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Sunday, June 29, 2008
Really wonderful, must thank all, including use of computer.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The Big News
This year wasn't as enjoyable as the past. The hardest was the traveling, the waiting, yes, the tremping. If you clicked that link, you'll see that years ago nothing seemed to bother me. This past year, I couldn't take it any more. All I wanted was for them to fire me and offer me full "compensation," and that's what I got.
The school I've been teaching in has fewer students than before, so if I had continued teaching, I would have lost class hours, meaning less money. I'd have to spend as much time traveling for less salary, no more long days, just broken and wasted ones.
Now, yes, the big question:
Past My Bedtime
I got a farewell gift. Yes, I'm leaving my teaching job. Really. Rather complicated to explain now, but it is the right time. I like teaching, but...
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
It? He? She? Or What?
Monday, June 23, 2008
I was too buys to take a picture, sorry!
We went to the "Designers Gallery Outlet," in Talpiyot, Jerusalem. The full-price store is in the Malcha Mall. The prices in this store are about 1/3 or even 1/4 of the original prices. Some of Israel's best designers sell there, like Doreen Frankfort and Reuma. I can't remember the others. There were some totally magnificent dresses, skirts, tops etc there.
Yes, we're convinced that we succeeded and found something for the lucky recipient.
Summer Kvetch, Rant
Some people claim that it would be easier if the house was air-conditioned. I don't know. I guess it would make the house more comfortable and I'd get more done.
Three washes out to dry and errands to do...
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Back in The Saddle
A return appearance by
Yes, Soccer Dad has guest hosted this week's
Added Something New
View my page on Top of the Court
Impressive to say the least and it's really what today's internet can offer. I'm part of another "ol' time" group of New York Betarim. We have an email list and a blog, but this new thing is what was envisioned but didn't exist then.
I don't know the privacy/security deal, but it's good for families etc, and I don't know if it cost anything.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Keep checking in if you can. Set up one of those rss or whatevers, so on the rare occasion I post, you'll know.
I hope to photograph NY and try out more kosher restaurants and see family and friends and a blogger or two or three or more...
Friday, June 20, 2008
This is an easy week. We're invited out tonight, Erev Shabbat dinner and tomorrow I ended up not finding, not looking all that hard, for guests. Maybe I should have looked harder. Last week I really did and didn't find any.
So, the cooking's all done, water's boiled. All I have to do is wash the floor. I've even taken in the wash and sorted it.
Next week is the week!
So far scheduled:
1- swim babysit
3- swim go to Jm and staff event
As usual, I can't believe it. I don't feel ready. It would be so much easier to just stay home and enjoy the pool, relax etc.
OK, I always feel like this, at least the past few times.
This is the first time we've gone to the states together for... decades. Yes, over thirty years when we went on "shlichut," to work in England. Other times, I'd go with the kids, and he'd join us and then we'd all come home together. During the Gulf War we were invited to speak in England and we traveled both directions together. Two and a half years ago we went to a wedding in NY. We arrived separately and returned together. This time we arrive together and return separately. Our kids are going, but they're all taking Continental. And not everyone's together.
I'll be getting more nervous as time goes on.
I couldn't resist shooting the painting scene. Luckily I can zoom in.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
OOPS! Missed one!
So, how could I have left it out of the pics posted?
Back From The Pool and...
Here's that new Jerusalem Bridge. The good news is that it's pretty. The bad news concerns its safety and cost overruns.
And here are a couple of pictures from the wedding I went to last night.
Yes, it was totally gorgeous!
Something for Everyone Recipe Carnival
Happily this very colorful Carnival of the Recipes was waiting on my computer. I'm sure that you'll find something to suit you, too!
And don't forget to send in your links to the next Kosher Cooking Carnival!
There is no limit to the amount of posts you can send, as long as they fit the criteria. You may also send in links to other bloggers' posts. Please use the carnival submission form.
If you're interested in hosting a Kosher Cooking Carnival, please don't be shy. It's great fun; just let me know which month you want. The calendar is filling. June's KCC will be hosted by West Bank Mama, July by Soccer Dad, and August will be at Here in HP. So, as you can see, hosting the Kosher Cooking Carnival is definitely the "in" thing to do for jbloggers. To reserve your month, please write to me at: shilohmuse at yahoo dot com
Eyes Barely Open...
Last night I went to a gorgeous wedding, a place called Ronit's Farm, up north, on the water. Not the ocean, but nearby.
Very trendy. Food was served on large plates, artistically placed garnished blobs. Tasty, too. Music wasn't my style, mechanical drums.
Different climate, chairs wet with humidity, plates, too.
Got a ride to French Hill after last bus, but I got home pretty quickly. At least after midnight, no sun. Couldn't imagine standing in the sun. Soon to the pool. Hope the water wakes me up.
I'm so tired...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Here are a few for your viewing pleasure.
It seems like photobucket is OK, now.
Something Must Have Happened to Photobucket!
Last night 192 people checked out my blog post re: a problem with photobucket. It must have happened again.
A hundred years ago people took pictures, OK, fewer than today, but those pictures and their negatives still can be seen.
Except for the few of my thousands of digital photos I've printed, who knows if any will be viewable in another few years.
These are such disposable times. No one will be able to publish our "collected letters" after our deaths. Paper lasts so much longer than email and SMS.
While Drinking My Morning Coffee
When I was younger, I went through no-coffee phases. Now I start the day with a couple of large mugs of water then the same of nice strong coffee.
And yes, when I'm on the computer; though I don't have a computer like this one. Right now, I'd really appreciate it. I'm also listening to the news, via the computer, and don't want to miss any thing.
And the GOOD NEWS is that coffee is now considered "healthy," or at least "not bad for one's health." I drink the real thing with milk and sugar, no, not skimmed milk. Israeli "regular" milk has a bit less fat than American regular, but I'm not afraid of a bit of milk fat. I don't eat yellow cheese, which has much more fat. For those sensitive to lactose, the fat is better. Many of those lactose intolerant (allergic to milk--yes, I know that there's a bissel difference) have no problems with butter and other high fat dairy products.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
There are some great ideas, large and small.
Try them out!
Another Wedding, Baruch Hashem!
How About More Sleep?
Maybe I missed it, not being all that alert myself, but did they mention the only non-chemical, non-biological, totally free alternative treatment? It's called sleep!
Insufficient sleep can and does cause symptoms that mimic ADHD including, concentration, memory and impulsively problems. That's it in a nutshell.
When I was doing my teachers license, I did a research project/presentation on it. A simple internet search for the ramifications/results of insufficient sleep gave me a list of symptoms identical to ADHD. That's why it has reached epidemic proportions. True, primary ADHD is very rare. What we see and suffer from is more secondary and even tertiary, the result of too much sugar and caffeine and not enough sleep.
To sleep well, caffeine, sugar and strenuous exercise should be earlier in the day. Everyone should walk more and other physical activities which utilize the entire body. Keyboard tapping and computer games won't give anyone a full-night's sleep. Don't nap, either.
When I was a kid we could spend all of our free time outside playing with friends, riding bikes, skating, walking, running. We weren't restricted. Until I was in the 8th grade and moved to Great Neck, I walked to school. ADHD was very rare.
Yes, try to move the clock back. Create an environment that is healthy, physically and mentally. Don't give up.
The framing place is very tolerant and helpful. Of course, they benefit, since by giving the right service and prices, I'll be back.
Yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised when everything was done as I waited. I was so sure that I'd be told to return in a few days and had been going nuts trying to figure out when.
I was pretty mellow, probably weak from my cold, so when I discovered that the photo-printer had printed the wrong one and then offered to print a replacement, I accepted his offer. Then I ended up buying them all at reduced prices. He insisted that the one he chose was the nicer one. While the pictures were being printed (again) I managed to buy wedding gifts for a wedding I had just gone to, the one this week and the one we're missing.
So, all and all, I really got everything done.
Mad Dogs and Englishmen
ps It travels well and is fun-reading in the southern hemisphere, too.
Monday, June 16, 2008
My Voice Fades
If that's the case, all that's left of the school year is the staff trip and party. I still have to go through my stuff to take things home and throw things out.
Yahoo Changes, Worse Than Before
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Another Havel Havelim Debut!
There are lots and lots of posts and more to come!
1 Thing Cancelled
Now the rest of my plans don't involve such intimate relations with others. I'll go to the pool, get some sun, less pool than usual, but that's why I took a membership.
I'll do my exercise with friends.
Then I can rest, then tutor, then a wedding ceremony (not the meal) at Tel Shiloh.
Yes, it's still a busy day, but not dangerously so.
Rediculously Busy Day Today
Tomorrow's busy, too, but not as...
Tuesday is bus plus stress...
Wednesday, a long one...
Thursday? Maybe easier...
Friday? Nothing much planned.
But that's if I survive today...
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Printing Those Picture Books
If you've done it, what do you recommend?
Friday, June 13, 2008
Baby shampoo is the perfect detergent for laundering linen and taking out the tangles.
After spending a fortune on dry cleaning and electricity to power the iron and energy to iron my linen skirts, I've discovered that I can wash them in the washing machine with baby shampoo. After hanging them to dry, there are less wrinkles than after ironing.
Reduce the Meat--Reduce the Pain
Keeping the Jewish Laws of Kashrut means that I don't have meat/poultry at more than one meal a day, since I can't eat those things with dairy, and I can't have dairy for a number of hours after eating them.
Yes, I Was First!!
The staff was waiting, sort of. They weren't really ready. The local manager, a male, still had a couple of things to do. When he finished and left--ladies' hours are ladies only--I stripped off my robe, added the shirt, cap etc to the bathing suit and went in.
Just Fading Away
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Less Than Twelve Hours To Go!
Are you guessing?
What happened nine months ago? And what will be ready, G-d willing in less than twelve hours?
Staying In The Shade
There are pros and cons to both, of course. It's the location of our "succah" every year during the Succot holiday. I have the very best clothes lines "in the world." In the summer, I can dry sheets faster outside than in a clothes dryer. But I need the merpeset to be a "playroom," relaxing place for adults, etc. It's too windy in the winter and too sunny in the summer. Finally, just a couple of years ago, I got my son to buy us this black netting. He has the job of putting it up every year, late spring, and then it gets taken down before the succah is put up.
It had made such a difference. There's no rain here in the summer, so the netting isn't damaged, just dusty. Now, I really must get myself some lounge chairs...
When we first came to Shiloh, the only shade at the Tel was under an ancient fig tree. There was an old wooden picnic table there, and for years people would say: "Meet me at the fig tree."
A couple of years ago, when the Tel was being developed for tourists, the fig tree was declared "diseased" and cut down. The picnic table disappeared and this, whatever you want to call it, was put up near the place most archaeologists believe the Mishkan, The Tabernacle, had stood and Eli the The Priest had stationed himself to wait for news after the Holy Ark was taken to battle.
The view is amazing and the spiritual vibrations inspiring. So, that's where we went on Rosh Chodesh Sivan, the first of the Jewish Month of Sivan. If you want to join us on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, July 4, 9:45am, please do. For details contact mmdcta at yahoo.com.
You don't have to wait for a special time. Tel Shiloh is open for visitors, prayers and special events at all times. For more information, call the Tourist Office of Tel Shiloh, 02-994-4019.
There is now, also, a Coffee Shop--Gallery. Snacks, art work, photographs and other souvenirs are for sale. Meals for groups can be arranged.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Not A Total Loss
There was just one great thing, the sky. I almost missed the bus, because I was tempted to photograph the sky while going down to the bus. Luckily, I controlled myself and didn't. If I had I would have missed it, the bus, that is.
So, to compensate, I took these pictures in Jerusalem:
They Don't Make Movie Stars Like They Used To
Even when playing poverty-stricken whores, the stars looked better than this:
I guess that slob is the new sheek.
Do you recognize Modanna and Kate Hudson (and her mother, who looks better coifed)?
New Pan, New Recipe
When my cousin visited on Pesach, she gave me a ceramic baking dish. I decided to use it for cooking meat. I like the idea of one nice-looking dish for both the cooking and serving, and this one looked just perfect, very classic, white and deep enough for just about anything.
As you can see, first I put cut vegetables around the edge, just some carrots and simple green squash.
Then I added chopped "meat," actually chicken, not beef, mixed as for a meatloaf. That means an onion, cut small, some tomato paste, an egg and whatever spices you like. I don't add salt.
I decorated it all with some simply sliced onions. Use what you have, like etc. Then I baked it in a hot oven until it seemed well-enough cooked.
This can be a very filling, impressive, fancy diet meal. Just serve it with a salad. For those who can handle the starch, add potatoes to "decorate." Sweet potatoes are also good.
Like most of my recipes, variations are totally flexible. You can make individual servings if you have the right size and quantity of baking pans.
I'd love to know how you've played with it, your successful and less so variations. You can update me in the comments.
ps thanks "h"
Guess Who Has Been Here!!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
My eldest grandkid didn't go for solids or bottles or anything but her mother. Even today, she doesn't eat much variety. The second eats much better and the baby just loves to eat, whether it's applesauce, yogurt, blended chicken and veggies, etc.
Now I'm hungry writing about this.
Today's "Jewish Mother" is Korean
It seems like that old stereotype, hyper-ambitious mother speaks Korean. Thousands of upscale Korean families have sent the wives and kids to English speaking countries to guarantee a higher level of English for their kids than available in even the best of Korean schools.
Reading through the entire article brought up two disturbing facts or trends. One is that Korean men, even when the families are living together, aren't really involved with their children. And two, by stressing the importance of learning English and not having similarly high level Korean studies, those kids will ironically end up failing to achieve academic superiority when they return home to Korea.
I just can't imagine that sort of life, pushing to learn and get perfect grades.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Don't Miss It!
But please, do take a look at Havel Havelim. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. And considering the cheesecake, sorbet and ice cream I bought for Shavuot, I'm glad to have a treat which isn't full of calories!
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Not Much Time
It's the "eve" of the Shavuot holiday, and I have cooking, cleaning, shopping and getting ready for Halleli's 5th Birthday. Yes, my married daughter is coming with the crew for the holiday and birthday. And tomorrow afternoon I'm hosting our annual Shavuot in English Shiur (Torah class.) And did I leave out the laundry?
Right, not much time.
Chag Sameach!! Have a wonderful Holiday!
Saturday, June 07, 2008
American, Jewish, Baal Tshuva, Chassidish, Reggae singing sensation, Matisyahu, is multiple nachas for many. Read about his travels to Jamaica, the origin of reggae.
Yes, he's popular in my family.
Friday, June 06, 2008
One's white and one's a "straw color." They're sort of big and loose, not at all tailored or fitted. OK, more like tents to hide under.
Well, one, the straw-colored, always looked wrinkled. I was told that it "just needed ironing." Well, that didn't work. So I sent it to the cleaner, and it quickly frizzed up again, like difficult curley hair on a humid day.
I've been wearing it a lot, and it really was looking awful, dirty and wrinkled. It certainly doesn't look like the expensive skirt it actually is. I didn't want to wait for my husband's next trip to the dry cleaners, so I tried reading the "washing instructions." I saw one of those "handwash" logos.
I don't wash anything "by hand" any more, so I decided to try asking on the internet. At the first site I found, it very reasuringly insisted that since people have been wearing linen long before there was dry cleaning, it must be possible to safely launder it. Apparently proper laundering softens the linen so it won't be wrinkled.
It suggested a gentle cycle with gentle soap, even shampoo. So, this morning I put the skirt and some other things in the machine with baby shampoo. It's now drying out on the merpeset, balcony, and looks less wrinkled than usual. They claim that it can also be dried in the dryer or you can lay it flat on the grass or any surface.
I'll stick with the clothes line.
Now I wonder what else I should be washing in the machine.
Another Shavuot Thought
We have been hosting a shiur (class), in our home on Shavuot afternoon for over ten years. It's great for those who can't stay awake and alert at night and an extra bonus for those who can.
Have a Wonderful Holiday
Almost Shavuot, So...
It's on the calendar, during the school year, so I must have heard about it during my five years (I graduated!) of OJC Hebrew School, but honestly I don't think I knew it existed until I became religious when in high school.
In the Jewish world dominated by Ashkenazim (European Jews) it's claimed that "everybody eats dairy, especially cheesecake, on Shavuot." But the truth is very different.
North African Jews, like my Tunisian son-in-law, don't have a dairy culinary culture. For them, a Jewish Holiday meal is meat and poultry, not even fish, and certainly no cheesecake.
And they're, that's the Tunisian branch of the family, are coming for Shavuot, so maybe one of the meals will be meat.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
I think of them by initials, like newspaper headlines.
They were brothers, special brothers. Trying to understand things today along with the images, over forty years in my mind, it seems like one had the looks and the other the power and drive to put him in office.
Jack and Jackie were on their twin pedestals, propped up by Bobby's hard, gutsy work.
Over the years, lots of negative stuff has been revealed about them all, especially JFK. My feeling was always that Bobby was the real tough one. Today, he'd be called "hyper." That's why I was very impressed by the essays by three of his kids. They show a Bobby Kennedy more human and wiser than I would have guessed.
Lots of "Educating" Posts
Lots and lots to read.
The Tel is open for visitors, prayers and special events at all times. For more information, call the Tourist Office of Tel Shiloh, 02-994-4019.
There's now a Coffee Shop--Gallery, and I have pictures of Shiloh on sale.
After our prayers at the Tel, I went to Jerusalem. I don't know why, but there was a major traffic jam. I think that it was more than because Jaffa Road is partially closed for construction. I got off the bus quite a long distance from where I had planned, and I walked.
My kids organized a birthday party for me. We were at the Anna Ticho Museum, downtown Jerusalem. This time the toilets didn't smell, but I had to send back my vegetables which were drowning in salt. They were very nice and prepared a whole plate of unsalted ones. That restaurant is excellent about things like that. They're very generous about replacing problematic food.
I even had a little "birthday cake," and when my family sang Happy Birthday in Hebrew, others joined in!
Now for something else. I'm curious as to whether the guards, manning the x-ray security machine at the bus station are permitted to talk on their phones at work. This guard had her phone hidden in her hair. My camera got caught int the machine, and I had trouble finding it. I wanted her to check the screen, but she was oblivious. Luckily it came out.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
What Happened to Photobucket?
We live in such a "virtual," imaginary world. We count on technology we can neither see nor comprehend. Almost like UFO's.
It makes it easier to believe in G-d.
Strange Radio and misc.
Generally I turn on an Israeli music station when the news is over.
I used to listen to the radio all the time, frequently the BBC. Now I listen to cd's, usually the same for days on end.
The tv is still dead, never called the repair guy. I ought to have him check it out before we go to NY. If it can't be fixed, we can get another at duty free, where we got this one. Sometimes I use the "laptop" for movies, exercise dvd and "card games."
Last night I called my mother, who was out, and my father said that she got her cast off. Thank G-d
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Lots of Recipes
There's a really nice variety, and while we're talking food, don't forget to send in your links to the next Kosher Cooking Carnival!
There is no limit to the amount of posts you can send, as long as they fit the criteria. You may also send in links to other bloggers' posts. Please use the carnival submission form.If you're interested in hosting a Kosher Cooking Carnival, please don't be shy. It's great fun; just let me know which month you want. The calendar is filling. June's KCC will be hosted by West Bank Mama, July by Soccer Dad, and August will be at Here in HP. So, as you can see, hosting the Kosher Cooking Carnival is definitely the "in" thing to do for jbloggers. To reserve your month, please write to me at: shilohmuse at yahoo dot com
When I have a membership I go even when it'll just be a few minutes. I don't really swim, just exercise.
I can't wait. My body really needs it, and I haven't been going to the pool in Neve Yaakov. It's too exhausting when I have to rush to work afterwards.
Left in the Lurch!
I waited a very long time for a bus out of Pisgat Zeev yesterday. I was on my way to the Old City to get to Ir David for the Moskowitz Zionism Prize Ceremony.
It was Jerusalem Day and thousands and thousands of Jews of all ages and all parts of the country wanted to be in Jerusalem for the grand flag "happening," or other things. Not everyone has a car, and not everyone is willing to spring for a cab, especially from as far as Pisgat Zeev. And there were no notices of bus cancellations or route changes. So we were just waiting and waiting and waiting. Egged should have set up shuttle buses, instead of the regular ones, which didn't come and didn't go their usual routes.
After waiting at least 40 minutes, I got the bus I wanted, but of course it didn't go on its usual route. I got off a good 6 or more minute walk to the Jerusalem Municipality to use the WC, but I, and others trying to get the elevator, were disappointed to discover that it had closed at its usual 5pm, even though the area was full of people with potentially full bladders etc.
Then I walked all the way to Ir David. I hope I burned enough calories to cover the "ice coffee" I had for supper.
Monday, June 02, 2008
What The Doctors Didn't Say... C-Section Scam
Doctors pooh pooh the long-term health dangers, but the health/medical insurance business considers Cesarean deliveries to be the major surgery it actually is and takes the increased chances of subsequent c-sections very seriously. It costs.
Women are discovering that having had a Cesarean will make subsequent medical insurance more expensive.
Yes, there are times when it's the only, the best way to deliver a baby, but there are other times when it's better to have a midwife or obstetrician who knows safer, non-surgical techniques.
In Israel, most deliveries are by midwives, yes, in the hospitals, and there are midwives who are so good they work privately, recognized by some hospitals.