Me and my dd 7yrs old saw Ramadan in together as the others are on hols and won't be joining us until around the 14Th day of Ramadan. I must admit i was very tired from the mammoth clean up before hand but the efforts were not in vain and the end result is something i am enjoying. I treated myself to some flowers, something i can't remember ever doing ! They were my reward , i deserved it didn't I?
I have been busy trying my best with various acts of worship , reading Quran in Arabic and English , concentrating on prayers and pacing them out at a pace that feels not rushed. I have set myself some goals this blessed month like memorising certain verses or chapters of the Quran and some daily duas(supplications)so i know these by heart.
the first day of fasting is always the hardest for me with a slight migraine and overwhelming tidiness feeling after breaking fast. My dd7yrs old fasted with me and managed a whole day masha Allah. It's good training for her while its not obligatory on her yet. I decided to let her do one day miss a day , otherwise she could become very weak at this age. Now she did gluttony (poor love) i was able to use my garden herbs and make her a mint tea , which helped alot!
Not having a whole family here has really freed up my time in the domestic areas and kitchen..........so iam making the most of this blessing and using it to gain rewards.
My iftars (fast breaking meals ) are easy and simple and i feel happy i can do it the way i want to and not have to deal with fussy diets. On the first day i set of to the kitchen at 5pm as i would if i was cooking for all the family .it was too early i was out of there in less than 1 hour!
I don't have any recipes to share yet, as my own cooking is simple but i may latter on in weeks to come as there are some i want to try from this blog
Here are some pictures of a simple fruit salad i put together
some fresh herbs from my garden that i am using Dill and Mint
There is a certain something about Ramandan that is so spiritual for me a certain carmness i am enjoying a laid back feel i have missed for so long. Will this change when my family get back?
My evenings are short and i feel so tired after the iftar meal and alhamduilah have controled myself not to do gluttony but yet i feel like i could fall asleep straight after. I wanted to do some Tarriwiyyah prayers at least but am not in the position to do so as of yet!