Thursday morning I woke up extra early and began rinsing all the dust and grime from the floors, Israeli style, before the workers came in. And then on Friday before Shabbat I took the dust-filled covers off of the couch, laundered them, dusted the leather couches and then oiled them. Afterwards I recovered them, changed the filthy dusty tablecloth, swept and washed the floors all over the house even better than the day before.
That way as Shabbat began the house felt more like a home. We were invited out for Shabbat meals, which was great. I spent most of the afternoon with a neighbor. And the two of us attended the special Shiloh 40th Anniversary events together, which was fun. Gd willing the kitchen renovations will be finished by next Shabbat. Before using the new stove I will need to get it attached to the gas canisters. I'll keep you updated.