Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Bad Weather & Good News

We're having unusually cold weather this week. Yesterday we had gale force winds, rain, hail, sleet and in some areas there was even snow. I got up in the morning and sent my husband and kids off into the world, only to have my husband and Jenna return home a while later. Jenna's school was closed because of flooding and bad weather. There was ice (or maybe snow) on the ground nearby too. 

Jenna in Suk Juma looking really cold!
The electricity in my area shut down in the morning and was off all day, so we huddled under blankets and I read a book. Our poor dogs were freezing outside. We had to fortify their shelters as best as we could against the wind and gave them some old carpets and blankets to burrow under. I tried to get Rita and her puppy into the laundry room but she would have none of that - she insisted on being on the front porch, where she had full view of the gate and the main entrance to the house.

Today the weather is better. The winds have died down and the sky is blue but it's still bitter cold outside. We have electricity today - but it's so weak that the heaters aren't heating and the microwave oven isn't microwaving. I'm wearing a sweater over my pajamas and thick socks with my Crocs. I look hideous, but warm. It's supposed to be cold for the next few days.

Good news: In my last post I reported about my daughter's friend and her neighbour who had gone missing - kidnapped without a trace. Finally, after nearly two weeks the girls were able to call home. They've been recovered and were returned home the day before yesterday. I still don't know all the details, but from what I understand, the crime was politically/tribally motivated. What kind of sick people would do such a thing? Barbaric!  Thank God the girls are safe and well. I hope and pray nothing like this ever happens again.


  1. This is really very good news, It's so worried when we heard such crimes happening in Libya,
    I hope she can recover quickly from this experience and back normally to life again.
    Alhamdullah they returned Safe.
    Now I'm feeling good, because all the last days I was thinking of their families feeling. It's very difficult situation which they faced.

  2. Yea! I'm glad the girls are alive. We have had the same cold weather and snow in Istanbul. I've had as many as four sweaters on even with the electricity running! I don't think buildings are as insulated here because this amount of snow and cold weather is unusual.

  3. Thanks Khadija for the good news , that girl broke my heart,Alhamdulillah she is safe. I was also worried about her mom and how she survived the two long weeks. Alhamdulillah, now she is back nothing else matter.

  4. I'm so very glad to hear that the two girls have been able to call home and are now in safe hands.


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