Friday, March 24, 2017

Five on Friday at F.A.S.T.

The lovely Amy at Love Made My Home has handed the reigns of Five on Friday over to Carly and Tricky of  F.A.S.T. blog (Family Attempting to Survive the Times).  I've not participated in awhile so figured this was a good time to get back on track with posting.
Yesterday we had lots of wind and dust, but this morning we had wonderful rain showers that washed all the grime away.  In fact, as I'm typing this, the rains have started again.
The plants are always happy to get a free shower.
After the rains, the birds were very active and I was privileged to see a rare sighting in our residential area.
I rushed to grab my good camera and this was the only shot I was able to get before it flew away.  The Hoopoe, known as a Hud-Hud in Arabic, usually prefers to stay on the ground so to spot him in the mulberry tree right in the front yard was quite a nice surprise.  
 Mulberries are a favorite snack for the sweet little bulbuls.
Birds and plants on a rainy day inspired a little stitching, perfect for this tiny frame that I've had sitting around for many, many years.  Pattern can be found at Makers Society.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Beckon the Lovely

I tend to believe whatever you decide to look for you will find, whatever you beckon will eventually beckon you.
(Amy Krouse Rosenthal)

This morning I read of the death of Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
She was an author, filmmaker and public speaker who died yesterday from ovarian cancer at the age of 51.
Her passing immediately hit home with me since I turned 51 last month.
At the age of 40, she began calculating how many days she had left until she turned 80.

How many more times, then, do I get to look at a tree?” she asked. “Let’s just say it’s 12,395. Absolutely, that’s a lot, but it’s not infinite, and I’m thinking anything less than infinite is too small a number and not satisfactory. At the very least, I want to look at trees a million more times. Is that too much to ask?
Her favorite line from literature is spoken in  “Our Town,” by the character, Emily, as she bids the world goodbye:

“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?”
A believer in the magic of numbers, she started The Beckoning of Lovely Project on  8/08/08 at 8:08 p.m. and continued it annually for the next few years (9/09/09; 10/10/10; 11/11/11).
You can find them all on her website here.
I found them all to be so inspiring.
Make the Most of Your Time Here
is a message that she shared many times in her TedXTalks and videos.
Her last article for the New York Times was published March 3rd entitled,
Right up to the end, she remained passionate, humorous and kind.
And she believed in magic.
May she rest in peace.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Two Weeks Ago Today

February 26th, 
a baby girl was born.
Another birthday celebrated in Sri Lanka.
The day started with coffee and a lovely view.
Then a walk around Beira Lake in the center of Colombo.
Standing Buddha with hands facing forward represents “Stopping the Ocean” or “Causing the Waters to Subside”.
On our walk around the lake, we saw an Indian palm squirrel,
 a crow,
a water monitor lizard,
a duck
a little egret,
and a muscovy duck.
 We also saw pelicans on the way back to the hotel.
There's always so much to see and experience while in Colombo.
And I'm always happy to celebrate my birthday there with our adopted family.
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Crafting on a Gray Day

It's ironic that on Wednesday I had a conversation with one of my craft group friends about the fact that we hadn't had a dust storm in quite some time.
Perhaps it's actually better not to talk about such things.
We awoke to a gray morning and the dust arrived this afternoon.
Because of the weather, our plans to meet at The Secret Garden for our crafty morning had to be changed, so we met at a coffee shop instead.
One of our newest members brought a lovely homemade saffron cake to share.
Three crocheters and three knitters at this morning's meeting.
Although there were garden activities planned this afternoon, I wasn't too keen on being out in dusty, windy weather, so stayed home cozy on the couch with Jingles instead.

Happy Caturday!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

At the Garden

Besides the normal activities you would expect to find at a community garden, like watering plants, composting, harvesting, there's been a whole lot of other activity, too.  
Did you know that March is National Craft Month and National Crochet Month?
To celebrate, my craft group decided to meet every Saturday this month at The Secret Garden for crafting, crocheting, knitting and yarnbombing.
Rene (you can find her on Instagram @whiskersandyarn) made some very pretty hanging ornaments for the garden.
And armed with the granny square contributions from last year (that I took down and washed from the previous season) we began to yarnbomb benches.
We met again yesterday at the garden for 4 hours and Rene managed to finish all the benches there.  This week was her first ever yarnbombing experience; she really accomplished a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the process.
Skies weren't as blue yesterday but the weather was absolutely perfect for spending quality time outdoors with friends.
Happy Craft and Crochet Month!
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