Wednesday, 22 March 2017

When we waste water?

Today is March 22

Today is World Water Day!

The theme is around water and wastewater....that we need to conserve water and make better use of waste water

Water is sensitive to me, I grew up in the big city, but soon many estates came around ours and poof, the taps went dry. This started a long period of having water that comes maybe once a week, and drips out at night, so we learnt the art of listening for water. And as soon as the water came, we jumped out of bed (no matter and time) and began washing and cleaning and storing water till morning, when the taps went dry again.

The estate had one house that had access to army water....and so when the massive water bowser came to fill their big tanks, we benefitted from the balance....and since the pipe was big, having a basin was futile since the pressure was too high and all the water would splash out. So we brought out the movable tank and once it was filled up, we filled up smaller basins and ferried the precious commodity home!! waaaaaaaa

Then I moved to a boarding school and as luck would have it, the big tank that supplied the school had a problem and so that was my introduction to fetching water from a river > we had to make several trips, for the kitchen using huge metalic sufurias, for a teacher who can reroute you as you make your way back to the school and finally for self! And I tell you God was on our side, because that basin of water was the drinking water as well

So this poster rings so true for me


Fast forward to college days and still home didnt have constant water supply, and so during trips to town center, it was very emotional for me seeing the verandah at KENCOM being washed with water from a massive pipe and flowing freely and am like, wish we had that kind of water at home! #sigh

Of course working in ASAL areas made me have a whole other appreciation for water....the sight of the dry earth for miles and miles is enough for someone to know that once they get water, they need to use it carefully!


So this water day, spare a thought for those who dont have access to clean water...and think twice before you waste water please....

#nihayotu

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Mummy fear!

Its raining!! ok, a slight drizzle, but after such a hot day, any amount of rain is welcome

Am enjoying a hot cup of tea and some sweet potatoe, yummy!

Takes me back to when my kids were young, I had been told that sweet potatoes are good for kids. Thing is, sweet potatoes normally chock me, I dont know why...I cant take more than a slice...so you can imagine I never ever gave my kids sweet potatoes; they tasted in when they could walk and talk!!


I never admit this publicly, hehehehe, would sound strange!!

I also love mushroom soups and sauces...but I again mummy fear sets in!! I have read about mushroom being poisonous, and so all i do is look at them in supermarkets and step aside! of course when am in a restaurant, i never fail to order some mushroom! wish i knew how to tell these apart so family could also enjoy this taste!

Of course this continous campaign against polio also gives me jitters. My under 5 has had so many vaccines against polio I honestly cant wait to have him turn 5!  8 more months to go....when i see the letter from schoool i sign with a lot of reservation, since its been drummed that the vaccine is not harmful no matter how many times its given....honestly i dont understand this logic, much as it has been explained to me soooo many times!

There is the issue of earbuds!..strange eh?? Thing is, I fear that the kid will stick things into the nose or ears and it becomes an emergency...so for a long long time, I have never used earbuds in front of my kids....for fear that they may stick other things into their ears!


Anyways, what fears do you have as a mum??

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Resolve.,

she walks, no wobbles into the room

one cant mistake her

i mean, she must be over 200kg!

everyone is trying not to stare

me included

she seems to be used to the stares

they dont seem to faze her

she takes her seat

feels like a thud!

am concerned

thats where am headed

thats how i will look and feel like!!!

if i keep up with this procrastination!

oh my!

even my young son says my arms wigu wigu

(wiggle wiggle)

i must look at that gym advert again

i should start right away

they have a class this evening

mmm

or i start tomorrow?

sigh

Friday, 10 February 2017

Me and my markings...

Looking at pictures of women with traditional markings on their face, and  this made me check out the marks I have on me....of course none are as deliberate and symmetrical as what these ladies have done on their faces!! that's bold, waaaaaaaa



So I bear some scars on me...thing is, I don't have a mark on me that I don't recall how it got there

BUT the word scar seems so harsh.......so lets just call them marks :)

I was in a primary boarding school that had lots of barbed wire....wire around paddocks of green grass....we were allowed to step on the grass....so i wonder why the short fences with barbed wire...anyhoo....I think each child who passed through this primary school must have been grazed...I cant remember what I was doing, but I got myself a huge deep cut on my leg. No idea why I didn't go and see the school nurse...I just stayed with it till it healed!!! no tetanus shot, no fever...waa...God does indeed take care of children...

My thumb also has a mark,...the nail is not curved well, is more angular....this i recall very vaguely what happened...and if I remember right, I think I actually saw the bone on my thumb!!....the thumb had gotten swollen and the swelling had to be cut off....years ago when i tried getting the real story from mother, she said, weeeeeeeeeeeeeee don't even go there! and that was that....so details of what happened, i may never know

Then of course the stretchmarks all over my body! thankfully I paid attention to a tip to rub my growing tummy with copious amounts of good old Vaseline when expectant, so I did this for the three rounds and so that was sorted...should have done the same for my legs though...LOL...anyways, these ones I wear with pride....I carried humans for crying out loud....some marks of victory have to remain on me!!!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Lunch manners??

So am seating comfortably with my plate piled with assorted warm foods for lunch. Am in a workshop at a hotel that is known for serving fresh food only and so am looking forward to the sumptuous meal, then baaammm....there comes the lunch pooper

You see I had actually sat next to someone who had something negative to say about my choice of lunch from the attractive buffet. Lets call her P for Pooper!

P: Oh you eat wheat

Me: Yes!!

P: wheat is not the best. you should avoid it...and then she goes on to give a detailed account of how her gluten intolerant stomach used to react violently to wheat before she realised, years later, that all the bloatedness was because she was reacting to the gluten

Me (thinking) woah TMGI!!!!!!

Anyways, ever the gracious listener, I listened to her litany of problems related to all manner of foods, when I realised mmmm maybe she is recruiting members to her side so earnestly, since she cant enjoy vyapati like am doing?? LOL anyways,

Jokes aside, some people really react badly to wheat, others like me dont....BUT I am aware that I need to reduce my intake of wheat since it seems its digested slowly and so can cause me lots of other problems.
So I moderate it, but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, please, lunch is not the time to talk about bloated tummies!!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Obama Out (mic drop)

After 8 years at the top of the world, leader of free world, as they say, Obama takes a bow. Today he gave his final public address and I was keen on listening to it, until i realised it means waking up at 5am on Feb 11!! so i settled for watching a recorded version instead.

That position must be a very very challenging one, but I understand that the entire team takes all the credit or barbs. So he exits the stage, and though I may not fully grasp the complex foreign and local policies he spearheaded, I must say I still admired him....what he represented, his eloquence, his very public display of affection to this wife Michelle and children, his very visible support to military families and of course, his charm!!

God speed, Jatelo, you did the best you could, and shattered several ceilings while at it!!

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Happy 2017

Its a new year!

...and an old friend reminded me of this poem, so let me just hang it here

If—

By Rudyard Kipling           

 

If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!