesome weekend! All I did was paint, go for a meditation session, and watch a movie. Oh, and some blog love. bleh!

  22. So much you do Raj! And that's a great way to spend the weekend. Giving time to things you love is best way to rejuvenate!


  23. Loving weekend. I want to know more about your Zentangle projects. Stay happy !!!

  24. Seems like you had a fab weekend! Loved the sketch and want to salute u for headstand :) like I'll be the happiest person on earth if I manage to do it some day! :P Loved the post! :)

  25. Amazing.. In my last accomodation, I had a huge garden where I planted tomatoes, radish and coriander. Gardening is always something which gives me immense satisfaction while taking care of it. Nice post.

    @bloggerabhi1 from

  26. Your weekend was fully packed! I love that vegetable patch!


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