My balcony is one of my most favourite places in my home. I could sit there all day long and work or chill out with friends or simply listen to music and sip my chai. It’s perfect for beers, talking endlessly about almost anything or to just sit down with a book and read to your heart’s content.
And now that I have these awesome nets up, the pigeons (and other creatures with wings) can’t mess it up by pooping all over my parade. Yes. Those birds were a menace and cleaning up pigeon poop every single day is no fun. (And honestly, it’s super gross!) Good riddance to those pesky creatures, I say. (If you’re a pigeon lover, I apologise. But I really really cannot stand them.)
After the nets went up, I decided that my little balcony needed a serious revamp. I brought out the carpet and the pillows and my tiny table and made myself a little corner on the floor, beside the railing. Fair enough, that when it rains it’s not going to be as much fun, and I’ll have to bring everything inside, but it’s lovely in this season! And Bangalore does have beautiful weather right now. (You know, the kind where you can snuggle up or sit outside and have hot cocoa early in the morning.)
This is now my new space. It’s completely devoid of negativity and keeps me positive. Even the dog loves it. He sits by my side when I read my Paddington Bear stories out loud (yes, I treat him as my audience) or when I just need an extra push to start my day. It’s my special corner and I absolutely and completely love it.
So, I have this routine in the morning. I take the pup for a walk, run a little, make breakfast and then finally, I make my hot lemon tea and sit in my balcony.
This tea time, is a special time for me. Rarely do I invite anyone to chill with me on a workday when I’m having my tea. If you’ve been allowed to do so, consider yourself extremely lucky.
Before the hustle and bustle of the day begins with work and the stress and all that, I take 20 minutes. That’s it. Those 20 minutes are mine. I sit with my tea, in my balcony and enjoy some quality time with myself. I have great conversations with myself too. It’s the only time I think out loud and there’s really no one around to judge. Sometimes I read, sometimes I listen to music and sometimes I just sit on the balcony floor with my puppy and pet him. It’s a calming process for me. The jumble that has taken place the previous night and the brain-drain of the day moving forward, is turned down a notch or two, just by sipping some tea and relaxing my mind.
It’s almost imperative that I do this every day. I don’t really need a jolt to start the day. What I crave is peace of mind before the day begins.
Ah, the most important meal of the day, of course.
There’s nothing more beautiful than the the smell of freshly made food early in the morning when you wake up. The warm smell of toast and the sizzle of eggs and bacon frying in a pan. The freshly squeezed juice chilling in the fridge.
Although I’d love to have someone do this for me, where I wake up to this, I like doing it myself for others. Food really does make your day better and hot breakfast with a cup of tea made with love (yep, that secret ingredient), for someone is just an amazing feeling for me.
Also, I believe that if there’s no love in the food you’re cooking, there’s no point. I don’t cook every day. But when I do, it’s a feast. And I love doing it. Being appreciated for it? Even better. ❤️
So, breakfast. Thanks, dad for teaching me the importance of having good food in the morning. (And, yes. I go easy on the salt now).
There’s something to be said about a nice hot cup of coffee and warm cookies. Coffee keeps me going through my insane day and I absolutely love it.
Okay, so I can’t really down an espresso. I’m of the milder cappuccino league. I love the little sips that wake me up with every sip I take.
Coffee is more of an emotion if you ask me. It’s the whole process that makes me want to come back for more. Also, I’m a total sucker for coffee shops. I could sit at a little bistro the whole day and just read or write and sip endless mugs of coffee. Yes, yes I have done this before. ☕️
Although my day doesn’t start with a cup of this magic potion, it certainly ends with it. Oh, and the million cups in between waking up and going to bed. Ah, bliss. Coffee, I love you.