Friday, July 13, 2018

Shabbat Shalom Once More

it is noontime in the holy city of safed.  I just finished washing the kitchen floor.  yesterday was slime day at the gleich home.  it took me forever to wash out the containers and wash off the kitchen table.  the granddaughter is a slime addict.  I think all girls these days are.  the grandson doesn't really have the patience to make it.  he is a lego genius.  I spent about 100 shekels yesterday on food dye, glue and persil.  the granddaughter reached for the persil and glue a little while ago.  I did not allow her to make more slime today. 

I am planning on taking them to a local playground to let out some steam.  it seems to be a bit cooler today.  their parents are coming back from Jerusalem for Shabbat.  they will be having Shabbat dinner at the Sephardi clan tonight.  I don't think I want to go.  I hope they won't be making a goodbye party.  I am not up for one.  the kids are relocating to Jerusalem on sunday.  my son has been working there since april.  the kids will stay with me for a few days while their mom gets the house in order.

I will be on break from the yeshiva at the end of the month and plan to travel there to visit for a few days.  we will see how that goes.  my sister will be coming in mid august for two weeks.  she is arriving the night before the klezmer music festival starts.  it is always a giant balagon in safed during those three days.  busses are on holiday schedule and it is a giant mess.  I hope to, at least, go to the festival once.  we will see how the sister feels.

I would love to throw my sister an early birthday party.  she turns 70 in October.  I am also hosting a graduation party for a friend later this month.  she is getting some sort of degree form Haifa university.  I was able to get graduation stickers and cardboard graduation hats.  I will also make other props.  I live for party themes. 

I have been working pretty hard at the yeshiva.  the manager and rabbi there have been giving me last minute and inaccurate instructions for a couple of weeks.  each time the guys went on a hike or trip I was expected to make them sandwiches.  I had completed making 48 omelet sandwiches one morning; only to find out that I needed 60.  of course, I had run out of bread and eggs.  yesterday I was told to make sandwiches for them.  the only problem was that they were leaving at 8:00 a.m.  I couldn't stay any longer the day before because the kids were with me and they were restless.  and after nearly 5 hours of cooking and standing on my feet, i had no energy to make sandwiches.

I managed to get into work at 8:00 a.m. and it took two hours to make 50 hot dog sandwiches.  included in that time, was folding sheets of paper towel around each sandwich; as we didn't have any napkins.  it also took time to spread ketchup on each sandwich and place them into baggies.  I also was asked to make them dinner.  I quickly made two batches of white rice, two tuna loafs and a pan of stir fried squash and eggplant.  at 11:00 a.m. I couldn't find any young men to take the sandwiches to the designated rendezvous in Tiberius.   I also learned that the guys were having a pizza party after the hike.  so all the work and food I made for dinner was in vain.  let it go.  I was paid for my time.

I do not know how much longer I can work there.  starting next week there will only be a few guys there.  I will only have the kids with me for a few more days and then I will be on my own.  I hate to go in to work for just 3 or 4 hours.  I will see what transpires.  in the meanwhile, I have spent my entire salary this month already.  I went to the supermarket yesterday and spent over $100.  my debit card was refused.  I had to run back home to get cash.  I need to put some money into my account on sunday before some payment is returned.  are we having fun yet?

the kids are coming here for Shabbat lunch.  I bought fresh corn and a noodle kugel.  I will probably make another shepherd's pie with chopped turkey.  I also bought soy bean pods.  the kids are crazy for these.  we have a huge watermelon for dessert.  I doubt that I will have the energy to bake a cake.  i have dried fruits and seeds and nuts to nash.  i bought plenty of drinks.  i even got strawberry Bacardi breeze's for the daughter-in-law and myself.

i spent a fortune on markers and drawing papers for the kids and my niece's kids, if they come to visit.  if not, i will schlep it to Jerusalem when i come to visit them.  i need to watch my spending now.  my pension and paychecks come in at the end of the month.  after that i will not be spending blindly.  i hope it will be alright.  i stopped writing checks.  i have been mainly using cash and my bebit card.  i think i have learned my lesson.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Another Shabbat

it is 4:30 p.m. in the holy city of safed.  once again, I neglected to blog.  I have simply, been too tired.  I have been putting in around six hours of cooking in the yeshiva, daily.  by the time I get home, I am brainless.  my legs are like lead after standing for that amount of time and my back is tight.  I usually take the little shuttle bus back to the main bus station to catch my regular bus to home.  this is an easy 10 minute walk when it's not devastatingly hot or freezing cold.

I have been a bit forgetful lately.  I also have been more careless in the kitchen.  I managed to slice off a bit of the tip of my middle finger with a very sharp vegetable peeler, a couple of weeks ago.  I managed to stop the bleeding and applied aloe vera from my garden.  it still hurts.  I wonder how long it will take for the skin to grow back.  I also sprinkled a 'special' mixture of salt and cinnamon on to my bread pudding that I prepared for the guys.  I really do not know how I managed that blunder..

I hadn't seen the grandkids in a couple of weeks.  they are currently in day camp at their school and I haven't been needed to pick them up.  they came over for a few hours this morning.  they didn't want to leave.  I also wanted them to stay.  their family is relocating to Jerusalem in a couple of weeks.  my life is going to change, significantly.  everyone assumes that I will also be moving to Jerusalem.  I am not planning on anything like that in the meantime.  I will wait and see how they fare there.

I do have options so I am not in any rush to make a change.  I will visit them after they get settled and spend a Shabbat with them.  we will see how that goes.  I plan on staying on at the yeshiva until I can no longer physically do the work.  it has been wonderful having extra pocket money.  I have been under a lot of pressure lately trying to get all the work done in less than six hours.  we are very low on staples and I have been struggling to come up with meals.  I find that I do not have the patience to cut up veggies into small pieces for stir fries.   I try not peeling too many things anymore.  I use a knife for peeling.  I am not going near that peeler again.

last week, I combined leftover quinoa, wheat, buckwheat and couscous.  I didn't have enough of any one of these grains alone,to make a meal.  I also combined the rest of the canola oil bottle with olive oil.  I even used it to make a white cake.  it was not my finest hour.  I made omelet sandwiches, a couple of weeks ago, when the guys went on a hike.  needless to say, I did not know that I would be required to make these sandwiches again for the trip to the beach and again, for their trip to the winery.  it takes me 2 hours to make 50 to 60 sandwiches.  I work pretty fast, too.  I  was told last minute about the sandwiches and didn't have the chance to buy peanut butter and jelly.  the guys actually love the egg sandwiches.  go know!

I have been trying very hard to stay away from sugar.  I do eat a lot of fruit.  I do not think I have lost any weight.  I look fat.  I haven't had the energy to do a really strict diet.  I am too tired when I come home to cook for myself.  I use a tiny bit of honey on my yogurt and I bought agave syrup yesterday.  I drizzled a bit on my waldorf salad for tonight.  it is pleasant.  my sister is coming to visit next month and I am trying to get as many healthy food items in the fridge, freezer and pantry.  she is diabetic and on a strict diet.  a good friend is also coming and she is on a macro biotic regime.  I think she is also using organic products.  the supermarket nearby has a lot of 'green' products.  I will also stock up on organic brown rice, chickpeas, and whatever else they have.

it is really hot here.  by the way, we had an earthquake.  I did not feel a thing.  people are good and frightened.  I couldn't care less.  I was in a big earthquake in California back in 1971.  I woke up to my bed rolling back and forth.  I think it was 7.1 on the richter scale.  i remember asking my sister what was going on.  being a true new Yorker, i went soundly back to sleep after she told me it was an earthquake.  i guess i haven't changed in all these years.

the kids are coming for Shabbat dinner.  it is very hard for me to cook now.  i made a simple meal.  i bought a Jerusalem peppery noodle kugel at the bakery but i think it has gone off.  i made some tilapia fish fillets but i left out the hot pepper.  the daughter-in-law has been suffering from a stomach microbe.  i made a shepherd's pie with chopped beef and mushrooms and onions.  i also made some bulgar and buckwheat mixture.  the kids like to eat it with soy sauce.  i made frozen string beans in a tomato Sephardi style sauce and i made a waldorf salad.  i skipped the mayo and used a bit of tahini.  i didn't have any walnuts so i used a few cashews. 

i cooked some soy beans in their green pods.  apparently, the kids are nuts for this.  i don't know if they will be up for eating by the time that Shabbat rolls around.  they want  to sleep over.  they even placed mattresses, pillows and covers in the living room.  it is hard for them to schlepp home at 10:00 p.m.  i don't mind if they sleep over but their mom wants them home for lunch.  that entails a 20 -30 minute uphill trek home in the boiling sun and heat.  i am not sure that i am up for that.  we will see what transpires, i guess.  i want to make it to synagogue tomorrow morning.  they bless the new moon.  in another two weeks we will do the arduous fast of the 9th of av.  this one is a killer.  i usually stay in bed the entire day and watch sad videos.  can't wait!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Just Anither Shabbat

it is 8:00 a.m. in the holy city of safed.   the grandkids just got picked up for school.  I will go to town a little later to pick them up and go home on the minibus.  the older kids torment me on Fridays.  I  even cursed one of the brats once, after they were making fun of me.  I finally told one of the teachers and they got a bit of a chastisement.  kids here are very disrespectful.  however, no one is bringing an automatic rifle and killing anyone, either.

my feet are hurting badly.  standing all day is not helping matters at all.  yesterday, I was getting ready to leave work at 3:00 p.m.  I had to get the kids by 3:45 p.m.  I wanted to buy some hamburgers at a local store before I got the kids.  the manager asked if I could make a vat of tuna salad for the night's Chassidic 'get together.   they were having ,yet, another evening of vodka, snacks and inspiration.  I hadn't washed the stovetop or the floor but I went to work on a salad.

I simply, dumped two industrial size cans of tuna into a huge bowl with 5 cans of chickpeas and cut up a few onions, tomatoes and cucumbers.  I didn't have any eggs to boil and I decided not to add canned corn, olives or mushrooms.  I made a vinaigrette like dressing and made a mad dash to clean the stove top and floor.  I arrived at the school late.  the kids were waiting with a teacher who gave us a ride to town.  their backpacks are like heavy rocks.  it is quite a schlepp to town from the school.  we stopped off for some frozen coffee drinks.  I have been avoiding sugar but I had one and finished my granddaughter's.  I felt like throwing up afterwards.

we ended up food shopping and taxied it back home.  I did some much needed laundry and changed all of the sheets.  I did some more laundry this morning.  I have fresh towels and sheets now.  everything is still wet.  I hung all of my jeans skirts outside on the porch.  after cooking all day, my clothes stink of sweat and cooking oil.  even my snood smells.  the dog tried to wake us all up at around 5:00 a.m.   the poor thing needed to pish and I was too tired to let him out.  he relieved himself in front of the door.  oh well...

I babysat for my friend's elderly dog this week and she shat and peed in the kitchen while I was away.  in a little while I will wash the floors.  I need to go to the supermarket and buy some fruit for Shabbat.  we will be having hamburgers and franks for supper.  I do not feel like really cooking.  I bought some Jerusalem noodle kugel at the bakery.  my grandson loves it.  I also bought some lettuce.  the kids are mad for it.  I will buy some mushrooms and voila! we will have salad.  after cooking all week long, I am truly,bushed.

my friend bought me tow novels for my birthday.  we ordered them from England and didn't have to pay tax or shipping costs.  I doubt that the kids will let me read tomorrow but perhaps while they play, I will get to read.  I adore a good book on Shabbat day.  I do not have the strength to read during the week.  I usually collapse in front of the t.v.  I have been falling asleep lately in front of the computer.   they say when you get old, three things happen.  one is that you lose your memory and sorry,  I forgot the other two.

Shabbat Shalom!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ruby Tuesday

it is 5:p.m. in the holy city of safed.  I just got home from town.  a friend of my daughter-in-law's family, gave me a ride home in her brand new shiny car.  I had a twenty minute wait for my bus when she saw me.  I went to work early this morning.  the guys were taking a 4 hour hike to Meron.  I needed to make sandwiches for them.

the grandkids slept over left night.  I placed mattresses on the t.v. room floor for them and I fell asleep on my loveseat, as usual.  my grandson finally conked out at 11:00 p.m. and I was asleep by midnight.  I got up at 6:00 a.m. to let the dogs out.  my friend left her dog here last night.  she had to be out of town for the night.  I have babysat her dog for years.  she often brings her here for Shabbat and the dog is very comfortable here.

I thought I was out of dog food but I didn't have the strength to stop off at the supermarket down below, before I left for work.  my dog hardly eats it anymore.  luckily, there was a new bag of food in my pantry.  I didn't even remember buying it.  I got a lift to work this morning, too.  Tuesday turned out to be a good news day. 

I got confused and thought I needed to make about 30 sandwiches.  there are about 16 guys currently at the yeshiva.  I opted to make omelets. my only other choice was tuna fish and I thought that in this heat it wasn't the  safest way to go.  I wanted each guy to have two sandwiches.  after I had made about 36 of them, the rabbi came into the kitchen to let me know that there were 30 guys going on said hike.  I had one of the students run to a local store to buy me more eggs.  I made another 24 sandwiches.

I made myself an assembly line.  I used 6 eggs for every omelet and cut those into quarters.  I made four sandwiches at a time. while the next omelet was cooking, I placed the sandwiches in baggies.  I did this for about an hour or so until I had 60 sandwiches.  I sliced tomatoes and opened an industrial sized can of pickles and another one of ketchup..  I got the plates, napkins, utensils, cutlery, cups, salt, oil and onion organized.  I put all of the pitas and snacks in one bag and organized the turkey schnitzels, franks and veggies in another.  I even seasoned the schnitzels.

they decided that I needn't make dinner for the guys.  the few guys who didn't go on the hike were a bit bummed out that I wasn't making supper for them.  I thought about making a cake but I ran out of time and energy.  I still had pots and pans to clean from the Shabbat Kiddush.  they had been soaking for days.  I ended up working for 4 hours.  that's being on my feet for hours, once again.  I don't ever sit while I cook or do prep work.

I am going back to the Japanese restaurant with a few gals tomorrow for my friend's birthday.  I have to go straight from work.  I am pretty smelly and dirty after cooking.  I don't know if I will have enough time to go home first.  I guess it depends if I manage to go in really early.  I think it will be tuna loaf, carrot kugel and sweet potatoes for tomorrow's lunch.  I might fry turkey burgers if I have enough eggs.  I used a major amount of eggs this morning.

it looks like I will have the grandkids with me from Thursday to sunday.  the daughter-in-law needs to find a school for them in Jerusalem.  I will have to go in early again on Thursday.  I told my friend that I would go with her to the hospital for a biopsy.  perhaps, I will be able to do some extra food tomorrow morning.  rice, macaroni, buckwheat groats and bulgar take little time to cook.  I just need tons of strength.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Blogging Now

it is 6:00 p.m. in the holy city of safed.  it has been quite a while since I last blogged.  the month of june has been a blank.  I have been falling asleep in the early evening and awakening at 10:00 p.m.   I stay up until around 4 or 5:00 a.m. and rest until I go to work.  it's been pretty weird.  I am now cooking for 16 or 18 young men. I haven't quite found the correct amounts to cook yet.  so far, I don't believe anyone has complained.

yesterday, I arrived to find the kitchen in total disarray.  there wasn't an inch of clean space for me to work.  I spent almost 5 hours washing plastic containers, utensils and serving bowls.  the sink was backed up and I couldn't clear it because I had so many things to wash.  I couldn't wash anything because I had no room at the sink.  it was a horrible catch 22.   apparently, the yeshiva had hosted about 150 people for a Shabbat day Kiddush.  the boys consumed a great deal of wine to boot.

the guys had left out tons of food unrefrigerated.  I actually tasted most of the food to determine if it was fit for human consumption.  I took out a ton of macaroni and roasted veggie salad and managed to make a quick spaghetti sauce to cover it.  I thought about throwing in a can of tuna but I didn't really have the space to open up a huge can of tuna.

I put out a tray of left over roasted veggies, a tray of quinoa, and a huge platter of macaroni.  it looked like baked ziti.  I found some left over salads to put out and I cut up some melon.  after I put out the lunch, I started the enormous washing up.  I felt like Cinderella.  it was endless.  I finally finished washing everything and scrubbed down the counters.  I fried up about 40 turkey schnitzels.  I left the macaroni on the electric platter as well as the quinoa.  I think I cooked up some rice and roasted some potatoes.  I couldn't wait to get out of there.

I headed back to town by bus, as I was too tired to walk the short distance.  I went over to a trendy indian- like clothes store.  my friend gave me a gift certificate for about $60.  I couldn't find  anything to fit me.  I had bought a lovely pair of silver earrings the week before, for my daughter-in-law's mother.  I wanted to buy another pair for my friend, who has a birthday on Shabbat.  I bought her an indian suede handbag and a very silly looking silver shopping bag with red metallic lips.  I plan to take her out to a restaurant on Wednesday.

I bought myself two turbans and a cotton printed blouse from the gift certificate. I also bought myself two blouses in another store.  they are all indian, very large and cover my enormous belly.  I desperately need a couple of skirts.  I will look at the outdoor market place on Wednesday.  I only have three jeans skirts.  my wardrobe is seriously lacking.

my daughter-in-law took me and the grandkids to a Japanese restaurant on Wednesday night.  I sprang for Belgium waffles and ice cream afterwards.  I am still not eating sugar but I haven't dropped an ounce.  I must do something drastic.  I think I have to drop the carbs for awhile, too.  I have never ever been so fat.  I am not happy with myself.

I am too tired to walk.  after I return from work, I collapse.  my back is usually tight.  it's funny that I didn't feel tired yesterday.  I didn't get home until nearly 8:30 p.m.  I slept well and even did my dishes from Shabbat and washed my kitchen floor before I went to work.  I made a vat of veggies and a spicy sauce to put over couscous.  I used sweet potatoes, white potatoes, squash, onions, red peppers, carrots and cabbage.  I also made a green salad and added some leftover hard cooked eggs.  I served a small squash soufflé with the meal and put out some melon.. 

I made two medium sized shepherd's pie for dinner.  I used canned corn.  I didn't have any peas and carrots.  I only made one tray of roasted eggplant.  I don't think I made enough for dinner but I had to leave to pick up the grandkids.  tomorrow morning the guys are doing a hike and a barbecue afterwards.  I need to make them sandwiches for the hike and get them sorted out with utensils, disposable plates, cups, and napkins.  I have to pack everything up.

the last time they had a barbecue, I had to make a couple of hundred burgers.  I only need to pack up some franks and schnitzels for tomorrow.  I left out a frozen box of about 100 schnitzels on the sink.  I hope I will be able to separate the schnitzels in the morning.  I plan on making omelets for the sandwiches.  hopefully, i'll get in early to do all this.  I will have to leave them dinner.  I think it will be tuna loaf.  we will see how I feel in the morning.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Party's Over Shavuot 2018.

the holiday of Shavuot ended a couple of hours ago.  the grandkids slept over last night and just left.  I had them from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.  I managed to get them to synagogue this morning to  hear the ten commandments.  we had an horrific heat wave.  I felt faint on Friday night and had to hold onto the kitchen counter for dear life.  my friend came over and I made fried chicken cutlets.  I had some leftover rice, kasha and beets and that is what we ate.  for lunch we had cold cuts sandwiches.

I was supposed to go to a friend's for lunch.  I woke up looking like a Cyclops and didn't feel any better than I looked.  I was beyond exhausted.  the kids were with me on Thursday afternoon and slept over.  I picked them up after work.  it was pretty warm but nothing like it was for the holiday.  we made no bake cheesecakes on Thursday.  I froze them.  they weren't too good but the kids enjoyed making them.  I kept them home from school on Friday.  I was in no mood to schlepp to town to pick them up in the heat.  we waited 40 minutes in the hot sun on Thursday for the school van.

I worked from 7:30 a.m. on Friday until 7:30 p.m. preparing the Shavuot meals.  I ended up making a lasagna, two types of prepared mini ravioli, cheese pancakes, a Greek salad and a spinach mushroom salad.  we had a French creamy goat cheese, lox, a raisin whole wheat challah, strawberry yogurt drink, many flavored Yoplait yogurts, chocolate puddings, cream cheese, salty butter and a fruit platter of grapes, plums, cherries and peaches.  we had a hybrid fruit which was a mix between an apple and a pear and we had a huge fresh papaya.  I think it was my first papaya.  we ended up putting it into the spinach salad.

and of course, I made a cheesecake.  I was afraid that there would be complaints because I used lemon pudding instead of the standard vanilla.  last year I used chocolate and it was left untouched.  the caramel pudding was, actually, liked.  the real winner of the evening was the parmesan cheese shaker bottle.  it went on the lasagna and the ravioli and even on the spinach salad.  the lasagna was a bit problematic.  the sauce was a bit watery and the cheeses didn't really melt.  I don't know what happened.  I baked it for over an hour.  my son thought I accidentally bought synthetic cheese.  I'm sure I didn't but, then again, I had my doubts.

I left it on  he electric platter all morning and it was finally cooked.  it tasted good the night before but it was definitely, not up to par.  this morning I got up at 6:30 a.m. and set the table before the grandkids woke up.  I made a new Greek salad.  I read online that, under no circumstances ,should an authentic Greek salad contain lettuce or onions.  in safed they, pretty much, shred the lettuce and mince the tomatoes and cucumbers and grate the cheese.  today I made chunky veggies and chunks of cheeses.

I also sliced up the smoked tuna and plated it.  it tasted like a bland lox.  I made another spinach salad but this time it was without mushrooms.  I used up the rest of the papaya and added the remainder of the creamy goat cheese and added some red onion.  I forgot that the daughter-in-law doesn't like goat cheese.   go know?  I made a new fruit platter.  I put the pancakes on the hotplate to warm them up.  I set everything up clearly in the fridge in case I was still at services wen the grown up kids came.

it was extremely hot this morning.  we got to services, just before they read the torah passages which included the ten commandments.  it was unbearable in the synagogue.  they didn't have the a.c on nor did they turn on any fans.  I left right after the commandments and prayed at home.  the kids were happy to get home and out of their clothes and back into their summer pajamas.  I think I took 3 cold showers today.  I placed a fan in every room but it was  still, pretty hot in my house.  I made sure that we had plenty of cold drinks.

I have to work tomorrow but the kids don't have school.  they will be brought to the yeshiva and stay with me until I finish  up.  we will then go to town and get them prizes for going to hear the ten commandments.  I quizzed them all day long on the commandments and on the megilla Ruth.   they earned points which will add up to shekels at the store. 

I saw myself in some selfies at the cast party and again in the video of the play. I really am fat.  I am so miserable.  I had yogurts and lasagna and ravioli and bread and butter and cheeses and tons of fruits but I didn't touch the cheesecake.  I have to get this weight off now.  I have never been this overweight.  I do not want to post any pix.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Shavuot Is Coming

it is 8:30 a.m. in the holy city of safed.  I haven't blogged in a while because I have been too tired.  I have recently had to take care of the grandkids while the daughter-in-law worked part time.  we are once again, in the middle of a heat wave which doesn't help.  I was very busy with the play and costumes and I am happy to tell that they were a huge hit.  I will be posting some pix soon.  I want to find a good shot of the famous appliqued pink poodles and paws dress.  we had a cast party the other day and I did a mock tony ceremony and gave out statues that we bought in the toy store.

I went on line and studied every aspect of the tonys.  I learned way more than I wanted to.  my friend and I had also worked out some shtick to do.  as soon as I started to read my presentation I got a blinding headache and I thought that I might pass out.  I was sure that I was having an aneurism.  it still is sore today.  I have another MRI soon so if it is my tumor acting up I will know.

I wanted to clean the house today but I am too hot and too tired.  working at the yeshiva is very hard.  I stand on my feet from 4-5 hours each day.  yesterday the rabbi decided to make a set menu.  I tried to explain to him that it will only work if the kitchen is stocked.  it is hard to make an egg dish when there are no eggs.  I hate to be limited to a menu.  I need to be free.  I don't want to make shakshuka every Monday morning.  on the other hand, I made a mushroom soufflé yesterday and it wasn't really consumed.  the corn bread wasn't eaten up either.  I tasted them both.  they were yummy.  the soufflé was a bit bland but still they didn't want any part of it.

the main problem is that growing men need a lot of protein.  in the past I cooked for vegan and vegetarian guys but this crowd wants meat and chicken.  we give them meat only on Shabbat day in a mixture of potatoes and barley.  there isn't any fish or chicken there.  we have too many hot dogs and minced turkey.  it is hardly filling.  it makes my job a bit hard.

I am going in early today to buy some fruit for the guys for Shavuot , which starts on Saturday night.  I also want to make a non baked cheese cake with biscuits for them.  it is customary to eat dairy products.  I spent a true fortune on dairy and fruits.  I am planning on making a cheesecake and a lasagna.  I also want to make a spinach quiche.  I bought two kinds of prepared ravioli.  I bought tons of fancy yogurts and puddings.  I think I over did it.  I do not have a crowd coming.  it will be just my son and his wife, the two grandkids and a friend.  oh well.....

we bought ingredients yesterday for the kids to make their own non bake cheesecake.  we will make it when we come back from their school.  we will leave it in the freezer until Saturday night.  it beats making slime.  the kids probably will want to go to town but I will be to tired and hot.  I took them to a theater production for kids the other day.  it was a small fortune but they won't be around much longer.  the family is moving to Jerusalem.  I enjoyed the show because I got to see professional costumes and set designs.  the kids were bored and tired.  they will at least have the memory of having gone with me.

I seem to be spending money faster than I can earn it.  I don't know how much longer I will be able to work.  between the heat and the recent rain storms I needed to cab it to work.  I have been too tired to take the bus.  my legs ache and I seem to look a lot older these days.  I get treated like an old lady.  it isn't really a bad thing.  taxi drivers help me with my bags and kids give me a seat on the bus.  it is what it is.

we in Israel have been celebrating lately.  we had an historic victory in the Eurovision song contest, an embassy move to Jerusalem and a miraculous defeat of  Iranian forces in Syria.  I cannot predict the immediate future but I am loving the recent success.