A dash of Pepper…

…with a splash of Mint

Making it count

Posted by Pepper on October 26, 2016

After all the gloom and doom of my last few posts, I must write about all that has been making me happy. And truth be told, there is so much of joy around me, it’s hard to not let it soak and consume you.

I feel it every night as Mint and I walk back after dinner from my parents building to our own.  The air is infused with the sweetest scent of Raat Rani, also known as blooming jasmine, night blooming cestrum, lady of the night and so on. I take deep breaths, so I can take some more of that sweet, woody scent with me as I pass by. I feel so grateful our apartment complex has such beautiful and heady blooms.

I can smell Diwali in the air. The weather is cool and pleasant, making my spirits soar. Taking a walk in the evening is such a pleasure. The cool breeze is like a soft balm. People have begun to drape strings of lights around their windows. The atmosphere is festive. I’m so excited. Every year we have a huge family get together during Diwali. It has been a tradition that none of my family members miss. This year, I actually hand picked the fabric I wanted to get stitched. I now have a pretty pink and gold  salwar kameez that I am waiting to wear. I’m looking forward to the sweets, the ranglolis and the clay lamps.

In the past few weeks, Mint and I often head out to an early morning breakfast at different cafes before we start our day. It helps immensely that we’re both in a position to work from home often. The week day breakfasts are awesome. For starters, we have fabulous food and I love tucking in. The avocado and feta stuffed crepes, the dark chocolate and banana smoothies, the chia seed puddings, the egg coquettes and benedicts, the warm rye breads, the croissants, waffles, granola parfaits, muffins,  dips and cheeses, aah. I love breakfast dates. So far, Le Pain Quotiden, Indigo and Suzette are our top favourite breakfast destinations. I feel so blessed when Mint and I start the day with laid back conversation and terrific food. Here are some pics of our recent breakfast plates ..



I know I lead a spoilt life. I have so many people to pamper me. As long as I am living right next door to my mama and papa, I know I will not truly grow up. Which of course, suits me fine. They indulge me beyond words. And if that wasn’t enough, I have Mint to contribute. I had just walked out of a head bath the other day and as he was drying my hair for me, I thought of how much a of lazy bum I was. Surely, I could dry my hair on my own. But the fact that I have him and that he willing does these things for me is so awesome. I took this very quick blurry pick as he was drying my hair so that I would remember and feel thankful for these moments of my every day life.


My eyes. They’ve behaved so far even as I tapered my drops to 3 times a day. So much to be grateful! From this Friday, I lower the dosage to 2 times a day. We’ll see how it goes, but irrespective of the outcome, I know good things happen to me.


31 Responses to “Making it count”

  1. sayamayas said

    Did my comment come?

  2. sayamayas said

    Ok.. looks like it didnt. I wrote – remember I left you a comment on the previous post that I have a hunch that you are a brave girl? This post is the reason why. I believe that people who count their blessings when they feel beaten by life are very prone to surviving. This reminds me to do a blessings post as well 🙂

  3. Deboshree said

    Always a wonderful idea to count your blessings. Glad to see you happy, Pepper! 🙂

  4. Lovely… These cute lil things keeps us going and have faith in life… There’s sunshine after every dark night… Btw.. mint is so cute… You are indeed lucky..

  5. It feels so nice to read posts that reflect your happiness Pepper, am glad that you are slowly getting back to normal and wish you a very very speedy recovery…

  6. Bhavani said

    Yayy!! Nice to see a happy post from Pepper!! Wishing the positive vibes and Blessings remain for forever Love this post!!

    Enjoy the Diwali Season!! Take care!


  7. You deserve to be loved and pampered because you are an awesome person. Love darling.

  8. If I was acting like one of the Instagram regulars, I would say #relationshipgoals #mintisbae #couplegamestrong
    Since I don’t say such things, I will stick to my Awwwwww…. ❤

  9. Aruna said

    Very glad to know about your eyes. All will be well, keep the faith.

  10. Hey Pepper! How are your eyes now? Its a beautiful post. Brought a smile to my face 🙂 Im getting signs from the universe, through various blog posts, that i should practice “deliberate gratitude” 🙂

  11. I just went through your recent posts. Oh no, it seems like you are up with some or the other challenge at any given point of time. But, the good thing is, every single time you come out with flying colors :). I hope you get out of eye situation soon. How is it now?
    Oh, positive thoughts are good and you have it plenty, keep it rolling. I’ll send over some positive vibes from my end.

    • Pepper said

      I think we’re all up with some or the other challenge all the time. In fact the more I look around, the more I believe most others seem to have struggles far worse than I have ever had to in my life.
      But that is how it is. We live. We get hit. We learn. It goes on.
      Thank you so much for the positive thoughts. 🙂 They go a long way!

  12. LOVE the way you turned it around in one heck of a positive post! *Muah*
    Good things will continue to happen. Keep smiling 🙂

  13. Aruna said

    Hope all is well with you. Haven’t see. A post in nearly a month now.
    Do let us know how you’re doing.


  14. Rubaru said

    Pepper, Hope you are doing well and have responded to the steroids. Haven’t seen any post of yours for a while. Sending you hugs and positive vibes.

    • Pepper said

      Thanks so much for checking. I have weaned off all steroids 10 days ago. Hoping I stay flare free for 3 months at a stretch atleast, after which I will be given all clearances. I’m sorry for not updating sooner. A big thank you for the hugs. Much appreciated.

  15. S said

    Hi there, I discovered your blog recently and just wanted to wish you the best of health, and a speedy recovery. It’s hard being struck with something that has no straightforward cure, speaking from personal experience. However, I hope your treatment works and you can have happy eyes.

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