These are the "conveniences" in Jerusalem's trendy Mamilla Mall. When we ate there last week, I was horrified to see these things. Too bad I didn't know that the restaurant we ate at had more "comfortable ones."
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Sunday, November 30, 2008
It Could Only Have Been Designed By A Man
These are the "conveniences" in Jerusalem's trendy Mamilla Mall. When we ate there last week, I was horrified to see these things. Too bad I didn't know that the restaurant we ate at had more "comfortable ones."
The "Rimon" Times Two
A few years ago, it served very inexpensive "business lunches" and seemed very desperate to get a loyal clientele. I think they've succeeded. Now there's even a branch of the dairy restaurant in the new Mamilla Mall. Last week I ate at both.
Early in the week, a friend and I met for an early lunch, OK brunch, even though is sounds like we started the day late. The truth is that it was an early lunch, since we started the day early. I ordered their Israeli Breakfast, which is a great deal, eggs, cheeses, salad, coffee, juice and a croissant. I was given lox, instead of the tuna. No complaints here.
My friend had their grilled/heated cheese sandwich, which the Israelis call "Toast." It came with a nice salad. We were both very satisfied with our meals.
Then later in the week, my husband and I went to the Mamilla branch with another couple for dinner.
I had the "healthy" Country Quiche. It came will a hardboiled egg and salad. It was fine. Nothing spectacular. You can see lasagna in the background. It also came with salad. The men ordered different things; one the broccoli quiche and the other, soup and fish.
Nobody had any complaints, and we didn't leave the table hungry. Service was pleasant. I prefer good reliable restaurants like the Rimon to some of the fancier places, which charge more for less.
From "War Zone" to Here
Saturday, November 29, 2008
On occasion, people ask to be removed from the lists, and I do that.
Now, Israel has instituted a law which takes affect on December 1, of this year that fines people for sending SPAM. As I understand it, SPAM is really the commercial stuff, but the law doesn't distinguish. I don't send out commercial mailings. I don't have a business nor work for one.
So, I'm going to have to send mailings to all of my lists reminding people that they are welcome to unsubscribe.
Since I use yahoo for most of my emails, it's going to take hours, since I'm seriously restricted as to how many recipients per hour. That's to keep the big SPAMMers from using yahoo. I hope people don't harass those with different politics. And I guess that every mailing in the future must have a heading reminding people that they can unsubscribe.
I have work to do.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Well-Dressed Women in Doha, Qatar
Hard To Make Plans
The public is being asked to pray for Gavriel Noach ben Freida Bluma and Rivka bas Yehudis, Aryeh Leibish ben Elta Nechama Maltshi and Ben Tzion ben Elka, as well as "anyone else affected by the tragedy."
Also, yesterday, I heard that Pnina bat Sofia Slata isn't doing well and also needs prayers. And Chana bat Nechama Ester is splitting her days between radiation and sitting shiva.
And even though we're now in the winter month of Kislev, the earth is dry and parched. G-d is punishing us by withholding the rain. We must repent.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
No Real News
A friend from my teens, NCSY, is the Chabad Rebbitzen of the Crimea. This morning I got reports from her before they were on the news. I haven't heard from her since then.
These Chabad "shlichim" are amazing. It must be so difficult to live a Torah life far from Torah centers. Add to that the physical dangers.
It makes our problems seem so minor.
May there be a refuah shleimah to Gavriel Noach ben Freida Bluma and Rivkah bas Yehudis and all of the others in need of our prayers.
A special Refuah Shleimah to
Pnina bat Sofia Zlata
WE ARE TRYING TO GET 43 WOMEN TO BAKE CHALLAH
Probably everyone has heard about the terrorist situation in Mumbai, and in particular at the Chabad House there. WE ARE TRYING TO GET 43 WOMEN TO BAKE CHALLAH AND WHEN MAKING THE BROCHO TOPRAY FOR THE SAFETY OF:
Gavriel Noach ben Freida Bluma
Rivkah bas Yehudis
Moshe Tzvi Ben Rivkah
THE SHLUCHIM IN MUMBAI
and the other Jews there.
Please can any women who are baking challah and will do this contact me immediately at email@example.com
Thanks so much!
May we hear only besuros toivos! Moshiach NOW!!! A guten Shabbos! Leah-- Chabad of Crimea and Bais Menachem Jewish School appreciate your help. Please see our website http://www.chabadcrimea.org/ Secure tax deductible donations can be made online.Or send checks to:American Friends of Chabad of Crimea1601 Union StreetBrooklyn, NY 11213 Thank you very much for your kind support!-- Chabad of Crimea and Bais Menachem Jewish School appreciate your help. Please see our website http://www.chabadcrimea.org/ Secure tax deductible donations can be made online.
Or send checks to:American Friends of Chabad of Crimea1601 Union StreetBrooklyn, NY 11213 Thank you very much for your kind support!
Pumpkin and Squash Recipes
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Grandkids and Vanilla Extract
Ahh, vanilla. As you know, I've been mulling over the vanilla problem. My vanilla coffee is almost finished, and I haven't found anything here I want to use. The commercial vanilla extract is mostly brown food coloring. So people suggested that I make my own vanilla extract.
So, on Sunday, I bought some vanilla beans. I was surprised to discover that the "beans" don't look like "beans." But they do have the right smell. Then, yesterday morning I bought the vodka in our local grocery store. You couldn't imagine the amount of people who stopped me in the street as I walked home asking why I had vodka with me. I guess I'm not known as the drinking type.
A bit later, just before I went to Jerusalem, I split the beans and put them in the vodka bottle. Instructions are to leave them for at least a couple of weeks. I guess that by Chanuka, there should be some flavor. But I only bought two beans, so it may take much longer. Two was all they had in the store.
Now to go on with my day.
Maybe the Wrong Shoes?
Since I had made great time traveling in to Jerusalem, I decided to walk from the bus station to the cemetery. I even had a partner, a neighbor who needed to be at almost the same place and time. I guess I held her back. The shoes I wore are great for dancing but not for walking.
Luckily, one of my neighbors on the bus home had his car waiting for us to take us up the hill, because I was chilled to the bone when I stepped out of the bus.
Once home I mixed some techina, just added juice from half a lemon, cut up a garlic and a bit of water and sliced a cucumber. Yes, that was dinner. I took a vitamin C and two Acamols with lots of water. Baruch Hashem, I feel better this morning.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I did the meme on Shiloh Musings
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
A Way of Learning About Jbloggers
My participation in this is usually from me-ander, but Hadassa--In the Pink, tagged this persona. I shouldn't be surprised, because very few me-ander visitors are regulars; most are via google.
Here are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.And here are my seven facts:
2. Share 7 facts about yourself, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people (if possible) at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.
- In the second grade, I wrote my first composition, in which I stated that "...I want to be an entertainer, because I am talented." Yes, it's amazing what one remembers.
- My first memory was from when I was just over two and went to my uncle's wedding. I was sat at the "children's table" but couldn't reach the food. My Cousin Butchie helped me. The rest of the cousins, all bigger were too busy having fun.
- When I was little, we called my grandmother "bubby." Then I stated that she should be "grandma," and everyone accepted it. When my first child was born, her first great-grandchild, I stated that she should be called "bubby."
- My favorite color in high school was bright orange, and I had at least three orange dresses.
- The biggest mistake I made since aliyah was not perfecting my written Hebrew. I find reading it torture. Many friends and neighbors beg me to write in Hebrew, since their English isn't up to reading my articles. I know that it would be so important to have a wider influence in Israel.
- I've always loved art, but since I could never draw well, I wasn't considered talented. Thank G-d for photography.
- Living in Shiloh is the longest I (and my husband) have ever lived in any place in the world. We've been here since 1981.
A Better Year in Israel Program
After three years of high school Spanish, I was fluent, but your typical graduate of the American Jewish Educational System of an average of fourteen years of study knows less Hebrew than I knew Spanish.
Last Shabbat the Yeshivat Shvilei Hatorah, Jerusalem, came to Shiloh, and my neighbors and I were impressed. Many of the students were perfectly comfortable in Hebrew. Hebrew is a required subject in their program, as is Tanach, Bible.
So, if you know of a guy looking for a place in Israel to study, and not Monsey in Beit Shemesh, try out this place.
The Secret To Accademic Success
They acted like all they needed to do was to touch a page with the information and the knowledge would beam into their brains. They had never been taught to sit and work and do homework and listen etc.
I'm sure that many had been raised on their fathers' stories:
"I never went to class, just crammed before the bagrut. And I did fine."
I have no doubt that their fathers exaggerated, but at least their fathers had a basic foundation in studying. They had been trained when young to sit, listen, copy from the board, write sentences etc. Today's kids play. Elementary school classrooms are full of stimuli, distractions. Kids are walking around, talking, or sitting in groups ignoring the teacher. They "learn from" workbooks and circle the correct answer.
By the time I got them in high school, they were culturally learning disabled.
I know that the chareidi educational system hasn't adopted the new methods. So I'm not surprised to hear that its graduates succeed beyond all predictions when they have to learn totally new material to pass pre-university exams.
Monday, November 24, 2008
So Much Easier With Today's Cell Phones or...
Today, after spending the morning with a friend in Jerusalem and then going to Ofra to babysit for the grandkids and babysitting, it was finally time to go home. On the way to the road, yes I do wait at the corner of the exit from Ofra, I noticed my neighbor's car. He sometimes works in Ofra. Luckily, I have his number in my phone's memory, so I gave him a call.
"Are you in Ofra?"
"I just passed your car. When I are driving home?"
"In a few minutes. Yes, I'll take you home."
"Thanks, I'll wait."
And that's how I got home, Baruch Hashem!
Jerusalem's Kosher Symbols
This site may help some of you understand the various logos or symbols used to indicate kashrut.
Of course, the reliability really depends on the owner and workers in each food establishment. Remember that very few places have full-time supervision.
I'm always amazed at the people who doubt the reliability of other people's homes, but they buy commercially prepared food.
"They sure don't look like beans," was all I could say.
I began to feel the way I did the first time I baked challah. Imagine, I had never seen yeast dough and how it becomes yeast dough until I mixed that smelly grey stuff (yeast) with warm water and sugar and then, when it got all bubbly, with flour.
Next step is buying some vodka. I'm planning on buying cheap vodka, even thought the spice guy tried to tell me that I should buy the good stuff. For the big spoonful here and there I'll be using, why should I invest?
Contrary to the other advice I've gotten, he said that it just takes a few days. I'm supposed to split the "bean" and put the inside in the vodka and the "case" in some sugar. I'm sure that the sugar won't last all that long, so I'll be having spiked coffee b'taam vannil. What a way to start the day...
Must get some vodka.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Dinner With Jerusalem's Most Handsome Bachelors
They really did all the cooking, two types of vegetables, cole slaw and steak.
Yes, I'm a very proud mother.
Big Day For JBloggers!
Those of you whose weeks begin with "Sunday" are really lucky, lots of time to check out all the great posts. And if your week begins with יום ראשון Yom Rishon, the first day of the week, please make time, so you don't miss anything.
Shavua Tov and Have a Great Week!
Great Way To Start The Week!!
KCC is more than just a recipe carnival. It includes Halacha (Jewish Law,) cookbook and restaurant reviews, traditions etc.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
"Some Like It Hot"
Those DVD's are great.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Flavoured Coffee--A Different Direction
Someone replied an recommended a food/recipe site which tackles it from yet another direction. Flavor the sugar. So, to do that I need real vanilla beans. Then I cut one in half, lengthwise, and put it in a jar with 2 cups of sugar, wait a couple of weeks, and the sugar will be flavored with vanilla.
So, that means that I have to find vanilla beans... But first, does it really give me a vanilla-flavored drink?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Getting Ready for Shabbat
I also went through all the clothes I've been buying for the kids. It's all bagged to give them tomorrow.I generally buy when I see something I think they need. Now, I don't think they need anything. A few things are put away for spring.
As soon as the meatloaf is cool enough for the fridge, that's where it will go, and I'll go to bed.
To Fly or Not To Fly?
It reminds me of the "new immigrant rights," which probably still are given to olim chadashim. You don't pay taxes on certain consumer items. In our day, many immigrants bought new cars, which they could barely afford to maintain, because they got a hefty discount. Even today, you can take lots of cabs for what it costs to own a car.
Back in New York, my mother complains of stores which send out periodic gift certificates for less than any item on sale in the store. So, the only way of using it, is to spend money.
Yes, I'm talking about those El Al frequent flyer points. There's no way I'll have enough points for a free flight, so in order to use the points, I have to spend a lot of money. And in a couple of months, I'll be losing points. They "evaporate," get deleted.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
But good news, the waffles are in this week's carnival, as also are, lots of great recipes.
And to celebrate, watch the waffles appear!
... the steps were horrendous.
I wasn't the eldest, nor the most "physically challenged" in the Matan tour. So, it wouldn't have looked good for me to refuse to go up. Also, unitl I started
The steps were too small for my feet, but I managed to get up. By the time I realized how many steps there would be, too many people were behind me to back down. Yes, the view was amazing.
Going down was a challenge. I have a phobia about going down steep whatevers. I did it sideways and holding onto both walls, since I was terrified that I'd tumble down and didn't want my toes to be over the edge of the steps. As I struggled down I kept apologizing to all behind me for holding them up.
When we finally made it down, somebody thanked me for slowing the pace.
If my legs are already aching, what will I feel like tomorrow?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
And Today, An Earlier Start and More Walking
Actually, I got up early to go on a tour. I'm taking the Tanach, Bible Touring Course at Matan. They said that we had better be there by 8:30, "or we leave without you." So I took the 6am bus. That's the pre-rush hour bus. Last night I packed some fruit, sandwiches and water.
This morning I didn't drink my good coffee, since I couldn't allocate enough time to finish "emptying." I got down a bit before the bus, but that was fine, since the view was grand.
I got off the bus at Ramat Eshkol, caught another and was at the Jerusalem Municipality before 7, lucky enough to be the first to use the WC. It opens at 7. Then I put on my backpack and began marching.
King David Street was gorgeous.
And then I was up Emek Refaim and on the old train tracks.
Then I found Matan and ate my sandwiches there. yes, I was the first to arrive after the longest trip of all. And most amazing, my shoulder pain seems to have gotten lost on the tour.
I'll post about the tour on Shiloh Musings.
Yesterday I Walked
You'd need a street map of Jerusalem, if you're not familiar with the city.
I had a ride to the Shmuel Hanavi junction, where I looked for clothes for the grandkids, but didn't buy. Still looking I walked down Rechov Bar Ilan, then turned left and made another few turns until I was in Geula, looked and bought a couple of things. Made my way to downtown, walked all around there. And then I walked up Rechov Betzalel to the Shalom Felafel. Took a seat and had one.
Then I walked to Machane Yehuda and bought some squash. Then I walked to the bus station. Buses were lined up going to town, looking like a train, not moving much.
And finally, I took the bus to Ofra and babysat for the grandkids. Of course, I walked a bit there, too.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Time For Joy
Mazal tov to the families. Sorry we couldn't make it, but last week were were at a wedding, and here are more of the movies I took.
I could have gone today, but it's terribly crowded on Mondays since they have the exercise teacher. Wed. is better. OK, we'll see.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Wind, Can Winter Be On It's Way?
We have been suffering a terrible drought in recent years. There are various reasons. One is that too much water is being used/wasted. Another is that Israeli Governments have allowed Arab countries to "reroute" water which should be here. And the most important reason is that the quantity of rain is in direct proportion to how the Jewish People keep G-d's Commandments.
Watch the wind blow...
HH at Westbank Mama
There's an amazing variety of posts from all over the jblogging world. So, pull up your chair, and treat yourself to the latest and best.
Picture The Waffles!
There's no on/off button either. When plugged in this Krup machine lights up with one of its two buttons. I spooned in batter.
Apparently, I made two mistakes. First the machine was too cold; there's a second light which indicates that it's hot enough. And second, I spooned in too much batter. The result was a disgusting mess, which I, rather wisely I admit, decided to throw in the garbage.
Eventually, I got it right, and the waffles weren't bad.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
My friend and I were together in a restaurant, catching up on things, when I was distracted. At first I wasn't quite sure what was approaching. I aimed, fired,
Friday, November 14, 2008
Today, since my baby is here and his birthday is soon and he has miluim, (army reserves) next week, I decided to debut it. Pictures will be posted another time. I searched the internet for waffle recipes, simple, basic, easy-to-prepare waffle recipes. I don't beat egg whites!
After a while I noticed a basic formula:
- 2 cups flour
- 2 Tablespoons sugar, so sue me I used half a cup
- 2 cups of milk
- 2 eggs, I used 3, since the ones I buy are small
- 1/2 cup oil
- baking powder
Now, I used wholewheat flour, because that's what we have. I also used brown, dark brown, sugar, because it's tastier with the dark flour.
Actually, this is identical to pancakes. So, just think of waffles as textured pancakes. It's all in the "presentation," or "packaging."
Like for a cake, first I mixed the dry ingredients and then added the liquids. I mixed everything but not "too much."
The waffle iron seemed to have lost its instructions, and I tried searching on the internet. I could find the machine, but all it said was:
So, I'm reporting. It's a Krup 2-waffle, and I couldn't figure out how to get the cooking parts out, without breaking the machine. During my internet search I did come up with something similar, where the site had a question:
"Do you want to be the first to report about this waffle maker?"
"How do you clean the wafflemaker if you can't take it apart and can't submerge it in water?"
I wiped it all with a damp paper towel, plugged it in, and it began to heat up. No, there isn't an on/off switch. Of course, what can I expect when we got it for nothing?
The first batch is better left where I left it, in the garbage. But after that it got better, though my husband kept asking why it wasn't crispy. Silicon cooking utensils don't get the food as crispy as old-fashioned stainless steel.
We ate them with maple-flavored sugar syrup. So, if you'd like to come for jblogger waffles, please bring some real maple syrup or other/better stuff for the waffles.
Wondering... Is it Worth...
If I do that, I'd update the template, with the new stuff blogger has, or maybe I should go to another blog host lilke wordpress if it's also free. That has options like multiple type personalities on the same blog.
Please give me your opinion. I just think it's time for update or change.
ps the spellcheck is still insisting that everything's fine when it's not.
At A Wedding and...
I did a stupid miscalculation in terms of transfering and burning files/pictures from my camera. Now I know that the movies use up tons of memory. I figured that I didn't have all that much on the camera, since the memory card wasn't full at all. So I went to the wedding, took lots more pictures and even more movies/videos and then got all fouled up trying to burn them onto disks. It seems like one of my disks came out empty, even though I can't imagine why. I'll have to check them all now. There is one working, and you'll see a couple of pictures here.
At least I still have the entire file on the other computer, where I'm youtubing one of the wedding videos. When I finish will all the burning, I can transfer all the files to the extra memory thing I got in the states. I must get another of those.
It's Friday morning and there's just too much left to do before Shabbat. So, you'll just have to be patient.
And sorry if there are typos, the spellcheck insisted that everything's hunky dory, even though I know there are words here that blogger doesn't like, but I'm not arguing right now. So, please forgive.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Beating The Rain
So I went down and it was perfect walking weather. I spent quite a while there. When I walked out, I discovered that it had been drizzling. I made it as far as the roofed "waiting" place near the stores. After a few minutes, a neighbor came by and took me home.
* When I wrote the post, I neglected to leave out a minor detail, that it was a bit late, and the neighbor had gone to sleep already.
Then I cooked.
Guard cum Babysitter
Great post. You covered a lot of issues.
In the "old days," the guards here would walk around the neighborhoods doubling as babysitters, since there were few kids old enough to work in the profession. My eldest had almost a monopoly at one point.
Well, if there was a yishuv party, the guards would check on crying babies, too.
Those were the days...
It can't be repaired by our computer maven, unless he comes here. He does lots of tweaky sort of repairs long distance, via some program he put in our computer. The arrangement is much less expensive, and generally more immediate, than waiting until he can get here, since he no longer lives in the area.
Generally, I'm pretty good at diagnosing things, but I can't do the actual repair/cure.
While I'm ranting/kvetching about computer things, the pop-up comments are frequently a problem. If you have your "danger" setting too "fussy," the pop-ups won't work, since that's how many viruses, worms and other computer diseases, horses and bugs enter.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The Next Generation
A few months ago, I spoke to someone I knew from the old country. We discovered that our granddaughters were in pre-school together.
That's what's happening, Thank G-d.
My father's sister is an artist. Her house is full of her artwork and her children's creations. My parents used to have some of her are they etchings? on the wall, too. Decades ago, my aunt and her friend produced children's books, and some were recently sent to us for my grandkids.
My only cousin in Israel, her eldest niece, has one of our aunt's pictures on her wall. A few years ago, when I noticed it I asked her how she got it.
"I want one too!"
"All you have to do is ask her. That's what I did."
Actually, in the end I didn't do that. During a recent visit to my parents, my mother showed me a box of framed pictures:
"Maybe you'd like to take some. I don't have room, and anyway, I'd love to move to a smaller place."
Guess what. Yes, you don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to get it right. I found two pictures my aunt had done about sixty years ago. One was even signed with her maiden name, the same maiden name I once had.
I took down an enormous needlepoint, which had taken me years to finish. I had done a lot of that needlepoint when trekker was hospitalized after being hit by a small truck when he was riding his bike. He suffered a dislocated pelvis, and lots of cuts etc, and needed to be in traction for three weeks. After that physical therapy and even after being released, he was forbidden to sit and walk on the "bad" leg for a long time. Half the hospitalization was in Hadassa Ein Kerem and half in Alyn Children's Orthopedic. That was eighteen years ago, last summer.
So now, I have something else on the wall, something even older and not burdened/tainted by such awful memories.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I've been thinking of posting this for months. Maybe it was the wine we had for dinner, taking the "baby" out for his 25th.
I'm Probably Nuts
Sometimes I just try to make plans in Jerusalem for the entire day, but it gets so unbearably exhausting that I don't function by evening and then function even worse the next day.
The alternative is to go home for a couple of hours and calculate the bus travel as rest time. But the big question there is if it's really relaxing, but at least I can take in the wash from the clotheslines and wash some dishes...
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thank You Jewlicious!
Well, the great David, aka ck, "Netanyahu!?," of Jewlicious has actually hosted a Havel Havelim! Yes, this week's.
Take a look! Nu, David, maybe next time you'll try a Kosher Cooking Carnival?
A Shiloh Story
"Do you know where -- lives?"
"Not exactly. Are you going to pay a shiva call?" (That's a condolence call.)
"Are you in the car?"
"Yes. Does that mean that I should have asked you if you want to come?"
"That would be nice."
"We'll be by in a minute."
"Thanks. I just have to put on my shoes."
It's so nice to have good neighbors.
A Mother’s tehillim project / A Single’s tehillim project
A Mother’s tehillim project / A Single’s tehillim project
Rosh Chodesh Kislev - Friday, November 28th
... mothers around the world will join together and pray for their children’s soul-mates PROJECT 1.
… single people around the world will pray together to be united with their destined soul-mates PROJECT 2.
In order to accomplish this goal, I am asking that everyone goes to www.writeinvite.ca/tehillim and fill out the respective form. Once groups of 40 people are formed per project in your timezone, I will send you your portions of tehillim to recite along with the names of the rest of your group and further instructions. Your allotted tehillim should be recited once on Rosh Chodesh day.
Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Lazeh. All of Israel is responsible for one another - pass this email on to others who may be interested in participating. Please also help me advertise for this project by posting on any email group you may be on.
May our prayers be answered sweetly and speedily,Tamara
* Your email address will NOT be distributed or displayed. No last names will be displayed.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Not All That Dry
My T'filat Chana article is on the Torah Section of Arutz7. I haven't had anything there for awhile.
Luckily I keep a stock of bottled mineral water, so there's always something to drink.
Today, after I discovered that I had lots of time before the group was coming, I was driven back up, with arrangements to take me down. The driver saw her sister, who was so happy to see her, since she was rushing to catch the bus and the driver could take drinking water to her son in school. Then later, when I was all finished with it and walking back up, a neighbor who lives in the "middle" neighborhood stopped her car:
"I'm taking you home, and then you'll check if you have water. I was told that there's water in your neighborhood. I filled the car with water bottles, since we're all out."
So, we went to my house and filled up the bottles. But now there's less water pressure. G-d willing there will be plenty of water for tomorrow mornings' showers.
I missed the first pounce, but the cat was oblivious to my camera and to me.
Today, To Tel Shiloh
I got some pointers from my husband, but then I realized that, like many other things, I have to guide according to my unique perspective. Also, I've been to the tel many, many times in the past year, and he hasn't. I've taken hundreds of pictures and spoken to dozens of people about the Tel. The course I'm taking in Matan began last week and Shiloh and Shmuel (Samuel) were the theme of the first lecture.
So, it's not like I'm some sort of ignoramous. I'm an incurable individualist, who, no matter what I try, must do it all my way.
I'll let you know how it goes, bli neder. That means, I'm not swearing.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Too Much Time Facing This Screen
When a neighbor's father moved into their "downstairs," he was bored and began to try to organize activities. His first focus was the "senior singles." Then, when he realized that there weren't too many, he expanded to middle-aged and older English speakers.
There's a movie almost every week, from the various collections we all have. Lots of musicals, since he's a fan of those great ones from the 1950's. But we've also seen "Seabiscuit" and "Sabrina," the Harrison Ford one.
Tonight I hope we'll see "The Sting." I've always loved that movie.
Friday, November 07, 2008
To Eat Lunch or Do Lunch
Just eating lunch is more solitary, finding the best food deal, like this one I saw advertised in the Englishcake Bakery on King George St, Jerusalem.
For NS18.90, you get a sandwich and a hot or cold drink. It's probably about $5- at today's rate. That's a great deal compared to the prices I saw recently in New York's kosher restaurants.
Doing lunch is a social thing, meeting a friend, like I did the other day. We ate at the Village Green, Jerusalem's well-known vegetarian health food restaurant. We both chose their Tofu-Spinach Pie and chose a variety of salads and vegetables from the salad bar. You pay for them by the weight. I took one their sour dough rye rolls with garlic butter. I hope to remember not to take the garlic butter ever again; it was much too salty.
Everything else tasted great, and the pie portion was very large. The restaurant used to offer all the bread you can eat. There were loaves of bread and bowls of sweet butter. We could just slice as much of the delicious bread as we wanted. Of course it was easy, too easy, to eat too much bread, and I guess it wasn't very sanitary, either. Now they have a variety of their rolls at the checkout counter and they ask you what you want. Cleaner and fewer calories. No surprise that this lunch cost much more than the sandwich I had seen advertised.
That's the difference between just eating lunch and "doing lunch."
Perfect Little Story
When I was in Jerusalem the other day, I went into the Alba Pharmacy, a Jerusalem landmark, and one of the few drug stores not part of the big chains. I used to shop in the Ora Pharmacy, but it was sold to a chain, and the prices went up.
I picked up some dental floss and gave the clerk my charge card:
"Your card has expired."
"What? I don't remember getting a notice to pick up a new one."
"Do you have cash?"
"How about a check? No, wait. The bank is across the street. Hold the floss, and I'll be right back."
"I won't wait long."
"See you soon."
I called my husband, who was a surprised as I was and told me which clerk usually handles our account. Then I crossed the street and rushed into the bank. Our clerk wasn't there, so I found another who looked rather disappointed, since my presence forced him to end his phone conversation.
Within two minutes, I had my card, signed it and for it and was out the door, crossed the street again and surprised the clerk at Alba.
It was a good thing I had remembered to go into the drug store on the way to meeting my friend at Village Green, (which I must blog about, too,) because if I had gone in later, I would have found the bank closed.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
The next month available is February, so if you're interested, please let me know. And don't forget to submit a post for entry in the next Kosher Cooking Carnival. It will be hosted by Ill call Baila.
And now, something a little more "techie." I've found that it takes much too much time to upload my little videos on youtube, and frequently, the uploading process just falls down and dies. I noticed that the laptop, which is a bissel more reliable, has a firefox icon in addition to the explorer. So, you guessed it, I tried firefox. I was amazed that it uploaded the videos in a fraction of the time. Now I have it uploading some stills onto Photobucket, do people still use that term?
Bli neder, that means it's not a vow, I'll be posting some great pictures later.