Thursday, July 7, 2016

This and That

It's that time of the week again! It is raining cats and dogs here at the moment. Tonight on the evening weather report I learned that is has been anywhere from 4-11 degrees cooler at this time than last year around the same period. I could tell just because by this point last year we were in advanced stages of water restrictions.

Though water restrictions also started early this year they did not escalate. My garden isn't doing terribly well with the inconsistent temperatures and inconsistent watering. I've neglected to water on days when I thought it was going to pour and didn't. Then I've watered only to have it pour rain the next morning. I'm grateful for a good soak of the earth though. It  usually seems to perk things up a bit in the garden.

Though we've been having rain I managed to get a few sky shots on a dry evening (click photos to enlarge).

On the day I snapped these photos I was strolling along the street and stopping at various furniture stores. I'm keeping my eyes open for a set of chairs, new or lightly used.  I snapped a few photos of this and that. I saw a lot of vintage furniture (not antique but several decades old).  There used to be many antique stores in my neighbourhood but most have fallen by the wayside or moved to other neighbourhoods.

I rather  like this teak dresser but don't need one.

A few vintage chairs but not what I'm looking for. 

The chairs below are made of wood salvaged from an oxen cart.
I love them but am not sure these are the ones for me.
They are probably a bit too rustic for my indoor needs and other decor
but they are nice and very comfortable.

I stopped at many more places.
I have my eye on chairs made from salvaged wood. The chairs are in shaker style and have a nice
smooth finish.
I haven't made up my mind so the search will continue.


News from Kenya

 I've been involved in assisting a young teenage Samburu girl who is 13 or 14 years of age.
Her parents arranged a marriage for her for 30 cattle and 6 camels.
She ran away to a rescue center to escape the marriage so she is now all alone in the world and dependent on well wishers.
The missionary at the rescue centre asked my friends to take her and put her in school where she can be in hiding and get an education.
That was working out until she got a bad case of pneumonia.
During treatment and evaluation, a heart problem was discovered.
The school didn't take any action to help her so my friend did and she is now in a hospital several hours away that specializes in diseases of the heart.

She was very weak upon arrival but I am cautiously optimistic.  She seems to be improving though I have no idea yet about her prognosis.

I can only imagine what a scary proposition to be all alone in the world like she is.
The school has been good to give her an educational placement but they have not responded to any of her medical needs.
 I've been trying to help her through my friends there.
My friends are in a difficult and awkward position too. Should the girl not survive, her family will need to be notified..
If you are a prayer warrior please say some prayers for her.
I won't share her photo here because of her situation.

Ernest who was in hospital recently for infection complications cancer surgery is now home and recovering. He seems to be doing much better now. I am hoping they have managed to eradicate the cancer but it will take time to know for sure.

Joining in with Skywatch Friday
Friday Foto Friends  today.
Thank you for stopping by.


Lady Fi said...

Lovely clouds in your sky. Hope it rains soon.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, pretty captures of the clouds. I hope you have some much needed rain. I feel sorry for the young girls with these arranged marriages, I wish her well and send my prayers.

Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Melanie said...

I always enjoy your sky photos. We could use some rain here. They always promise but it's been about a week since a drop. I pray that the outcome is good for your the girl in Kenya. It is so good that the heart condition was discovered. So sad to be traded to a man for animals. Have a blessed day.

Linda said...

Beautiful clouds and nice items.

Breathing In Grace said...

Thank you so much for joining....I ALWAYS love sky pics and think I'd really like to have a chair made from an oxen cart!!! That poor young little glad you are involved in her care and helping her. What a sad situation to be in. HOPE you have a great weekend.

Mereknits said...

How sad to live in a world where you are given up for marriage for cattle. The poor little one, I am sending her positive thoughts.

Al said...

Nice sky shots. I can't imagine what that girl is going through - it's terrible that this still happens in today's world.

betty-NZ said...

I love to see the beauty in the sky and you captured it so well! I said a prayer for the girl and will continue. Thank you for trying to help her out of that awful situation.

John's Island said...

Hi Joyful, So nice to see you in my comments on the Dahlia Garden! I know you mentioned that you were spending less time on the internet so it is especially nice to see you stop by and leave the kind comment. I think you may have missed my post on Canada Day. :-) Hope you'll take a look. You have some very nice sky shots in this post. Can you believe what a different summer we are having when compared to last year? Wow, I have been loving the cool, moderate temperatures ... I'm almost afraid to mention it for fear of jinxing it! :-) I liked your pics from the shopping trip. Looking forward to more pics of your garden! I'll bet you are busy with your summer visitors and hope you are having a great time! Best regards from Seattle!

Jeanie said...

I came home after a month and the poor garden -- with little rain -- was looking sad. My neighbor did her best (I think -- but I'm not sure because her yard looks pretty great!). A little water, some weeding and deadheading will help but then it's off again next week! Life is good but garden -- I'm sorry!

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