A couple more paintings.

I am sorry I am boring you all with more paintings. But I just wanted you all to know that I am not just sitting around twiddling my thumbs! 🙂



Now, I know both these look kind of childish, but I cannot begin to tell you how calm I feel when I am doing this. So please bear with me my childish pleasures.

Last month I was in the LA area and met my niece and her family for breakfast one morning. She was so sweet to gift me a gorgeous brooch. I don’t usually wear brooches and I was wondering how I would wear it. One night I got the idea. I have a few pearl strands, and decided to make a pendant of that brooch and have my jeweler fix it for me. Here is the result. I am so happy about it. I posted it on facebook so my niece could see it. I think it is not only simple but it also adds a little bit of pizzazz to the pearls. I am glad I took the pearls in, because the jeweler said that they needed to be restrung. Boy was I happy!


It has been so frikkin’ hot. It does rain, but the humidity is unbelievable. My sinuses are knocking on the roof of my head asking me why I don’t move to, hmmm where can I move where there won’t be humidity. Not Arizona. Too many insects and things that I don’t like. Anyway, I have to seriously think about this. May be I should move to British Columbia. Then I won’t have to even think of this moron who is a lying misogynist running for the highest office in the nation. Okay, I won’t go into that, because I already have a headache.

Noah leaves for college in a couple of weeks. I am so happy for him, but so scared to let him go. He is going to Rolla Missouri to the Science and Technology School of Engineering. It is about three hours from here, and not a big school, which is what he wanted, a small school. Sending him  even an hour away, would be like sending him too far away, in my book! He is playing tennis this week end in the city tournament, with his partner Ben. I hope it is not going to be very hot. Today I took him to an Audio place and got Blue tooth (hands free telephone ) put in his car. I told him he could take my car, and he said, “Ammi, if I take the Mercedes, it will look like I am a spoilt brat!” My grandson!

That’s it folks.


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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43 Responses to A couple more paintings.

  1. The winter scene looks nice.

    It’s been hot and humid here too. Despite growing up in the tropics, all these years of living in Canada has made me “soft”.

    I think Noah will do very well in school. I chuckled when you mentioned he’s going to be an hour away. But it’s better than having to fly across the coast to visit him. Don’t drive in winter though.

    • Zakiah says:

      Noah’s school is 3 hours away. I think I made a mistake when I was typing. I should have added the words “even if” it were one hour away, it would feel like too far away. 🙂 My bad!
      I know what you mean about not being able to tolerate the humidity, despite the fact that I grew up in the topics. But I spent only about twenty three years there, compared to the many more decades that I have been here.

    • Zakiah says:

      I tried to click on your icon just now to go to your page, but couldn’t access it. Your id doesn’t come up on my page unless I send a reply. Then every one’s IDs show up. So now when I post this, I will see Nocturnal Twins.

  2. Tree says:

    Lovely paintings. Did the snow scene help you cool off? It is hot and humid here, too. Thank heavens for AC. 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      Not sure if it help me cool off, but, it certainly made me feel good. Even though the painting didn’t come out like the way it should have. It is supposed to be wet on wet. and I let the sky dry before painting the pines.
      Yes, thank heaven for the AC. We’ve had some rains. Yesterday I took my grandson Noah t the Audio store, and it just POURED. I mean I couldn’t see the road, it was raining so hard. Came home, and there was not one drop here. Husband said, that it never rained at all! Go figure! And Quincy is a small town! Any way, I hear that the next couple of days it is going to be much cooler.

  3. jstnotherday says:

    The very perfect hobby for the hot summer months!
    I like your paintings. Thank you for sharing them.

    The necklace is beautiful.
    Keep cool as well as calm. 🙂

  4. slmret says:

    I’m so glad you are dabbling in the painting — before long, you’ll be an expert! The brooch makes a beautiful pendant with the pearls! Noah will do fine — an hour away is not very far — you can pick him up for weekends or when he needs family, but it’s far enough away that he can feel that he went away to college! You have several other princes — don’t feel like it’s an empty nest quite yet!

    • Zakiah says:

      Oh Janet, I am not sure. I really want to be able to do good with the painting. My strokes are not as smooth as I would like them to be.
      And, Noah is going to be 3 hours away from here. Pleas see my response to Matt above. I am so happy Noah is so focused and wants to do engineering, but seeing him go away is going to be hard on Saadi and me. I thank God for the Smart Phones where we can do facetime. That alone will keep me sane I think. I remember how it was when Saadi and Sayeed went away. I was beside myself. The phone bills every month, were never less than 3 or 400 dollars! 🙂 And now he has a hands free phone in his car. (Actually it is Saadi’s old car which she gave to him when she got a new one.) I went to Xanga and looked for you, and didn’t find any new post. Hope you are doing well. Are you heading towards SB soon, since you weren’t able to two weeks back?

      • slmret says:

        No new post since the new car. I’ve been catching up on chores not done while I was dealing with the car. I’ll go to Santa Barbara in mid-August instead. It’s HOT here, and I’ve been trying to stay quiet and cool.

  5. mrswrangler says:

    It has been hot.

    Your paintings are cool.

    Have a good weekend.

  6. Humor_Me_Now says:

    Good Morning Dr. Zakiah. My wife is a water color artists, but has not been painting for awhile. Love your paintings.

    I came from a family with little education. Mom convinced me to try a junior college. It changed my life due to a professor who mentored me. I am forever grateful to him. Even though I was a ‘C’ student, in 1960 only 9% of the population had a college degree. I got a great job immediately. Sadly, it is different today for our kids, but I am sure Noah will do great due to the huge family support he gets.

    Let’s hope the right woman is elected President. Lol. The right men are not right, want to fight, put us to flight, and many are skimpily trite. I am disappointed in both candidates. One scares me. The other does not support my spiritual values, but she is by far the better choice.



    • Zakiah says:

      You are the first one Frank, to say that about Hilary without sacrificing values to support the unity of the Republican party. I applaud you for that. I don’t think Hilary is the absolute best choice either, but I am voting for her, because she has the experience and is not divisive and arrogant.
      Thank you for your words about my prince Noah. He is a great student, with a GPA of 4.1 and he was given scholarship to this school, which is considered to be a very good school for engineering. God willing he will do very well there.
      I remember seeing Norma’s water color paintings. She should resume painting.
      Stay well and take care Frank. Thank you for your friendship.

  7. kaylar says:

    Those are wonderful paintings! love those trees and well done on the scenic wonderland! (have you seen Renee’ Locks work, Brush Dance is her company. Inspiring because simple yet gorgeous color work. She’s on FB, if you have not seen her cards/calendars.)
    Thanks to YouTube, we caught some of RNC, and lots of the DNC convention. *sigh*

    • Zakiah says:

      No, I have not seen the works of Locks. I will look her up. Thank you for the suggestion.

    • Zakiah says:

      I saw your post on fb about the Irish landscape and the few trees on the mound. Guess what I did? I painted it. My children thought it looked good, (my painting) they always think whatever I do, looks good… but I think there is something lacking. I don’t think I got the right greens for the meadow! 😉

      • kaylar says:

        Wow, so wonderful! (Did you post it; i need to go check…) You have natural feel for this; I needs the lessons to teach me subtleties and even the not so subtle. (-:

  8. dian gansen says:

    I like your paintings, especially the gray and blue one. It was a good idea to combine the two pieces of jewelry. I had a pair of earrings with tiny diamonds in them redesigned into a single ear ring with all the diamonds in it and I love it. I like to wear one earring: it confuses people!
    The Internet has made it so much more convenient to keep in touch with distant loved ones! I like seeing my dad’s face on Skype every week instead of just hearing his voice. I bet Noah will be happy to see your loving face often.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Dian. I think I will enjoy wearing the pearls. You are such a great artist, and feel humbled getting a compliment from you. As the days of Noah’s departure are getting closer, I am getting fidgety and nervous. Yes, doing face time and/or Skype will be so good.

  9. marica0701 says:

    Lovely watercolors! I can craft and create with my hands but I’m horribly lousy at painting and drawing. I have a cheapie watercolor set and the appropriate paper, and I’ve tried to paint, but I think a four-year-old paints better than me hahaha.

    And I love how you converted that brooch! Very elegant.

    • Zakiah says:

      Oh Marica, thank you. My paintings are really not a whole lot to look at, but I am enjoying them. Yes, I like the way the pendant sits among the pearls.
      I hope the job search is going well.

  10. I’m not bored at all. I LOVE your paintings. They are lovely (not childlike). I am so glad you are having such a good time with them. They would make great gifts. You should consider that. Just my two cents.
    I love the brooch turned necklace as well.
    Noah sounds like a wonderful guy.
    It’s hot here too. The heat index is awful.
    Hope you continue to paint and show us your work. Love and hugs.

    • Zakiah says:

      aww! How sweet Elizabeth. Noah is just a prince in the true sense. Our prince. He fills my heart. I shall try to continue the painting part. Hope you are doing well.

  11. I think your paintings are beautiful. Water colour paintings always make me feel relaxed.

    Your family life always sounds so lovely and always so high achieving, I’m so envious!

  12. Zakiah says:

    Thank you so much. You have certainly brought a smile to my face. Have a great weekend.

  13. Best wishes to Prince Noah! What an exciting time in his life! He’s going to do amazing things! 🙂 Now-a-days there are some great ways to stay in touch. (Back in The Dark Ages, when I went to college, we only had telephones and snail-mail. 😉 😀 ) I remember when mine took off for college. I missed them SO much! 😦

    Ugh. 😦 The Moron gives me headaches, too. GRR! :-/ Until him, I didn’t know an adult could be such an immature, ignorant, narcissistic, callous bully. (I have more adjectives for him, but I’ll just use those few.)

    When I look at your watercolors, I feel peace. I am transported to places that are beautiful and peaceful! Lovely paintings, SweetZ! 🙂

    Hope your whee-kend is wonderful!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you for the wonderful comment Carolyn. I know those dark ages, literally, when I went away to college in the early sixties, traveling a hundred and ten miles, and it took all day to reach by bus or train! No phones. Only way of communication was by snail mail.;)
      I hope you heard the speeches on the last day of the DNC convention. I thought the speeches by President Obama and the others and Hilary were outstanding. How about the speech by Mr. Khizer Khan, the father of the fallen hero who sacrificed his life to save his men! I cried when I heard him. And when the MORON was asked about that, he said what, the wife was just standing there, may be she was not allowed to speak! Does that guy even have a clue about the word sacrifice? Anyway, now we will have to wait the 100 days till the election is over.
      Love you, ❤

  14. beowulf222 says:

    Beautiful. Really enjoyed that.

  15. I like the painting of the tree on the right. A good sanguine. Well done Zakiah. You are gifted .
    The brooch was a beautiful present and you have been well inspired to make a pendant with it.
    Good luck to Noah for his studies .. Without any douby he will succeed in his project.
    Love ❤

    • Zakiah says:

      Yes, I liked the tree on the right too. I am just not able to get the foliage right with the green tree. I have tried twice already. 😦
      Today the photographer came to take professional photos of the entire family here at home in the garden. I wore that pearl chain with the pendant. 🙂
      14 more days for Noah to go to school. I am praying for calm in my soul.
      Thank you for the comment dear Michel.
      Love, ❤ ❤ ❤

    • Zakiah says:

      Yes Michel, I will do that when the photos are seen and chosen by us. The photographer has not called us yet for the viewing. I would love for you to know my family too.

  16. slmret says:

    Zakiah —

    Noah will do well in college. Even 3 hours away isn’t that far — he can call any time, or Skype, and probably come home on a monthly basis. You’ll see him lots! Remember, too, that kids often get a bit homesick after being away for the first month or two — that he’s relatively close to home will help that, but it’s good for him to be away, too, at this point in his life. Be excited with him — that he’s made into such a great school, that he can try his wings, that he’ll be able to play tennis, and that he’ll prepare himself for a great career! 🙂

  17. r_hsw says:

    i would agree with your grandson. NO mercedes.

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