it is 5:00 p.m. in the holy city of zefat. they are predicting a huge snow storm. I spent the day yesterday running around town getting a new heater plus a kerosene one in case we lose electricity. I am not into this at all. I had a taxi take me to the gas station and the driver filled up a huge geri can for me. I felt thoroughly useless. I ran to the bakery and supermarket twice. I wanted to make sure we had a lot of milk and challah for Shabbat.
I am now making a chicken soup and cooking chicken and potatoes for Shabbat. I have gas so if we lose power we can still heat the food and have hot water. I am a wreck. the porch shutter slats are broken off and we already have a lot of water backing up. I did have all year to remedy this situation so I'm truly frustrated. I tried hanging up a shower curtain but it blew away. I should have been working on this weeks ago. I bought bottles of water in case we have to shut off the water pipe.
I finally went off my diet and went on a 3 day sugar and carbs binge. it took me three months to lose a kilo and I gained it back in a few days. I'm disgusted. I have been sick for about three weeks now. I made it to the doctor who suggested I have inhalation therapy, 3 days of prednisone and 10 days of antibiotics. I haven't taken any meds. I've had a huge appetite and have drunk tons of orange juice and hot milk.
I don't think I have pneumonia yet. the doctor said it was bronchial. I do feel winded after I walk a bit. the doctor suggested doing a chest ex ray. I just didn't get around to do it. I ran to town to pay the city tax and water bills. the weather was so nasty. I hadn't been out of the house, except for getting the kids from gan. the computer wasn't working in the water company. I didn't have the energy to schlep way across town back to their office. I took a taxi home and ran back down to the supermarket. I missed the hail storm by a few moments.
I wanted to make a cheesecake for Shabbat but I truly don't have the energy to bake. the bakery didn't have any yeast cheese cakes, either. I made a special detour just to buy one. I bought cottage cheese to make a lasagna tonight. guess what? I don't have the energy to make one. I bought organic non gluten gnocchi that were on sale. I doubt that I have the energy to boil water at this point. at least, I got a jump on the Shabbat cooking. candle lighting is around 4:00 p.m. these days.
I always schmooze with a gal pal on Friday morning. last week it was 11:00 a.m. when I got off the phone. I had to pick up the kids from gan at 12:30 p.m. I felt extremely pressured. I don't think I have the energy to shower the kids tonight. I think they may stay home with me tomorrow. it will either have snowed tonight, or harbor threat of afternoon storm. I walked to pick up my grandson at 3:30 p.m. and it was really cold and rainy. I couldn't get a taxi home. I had the company of a young mother and her son so the trek home wasn't so bad. luckily, my grandson had galoshes and a hooded coat.
I managed to wash the kitchen floor before I headed out. I wear my winter boots while I 'sponger' the water. my vacuum cleaner doesn't suck up the dog hair from the carpet in the t.v. room. when the kids sit on it they get full of dog hair. I use a lint brush a couple of times a week to scoop up the hair. I sprinkle baking soda on the rug to try and freshen it. if only I was dog less. how easy would life be? I do use them for body heat when the kids aren't around. I have plenty of scents all over the house to prevent that doggie smell. it's hard in the rainy season to prevent that.
the gnocchi was not that big a hit. it did have a weird smell. it's non gluten so it's probably made with rice flour. the last time I made it I didn't boil them first. I think I just threw them into the tomato sauce. I don't remember a smell. I have watery chicken soup with soggy thin noodles or the gnocchi to offer my son when he comes home. he'll probably eat something in town if I know him. I'm going to take the kids downstairs now. I don't think I have the energy to shower them but we shall see. I'm tempted to use the noodles to make a kugel for lunch. maybe i'll go for it.