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Just a few days left for Ramadhan, and we are already on the 22nd of Ramadhan, 2019 mashallah. Al Hamdulilah, even though these past few days have been really hot, fasting has not been so bad. Some family members have been tired though and I did get a little dehydrated ( not sure if I still am ) but I have tried to drink more after breaking fast. The past few days have been busy ones...hot days too I may add, couple of acs went down, electricity went off again ( but from some issue outside) only for a short time though fortunately, and yes, again our water drum was empty.. but had an emergency bucket of water ...just in case.. on stand by.. the water came back few hours later. These hot days are probably a warning .. that as soon as Ramadhan is over.. the heat is coming back with a fierce... June and especially July are the hottest of the year. Yesterday, I made some meat pasties, and my little granddaughter, decided to join and climb atop of table and sat there... I was just waiting for the moment when she would decide to get naughty mashallah .. I knew it was coming.... and thought I would be fast enough- as we all do.. but she quickly grabbed one of my prepared dough rounds... and squashed it in her hand. Of course, she was off the table after that and off to her room lol. She just couldn't resist! Yesterday, I made pasties, lugainmat, macaroni dish and chicken soup. I made macaroni to send to our neighbours along with the lugaimat. The Suhoor this morning was as usual, cereals, fresh milk, and some rice etc. left from fatoor for those who wanted it. When I woke up, I heard loud shouting going on and kids screaming .. I was like.. what??.. it is 3 am in morning....but one of family members had their family over and their kids, and when they come they don't leave until suhoor time. Today I had an appointment, and really, really wished that I could just sleep but pushed myself to get up and go.. and, then when I got back- had household routine to get through. When I did finally get time to rest, the sleep was gone :o I managed yesterday to watch Duroob ( Nations and Cultures) with Ali Saloom ( of Ask Ali) , It is a very interesting program to watch.. and you learn a lot about other cultures... something, amazing, something unusual and something strange lol all in one. Even though it is in Arabic, you will find it interesting just watching... it is on Emirates TV.. Sometimes , I forget which tv channel it is on and start pressing the remote buttons until I find it.. but now I remember! Sorry, not as many posts this year, in the first few days, we had our wifi down, and then just too many other things to be done with acs etc around the house. Hmm...I Just heard something slam very strongly against the window.. has happened several times now during the past year..but today was especially very loud,.. I am assuming pigeons or birds somehow didn't see the window or underestimated their speed and slammed into them!! I noticed our neighbours, hanging vests or plastic bags on their windows, to scare off the birds etc. I can understand why they do that though as today when we were window cleaning, it was a nasty job to do :((. OkaY, that's all for now... have to go cook!
It is already 17th Ramadhan and in all honesty, mashallah it is going fast...I think even faster than last year. Then again, This Ramadhan has been more busier than normal, with having to fix water issues around the home, electricity then went crazy owing to someone in family, hoping by some miracle the broken boiler would suddenly work.. of course the boiler had tripped off the electricity causing all fridges, Tv and the wireless cable box to switch off.. then the young lady kept opening and opening again and again.. until we were like helloooooo, stuff is actually getting damaged around here and thus without internet connection etc. Well seems to be okay now, but at a cost of course! And, if that wasn't enough, I had just finishing paying for fixing pipes and the like around the house. The good thing about all this though, is over the years I have gained the experience in getting things done.. at least I don't stare waiting for it to get done lool. Everyone has also had coughs and colds... maybe allergy or something ( mine was anyway) some maybe not....Hubby's has the sneezes now too... when any of the boys ( since they have to go to work) see anyone sneezing.. they cover their faces... grandkids think this is so funny and have a good laugh. When they have a cold, they would chase after one of their uncles who would cover their faces and run away from them lol. Fasting has been in God Great Grace, and Al handulilah, quite good.. its almost 6 pm and just now really to feel thirst... only because now I have had time to sit and moan about it lool. When you busy... time flies but one major thing is to avoid going out as much as possible during Ramadhan...that way, you won't feel as thirsty. Neighbours have sent Harees, little sandwiches, rice dishes etc etc.. today I made yummmm… grilled fiish which is put on a bed of herbs and lemons and just teaching my maid a couple of important recipes as when I am out, she will have to make them--however, found my self having to make emergency corrections when I get back from an appointment . I made the daily al lugainmat, shurba, and little meatball bbq sandwiches, and beef pasties which my family demand if they have just missed it for one day... well... have to buy the meat of course on one of those days ! My daughter in law mother from Sharjah and who I have known for many many years, sent us really beautiful tasty hares Mashallah, and anyone will tell you the Samon ( slightly spice butter [turned into a ghee] is made to perfection there mashallah. At fatoor one time we were discussing food etc ( of course last couple of minutes before the Azan ) and my hubby brought up the subject of Charmi ( a kind of delicious curd ), which I now craved lol. Also, the daily ' Al Shara' show on Emirates around 11 pm, brought it up again as the local woman on the show was about to make it Mashallah! I haven't been able to watch Tv or even follow anything this year as either too busy or when I do sit, I fall asleep. I have caught glimpses of some good shows though that I would like to watch but if I did, I usually pick one and that is it. Last night at Suhoor my young grandson made an appearance for suhoor...asking for rice Krispies-he is too young to fast but it is all about getting use to the Ramadhan Environment and to experience waking up for suhoor… it is fun and exciting for kids at this age, as they get to be awake at unusual times. So, he called out to me all proud Mashallah :). My granddaughter fell asleep... she will probably take it out on her dad today ! Well have to get going now, to prepare the table...everyone will probably mashallah go out after Taraweeh prayers, quite frankly... don't mind staying home!! People Mashallah are already buying new clothes and shoes for Eid, I managed to get some beautiful textile pieces but had not time to get them done... and not one for going out to kharaat and the mall for long period of times..wondering how people can spend hours at the malls hmm... I get what I want and out lol! Guess I would be boring! well everyone, take good care....bye for now.
Well ladies, Ramadhan is almost at our doors and as always we welcome this very significant time with God's Great Grace, Inshallah, with open arms and a open heart. I have been preparing for a few weeks now, as I make my own sambosas and freeze them every year, they are all done.. been adding new soft furnishings like table clothes etc, simple lanterns and crescent lamps, and the like.. this make the kids and family look forward to the event with a warm heart. I always buy my stock a little before time and some like these days as the Ramadhan stock of foods come out in the stores.. but by this time decor and non food items become expensive. But food is pretty much friendly priced indeed thanks to all involved in making sure this happens. I have cleaned all my carpets, did lot of 'spring cleaning' trimmed all the plants etc. adding new stuff here and there, today just finished cleaning and rearranging freezers. So I can see where everything is to grab and start cooking. In between all that helping out with babies when I can, made a doll house out of bug box for granddaughter... lol she dragged it off to her room! Amazing what a simple box can do compare to buying the expensive stuff which gets left! I have a project corner in my room ( really needs a small office) , and all my grandkids will come here straight away to find stuff - they will say to their parents " Ummi has everything in her room-' it is great for their parents as they don't fancy going out at 11 pm at night when their kid suddenly wakes up and remembers they need such and such for a project next day--when will the younger parents understand that the older ones have been there before lol Hubby will be sending stuff from the farm later so lots of work of distributing and putting into fridge etc. later ( weekly thing). I have the mijlises to do now, last on the list and then maybe done * i think * Well, ladies, will let you know when ramadhan starts, also will add my Journals in the Ramadhan Chronicles . Newcomers: Watch the Ramadhan Shopping going on, its a festival in itself.. all over the UAE you will see people rushing and buying for Ramadhan...it is all part of a wonderful experience. Please Share your experiences with us , your observations, etc. about the shopping atmosphere these days.. I am sure we would all love to hear your stories too.
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