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!

Monday, February 3, 2020

Drawing Date at Wilgrow

A beautiful day for a morning meet-up.
It's been a month since Aruna and I had our last drawing date, so today we went to Wilgrow, a vegan restaurant close by.
We've been before for lunch, but the cafe just recently started serving breakfast so we were looking forward to trying it out.
The food was delicious and we both agreed that the vegan banana muffin was one of the best we've ever had.
The cafe is nice and quiet and light-filled.
Perfect for catching up and creating.
Aruna's pencil sketch and the inspiration photo.
Went for a nice long walk after I got home.
Faint moon in the afternoon sky.
Wishing you a joyful new week.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Welcome February!

May You Be Surrounded By Love
Happy Caturday!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Insect Talk

In 1828, at the age of 21, Charles Darwin wrote:

I am dying by inches from not having anybody to talk to about insects.
Check out the pollen baskets on this bee.  You can tell the color of the flowers she's visited by the color of her pollen baskets.  The bees are loving the Thai basil on my balcony.  It is grown here as an ornamental plant because it grows big and bushy and can survive the summer heat.
Only managed one walk this week.  My husband had a hacking cough last week and Sunday morning I woke up with my throat burning like crazy.  Tried to do some yoga but wound up feeling nauseous.
Made myself go out on Monday to get some movement and fresh air.
In the meantime, as I mentioned in my last post, my balcony continues to bring me great joy and entertainment.
The hoverfly is known as the helicopter of the insect world because of its ability to hover and dart quickly.
An Instagram friend messaged to say that I have a really good camera to get these kinds of shots and was surprised when I told her that these are all taken with my iPhone 6.  With natural light and insects indulging my curiosity, I'm able to get up super close for what looks like macro shots.
I was especially pleased when this painted lady allowed me to get up close and personal.
Really close.
So interesting to discover that painted ladies have fuzzy bodies.
No doubt wondering who the crazy lady with the camera is.  :)

On January 13th, I saw something yellow flutter by so went to investigate.
A butterfly I'd not see before.
Did some research and believe it to be a Colias croceus a/k/a Clouded Yellow.
This one also let me get up super close to take some amazing photos.  Love how its proboscis is curled up in the first photo and then is unfurled for feeding above.
Yellow butterflies are thought to deliver spiritual messages about hope and transformation.
Yellow represents energy, optimism and joy.

Happy Friday!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Balcony Entertainment

Yesterday we woke to amazing cloud coverage from the direction of the rising sun.
While towards the west there was a visible morning moon.
Amazing how different the sky can appear depending on which way you are facing.

Today it's just been completely gray and was blustery for most of the morning.
It's the kind of day that makes me want to stay home and do all the cozy things.
I'm lucky to have two balconies filled with plants so that there's always a bit of nature and entertainment close at hand.
Bees were out there buzzing from flower to flower.
A sunflower I don't recall planting has double buds with one about to open.
And the birds were searching for scattered seeds.
Two doves even came to visit Jingles once she arose from her slumber.
The windows are tinted so they can't see in and have no idea what is lurking on the other side.  :)

Happy Caturday!
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