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Gardens in Yemen

On reading the latest issue of the Yemen Times, I think both my father and mother in law would smile a tad upon hearing that there are some gardens still surviving modern day Yemeni lifestyle in the cities.


Our compound though at the top of a mountain range has within its enclosed walls gardens and bee hives…some of the gardens are for the bees to pollenate and the others are for growing potato, tomato, and others like herbs and spices that can be made from drying the plants..


Contrary to many, Qat is not cultivated on their land…. Because it is grassy and has bushes eaten by the camels, sheep and goats they raise, they make sure Qat is not part of the animals’ staple. That doesn’t mean they don’t have the habit of Qat chewing- but not at a level of others in the area.


From the States we always send them seeds and when possible fertilizer for the gardens. My hubby has been in recent times researching ways to maximize the water that they do get from the wells and from the water lines installed some ten years ago…so far its been about keeping the water pools free of amoeba and other larvae by slightly chlorinating the pools regularly- this water is used for cleaning and washing- but is strictly watched so no one drinks from it…


My sister in law fell in love with the gardens here and has always wanted to ask that a shipment of good soil be taken to the compound- but the traveling difficulties have made such a thing is beyond our scope at the moment.


One day, I pray we can fulfill her wish- for now we delight in the sunflowers that grow in her neat gardens and eat sweet tasting potato that I have yet to see in Yemeni markets… A piece of paradise; most grateful to God indeed…


Thanksgiving Day

One of my favorite holidays…Its time for our whole clan to get together – and because of the various religious denominations – it is the one day when we are in uniform agreement about giving Thanks to Our Supreme Lord – in all the names by all the languages we speak…the blessings of the meal is the most interesting part since it is repeated in various languages and never by the elders but by the minors…

This year there is much to be Thankful for in our clan…Some have moved to the far corners of the planet; but return for this very special event in our family life… This year some have gone on the adventures of their lives; leaving behind anxious parents…Some have returned from danger zones -My Son is home for the Holidays for the first time in 5 years! We have gone through a few health scares; and we have had a death… but it has served to bring us closer together even if the ride was bumpy…

Thanksgiving for our clan resembles the stories surrounding the first Thanksgiving in America…of the Indians and the Settlers… ours is also a table surrounded by people of different races; different religions; social and economic varieties- bound by blood, by marriage, and one thought – To give Thanks as a Family!

Let’s Eat!


Landslide…A tribute my Son

My son once told me before he went on duty that this always reminded him of me. To you my son…


[Stevie Nicks cover]
I took my love and I took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide brought me downOh, mirror in the sky
What is love
Can the child within my heart rise above
Can I sail thru the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my lifeWell, I’ve been afraid of changing ’cause I built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older too

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing ’cause I built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older, too
Well I’m getting older too

So, take this love and take it down
Year and if you climb a mountain and ya turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Well the landslide brought me down
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Well maybe
Well maybe
Well maybe the landslide will bring you down




by: Dixie Chicks

My Second Office… a promotion!

Subhan Allah, a few weeks ago I was in the bottomless pit of agony and pain- or is it pain and agony -Any who! I was downing pain pills like they were candy…I had gone through one surgery; everything was looking good- then my body decides (age…) to complicate matters and off I am again in the hospital for a five day stint where the doctors couldn’t (or wouldn’t) find the cause of my fevers and pain that were unrelated to my procedure…when I was finally discharged and got to my own doctors (I had to go to the nearest ER, that is how bad it had been) I was told that I couldn’t wait another 24 hours and had to have another emergency surgery! Oy!

Well as long as this pain was going to go away; let’s cut me open then…and sure enough first thing the next morning I was in the loving care of doctors and nurses I trusted and knew professionally…it made all the difference in the world! On the day of discharge my boss comes by to see how I am doing, happy and relieved that I am going home and that the pain had gone down to almost nothing- only the incision and stuff was hurting a bit.

Then he gives me the news as we meander from pains and post operative stuff to what’s up at the office. Since I am currently married to my Blackberry (no offense Habibi) I get to see all the action from afar. No one spares me any info…for a workaholic that is really not a good thing. The point is that we were at the moment and still are for that matter going through a takeover of the non-hostile kind of another hospital. And when I finally got around to asking – “so who is my counterpart over there”- He looked me in the eye and said “No One- you wear different hats, and no one over there does what you do. So you will be going two or three times a week. You will have another office where you can duplicate what you do here.” Simply stated I had just gotten a promotion- on my sickbed no less! Alhamdulillah! Wow! Blow me over with a feather!

Today I made my first visit . I had gone last week with my boss even though I was technically still on Medical Leave to a departmental meeting- where the department head of the original overseers of the hospital were now handing over the “reins” to us. Had it been in the Middle East or Latin America it would have been treated as a Media Circus; sound bites; pics and all manner of shenanigans. Here it was a very quiet and informal affair- the big hand shaking had been done at Corporate Headquarters. Now it was meet your counterpart (or in my case meet the department) and play nice -get to know each other.

I had a great time with one of the Directors who is also Hispanic and very sweet. She and I found common ground in our shared languages; cultural quirks and got down to business quite nicely. Today was my first visit to the office to meet her staff.

It’s interesting to note that with Allah’s Help and Guidance, I have in the past ten years made it my business to break the barriers that might have existed for a Muslim woman in hijab in the higher enclaves of Administration. It has not been easy- but here is a quirky way of seeing what happened:

Years 1 – 3 wore severe Islamic clothing- Black, Navy Blue, Grey Jilbabs with Pants and one color hijabs in the same tones…Worked more hours than a flight attendant crossing four time zones and three continents. Mass produced all manner of things- They asked I made it happen- Pronto!

Years 4- 8 wore Turkish Tessettur in the Winter; Shalwar Khamis in the Summer- Color was slowly coming back…Went to more meetings, seminars, conferences and hall way chit-chats than I care to remember…Longer hours, but I was chipping away at the ceiling.

Years 9-10 wore anything I wanted to that was within the confines of my age, taste, and poundage! LOL- out came the bangles, the high heeled sandals and pumps; the chains and pearls; and the colorful hijabs were the crowning glory! I’m HOME! Got an office with a view; decorated it Japanese style (my son brought enough back to fill two museums!)- the hours were just as long; but I was visible; reliable for the projects at hand and I was not being micromanaged at all- I set the pace and that was fine! The Executive Director gave the final blessing…ChaCHING!!!

In between I have put enough mileage on my frequent flier account to earn a few months of country hopping; I do get about two months worth of vacation each year (if I work up to 14 hours a day sometimes 6 days a week I think that perk is a GO); and I have the absolute BEST BOSS on this Planet!!! A person who let’s my creativity fly without limits! When I stepped into the “new” hospital today I was ready to go to the next level- duplicate what I have been able to accomplish Alhamdulillah and pray that I can do it again with Allah’s Mercy and Bounty…

So if I ever hear another sister in Islam tell me that the best for me is to be in strict hijab, shapeless, colorless, meek, simple, And invisible- I will acknowledge and say- Everything arrives for a reason, a season or a lifetime and only Allah SWT can dictate where, what and how I will use what has been given to me. My purpose is to serve on earth and when Allah so Sees fit to take my soul away then that is the end of that.

My prayers are for the betterment of people who come seeking a remedy; seeking relief from pain- My oath is to “First Do No Harm” and with it I put all my Muslim passion into it…I know a tad oxymoron…but what can I say…

Service is how I show Allah SWT that I mean business with what He gave me to use in this world. All my dua’s are for my fellows -Muslim and Non alike. All my prayers are for peace and serenity in my life so that I may continue Serving.


A special thank you to my first commentator

Thanks basbousa!

Great to see you here, come back anytime! Your Hijab Style  is the best site… I will pass it along and send to others who would love to see these. All the best!


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