Some photos are green-living relevant. Some are just about our life in Singapore.
This week saw the final play times with friends who were moving away. Summer time as an expat in Singapore is when half the people you know and with whom you have developed friendships move as their work contracts are up.
Because of my policy of not posting photos where children's faces are easily identifiable, I won't share the photos I have of our children with their friends. But, SN, our youngest's friend from school and A, G, and ME, our children's friends from church will all be missed. :( We wish them well on their next adventures and are glad for continued virtual connectivity!
The haze from the fires in Sumatra was still a part of our lives, so we had to severely limit outdoor play. Here is the pop-up tent we inherited on top of Mommy-and-Daddy's bed. The youngest and a friend (G.V.) inside, making a huge mess and having a great time.
As for drying the laundry in the bedroom . . . I normally hang up our laundry to dry outdoors on a kind of back porch of our condo unit. I didn't want our clothes to get saturated with haze particles, so I brought all the laundry indoors for a few days.
Four people trapped in a small space together for a week while on summer break and while Daddy was gone on a business trip . . . it was a long, frustrating week.
But, the haze did make this full moon a lovely shade of orange.
Our condo has recycling bins in the basement (this photo is not of them). Once each week (we try) I send the kids downstairs with our recyclable items. Here is a curbside recycling bin for stand-alone homes in a neighborhood across town.
The front and sides of the recycling bins are posted with easy reference guides. Each passer-by can quickly and easily learn many of the common household items that can, in fact, be recycled, versus thrown away.
Perhaps cities would see a higher rate of resident participation if people could see how easy and straightforward recycling can be.
Pool party with a bunch of friends from church as a send-off to a beloved family who has joined the US foreign service and is off on new adventures. (Adventures, indeed. Imagine being sent to live for a couple of years in a country you had never heard of before.)
At the pool party with a couple of amazing women, S and J.
I am honored to know them.
So friendly from day one.
J, and her approach to transportation, inspired me to start a new feature on my blog. (I still plan to implement that feature. Someday.) She had cleverly set up her bicycle with an attached seat AND a trailer to haul her three children around. Now, you might imagine her carrying a dainty load of, say, a one-year-old, a two-year-old, and maybe a four-year-old. Not so. These kids were 9, 7, and 4 at the time. The kicker was that sometimes a daughter might want a friend to come home with her after school. Yep. she'd give the whole lot a ride! Wow.
What a woman!
Godspeed, J and family. 'Til we meet again. Smooch!