Sunday, May 12, 2019

Flowers for You

I only have to walk a few blocks to find a variety of gorgeous flowers thanks to neighbors that garden.
I saw a dragonfly, moth and two types of butterflies but none of them would sit still for very long.
Bees might be busy but they are much easier to capture because they have a one track mind.
A little ways up the road and there's a lovely row of sunflowers that continue to bloom with each passing day.
They are certainly a bright spot along the way.
I took the pedestrian bridge up and over the highway so I could do some grocery shopping and get in a little walking.
Left a little heart behind;
and then found a heart-shaped rock on the other side.
Happy Mother's Day and Sunday blessings!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Yellow Monday

Last year on December 4th I posted about the colors of the week that I look for whenever I'm out for a walk. 
From dark to pale, yellow is the color of the day.
I took a yellow heart with me and hung it on a fence pole.
Spotted this pretty flower poking out from the side of someone's driveway.
Any idea what it is?
Sometimes I find interesting things on the ground, like lost toys, and thought to myself, wouldn't it be fun if I found something yellow.
You can imagine my surprise and utter delight when I came across this guy.
We find from experience that yellow excites a warm and agreeable impression.... The eye is gladdened, the heart expanded and cheered, a glow seems at once to breathe toward us.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, Goethe's Theory of Colours
Yellow is the colour which is closest to light. We associate the rays of the sun and the stars with it. It is the radiance of the spirit.
UELI SEILER-HUGOVA, Colour: Seeing, Experiencing, Understanding

Last night the sighting of the crescent moon marked the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.
This afternoon I quickly whipped up a moon and stars.

Ramadan Mubarak (Blessed Ramadan)
and
Happy Monday!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Two Weeks Ago

Easter Sunday morning, my son in New York messaged to ask if I had heard about what happened in Sri Lanka.
I hadn't yet watched any news for the day so had to look it up and then immediately messaged our friends in Colombo.
As you can imagine, they were devastated and heartbroken.  Senseless bombings that took so many lives and injured so many more.

We usually visit Sri Lanka in February but weren't able to this year because we had to go to Jerusalem.  In February 2018, we stayed at the Cinnamon Grand, where we've stayed many times over the years.  It is one of the hotels that a suicide bomber went into where he stood in line at the breakfast bar before detonating.
The Shrangi-La and Kingsbury were also targeted.
These major hotels are all within walking distance from each other along Galle Face Road so we pass them each and every time we are there.  The Taj where we've stayed before is also in between them so I wondered why it had been spared.  Turns out the bomber meant to go there chickened out.
We had plans to visit next month during the Eid Holiday but have canceled.
Makes me very sad.  We've been going there nearly every year since 2010 and have met nothing but smiling, warm, wonderful, welcoming people everywhere we went.  I hate that the wicked ways of a few were able to cause so much death and destruction.
Last year we attended a farmer's market where I bought one of these wall-hangings made out of recycled wood.

Love All, Serve All
Help Ever, Hurt Never

Messages to live by.
Sunday blessings,

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Saturday Crafting

Hello everyone!
Hope you are well.
As usual, it's been awhile.
This morning was the regular meet-up of my craft group, Kuwait Crafters.  We meet every other Saturday at a different location.
There's always some show-n-tell to begin.
Then the crocheting and knitting and cross-stitching commences.
Sometimes there's also something sweet to be shared.
Vegan red velvet cupcakes made by Rene and they were scrumptious.

One member of the group recently returned from Egypt so we all got a little gift.
I was also informed that this is Star Wars Day, so this photo that I took at Dubai Mall when we were there in March comes in handy after all.
May the Fourth be with you.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Walk With Me

One sure sign that the weather is warming up is the fact that the ants start taking over my potted plants outside and they also manage to find any little crack to make their way inside.  It's become a real battle when summer rolls around.

For the past couple of days, I've stayed home to clean.
Cleaning leads to organizing and that leads to messes.
Another battle.
One that seems to be never ending.

But today I needed to go to the grocery store so managed to take a little walk while I was out.
The palo verde are a gorgeous golden sight to see with their pale green trunks and pretty yellow blooms.
The bees are still out in full force feeding on nectar and pollen.
Moment is a flower.
Mindfulness is sipping the nectar of that flower.
(Amit Ray, Mindfulness Living in the Moment - Living in the Breath) 
 Really love seeing the transformation of these beautiful flowers into fruit.
Ancient Egyptians regarded the pomegranate as a symbol of prosperity and ambition.
Mulberries are similar to blackberries and are very much loved by the birds.
I recently finished reading The Nature Fix which I really enjoyed.
It's an easy book to read and highlights some really interesting research that's going on regarding the benefits of spending time in nature.
As long as the weather is bearable, I'll be out getting my fix.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.
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