it's 4:30 p.m. in the holy city of zefat. it is really cold outside, as well as, inside my home. for some unknown reason, the heater in the computer room keeps switching off. my hands and feet are nearly numb. i'm beginning to fantasize about taking a burning hot shower. that would entail getting up and turning on the boiler in the next room. perhaps, i will do just that, when i finish my blog.
i went to the local 9:00 a.m. yoga class this morning. it is only two blocks away. i could walk there in my sleep. the floor was freezing there, so the teacher modified the exercizes. i found that i was pretty stiff even though i went to the thursday class. i guess the cold is keeping our muscles tight. my right foot was hurting again before i left. it felt a bit better after the session.
i watched sahar for about an hour after my yoga class. he was in a good mood. he was tired but he did not want to sleep. he didn't try to speak this morning and was hoarse. apparently, he jabbered away all shabbat with the sephardi clan. i spent the shabbat alone, for a change. i got myself into a pickle by telling the sephardi safta that the kids might get snowed in while at their house for shabbat. as you recall, we were expecting a major snow storm last thursday. anyhow, the kids decided to stay home this shabbat but the sephardi safta said that i had already told her they were coming. they were pressured into going there and i didn't hear the end of it from my son.
they seemed okay when they left. it was way too cold for me to trek over there for the evening meal and return home. i simply, broiled up some chicken using bottled sweet and chili sauce and made a chinese chicken soup with bottled teriyaki sauce. i made some whole wheat couscous from a box and made a red cabbage salad. i made kiddush and ate a small whole wheat roll. i ate a huge amount of salad, chicken and soup. i bentched and went to bed. i read a magazine for a little while and went to sleep pretty early.
i got up at 5:00 a.m. and had some coffee. i let the dogs out and went back to sleep. at 8:00 a.m. a friend came over to visit with her two dogs. we threw all five dogs outside and drank numerous cups of coffee. she left at 9:30 a.m. and i went downstairs and sat in the sun. it was glorious. i brought down my book of psalms and read in the sun til about 2:00 p.m. i made kiddush and had some broiled chicken and couscous. i thought about getting dressed and going over to my sister's but i never made it out. i suddenly, felt tired and i fell asleep on the couch. i woke up in the evening and shabbat was almost finished. of course, since i slept all afternoon, i couldn't fall asleep last night until 3:00 a.m.
i went to pay a shiva call on thursday with michal. the day before, i sent over some cranberry muffins and oranges and tangerines from the garden. on thursday, i made a minestrone soup and corn bread. on friday, i sent over chocolates and banana cake muffins and a sweet noodle kugel. today i sent over some corn muffins and a lentil soup. tomorrow is the last day of shiva. i will try to send over some 'goodies' next shabbat. michal wants to make a cake. perhaps i'll do some kugels. i hope that my home made food helped to comfort them throughout the week. we should only have good news!