Friday, February 12, 2016

Five on Friday: Lately

Beautiful weather has meant lots of walks.
Leaving a little love behind.
My newest obsession of wrapping things with yarn.
Crocheting for charity.
 And always skywatching.
Sharing my week of simple pleasures with Amy of Love Made My Home  for Five on Friday.
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Crafty Saturday

Coffee, conversation and crafting to start the day.
And arts and crafts this afternoon at The Secret Garden.
Even the adults got in on the action.
Especially loved this yarn wrapped stick made by one of the fathers.
From morning til evening it was a busy, creative day.
Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Skywatch and Lovebombs

Only from the heart can you touch the sky.
Rumi

I'm a skywatcher.
The first thing I do every morning is head to the kitchen to make coffee and then straight to the back door to check out the morning sky.
Some days are just regular, but then sometimes, like today, you get a sky that is filled with changing colors.
From pink to golden, with scattered clouds and a beautiful sunrise.
Plus, there's the crescent moon directly in front of me.
Birds flying high.
And even an airplane flying by.
Later I went for a walk and carried more crocheted hearts with me.
This time there were two fathers out with their little girls so they got the pink hearts and then I tied the multicolored ones to a fence and a bench.
Still skywatching as I wind my way back home.
 
Have a terrific Tuesday!

Monday, February 1, 2016

RAK: Spread a Little Love

This morning I went for a walk.
And hung hearts from branches.
I saw a mother and father with two little girls at the playground and thought it would be fun for the girls to find the hearts in the trees.  I tried to explain this to the mother but she didn't speak English and I don't speak Arabic so I couldn't get the message across.  They were gone by the time I got back around the walking path and are probably wondering who the crazy woman was.  I think she thought I was trying to sell her something because she asked for my phone number.
Fortunately, a nanny came along with a little boy and girl who did speak English so she played along.
And the hearts were found by a delighted Khadija and Mohammed.

Happy February!

Monday, January 25, 2016

A New Life: Garden Education and Meatless Monday

Last week a mom's group brought their kids to The Secret Garden for a field trip.
It's always fun seeing them having a hands-on experience.
Planting.
Composting.
Listening to a story about leaving a zero footprint.
(That's me; I was able to get this picture from their Instagram account since I never have pictures of myself reading to the kids.) 
Along with some wheelbarrow shenanigans.
 It's always a fun, educational time and great to be outdoors when the weather is good.
Plus, I was able to come home with some fresh chard from the garden which I cooked up in two different ways.
Sauteed in olive oil with lots of garlic and tomatoes and served over leftover rice.
And then yesterday, I sauteed it again, but this time with garlic, cherry tomatoes, mixed beans and wheat pasta.
A squeeze of lemon juice on both dishes was the perfect finishing touch.

I'm linking to Traude's A New Life campaign of "small steps to a better world." 
Practicing mindfulness, sustainability and quality of life.
Wishing you a wonderful week!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Rock Art at the Garden

ADVICE FROM A ROCK:
Try your hardest
Stay grounded
Start each day with a clean slate
Keep still
Be well-rounded
Live in balance
Never take life for granite!
(Ilan Shamir)
Rock painting is something I've wanted to do with the kids at The Secret Garden for a while.  And since I was in charge of arts and crafts this past Saturday, that's exactly what we did.
Give kids markers, brushes and paints and they are happy campers.
Their creativity was amazing to see.
We had a bigger turnout than I expected so the nearly 30 rocks I bought weren't even enough.  Some of the kids that came a little late were searching for any type of stone or concrete block around the garden that they could paint.
Two hours went by so visit.  While some of the kids took their rocks home, some left them behind for the garden, so the next morning I went back to place them around the vegetable patch.


Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
(Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Have a great week!
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