Friday, September 1, 2017

Welcome September

August seems to have just whizzed on by and now, here we are, the first of September.
Today marks the first day of Eid Al Adha celebrations for Muslims.  Ironically, just as I was finishing up a little stitching this morning, our neighbors sent over a plate of homemade Eid cookies which provided the perfect backdrop for an Eid greeting.
So many people are posting about how they are starting to feel a chill in the air now that Fall is around the corner, but unfortunately, September and Fall weather do not go hand in hand in the desert.  It continues to be hot as heck with temperatures still above 110 F most days.
One of my poor little jasmine bushes is trying to bloom but the tender little buds dry up before they can even fully open up.
Today is also "Ginger Cat Appreciation Day" and the month of September has been deemed "Happy Cat Month" by the CATalyst Council whose aim it is to achieve a cat-caring society through "connecting and collaborating to advance the health, welfare and value of companion cats".  I will be making an extra concerted effort to do what I can this month to help our little feline friends.  Kuwait has a huge feral population and the rescue groups have their hands full trying to help so many animals in need.
As I watered plants this afternoon, I was able to spot the moon from one balcony.
And watch the sunset from the other.

A new month full of possibilities.

Happy September,


Maya Kuzman said...

Happy September Tammy! I hope it is an interesting one for you!

crafty cat corner said...

I really do not know how you survive in that hear, it would finish me off. lol

Betsy said...

Happy September! It's very unusually hot here too and has been for weeks. More fires started today. That was a lovely gift for your neighbors. Today is our anniversary. 39 years ago, at exactly this moment we said "I do!" That was a Friday of Labor Day weekend too. Have a lovely day my friend.

Lorrie said...

Yes, it's September. The nights are cooler here, but the days continue very warm, although not the kind of heat you have. Happy Eid! (If that is said.)

Blondie's Journal said...

The cookies look delicious - very nice neighbors. And a whole month dedicated to cats, that is a great thing. My daughter lives in the city with a large alley behind her house (more like a road, cars enter their garages through this back entry). They have a huge amount of cats, and one good soul built a small shelter, much like a shed, for them to keep warm in the winter.

When will your temperatures drop? I feel for you. If it's over 90 degrees I simply stay in. And I mean when I'm at yard work or sitting outdoors. I still enjoy shopping, etc!


Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

For me it seemed like August was endless. Temperatures up to 113 without a/c wore me down and I'm so happy that the worst is over. Tomorrow it's supposed to be 78 and I plan to make the first hot soup of the season. I made gazpacho a few times during the heat wave but I really look forward to a bowl of comfort food.
I didn't know that yesterday was "Ginger Cat Appreciation Day" but I appreciate Barney and our other cats ever day. We couldn't find people to adopt the rescue kittens, so these 4 became family members as well. That makes us a 7 cats and one dog household. :)
Have a great September and enjoy the cookies!
xo Julia

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

I heard that your president?/leader is coming to the U.S. to meet with Trump....good luck with that one! I hope he/she doesn't judge all of us by him....what a dufus and rude animal he is. Although we are all God's creatures....he is trying my patience and I constantly pray for 'expose's'! LOL! Enjoy your holiday and celebration and the pastries look scrumptious! It is cooling off here from 90's to 80's so I am able to work outside as humidity is going away too. You will cool off soon...I hope! Hugs ~ Sam

Teresa Kasner said...

Happy Autumn to you! I hope your weather cools down soon for you, I know how you love it when it's not so hot and you can get out and walk again. I am so impressed how you help the feral cats there. Bravo to the group who tries to help them. Such nice neighbors you have! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Kit said...

September! Still very hot here too. 94 and no rain in sight. Those cookies look incredible. Especially the green ones. I think I better go find a :) Kit

Createology said...

September Serenity. August came and left all too quickly for me. We are well over 100F all week. I love your photos of the moon and the sun setting. Happy Cat Month to Jingles. I love kitties! Blessings Dear...<3

Mia said...

Beautiful photos, my friend. Have a great month!

Mereknits said...

No Fall here either my friend. It has been raining so at least it looks more gloomy but it is still hot and humid. Happy Holidays.

Quinn said...

Hello to Jingles! :)
Tammy, I sometimes wonder if the little cat you found and brought to a shelter has since found a home...I hope so. It certainly was a lucky kitty to come to you!
That heat would knock me flat. Whew. Here, the nights are growing cooler, quite pleasantly so. Although it's been pouring rain non-stop all day today, and now I've got to go out and put the goats and chickens to bed. They all have adequate shelter - very adequate! - but they still get bored if we get day after day of rain, so I hope that isn't going to start again. What a "summer'!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Oh, that sunset is gorgeous! And the stitching is just right with the cookie backdrop!

Angie said...

Tammy - the shot with the shadows of the palm trees on the sidewalk is lovely. And I love your furbaby - always wanted a ginger cat but we ended up rescuing other 'colors'! A new month of possibilities - indeed! Eid Mubarak!

Lizzy D said...

Beautiful photos!

Sue McQ said...

Love the stitched cloth behind the beautiful kitty!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Wishing you a happy Eid and maybe it does last several days.
LOVE those cookies with the sesame seeds, so different from the ones here in the USA.
We biked today and still rather hot too but slowly the temperature is going below 30 C (metric we still think) and that is so welcome.
I just went to our gazebo and I even did wake up Pieter, to admire the Night Blooming Orchid Cactus. So huge white and very, very fragrant. It is hard to capture of course but we tried hard.
Life's little miracles that we can enjoy.
So sorry for the many feral felines in Kuwait. WHY are people not more responsible and caring towards the animals?!
There is so much suffering. Your Ginger and our six spoiled babies have a good life but it still hurts to see so much suffering.
Sending you hugs,

Linda said...

I could go for one of those cookies here this morning! Feeling my age this morning after yet another night of hanging with young people and partying it up. We had a great time though. No heat here right now - cold nights and mornings especially and apparently in the coming few days, the actual daytime highs are only going to be in the upper 60s, which is far too cold for my liking. There are many Septembers where it's still hot here and we swim in our pool until early October, but this doesn't seem to be one of those years here.

Bee Lady said...

Well I have to say I did my part for Cat Month. Someone dumped two kittens on our property and I took them in, well outside, but gave them a home.....rather than taking them to the Humane Society. I'm not really a cat person, but I wasn't going to let them starve to death or be eaten by coyotes in our woods so we made them a home and put them on the back porch. Enjoy your holiday!


Melanie said...

I wish I could send some cool air your way. It's only been in the 60's here!

Jodiebodie said...

Your photos from this post and the one after look like it is very hot. That clear heat you get in a dry climate. Feral cats are a problem in Australia too - they escape into the bush and prey on vulnerable and endangered wildlife. I was going to say I am not a fan of cats but it isn't the cats' fault - really, I am not a fan of cat-owners who don't look after their pets properly; e.g., not desexing, letting them roam, etc.
In Adelaide there is a cat cafe where you can go and sit and pet all the cats that live there! It is quite popular.

I hope your garden has some better weather soon - jasmine flowers are so sweet.

SusanLotus said...

Jingles looks so happy and serene.
Beautiful photos from the balcony.
I wish I could have a cake-plate like that.
Looks delicious! :)

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