Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku / Outdoors

DSCN4894Living in a desert where one has to endure 40+ temperatures for a good 7 months and most of the time is spent indoors or at malls, finally towards the end of November, a chill in the air signifies the start of the “outdoors” season.

(Friday, 29th Nov)

A chill in the air,

Warms my heart, delights my soul

Hello there, outdoors!

Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku

  1. 5 Real-Life Inspired Haikus | Seeker of Faith: Reflections on Faith and Life
  2. Haiku Friday | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  3. Lavender Dream | The Arkside of Thought
  4. DP Challenge: Haiku 5-Spring of Life | Writing To Be Noticed
  5. Haiku Challenge – Day 4 | The Creative Life
  6. adoption | Work in Progress…
  7. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! #4 | Shawn’s Ramblings
  8. Is This Getting Any Better? | Designed by Three
  9. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo Friday | Lucid Gypsy
  10. Haiku Grace Journey | Joan T. Warren
  11. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo, Friday edition | This, that and the other thing
  12. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! #5 | Shawn’s Ramblings
  13. like an animal | Work in Progress…
  14. 5 haiku | Yes For Yes
  15. Weekly Writing Challenge: An Insomnia Haiku | SIM | ANTICS
  16. Weekly Writing Challenge: Five days of haiku | A Number of Things
  17. WordPress Creative Writing Challenge: Haiku V | My Thoughts on Stuff
  18. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! Five Haikus A-Syllabling! | polymathically
  19. A Week’s Worth of Haikus | Jenkins Rising
  20. Weekly writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo #5 | Danny James
  21. Haiku: Absolute | Rob’s Surf Report
  22. Haiku Catchoo! | RJR Design Blog
  23. Haiku Catchoo! Thanksgiving | RJR Design Blog
  24. Haiku Catchoo! Wednesday | RJR Design Blog
  25. Haiku Catchoo! Tuesday | RJR Design Blog
  26. Haiku Catchoo! Monday | RJR Design Blog
  27. DP Challenge Haiku #5 | Paint the world with words
  28. Five Haikus About Trying to Write Haiku | Alexcellent!
  29. Give Presence | Winding Road
  30. Wants & Thneeds | Winding Road
  31. My Week in Haiku | Homelandscapes
  32. My Week In Haiku | momaste
  33. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! Thanksgiving Haiku Day Five | IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE
  34. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! – As It Was!!! | Khana’s Web
  35. Daily Haiku on Being: Friday, November 29, 2013 | LisaRosier.com
  36. DP Challenge: Daily Haiku | aliabbasali
  37. removing the mask | my year of sweat!
  38. Weekly Writing Challenge: Five Haikus | Morrighan’s Muse
  39. Haiku 92 – Friday (NaBloPoMo #29) | Haiku! (Gesundheit)
  40. My Week In Haiku | Fish Of Gold
  41. Black Friday | Real Life Co.
  42. Snow | Real Life Co.
  43. Haiku Wrap Up | Mike De Wolfe
  44. Love | Real Life Co.
  45. The beauty of Love | Dick-ta-tion
  46. WW Challenge: Haiku 3 | Ruminations & Observations
  47. Haiku Challenge – Day 3 | mamacormier
  48. Haiku Challenge – Day 3 | The Creative Life
  49. Wednesday’s Haiku: Oblivion #NaBloPoMo | The Life of Kylie
  50. Tuesday’s Haiku: Scylla and Charybdis #NaBloPoMo | The Life of Kylie
  51. Monday’s Haiku: Bodywork #NaBloPoMo | The Life of Kylie
  52. My mission, should I choose to accept it: Haiku | Bad Parenting 101
  53. swimming lesson | Work in Progress…
  54. Unbreakable | Dick-ta-tion
  55. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! #2 | Shawn’s Ramblings
  56. Haiku Thursday | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  57. Haiku Catchoo! | The World’s of James Staltari
  58. A Very Special MCC Thanksgiving Haiku-tacular | Midlife Crisis Crossover
  59. My 3rd Haiku | The Blog By a Kid
  60. Haiku – Alone, seeking redemption | Reinvention of Mama
  61. Weekly writing challenge: haiku, part 3 | Azgsgirl’s Blog
  62. Haiku challenge | J-Bueno
  63. Insomnia | Dick-ta-tion
  64. Talking Turkey…. among other things | Confessions of a Skincare Junkie
  65. Eighty-five Pauses | Oh Pithy Me
  66. WW Challenge: Haiku 4 | Ruminations & Observations
  67. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo Thursday | Lucid Gypsy
  68. Down | A Simple Point in Time
  69. Down | A Simple Point in Time
  70. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! #3 | Shawn’s Ramblings
  71. Weekly Writing Challenge: Five Days of Haiku | A Number of Things
  72. Weekly Writing Challenge: A Chocolate Haiku | SIM | ANTICS
  73. Christmas Nails Haiku | ~ronaleer~
  74. DAILY HAIKU THOUGHTS ON ART | Standing Ovation, Seated
  75. Writing challenge: Haiku 5… and more | Szukając własnego kąta… Projekt: Dom / Mieszkanie
  76. WordPress Creative Writing Challenge: Haiku IV | My Thoughts on Stuff
  77. Whistling goes the thankful dog | We Live In A Flat
  78. Haiku: Voices | Rob’s Surf Report
  79. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! Thanksgiving Haiku Day Four | IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE
  80. DP Challenge Haiku #4 | Paint the world with words
  81. The Bipolar Haiku Collection | The Magic Black Book
  82. Stuffed with Gratitude | Winding Road
  83. Haiku | Story and Spectacle
  84. Haiku II | Story and Spectacle
  85. Haiku III | Story and Spectacle
  86. HAPPY THANKSGIVING: My DIY Poem | ME, MYSELF & DIY
  87. Daily Haiku on Being: Thursday, November 28, 2013 | LisaRosier.com
  88. Haiku IV | Story and Spectacle
  89. Haiku V | Story and Spectacle
  90. juxtaposition at its finest | my year of sweat!
  91. Dancing With the Moon | Daily Observations
  92. Weekly Writing One. Haiku for My First Challenge: Once Upon A Time… | I am Woman
  93. Haiku-Ice Storm | Finding Life
  94. Earth | Whispered Words
  95. Thursday’s Haiku: Gluttony #NaBloPoMo | The Life of Kylie
  96. Haiku 91 – Theory (NaBloPoMo #28) | Haiku! (Gesundheit)
  97. two haikus for Thanksgiving Day | the REmissionary
  98. Forget Me Not (old-fashioned unrequited love in Prose and Haiku) | unaware but underlined
  99. Haiku for New Beginnings | The Cranky Giraffe
  100. A week in Haiku | high five and raspberries
  101. The Ring | Azgsgirl’s Blog
  102. Open Hearts… | Haiku By Ku
  103. Thanksgiving | The Human Rights Warrior
  104. Haiku Challenge #4 | Making Life an Art
  105. WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE: HAIKU CATCHOO! #4 | Words We Women Write
  106. On Thanksgiving | angieinspired
  107. Haiku #4 | N. E. White
  108. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Week – Thursday | S.Owens Writes
  109. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  110. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! « Thoughts of a wandering drunk
  111. Thoughts of a wandering drunk
  112. Water (Sui) | Whispered Words
  113. The will to knit | wuthering bites
  114. Haiku: Holidays With Snow | Sterling R. Roskom
  115. Haiku: Holidays With Snow | Sterling R. Roskom
  116. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! – Travel Haikus | Seas Reflecting Starlight
  117. raising gratitude | sarahscapes
  118. WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE – Burning Desire HAIKU CATCHOO! | Inside the Mind of Isadora
  119. WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE – Naked Heart – HAIKU CATCHOO! | Inside the Mind of Isadora
  120. Weekly Writing Challenge : Haiku 4 | Scattered Thoughts
  121. WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE – Love Eluded-HAIKU CATCHOO! | Inside the Mind of Isadora
  122. Weekly Writing Challenge: Thanksgiving Haiku | NOWHERE TO RUN
  123. River Street Station
  124. WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGE – Passionate Song – HAIKU CATCHOO! | Inside the Mind of Isadora
  125. Weekly writing challenge: Haiku Day 4 | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  126. Dreams | Words on a Page
  127. Happy Thanksgiving! | Confessions of a Skincare Junkie
  128. Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku – Day 4 » Kryson’s Kreations
  129. Another Haiku | Mike De Wolfe
  130. Haiku #3, 4 & 5 | Lightning Bug
  131. One Day | sparkimage
  132. Hakiu Thursday | standinginthestorm
  133. Caring Strangers – Haiku Catchoo! (Quartus) | A Vital Recognition
  134. love comes from scratch, at | y
  135. Count « Thoughts of a wandering drunk
  136. Last Moment « Thoughts of a wandering drunk
  137. Living « Thoughts of a wandering drunk
  138. Haiku – Thankful for my kids | Reinvention of Mama
  139. Aftermath: The Final Haiku « Love~K
  140. Gobbles and Zzzs | Basho and Jung
  141. Weekly writing challenge: haiku – the ocean | Azgsgirl’s Blog
  142. Haiku Challenge – Day 4 | mamacormier

The two seasons

Having lived in Dubai for the last 3 years I have come to the conclusion that there are only 2 seasons here: very hot and not hot. Having come from Pakistan where you can enjoy the 4 distinct seasons this was something quite difficult to get used to.

The very hot season is too long for my liking and runs from March to October, a good 8 months. Only there is nothing good about this time. The temperatures are over 40 degrees sometimes touching 50 during the day and the nights are not much better. As soon as you open the door a blast of hot air hits you in the face and you scurry back into the air-conditioned house. Most of the inhabitants occupy malls as a pastime as there is plenty of entertainment for the whole family. The summer holidays for the kids are spent in various summer camps all run indoors. The expat ladies can be seen in the shortest of shorts and the smallest of tops frequenting the malls even though every mall has a big sign on its doors: “Wear respectful clothing”.

In the not hot season which runs from November to February the weather is just beautiful. Whereas most of the rest of the world is freezing and shoveling snow to be able to get anywhere, we are enjoying barbeques and outdoor sports. Families can be seen cycling, jogging and picnicking in the various parks around the city. This is the time everyone looks forwards to.

What is really funny is that come October the clothes shops start stocking up on winter wear. Sweaters, coats and scarves. This must be for use in other countries because here all you need to do when the season changes, is to turn off your ACs and you’re fine without any additional clothing.

The weather has already begun to change and the mornings and evenings are quite pleasant now. My son’s birthday falls in November and I always have a party at home. The children have a blast playing in the backyard and I’m happy that they’re not inside my house. Also next week we will be celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary and since the weather is already getting better we will have a family dinner by the Dubai dancing fountains. Really looking forward to that!

Daily Prompt: Mid-Season Replacement

  1. Light on the other side | Inside my glitching mind
  2. Red berries | Inside my glitching mind
  3. Make your lady happy | Inside my glitching mind
  4. Walking in an Autumn Wonderland | A String of Pearls
  5. Mid-Season Replacement | Geek Ergo Sum
  6. Seasons | Motherhood and Beyond
  7. 11 Daily Prompt: Mid-Season Replacement | Family, Photos, Food & Craft
  8. Daily Prompt: Mid-Season Replacement | Under the Monkey Tree
  9. Seasons | The Magic Black Book
  10. Golden Tree | While I breathe, I hope.
  11. To everything a season | alienorajt
  12. Daily Prompt: Mid-Season Replacement – FOREVER FALL | SERENDIPITY
  13. Changing seasons | Sue’s Trifles
  14. No, I’m not a fan of this at all | thoughtsofrkh
  15. It’s Good To Live Again [Daily Prompt: Mid-Season Replacement] | unknowinglee
  16. I messed up, big time. | I’m just Super Saiyan
  17. Barely Right of Center
  18. wish | yi-ching lin photography
  19. Daily Prompt: Mid-Season Replacement | Awl and Scribe
  20. The Haunt of Red October | Beth Byrnes
  21. The Falling Leaves… | Fika After Fifty Digital Photography and Art
  22. Morning Dew | Vampire Maman
  23. Orange Leaves (Seasons) | photo potpourri
  24. Daily Prompt: Mid-Season Replacement | littlegirlstory
  25. New Season’s Greetings Postponed | tuckedintoacorner
  26. Fall beauty conundrum « Welcome to Forgotonia
  27. new season | hitting a brick wall
  28. Ain’t no sunshine | The verbal hedge
  29. Falling Into A New Season | Kansa Muse on Micro Farming and More
  30. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. What it means to me. | Celia Micklefield -writer in Languedoc
  31. Suddenly it’s Autumn in Montreal | DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society
  32. Four Seasons | Ripples of Truth
  33. “Seasons” | Relax
  34. Today it Rained | Barefoot on Rainy Days
  35. Moving | Muddy River Muse
  36. Daily Prompt: Mid Season | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  37. Fall Brings Hope (Short Story) | The Jittery Goat
  38. Daily Prompt: Mid-Season Replacement | The Story of a Guy
  39. Tis the season to be cold! | Kate Murray
  40. If Seasons Didn’t Change | Flowers and Breezes
  41. To Write With a Broken Pencil is Pointless
  42. Fall Into Autumn | Stuphblog
  43. Baby It’s Not Cold Enough Outside… | Rob’s Surf Report
  44. Mid-Season replacement…yeah not here!!! | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  45. Falling Leaves… | Haiku By Ku
  46. Daily Prompt: Mid-Season Replacement | On My Front Porch
  47. Gentle Weather | Crow Arrow, Inc.
  48. Falling For Autumn « froodian pseudoanalysis
  49. A Vanish’d Cold | Random Blotches
  50. Changing Lanes: Reminders of Autumn | Just Visiting This Planet
  51. Changing Seasons | A New Day
  52. Seasons, what seasons? – CombatBabe
  53. Cold Cravings | Not Enough Poetry
  54. Seasons | andthatgotmethinking