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We Planted The Seeds of Our Dreams…

Yes, we literally planted our dreams. Grabbing handfuls of the remaining Spring’s moments, I took the children to the park armed with our post-its and coloured pens. Each of us wrote out 5 dreams/aspiration of ours, folded the papers nicely, dug little holes around the tree and planted them amongst the grass. We had a few curious squirrels as observers and I guess they aren’t surprised ‘cos they’ve seen enough queer humans.

I told the children that though the paper might decay and become one with earth, the dreams have been sown into their hearts and that each day they must till the soil of their dreams, water and nurture them till they yield bountiful returns ‘cos every seedling has its season.

I also told them that sometimes our dreams and aspirations change and our harvest becomes different but that it’s okay ‘cos that’s the way life works at times. However, for each aspiration, they must plant it into the soil of their reality and not hold on to the seeds ‘cos the seeds alone will not yield abundance. ‘All great deeds begin as seeds.’ Months and years may pass before these seeds grow into full form and we see the glimpse of our harvest, but the birthing moment is as important as the harvest.

The land is green and the Earth is ripe for planting. Amidst the pressures of our modern lives, we tend to think that the conditions have to be right in order for us to start but time and time again my experience has shown that most times the simple act of starting is what makes the conditions right.

Love and Light Always,

Jacqueline

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What My Mama Said To Me…13

Wisdom, Mother Knows Best, Proverbs, Mother and Child

Mama said to me, baby,
when you find yourself stuck in a deep hole
just look up and see how tall you are

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Jacqueline

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Donating Parts of My Body…Just A Thought

Would you donate your body parts? The thought of death always seems such a morbid topic, but it often comes to my mind especially after losing a loved family member. This is the reality of life; none of us will get out alive so we live with death drawing closer with every tick of the clock.Life, Death, Love, Donating Body Parts

I pray that I will grow well into doddering old age, however, should fate decide otherwise and I cross the bridge whilst parts of me are still useful, would it not be better to give up any part that could help to keep someone else alive?

I know that my culture may not particularly favour such practices, then again, I won’t be needing them again, will I? I reckon that I would be smiling from wherever I am seeing someone else keeping a part of me alive and spreading love.

What’s your take on this? 

 

The Importance of Passing Down Memories To Your Children

Going about your business, sometimes the daily wear and tear of life, chores, cooking and cleaning has a detrimental effect on some of the things you love most dearly. These items you cherish with your heart, you may want to one day, pass on to your kids. Or maybe, when you gray and old you want to look back on the great memorable days you had. Some possessions you have to hold true meaning, they’re near and dear to your soul, and you wouldn’t ever want to lose them. So in order to take care of them, you need to act now.

Wristwatch, Jewelry, Heirloom, Valuable Trinkets

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Rings

Marriage and engagement Rings are a symbol of love and connection with another human being’s soul. As you go through life, the ring you wear every day might get scratched, damaged or even lost. If you plan on giving your wedding or engagement ring to your daughter-in-law one day, you may want to keep it from harm’s way. Think about taking off your engagement ring and keep it in a safe place, while replacing it with another ring. There are so many affordable diamond engagement rings out there to choose from. Modern manufacturing techniques produce high-quality craftsmanship at reasonable prices. So, don’t see it as a step-down, but a safety net for one of your most-loved possessions.

The daily cleaning chores include acidic cleaning fluids which have adverse effects on precious metals and gemstones. It kind of makes sense to keep your rings in tip top condition as they’re a symbol of love and should transcend any form of wear and tear. Your children will one day reflect as you did, about the ring they wear every day, which you have passed down to them. Take care of it and swap it out for a symbolically less valuable alternative. The age-old advice is to, take the ring to an artisan, have it polished and cleaned before you store it in a safe place and perhaps make it a part of your will.

Kid Reading, Diary of A Wimpy Kid

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Children

Remember those late nights you sat up reading stories to your children? Oh how their eyes lit up with imagination, their smile and laughter are unforgettable. Those books you read from, may have been put in the attic somewhere or left in a dusty bookshelf in the corner of a room. If you want to save this treasured piece of culture, and hopefully one day pass it one to the kids of your children, follow these steps.

  • First of all, clean the book’s back and cover. Don’t use any kind of household cleaner as they have citrus-based acids in them and they’ll scar or whither away the color from the art on the cover.
  • Dust down each page with a feather duster. Fold back then straighten any pages which have been creased and flexed.
  • If the spine of the book has become damaged or lose, sparingly use PVA glue to fix any gaps that have arisen; and leave it dry with a weight on top of the book.
  • Next, lay the book down on a sheet of cling film and wrap it tightly and neatly.
  • Put the book in a see-through plastic folder and keep it in a place where it’s accessible but out of the way.

When your children’s children grow up, they can read them stories from the same book you read to their parents. You’ll be able to pass on the book in pristine condition and who knows, it may be further passed down and loved generation to generation. It’ll take the importance of a family heirloom, with love and memories behind it.

 

Camel Craziness: Al Marmoom Heritage – Echoes of My Neighbourhood

I’ve not seen such number of Camels gathered in one place all my life. Certain things are better witnessed to appreciate them and the Dromedary (Arabian) Camel racing at the just concluded Al Marmoom Heritage Festival is one of those things.

The Festival celebrates a most valued beast of burden (in these parts) with more than a week of thrilling camel races and cultural exhibitions.

We managed to attend on one of the days and the excitement of spectators was simply contagious. Nothing prepared me for the prospect of seeing fleets and fleets of gangly dromedaries in full flight carrying their robotic jockeys on their humps while their robot handlers/trainers raced along beside them in their 4 x 4 SUV’s.

The camels’ hail from all across the Middle East. They are the stars of the show and they compete in various heats during the day, over a 12-day period. Believe me, it’s an exhilarating one-of-a-kind camel-crazy jamboree!

I even got a generous offer of 50 camels as dowry for my old hands from an interesting fellow with tobacco stained teeth. Quite an experience 😉

Have you visited charming Bamberg? Lady Lee sure knows how to take a trip. You can take a vicarious trip online with her 🙂

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Mixed Glimpse of My Neighbourhood. Lagos & Dubai

I went visiting home – Naija several days ago. It was a trip of mixed feelings. I was happy to see home and family but not too happy with the slow progression of things back home. The government just hasn’t served its people well.

Well, all is well that ends well. It was a good trip and I traveled back to base in Dubai, jumping right back into the bus(y)ness of life.

Lady Lee’s all set off to the Philippines – another country on my list. I know she’ll bring back loads to see 🙂

If you would like to show us your neighbourhood, the challenge is quite simple and you can find out more about it through this link.

 

 

Featured Posts – Share Your Post Links.

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Today’s featured blogs posts are:

Do step in and show some love.

Do you want more eyes on your words?’

Experience Simple experiences bring out who we are and the true colour of those around us. I enjoyed reading this post.

Racists are stupid – spoiler alerts You’ve been warned! I didn’t think I would read this post word for word, but I read the entire thing, laughed out loud severally and shook my head in the obvious lack of common sense displayed by people who lay claims to high  IQ. Enjoy reading.

There are none so blind A calm, wise post, to say the least, in face of the way we live today with political rage, paranoia, conspiracy theories and what not.

Familiar stranger This is set to be a scintillating, steamy romance. Read on.

Love Lost Kind of a sad poem, however, as an old married lady (almost 17 years) there are days we feel out of sorts and just not feeling the lovey-dovey stuff. A bar of chocolate or glass of wine, a good read, and a goodnight’s sleep helps 😉

Dealing with your fear. I hope you know that fear that dogs your life can be dealt with? Follow me through the series of getting a grip on those fears and living your life as fully as you can.

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