it is 8:00 p.m. in the holy city of safed. winter is officially here. we are having torrential rains. as you may know; we have been the recent victims of a country wide arson attack. 700,000 individuals were relocated. many people lost their homes. the hospitals were filled with smoke inhalation patients. we were very lucky here in safed. they predict a record amount of rain water in the next few days.
this evening we had a gathering to commemorate the 30th day of the passing of our dear friend. it was truly hard to get out. I thought about not going but I remembered her visiting me during the second Lebanon war. if she could drive up here while ketushas were falling, I could certainly, get a bit wet. I took a taxi to town but I was already wet before I entered the cab. I couldn't find one umbrella in the house. I must have trashed them before pesach.
I got off in town and stood under a bus shelter for about 15 minutes until it died down a bit. I was quite wet but I was warm. in fact, it was overheated at the chabad house. I wore my very new turtle necked shawl that the kids bought me on their trip to Prague. I found a knitted hat that the daughter-in-law had left behind, and it totally matched and I looked tres chic. I was wearing my every day denim skirt but it was camouflaged by the gorgeous knitted shawl.
I waited for the bus in town for a long while but it didn't rain. it was quite cold but I was warm. I stopped off to feed my friends' cat and came home. it didn't pour, luckily, until I got home. I helped myself to several bowls of warm chicken and lentil soup. I had put up a pot before I left. the dogs got some too. the kids invited me to come up there for dinner tomorrow night. if the storm continues, I will have to decline.
I have two books to read so if I am stuck home on Shabbat I will be entertained. the house is quite cold. I do put on an electric heater here and there to stay warm. I spend a lot of time under my comforter with the dogs. they don't like this weather much, either. I went through 5 seasons of 'Veep' so there isn't much to see now. I can start the 'game of thrones' but I don't think i'll have the staying power. I got used to half an hour shows. I love 'Divorce'.
I have been watching lots of documentaries on Leonard Cohen. I have also been catching up on the trashy news about Kanye West. I have been a die hard reality fan for years. I find it very soothing to fall asleep to the noise. the house is trashed by my dog, tiny's, muddy paw prints. I might try to give the floors a mopping tomorrow. if it's going to pour throughout Shabbat I won't. I haven't had to pick up the kids in a couple of days. it's too hard and costly to schlepp out in this weather.
I went downstairs today to close the windows. I had water leaking into my master bedroom. the downstairs is much warmer than my floor. most of it is built underground. my blog/costume bedroom is absolutely freezing. it is all outside walls. I keep on a small blow heater while I blog. I noticed the other day that; during a recent wind storm; a bedroom shutter had blown off. I also found that my large plastic picnic table had blown into the garden and broken a leg. bummer!
it had stood under a wooden shelter for 17 years. it never had as much as a scratch. go know. the winds have been quite menacing for days. it might even snow. it went from a very dry, warm and sunny fall to a very wet and very cold winter in just a day or two. who knows what will be. they had predicted a dry winter but since all of the arson lately. the country has collectively, been praying for rain.
I have been sticking to a diet lately of mostly veggies, protein and salad. I haven't been eating gluten, and have only eaten a bit of bread on Shabbat. I had a craving for oranges yesterday and indulged my craving. otherwise, I haven't had any fruit. I have eaten green lentils on Shabbat but have stayed away from potatoes and rice. I have been buying a really thick lentil soup in town every day. I have also tried to stick to smaller portions and fill up on greens. I hope I will lose a bit of weight before my next gyn/oncology appointment in two weeks.
I have scheduled my brain surgery for the 16th of January. I am pretty scared. I received the paperwork in the mail and went into a sheer panic attack. I am not sure if I am doing the right thing or not. I may have jumped the proverbial gun. only time will tell. please pray for me.