Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A happy thing

Look what came out of the blue today as a surprise from my mother! 

Daily Koda

 A very happy dog after spending the weekend with our next door neighbor, we put the co in codependent. One of the people we were with this weekend was the President of the Westminster Kennel Club, a very nice guy with a lovely friendly wife - and upon seeing a photo of Koda he declared him to be by far the finest dog he had ever seen !
At least that is what I heard, Neil heard something like  " thats a great looking dog "......

Holding back

 Odd how farther along Fall is over in the Berkshires that here in the Finger Lakes, where as you can tell, the color is just starting to pop in the trees. Many of which are already bare....

 The garden is just chugging along, we will get flowers, Dahlias, until the first hard freeze.

 The weather has just been total chamber of commerce, beautiful clear warm sunny days, with cool crystal nights, just perfect. If there had been a frost already it would be all that Indian Summer can be....
Some much needed rain tonight, but back to the perfect for the rest of the week.

Great New Food Blog Find

Loads of great pics , recipes and cocktails, if you dont have time to visit today, store away for the long Winter months ahead

I really should, just for my own reading enjoyment put that " BLOGS I READ " feature back on here sometime. It would be so different these days.....

Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy Durga Puja

"Festival of Durga" or Sharadotsav is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddessDurga. It refers to all the six days observed as MahalayaShashthiMaha SaptamiMaha AshtamiMaha Nabamiand Vijayadashami. The dates of Durga Puja celebrations are set according to the traditional Hindu calendar and the fortnight corresponding to the festival is called Devi Paksha, "Fortnight of the Goddess"). Devi Paksha is preceded by Mahalaya, the last day of the previous fortnight Pitri Paksha, "Fortnight of the Forefathers"), and is ended on Kojagori Lokkhi Puja ("Worship of Goddess Lakshmi on Kojagori Full Moon Night").
Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil.
Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the Indian states of AssamBiharJharkhandManipurOdishaTripura andWest Bengal, where it is a five-day annual holiday.[3] In West Bengal and Tripura, which has a majority of Bengali Hindus, it is the biggest festival of the year. Not only is it the biggest Hindu festival celebrated throughout the state, it is also the most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali Hindu society. Apart from eastern India, Durga Puja is also celebrated in DelhiUttar PradeshMaharashtraGujaratPunjabKashmirAndhra PradeshKarnataka andKerala. Durga Puja is also celebrated as a major festival in Nepal where 91% is Hindu. It is also celebrated inBangladesh where the 8% population is Hindu. Nowadays, many diaspora Bengali cultural organisations arrange for Durgotsab in countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Singapore and Kuwait, among others. In 2006, a grand Durga Puja ceremony was held in the Great Court of the British Museum.[4]
The prominence of Durga Puja increased gradually during the British Raj in Bengal.[5] After the Hindu reformists identified Durga with India, she became an icon for the Indian independence movement. In the first quarter of the 20th century, the tradition of Baroyari or Community Puja was popularised due to this. After independence, Durga Puja became one of the largest celebrated festivals in the whole world. It is also the largest open Air Art Exhibition in the World.
Durga Puja also includes the worship of Shiva, who is Durga's consort (Durga is an aspect of Goddess Parvati), in addition to LakshmiSaraswati with Ganesha and Kartikeya, who are considered to be Durga's children.[6] Worship of mother nature is done, through nine types of plant (called "Kala Bou"), including a plantain (banana) tree, which represent nine divine forms of Goddess Durga.[7] Modern traditions have come to include the display of decoratedpandals and artistically depicted sculptures (murti) of Durga, exchange of Vijaya greetings and publication of Puja Annuals.

Long time readers know that there is close to nothing that I enjoy more than a good White House State Dinner - search around the k+b for some coverage of State Dinners past...

So, when is a State Dinner NOT a State Dinner ?

When its Durga Puja - and the President of India, who is an Orthodox Hindu is visiting during the holiday which requires its followers to fast for the nine days of the holiday.. ( is Orthodox Hindu even a phrase that is used ? )

While President Modi only had warm water, President Obama and guests had :

more later if I can find some pics



and yall have missed reports of a really fun weekend - will be back ASAP

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.
7:03 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26. 
and never to early for mean old uncle Rupert to get started, check out the front page of the NY POST the day after the baby was born HERE. Just goes to show you how very afraid of little Charlotte's Grammie the Fox News nation is....

On a happier note, the baby went home today 

The White House Christmas Card for 2017 just got more cute!