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Daytime Weather Drama

No sooner had I sent the last post than all hell broke loose. The sky opened up and the rain poured down, Qatteri Cat hid under the table, the lightning danced out over the Gulf, two, three strikes at a time, the wind blew, the thunder roared and my camera had a hard time knowing where to focus. I am running around, trying to capture some of the drama, and eventually things start to lighten up. Qatteri Cat has resumed his spot on the table and watches as things calm down.


I download my shots and attempt to upload – only to discover – we lost our Internet.

I run the diagnostic programs and it tells me it is the server, nothing I can do, so I work on other projects and come back – maybe an hour later – to discover I’m back up again.

So here is a little of what we saw:

Torrents – real torrents of rain, sheets of rain:

And here are some drops being blown by the wind:


And all those little white things? Those things you can see against the dark of the trees? Those are raindrops, except they are more like very long drops!


I feel like a little kid. It was fun. It was wonderful. I want more! I want more! More!

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Beauty, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Weather | 2 Comments

We’ve Got Weather!

The Qatteri Cat is going a little wild, there is this weird sound, tap tapping irregularly – his eyes are wide, his ears on high alert – what is this? oh, just wait until he gets to Seattle. He will find out what RAIN really is!

We’ve got weather!

There’s no drama this time, no thunder, no lightning, not even much wind to speak of, but for maybe five full minutes (Whew! That is hugely ‘torrential!’) we’ve had RAIN, serious rain.


I know my friends and family in Seattle are laughing their bottoms off, that I think this is serious rain. In a dry and thirsty land, where there is no water, this is a serious rain, the best rain we have had all winter. You can see the road is entirely wet, not just little plop-lets, and the wheels of the bus are (going round and round, yes 😉 ) throwing up some spray. Ten minutes later, it is still raining. You’d have to live here to know how sweet that sound is.

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 7 Comments

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

There really is a “broken heart syndrome” and a recent study, discussed on BBC, finds it can be treated – and the heart can be mended. Read the entire article here.

Medics can help you recover from a broken heart

US researchers studied 70 patients with “broken heart syndrome”, a recognised condition linked to stressful or emotional events.

All these patients recovered, most after being given aspirin or heart drugs, even though 20% were deemed critically ill.

The American Journal of Cardiology study says the condition is probably caused by a surge in stress hormones.

Broken heart syndrome, known medically as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, was first described by Japanese researchers in the early 1990s.

Even though symptoms mimic those of a heart attack such as chest pain and shortness of breath, broken heart syndrome does appear to be temporary and completely reversible – if treated quickly.

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Aging, Health Issues, News | 2 Comments

Palestinian Handicrafts Cultural Exhibit at Bayt Lothan

Wooo HOOOOO, courtesy of Al Watan another event BEFORE it is over! This time, before it even happens! Woo HOO, see you there. I can hardly wait; I think Palestinian embroidery is gorgeous.

Nonprofit Palestinian Cultural Handicrafts Exhibition at Bayt Lothan
Handicrafts reÙ€affirm the Palestinian national identity and support needy children and families


KUWAIT: The Palestinian Culture Center will hold the first of its two annual exhibitions for 2009 at Bayt Lothan. The show includes a large collection of textileÙ€based traditional handmade crossÙ€stitch, as well as pottery from Hebron, books about Palestine in English and Arabic, posters, slide shows, Palestinian food and family oriented activities.

The Palestinian Culture Center is a nonÙ€profit organization that was established in Jordan in 1993. It aims to preserve the rich heritage and culture of Palestine and help support women and their families in the Palestinian refugee camps become economically independent.

This year was an active year for the Center due to the affects of the global financial crisis placing a further strain on the poor, as well as the violent and aggressive Israeli military onslaught on Gaza. As a result, the Center worked hard to increase the salaries of the 500 or so women who do the embroidery work, as well as pay for their transportation from the camps, and motivate them by granting bonuses for quality work.
Exhibition Highlights

* Traditional crossÙ€stitch embroidery of dresses, linens, shawls, cushions, table runners, cards, coasters, belts, purses, bookmarks and more
* Handmade ceramics from Hebron
* Books, posters, cards, key chains, kafiyas and DVDs
* Paintings from Palestinian artists from Jerusalem and other occupied areas
* Multimedia slideshows on Palestine
* Food sale of traditional Palestinian food such as thyme and sumaq, and on Thursday only baked goods and other traditional plates

Palestinian embroidery using needles and silk thread is a manifestation of the Palestinian identity as it has evolved over the ages. An age old art, all Palestinian ladies, young and old, would spend hours embroidering their trousseau, dresses, shawls and cushions. Using geometrical shapes at first, and then evolving to depict images from nature surrounding them, the dresses are famous for their flowery designs and bold natural colors of indigo and red. Symbols of the ubiquitous cypress trees surrounding the orange groves, roses, jasmine and the famous olive tree are typical motifs in these dresses.

The exhibition is being held at Bayt Lothan in Salmiya, which is next to Marina Mall and facing the Arabian Gulf Road.

It will be held for four days starting Monday, April 6, 2009, through Thursday, April 9. It is open to the public from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Monday through Thursday.
The Palestinian Culture Center thanks Bayt Lothan for their generosity in providing the premises free of charge.

Last updated on Monday 30/3/2009

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Charity, Community, ExPat Life, Fund Raising, Interconnected, Living Conditions, Shopping, Women's Issues | 6 Comments

Drama Drama Drama

Last night, around one, I could see the flash of lightning reflected through the curtains, and hear the loud thundering boom, and I couldn’t resist getting up to see all that was going on. Wow! Earth in all her glory, a truly magnificent thunderstorm, with sound and light and magnificent bursts of rain – drama drama drama.

This morning, we have a wonderful sky, full of light and shadows, a day that can go either way – or both ways!


The day is dramatically cooler from yesterday, and the rest of the week is also supposed to be cooler, quite a change from earlier forecasts.


You can see all the way to the horizon today. The air is clean and breathable. My newly washed windows are spotted – there was a lot of dust brought down by this storm, thanks be to God. I can breathe!

March 30, 2009 Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, sunrise series, Weather | 13 Comments