These two pictures show a dry goods shop in the souk - notice the oil hanging from the 'roof' and the jars of spices up on shelves with treasures hanging underneath.
Buy a 'chick' and grow it for Sunday supper. The fellow who is behind them was quite upset when I was going to take this pic - so I made sure he was not in the shot - showed him the picture - love the digital camera for that feature - to show I just took the birds.
Friday I did laundry and then went out for supper - Angela invited me over to her place for a meal - had a great time. She will be missed - by me at least - I quite enjoy her company - and seeing as how she is 'from' Calgary - she left from there - and she lives not far from Miles and Shani there is a connection. We had a lot of good laughs - there was another woman there - Jeanette - from New Zealand - she has been teaching and living in Egypt for 25 years - a long timer - would like to get to know her better. She just recently moved to Alex - six months ago. Nice enough day that I spent a bit of time working on my 'tan' - feels so good to be able to sit out in the sun for a bit and feel it's warmth. Sad state of affairs when it is warmer outside than inside.
Saturday was a do nothing day - my get up and go deserted me - although I did spend a bit more time sitting outside enjoying the warmth.
Sunday we headed back to Mohmadaya - Suzanne and Gehan - to get some of my new outfits. Ibrahim had about half of the fabric made up - most of the things needed altering - although he did not do all of the altering I wanted - he has a hang up about hemming to the length I want - so I end up tripping on the things - so I am going to have to do some hemming - gives me something to do. Unfortunately I do not like having my hem dragging on the ground so my feet are hidden - I want the hem around my ankles to keep it clean and to keep my from tripping on the thing - even my SIL took issue with my wanting the things shorter - so a hemming I will go. Sharon has offered the use of her sewing machine - may take her up on it. It was another nice day - not great - a bit overcast - but still quite warm - had the a/c on in the car. When we went to get the car they had been digging up the street right by the curb of the sidewalk and my passengers could not get in. I was told that I could no park on that street any more as tomorrow - being Monday - they were going to be demolishing the two villas that are there - SIGH. Wonder how tall they will be building the new building - hope the governor keeps them to the 11 floor maximum or I may lose my 'view' and the breeze from the sea. Keep your fingers crossed. We picked up Mr. Sadee - Suzanne's hubby - while in Mohmadaya - he was working out there - guess he has a few projects that are keeping him there - and he brought me some whole wheat - have not looked at it - am going to make whole wheat pitas - or at least mostly whole wheat. I dropped Gehan and Mr. Sadee off at my SIL Shereen's place - they were meeting at her place for supper - I was invited - but I gracefully declined - had had enough of being the fifth wheel. I had a 'date' with my mom online and I did not want to miss it - after a few phone calls even managed to get internet access.
This is the final step in purchasing 'fresh' milk here in Egypt. You buy it in bags.
Not a great shot - but you can see the bags of milk sitting on the 'cooler'.
Monday the weather turned a bit nasty - got a bit windy at times and not much sun. Did not do a lot on Monday - my internet issues continue - and unfortunately it pisses me off. I did manage to water the garden.
Tuesday - Suzanne got her wish - on Thursday she had been complaining because we had not had any winter weather yet - it was windy and miserable - enough rain that I had to go and ream out the one drainage pipe that works so the water would drain - and what a mess - lots of very dirty water. I walked over to Sharon's because I did not have internet - well I did early in the morning - had a date with Aymn at 10 - and he came online and asked if he could postpone until 11:30 - and 10 minutes later I lost the internet - ARGH - and while I was walking over there it was thundering and raining a bit - not a lot. Managed to time it between the deluges. Chatted with Aymn and then came home - Sharon came shortly after me - and I was outside cleaning out the drain pipe and did not hear her knocking - finally came in and heard her - she could not use her key as I had put my key in the lock. I made cream of broccoli soup and bologna sandwiches - a real gourmet meal. The soup was great - anything warm was appreciated - although my place was warmer than her place had been - because of my new windows the wind inside the apartment does get cut down considerably. She brought over a copy of the movie Mama Mia - was a good show - but the best part was that when it was copied it was a disaster. We watched the middle of the movie - then the end of the movie and then finally the beginning of the movie and then the end again. Welcome to Egypt - even though we got to watch it piece meal it was a fun movie to watch - loved the music - but then I have always been an ABBA fan. While we were sitting in the recliners there was lightning and thunder - LOVE it - unfortunately Sharon does not. I even managed to get some laundry done - and because of the placement of my clothes line - they even dried off - was a great day - lots of wind - although I am sure that they got rinsed a couple of times - but they did dry and I was able to make my bed - YEAH - nice clean sheets. After Sharon left I tried to get online - phoned the internet guy and he said 5 minutes - 30 minutes later I called back and he was pissed off - said okay okay - and voila I had internet for about 1.25 hours - then it went off - phoned him again - and he hung up on me and turned off his cell phone. Sure do wish my Arabic was good enough to go and tear strips off of him.
I think that is it for me - not a lot else to say - will keep you posted as I can.
Today my goal is to make bread - wish me luck. Day is looking promising - so far we have blue sky and sunshine - winter was very shortlived.