Since the holidays are starting up – it finally gives me the time to start working on my numerous projects. Top of the list is:
- Calligraphy – I have been very interested in calligraphy and recently got gifted a set (on moi birthday) with a couple of books on the subject and the required pens – Time for me to start practicing! I have sort of browsed thru them and i tell you there is so much to read, so i guess i am just going to start doing it !!
- Glass bottle lamp- I am half way through my bottle lamp project – idea taken from here – (althg i need to make a trip to Ace, after burning the first drill bit and i got a new one from them however that too doesn’t fit my drill ;-( )
- Baking – Now that my brownies are world famous 😉 – I’ve got a few recipes to try out – The French chocolate brownie sounds heavenly
- Gardening – Every time I go to the Sultan Centre I end up buying seed packets and my son and i did sow them on one Friday but thanks to the Kuwait sandstorm they all got re-dispersed to other parts of the building – now thanks to the few extra empty pots lying around and this blog – I thought I will give it a try again!!! Plus i guess its the best time of the season too…. Plants, flowers and more …..
With lyrics like this – who can resist!
“Buddha was walking into the city market one day and near the city entrance an old bitter man was sitting on a box glaring at Buddha, who carried a bright smile on his face. At the sight of him this old man started cursing Buddha up and down, left right and center, telling him how pretentious he was, how much better he thought he was and how he did nothing worthy of the air he breathed in this world. But Buddha simply smiled and kept on walking to the market to get what he needed.
The Next day Buddha returned to the market and once again that old man was there, this time his cursing intensified, screaming and yelling at Buddha as he walked by, cursing his mother, cursing his father and everyone else in his life.
This went on for the rest of the week and finally as the Buddha was leaving the market the man came up to him, as his curiosity had simply gotten the best of him.
“Buddha, every day you come here smiling and every day I curse your name, I curse your family and everything you believe in” the old man says ” but every day you enter this city with a smile knowing that I await you with my harsh tongue, and everyday you leave through the same entrance with that same smile. I know by speaking to you now that you are not deaf, why do you keep on smiling while I do nothing but scream the worst things I can think of to your face?”
Buddha, with the same smile still on his face looks at the old man and asks “If I were to bring you a gift tomorrow morning all wrapped up in a beautiful box would you accept it?” to which the old man replies “Absolutely not, I would take nothing from the likes of you!”. “Ah ha” the Buddha replies “Well if I were to offer you this gift and you were to refuse then who would this gift belong to?”. “It would still belong to you of course” answers the old man. “And so the same goes with your anger, when I choose not to accept your gift of anger , does it not then remain your own?”
Another one that seems to say a lot!
Fable of the Porcupine
It was the coldest winter ever.
Many animals died because of this cold, icy weather.
The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together.
This way, they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions even though they gave off heat to each other.
After a while, they decided to distance themselves from one another and they began to die, alone and frozen.
So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.
Wisely, they decided to go back to being together.
This way they learned to live with the little wounds that were caused by the close relationship with their companion, but the most important part of it, was the heat that came from the others which enabled them to survive.
The best relationship is not the one that brings together ‘perfect’ people, but the best is when each individual learns to ‘live’ with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person’s good qualities.
The Moral of the story!
LEARN TO ACCEPT THE ‘PRICKS’ IN YOUR CLOSE ONES SO THAT THE WARMTH IN THEM ENABLES US TO STAY ALIVE !!
and try to be a good porcupine 😉
Perfect for any occasion, comes in an attractive bag, packed in a similar colourful (I just love the print) box which includes individually wrapped mini fatayers stuffed with Cheese, fillafel, potatoes, labena and lots more to add variety to the whole package.
A beautiful gift available for delivery or to treat anyone special… at anytime.
Thank you once again – I just loved it…
We have stepped in October already and the weather in the morning or in the late evenings is pure perfection. Slight breeze, clean, with just a hint of autumn.. (now I am only talking about early morning and late evenings)… I can hear the beautiful chirping of the birds in they golden cage in my neighbor’s patio and it all seems just right.. to begin your day with until of course you hit the roads..
However, if you are in one of those moods to go for a long drive and take out some rare time for yourself, I would recommend driving towards 245 to the Julai Hotel and Resort.
There have around three to four restaurants.. I have been there a couple of times before but on one of my recent trip to the place I visited the Avenue Restaurant, located in the basement:
I ordered a Strawberry cocktail for my drink – which was very refreshing.
As a starter a Platter of Chicken Wings with some Bbq sauce, which tasted weird.
For the main course, Lamb Chops (I always ask for it to be well done) tender and succulent accompanied by the right amount of vegetables seasoned with herbs and spices to add zest to the flavor.
Along with it, I ordered a Prawn Biryani, great with a dollop of pickles and ratia (just what I love). It was delicious and a must order.
Last but not the least, for my sweet tooth, I had Tiramisu cake and a Cappucino… All in All, worth the time and the drive and the company 😉
So get behind your driving wheel and go get some me time.