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  2. Hi All I would like to know if there is any good basketball school you can recommend for my 13th years son. Many thanks —
  3. Hi, Any review on Al Seef furnished apartments would be very much appreciated. We have recently moved to AD and we are looking for a furnished apartment/villa with easy commute to the British School of Al Khubairat. Many thanks in advance.
  4. I have actually never used it but was thinking to start once daughter goes to USA , So, looks like I won't get the chance! I have been reading news articles about What's App having the same now but not sure if it's coming or going as well!
  5. @smiffy, thank you :) not sure what it is but will find out soon but perhaps could tell you face to face what it might be but not something to write lol Yes, it is a wonderful gift ! have yet to save stuff such as documents on old one before putting up new one. Might start tonight on that hopefully!
  6. Sorry to hear you arent well. DD, hope the appointment sheds some light on whats wrong. what a lovely gift from your son.
  7. Many thanks Chaletfan for such a great advise.
  8. Anyone know if Intuniv or Guanfacine is available in the UAE for ADHD treatment? Also, does anyone know if it's possible to bring or ship medication to the UAE given you have a prescription for the medication? Is there a list somewhere of prescribed medications that cannot be imported, because i know there must be restrictions on this. thanks
  9. Today is the second day of Eid. On the last night of fast, the Eid announcement came pretty quickly. We each inform the other that the morrow is Eid so everyone informs everyone else who may be waiting to hear the news but haven't yet. Everyone then starts preparing their clothes for the next day and some go out to buy fresh, warm halwa, baklava a pastry filled with crushed pistachios and covered in a sweet syrup and other similar delicacies to lay out on coffee table next morning. Dear eldest son mashallah called me as he was out and asked if I would be staying awake late, I said yes, as had things to finish before going to bed. Later, he entered my room with a huge box and said " this is for you, mom" and kiss me and I hugged him a warm hug , kissed him and said a huge thank you! Oh! You want to know what it is right?? Lol hmmmm.... guess.... guess.... a new all-in-one desktop computer!!!! Yayyy! I knew he was going to buy me one but didn't expect it that moment! I later do medkhan- incense burner for the house and make a list of breakfast items for the morning such as balaliyet ( a rice vermicelli) dish which is served with an omelette on top but there are other ways of making it too, khameer bread ( a traditional pocket bread for breakfast) and Lubiya ( black eye peas) which is very popular also here. Then cereal a must for anyone who needs it. The light foods we made for the last day of Ramadhan, were kept on the table and sometimes since there was no Suhoor, everyone would by morning of Eid be feeling hungry. On First day of Eid, I wake up at 5 am-perhaps earlier to prepare everything, I usually make two medkhans one for the house and one for the Eid clothes-each have different incenses to use. By this time it is time to wake everyone up to prepare for salat ul Eid. Now, while I am waiting for them I too wear my Eid clothes. Some women will go to the mosques for Eid prayers and take the medkhan with them to perfume the mosque too. TV is already on to see when Eid prayers start on TV. Once they arrive, we greet each other for Eid with hugs and kisses and have tea, hubby will go straight back out to go for for Salam. The breakfast is soon after, served with warm pots of milky tea and coffee (qahwa). One by one as other family members of the ladies wake with their kids, they get ready. The kids will come up in their new clothes for Eid greetings and eidiya, we all each give them, the girls will carry a little bag and the boys put it in their pockets. Whatever money they get can go to their savings or just to buy a toy with a second day Eid trip to Toys R Us or wherever their parents plan to take them. From now, phones will start ringing off and on for everyone, either friends, family or relatives callings to greet a Eid and vice versa. It is important to call relatives first, and really an etiquette must if you know you might not see them especially during Eid. This can go on all day and even next during the Days of Eid. Later, when hubby arrived, we all sat and had breakfast too. Then everyone gathered and kids came up to get their eidya from their grandfather. He loves to joke with them and trick them by using colours of currency, for example : " Do you want the red one or the blue note? ( let's just say red Dh 100/ and blue 200) ...or do you want one fifty or six 5s dh notes?" And of course kids are attracted to the colour RED and QUANTITY, so thus, the youngest one ignores his fathers nudges and take the red lol but of course, hubby does it for a laugh only and gives him the more one ! Now... my granddaughter used to fall for the same trick, so shopper son took her aside one time and gave her a crash course in understanding which one is really more for real lol, now.....since that time she knows what to pick lol Everything was going fine al hamdulilah until I started not feeling well , early afternoon, and having pain and feeling hot, so ended up going to emergency for treatment and now have an appointment for Wednesday to be checked by specialist. By dusk I started feeling hot ( not fever) like from inflammation kind so took a panadol which helped. And when I went to bed I slept as was very tired. After taking medication from doctor I felt a little better. Two days earlier son wanted me to go to Sharjah to visit family there and also see daughter and grandkids before she travelled but it meant coming back same day--by morning ( today, second day of Eid) and taking medicine I felt okay to go and so went. Al hamdulilah. We greeted everyone there and pick up sons wife and granddaughter to bring back here as she spent last days of Ramadhan at her parents house. We all greeted each other and stayed a short time with them all and dear daughter and grand children. We distributed Eidiyas for everyone, and soon we left- as they were going out too and had plans for the day. Grandkids cried when I left so that was difficult but they were ok after I think. We had to go as we had the journey back. The journey is tiring and I was sleepy so when we did arrived home, no wonder I slept a little. In the afternoon had to do some cleaning and now just resting. So, that's it do far ladies :) :) have a wonderful holiday - time for prayer now!! Regards from me!
  10. Soy has quickly gone from a relatively unknown in Western culture to a highly debated and controversial food. Of course, soy has not been embraced by communities who have been advocating against grain and legume consumption for decades. Even people who eat predominately plant-based diets will campaign against this humble legume. The question is: are these harsh criticisms warranted or does the scientific literature say otherwise? Article Navigation Introduction on Soy Debunking Anti-Soy Claims Soy Allergies What About GMO Soy? Is Soy Environmentally Destructive? What About Lectins? What About Phytates? Soy Beans and Mortality Blue Zones and Long Living Cultures Soy and Estrogenic/Breast Cancer Soy and Feminizing Men Can You Have Too Much Soy? Conclusion on Soy Sources Introduction on Soy A flurry of blog posts, most without any or with limited sources from scientific literature, has emerged attempting to prove once and for all how dangerous soy consumption is for human health. Claims can range anywhere from “soy causes breast cancer and increases estrogen levels” to “phytates in soy leeches nutrients from your body”. In this post, we will closely examine common objections against soy. We will explore the truths many online resources got right and the falsehoods that many got wrong. We will dive deep into the actual scientific research behind soy consumption and ultimately be able to conclude soy, when consumed in any reasonable amount, protects against disease and promotes overall health. **Please note that this article is about whole-foods plant based sources of soy, not soy additives in processed foods. Debunking Anti-Soy Claims Soy Allergies Summary Soy is the least common of all food allergens. You're much more likely to be allergic to fish, eggs, shellfish, nuts, wheat, or peanuts. To start, yes there are some people who shouldn’t eat soy. Some people do have allergies to soy, but it is actually the least common of all the main allergens. A national survey found that 1 in 2,000 people have a soy allergy. For comparison, this is 40 times less likely than dairy, and 10 times less than fish, eggs, shellfish, nuts, wheat, or peanuts. [1] What About GMO Soy? Summary Majority of GMO soy grown is for the purpose of feeding animals. Consuming factory farmed (and even pasture-raised animals in some cases) means you're consuming GMO soy second-hand. The immediate danger comes in the pesticides being sprayed on the soy. Genetic modification needs to be tested long-term and should be labeled. Buying organic soy products is the easiest way to avoid the dangers of GMO soy. Concerning GMOs, there certainly has not been enough testing done on the long-term effects of these foods, and they should be, at-best, labelled so each consumer has the right to know what they’re eating. The main issue with GMO soy may not necessarily be the modification, but the actual Roundup being sprayed in large doses on these crops. This substance has been proven to product toxic and hormonal effects at even lower concentrations than what’s used on crops.[2] Organic or conventional Non-Gmo soy has no Roundup of course, and less pesticide residues overall than GMO-soy. [3] More Details on GMO Soy by NutritionFacts.org If you’ve been avoiding soy because you think it’s either unhealthy, GMO, or similar, there is an unfortunate dilemma. 90% of the soy production in the world goes to animal feed and given to cows, chickens, and pigs. If you’re eating any of these animals and fearful of the dangers of soy, you’re still consuming it second-hand. [4] The main soy used for for humans manufacturers use Non-GMO soy, but we recommend buying organic soy products just to be safe. Is Soy Environmentally Destructive? Summary Most soy is grown to feed animals for slaughter, not humans. Livestock systems are far more unsustainable than growing soy to feed humans. By consuming factory farmed animal products, you're indirectly consuming GMO-soy in much greater quantities. Grass-fed animal products may still be fed soy/grain and are much more unsustainable. Organic soy products are an environmentally safe option. Soy gets a lot of flak for being a crop that is environmentally destructive. However, the brunt of this issue falls upon consumers of animal products and the animal agriculture industry, not soy itself. As stated above, the majority of GMO soy is grown for the sole purpose of feeding animals. Of course, there are the grass-fed free, range animal options, which may not be fed with soy. Even "grass-fed" options, though, may be fed grain during a portion of the year during the end of their lives to fatten them up before slaughter . It’s also completely unsustainable for the environment. Livestock systems already cover 45% of the earth’s total landmass and cattle ranching is responsible for 91% of Amazonian rainforest destruction. [5][6] These are huge numbers, and our limited land resources will only decrease as the demand for grass-fed meat increases. One grass-fed cow takes 9 acres of land to raise, whereas a grain-fed cow takes 3 acres. We simply don’t have enough land for everyone to eat grass-fed animals. [7] With the majority of GMO-soy feed going to animals and the already massive occupancy of land used for animal agriculture, trying to avoid GMO-soy while still consuming animal products is quite counter-intuitive. By consuming most factory farmed animals, you're consuming GMO-soy indirectly and in much greater quantities. Not to mention you are increasing demand for this GMO soy, which leads to more destructive land-clearing. Again, the healthiest, more environmentally friendly, and less cruel option would be to purchase organic soy products, which are by law non-GMO. However, many people still have concerns over some of the actual proteins and chemicals inside soy. What About Lectins? Summary Lectins aren't only in soy, but present in many of foods. Separating lectins from their original food source isn't a viable way to study them for human consumption. Cooking lectins removes any negative consequences they may have. "High lectin" legume based diets are staples for the longest living populations and are undoubtably associated with positive health outcomes. Another main talking-point against soy is the fact they are high in lectins. Lectins are proteins present in plants, dairy, yeast, eggs, and seafood. They can bind to other molecules, notably sugar and carbohydrate molecules, that are present both in foods, and in the membranes of our cells. A case made by anti-grain authorities is that binding of lectins from plant foods to our cells is a major cause of ill health and nutrition malabsorption. They claim high-lectin foods like beans, grains, potatoes, tomatoes, and peanuts should be avoided for this reason. This claim doesn't add up when you look at the actual research on lectin-containing foods. First off, experimentation on lectins is often done in high concentrations and separated from it’s actual food source. Isolating lectins make them substantially more effective to bind to our cells compared to if they were consumed in food. Also, by simply cooking your food, most of the lectins are deactivated or bind to other substances. Even a study from 1998, which attempts to frame lectins as a serious problem in the food industry, fails to dance around the point that lectin activity for most beans is deactivated within 10 minutes of boiling. [8] Overconsumption of lectins can cause gastrointenstinal distress, but again, simply cooking your legumes/grains will remove any chance of negative consequences. When we look at the longest living, healthiest populations in the world, known as the Blue Zone groups, “high lectin” legumes were a staple in their diet. Most of these cultures reserved meat for use as a condiment and on special occasions. In fact, the longest living Blue Zoners actually didn’t consume any meat [9][10] Additionally, a Journal of Nutrition review concerning whole grains found that: “Protease inhibitors, phytic acid, phenolic acids, and saponins present in whole grain have also been suggested to lower the risk of certain cancers, such as colon cancer and breast cancer. Phytic acid, lectins, phenolic acids, amylase inhibitors, and saponins have also been shown to lower plasma glucose, insulin, and/or plasma cholesterol and TG levels” [11][12] The fact is, most people who try to write off lectin containing foods, just because they contain lectins, while absolutely ignoring all of the positive research regarding the benefits of lectin-containing foods. This concept is most eloquently stated by Dr. David Katz, founder of the True Health Initiative : The idea that you should renounce many of the foods most decisively and consistently linked to good health outcomes because they contain a compound that can be called a toxin may be the most egregious example of missing the forest for the trees I’ve ever seen, and I’ve spent my career scrutinizing, and repudiating, just that variety of nonsense. For the sake of false promises dangling from one gilded tree, this is a case of burning the forest down. [13] What About Phytates? Summary Studies on human phytate consumption is drastically different than animal studies. High phytate diets have been shown to be protective of bone loss in humans. Phytates must be consumed in the form of whole plant foods to realize the benefits and avoid the potential pitfalls. Phytates, another compound found in soy, have been labelled as a mineral-absorption inhibitor. These phytates can wind up supposedly causing mineral loss leading to calcium deficiency and weak bones. The original concern about phytates on bone health actualy originated from experiments done on puppies in the 1940s. These studies were followed up by research done on rats where they were fed the equivalent of 10 loaves of bread a day. However, actual human research suggests differently. Studies where people are put on high-phytate diets actually wound up with better bone density and stronger bones (heel, spine, hip). Phytates prevented bone dissolution similar to anti-osteoporosis drugs and women with high phytate levels in the blood had a much smaller risk of major bone fractures. [14] Phytates for the Prevention of Osteoporosis by NutritionFacts.org While high phytate diets may appear to be a cause for concern, the health-harming effects of this anti-nutrient ...can be manifested only when large quantities of [phytates] are consumed in combination with a [nutrient-poor] diet. When phytates are consumed in the form of soy and whole plant foods, the result is less heart disease, diabetes, kidney stones, fractures, and possibly cancer. [15] Phytates and Cancer by NutritionFacts.org Soy Beans and Mortality Blue Zones and Long Living Cultures Summary Legume consumption is one of the pillars for long living cultures. Increased legume consumption (including soy) has been shown to be protective against all-cause mortality and a host of chronic diseases. In addition to the Blue Zones study, which showed regular legume consumption as one of the pillars for the longest lived cultures [16], another study analyzed 785 partcipants aged 70 and over. Here were the results [17]: The FHILL longitudinal study shows that a higher legume intake is the most protective dietary predictor of survival amongst the elderly, regardless of their ethnicity. The significance of legumes persisted even after controlling for age at enrolment (in 5-year intervals), gender, and smoking. Legumes have been associated with long-lived food cultures such as the Japanese (soy, tofu, natto, miso), the Swedes (brown beans, peas), and the Mediterranean people (lentils, chickpeas, white beans). [18] When it comes to raw statistics, the study found that every 20g of legumes consumed daily resulted in an 8% reduction in risk of death. Soy and Estrogenic/Breast Cancer Summary Soy has phytoestrogens which function differently compared to mammalian estrogens. Phytoestrogens can be both pro-estrogenic as well as anti-estrogenic. Misconceptions about hormonal impacts of soy came from research on rats who metabolize soy vastly different than humans. Human studies have shown soy to prevent bone loss and breast cancer. Another major myth about soy is it’s alleged “estrogen-mimicking” chemicals, which some claim can result in breast cancer and other hormonal issues. This is actually misinformation with no substantial evidence to support it. It's actually quite ironic because meat and dairy contain actual animal estrogens, not plant phytoestrogens. The truth is that phytoestrogens act different than real estrogen, and can actually be pro-estrogenic in some parts of the body, but anti-estrogenic in others. Let us examine this further: Phytoestrogens can have simultaneously pro-estrogenic and anti-estrogenic effects because there are two types of estrogen receptors: alpha and beta. Soy phytoestrogens, such as genistein, prefer to bind to beta estrogen receptors. Beta receptor activation in the breast has an anti-estrogenic effect, which actually inhibits the growth and cancer-promoting effects of animal estrogen, can be enhance endothial function in post-menopausal women, and protect against other menopausal symptoms. [19][20][21][22] At the same time, soy phytoestrogens can be pro-estrogenic when it comes to protecting post-menopausal women from bone loss. A robust study was done comparing soy milk consumption to progesterone cream (a common hormone therapy for post-menapausal women), and a control group. The control group lost significant bone mineral density in their spine over the two-year study period, the progesterone group lost significantly less, and the two glasses of soy milk a day group wound up preventing bone loss and increasing bone mass. [23][24] Pro-estrogenic and Anti-estrogenic Properties of Soy by NutritionFacts.org This misconception that soy can contribute to breast cancer came from research on rats, who metabolize soy isoflavones (phytoestrogens) quite differently from humans, as distinctly noted in the study itself. The circulating levels of geinstein in the blood in the rats that had an increase in tumor size were 58 times greater than human levels after 1 serving of soy. [25] When soy consumption in humans is put to the test against breast cancer, it has been shown that soy intake during childhood, adolescence, and adult life were all associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer. Those women who ate the most soy in their youth appear to grow up to have less than half the risk. [26] Breast cancer rates are much higher in the USA than in Asia, where there are some of the highest soy consumption rates. But, when Asians migrate to the US and start eating a western diet, their breast cancer rates increase to average American levels. [27] Soy and Feminizing Men Summary Phytoestrogens don't necessarily have pro-estrogenic properties Extremely high doses of soy has been shown to have some feminizing effects in a few rare cases. Once these extremely high doses (3 quarts of soymilk per day) were reduced, the effects were reversed. Nine clinical studies have shown no impact in circulating estrogen levels in men. Everyone has heard about how too much soy consumption can result in feminizing effects in males, but is this claim substantiated? A common reasoning for this is, again, the potential estrogenic affects of isoflavones in soy. As discussed earlier, phytoestrogens are quite different than the estrogens found in meat, and phytoestrogens can have anti-estrogenic properties in some circumstances. Studies have found soy consumption in rat’s ability to produce offspring, but as mentioned earlier, rodent metabolism of soy is completely different, making these studies useless. [28] Many have heard of how consuming too much soy can cause gynecomastia (man boobs), but the only report of this was from men consuming extremely high doses of soy, 3 quarts of soymilk a day in one instance. The feminizing effects of this extraordinary soy habit were reversed once intake was reduced. [29] Finally, the peer-reviewed Fertility & Sterility journal concluded that after reviewing the clinical trials regarding soy intake and feminization there was: “Essentially no evidence from nine identified clinical studies that isoflavone exposure affects circulating estrogen levels in men.” [30] Can You Have Too Much Soy? Summary Massive amounts of soy can increase IGF-1 levels. Vegan men eating huge amount of soy had the IGF-1 levels of meat eaters. Stick to 5 servings a day or less of soy to reap the benefits without the downsides. While we’ve demonstrably proven that non-GMO soy is beneficial for our health and protective against disease, can too much soy be bad? The answer is possibly yes. IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor 1, is a growth hormone responsible for turning children into full-grown adults. But if this hormone keeps circulating in the blood, your cells should continue to divide and grow. The more IGF-1 in the bloodstream, the higher our risk for cancer. Those on a plant based diet tend to have lower IGF-1 levels. However, studies have shown that vegan men eating huge amounts of soy, 7 to 18 cups of soy milk worth per day, for an entire year, would up with similar levels of IGF-1 in the body as meat eaters.[31] How Much Soy is Too Much by NutritionFacts.org To be as safe as possible, one shouldn’t consume more than 5 servings of soy a day. [32] Conclusion on Soy Much of the controversy around soy has been the result of misrepresentation. GMO-Soy is certainly a problem and should be labelled properly so consumers can have freedom of choice. However, the overwhelming majority GMO-soy is fed to animals, and attempting to get meat from only grass-fed sources only poses a more unsustainable problem due to limited land resources. The best choice for consuming soy is always organic or non-GMO. Most of the hysteria regarding the negative health risks of soy are based on the potential dangers of certain compounds (such as lectins or phytates) in isolation, but when soy itself is studied on humans, it can be protective against bone loss, breast cancer, and overall mortality. However, to air on the safe side, stick to no more than 5 servings daily. 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  11. Thank you tri-geek for your kind words : ) Thank you ladies and a wonderful Eid Mubarak to you all :) have a Eid post to get too yet but been so busy as will be explained in the post .
  12. This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. 5 ways to entertain the kids on a ferry voyage Sea, sun, and scenery – taking the ferry is an exciting way to travel with kids. But what do you do when the novelty of being on-board wears off? Some voyages can last for hours or even overnight, so it’s ... Read More The post Keeping children occupied on a ferry appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
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  14. Eid mubarak! Have a nice time with family and friends.
  15. Hi Piscean - will you be able to drive when you are here? There are a few nurseries in KCB, but I don't have personal experience of them. There are more established nurseries in Khalifa City A (Stepping Stones, Humpty Dumpty) that you will be able to search for and read opinions about on ADW. KCB is approximately a 15 min drive from KCA. Hope this helps :)
  16. We used iMove two years ago - www.imoveintl.com - ask for Sharon and they were really good. Box all your CDs and books together (but the shippers should know this) and put them i the container last. The plastic coating on our washing machine melted - it must have been against the container wall - and I'd recommend vacuum packing your towels and linen to save space.
  17. http://www.thenational.ae/uae/technology/skype-blocked-again-in-the-uae
  18. Thanks DD for all your Ramadan insights. You are an awesome writer and very informative! EID Mubarak to you and all your readers!
  19. Ingredients: 4 slices loaf bread 1 green/red bell pepper, diced 2 slices ham, diced 2 raw eggs, beaten grated cheese vegetable oil Procedures: Part 1 1. Slice each bread to make a hole, leaving the outer layer intact. Set aside.… Continue Reading → click the title to read more... View the full article
  20. EID Mubarak to you and your family DD.
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  22. Chriso767, seaweed & LilianMom...many thanks for your advise.
  23. It is the year 1008 AD and al-Mansur, the despotic ruler of al-Andalus is dead. Without his iron grip the country is heading for civil war as the pretenders to... Vote Here
  24. @Smiffy thank you very much :) Eid Mubarak : )
  25. Eid Mubarak to you and your family DD
  26. Well always on this day, we wonder if Ramadhan will complete 30 days or not. We sat at Suhoor time wondering about this and talked how it can be confusing when you don't know how to plan properly for the holiday. We eat our normal fatoor of cereal, rice & yogurt and small snacks, for me it's either cereal or toast and tea, Mashalllah, we love our tea so most of us have that. Hubby went to do some errands in the morning so I couldn't get out today, usually I go to buy halwa and small baklava platter in preparation for Eid. Also, we get extra change for Eid. Today, DIL said she would get the halwa etc. so that's fine with me, saves me the trip. Plus, when it is this close to Eid everyone will be buying Eid sweets etc.. it will be very busy at the stores, in the streets and on the roads especially -which will be packed! With that in mind everyone should drive carefully today and not rush, many indeed will probably stay at home just because of the roads being busy today and even more so in the evening. Hubby with boys went out for fatoor today but they didn't enjoy it that much as it was just far too crowded and thus service at this other restaurant they went too was not so good. So, that turned out disappointing for them and I was disappointed for them as it was supposed to have been a nice fatoor out. I had fatoor on my own and then went to pray. Soon after DIL had visitors and we sat with them a short time and talked about Eid and henna, DIL couldn't get hers done as the salons were just too packed but her sister managed to do her henna as she went a day earlier. Just after hubby and boys arrived, we heard officially that tomorrow will be the first day of Eid al Fitr. So , I leave this post now and post on the first day of Eid inshallah as now I have to plan for first day- we don't get up for Suhoor now but we do wake up very early to prepare for Eid prayers. take care! Eid mubarak!!
  27. I have heard it is highly expensive and in the end so much as to be done paperwise. I heard you have to original papers of car specs etc and those specs have to reach USA standards specs too. On top of that there is other paper work and fees too. Maybe, someone who has recently gone through the experience can help you more. I hope you find the info you need.
  28. These past two days have been very busy, everyone cooking, cleaning their rooms ready for Eid, piles of laundry lol -don't know where that came from but sure glad it's not mine! Some bring clean laundry, some shopping for Eid clothes - each of them do this at different times to suit their schedules, so it has been a busy house lol. I cleaned out a part of the dresser area as I have some gift wrapping paper and bags etc. in that place so it just needed a good tidy up. Also, it is the time for hair trims or hair cuts so all the kids are taken too, then they come to me to tell me they had their hair done at the hairdressers., once all the kids have had their hair done etc. the adults concentrate on themselves. Normally, I make new dresses but really don't need any as I have a new dress I didn't wear last time as was stuck in kitchen cooking ' ish wa lamb' ( rice and lamb) so didn't wear it that time. I did make make new abayas and I was very fortunate to find the store people very polite and in a good mood -which is unusual especially during this hectic time of year when there are a lot of demands, and lots of sewing-but then again if I find a store that is not professional in their way, I am straight out of the door! So, I was very happy to have just the standard abayas ( normally without any fancy beading or decorative elements) and they were done nicely too. I already bought my shoes earlier, when I find a comfortable pair I like I don't wait for a Eid to be close, I buy them before Ramadhan. Usually, I buy for the two Eids at one time so in a couple of months or so from now, I am already, ready inshallah. Hubby came home yesterday from the farm, carrying his conduras and brought us some fresh half-ripe dates from the farm-the season is at the beginning for ripen dates. We enjoyed them for fatoor. If you ever buy fresh dates, remember you should not wash them and put them on plate as the water will hasten them to perish. You need a finger bowl of water and just dip one in each time you have one, this is the tradition. When I am typing I like to bold print or highlight some words or sentences respectively but I can't do that as my desk top is still down, thus, using iPad and hen pecking !! I prefer to have that option as makes for easier reading- well , I hope anyway lol i went to the clinic today to get some new info regarding upcoming surgery I am suppose to have -but not really looking forward too at all -sigh' al hamdulilah, though that I am at least finding out new options of where to go. For fatoor, we had a chicken soup with rice, a little harees which son brought, and fattoush. The time went pretty fast, and indeed it is only when we sit at the table those last couple of minutes that it seems to feel so slow lol I was a little thirsty today, no surprise since the weather is scorching hot!!! I felt like a Sambosa when I stood in the sun today ....being cooked!!! Lol The best part of the day for me is when you finally can sit to relax and eat little snacks and drink qahwa. I don't have a big meal, indeed I miss out the main meal and just have the shurba as I hate having full stomach when I pray. This is one of the best changes I have made during the years of fasting and it is far better. Well, ladies have a nice day! Next day may be the final day or Ramadhan but not sure yet until we hear news on tv, will post that later in evening. Either way, if any days left there will be not more than 1 day. Bye for now*
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