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Rooftop Gardening: Flowering Vegetables

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If I was Tinkerbell, or some other dainty little fairy flitting here and there in a forest, I’d like my dress to be made from this frilly white flower. We have no idea what this plant is called, Mohamed received the seeds from a good friend who owns a greenhouse operation nearby. He told me it makes a gourd that people like to eat the seeds from as a snack. It’s supposed to be a quick growing vine that will cover our grape arbor and give us shade and relief from the hot summer sun up on our rooftop garden.
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We planted a seed in every barrel around the roof, and they are taking off like crazy, producing many vines and slowly climbing up the arbor. One or two have actually reached the top of the arbor already and I’m guiding them carefully in the right directions.

The pretty flowers are quite a bonus, in my opinion! Two nights ago we were up on the roof working and it was about time to stop. At sunset the mosquitoes come out, and I don’t like to be their dinner.

But this time, a little earlier than the mosquitoes, a really interesting insect came visiting these frilly white flowers. Too bad I didn’t have my camera up there at the time, it looked like the strangest cross between a small hummingbird and a large butterfly, with gorgeous orange colored spots on its wings. Just like a hummingbird, I couldn’t really see the wings, just the spots, as it was hovering over the flower and inserting it’s needle-like beak for a sip of something sweet, then it flitted off to the next flower!

Insha’Allah, God willing, I’ll have my camera ready next time!

This next shot is one of the barrels filled with the vines of this mystery gourd. The bougainvillea planted in a chicken feeder beside the barrel is also flowering nicely, adding some pretty color to the roof!

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Egyptian Fun Foto: Rooftop Roses

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This week’s Fun Foto Challenge on Cee’s Photography Blog is having fun with two-tone photos.
Cee says, The only requirement is that there are only two colors in your photo.   
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Recipe w/Pics: Turning Sugarcane Into Juice

Thirsty for something different, deliciously sweet and excellent for your health? How about some fresh sugarcane juice!

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Our fence has become a sugarcane jungle, as it multiplies quickly

After Mohamed transplanted my little sugarcane babies from the roof to the land next to the fence, I thought they looked very nice there. They made a tall green wall of fringe that appealed to my inner landscape designer. Never underestimate the rich egyptian soil, though, because it can turn a few sugarcane babies into a jungle faster than weeds on steroids.

After cutting through the jungle with a machete, or as it is called here, a “sho’ruf,” Mohamed cut a few sugarcane stalks away from the fence and carried them back closer to the house.

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A few sugarcane stalks cleaned and cut into short sections

Then he stripped away all the leaves, and washed and rinsed the bare stalks clean from any dust or soil. Next he cut the long stalks into shorter sections, and collected them all in a bucket.

I really like fresh sugarcane juice. It’s quite sweet, and ordinarily I prefer my sweeteners artificial and calorie free, but I always make an exception for fresh sugarcane juice. It’s probably the National Drink of Egypt, and it’s definitely good for whatever’s ailing you. It’s high in Vitamin C, to boost your immune system, especially if you have a cold. It has a low glycemic index, so sugarcane juice won’t make you sleepy by blasting you with insulin. It is rich in carbohydrates, so it will give you energy and refresh you, but it is digested slowly, as it has no simple sugars.

Sugarcane juice is a vegan source of protein, too, and studies have shown it to be useful against prostate and breast cancer cells, possibly due to the alkalinity of the juice. Juice high in alkalinity is excellent for treatment of kidney, bladder, prostate, and urinary tract troubles, so sugarcane juice is not only going to hydrate you quickly in hot weather, it’s going to cleanse your whole system gently at the same time. And don’t forget that sugarcane grows into a jungle quickly, too, and it never needs spraying for pests, so it’s a highly sustainable, organically grown crop, producing a natural drink far better for our health than carbonated soda pop. I guess you can tell I really like sugarcane juice!

So this homely looking bucket of sticks probably looks different to you, now, than it did at first glance, right? Let’s carry it to the juicer and fire her up!
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Rooftop Gardening

After finding myself with a very sunny but drab and boring back patio, which is in fact the roof of the first floor kitchen, I decided to try my hand at rooftop gardening.

First, I started out by planting seeds –
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then I moved them all outside to tables where they could be watered easily –
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I became very impatient but then, finally, things started popping up! –
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So I started recycling strange containers into planters and began transplanting things –
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Look carefully to find ‘upscaled’ chicken cages, feeders and drinkers, as well as clay rabbit feed and water bowls and wooden boxes used by rabbit mommies for building their nests in – I had a blast hunting in the jampacked storage room for all these treasures! I hauled them all up, bit by bit, and then had fun times moving things around –
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Welcome to Aisha’s Oasis

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Ahlan wa Sahlan – Welcome to my little slice of Egyptian Life! 
I’m an American woman who flushed twenty years of marriage to a mean, drunk, ‘wasp’ (White Anglosaxon Protestant) in favor of an incredibly loving Egyptian Muslim man I met online. I had been divorced for two years and was learning about Islam on the internet. When I cried to Allah to make me Muslim, I also cried to Him for a wonderful Muslim husband. Allah answered both prayers, alhamdulillah! When Allah put my feet on the path of Islam, three steps later He put my husband-to-be’s ad for a wife in front of my eyes. In our email correspondence, Mohamed said to me, “Sometimes reality is more wonderful than any dream,” and I was so ripe for the picking, I fell directly into his hand. It’s been a joyride ever since! I married him in Egypt after only 50 days of correspondence, and less than 24 hours after our first actual meeting. I’m using my binders of printed emails as posts, so readers can watch the story unfold just as I did, and enjoy the whirlwind excitement of an internet romance that went right. Very right!

Continue reading for more introduction to “Aisha’s Oasis,” and to reach the complete Table of Contents, below. If you’ve already read this you can quickly jump to anywhere by clicking on a category from the menu bar, above, or from the sidebar on the right to enjoy the Places in my Oasis.

Additionally, you can Click Here to Jump to my Latest Post Or Click Here to Jump Directly to the Table of Contents

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Aisha & Mohamed Are Here!

Simultaneously, I’m sharing posts of what daily life is like for me in Egypt. You’ll find love poems and recipes, and photos of my gardening, photos of the birds, my neighbors, their animals, and all the petty drama that erupts around here, as well as shortstories and artwork, and pictures of the jewelry I love to create.

I guess this is my legacy – an attempt at a self-induced vulcan mind meld into the archives of wordpress.com because I don’t want to die without unloading it somewhere! It’s been a very exciting ride! If you’d like to believe me, start here:
My First Cup of Tea in the Oasis https://aishasoasis.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/my-first-cup-of-tea-in-the-oasis/
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

EGYPT – AISHA’S JOYRIDE TO EGYPT:

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My 1st Cup Of Tea In The Oasis


Episode 1: My First Cup of Tea in the Oasis (Dec. 09, 2013)

Ep. 2: Breaking the News to my Father (Dec. 11, 2013)

Ep. 3: Seeking Wife To Be Love & Friend (Dec. 31, 2013)

Ep. 4: Salam wa Smiles, 40 years old, 5′ 5″ (Jan. 5, 2014)

Ep. 5: I’ve Got Mail! (Jan. 10, 2014)

Ep. 6: From A Mermaid Princess Named Scheherazade (Jan. 18, 2014)

Ep. 7: Oh Please Pinch Me (Jan. 23, 2014)

Ep. 8: Twenty Questions (Jan. 29, 2014)

Ep. 9: “Slow Down!” (Feb. 8, 2014)

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My Turn To Dance

Ep. 10: My Turn To Dance (Feb. 20, 2014)

Ep. 11: Did I Say Something Wrong? (Mar. 11, 2014)

Ep. 12: Are We Only Dreaming? (Mar. 25, 2014)

Ep. 13: Difficult Answers (Apr. 14, 2014)

Ep. 14: Our Hearts Are Tied (May 06, 2014)

Ep. 15: A Love Letter To Die For (Jun 11, 2014)

Ep. 16: Like A Runaway Train (Jul 21, 2014)

Ep. 17: French Chocolate English (Sept 13, 2014)

Ep. 18: The Transient Life of a Leaf (Mar 15, 2015)

EGYPT – DAILY LIFE:

Poem: Oh Cairo (Dec. 07, 2013)

Poem: Oh Cairo, Chapter 2 (Dec. 07, 2013)

Photo Poem: Oh Cairo, Chapter 2, Photo 1 of 10 (Feb. 18, 2014)

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Rooftop Flowering Veggies

Photo Poem: Oh Cairo, Chapter 2, Photo 2 of 10 (Mar. 01, 2014)

Photo Poem: Oh Cairo, Chapter 2, Photo 9 of 10 (Mar. 07, 2014)

Photo Poem: Leaving The Market (Aug 27, 2014)

Photo Poem: Doing The Dishes (Oct. 02, 2014)

Rooftop Gardening (Dec. 08, 2013)

Rooftop Gardening: Our First Tomato! (Mar. 16, 2014)

Rooftop Gardening: Flowering Vegetables (May 02, 2014)

Rooftop Gardening: Rebooting The Tomatoes (June 28, 2014)

Egyptian Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dec. 23, 2013)

Turning Sugarcane Into Juice (Jan. 2, 2014)

EGYPT – DAILY LIFE – AISHA’S EGYPT:

Let’s Take A Ride! (Mar. 18, 2014)

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Mizmar-izing Music

Little Shepherd Boy (Mar. 28, 2014)

Mizmar-izing Music (Apr. 18, 2014)

11 Little Secrets and a Liebster (Apr. 26, 2014)

A Kiss From The World (May 10, 2014)

A Very Versatile Goat (May 27, 2014)

Watermelon Pyramids (Aug 14, 2014)

The Olive & Pickle Vendor (Sept 20, 2014)

The Ice Cream Man (Oct. 27, 2014)

A Heavily Loaded Horsecart (Dec 10, 2014)

French Fry Farmers (Mar 01, 2015)

Duck Market Day (Apr 12, 2015)

EGYPT – DAILY LIFE – BIRDS OF EGYPT:

“Cleopatra:” The Green Bee-Eater (Jan. 08, 2014)

“Hud Hud:” The Hoopoe (Jan 13, 2014)

“Fairuz:” The Collared Kingfisher (Jan. 26, 2014)

“Um Uway’e:” The Little Owl (Feb. 6, 2014)

“Abu Maghazil:” The Spur-Winged Lapwing (Feb. 16, 2014)

EGYPT – DAILY LIFE – ESSAYS:

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Lady Chicken Vendors

Egyptian Culture, Part 1: Islam and Sharia Law (Feb. 2, 2014)

Egyptian Culture, Part 2: Carry Cash (Feb. 9, 2014)

Egyptian Culture, Part 3: Don’t Forget Yourself (Feb. 24, 2014)

Egyptian Culture, Part 4: Powdered Sugar Mustaches (March 03, 2014)

Egyptian Culture, Part 5: Lady Chicken Vendors (May 22, 2014)

Egyptian Culture, Part 6: Water, Water Everywhere (Jun 06, 2014)

Eguptian Culture, Part 7: Eid al Adha Celebration (Oct. 11, 2014)

EGYPT – DAILY LIFE – PHOTOS:

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Fun Foto 2-Tone Roses


Egyptian Fun Foto: Bicycle and Bananas (Mar. 06, 2014)

Egyptian Fun Foto: Rooftop Roses (Mar. 14, 2014)

EGYPT – WONDERFUL REBLOGS:

What a Bazaar Day, by Wandering Soles (Dec. 08, 2013)

GARDENING:

Rooftop Gardening (Dec. 08, 2013)

Rooftop Gardening: Our First Tomato! (Mar. 16, 2014)

Rooftop Gardening: Flowering Vegetables (May 02, 2014)

Rooftop Gardening: Rebooting The Tomatoes (June 28, 2014)

What To Do With A Ripe Papaya (Dec. 20, 2013)

JEWELRY:

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Time Is A Patient Spectator

Handmade Bracelets (Dec. 06, 2013)

Beachglass Jewelry Set with Matching Poem (Jan. 20, 2014)

PHOTO GALLERIES:

Photo Gallery #1 (Dec. 05 – 18, 2013)

POETRY & PROSE – POEMS:

Speak To Me In Kisses (Dec. 07, 2013)

Breaking Fast After Six Days Of Shawwal (Dec. 07, 2013)

Oh Cairo (Dec. 07, 2013)

Oh Cairo, Chapter 2 (Dec. 07, 2013)

Photo Poem: Oh Cairo, Chapter 2, Photo 1 of 10 (Feb. 18, 2014)

Photo Poem: Oh Cairo, Chapter 2, Photo 2 of 10 (Mar. 01, 2014)

Photo Poem: Oh Cairo, Chapter 2, Photo 9 of 10 (Mar. 07, 2014)

Time Is A Patient Spectator (Jan. 15, 2015)

Combing The Beach In Winter (Jan. 20, 2014)

“Damn Cold Day!” (Jan. 27, 2014)

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I will Always Look Up To You


“There Was A Time When Things Were Different” (Feb. 3, 2014)

No One Could Ever Know (Feb. 10, 2014)

“Don’t Blame The Sinner” (Feb. 17, 2014)

Notorious Little Girl (Feb. 25, 2015)

Photo Poem: Brick And Mortar Outhouse (Mar. 02, 2014)

Photo Poem: I’ll Always Look Up To You (Mar. 27, 2014)

Poem: “Life Journey” – A Collaboration With Zara (Jul 12, 2014)

Photo Poem: The First Thing I Notice (Jul. 31, 2014)

Photo Poem: Leaving The Market (Aug 27, 2014)

Photo Poem: Doing The Dishes (Oct. 02, 2014)

Blog Action Day on Inequality, Oct. 16, 2014 – Poem: “She Was Born In The Respite Between Intifadas”

POETRY & PROSE – PHOTO QUOTES:

The Nest In Rumi’s Rose Garden (Jul. 06, 2014)

POETRY & PROSE – MY ARTICLES FOR EDENKEEPER.ORG:

Egypt Illuminates Ancient Alleyways With Solar Light (June 20, 2014)

Rumi: Behind The Beauty Of The Moon Is The MoonMaker (Jul. 06, 2014)

The Donkey: Egypt’s Green Machine (Aug 30, 2014)

POETRY & PROSE – SHATOETRY VIDEOS WITH WILLIAM SHATNER RECITING MY POEMS:

The Clouds Carry Embers Of Decaying Memories (Dec. 06, 2013)

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What To Do With A Ripe Papaya

The Moon Above Our Steps In The Snow (Dec. 07, 2013)

Peace Is A Time Traveler (Dec. 29, 2013)

POETRY & PROSE – SUPERSHORT STORIES:

I Have A Cold Already!  (Dec. 07, 2013)

RECIPES WITH PICTURES:

Young Pigeon (Squab) Stuffed With Rice.  (Dec. 08, 2013)

What To Do With A Ripe Papaya (Dec. 20, 2013)

Egyptian Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dec. 23, 2013)

Turning Sugarcane Into Juice (Jan. 2, 2014)

The Olive & Pickle Vendor – DIY Olive Brining Recipe (Sept 20, 2014)

RESEARCH:

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Saladin And The Crusades

Saladin And The Crusades from Lane-Poole, Preface, Contents, and Tables of Illustrations (Dec. 20, 2013)

Saladin and The Crusades from Lane-Poole, Part I, Introductory & Chapter I (Dec. 26, 2013)

Saladin and The Crusades from Lane-Poole, Part I, Chapter II (Jan. 2, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades from Lane-Poole, Part I, Chapter III (Jan. 09, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades from Lane-Poole, Part I, Chapter IV (Jan. 17, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part II, Chapter V (Jan. 22, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part II, Chapter VI (Feb. 04, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part II, Chapter VII (Feb. 13, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part II, Chapter VIII (Feb. 27, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part III, Chapter IX (Mar. 20, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part III, Chapter X (Apr. 05, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part III, Chapter XI (Apr. 24, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part III, Chapter XII (Jun 02, 2014)

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My Official Bio Blurb

Saladin and the Crusades, Part IV, Chapter XIII (Jul. 04, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part IV, Chapter XIV (Aug 21, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part IV, Chapter XV (Nov 23, 2014)

Saladin and The Crusades, Part IV, Chapter XVI (Apr 24, 2015)

THE DPCHALLENGES:

Multimedia Storytelling – Ep. 2, Joyride to Egypt: Breaking The News To My Father (Dec. 11, 2013)

ABOUT

My Official Bio Blurb

Random facts about me, and my Blog Awards

My Interview on Expat-Blog.Com

My Guest Post on LetMeReach.com with Kim Saeed, “A Light Entered My Cocoon”

Excellent Reblog from Ms. Muslamic on what it’s like to be a White Muslim woman (Feb. 1, 2014)

Reblog from A Broads View: 7 Lies We Need To Stop Telling About Women Who Wear Hijabs (June 24, 2014)

… More to come! Don’t forget to hit the FOLLOW button!

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