Sunday, April 4, 2021

Seven on Sunday

 I haven't walked for several days due to dusty weather (and because of that dark cloud that just keeps hanging over my head).  But today's weather was absolutely gorgeous and not to be wasted so I headed out early for a neighborhood walk.
It makes me very happy to come across these colorful, cheerful hollyhocks every year.

The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.

Harriet Ann Jacobs

Sending love and blessings your way.
Happy Easter.

Friday, April 2, 2021

One Man's Trash

Do you see what I see?
On one of my walks, I was looking at this clump of weeds growing across the sidewalk, thinking to myself how nature always finds a way ... then noticed something shiny amongst the leaves.
All that glitters is not gold but to me these are much more useful and can easily be upcycled, so I tossed them in my totebag and rinsed them off when I got home.
First some crochet and then I just need to make some little stitchings to fit in them.
A quick, fun little project that doesn't take much time at all.

Have a tea-riffic Friday!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Hello April

A new month is upon us, again. 
Where does the time go when there's a whole lot of nothing going on?My feelings regarding the current state of the world and things happening around me continue to be all over the place.  Some days I'm energized and productive; some days I'm a couch potato and only do what's necessary.  Creativity also comes and goes depending on the mood of the day.
There's been a lot of down days lately.
My friend, Aruna, left Saturday to India and won't be returning.  She was born in Kuwait and raised her family here but her husband's company enforced a mandatory retirement age of 60 which means they had to return to their "home" country even though this has always been home.
The country implemented a new law concerning expats over the age of 60 which means my husband, although also born in this country, now has to provide certain documentation in order to renew his residency.  It's proving to be a lengthy process since everything has to be managed long distance at a time when nothing and no one is working at 100%.
I'm pretty much fed up and frustrated with a whole lot of stuff.  Then I feel guilty because I know I should be grateful for so much but, on the other hand, I also don't think it's wise to deny how I'm feeling.
Make sense?
Some days I really just want to unplug and retreat from everything.  
All pictures in my post were taken on my long walk yesterday.
Found this funny little smiley face when I was crossing the road.
I need lots of reminders to smile.

Have a good Thursday.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Happy Spring

 Hello Friends!
I hope this finds you doing well.

It's been nearly a month  since I last posted so wanted to drop in here to say a quick hello.
Hopefully this will get me back on track with more consistent posting again.
We had beautiful clear blue skies for the first day of spring.  Granted, while today's equinox marks (hopefully) the beginning of spring for much of north america, we are actually on the tail-end of it as daytime temperatures are slowly creeping upward.
We've already gotten up to 80 F during the day which means summer is not far away.  I'm already feeling pretty sticky and stinky after my walks now.  :)
We've been under an evening curfew for a couple of weeks with two weeks still to go.  The month of Ramadan starts the middle of April which usually includes lots of family time, visiting friends and late nights for lots of people so don't know what restrictions the government will set for that time.
Just trying to take it all one day at a time.

Hope you are enjoying your day, wherever you are, whatever you are doing.

Take care!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

60th on the 25th

 From 1899 until 1961, Kuwait was a British protectorate.  It became independent in June of 1961; however, the date of February 25th was chosen to mark the day since it was that date in 1950 that Sheikh Abdullah Al Sabah came into power.  (Plus the fact that temperatures in June are pretty hot so not ideal for outdoor celebrations .)

Normally we travel this time of year to escape the hoopla, but due to covid restrictions, there are no street celebrations allowed so it will be very quiet, which is just fine with me.
My mood yesterday and Tuesday matched the weather we were experiencing ... very gray, very dreary.
But thankfully my mood has brightened, my energy has returned with today's blue skies.
While my husband enjoyed riding his "new' used bike, I enjoyed a peaceful neighborhood walk.
And found a little something on the ground.
A reminder to:

Smile, breathe and go slowly.
(Thich Naht Hanh)

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sunday Strolls and Tiny Fridas

 Hello Friends!

How are you?

There's been such terrible news over the past week of the hard hitting winter weather that caused havoc in some states/cities.  Sometimes it seems there is just a never-ending cycle of bad news when the past year has already caused so much hardship for so many, in so many different ways.  

Even though I'm mostly hanging out by myself, I find that there are days when I draw inward even more and require extra quiet time to process all that is happening all around the world.  Thankfully our weather is still quite mild so I'm able to walk it out and walk it off; and today was actually able to walk three different times.
I've never seen a duck at the park before.  Sure hope his home is somewhere nearby.
Feline friend, Woody, kept me company while I picked up litter.

Last Wednesday I did something I haven't done in a year ... I actually met up with a few friends (one of them being Aruna, and the other two are craft group friends),  We met at Art Cafe and were able to sit outside while we chatted and got caught up on how we are all doing and feeling.

I knew I wanted to give them gifts so finally made these cute little Frida hand sanitizer covers, a pattern from essiebirdies that I've wanted to make for awhile.  I couldn't find the same type of container as she wrote the pattern for, and when I asked my husband to bring home three small bottles of hand sanitizer, instead of bringing three the same, he bought three different ones which was different from the one I had at home that I'd already adjusted the pattern for,

That meant each one had to be changed accordingly.
Basically, I just winged it since I was working on them the night before we were to meet.
At one point I thought I'd make them for our craft group but after crocheting these 4, I'm not so sure.  Doesn't seem there will be any large group gatherings anytime soon anyways.

For a few weeks now, hair salons and gyms have been closed completely and all other businesses have been required to close at 8:00 p.m.   There's talk now of a daily curfew for everyone; we are just waiting for the final decision.

Take care of yourselves.
Stay safe.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Wednesday Walk With Me

 Hello Friends!  I hope you are well;

staying safe ... (and warm, if it's cold where you are).

I spent Monday and Tuesday doing some cleaning and rearranging (which actually means making messes and breaking things :), so today decided it was time to head out for a neighborhood walk.
February 25th and 26th are Kuwait's National/Liberation days so flags have been going up all over the place since the beginning of the month.
I met my feline friend, Bailey, at the walking path so gave him a little food and sat to have a chat.
He has a particular spot where he normally waits for me every evening, but I wasn't able to go for my usual late afternoon walk because of road construction on our street so I'm glad I saw him earlier in the day.
 When I went to take a picture of this very large, drooping sunflower head, I was quite surprised to see a bumblebee.
I've seen honeybees, worker bees and sweat bees, but don't think I've ever seen a fuzzy bee here before.
I've noticed with the blogger changes lately that it's only my signature graphic showing up in blog sidebars.  It used to be the first photo of a post that would come up as a thumbnail.  Blog friend, Mariette, addressed this in a recent blog post, so I'm going to play with the scale of photos (and leave off my usual signature) to see if that will change what pops up.  It's not that big of a deal, but it is irritating when they keep upgrading things (and not always for the better if you ask me).

Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, February 1, 2021

A Beautiful First Day

 Today's weather was absolutely gorgeous to welcome the first day of the new month.  In Celtic tradition, this day is celebrated as the halfway point between winter solstice and the spring equinox.

And since it is Monday, I was once again on the lookout for all things yellow.

I took a different route through my neighborhood and was delighted to see so many flowers in bloom.

It seems many states are in store for a whole lot of snow so if you are in line of the Nor'easter then take care, stay safe and warm.

I wish you much peace, joy and love.
Happy February!
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