Sunday, January 10, 2021

An Art Date Again, Finally

 Today I met up with my friend, Aruna, for brunch and a drawing date.

We met at the vegan restaurant, Wilgrow, which is walking distance from where I live, and when we opened our sketchbooks, we realized it had been exactly 11 months since our last outing at the very same place.

(She is the serious drawer of things and I am the doodler.)

The weather was just right for my walk there and for us to dine outside, but these are the only pictures I manage to take.  Guess I was too busy talking, doodling and eating.  :)
Since she will be leaving Kuwait for good in the next month or two, I'm hoping we can maybe get in a few more meet-ups before then.

Sunday blessings and warm wishes,

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Wednesday Walk

 Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. The great Sufi poet Rumi wrote, 'Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being'.

(Deepak Chopra)

I've been in a very contemplative mood lately and when I feel that way I tend to draw inward.  You would think that through a pandemic, isolation, lockdowns, that I might be craving the company of others, but the older I get, the more I prefer silence, most of the time.
Monday was my husband's birthday but it was not a very happy day since he had to attend a funeral.  This past Sunday (which is the first day of the work week here) was a holiday for the new year.  Many people were out and about, celebrating and enjoying the weather over the long weekend, but sadly, the day turned tragic when the 12-year old son of one of his friend's was fatally hit by a car.  He said the father was so distraught at the gravesite that he kept collapsing.

We don't know the details of what happened but it's usually speed or distraction that causes these types of accidents.
Every time I am out, I see so many people rushing, speeding, racing around other cars, and I wonder where they are all going.  Why is everyone always in such a hurry?

Don’t be afraid of taking the slow lane in life.
It brings more happiness.
(Jennifer West)
Walking helps me to think, work through feelings, clear my mind.  
And that allows me to get back on track and get my mojo back.

Hope you are all doing well.
Have a peaceful day.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Gift Bags and Warmth

 During some of my recent cleaning sprees, I found freebie cards my husband got at a trade show many years ago and some party poppers that a friend gave me for my birthday more than 15 years ago.  Instead of holding on to stuff, I decided it's time to get creative and find ways to make use of them.

I wrote a simple New Year's message on the card and then put it in a gift bag along with a party popper, some chocolate and a crochet ornament.  I'll take them with me whenever I go out shopping and hopefully bring a little joy to an unsuspecting recipient.
We've been using our electric heaters for weeks now to keep the chill out of the floors and walls.  It can feel like an icebox inside even if it's not super cold outside because of the tinted windows and the fact that there's no insulation, but today we had really mild weather so heat wasn't necessary.
Walked to our neighborhood grocery store for a few things and bought a couple of plants, too.  I refuse plastic as much as I can so the guy who bags things gave me a box instead.  :)
Sending warm wishes your way.
Have a lovely day.

Friday, January 1, 2021

First Day, Fresh Start

Hello everyone. 

Did you do anything for New Year's Eve?

My husband snoozed right through the midnight fireworks show courtesy of several neighbors.
I was in bed but hadn't yet fallen asleep so went out on the balcony to watch. Capturing photos of flickering, flashing lights at night isn't an easy thing to do.
We were greeted by the moon on this first morning of the new year.
Had oatmeal with flaxmeal and strawberries along with green tea for a healthy start.
And then for lunch we went to our favorite Lebanese restaurant.
Cloud watching.
Bird watching.

And a bit of plalking (picking up litter while walking) on my afternoon stroll.
I've decided that I shall do my very best to focus on being joyful, peaceful, purposeful and hopeful in 2021.

Sending much light and love your way.
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

NYE Top Nine

Hello Friends! 

I set a goal to post every day this month and only missed 2 days, so I'm calling it a win.  My posts most of the year were sporadic, so hopefully this is the incentive I needed to be a better blogger in the new year.

Over on Instagram, I generated and posted my top nine photos of 2020.  Turns out cats, crochet and cross-stitch are very popular.

It's been 5 months since Jingles died and I still get very teary-eyed every single time I say or even just type her name.  Bottom right is Rusty, our outside kitty who unfortunately was chased off by a new tomcat who moved in.  We hadn't seen him in awhile, but he showed up the day after Jingles died looking for food and brought a smile to my face. Sadly I haven't seen him since.  The middle picture is the cross-stitch I worked on in the days after Jingles died as I cried my eyes out.

I bought what I thought was a picture frame from Daiso last week.

Turns out it was actually a memo board and doesn't have a glass front, but it is the exact size I needed for the kitty cross-stitch.
I used double-sided tape to stick it in.
I hope that you are finding joy in whatever you are doing this last day of  2020.

Happy New Years Eve!

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Trashy Tuesday and the Scrawny One

Plalking:  Picking up litter while walking.

Pandemic pollution everywhere.
Garbage that sits for weeks on end.
I don't pick up everything I come across.
Seeing so much garbage makes me sad and mad.
So I do what I can, when I can.
... the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.

I tried to get a picture of the scrawny one on the wonky blanket today, but it's difficult because she constantly wants to twirl around my legs.  Looking at these photos, I see that I need to clean more than just her face. 
She's got some mighty dirty ears.

A fun find in a pile of garbage.
Brought it home to see if I can find a way to fix the broken bits.

Have a terrific Tuesday.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Wonky Winter Warmth and Today's Wandering

 Some of you may remember my days of volunteering at The Secret Garden Project and the yarnbombing event I organized one year.  I had taken down the crochet pieces from the trees and benches and brought them home to wash, intending to put them back up again, but then the project ended.  That was 2 years ago and the squares have just been sitting here ever since.

A scrawny little white kitty showed up downstairs in our parking area on Friday.  No idea where he came from, but he wasn't looking very well so I've taken to cleaning his face every day, giving him wet food and making sure he has a warm place to sleep.  That's where the wonky blanket comes in.  Many of the squares needed mending, but I just tied loose bits together, joined them as best I could, and then did some double crochet on the sides to try to square things up a bit.  It doesn't matter what it looks like, just that it is serving a purpose.  I think kitty is definitely enjoying the comfort.

I haven't been wandering as much lately, so decided to walk a different route today and I'm so glad I did because I came across a beautiful patch of sunflowers in different stages of bloom.
Such a cheerful sight to see.

December's full moon is in a couple of days but it's already making a bright appearance in the late afternoon sky.
Had another headache today and am wondering if it is weather related.  I don't get them often but when I do, they are pretty intense.  Will be heading to bed pretty soon.
Hope you are having a good start to this new week, the last days of this crazy, chaotic, uncertain year.
Take care.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Missed a Day

 Hello Friends!

Didn't post yesterday because I had a terrible headache all afternoon and wound up going to bed early.

I had walked to the park several times because one of my favorite kitties there wasn't feeling well and he couldn't eat the hard food I usually carry with me, so I went home to get canned food and a little antibiotic.  Then went back another time because I had forgotten the wet cloth that I wanted to clean his face with.
I went back today with more soft food and to spend some time with him.  Hoping that he can get over whatever is wrong if I give him extra food and attention.
I wish there was more concern for the welfare of all these homeless kitties, many of which have been abandoned by irresponsible pet owners.
Was working on something most of this evening and now it's already bedtime so will share more tomorrow

Have a good Sunday.
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