Last winter I had a gorgeous red hibiscus that gave me many, many blooms and lots of joy every time I would see a new flower. Unfortunately, those blooms only lasted a day then would immediately fall to the ground.
Even though I moved its location once summer rolled around, it just couldn't survive the heat.
So this year, I bought what I thought was a yellow hibiscus, but every time it blooms, I'm in for a surprise.
And thankfully, these flowers last more than just a day.
My Colorado boy missed his connecting flight and arrived a day late. And my youngest started off his journey getting on the wrong bus for the airport. But, they both finally made it safe and sound last Wednesday and Thursday and that's all that matters.
It's been 2 years since my Colorado boy was home which means it's the first time we've been together as a family in that time.
I'm seeing a lot more of him since he only has a few friends here for the winter break, while boy number two is still a teenager; sleeps all day and has plans every night.
Colorado boy was really hoping to see blue skies here in Kuwait, but ever since they arrived, there's been nothing but cloudy, gray skies. At least it's not -3 like it currently is in his part of the world.
I've been making their favorite soups ... my boy wants to learn them all so he can make some when he's back in cold, cold Colorado.
Tortilla Soup is a very easy one. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil. Add vegetable broth, a can of chopped tomatoes, corn, some salsa, cumin, black pepper, garlic powder, a pinch of red pepper flakes. I even added leftover black beans with spinach. Simmer for about 10 minutes and then stir in some chopped cilantro. Heat through and serve with avocado slices.
Unfortunately, I never measure anything, so it's hard to share an exact recipe.. I just add ingredients to get a flavor I like.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. (Margaret Mead)
If you follow along with me on Instagram, you may recall seeing that at the end of September, we were quite shocked and disappointed to find that our community garden had been completely demolished.
The worst part of the whole scenario is that the damage and destruction was carried out by the very Public Authority tasked with maintaining garden spaces in the country.
But, I'm happy to say, we fought back and with the support of the community through donations and the hard work of many volunteers, we are up and running again.
It is a joy and a privilege to teach children about the benefits of gardening and taking care of their environment.
Without continuous hands-on experience, it is impossible for children to acquire a deep intuitive understanding of the natural world that is the foundation of sustainable development. ….A critical aspect of the present-day crisis in education is that children are becoming separated from daily experience of the natural world, especially in larger cities. Natural Learning, Creating Environments for Rediscovering Nature’s Way of Teaching, Robin C. Moore and Herb H. Wong Last night we had the cutest group of homeschoolers between the ages of 2 and 5 visit the garden.
After reading them a story about leaving a zero footprint, they picked up garbage, composted, planted and watered.
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in. (Rachel Carson)
It's always so much fun watching children get excited about every aspect of the garden, even picking up garbage. But I do have to say, I think watering was their favorite part. The soil may stay moist for quite a while.