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Vegetable Picking

Pick your own vegetable

I’ve always wanted to experience vegetable picking. For most of the people vegetable picking might not be on the top of the list to do. I hail from farming family background. My grandfather and father was farmer they use to own their farm long back time. I still hear lot many stories and experiences from my Dad. Always wanted to go for vegetable picking, use to wonder how the actual plant looks like.

What to wear and carry along:

Vegetable picking is fun activity with friends and family but can be tiring for some. This activity is purely weather dependent. You can beat the sun and go early in the morning. Make sure you dress up in your old pair of clothes for which you won’t really bother if they get dirty. Also wear shoes (closed toe shoes) and avoid wearing sandals. If you are allergic or sensitive to dust make sure you wear full sleeves shirt and pants (Unless it’s blazing hot day). Keep a hat handy and sunscreen if you are sun sensitive.

Carry pair of cotton gloves it will be very handy. Carry knife and scissors to cut the vegetable from the plant. You might not want to damage the plants by plucking the vegetables. Make sure you carry few garbage bags or newspaper to lay it on your car floor. As you will end up bringing dirt along with vegetables.

What to do:

Before you start the day make sure you call the farm whether they are open for the day and check their timings. Most of the farm timing varies, so make sure you read their rules and pricing.

Before entering farm make sure you collect the farm map to make your life easier when you driving and hunting for vegetable in the farm. Some farm requires you to pay beforehand but some like the one we visit every year they charge us on our return. They have typical one size bags, which are generally either $10 or $12 per bag with vegetables. No matter what vegetable you pick from the farm. Here are some of the pictures from the McQuesten Farm in NH. We visit them every year for Pick you own vegetables. They open up around mid of August until 1stOctober. Enjoy!!!

After Vegetable Picking:

Make sure once you go home you clean thoroughly all the vegetables. As they might have a lot of dirt on them.  Wipe them and let it dry for 12 hours at least than place it in fridge or cook the way you like it.

Did you ever go for vegetable picking or fruit picking?

What vegetable or fruit did you pick?

Share your comments below.

US Open Experience!!

The US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, Queens, is one of the premier sporting events, is a hard-court tennis tournament. US Open is one of the tennis major comprising each year; along with other three are Wimbledon (Clay court), French Open (Clay court) and Australian Open (Hard court). This two-week tournament is held every August and September at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The main tournament consists of different event championships

  • Men’s and Women’s singles
  • Men’s and Women’s doubles
  • Mixed Doubles

It was our first time experience watching live US OPEN Tennis game at Arthur Ashe Stadium. We were all excited to gain experience and see the match live. We had booked our tickets 3 weeks before the game. We really wanted to go for Semi Finals or Finals but it was too late to get the cheaper tickets. So we ended up going for Men’s &Women’s 3rd Round Game.

We watched very competitive game, Women’s Singles between Sloane Stephens US player and Ana Ivanovic Serbian Player and Men’s Singles between Mardy Fish US Player and Giles Simon French Player. Ana Ivanovic & Mardy Fish were winner, this wins promotes them to the fourth round of the Grand Slam.

The Arthur Ashe Stadium hosts all the top-seeded matches and finals. We were at the entrance by 6pm. Our first game was at 7pm Women’s’ singles following Men’s Singles game lasted till 1:30am. Total hours inside the stadium were almost 6-7 hours.

Please check out pictures of our great experience. Picture Credit goes to our friend Arun.

We would like to hear your experience to US Open as well. Was it your first time to US Open?? Did you meet any top-notch player?? Write to us, we would like to hear from you. If you have any great memory or pictures share with us.

Parcel From India

First Parcel From India – Full Of Mithai (Sweets) and Namkeen (Snacks) 

After so many years, we received first parcel from India all full with Sweets and Namkeen. Couldn’t control my excitement so thought of sharing it with my blog friends. Here are few pictures to share. From receiving of the parcel to ripping it off.

Parcel From India

Parcel From India

 

Mathri

Mathri

 

Kachori

Kachori

 

Dal Mooth

Dal Mooth

 

Farari Namkeen

Farari Namkeen

 

Mithai

Mithai

 

Mithai

Mithai

 

After Ripping of the parcel

After Ripping of the parcel

 

 

SCION 0 – 100,000 Miles Journey

SCION tC : 0 -100,000 Miles Journey over 8 years.

Our first investment Scion tC.  We bought our Scion tC’05 model in 2004, today it marked 100,000 mile odometer reading.  We still think as it was yesterday that we bought our new car. Year flies By. Here are some countdown pictures. We planning to hit 150,000 miles on it. Hope it survives with us.

Other than daily commute to and from work to home. It travelled over more than 15 states in US and uncountable city destinations. It travelled across cities, mountains, forest, dirt road, freeways, bridges, tunnels, shore-lines, country-side. It also made it to international trip to CANADA and still counting more on to travel. Stay tuned – That’s SCION!!!

Scion tC

Scion tC – 99,998

Scion tC

Scion tC 99,999

Scion tC

Scion tC 100,000

Scion tC

Scion tC – 100,000 (Odometer)

Vitamin F

Vitamin F (For Friends) that’s what Dr Oz calls them.

Today morning I opened my MS Outlook and saw first message regarding Vitamin F.  I read through entire email and at end I smiled that made my day. I loved this and wanted to share it with you all. (Source: Unknown my friend forwarded me)

Why do I have a variety of friends who are all so different in character? How can I get along with them all? I think that each one helps to bring out a “different” part of me.
With one of them I am polite. With another, I joke.
I sit down and talk about serious matters with one. With another I laugh a lot. I listen to one friend’s problems. Then I listen to another one’s advice for me.

My friends are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. When completed, they form a treasure box. A treasure of friends! They are my friends who understand me better than I understand myself.
They’re friends who support me through good days and bad.

We all pray together and for each other.

Real Age doctors tell us that friends are good for our health.
Dr. Oz calls them Vitamin F (for Friends) and counts the benefits of friends as essential to our well-being. Research shows that people in strong social circles have less risk of depression and terminal strokes.

If you enjoy Vitamin F constantly you can be up to 30 years younger than your real age. The warmth of friendship stops stress and even in your most intense moments, it decreases the chance of a cardiac arrest or stroke by 50%.

I’m so happy that I have a stock of Vitamin F!

In summary, we should value our friends and keep in touch with them. We should try to see the funny side of things and laugh together and pray for each other in the tough moments

Thank you for being one of my Vitamins!  

Vitamin F

Vitamin F

* * FRIENDS * *

Sometimes, I think how can you define friendship or rather type of friends? Do you really need to define them? Do you really want to define the way friendship works? I doubt it. I think it’s one of the hardest and hot topics to discuss among both old and young generation. What are your limits? The definition and perspective changes as you change country. Really???  Really friendship has become that difficult these days that you required to define it. Sign of faith and trust is getting lesser and lesser this days. After logging into face book several times in a day, question comes into my mind are they all really my friends or they use to be my good friends and for now we are just face book friends liking or commenting on each other wall post. Should we really categorize our friends in different boxes? These days friendship trust, courtesy and faith is all vanished. Everyone has created a fake wall around them; they have locked their emotions inside. And the ones who let their emotions out of their friendship they are called as insane. Being a helping hand or talkative or of your friendly nature people started taking advantage of you, they started taking you lite, they misuse and end up in situation of cross check where you weren’t even involved. It’s so hard to believe that trust and bond between two friends is dying and it has become so difficult to maintain it. We strive to maintain relationship with everyone.

Right from childhood…I grew up with friends in boarding; we were nurtured with great values….. “Sab Ek Hain” (All r One) there’s no type or differences among us we all are friends. We help, share and support each other in any circumstances. But I am amazed by how things are changing fast around you, as you grow. There’s competition everywhere… “Jahan dekho Loot Machi Hain” people have become so greedy and selfish they started categorizing you……. It’s so hard to trust anyone… But I am glad that in this crazy world I still have few gems who r precious. Old is Gold!!!

CARE ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS. DONT BE SO GREEDY AND CRUEL.