Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Different Direction and Something New

For the past couple of days I've been enjoying homemade banana bread compliments of my girlfriend, Melissa, who dropped a loaf off a few nights ago.  A slice with a little bit of light cream cheese along with my morning coffee is a delicious way to start the day.
Today's walk took me in a different direction.
Down a little alley way. 
Seeing such deep blue skies puts a spring in my step. 
Over to the next block. 
Where I spied this metal rooster hiding amongst some vines.
Around to the next street.
 Where this pretty concrete fence encircles the mosque.

Beautiful grass, bushes and palm trees were on this street corner. 
Where I heard a little cluck, cluck, cluck as hens darted away.
I had a late start so the sun was high in the sky at this point. 
Finally around a corner and onto another street. 
Where there was a moment of lovely shade from a row of trees. 
Need to stop for a rest? 
Into the home stretch now.
People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
(Thich Nhat Hanh)

Last night I finished up a trellis scarf.  My cousin taught  me the stitch which is just chains of 5 joined in the middle of each set of chains.  I don't even remember where I got this funky yarn, but one ball was just enough to make a long skinny scarf ... my favorite kind to wear.
Christy at Crochet Happiness is crocheting scarves for her local soup kitchen in Michigan.  She would like to have 100 by Thanksgiving Day, so if any of you have scarves you've made or could make and are willing to donate, she provides her address in this post.

Have a terrific Tuesday!


Elna said...

Nice to see some of the environment in which you live. What a delicious scarf you made.


Debi Y. said...

You had a nice walk today with all the trees and the shade. Your scarf looks pretty. :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I can't believe you walked in this heat. It is incredible. Of course, I suspect you don't have the humidity we have here, which increases the heat index.

That's a really lovely scarf. I don't wear anything around my neck (that includes shirts with collars), but your scarf is fantastic. And the colors are superb, too. That must have been some fun yarn!

Dagmar said...

What a beautiful scarf you made..colors are lovely..hot here today as well 91... Off to the lake for a dinner time picnic..
BTW...your quote is very touching and true!❤

Linda said...

Seeing what you've created, makes me feel happy inside. The scarf is lovely! I also enjoyed coming along on your walk thanks to the photos. :)

I will be taking a nice long, lunchtime walk today for sure, as guess what - we are finally enjoying some more normal summertime temps - cooler - which means upper 80s to low 90s at the most, and it's absolutely perfect outside. Looks like we're into a cooler weather pattern now - thank God.

Hope you have an enjoyable remainder of the week. I have only through Thursday and then I'm off on Friday with Jim.


Diane said...

Thanks for taking us on your walk with you. You even found some shady spots to cool off. Are the hens feral? Blessings, Diane

Sandy Leigh said...

Thanks for taking us along on your walk--I love that funky yarn! So cute. And thanks for the idea of making pita chips--that sounds so yummy. Hugs!

val said...

i love that little metal chicken and your scarf. Have a great day!

Cheryl said...

I'm glad to see you exploring such an adventurous place.... your life much surely be enhanced by the things you get to experience :-)

I'm loving the skinny scarf.. although against my fat body it'd look like a piece of floss. LOL
big hugs,

Createology said...

Lovely walk along and thank you for the interesting photos. Your scarf is lovely. Yummy on the breakfast banana bread. Glorious blue sky sunshine day...

Mereknits said...

Your walks are beautiful and you are bringing all of us to parts of the world we may never see, thanks for that. Love your new scarf.
Sending you a big hug and stay hydrated.

nanny said...

Oh amen.....All is a miracle.

I must print this quote.

Jody and Stan said...

It looks like a beautiful place to take a walk. What a gorgeous scarf! Have a wonderful week.


Rostrose said...

All is a miracle, Tammy, that's true! I love those wise words, my dear, and your story of walkin' "on earth"!!! I think this day started wonderful with homemade banana bread and this walk of real miracles - I hope, the rest of your day was as great!!!
Sending lots of hugs from Austria, Traude

Rizzi said...


LDH said...

I very much enjoyed that walk with you to see the sights you see in your neck of the woods!

Heather - The Good Life said...

Your walk sounds nice and your scarf is pretty. I've been trying to do a little "moving" each day. Today was a bike ride with the little one. Take care. Heather

Kate said...

Hi Tammy
I loved going on the walk with you! The concrete fence was divine.

Have a beautiful week!


Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

Enjoyed taking a walk with you. Isn't it fun to observe and take pictures of all things around where you are? Wishing you a lovely week.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Was great to go walking today with you and see a little of your place and must have been enjoyable with the blue sky. Love the new scarf.

Happy week

LuLu Kellogg said...

LOVE that you took us on a little walk with you!

The scarf is beautiful Tammy!


Mrs. Micawber said...

Wow, at my house banana bread never lasts more than a day (thanks to the voracious carb appetite of Mr. M - also banana bread is a top favourite of his).

I love the contrast between the terra cotta-coloured walls, the trees, and the sky. And what a very beautiful fence around the mosque.

Stay cool!

Mistea said...

Lots of beautiful things to see on your walk.
The banana bread sounds delicious and the scarf looks very pretty.
Enjoy your perspective.

Dianne said...

Your corner of the world is much more exotic than (my)Ohio...but the blue sky is the same everywhere I guess. Bravo to you for the walk in the sun, and for taking us along!
Thanks for stopping by my blog...you seem very busy and productive with your beautiful crocheting, wonder how you do it all.enjoy the bread, it looks very yummy, and so does your new scarf!

Melanie said...

It is so interesting to see the scenery where you live - so different from the USA, isn't it? (At least in the Midwest!) I must say that those dust storms that you get look horrendous.

Absolutely love the scarf that you made! I love wearing scarves, especially in the colder months.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,

Glad you got a spring in your step for today's walk! Interesting photos with still some trees and green to enjoy. Your scarf looks great, you love wearing them as we know from photos.
Today we made the rounds to Atlanta. I drove some six hours today... love to hit the mattress now.
Hugs and love,

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What a beautiful walk you took us on. Love the views and the quote was wonderful too! Thanks for stopping by today. I know I've been gone alot this year. I appreciate you keeping in touch Tammy!

Wanda said...

Wow, another great walk, thanks for taking us along.

I just baked 4 loaves of Mango/Banana bread, and 2 loaves of just Banana Bread..gave some away, and the rest is in the freezer.

I had a slice with some butter. I always add a little powdered sugar drizzle and crushed walnuts to the top of mine... the cream cheese sounds good too.

vintage grey said...

So glad you had a pretty blue sky on your walk today!! Love the scarf!! xo Heather

Susan said...

Good for you walking again, Tammy. You give me inspiration. Susan

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

Thanks for taking me along on your walk. A chance to see many things from your environment, I would not normally see. Loved the metal chicken(and the real ones). I admire you for commitment to walking, especially in the heat...

Catherine said...

Mmmm banana loaf with cream cheese sounds like a yummy way to start the morning:) It looks like another beautiful day to be outdoors, that fence surrounding the mosque is quite pretty with the patterns it creates. I find it interesting seeing parts of your neighbourhood, much different to what I see around mine. Love that quote too Tammy:) Have a wonderful day. x

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Sometimes a different direction is a spark of new thoughts... I like that. That skinny scarf is so cute! Love the funky yarn. blessings ~ tanna

lovestitch said...

So glad you had a blue sky with beautiful sunshine! Enough for dusty days!!! Love your scarf, skinny scarf is also my favorite, yours came out so lovely!
Enjoy your nice days! :)
Hugs, LS

Ana said...

What a beautiful day for a walk Tammy. Thanks for letting us tag along :-) Have a wonderful day.

Hugs and Kisses,

JennyPennyPoppy said...

It was a lovely walk. Thanks for taking us along with you :)

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Loved the tour, felt like I was walking with you! I love the quote you posted by Thich Nhat Hanh. Such a pretty scarf. I will have to hop over to visit Christy.

Celestial Charms said...

Hi Tammy,
I enjoyed our walk today. It is fun to stroll through your neighborhood, and explore your surroundings.
Pretty scarf, too.

Pradeepa said...

Whenever I see an overripe banana on the counter the first thought that comes to my mind is a banana bread/cake. I wonder how you walked in the hot sun. I never step out of the house during a summer daytime unless it is unavoidable.

Sam I Am...... said...

Love to go on your walks with you! Very interesting locale. I loved the metal chicken and the real ones.
Your scarf is so cool! It is a really neat yearn and those colors are simply joyful! Nice job!

~*~Patty S said...

I got so excited when I read this post last week...not sure if I left a comment to thank you for sharing the scarf info!

I have some that I made that could use a good home!

Also I got to read all of your recent posts in looking for this post...how special to see Kuwait through your eyes and visit with your friends too

You always make me hungry ;)
thank you for sharing your passions and kind heart!

christy said...

Thank you so much for the mention...I love your skinny scarf...have a blessed week and thank you again very much

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