Layers of Laundry and Aloe






An actress once advised me, ‘Make sure you do your own laundry – it will keep you honest.’ – Cate Blanchett.

I was reading a book I stumbled upon at the library ‘Organic Housekeeping’ where it recommends line drying clothes. I miss how in my grandmother’s house in Karachi, Pakistan almost everything is line dried! These 2 images I took a while ago, but somehow today I was reminiscing on them so decided to blog these 4 older photos.

I love how the pink dress and aloe are interacting with each other.



Aloe Close up. Aloe has so many benefits! I have a huge one on my window sill and it’s great to apply on a cut or a burn when in a pinch.


Here a plant grows amidst laundry.  Love how a simple chore can be so beautiful. Maybe because I don’t do this daily, but rather sporadic summers, this chore looks pretty to me.

Here my little cousin was helping me line dry my clothes – here she’s wringing them out first. Love how the action of the photo is caught.

Maybe I can attempt a little line drying with Z? She’s still not got the hang of clothing pegs, but apparently teaching children how to manipulate clothing pegs is good for their grasp and eventually their handwriting, who would have thought?

It’s nice to look at old photos and reminisce on good times. Will continue to do so!

This quote reminded me of the aloe layers…

“And it is He who sends down rain from the sky, and We produce thereby the growth of all things. We produce from it greenery from which We produce grains arranged in layers…” (Quran 6:99).



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I doodle. All the time. Doodling helps me make sense of the world around me. When I doodle, whether it be swirls or figurines, I am transformed to a world in which my doodles live, and my thoughts become clear. My mind breathes. Through my art medium of pencils, paint, potting soil, and pixels, I thrive. I am a teacher and have taught 2nd grade in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia for 4 years. I am currently a Stay-At-Home-Mommy to a ___ daughter (she was born in June 2010—you can do the math !) and a ___ preschooler (she was born November 2012), an an infant (August 2017) who is exploring my creative outlet via the aforementioned 4 P’s! So far, I’m an author whose book Lailah’s Lunchbox was published in 2015 via Tilbury House Publishing. I have 2 new picture books projected for 2019: Amira's Picture Day (Holiday House, 2019) and Let Me Show You The Way (Eerdmans, 2019)! I’m an Atlanta based children-family-lifestyle photographer on weekends. Thank you for stopping by!

2 responses »

  1. Dear Reem,
    Love your recollections. When you mentioned your ‘grandma’s place’, did it refer to Mrs. Faruqi’s place? Being a Happy Homer myself, I somehow feel drawn towards you, with out knowing you in person. There is a hint of familiarity in your profile. I hope this rant does not appear some hyperbolic

    • Thanks. This place is actually my other grandmother’s home (Nani), but maybe I may post some images of my dadi’s (Mrs. Faruqi’s) outdoor area too as that was a v.peaceful area as well. Happy you like the recollections 🙂

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