Embarrassment and Paintings

Okay! I am too embarrassed to keep the previous post on WP. I have tried every which way to delete it, but unable to do it. So I am pretending like an ostrich with its head in the sand, that the post doesn’t exist. I am therefore covering it with another post about my recent paintings. Phew!

Butterfly on black watercolor paper. It is sort of an abstract. My first on black on paper!
African ladies,
Walk in the rain.
Day lilies from a nursery catalogue
Wild water lilies.

Women harvesting in rice fields.

Fallen leaves… from a nursery catalogue.

Flowers that i had received on my Birthday. When they started to droop, I pressed them on the water color paper, and enhanced some colors.
The next few are post cards that I have painted. We sell these cards through Artists Guild for $3.50 or 4 dollars during the holiday season. The cards are blank and can be used for any occasion.

I am hoping that by now you have forgotten about my previous post. Ha ha. Live and learn I suppose. Thank you Matt for bringing that to my attention.

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A voice of Reason

Makes a lot of sense to me.

A voice of reason.  . . .Stay Healthy, happy and safe.

Dr. Henry is the Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia,

the first woman in this position. 

She is also an associate professor at the University of British Columbia.

She has a background in epidemiology

and is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine.

She is also from PEI.

  The Wisdom of Dr. Bonnie Henry

1. We may have to live with COVID-19 for months or years. Let’s not deny it or panic.

Let’s not make our lives useless. Let’s learn to live with this fact.

2. You can’t destroy COVID-19 viruses that have penetrated cell walls,

by drinking gallons of hot water you’ll just go to the bathroom more often.

3. Washing hands and maintaining a two-meter physical distance

is the best method for your protection.

4. If you don’t have a COVID-19 patient at home,

there’s no need to disinfect the surfaces at your house.

5. Packaged cargo, gas pumps, shopping carts and ATMs do not cause infection.

If you wash your hands, live your life as usual.

6. COVID-19 is not a food infection. It is associated with drops of infection like the ‘flu.

There is no demonstrated risk that COVID-19 is transmitted by food.

7. You can lose your sense of smell with a lot of allergies and viral infections.

This is only a non-specific symptom of COVID-19.

8. Once at home, you don’t need to change your clothes urgently and go shower!

Purity is a virtue, paranoia is not!

9. The COVID-19 virus doesn’t hang in the air for long.

This is a respiratory droplet infection that requires close contact.

10. The air is clean, you can walk through the gardens and through parks

(just keeping your physical protection distance).

11. It is sufficient to use normal soap against COVID-19, not antibacterial soap.

This is a virus, not a bacteria.

12. You don’t have to worry about your food orders.

But you can heat it all up in the microwave, if you wish.

13. The chances of bringing COVID-19 home with your shoes is like being struck

by lightning twice in a day. I’ve been working against viruses

for 20 years — drop infections don’t spread like that!

14. You can’t be protected from the virus by taking vinegar,

sugarcane juice and ginger! These are for immunity not a cure.

15. Wearing a mask for long periods interferes with your breathing

and oxygen levels. Wear it only in crowds.

16. Wearing gloves is also a bad idea; the virus can accumulate into the glove

and be easily transmitted if you touch your face.

Better just to wash your hands regularly.

Immunity is greatly weakened by always staying in a sterile environment.

Even if you eat immune boosting foods,

please go out of your house regularly to any park/beach.

Immunity is increased by EXPOSURE TO PATHOGENS,

not by sitting at home and consuming fried/ spicy/sugary food and aerated drinks.

Be smart and stay informed!  Live life sensibly and to the fullest.

Be Kind, Be Calm and Be Safe!

Sincerely, Dr. Bonnie Henry

I think this is also worth forwarding to your friends and family.

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The weather man said that the snow would be done by last night and today there will be only a few flurries. Well guess what? The flurries were chunky and the roads were so slick. Had to go to the Ophthalmologist, and he dilated my eyes. Driving back with the dilated eyes, slick roads and and snow falling continuously, I was wondering why I was living in the Midwest. I know, I know you have heard me gripe about this before. But I have licenses to practice in California and Hawaii. Why the heck did I not go there? Oh pffftt! I am so tired of seeing the mounds and mounds of snow, which look amazing from inside the house… but it is so brutally cold and I want warmth and sunshine and blue skies.

Therefore I decided I would post some flowers from my garden and pretend that they just bloomed today. Just have to see color. Go ahead, you may yawn if you so wish.

  • I had written this a few years back. I was going through some of my work and came across this verse–poem, and decided to post it. Some of you may remember it from Xanga, (if you really cared to remember what I write, that is!)
  • I saw a WWII veteran today, and wondered
    how this lean and wiry man had filled the entire room
    with his presence.
    His gaunt and stooped figure, with eyes that were blue
    like robin’s eggs, but “seemed” vacant and rheumy
    penetrated the space
  • as if they knew so much more than I did.. The gaze at my face telling me “I have seen you,
    in other corners  of the world, and comprehend
    the mysteries of a different and distant land.
  • His faded denim shirt hung loose from his shoulders
    but told stories of how he once filled it
    with strength and power and pride.
  • ZSA.

That’s all. Just wanted some color!

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Some of you know that I am involved with the Islamic Center of Quincy. Ever since its inception, which happened in November of 2001, I have also been in touch with the FBI agents in Springfield Illinois. Usually two agents come to the Center once a year or so during the services and very respectfully listen to the sermon and watch the prayers. They have been extremely courteous and pleasant to talk to. We exchange emails and they also attend our annual fund raising dinners. They are concerned that there should be no vandalism or any unhealthy activity, which by God’s grace we do not have a problem with that. Quincy is such a beautiful town and people are so supportive of me and my efforts in getting a place of worship. Many schools and colleges send their students to observe Islamic traditions and ways of prayer during the year.

E M an FBI agent had sent me an email mid January or third week in January asking if he could come on a Friday that month. I had informed him that I had got over my Covid problem and that M was still under the weather, and was quite weak and tired. So we decided on a Friday in February, which would be yesterday. E M had told me he was bringing another agent with him which he does often.

So yesterday he called me in the morning around 10 to say that they were in town. They always go and visit the Quincy Police Department when they come. Unfortunately they were told that a majority of the police force had taken their Covid vaccines and were not feeling very well. Therefore they were asked to return some other time. He wondered if I could get together with them before the 1 pm time that I had given him originally. So I asked them to come over to the house, which they graciously accepted.

There was so much snow on the ground. The drive way was ploughed by a neighbor, but the side walk and the front porch had a lot of snow, which I couldn’t clean and which M couldn’t clean because of our health problem. They came inside and said, they wanted to remove the snow from the side walk and the porch. My mouth fell open! I couldn’t ask these Federal agents to sweep my porch and shovel the side walk. Well, they insisted. Said they needed to get some exercise in, because they hadn’t done anything since they came to Quincy earlier that morning. We sat and talked about an hour or so, and then when they got ready to leave, they got the shovel from the garage and the broom that was already on the front porch. In minutes they had the side walk cleaned and the front porch free of snow.

Beside being grateful, I was flabbergasted . They are such wonderful gentlemen and I have so much respect for what they do. I felt very guilty for making them shovel but they were so generous with the offer and insisted so much. I am so indebted to them. See, M always would get the side walk and the front porch shoveled to allow the mail carriers ease in getting to the mail box. But he still gets very tired, and I had told him not to bother with it at this time. Felt bad that it was not shoveled when these two came along. Wish I had taken a picture when they were shoveling!

How cool is that??!!

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Icy Fingerprints

The temperatures have been below zero most of this week, and will continue for most of next week also. Lots of snow! Lots and lots of the white stuff.

I wanted to run a couple of errands yesterday, and saw these patterns on the windows of the garage. Came back inside the home and grabbed my camera and was able to shoot these filigreed patterns on the windows. I hope you can zoom them to see the details.

Pretty, no?

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Pandemic’s influence!!

I have always thought that writing and painting are two of my most beloved pastimes. They are meditative, and so therapeutic. Since this Pandemic started, I have painted continuously. Some I think are passable, others , meh! not so much. A few of the paintings are hanging in the Great River Watercolor Society’s annual exhibition at the local University. I am rather proud of them, but have forgotten to take pictures. Hope they don’t sell. Then I will have to go and ask the owner if I can take a picture.

The first painting is a seascape. I didn’t intend to imitate Monet. My hand just wasn’t steady! Hah!

I like to paint old things. Old cars where the paint is rusted, and old trunks like these, along with other oldies.
This I copied from a calendar. I liked the mountains in the back ground and the gold of the trees.
I saw this in a photograph and thought it was kind of cool. A crow, or is it a raven, stealing an olive!
Many of you how much I love Rumi, the great poet. I just dabble in the paints to make his words come alive.
This is am abstract of ducks. I just love it.

The lower one of the boat and seagulls I had done earlier in the year 2020. A friend had sent me a photo, and i tried copying it.

This again is an abstract with Arabic Calligraphy, praising and showing gratitude to God and glorifying His presence.

Thank you for reading and looking at my work. Hope all of you are doing well and I pray this pandemic will be all done soon, and we can lead a normal life. Love and blessings to all.

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And now This!

I am feeling fine for almost a week. My quarantine is over. The IV Infusion I took has helped it seems. The second dose of vaccine is not until 90 days after the infusion, because the monoclonal antibodies that were infused, are supposedly protecting me. Hope so.

M got Covid last week. He was initially negative two weeks ago before he got the vaccine. Last Thursday he wasn’t feeling good, and I drove him to the testing site, where he tested positive. He was given the BAM infusion on Saturday. He is beginning to feel better.
Men have no strength like women! Period! They are weaker, more whiny, walk around like they are about to keel over, all while feeling “pretty good”! He has no fever, pneumonia or chills or headache. Guy just wants attention. Pffftt!

I am leaving the house now to just get out and get some fresh air and feed the birds.
So basically I am doing very well. Thank you all for all your prayers and good wishes.

Love you all, a lot!

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Hello Again

Still alive, and kicking. Beginning to feel better I think. Very tired. The fatigue is sapping. Thank you all for your comments and kind thoughts.

Love, and hope.

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this will be a short post. I tested positive for Covid 19 yesterday and have been in quarantine. My son and grandson Andrew also tested positive. Would appreciate some prayers for their health and fast recovery. We are all doing okay I think, not a major set back of any kind except for the feeling of isolation and the lethargy. Don’t expect any new post from me for a while.

Thank you.

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My New Decade

Posted on January 13, 2021 by Zakiah

Yup, I started a new decade on the 11thof this month. Never thought I would live to be this old! What a journey this has been. Children, travels,grandchildren, gardens, blogs with beautiful friends, books that were published, health issues, and a home that is humble and welcoming to one and all.

Sayeed and Saadia had originally planned for a big to do, invite a lot of my dear friends and close relatives, but as the disturbing viral pandemic took deeper and deeper roots in the fabric of our lives, the idea was given a rest. So they had a fabulous dinner arranged for me in his home. He has a neighbor who is a fourth generation French Pastry baker. She made a whole tray of amazing and incredibly mouth-melting desserts, good enough to set before royalty. I love macaroons, and there is a restaurant here that makes the best macaroons. But this lady outdid that. They were not big, but once i put them in the mouth, it just melted away, leaving a delicious aroma and taste in my mouth. Yummm.

The dessert table after the dinner dishes were cleared.
This plate of dessert was all for me. Don’t think I didn’t eat it! I inhaled it. Can you see the 80th written out on the mound of custard with a hard crusted base? So cool no? And the powdered sugar design on the plate? So pretty.
Received three beautiful arrangement of flowers.

Loved every moment of that day and evening. So blessed that my children live so close by, and do so much for me. Hope this year will be a blessed year for all of us.

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