Friday, May 18, 2018

Hello there!

My very long blog break was very much unintended.  Part of it was just lack of motivation.
But more recently it was because of a trip to Canada and Colorado.
My husband has two sisters and a brother in the Toronto area that he had not seen in many years so we spent 4 days of quality time with them.
We then flew off to Denver where we explored for a couple of days.
 And finally, the whole purpose for our trip. was driving to Alamosa to attend our eldest son's college graduation.
We were only able to spend a few days with  him as he was in the process of moving, but I'm happy that we were able to be there, even if it was a very quick trip.

This past Sunday, we drove back to Denver and stayed overnight.  Our very long journey back to Kuwait started on Monday, consisted of three flights and a nearly 12 hour layover in London.  But things never go smoothly when flying and on top of that, I received a message from my brother that my mom had fallen and broken her hip.
Since we were already in transit, there wasn't much I could do except try to get a connection each time we landed so I could find out what was going on.  We arrived back in Kuwait early Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, my mom had a partial hip replacement and this coming Monday she's being transferred to a VA Hospital where she will receive rehabilitation.  The problem is she has major arthritis in her knees which was what contributed to her fall in the first place.  (Her knees are the reason she wouldn't fly to Denver to meet us so she could attend the graduation.)

I'm hoping she'll have a speedy recovery, but if I feel like she needs more assistance, then I may need to go back to spend time with her.

So, that's where we're at for the moment.
Just wanted to say a quick hello!

I'll share more of our trip in the coming days.

Best wishes,

Friday, April 6, 2018

April's Arrival

The arrival of April always tends to bring with it rather unpredictable and inclement weather.  Last Friday, we took a visitor to Friday Market where we spent an enjoyable hour and a half browsing and shopping the antiques and flea market stalls.
We then popped into the grocery store to pick up a few things and when we exited, this is what we were greeted with.
A major dust storm.

Of course, it cleared and there were some very nice days for walking during the week.
It's amazing how much is blooming right now.  
This is Spring's last hurrah before the summer heat takes over.

Last night I watched an electrical storm for a couple of hours from our balcony.
I find them fascinating.
As I'm typing this, there's strong winds blowing and according to my weather app, there's rain somewhere in Kuwait, but so far we haven't gotten any.

Whatever the weather, wherever you are, I hope you are well.
Happy weekend wishes,

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This is Why I Wander

Some days I walk to the park in my neighborhood, hang a heart (or several hearts), do a couple of laps, 
then head to the walking path where I'll do several rounds.
But today I decided to wander the neighborhood and I'm so glad I did, because I stumbled across my happy flower.
Beautiful hollyhocks!
And while admiring these beauties, I made a surprise discovery.
A very large grasshopper blending in on a stem.
There was a second home that also had a patch of hollyhock outside the front gate.
 Seems to be a wasp frolicking in the pollen.

Today is the International Day of Happiness.
Spending time in nature and spying little pockets of beauty makes me very happy.
Today also marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, but if you're still digging out of winter, then this is for you.
Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mixed Weather Bag

Yesterday we had some crazy weather.
Hazy skies on our drive to meet friends for lunch.
While there, I mentioned that it looked like there was dust, but since there was thunder everyone just thought we were going to get some much needed rain.
Which we did on the way home.
But then, at 3:50 p.m., I noticed it starting to get darker, and that's when everything started to change.
These pictures were taken between 3:50 and 4:30 p.m. and show the progression of the dust storm that took over the sky.  Thankfully it all passed through fairly quickly but it rained just enough at the tail end of the storm to make everything very mucky.  
Still a bit hazy today when I ventured out to meet my craft group for a morning of crocheting, knitting and cross-stitching.
Always fun to see what everyone else is up to.

Hope your Saturday is a good one!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Meet My New Friend

So, on Tuesday of this week, I was walking around my neighborhood,
Rumaithiya Garden

minding my own business,
snapping pictures along the way,
feeding kitties (I always carry food with me),
enjoying time outdoors
and then this happened.
I spotted a little tortoise wandering around on his own.
Of course, I had to stop to investigate.  A guy came from the direction of the houses that were set back from the road and I asked if he thought the turtle belonged to anyone there, but he said no. 

The funny thing is that I had just been to my local yarn store so was carrying bags of yarn, plus a container of cat food and now I'm walking home with a tortoise in tow.

I'm sure I looked like a crazy woman.
Jingles is curious but I'm happy to see that she is not threatened by another species.
He's not so sure about her, though.
Years ago when our boys were little, we came back from summer vacation to find that their father had purchased two turtles and I knew absolutely nothing about caring for them.  It was also hot at that time and let's just say things did not go so well when I set up house for them on our balcony.
The weather is still good right now, so this little guy is staying out there for now.
He's very good at hiding and likes to find a corner when he is ready to snooze.
So far he loves parsley and kale and cucumber and carrots.
I've named him Tofu.

Happy Friday!
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