Gardening in the Desert!

Today was all about gardening! First stop was the local gardening store.  You know, the one on Gharafa next to the small palace!  😉 Here we bought three bags of soil, cucumber seeds and tomato seedlings for our garden plot in the community garden at Michael’s work.  We also bought a cool twisty tree for…

Friday Night at the Souq!

After our Dhow cruise, Michael and I walked to the souq for shisha and coffee. First off was crossing the street from the Corniche to the souq.  The wait for traffic lights to change from green to red is so long and people so many that small crowds accumulate making it difficult to cross within…

Friday Afternoon Dhow Cruise!

Through Michael’s work a Dhow Cruise was planned for an afternoon of swimming off of Al-Safliya Island. The weather was perfect!  We drove to the Corniche, found a parking spot and were off to find our boat for an afternoon of fun!   At the entrance of the marina is the terminal to the Banana…

Flying Solo in Kuwait Next Weekend!

Next weekend is American Thanksgiving.  I work at an American school so we have a long weekend to honor that day! Michael works at a Canadian school so no long weekend for him.  😦 So what to do?  I know!!  Travel!!! My first plan was to travel to either Jordan or Morocco.  Michael has already…

22˚C and This Canadian Gal Turns on the Heat!

This morning at 6:05am, I sat in the car to leave for work; and as I do every morning I prepare with the same routine: Turn on car Turn on air conditioning Put on lip gloss Put on sunglasses Turn on radio Drive to work But when I started Step 2…..I paused…..realized I was chilled….and…

Let Me Introduce You to the Avatars!

Michael’s desire to form a band in Doha started a few years back. Music jams with friends were fun, but rock and roll is in his blood…… So back in September, 2016 Michael collected a group of musicians and started the Avatars. Our dining room was then transformed into a music studio….with the option of…

Christmas Break 2017 = Countdown to Christmas in Prague, Czech Republic!

For Christmas Break this year, Michael and I will once again be traveling through Central Europe!  Last year we drove all around Switzerland with trips into Italy & France.  This year we land in Prague, and start our trip driving through the surrounding countries of Germany and Austria with the last week of our holidays…

Remember Bob?

Naming our kitten who adopted us has been a two month process.  He is our Middle East kitten so he has to have a name that reflects that!  But Bob sorta stuck at the beginning….and suits him because he is such a goofy kitty!  We then decided that we’d give him a second name that…

Little Ditty About Shake Shack

No, this isn’t a song – I just thought the title sounded catchy!  🙂 So far, Shake Shack is my favorite burger joint in Doha!  This is Shake Shack in Gulf Mall.   Why?  Because I like the size of the cheeseburger – small!!  The burgers are not this ginormous, messy, hard to eat burger…

It’s Official – I’m in Menopause! The Craziness IS Real!

When I returned from Canada, after six weeks of weekly Reiki treatments there, I felt refreshed, strong, resilient, confident.  Ready for a great year ahead! After a month I started to feel tired.  More tired than usual.  My resilience faded.  My confidence slowly diminished.  My moods bottomed out.  Some mornings it took everything I had…

The Kitten Who Adopted Us!

Feral cats are everywhere in Qatar.  The story, I’m told, is that as Qatar developed feral cats were flown in from Egypt to keep the rat population under control. I’m not sure if this story is true, but it is a cool story!  Since that time domestic cats have also become part of the feral…

Feeling the Pride of Qatar! Thank You Sheikh Tamim!

I won’t forget June 5th, 2016.  I was at work when suddenly news was spreading that Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt had cut ties with Qatar.  Fear was my response.  What would happen? How would life change? Food shortages  – mainly chicken and milk – was the public’s immediate fear response.  But…

Halloween in the Middle East!

Halloween is a lot of fun here in Doha, Qatar! At work the spirit of Halloween filled the hallways with faculty, staff and students dressing up for the fun!  Shout out to Ms. Blanco for her hand drawn skeleton makeup!!   Later, as Michael had band practice, I set up and sat back with a…

Practice Run at P.F. Chang’s = Free Four Course Lunch!

Talk about right place at the right time!  I was walking with purpose through Festival City to hit Shake Shack, but on my way noticed a bit of a crowd gathered at the entrance of the restaurant, P. F. Chang’s. Curiosity hooked me, so off I went to check it out….. The restaurant was packed….

Bentley Anyone?

Not sure how to blog about this because there are many ways I could come at this. For now, I’ll say that cars that have road troubles are often left abandoned to be picked up by a tow truck. Well, there is red Bentley abandoned outside our compound.  A Bentley.  Not a Honda.  Or Toyota….

What’s the Deal With Five Guys?

I’d never heard of the burger franchise Five Guys until one opened recently at Doha Festival City Mall.  And, it seems shame on me for not knowing, as a woman who was leaving so we could get her table, was shocked at such a thing! Living in Qatar has exposed me to the world of…

Al Maroona Beach & Girls’ Night at Souq Waqif

A great day!!! The day started with a drive to the NNE coastline of Qatar to spend the morning at Al Maroona beach.  Once off the main highway, the off-road drive to the beach includes passing by a white building that I’m not sure if I call it a palace or a mansion? Whatever it…

Qatar & Fast & Furious 7 – Been There Done That – Sort Of!!!

Netflix in Qatar is pretty selective.  So when number 7 of all the Fast & Furious movies is approved….I take notice…. Especially when the franchise has a journey to the Middle East!  Abu Dhabi….. but hey….if you look closely…..Qatar is red flagged!!  Very cool!!   So in my excitement of being able to relate to…

Learning To Love….His Name is Michael…..

Love and faith.  Faith is trust.  For a child of divorce, sexual abuse, and tremendous loss…faith is hard to understand. So is love. Yet the child grows up.  Takes a journey of healing.  Searches for enlightenment.  Freedom. Still fear lingers.  Abandonment. Grief.  Hurt.  Authenticity.  Inner truth lost to survival.  Back to healing.  Then there is…

Emotional & Energetic Safety at Work

Safety is a topic I return to as I work the layers of it within myself.  I am revisiting safety now as I am back to work.  I work within a large school, with lots of different people.  As I interact with others on a daily basis, energetically I find myself absorbing other’s stresses that…