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A special month

Ramadan has arrived in Libya. I'll be spending more time with family and friends and definitely more time in the kitchen.

Ramadan is a time when I usually sit down and take a look at my life, reflect on my acheivements, decide to make changes - and most of all to count the many blessings God has bestowed upon me. It's always a comfort to see how many there are too! :)

Warm wishes for all in this very special month and always.

Water is Life

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How much water does the average Libyan use on a daily basis? Did you know that Americans use between 100 and 175 gallons per person every day, while the average British citizen uses just 35.6 gallons? Compare that to the average for unindustrialized countries which is only 2.6 gallons a day.

I'm always amazed by the amount of water wasted by the majority of Libyans. Especially since they live in a country that has a serious water situation. I watch my neighbours sloshing bucket upon bucket of water to clean their balconies on a daily basis. If you look at the balconies of many homes you can see water damage caused by the amount of water that's used! Same for washing the floors and carpets. It seems the more water they use the better they feel. Is this really necessary?



We have water now, thanks to the Great Man-Made River project. But it's not expected to last forever... and then what? I remember my life here in the 90s. The water would turn on in the late afternoon and tric…

It rained!

We had rain today.
It rained for about five minutes.
Just long enough to churn up the sewer system.
Now all of Tripoli smells like sewer gas.

How nice.....

Shopped & Relaxed

I've spent the weekend relaxing and getting things ready for Ramadan. Part of this meant I did some shopping and the other part meant that I ordered my kids around trying to get the house organized.

The shopping part was the pleasant part. I got a new blender and a microwave oven. Also some stuff for the kitchen; plastic containers and soup spoons. I have plenty of everything for the kitchen already. I also picked up some curtains for my bedroom and a small furniture dealie with three drawers in it that fits nicely under my desk. I didn't need those but I wanted them and cash was in my pocket so I got them.

I decided that for the groceries I'm not going to go shopping for anything special. There's a shop around the corner that always has just about everything I need. I can't understand why Libyans go berserk at the grocery store right before Ramadan starts. You would think that all the food was going to disappear or something.

I have a busy week ahead of me. I enjo…

Update on the sad story

I got home from work last night after nearly dying from the smell of dead hamster in the car. I parked in the driveway and left the windows partly rolled down so that the car could breathe. When I got inside the house the kids were watching TV. I put my bags down and made an announcement:

'I will give ten dinars to whoever can find the dead hamster in my car and remove it.'

The lure of cold hard cash got my kids moving! Jenna put together every extension cord in the house so she could rig up some kind of lighting system (it was about ten o'clock at night) and went downstairs to track down the dead rodent.

When she got downstairs she found that every cat in the neighbourhood was inside my car. They'd climbed in through the partially opened windows, pulled in by the smell of tasty dead rodent. After chasing them all away she set to work giving the car a meticulous search. After a while she narrowed it down to one area near the passenger door. Sniffing her way to ten dinars…

My car stinks!

There is definitely a dead hamster in my car! The kids have searched and searched but haven't been able to find it. They think it is somewhere inside the body of the car.

The smell is awful. I have to drive round with all the windows open and the air conditioner on. I'm spraying air freshener to no avail....

I had been planning on going for a drive in the country this weekend... sigh... I hate my life....


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Back to my usual adventures

I'm feeling much better. Back to work as usual.

My sister-in-law's mother died, so I rearranged my schedule for a day to attend the funeral. My sister-in-law's mom had been sick for a long time; diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, asthma and Alzheimer's disease. On top of that she'd had a stroke. It was sad but a blessing. I will have to do the usual popping in to the funeral at nights after work.

One day, as I was leaving the funeral, I got into my car and after putting my foot on the break pedal I realized that I had stepped into what I thought was chewing gum. My foot was glued fast to the pedal. With some effort I was able to get my foot pulled back - but it had those long stretchy strands still connecting me to the pedal and each time I pushed on the break my foot would be stuck fast again. I was trapped in traffic but as soon as I was able, I pulled the car over to try to remove the gum and discovered that instead of being chewing gum it was this sticky ki…

Still out... but getting there

I've been resting at home for the last few days. I'm on the mend. My eye is only halfway closed now, or halfway opened if I decide I'm feeling pessimistic at the moment.

My soccer mom car is feeling bad too. One of the parts on it broke and hubby spent one day looking for a replacement part. Since he couldn't find the part he spent all of yesterday trying to rig one up using various things that we had around the house and trying out different types of glue. It was a good thing that I was in bed and knocked out most of the time (supplemental medicine for that - hehehe). Had I been up and about I would have most likely been at war with him...lolol... Today he has admitted defeat and sent the car to the garage. Thank God!

Hopefully the car and me will be back to normal for tomorrow. It's going to be a busy week.

I feel like crap

I've got a stye in my eye that's the size of Texas! I went to the pharmacy and got antibiotics, eye drops and eye ointment... of course I consulted the Internet to see what I should do first. The idea of consulting an undertrained, underpaid 'qualified' Libyan doctor gives me the heebie-jeebies.

I'm going to stay hidden away until I look and feel better. As it is now, I look like a bad halloween mask... totally frightening!

A quiet visit

I didn't have to work this morning but I got up at the usual time anyway. The house was peaceful and quiet and I was able to get some simple household tasks accomplished without anyone getting in the way. I got Ibrahim up and ready for school and after dropping him off I drove to my mother-in-law's house to pay her a visit.

She was preparing her breakfast when I arrived. We sat in her kitchen and chatted until it was time for her to go to the mosque for her studies. I dropped her off and then went off to do some errands before picking Ibrahim up at school.

I should visit my mother-in-law in the morning more often. It is seldom that we have time to talk without a roomful of others. It was a pleasant morning.


half naked - half baked

Nora's been off to the 'Female Only Beach' in Tajoura with her friends. She has discovered that wearing a bikini increases the skin available to burn. LOLOL....

No pictures for this one.... hehehe


Faster than a speeding bullet....

It's the middle of the week... Wow! Already!

Time's flying... but the question is this:

Am I having fun?






Weekend... did a bunch of stuff

I had a nice weekend. Yesterday morning I did some lesson planning. In the afternoon I took a long drive with Jenna, Sara and a friend visiting Libya. We drove out to the mountains and had a relaxing afternoon. We started to head back home as the sun was setting and it was a spectacular sight. I didn't take any pictures... a sunset like that can never be duplicated by any means. It was amazing.

This morning was spent looking at appliance shops. I finally replaced the washing machine with a nice big 15 kilo top loading model. Mustafa went and picked it up this evening. It was a group effort but we got it up the stairs and set up. Since then we've been washing everything in the house! We looked at stoves and refrigerators too this morning to get some ideas for the house. The weather this morning was scorching hot. The kind of heat that sucks the life right out of you. We all took naps after lunch. More lesson planning and preparation this evening.

I didn't get out shopping wit…

Yep, that's him alright!

I found this video when I was surfing about today. This is sooooo my husband! This is the reason that the building of our house will never finish. Hubby cannot understand why all the Egyptian workers keep quitting. I showed him this video and when it got to the part with the chef taping the paper sack closed he said:

'He really should have stapled that shut.'



God alone knows how I have managed to stay sane being married to this man for a quarter of a century. It's a good thing I have a sense of humor.

Special wishes

It's my baby sister's birthday today!

I wish you all the best, today and always.

Happy Birthday Kristen! I Love You!



Almost time for the annual Pre-Ramadan shopping trip

Ramadan is only weeks away. It seems like it only finished. This is the time of year that everyone stocks up on all things related to eating and cooking. I looked at a few things over the weekend, but I'm waiting until I take my mother-in-law out for our annual trip to get our kitchens geared up for the big month of fasting and cooking. I hope she wants to go next Saturday because that will fit in better with my schedule. I'll have to see what she's up to and sort it out.

The key to a successful shopping event will be planning it without any of my sister-in-laws finding out! Stay tuned.... I will keep you posted.


The weekend begins

I've had a busy week and now it's time for the weekend! Yeah!

I woke up early to a peaceful and quiet house because everyone was still sleeping. I stayed in bed a while enjoying the quiet but decided to get up and have some coffee. In the kitchen the jar of coffee had only a few grains left sticking to the glass. Why do people put empty containers back in the cabinets and not in the garbage? Sigh...

Determined to have my cup of coffee I decided I would go to the supermarket to get some. I looked out the kitchen window, down into the driveway below, to see how many cars were parked behind mine. There were two... sigh.. This meant I would have to wake up two different people to move their cars before I could get my car out (one of the head aches of living in an apartment in Tripoli). This would cause a commotion and wake up the entire building and I would have to hear complaints for days to come.

Moving on to Plan B, I decided I would walk to the shop. After all, it was only just a…