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the little tea bag

A cup of tea, early in the morning .. on a weekend that dh makes for me…..maaaannnn it tastes so good when he makes it………..puts a big smile on my face…. he doesn’t drink tea or coffee so… we like to sit with the cool morning breeze caressing us gently…… talk leisurely about the week that went past, the day ahead and so on…….laze around…watch the birds through our balcony and the world go by……….the children still asleep….. me sipping the divine drink as he looks on …………. it happens only once a week .

On other days tho…….its a very different story………we ‘re all in a rush.

Unlike my hubby who is all bright and chirpy as soon as he steps down from the bed…..I am grouchy and sleepy for a while ……I sleepwalk into the kitchen ……When I get into the kitchen to get the breakfast ready, first thing I do is grab the box of Lipton tea bags.Its done in a ,automaton mode….make myself tea ……a flap on the little tea bag comes bearing the name of the product…….nothing else…… or so I thought until recently !

A few weeks back, I noticed the tea bag flaps have little riddles on them .

Today’s riddle was

Why did the boy throw out the butter through the window?

Answer: Because he wanted to see butterfly!

Bless the soul who came up with this cute idea ………coz these little riddles make me look forward to my cup of tea ……..makes me eagerly look for the day’s riddle…….. makes me break out into a big grin……..switches my little brain on to working mode……..share the little (kadi , as we say in tamil)joke with A.( he ”s collecting it all to share it with his friends and my mom)…and makes me cheerful for the rest of the day 😀 .

In short , they help start my day on a happy note !

Have you noticed these little riddles on your teabags ? do they have any?Lipton or other?People in the Gulf? US? other places?

Christmas · Family · Kuwait · Life style · Seasons


I love this time of the year.

The slight dip in temperature made me start this project in the first place.However, in all honesty I’ve been wearing light cardigans or scarves and feeling extremely hot and sweaty


This cowl  I made  with Lion brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick yarn is super warm and would be ideal for covering up on a cold cold day.

The things  I love most about the Christmas season are the special Christmas programs we have in our church. Christmas carol service, the carolers coming home to sing and the Sunday school Christmas program.

We had a lovely Carol service and despite being a novice choir, our program went rather well even if I say so myself.


Then there was Villupaattu featuring the life of Ruth.This is the second one in our church and was just as entertaining as the first one,if not more.Incase you donot remember me posting about it last year, its here

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The children in our Church put up an adorable Christmas program.Except for A, the oldest in the group , the others kids are all in primary school. So it was extremely entertaining. The manger setup with dried palm leaves was the talk of the event next to the antics of the pint-sized angels and shepherd boys.563808_567302096620286_120629543_n577939_4541534250546_401306613_n


A was the compere and also the Santa. He did  a pretty good job of both. M was one of the Wise men. M was to say his one line  to King Herod, in the little skit they put up,” Where is the King of the Jews born?” Right when he had to say it, he forgot what he had to say and Big Brother pitched in  and said his line as well .

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My Week in pictures #2

A random collection of pictures from my Instagram



The temperatures are coming down and by God’s grace, we have been having dust free days..

these first flowers of the season make me smile


J got a lot of good bananas and I’ve been making banana fritters every other day.fried but oh so yum!


We happened to see these sugar coated cumin seeds after a long time. Ilove eating them after every meal.


I made Roast Chicken and stuffing to surprise the boys .Its their absolute favourite!


I found this ornament  when cleaning the craft closet.Made a long time back and forgot all about it.


A has been very eager to learn to make dosas the way J and I make. J was the one who taught me to make Dosas crispy and paper thin, so now he has taken A under his wing .The first step is to make an intact dosa.A managed that! His first intact dosa


M has been having a hard time learning Arabic.Big B jumped in to help lil B and patiently repeated word after word , correcting mispronunciations without   a tinge of irritation .Within an hour or so M learnt to recite the Arabic poem he was supposed to learn.  Mumma is very proud of both her boys! 09eccd3c0d8211e2a73722000a1c8929_7P

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Random things

A random collection of  pictures from my Instagram.

snowflake garland

This was going to be a table runner and then I lost interest in it. It was lying around for a long time when it suddenly struck me I could use it for a garland. So up it went on the doorway to the boys room

peacock feathers

Peacock feathers that we found in our father’s garden now add colour to our living room.


After the horrid summer it’s a miracle this little plant survived.What a joy to see these buds shooting up.

a coaster corner

A little coaster I made and  my eldest son’s favourite  toy car decorate the top of the printer along with a little calendar with daily inspirational message on it.

practising piano

My eldest learnt to play by ear the song My Heart will Go  on and wanted to play it for me.I sat  and listened while I crocheted.He didn’t make many mistakes.

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My little one leaves the random little notes all over the house. I love finding them when I clean up

the house..

view from Saravana Bhavan

The First Friday after we came here, hubby took us for lunch at the newly opened Saravana Bhavan hotel here.This was the view from our window.love the colours in the pictures.


Pinwheel in our Bougainville  pot with water and food dish for the pigeons that come to visit us.

fish podimas

A quick and yummy fish podimas that I came up with , for dinner.

Kuwait · Life style · Uncategorized · Wafra

Wafra Picnic

The children went for picnic to Wafra and came back with exciting  stories  of carrots , radishes being pulled out from the soil,fish caught and prepared for BBQ_that they were completely grossed out with the  killing and cleaning that was involved and have now stayed off the said food is another story_ which in turn piqued my parents’ curiosity about the place.

Friday since the weather was gorgeous , we made biryani and went on an impromptu picnic to Wafra.

Colourful Kites that we saw on the way

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prompted us to stop by the  kite seller as we had to have one too

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a makeshift shop

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Saw camels of all sizes  and colours…. this desert actually had a sign board that said Arizona Smile

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We plucked some wild flowers …. Spring is definitely here but the weather in Kuwait is unable to make its mind  ….so one day  the weather is gorgeous, the next day, its either dusty or freezing and are both. Seriously Winter , go away, make way for Spring.

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and saw vegetable farms

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We cracked up at the name

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Mule cart

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We ended up enjoying  more  than we expected .

Christmas · Crochet · Home Decor · Home Making · Kuwait · Lifestyle

Soon it will be Christmas Day

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I finally finished my red table cloth just in time before the Christmas Festivities started over here in J household.

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I ‘ve lost count of the times, I just wanted to throw it away as I was making it, but the end result was totally worth all the tears .If you look really really close you can see the colour difference in the thread.  I’m just too happy that I’m knocking out projects off the UFO list one by one, to be bothered by it now Smile

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Project Details

Pattern: from the book Pineapple Lace

Hook : 1.75 mm Tulip

Thread :9 50 gm balls DMC  size 10 thread

M decorated the Christmas tree this year mostly by himself .He decided on the theme too!Christmas 2011 009

We’d picked up two  boxes of red and gold ornaments from IKEA and he wanted to use only that for the tree.

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I also made this little stocking ..I ‘m sure you all know where it can be found now. SmileThis cute pattern is from Sucrette’s blog.You’ll see a lot of them  if you go  blog hopping.

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I used scraps of Catania Cotton for it with a 3.75 mm hook

The Christmas programme at the Sunday School was really sweet

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M was Joseph in the Nativity play

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A was one of the Wiseman

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I had a lot of fun dressing up the children and chatting with the other moms there.

Then it was time for the Carolers to come  singing to our home. We lit up all the candles in the hall.

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Later we had a party for them too. I was busy entertaining the guests that I completely forgot to take pictures of the party and only remembered I had to take pictures when they were getting in their vansSmile

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Crochet · Handmade · Home Decor · Home Making · Kuwait · Lifestyle · potholder

Pot holders

I found some finished projects that never made it to the blog.

Mandala Potholder


Old Fashioned Potholder


This one is from a Japanese book


Stir Me Up potholder


There was a Potholder CAL  a while back on   SAARC group on Ravelry.I wanted to make a several to fill up a wall but all I could manage were these four.


August is another birthday month for us. This month A turns thirteen . I can’t tell you how strange it feels to think I’m a mother of  teen. I mean,I haven’t grown up at all and still a teen in my head.Then how come I am a mother to a teen already?!