My kids!

Today I am taking a break from the recipes and talking about my kids…Rehema moved to the preschool class on Monday, I cannot believe how fast she is growing, soon we will be sending her off to college.  As in next year, we will be going for her graduation, I am already tearing at the thought of it.

Henry went in for his 6 months check up, weighed in at 20 lbs 12oz and he is 28 inches tall.  His fun thing to do is to pull Rehema’s braids and then Rehema is not sure what to do or say after that.  This is going to be so much fun.

Go for Gold!

I am so proud of Kenya.  Kenya finished the Olympics competition as the top African nation and an impressive 15th overall with 14 medals – five gold, five silver and four bronze.  This might not sound impressive to some, but the Kenyan contigent was small and almost everyone came back with a medal.    It also felt so good to have our National anthem played during the closing ceremoney, brought many fond memories.  Congratulations Kenya, wewe ni Mama na Baba!


Luanda Magere


Today’s Fun Monday is hosted by mamadrama.

Here is her Fun Monday Challenge.

Remember way back in elementary school when you had to do a report on James Garfield, the 20th President of the United States and you told the class all about how he was shot after only four months in office? You also remember that he recovered after a week, but doctor’s continued to probe at the healed wound causing complications and resulting in his death almost three months later? Okay, we all knew that about Garfield, but you also remember that James Garfield could write with both hands at one time and in different languages.!!! Why do you remember that? Maybe for you it wasn’t James Garfield, but somewhere in your past education, you picked-up some little bit of useless information that you’ve never forgotten. What funny trivial fact do you remember that you probably should have forgotten a long time ago?

I am going to deviate just a little because I went to an elementary school (we called it primary school) some 16000 miles away and they loved to narrate legends and myths to us.    We sat down with big eyes and wide open ears and took in every word.  This was one of my favorite legends more because it was from my tribe (Luo) and it sounded so much like the story of Samson and Delilah.

“Legend here has it that Luanda Magere was an invincible Luo warrior who led his people in tribal scuffles against their Nandi neighbours. The Nandi decided to send a beautiful girl to Luanda Magere’s neighbourhood. He fell for her and married her. His first wife saw this as the enemy’s plot to spy on her husband’s invincibility and military prowess but Luanda Magere dismissed her accusing her of petty jealousy.

One day he fell ill and summoned the Nandi wife to treat him by making little cuts on his body with a blade and rubbing herbs into the bleeding cuts. She did this but there was neither a cut nor blood. Luanda Magere then instructed her to make the cuts on the shadow. As she did this, cuts formed on his body and blood came out. With the secret out, the wife ran back to her people and told them Luanda Magere’s secret .

Word got out and fearing for his life, Luanda Magere decided to command his army from the base. But one time, he decided to go to the war front. He killed many and repulsed the enemy but one sly Nandi warrior hid in the rocks. Later, as Luanda Magere walked back home victorious, the warrior emerged from his hideout and speared his shadow aiming at the heart. He instantly turned into a rock with blood gushing out from the heart. To date, it is believed that one of the rocks with a discernible head, shoulder and water running from the place where he was speared is Luanda Magere’s body.”

I did copy this from here since it narrated closest to what I remember from school.  You can deduce your own moral of the story.

Please visit mamadrama for funny trivial facts that people still remember.  Have a fun Monday.


So I went for the 5K yesterday, it was being held in Raccoon Mountain. I have been there once before and we went using a different route so going early in the morning was quite a challenge but I found it alright. It was a low key marathon, the volunteers were very few, we had to use honor system in some places, but in all it was fun running ‘on top’ of the dam, there was a real nice breeze. I have run 3.1 miles faster before in my life, but I was still pleased with my time. I was more pleased when I realised that my time was faster than the number two in the younger age group. From this Raccoon Mountain 5K race, I deduced that, I am not ready to run a 1/2 marathon this year. However, after the race, I was not heaving and panting my lungs out which means I need to take this a higher level, a.k.a 10K. I am going to start training for 10K now, there are quite a number coming up. Have a nice week.