Globe Planter

A tilted view of the planter

Re-purposing an old globe into a planter

I’ve been organizing my study, packing away books, tossing things out, and basically doing boring stuff for the past few days. However, on Thursday, I took on a fun project. I re-purposed an old globe. I created a planter that is now a “world class” one among the few that we have around our home.

Last week’s: Photo challenge- Off-season. summer can be an off-season time for school, but now with my re-purposed globe planter, we can all learn a little something from it.

Steps to make the globe planter:

  1. Mark the area that you want to cut with a permanent marker.
  2. Get an old knife with a pointy tip.
  3. Light a candle and heat the tip of the knife.
  4. Insert the heated knife on the line you drew. The heat melts the thick plastic material.
  5. Repeat step 4 until the top of the globe is off.
  6. Place a plant in the planter.
  7. Admire your re-purposed globe!

Additional things I need to do:

  1. Paint the bottom of the base, so it doesn’t rust.
  2. Make holes in the bottom of the globe to let out water.

Thank you for stopping by!

Globe-top removed

Vivid Apples in the Big Apple

The theme for this week’s photo challenge is vivid. I like taking photographs. I’d like to share vivid apples taken in the Big Apple in front of the Trump Tower. At first, my niece and I draped ourselves on the apples for dramatic photos, but got a serious warning from the security not to touch the apples! We were under the watchful eye of the security for the duration of our photo-taking session, so we simply stood as close as possible to the apples…boring poses:)

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Cooking on a Mudstove in Guyana

Mudstove in rural Guyana

Mudstove in rural Guyana

Today’s post is about a traditional cooking stove in low-income rural households in Guyana, my birth country.

This photo was taken in 2011 when my husband visited Guyana. We call this mudstove , a “fireside”. Poverty/low income is a constant in the rural parts of Guyana and many of the residents cook on these firesides. We cooked on a fireside for many years. We had a kerosene stove, but the cost of kerosene caused my mom to return back to mudstove cooking.

As you can imagine, the smoke from these mudstoves cause serious air pollution and health issues. However, the poor had limited choices (those limitations continue today). Nobody paid any attention to the air pollution; I don’t recall any conversations on such topics. We just carried on with life and living!

I am grateful that I am no longer exposed to such household environmental pollution. I continue to keep the hope that someday, residents in rural households in Guyana and all over the world will enjoy a better standard of cooking.


Credit: Google Images

Credit: Google Images


Change can be good.

Change can be uncomfortable.

Change can be a challenge.

Change can be chaotic, tumultuous, and unsettling.

Change can bring peace, calm, and a sense of serenity.

Change can be dark and perilous.

Change can be enlightening and safe.

Change can be exhilarating.

Change is empowering.

Change is inevitable.

Nothing is more constant than change.

What are your thoughts on change?