Monday, November 30, 2015

November's End

Hard to believe that tomorrow will be the first day of  the very last month of 2015.
I stopped by The Secret Garden this morning to do some composting and always check on all our crochet and kids crafts that are out there.
Saturday a week ago we did twig trees with the children (and some moms) and the week before that it was bird feeders using papertowel and toilet paper rolls with peanut butter and birdseed.
Afterwards, I met my good friend, Melissa, for a nice hour long walk along the corniche.  Such lovely weather and the moon to guide us.  (Can you spot it there just under the palm fronds?)
I was just telling Melissa about a lovely young lady named Jo who helps take care of all the feral kitties in this area and lo and behold if we didn't run into her.
Sadly, she returns to the UK in 2 days after being here many years and I know everyone will miss her so much.  She has worked tirelessly to help trap/neuter/release hundreds of cats.  She has named many of them and they know her so well.  Kuwait truly is losing a kind, compassionate person.
After our walk, we stopped by an open House at Zeri Crafts.
Such a nice atmosphere and homemade goodies to sample along with a cup of hot ginger tea.
I especially loved seeing and hearing about the photography display entitled Artisan Hands that tells the stories of 6 people from Kuwait, all in their 70's now, who made a living years ago through their specialized handicrafts, a tradition of handmade that unfortunately is lost in this technological age.
 I for one intend to keep handmade alive as long as I can.
It's Monday and the start of a new week for most of you out there.  Hope it's a good one!
Best wishes,

Sunday, November 29, 2015


You may recall I had an incident with tea meeting laptop that fixed itself after a drying out period.  Unfortunately, not long after, a full cup of fresh brewed coffee took a tumble and splattered over everything in the immediate vicinity, including my laptop.  And this time it did not completely recover.  But now I have a new keyboard and I am back in action again.
If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you've had a lovely long weekend filled with food and family and friendship.
 It was a school/work day here for my husband and son.  Mid-morning I babysat a friend's daughter for a couple of hours.
And then came home to make a vegan Thanksgiving meal of sliced tomatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, green beans, cornbread and mushroom & dumplings.
It all turned out really, really good and only took about an hour to fix.  Later in the evening, I even made my first vegan pumpkin pie which was excellent.
I'm really wishing it wasn't all gone now because just looking at the picture makes me want more.
Since my last post, there's been a trip to Dubai, lots of walks, crochet and all sorts of activities taking place.  Hopefully I can get caught up soon, but for now, I think I'll make the rounds and visit as many of you as I can.  It was too hard to comment when some of the keys on my keyboard weren't working properly so I was forced to take a break.
Thankful to be back in blogland again.

Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Yarn Storm

All last week there were predictions of thunderstorms and possible flooding for Saturday.  The US Embassy even sent out a weather warning which I found quite unusual as I don't ever recall them doing that before.
We did get a little rain a day or two, mostly drizzle, but nothing near what we had the week before when it flooded.
Our long awaited yarnbomb event at The Secret Garden was planned for Saturday afternoon and I prayed that the weather predictions would be wrong.  While other events around the country were cancelled due to the forecast, we decided to wait and see how the day played out and I'm so glad we did because it was perfect!
It was a wonderful afternoon of yarnbombing, crochet lessons, henna designs, gardening, a book reading, food and drink and friendship.  Everyone who came was so happy and willing to help. 
I for one was glad that the big tasks were over and I no longer had a deadline looming.

And was so very pleased that the weather cooperated.
Happy, happy colorful day!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Sightseeing Saturday: Wilson Arch

The other night I knocked over a near empty cup of tea that just happened to fly in the direction of my laptop leaving a wet trail across my keyboard.  I went into quick action to clean up the mess and dry things up but the touchpad stopped working and then it wouldn't turn back on.  Yikes!  I was afraid it was kaput, but thankfully, after a half day of drying out, we are back in working order.

I breathed a big sigh of relief knowing I hadn't lost years of photos stored on my laptop, so thought I would get back to a quick road trip post from the summer.

Our first stop in Utah was completely unplanned but just happened to be on our way to Moab.
I mean seriously, if you saw this on the side of the road, would you be able to pass it up?
This sign tells you about the area.
College boy and I climbed to the top while senior boy stayed in the car.  Hiking, he says, is not his thing.  Little does he know that hiking is exactly what we will be doing nearly every single day while in Utah.

Spectacular views from the top.

I do miss such beautiful scenery.  Our weather has continued to be unstable with another day of school cancellation on Thursday as a precaution.  It's been overcast, muggy, windy, rainy, dusty ... hoping things will start to improve so I can get back to my morning walks.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Abuzz With Activities

We had a heavy downpour early this morning that caused lots of flooding around the country.
This unfortunately is my view across the street now that someone bought the property and has started construction on a new house.  You can see the flooding that was around us.  That blue thing just to the left is a trashcan that was swirling around in the middle of the street.
The tarp protecting my plants fell and both balconies were like wading pools, they had filled with so much water.
Needless to say, I did not take my senior boy to school and we haven't ventured out the entire day.

Prior to this wacky weather, there were many lovely days of activity at The Secret Garden.
This past Saturday, in addition to planting and general cleanup, there was free Arts & Crafts for kids which was so much fun.
And on Sunday and Monday, I helped with two First Grade Field Trips to the garden.
We taught them about composting and let them rake and plant seeds.
Much squealing occurred when I picked up the beetle.
I read them a wonderful book about leaving a zero footprint wherever you go, then had them pick up garbage and their reward was a crocheted heart. 
On the first day, one boy exclaimed "This is the best Secret Garden day ever!"  And on the second day when the kids were lining up to leave on the bus, another boy told me "I wish I could stay at the Secret Garden forever.  I don't like school."

Hands-on experience is so much more meaningful to the kids and nature is a great classroom.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
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