Mazal tov times two

Mazal tov to Trilcat and family on the birth of a baby boy.Mazal tov to my brother-in-law and family on the birth of a baby boy. My 7-year-old is especially happy--the brit will allow him to miss a day of school.May you both have a lot of nachat (comfort) from all of your children. … [Read more...]

War in Gaza: Report from the Home Front

Some bloggers thrive on war news. They excel at live blogging, or explaining Israel's point of view to the world at large. Neither approach works for me, as I avoid political discussions and have no inside information. And since my town is not directly affected, I find it difficult to write about … [Read more...]

Did we kill the plants already?

The day after I posted about our container garden, our friend Maier warned us about using recycled water. Some "gray" water is safe for the garden, but not all. I found this Australian government website containing the following guidelines:‘Black water’ is water that has come in contact with toilet … [Read more...]

Our Israeli Container Garden

The second floor of our apartment has a large, sunny porch. At one point we had a thriving herb garden, which now contains only a geranium, some sad-looking rosemary, and a miniature citrus tree. I am gratified that the tree survived long enough for us to enjoy the single kumquat, since we couldn't … [Read more...]

Happy clouds, or She has her priorities straight

Location: The park on the way home from school.Me (singing): . . . I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee . . .Four-year-old (laughing): You have clouds in your coffee?Me: Not me, the woman in the song. It means she's sad.The two children draw blank looks.Me: Do you like it when it's sunny … [Read more...]

Municipal Elections: Update

You don't need to register in order to vote in Israel--you just need to bring your teudat zehut (identity card) to the voting location. Usually, we get a notice listing the location and precinct number. So far we haven't, so I called the number of the Interior Ministry listed in the AACI … [Read more...]

Reading the "Little House" books

I've been reading the Little House series of books to my seven-year-old son Y. He loves them, even the rather slow descriptions of the prairie landscape in The House on Plum Creek.I remember a discussion on a Jewish blog about whether the description of killing and cooking a pig in the first book, … [Read more...]

Every Family Needs at Least One

My son, A., spent half an hour early this morning searching for his wallet. Finally I gave him money for a new bus ticket. After lunch I asked my 4-year-old whether she knew where his wallet was. "Yes!" she answered. "But it's in a place where I can't reach it." She skips into my bedroom and … [Read more...]

A visit with Abbi, and the bug in the challah dough

What I've been up to this week:Met Commenter Abbi in the park. Her children are so sweet! (Sorry about the photo quality--I can't get through to Canon about repairing the camera.) I was glad for an excuse to get out of the house and socialize. On a related note, I don't understand how Israeli … [Read more...]

(Mis)Adventures in International Travel: Back to NY

After Brookside Gardens we went to Max's, a kosher deli, for lunch. My brother hoped we could sit down, but my daughter (DiI) insisted we leave for the airport. I took the food, booster seats, strollers and children onto the Metro and said goodbye to my brother and nephew.At National the … [Read more...]