Tuesday, November 27, 2012

3 Step Christmas Driftwood Candle Stand

    Here's a simple 3-step rustic Christmas candle stand arrangement.Why waste money when you can make your own candle stand!

 You just need :
  • A driftwood
  • Few candle holders 
  • A couple of artificial poinsettia leaves!

Step 1 - Take a driftwood

Driftwood,candle holders and poinsettia leaves
Step 2 - Hang the candle holders

Step 3 - Arrange the poinsettia leaves according to your whim!

 You are done! That was easy wasn't it?
Please do tell me what you think!  :)

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Friday, October 12, 2012

My Cataract Surgery

GBE BLOG ON:WEEK #74 Cobwebs

My Cataract Surgery-
                  Knifing the Cobwebs off my Cloudy Lens

  My cataract surgery was long overdue as I’m a real chicken when it comes to hospitals, in spite of my husband, son and daughter in law being doctors. Finally, with strict orders from the family, I mustered enough courage and reluctantly agreed to let my eyes go under the knife!

   D-day arrived! As the paramedical staff  led me to the operation theatre I felt like I was being taken to the guillotine, nay, the electric chair! By simple logic, I concluded that since the hospital is so very plush with modern state of the art equipments, the guillotine would be an outdated gadget. So the electric chair it is!

  Inside the theatre, I felt trapped and chained by the green robe, the cap on my head and the huge machine above my face. Any thought I had about fleeing the theatre in panic, was swiftly abandoned by the formidable masked medical specialists surrounding me. Then, my surgeon’s soothing voice wafted over my cotton stuffed ear asking me to relax and assured me that the procedure would be over in no time at all. The anesthetist being a woman sensed my panic and kindly touched me to calm down and I clung on to her hand for dear life!

 Suddenly in a flash, my eye was taped, eyelashes clipped and the bright light was switched on. I was fully conscious and because of the anesthetic drops instilled in my eye, I felt no pain as the surgeon made the micro-incision on the side of my cornea. 

 Having no other choice than to lie still, I decided to humor myself by listening to the machine which was making very interesting noises, like the sounds of my video game! In between the intriguing sounds, I think the machine made very dramatic noises thrice. I assumed that maybe the first dramatic noise was when the ‘phaco’ device emitted  ultrasound waves to soften and break up my cloudy lens. The second time was possibly when it is removed by suction. The third dramatic sound was perhaps when the original lens is replaced by the folded lens,by inserting it through the tiny incision. The folded lens is supposed to unfold once in place in the eye. Of course these are my presumptions as I'm totally ignorant of medical topics! Then, there was just short beeps like when my video game is nearing the end and as suddenly as it began, the tapes over my eye  was peeled off , my lashes unclipped and I was asked to get up. Halleluiah! It’s over and done! The procedure took just about 6 minutes but those 6 minutes felt like 6 hours!

  When I walked out of the theatre back to my room, I nearly died! Died? Yes, died of relief! I don’t think that there is any word or idiom called ‘died of relief’ but that’s exactly what I experienced at that point of time. Anyway, since there were no stitches, I was allowed to go back home right away. After a week, I underwent the same process on my other eye! 

  The first couple of days after the surgery, I viewed the world through slight blurry eyes, but now, everything is so very crystal clear. In fact, everything seems a lot brighter and the colors sharper like when I auto-correct or auto-bright my blurred photos! *Hearty Laugh* I now survey the world with a blue-ish tinge which is  supposed to be normal as I am looking through clear lens that is no longer cloudy. It seems, within a few months my brain will get used to my new clear vision and these colors would go away .Whatever!

  Well, now that I have got over my cataract surgical episode, I look back and laugh, ‘What’s the big deal! It’s a cake walk!’ But then, I would never ever like to go through this experience again, however simple! :)

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Beverages -Free Ebook


Though free at time of posting, prices may change at any time. Please verify that the “Kindle Price” is $0.00. If you see a price for “Prime Members” then the book is NOT free any longer.

Home Barista - The Art Of Making Professional Quality Espresso Drinks at Home [Kindle Edition] 

                                                        By Sara Buchanan

Click here to check out if this is still free! 

Book Description
April 26, 2012
At last!
You can finally enjoy home made espresso (and all kinds of coffee concoctions) in the comfort of your own home without the hassle, expense or frustration of the leaving home to get it - even if you have never tried anything like this before!

Are you lookimg to bask in the joy of delicious epsresso coffee drinks and stay cosy and relaxed in your own home?

If so then "Home Barista - The Art Of Making Professional Quality Drinks in Your Own Home" is the ebook for you.

Wouldn't it be great if you could learn the following:

You will learn about coffee beans, how to grind, blend, store and what style and flavor to use for your machine for best results.

We will cover a step by step process for making perfect espresso coffee, every time (recipes for each drink are included).

Perfect the art of making crema ( the golden caramel) on top of good espresso coffee.There is even a trouble shooting guide to ensure best results every time.

How to select your own domestic coffee machine and how to maintain it correctly.

You will learn to make "Milk Art" the milk designs on top of some espresso coffees.

There is also a small section entitled, "Sweet Treats" which offers a series of recipes to make from scratch. I make them myself so I know they are fantasic.

As you can see, we leave no coffee bean unturned, leaving nothing to the imagination. Everything is covered, and you'll soon discover how simple it is to have the finest coffee, the most delicious espresso, the most wonderous tastes, all in your own kitchen.

How to Jazz Up Your Regular Tea  - Green Tea Could Taste Better: Green Tea Recipes (Green Tea Information) [Kindle Edition]

                                                    By Cathy Chiu
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Book Description
May 16, 2012
Don’t you ever get tired of your regular tea?

Want it to taste better?

Cathy Chiu, the green tea expert, presents you this book on how you can enjoy your green tea experience. A guide on how to add delicious variations to your green tea and how it can help you experience a unique taste.

The recipes include: Milk Green Tea, Baked Green Tea, Green Tea Cheese Cake, Cookie Flavoured Green Tea, Green Tea Icecream, Green Tea Milkshake, Green Tea Chills, Green Tea Frappe, and lots of information you'll love.

Give yourself a healthy and tasteful present and buy this green tea recipe guide now!

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

This  post is for a 100 word picture prompt in. Faith Fiction Friday -

 A walk through the woods brought me to a quaint bridge, with water running under it! The picturesque bridge reminded of the beautiful song ‘Bridge over troubled waters” by Simon & Garfunkel. Personally, I adore Elvis Presley’s version! Whatever!

  Coming back to the bridge, isn’t Christ the bridge who helps us cross over troubled waters? The troubled waters are the trials, temptations and turbulence of this life. Without a bridge we would be in the waters. He cares enough for us, to build a bridge when we need it the most! Christ is our bridge over troubled waters, the one to get  us past the tough times!
 ‘For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus’  1 Timothy 2:5 (NIV)

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

 A free Timeless Best-Seller:THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL 
                                                            by Baroness Orczy(1905)

The Scarlet Pimpernel is the very  first novel I had read four and a half decades back! Recently, I reread this novel and enjoyed it as much as I did  when I had read it for the  first time!

Here is a  post about my Reading Journey which started with The Scarlet Pimpernel.


    The Scarlet Pimpernel is set in 1792, during the early stages of the French Revolution. Marguerite St. Just, a beautiful French actress, is the wife of wealthy English fop Sir Percy Blakeney, a baronet.The "League of the Scarlet Pimpernel", a secret society of twenty English aristocrats, "one to command, and nineteen to obey", is engaged in rescuing their French counterparts from the daily executions.Their leader, the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel, takes his nickname from the drawing of a small red flower with which he signs his messages. Despite being the talk of London society, only his followers and possibly the Prince of Wales know the Pimpernel's true identity

About the Author
- Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Hungarian-British writer. Baroness Emmuska Orczy was a novelist and artist, who wrote crime stories and then created "The Scarlet Pimpernel," which is perhaps her most memorable claim-to-fame.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

How To Read Ebooks Using Kindle for PC

Want to read ebooks using Kindle for PC? What's the format you need?

You need to download the ebooks in PRC (Mobipocket) format  to read using Kindle for PC.

To  read eBooks using Kindle for PC  you need to…

1.    Download and install the Kindle for PC application from Amazon.
2.    Purchase a PRC format ebook from Amazon or anyother online book store and download it to your PC.
3.    Now,open the Kindle for PC application on your PC.
4.    Go to  Tools > Options. Select Content..
5.    Click Change Folder and select the folder on your PC where you have saved your ebooks.
6.    The title will now appear in the application on screen and it is saved in your library.

The new eBooks saved in the selected folder on your PC will appear whenever you open the Kindle for PC application.

Also  see the Kindlefor PC FAQs  for more help!

Like wise  to read ebooks in Nook for PC you need to download the ebooks in  ePUB and PDF formats .

To  read eBooks using Nook for PC
  1. Download and install the Nook for PC application from Barnes &Noble
  2. Purchase ePUB or PDF ebooks from Barnes & Noble or any other online store and save it to your computer.
  3. Open the Nook for PC application on your PC.
  4. On the navigation panel, click on My library. Then click on My stuff.
  5. Click on the Add New Item button on the top of the screen.
  6. Browse to find the location where you have saved your books
  7. Select the eBooks you would like to add.
The books will now appear in the My stuff portion of the application. Click on the title to read them.

For more help, see the Nooksupport page.

Happy Reading!!!!
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Thelma by Marie Corelli

Free Ebook #1

A free Timeless Best-Seller: THELMA by Marie Corelli (1987)

This book which was written more than a hundred years back still moves readers and leaves a vivid image of the characters well after you've read the book.


AMAZON - This is a love story based on the eternal triangle. Thelma a beautiful girl , unawakened to love, is seen and loved by a gentleman who takes her away from the land of her birth Norway.
She in turn is loved and worshiped by her father's man who sacrifices his life for her. Thelma is loved by her husband's friend who never ever lets on who the object of his passion is. After many turmoils Thelma dies leaving a daughter, Thelma. The sweetest ending with the daughter marrying the friend who loved her mother!
The story seems too simple to comprehend in today's world where you see a girl and you sleep with her! This is a gentle story filled with love, passions wakened and unawakened.Full of the dark thoughts that torment humans and thoughts we do not like to talk about.

About the Author
Mary Mackay(1855 - 1924) was an English novelist famous for her melodramatic themes and better known by her pen name Marie Corelli. Beginning her career as a musician, Corelli became one of the best - selling authors of her time. Her books were collected by the Royal family as well as by Churchill. In her writings, she attempted to unite different spiritual ideals with Christianity. Her first novel published in 1886, was A Romance of Two Worlds.

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Kindle Reading Apps

To all the book worms...
  Want to read all those amazing free ebooks available out there? Sure .The good news is that , you don't HAVE  to own a Kindle device to enjoy the Kindle books! The free Kindle Reading Apps is all that you need! 

Download and install the  free Kindle Reading Apps from Amazon to all your devices like your smart phone,tablet and computer . You will be able to read the same kindle book  on any device.Hmmmm? It means that you can start reading a book on your PC, and pick up where you left off  in your Tablet or Smartphone. Cool, is’nt it!

Now, get going and grab those thousands and thousands of free Kindle ebooks! :)

Download Free Kindle Apps HERE

You will be taken to a page like this...

Choose the device you want.

For Windows PC  you will be taken to a download page like this.

Download free Kindle Reading Apps for PC

Now, enjoy as many books you  want - either free or bought !Happy reading!

To  buy Kindle ebooks from Amazon -
  • When you first launch Kindle for PC, it prompts you to log on to your Amazon account.
  • Once you do, your books are displayed with beautiful cover images. 
  • Double-click a book
  • Takes you to this page...
  •  Click on the orange one click button and your book is downloaded to your Device .
That's it! Done.Your book has been downloaded to your Device.Happy reading! :)

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Nook Reading Apps

 For all the voracious readers...
 Don’t have a Nook or iPad or any other eReader to read your free EPUB ebooks? No worries! Just download and install the free Nook Reading Apps from Barnes & Noble  to all your devices like your smart phone, tablet and computer . You will be able  to read the same EPUB book  on any device. Like for instance, you can start reading a book on your PC, and pick up where you left off, on your Tablet or Smartphone!

 Download free Nook Reading Apps HERE from Barnes & Noble

You will be taken to a page like this.

 Choose the device you want.

For Windows PC  you will be taken to a download page like this.

 Yes.Done! Now head towards the Nook Stores or other online book store to download as many EPUB books as you want! You may download them for free or you can buy them!
Happy Reading! :)

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

All In The Training

This  post is for a 100 word picture prompt in...
                                      Faith Fiction Friday # 8:All in the Training.

    Recently I read a snippet from a newspaper :
 British hurdles world champion , Dai Greene, had to run across a train track while  a speeding  oncoming train was just 300 meters away, for a rail track death awareness campaign ! In the advert, even Greene, an agile athlete, struggles to cross the tracks safely, as rain, grease and other hazards hamper his progress. The message is loud and clear. When a trained, alert and swift  athlete strives to cross the track , how can untrained ordinary people hope to make it across the track?  A powerful message! 

   Like wise, only people who have trained themselves to submit their will to God,by praying faithfully and obeying  His commandments , can cross life’s hurdles however hazardous.

A Prayer:
“Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day.” Psalm 25:4-5.

160 Words.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Lemon to Lemonade

This 100 word post is for 'Faith Filled Friday # 6' picture prompt.
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'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!' What a delightful positive saying! You may even add extra sugar to make it sweeter,more ice to make it chiller and drink it for more energy to move on.
Many a times this bittersweet life of ours,squeezes the juices out of you, testing your faith, making you feel helpless and depressed.But then,you can turn your trials into triumphs by constant prayer, totally trusting God, and submitting completely to His Will. He will give you the inspiration to make the best of a bad situation !

'Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.'
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

With God beside you,surely you can handle all the lemons life gives you - just juice them right and enjoy the benefits of their healing properties!
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Waterfalls By The Still Waters

This post was written for the picture prompt in Faith Filled Fiction...

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As I watch this picturesque scenery I see God's perfect creation in all it's pristine glory! The sun kissed sapphire sparkling water sliding down the protruding rocks and smoothly dropping onto the still bluish green waters,the lush green tall trees and the clear blue sky! They all reflect God's perfect handiwork in making a paradise on earth for us! Unfortunately, for humanity to survive we have to disturb God's perfect nature !
As we journey through life we are wrought with many trials and troubles which are beyond our control! The waterfalls, still waters and the lush green tall trees have symbolic meanings to my life!
The Waterfalls:

"Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterfalls;
All thy waves and thy billows are gone over me."Psalm 42:7 .
Many a times trials have swept over me without warning like a tsunami ,before I could even realise what hit me ! I have stood watching helplessly , unbelieving , not knowing what do !
Just like the waterfalls, crashing down, cascade after cascade, wave upon wave ("deep calls to deep") my overwhelming troubles have crashed over me, till I felt like I was drowning in a sea of troubles. (thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.)
Yes, my faith has been shaken,doubt has crept in,but by spending more time with God,I have now built a fort of strong faith around me to defend me against periods of doubt!

The Still Waters:

'He leadeth me beside the still waters,'Psalm 23:2
Many a times I have been parched, and needed to be led to the cool, still waters! God has answered my prayers and has given me peace, quiet and contentment in my mind , amidst my difficulties! And whatever my lot has been, His Grace has led me to have tranquility and serenity in my mind!

The Lush Green Trees:
He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."
Jeremiah 17:8
This is God's promise to those who trust in His word and have unshaken faith and trust in Him.

And finally this is my daily prayer:
'At the river I stand Lord, guide my feet and never let go of my hand,precious Lord.'Amen.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

My Seven Deadly Sins

This post is for "WEEK #59 (7-1-12 to 7-7-12): The Seven Deadlies: Pride, Envy, Wrath, Gluttony, Sloth, Greed, Lust'

I am guilty of the seven deadlies ! Well, not exactly me, but the writer in me! It's like this.Till recently, my writings were limited to blogging and I have just started writing prompts and 1000 worded fictions. I know..I know..I am a late starter.Anyway, the writer in me harbors all the seven deadly sins!

1. Pride: When I wrote my first 100 word prompt and published it, I was vain ! I am at par with all the Booker awardees, am I not?

2. Envy: I am envious of the awesome work done by all those writers out there.Why am I not able to dish out writings like them?

3. Gluttony: I have an inordinate desire to consume as many writing tips as possible since I have just embarked on this new writing journey.Surely this gluttony is pardonable ?

4. Lust: I do lust after the words, letters and sentence formation I am yet to master!

5. Anger: I am angry and absolutely cross with myself for not starting to write earlier.

6. Greed: I have an avaricious desire to acquire more and more writing skills .It is greed,right?

7: Sloth: I waste a lot of time playing online games like FarmVille and Solitaire instead of creative writing. Is playing these mindless games slothful?

There..there..I have confessed! Am I purged now?

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Flying Away!

This 100 word post is in response to the picture prompt by Faith Fiction Friday.

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We should always be ready for 'take off' to fly away to our eternal home!

While our home is in heaven, we have a responsibility here in this beautiful world God created for us.We have to live the life we were meant to live, within the parameters set by God.

He has commanded us,'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'Mathew 22:37-39

God has gifted us the ability to love,have compassion,show kindness ,be caring and to live in peace and harmony.Use them!

Above all,realise the power of prayer and forgiveness!

Remember Jesus had said, "I have given you an example, that as I have done, so should you do."(John 13:15)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Inspiring Scenery

This 100 word post is for Faith Friday Fiction prompt...

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I gazed at the awesome calm scenery and reflected that it has so much meaning for me! I saw the huge rock in the forefront,the uneven rocks,the stream and the colourful trees.

Jesus Christ is the solid huge rock I lean on!
The uneven rocks remind me of the rocky path Jesus tread while carrying the cross for me !
The stream reminds me ,“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.' (Isaiah 43:2).
The trees tell me that a man who delights in the law of the Lord is "like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither."(Psalm 1:1)

When the Lord lives within you ,you will see God's manifestation all around you!
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