it is 4:30 p.m. in the holy city of zefat. I just got back from a playdate on the next street. a lovely young mother of 3, invited us to play with her kids. two out of the three kids are in the same gans. we met at a local Chanukah party in the nearby community center.
it was way too crowded and over heated. today was a lovely and warm day. the sun was pretty strong and you didn't even need a coat. I got stuck carrying mine as well as the kids' coats. I took out a huge loan yesterday at the bank. my checks were bouncing all over the place. I needed some breathing space. I ended up taking out more than I truly needed thanks to the bank clerk who was doing some fancy financial hullabaloo. I was flush today. I spent $10 on the party and another $10 at the bakery.
I will be paying off this Chanukah for the next three years. go know! I plan on taking the kids to a production of the 'ugly duckling' in town tomorrow. we then have a haircutting ceremony in Meron, followed by a celebratory dinner in the evening. the daughter-in-law is taking the kids to 'toys are us' to buy Chanukah gifts. I don't have the strength to go to town now to buy a gift for the three year old birthday boy.
my check to the gas company was returned. I don't think they have an office in zefat. I called the number for the guy who schlepps the gas balloons to zefat and I tried to arrange for him to come over so that I could redeem my check with cash. well, that didn't happen today. it's hard to navigate this world without a cell phone. yet, I resist using mine. I could try again in the morning but i'll be out all day.
I just thought of a good idea. I will ask my daughter-in-law to buy something from the clothes store where she works for her nephew. of course, I will reimburse her when she returns. that way I can rest now and not have to jump on a bus. I do need to jump to the supermarket up here to buy a carton of milk. my friend is out of town and I have been coming over to feed the outdoor cats they have more or less benefactored, as of late. they called me last night to come over and get a bag of milk that expires today. I, of course, need to schlepp on over there and replace the expired bag with a fresh one.
it is very dark outside and the street lights haven't come on yet. I think I will treat the cats to a bag of milk. this young mom of three gave me a brand new doggie bed, a bag of top quality dog food and treats. I see that money is not lacking in this household. they brought in a puppy and apparently someone stole it. that happens a lot in zefat. for some strange reason people/kids steal dog collars off dogs' necks here. pretty bizarre! her 3 small kids were afraid of the puppy. my grandkids are crazy for dogs, having grown up with two, and now three dogs in my house.
I went off my diet a bit. yesterday I had potato latkes and today I had a greasy pita with olive oil and zatar. I think that's hyssops in English. I then had two barekas with salty cheese and half a small bag of chocolate milk. I also had half of a strawberry flavored leban. however, I didn't succumb to eating a fried donut yet. I think I will p ass on those and get back to my carb free diet tomorrow. I allow myself carbs on Shabbat.