Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earth Day

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day that was organized because of growing environmental concerns.  Government agencies were established and policies were passed, but a lot has changed since 1970 and it's obvious that there's a whole lot more that needs to be done to protect people and the planet.
Today's prompt for the art challenge was mountains.
I thought advice from a mountain would be an appropriate sentiment for earth day.
Took myself on a walk around the neighborhood so I could leave a little love and photograph my mountain doodles in natural surroundings.
An awake heart is like a sky that pours light.
(Hafez)
Living intentionally.
Planting gardens.
Connecting with nature.
Conserving and repurposing.
Simple ways that we can celebrate Mother Earth every day.

Happy Wednesday,

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Challenge Complete (or so I thought)

One of the local craft supply stores hosted a 30 day art challenge that started on March 23rd.
The goal was to be creative with a prompt a day, 
I made it through day 8 but then got some news that made me feel quite anxious so dropped the ball on the whole thing until my friend, Aruna, sent me a link on the 15th of April letting me know that it was World Art Day.
After reading the article, I decided to jump right back in and catch up with the prompts I'd missed,
days 9 through 24.  And then I continued on.
Day 25: Coffee
Day 26: Grapes where I showcased my crocheted doll from Tblisi, Georgia and handmade jug from Sofia, Bulgaria, both bought on trips we took last year.
Day 27: Pigeon
Day 28: Donut
I crocheted a donut coaster and made vegan chocolate donuts from a recipe by Nora Cooks.
Day 29: Cat
Jingles, of course.  My green-eyed girl and a couple of tiny cross-stitchings.
And the prompt for today, day 30, the final day of the challenge is kiwi.
But, it turns out, it's actually not the final day!
Darn! :)
I was glad it was over.
Aruna let me know that there are actually prompts until the end of the month so guess I'll have to put my creative thinking cap on til then.

Have a good Tuesday.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Joy Spotting

Hello Friends!
I figured it was high time I checked in here since my last post was 6 weeks ago.
I hope you are faring well wherever you are.
We've been in lockdown since March 14th and have had an evening curfew in place for many weeks now.
I've been keeping myself busy with cross-stitch and crochet.
Did you know that daisies fold their petals at night and open up with the morning sun?
I sure didn't until I watched them from my bedroom window.
I grew daisies from seed on my balconies and as they've dried up, I've collected seeds so that I can plant again next year.
Last year I planted pumpkin seeds and one of the vines came back this year.  
 
I get blooms but nothing else.
Although walking paths, parks and the beaches have been closed to discourage gatherings, I still sometimes take a walk around my neighborhood.
Yellow is the color of sunshine, hope and happiness.
 Will keep this short for today.
 And be back with more tomorrow.
From  my house to yours, with love,

Sunday, March 8, 2020

The Past Few Weeks

Hello Friends!
Happy March!
The above quote comes from an old calendar I found while doing some organizing.
On February 24th we were supposed to be winging our way to Bangkok, Thailand but cancelled because of uncertainty around Coronavirus.  It's a good thing we did since flights from there were barred from entry early on so we would have been stuck if we had traveled.
My birthday on the 26th was a quiet day spent at home.  I made myself a vegan vanilla cake with chocolate tahini frosting.  The handrawn heart tag came with gifts (which included the plate and mug shown in the photo) from my friend, Aruna.

On Thursday, February 27th, this sweet kitty showed up in our parking area in pretty bad condition.
He obviously had some kind of trauma to his backside but was managing to still get around.  He would swing his hips around, balance himself and then shuffle along, but his back toes would flap backwards and it was so very painful to see.  I thought he might even have rectal prolapse because his whole backside seemed to be bulging out.
Because it was the weekend and a national holiday here, all I could do was take care of him the best I could.  I reached out to friends and animal rescue groups for support.  We posted his story on Instagram.  He was unable to control his urine or bowel movements, so I cleaned up after him and bathed him a couple of times a day.
Last Sunday I was finally able to get him to the vet who felt that he would have a long recovery as his paws and backside were so badly inflamed.  But then, after a 24-hour stay and an x-ray, it was determined that he had a spinal fracture that had not healed properly.  You can see in the picture above where the spinal fracture started; his back end so weak and thin.  Surgery would be costly with only 10-20% chance of success.  The vet felt strongly that for the dignity of the cat, euthanizing was the right thing to do.
I had named him Tai, as a nod to the fact that if we had been in Thailand, he would not have been able to find me.  The diagnosis broke my heart but I truly believe that sometimes animals come to us so that we can help them heal, and other times they come to us so that we can ease and end their suffering.  It's always such a hard decision and I cried my eyes out, but so many people posted messages of encouragement and that helped me immensely.

Because of Coronavirus, schools have been closed.  This is week two.
Gatherings have been discouraged so there's been no Kuwait Crafters meet-ups.
I haven't really been much in the mood for making, but am trying to start some simple projects.

Hope all is well with you.

Happy International Women's Day!
Sunday blessings,

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Leave a Little Heart

Yesterday my husband and I had a nice lunch out at Souq Sharq Mall.  It was one of the first malls built in Kuwait, but now there's way too many to even count.  We don't go there much anymore, even though it's in a nice location along the seafront, next to the fish market where the wooden fishing dhows are and a marina with all the newer boats.
Weather was beautiful for a walk and to hang hearts for #leavealittleheart, celebrating Valentine's Day with @sweet_sharna on Instagram.
On the 25th and 26th of this month, Kuwait celebrates National and Independence Days, so I crocheted hearts in the colors of the flag.
Flags are flying everywhere this time of year.
 Taken from the car window on the way home.
This morning I had my crafting meet-up with Kuwait Crafters.
Made little envelopes with a tag and chocolate for everyone.
And received the cutest little Valentine fortune cookie from Zhraa.
And a handmade clay brooch from Nisrin.
Our meeting was near the sea and I could see lots of yellow blooms from the window so went for a quick walk.
And hung a heart before leaving.
Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart
and not in the mind.
(Lionel Hampton)

Have a lovely weekend!
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