|The gas indicator light was flashing....|
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Friday, December 06, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
I'm doing a Fall clean out - it's amazing how much 'stuff' accumulates. I've been rearranging furniture and I bought a carload of new plants to replace the ones in the house that had seen better days. The old plants are in rehab, hopefully they will recover.
Yesterday the rains started. The roads are flooded and the kids couldn't get to school this morning. They're enjoying a day off. Maybe I can put them to work... the kitchen cabinets need to be sorted out...
I'll post some pictures from my holiday soon. It was a great 6 weeks!
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
|In the shade of Southern Live Oak trees along the Pinellas Trail.|
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I'm back 'home' visiting my family and son in Florida for a while. Time to catch my breath and relax for a change, time to spend with family and friends.
The weeks up to my trip were filled with work and gettting things done around the house. We had a small house fire in the bathroom caused by an electrical short in the lighting of the bathroom mirror (most likely the result of a power surge). The damage was mostly from smoke and required a lot of cleaning. My husband cut his foot on broken glass from the mirror when he ran into the bathroom. It could have been a lot worse! We counted our blessings as we cleaned up the mess.
For weeks and weeks there have been power outages all over Tripoli and the surrounding area and to top that off the water in the capitol was cut off. Thankfully, we have well water at my house, but it caused a huge amount of problems for many people. The water came back on two days after I left. I hope they get the electricity and water situation sorted out once and for all.
I'm trying not to read the news of what is going on in Libya, but everyday I check at least once. And news doesn't look good! It's very hard to remain optimistic about the situation there. It just might be time to look at other options... but for the moment I'm planning on heading for the beach to watch the sun set. Time to chill out.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
|A tent classroom in a refugee camp|
|A school destroyed in the revolution in Zliten, Libya|
|Damage to the University in Misrata from the war. Photo: Reuters|
After the revolution the Ministry of Education did a study of Libyan schools to assess needs and pinpoint problems. They looked at 4,800 schools for their survey and reported that:
- There are about 5 pupils to one teacher (many Libyan females become teachers and are just on the payroll - not actually teaching.)
- Fewer than 1 in 20 schools have provisions for special needs children and there are significant shortages of psychological support and special needs staff - critical as many children are suffering from psychological stress since the revolution.
- A mere fifteen percent of schools have one unisex toilet per 90 students - not always functioning, and fewer than 1% of schools had a functioning toilet for children with disabilities
- Drinking water is often not available, nor is running water of any kind
- One third of the country's schools do not have a system for waste collection - garbage is just left to pile up
- Resources in most schools were found to be substandard, lacking in teaching materials and textbooks
- 40% of schools sustained damage during the revolution and are awaiting repairs
- there is a huge demand for teacher training and development
|These are empty shipping containers that were being used at a checkpoint along the coast road near Garibaldi during the revolution. Last week I saw something similar in Wadi Rabia.|
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Friday, August 02, 2013
If you are a foreign wife you need to protect yourself at least a little now by:
- opening a bank account in your name,
- Have a power of attorney for your husband or else his relatives will be the executors of his property not you.
- Know a good lawyer who will be able to help you.
- Set aside savings in your name abroad.
- You must be registered with your embassy.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
are reports that early this morning (approx. 06:00Hrs) the airport
road, and roads in Gergaresh and Gurji were closed by burning road
blocks. Furthermore, the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood were attacked
by protestors in the Ben Ashour and Ras Hassan Districts. Protesters in
the Abu Salim District have been seen carrying small arms weapons. It
is reported that some protesters are now making their way towards the
Qatar Embassy. The protest are reported to be non-violent currently,
but, as always, the potential for violence remains.
Reports are indicating that protest are taking place in the following
areas: Tripoli, Benghazi, Zintan, Tobruk, Ajdabiya, al Marj, al Bayda,
I guess we will put off our shopping trip for later.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Later I wondered about the term 'gaggle' and looked it up on the internet. A gaggle refers to a group of geese, usually more than five together that are not in flight. Groups of geese can also be called a flock, a plump, a skein, a team, or a wedge. Actually there is a huge list of collective nouns here: Collective Nouns I'm glad I came across the list... it's interesting and a bit peculiar.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
For God's sake! This has been going on for years now, surely they should have the power sorted out! I have given up trying to believe the stories the officials tell as to why we are still having power outages. Lately we have been having our fast breaking meal in the garden so that we can see what we're eating as it seems that they frequently shut off the power around sunset. In a way it's kind of pleasant as the air is fairly cool and there is a bit of a breeze, the bats are flitting about and the owls are just coming out for the start of their nightly hunt. We can hear the prayers and Quran coming from mosques in three different directions. But I said fairly pleasant - often times in the distance we can hear explosions and gunfire coming from one direction while in another direction we can hear and see fireworks. Some people fighting while others are celebrating... or maybe they just are obsessed with noise and danger? Who knows, I'm not so thrilled.
Apparently there is still some fighting going on in different areas from time to time. Who's is to say whether you might go out one day to work, or run some errands, or to visit someone and unwittingly get caught in the crossfire and what if all this happens in your neighbourhood? You could get killed by stray bullets while you are cowering in your house. Don't they realize that this is not going to move Libya forward?
I keep hearing about people who have decided that 'enough is enough' and they are packing up and leaving. Lately I've taken to looking at real estate adverts for houses back in my hometown.... at this point I am just looking. I keep telling myself that I didn't go through all this to give up. But when will it reach the point of the straw that breaks the camel's back?
Friday, July 12, 2013
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
In a recent post I wrote about wanting a BBQ grill that I had seen. I went back to the shop but it was gone. The shopkeeper said he might get some more in about 10 days. I will have to check back sometime soon.
When we built our house we added a small room off the terrace to be made into a kitchenette. It's still just a small tiled room. This week I bought a small stove/oven and a kitchen sink. I'm leaving it up to my husband to get the sink installed. He'll also have a piece of marble or granite cut to make a counter-top... and have it installed as well.Maybe... maybe... it will get done so we can use the kitchen this year??? Maybe....
I noticed that the International Capture the Spirit of Ramadan Photo Contest is gearing up for this year's competition. Last year quite a few Libyan photographers took part in the contest. I enjoyed seeing all the stunning photos that people from all over the world sent in. This year the focus is on Islamic architecture. Libya certainly has some beautiful examples... so I hope to see lots of submissions from Libya this year... I might even send in some photos too.
For more information see below:
- The First Place winner for each category will be awarded U.S. $1,500
- The Second Place winner for each category will be awarded U.S. $1,000
- The Third Place winner for each category will be awarded U.S. $500