Friday, December 31, 2010

My international breakfast

Tea sent from the UK, a little individual-size English pudding (Thank you, Julie Daniel!), a bagel and cream cheese. Blueberry bagel, so not so East-coast as might be. The mug and plate are from thrift stores. The placemat was bought in Wales. The other stuff is Marty's; I'm sitting where he more usually sits, in the den.

Here's Holly earlier this week. I was taking a picture of the way she knotted her shirt. But after I saw it, I notice the monkey print matches her pajama pants.

I like her stance, and her foot.
I guess I like everything about Holly.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Wood delivery

We had two cords of wood delivered this afternoon. Because our gate is bigger in back than it was last time we got wood, and because the truck was smaller than last time, he could back up and dump it in the back, rather in the front driveway where it had to be moved one pickupload (or wheelbarrow) at a time, to the back.

Marty and Holly helped sort and stack it, and Keith was impressed that it was done in 90 minutes.

Marty with the beginnings of the organizational scheme.

Keith and Holly and most of the pile.

After they were had been done a while (I had gone on errands).

A lot of that is two layers deep.  Big deal!  All done.

Added later: I had tried to make a video of the wood being dumped, but my phone battery died. At least the truck shows, and Keith and Holly:
(It did hit the basket, but when it touched it he moved the truck forward.)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Family photo

Luke took these with my camera. The first is perfect in pose, but fuzzy. The others are clear but less perfect poses, so those who wonder what we looked like on December 23 this year might look at both and then use imagination. :-)

I really like Holly and Kirby in that third one.

25 Random Things about me

I lifted the whole intro from Frank Maier's, so if it's not true that you don't tag, delete that part.
Before you read my revelations, here are the rules:

Once you've been tagged, write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about yourself. When you're done, tag 25 people, plus the person who tagged you. To do this as a Facebook note, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions at the beginning, type your 25 random things, and then tag 25 people.

Anyone who knows me knows that I don't tag, so we're just ignoring that part of this little exercise. Here are 25 random brainfarts from me.
I did this a few years back, but I want to try to share newer things.

1. When someone asked me if I had a copy of my book online, I thought he meant The Big Book of Unschooling, or Moving a Puddle. He meant Bright Ideas and True Confessions, an SCA handbook I wrote years ago. (I told him it was, but the format is inconsistent, it's not downloadable (except in its individual bits), and I'll look for a paper copy, but for any SCA folk with the same question, here.

2. I'm pretty sure I will never catch up with filing important papers and photos, or putting things on my webpages I want to put there, or editing Bright Ideas. So I'm glad I finished the other two books.

3. I thought when my first child moved out that I would miss him terribly, but I didn't. I wondered whether to feel guilty, but I think it's that he seems so whole and confident, and that he was ready to go, and he was moving toward something, not away-from-us-to-get-away. I enjoyed seeing him settle in and be happy about new friends and a new place. I love to see him when I do, though, and will see him Monday.

4. I went to India thinking "just this once," even though I had heard my whole life that anyone who goes to India once will go back. I DO have a growing list of what I will would do "next time."

5. I like to do two things at one time, but if I can do three or four, I feel POWERFUL. I listen to a book from while I sew, while the laundry is running, and I feel like I'm in a soft nest made of clouds. Or I watch a movie while I play a video game and heat the hot tub. That's nice too.

6. I develop an attachment to things. Toys. Books. Metal storage cans. My hatchet. A certain pair of scissors I got at the flea market, with a matching letter opener, that was an advertising gift probably before I was born. I'm a packrat with great affection for things.

7. My floors aren't clean because I don't like to clean floors and I don't know why. I cleaned two the other day, which is what's making me think of my aversion.

8. My dishes are clean because it would be disgusting not to have clean dishes. I scrub the outsides of pans and skillets. (Somehow dirty floors don't come under "disgusting" on my scale of good-to-bad.)

9. I love to wear jeans because of the pockets.

10. I'm a lot like my dad's mom, in many visible and invisible ways. Personality, temperament, habits, and some physical things. She was a packrat too. My parents were not.

11. I'm more afraid of long car rides than of airplanes. Not sure why. (I'm not afraid of airplanes.)

12. I've had waist-length hair except for four haircuts, after each of which it grew back to waist length (sometimes a little longer). It's gotten thinner, though, for sure. It was cut in 6th grade, on a road trip with a female friend (I got it cut in Virginia, just to do it—shoulder length, later shortened a bit more), when I broke my leg and wasn't going to be able to take care of it, and then when Keith cut his own waist-length hair off to get an engineering job, I had my already-short hair buzz-cut in the back and spiked on top by the same hairdresser, so Keith's hair could still be longer than mine, but I don't have a photo of that. BUMMER.

13. I like shelves, and think it's like vandalism when realtors want homeowners to take out all the shelves so a house "can sell." Some people would pay much extra for a house full of shelves!!

14. I like Miracle Whip better than mayonnaise most of the time, and I would like for those who make rude noises about that to shut the f**k up. It is SO not a big deal, and I've never tried to make anyone else eat Miracle Whip.

15. England (physically, not politically) is heaven to me. I love the *stuff.*

16. I'm not always proud to be an American, but I'm proud of New Mexico and the U.K. is unlikely to annex it. I'm accustomed to being an American, after 57 years, but sometimes it's embarrassing.

17. I think I might choke on my own saliva and die someday. I'll start choking without even having food in me, so if I'm ever like visiting your house and I just start coughing and I die, please don't feel bad.

18. I remember tunes really well, and can harmonize, but I forget the rules to easy card games like hearts and spades. I have to get a review each time. Lame. (Same with Renaissance and country dances... I need a review as though it were a card game. But if I'm one of the musicians, and someone plays a few notes of a song, I know it, and can do melody or harmony....)

19. When I was a young teen, I used to pray and cry because my parents were going to go to hell. I knew that because I went to church a lot, and they didn't.

20. Driving for long distances makes me sleepy, and so I have a limited range.

21. I make a game of playing the piano. I'll find a piece I like, and kind of know, and play it until I've made three mistakes and then quit. "Game over." It's stress reduction, sometimes. Or if I feel like "cheating," I'll just play as long as I want to. And make as many mistakes as I do, without feeling bad. So there. [I like baroque stuff. Clementi. Bach. Good, clockwork video-game stuff. I don't play piano by ear, though I can play a melody line by ear, and then write out the notation if someone needs me to, but... piano is not "my instrument."]

22. I play Plants vs. Zombies.

23. I can sew, with or without patterns. I wish I were really good at embroidery, but I'm impatient, inconsistent, and I don't have the color-and-pattern sense to design cool individual designs, and I don't want to use patterns, so my perfectionism freezes me up in the embroidery area.

24. I had no idea how much I would enjoy being a mother. I wasn't a babysitting girl when I was growing up. I wasn't a "oh, what a beautiful baby" person when I was a teen and young adult. When Kirby was born and my hormones kicked in, though, it all changed.

25. I love Christmas, but this year we have no tree, and I didn't mail cards, and didn't do stockings for the kids. I was just really busy with other things, and they're grown, and they didn't mind.

But NEXT year, I have marked December as do NOTHING but put up a tree, do good stockings, mail Christmas cards. Nothing else. Except maybe get ready for a little Santa Fe gathering or something.

And.... #26, maybe.
I have a blog called Just Add Light and Stir that I like a lot, and it's "e-mail subscribeable."

Friday, December 17, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Computer tech guy (for the record)

I'm writing this partly so I'll know when and who.  Kirk Slowe just came over and made everything relating to our computers and our printer WONDERFUL.   If you're around Albuquerque and need a computer tech guy who makes house calls, there's the guy.  Mac.  But he did get the PCs back online (the two that didn't get the new modem when it was installed last month) AND he got them to print wirelessly.  Woohoo!!

So FIVE printers can print wirelessly (whereas before that I was having to physically plug it in to mine, to print things other people e-mailed).  Even Marty's ancient desktop is online and can print.  Before The Problems started, both MacBooks could print wirelessly, but we didn't have any idea the PCs could be cajoled to do so.

What did not work was my tweaking my backup.  The old G5 hard drive is too small now to hold its own corpse and the backup of the MacBook.  It worked for a while, but now I need to get a bigger, newer external harddrive, so I'm going to do that now.

AND... Julie, James and Adam Daniel sent us a box of Christmas foods!  Marty and I opened and ate a few Hobnobs, but the rest I'm saving to share with the family.  Beautifully wrapped bunch of gifts!  A couple are tins, so probably shortbread or other such Christmas cookies, and Holly will get to keep the tins.

Here's the note from Adam, and the cross-stiched card from Julie.  I am VERY GLAD to know their family.  And they're coming to visit in January.  (Other people can, too...)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Too many books

This morning I got up at 4:30 (just did; wasn't sleepy) and processed some books--out of the boxes, inserts, tissue paper wrap, cardboard on both sides...  And I moved more of the books into my office.

I took the computer back to the bedroom to watch CBS Sunday morning.  I took a shower.  I wrote and played games.   After a while I came into my office to find this sad sight:

Holly came to sympathize and help me with the initial cleanup, wiping the shelf and putting it back up. A couple of books were damaged.  Only one thing actually broke:

Luckily, I already had a picture of it here.

It was already cracked and unplayable even then, but I thought it was kinda cute, and I love the song.

Anyway... the shelf fell because I put too many books on it, some of them gradually over a couple of years, and lots just this morning, before I went to the back to watch TV with Keith.

THE GOOD THING is that I had the laptop with me in the bedroom, so the shelf (that long black thing) did not fall on the computer.

There were other shelves in the room—solid shelves, built by Keith, fastened to the wall.  The books are there now.  I remained calm, and that's good.  And I feel stupid, which is perfectly reasonable under the circumstances.   A board on metal brackets isn't a magical surface as strong as the floor.  Probably everyone reading this knows that, but somehow for a while I seemed to have forgotten it.  I guess it was a good day for it.  The timing didn't require any flipping out (nor would it have helped anyway).

Friday, December 10, 2010

I was in India, Keith was in disguise

I don't have a photo of the whole group of musicians, but they were playing music for live dancing, and Marty was one of the dancers.

This was my last day in India, and at a show and tell that afternoon I played recorder a little, and played one of the songs we've played for dancing, and told people that Keith and Marty would be at a masked ball with live music later that day.

The photo is by someone new to the SCA, named Lynn Keswani; Keith sent it to me.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Marty escapes

Marty has finished all the homework portions of his three community college classes, so I gave him an early Christmas gift. He's in the other room saving the world from zombies and himself (his game self) from humans. "It’s ZOMBREX. It’s the Gift Of Life." I applaud his escapism.

There are still some class sessions and a couple of tests to go. He's done much better in the math class than he did in English 101. The first few weeks he loved that English class, when they were talking about parts of speech and punctuation, but it got boring and sometimes I'm not much help because I am appalled at the assignments and the grading. Still... I've known MANY more people to loathe English 101 than to enjoy it. And Keith was the same way (and he went to school for 13 years, and they have a genetic overlay).

Marty has been a good and responsible student. At first he did his homework as soon as he got home. Even when he learned to chill a while first, he kept up with the homework. A couple of video games came out during the semester that he would ordinarily have gotten and played, but he decided to wait until the classes were done. Even though he kept hearing his friends talk about the games, he didn't play or buy them. So I was glad to be able to surprise him with a collector's edition of Dead Rising 2. I didn't know it had so much cool stuff. There's a "syringe of Zombrex" (a ballpoint pen, with liquid sloshing in it; it's cute), a prescription pad from the Zombrex company and other fun zombie stuff.

I don't have a photo of him playing, but here are Marty and Sadie, at Jeff's house on Thanksgiving:

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The Big Book of Unschooling

Some of you might have seen this ad, if you subscribe to Natural Life Magazine, or the online Life Learning Magazine. Holly did the art, and she thinks it's one of the best photoshop jobs she's done, she said. Of course the book cover itself was Holly's doing, but having the yellow of the cover turn into the background was cool, and I like this.

I had a new review, in a way, and got permission to put it here:

I was interviewed from Australia, while I was in India, and that (with an introduction that made me blush, and a beautiful follow-up about kids) is here:
Kim was so sweet that I wanted to say some things I had never even thought before, and give her a special interview.  (Some of it might be familiar, but some is really new.)

It's a good time to order a book if you thought of giving one for Christmas.  In addition to the really beautiful cover, it has some ideas and suggestions for contributing to peace on earth and suchlike.

If your gift-list friends already have this book, please consider   Moving a Puddle:

The reason I don't advertise them on the same page is that it costs more to mail them together by priority mail than it does to mail them separately, because each fits in a flat-rate envelope, but the two together are too big.  It seems odd, but it's true, and it's a better deal.

RECENT NEWS is that is publishing in Australia and in Europe, so it might be worth checking the total price with shipping through, if you're outside of North America, and buying it there instead.

I'm not very good at promoting sales, so as a Christmas gift to my sweet husband Keith who never complains when I buy another shipment of books, I want to sell some now. We're going to Texas that week before Christmas, so I won't be able to do last-minute Christmas sales.  [The 18th is my last book-mailing day until after Christmas.]

Some people say they read these in the bathroom. Maybe you could buy two copies and decoupage the bathroom walls!

I hope you're all having a peaceful, merry December, wherever you are, and thanks for looking at my daughter's artwork.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Snow on Thanksgiving

This was uploaded later (after the computer was fixed and I downloaded a week's worth of photos), but I'm dating it back to Thanksgiving for my own records.

Grateful, yet disturbed

with clarification and follow-up, to make the blog post a better historical record

I'm not "disturbed" in the loony-bin way, just not experiencing smooth emotional waters.

I loved my month in India. Hema, Ravi, Raghu and Zoya were a perfect host family. It was wonderful. I felt sometimes I must be crowding them and I tried not to. I played Barbie and Kelly one night with Zoya, I watched kid shows, I played Plants vs. Zombies variously with both of them (the kids), and that was cool. I saw normal and special and lofty and lowly sights and didn't realize how exhausted I was until I got home. Everything I've seen since I returned looks different to me, so the heightened awareness and the racing thoughts continue.

Last night, playing Plants vs. Zombies in my own kitchen, my computer froze up. When I rebooted it, the screen stayed white. I could hear the regular sounds, so maybe it did boot, and maybe it didn't. The night before Thanksgiving is not a good time to get computer assistance by phone or in person, so Saturday right after noon, I'll be sitting with it at the first available appointment at the computer emergency room that is the genius bar at the Apple store. I'm seeing how much of my energy flows through that macbook. I'm not sorry, but I feel a little crippled by not being able to fly through the international cyber-air as usual. I have photos not yet uploaded to Photobucket in there. I have the passwords to my online accounts in there (which I see is not the best plan, and I'm grateful that I could call Holly and ask her how to get into my photobucket account so I could put up three Just Add Light and Stir posts).

Yesterday I made bread to take to Jeff and Jennifer's for Thanksgiving. We woke up to snow today, and a few changes. The family is scattery today, which is not unusual, but it adds to my own internal scatteriness.

Keith left early in Marty's jeep, pulling a trailer, to drive 200 miles to Alamogordo where he will get a load of cut-up pallet wood for the hot tub (and to help clean up the yard where his brother's living), and have Thanksgiving with his brother's girlfriend, brother and their dad. He's coming back tonight. The jeep is strong and solid, and he drove south, not north, so probably he's not in snow, but trailers can be problematical. (He got home about 6:30, and said the first 80 miles were icy and dangerous. Two cars slid, hit the barrier and bounced, right in front of him, but he managed not to hit either of them. He saw cars and trucks slid off in all directions and considered turning back, but after Socorro it was clear. I'm glad I didn't know that earlier.)

Marty will go to Thanksgiving at Ashlee's parents' house in Bernalillo. He was going to eat some at Jeff's and then go to Ashlee's, but her mom moved their mealtime up a couple of hours. (They were all at Ashlee's sister's house in Rio Rancho, but he went to Bernalillo to get Ashlee.)

Holly will go to a young singles Thanksgiving gathering at her friend Tony's house. (Tony's meal was last weekend. She went to dinner at the house where she works, with Clare's extended family.)

After a month as far away from home as I've ever been, and with snow on the ground, and with Marty's jeep gone, I'm waffling between staying home and building a fire and sewing and watching movies, or bucking up and going to Jeff's house, even though I would have to ask for a ride home later, and maybe not be the best of company. Marty can and should use my van, and he could deliver me to Jeff's. Holly will have the sedan. The bread will attend in any case. :-)

The reason I'm posting this even though it's so personal and whiney and silly is that recently several people have said my upbeatness seemed intimidating to them, and they thought I must always be "together." It seemed good and right to report a not-so-together-at-all day, and to share a little discomfort and indecisiveness.

I'm grateful that I won't be with critical or drunken relatives, but if I could design a "best of relatives" dinner, a fantasy dinner (which I can, in my head, and it being fantasy, I can have my dad there) those would be the relatives for me.

I'm grateful that I'm not responsible for producing a whole Thanksgiving meal. It is NOT one of my talents, to cause any meal with more than three dishes to come out right and on time.

I am deeply, warmly grateful to my family for having encouraged me to go to India and for working together so that the houseplants and cats and laundry and kitchen were kept up while I was gone. They took good care of each other. For those who hosted me primarily in Pune and Bangalore, and for those others who hosted and drove me around secondarily, I can't say enough about what a huge gift that was. I've heard my whole life that if people go to India once they will go back again. If I were younger, I think I would be planning the next trip already. I'm not young, though, and England is still there. I'm planning to go to Scotland for the first time next summer, too. But at some point I do need to just stay close to home. Keith is getting older, too, and I *like* being where he is.

I'm grateful for friends who want me to come to dinner with or without my whole family, and glad that they like me enough to understand if five hours from now I decide to send the bread on without me. (And Norman graciously invited me for a later, smaller turkey meal, after he and his wife return from feeding the hungry at a church, which I declined with sweet thoughts.)

(I did go to Jeff and Jennifer's, had a great time, and Ric took me home.)

I'm grateful that my kids are grown and have interesting lives and friends and will eat turkey and laugh and be loved even if I'm home sewing and watching movies.

Photos from a few weeks ago, just so there will be photos. Food and flowers, me and flowers, Hema and flowers. (Hema's mom put flowers in our hair.)

Monday, November 22, 2010

New Rupee Symbol

This I learned on the way to the airport, and came home and looked it up:

New Rupee Symbol

It's not on the money yet, but will be!  Because India is so quickly and solidly becoming a world financial player, they needed a symbol for stock  market and other purposes (rather than using Rs. as had been done).

This is beautiful, and I understand it's even more beautiful if you see the Indian script aspect of it, too.

Preview of a 10 rupee coin:
(image was gone in 2021, but here's a google search)

I don't think it has an international ascii code yet, but here's  a way to use it if someone needs to:

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Holly, Caiti and a friend

I love seeing photos of Holly having fun.
Holly is the one in the turtle t-shirt.

I'm in Amsterdam, in an airport, with a headache.  Soon I'll be in a plane, to Minneapolis, asleep.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Canned Unicorn

I will admit I have had fantasies of eating meat in the past week. Yesterday I actually had a small amount of chicken, and a pork-sausage hot-dog which was really good. Most days, though, home or restaurant, it's vegetarian with an occasional egg and little to no cheese. Yoghurt and paneer and "groundnut"(peanut) chikki are protein. The food is really tasty but it's not what I'm used to.

Then this came in the mail
Really. An advertisement for canned unicorn meat.

I read every detail and thought "oooh.... how fun to take this can to Thanksgiving, maybe..." and then I thought about it and decided I really LOVED Indian vegetarian food and will be glad to eat no meat for the next three days.

Some things are easier than others

Apparently not.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


This was up high on the wall of a patio, to get out of the rain, I guess. Someone asked whether we didn't have those in New Mexico. Lizards, yes. THIS lizard!? Nope.

Pune, India, if anyone wants to ID this.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Kites (a bird I hadn't seen before)

Toward the roof of the mall below here it's easy to see birds, in contrast to the white roof. I saw something I thought was a hawk, and went to get better glasses and my zoomy zoom camera. Hema's dad said it's probably a kite.

I think this is it, in a wikipedia cut-and-paste:

Milvus migrans govinda (Sykes, 1832): Small Indian Kite (formerly Pariah Kite)
Eastern Pakistan east through tropical India and Sri Lanka to Indochina and Malay Peninsula. Resident. A dark brown kite found throughout the subcontinent. Can be seen circling and soaring in urban areas. Easily distinguished by the shallow forked tail. The name Pariah originates from the Indian caste system and usage of this name is deprecated.[6][7]

My pictures won't be good, but anyway... it was fun to see something new to me. Again. :-)

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Painting Diyas

For Diwali (which is kind of a combination of Christmas, New Year's, Easter and the Fourth of July, it seems, from an American point of view), people use oil lamps of all sorts, but there are these little clay lamps for sale in stores and on the roadside:

The fancy molded ones in the lower left box are just everywhere this week. And the round ones in the upper right box are plain versions.

Today there's a gathering of homeschoolers to paint some of those. They're low-fired pottery, so that they can be recycled later. People use new ones each year I think. I'll have photos of the painting session on my India blog in a few days. Tomorrow we fly to Bangalore for Diwali, which is day after tomorrow.

"Diya" and "Diwali" are related words. Light. The sound for "y" and "w" is the same here, it seems, kind of a combination of W and v.

Here's a link to a google image search on "clay diya."

attachment parenting talk, Pune 31st october 2010

On Sunday there was a VERY well-attended discussion on attachment parenting, organized by Pushpa Ramachandran in her home in Pune, in India. Her husband, Anand, set up a projector and we had Schuyler and David Waynforth live on Skype (they were home in Norfolk, England). It was really wonderful to have them involved that way. I'll put these and some other images on my India blog, too, but in these three you can hear Schuyler, Hema (standing, in the third clip) and me a little bit.

(The other photos from the day are here:

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Raghu's Mario Costume

Halloween party preparations

This is not quite so much about India, except for the cool "packaging" and exotic pumpkins.

These guys are two and a half stories up, and a guy carried BAGS of pumpkins up those stairs, and then another flight up to the roof (some of those we carried one by one, because of a misunderstanding, but when he saw we were doing that, he carried the three remaining bags up).

On the door, the scary house taped to the door is Halloween. The Ganesha and the flower garland is everyday stuff.

The picture of the guy with the glasses (between ghosts) is a guy who's always on the wall, but the glasses came from Albuquerque.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"You have problems."

"You have problems."

That was the response I got to this:

On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 11:01 PM, Sandra Dodd wrote:

You wrote to me a few years ago. I do not WANT your writing on my site. Television is ruining your life because you're obsessed with television as the devil.

Why don't you live a happy, peaceful life without television instead of dedicating your time and energy to something you hate? It's not healthy. Your writings are disturbing. You bring a very unsettled vision into my otherwise very peaceful life.

Sandra Dodd

The person whose writing I am rejecting once again (after engaging in a longer discussion and a more polite rejection last time around) has allowed television to ruin his life without even watching it, I guess.

And just now when I went to bring a link to what he was talking about, I see that I have it on my "arguments against TV" page already. (I don't want to name him and give him more exposure, but it's under the garbage can art, and my review there is "Badly written, but short.")

I did make a page of links to anti-TV writings. I don't think a single one of those other pages has any links to the ever-growing collection of benefits of TV.

It's nearly a compliment, though, that someone as seemingly deranged as this guy thinks I have problems. I hope he will recover from being mesmerized by the evils of television, though, and go on to live a healthy life.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


I went digging in my bag for a pen at 4:00 a.m. (awake too early, but I hope I'll come around to a normal schedule soon), I found these:

I didn't catch the name of them, but I got them yesterday at a regional fair. They're sweet but not too sweet, slightly fruity, heavy and filling. Good! Because I didn't want to go and rummage for food and risk waking someone up.

I'm putting some photos of what I saw yesterday, with very little explanation, because I don't have much explanation, here:

It will take me a while to add all that I have already, and there will be more every day, so check back again later.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Teeny touch of France

Really, I saw very little in Paris but airport shuttles and long, long terminals. But I did see a cute little orange toilet (with matching tile details) and a type of women's dress I had never seen before.

Not much story to the toilet, actually.

But the clothing was different.  The skirt was appliqued and then there were a few mirrors in a pattern above that.   it had a hood, with a large gathered cowl.  The hood tied under the chin like a bonnet, and the cloth was turned back a little around the face, too.   When the lady reached up I could see the skirt was just a kind of wrap-around skirt, and she was wearing another kind of shirt or dress under it, also blue, but different, softer material.

When I described it to them, Hema and Pradnya said it was a certain Moslem sect/region (I could ask again tomorrow), and that it was covering her full set of clothes.  So I guess it's travelling coverings.   It was striking, and different, though.  It's tacky to be taking pictures of people that way, but she's all covered up from this angle anyway.

Much time passed; then I got to India, and that moves to the other blog:
Sandra in India. What I saw I couldn't well photograph. Hundreds of painted trucks, on a highway in the early hours of morning.

More pictures there after I sleep and visit and the sun comes up.