Prayers for Healing

In cleaning up the house, we located a small prayer book called “Aneni: Special Prayers for Special Occasions.” It’s tiny; only 3.5 inches by 5 inches and about 250 pages, with fairly large, easy to read text. It’s very small for a Jewish prayer book, and includes prayers not found in the regular one. Included […]

Taking charge of my health

I’ve always taken charge of my health by trying to eat and exercise right. I’ve been led astray by the “health fads” of the times- like using soy protein powder as a teenager in the 80’s and going vegetarian in college in the early 90’s- but I’ve always been proactive with my health. These interests […]

A Passover Birthday Party

Yesterday Hannah turned 20. She invited a few friends over for a low-key party. The night before, we made the birthday cake. Passover baking options are limited, especially since Hannah can’t have wheat. Regular flour isn’t allowed, but matzah meal is used in a lot of recipes, especially “cake meal” which is ground more finely. […]

Pi Day Pies

Ever since the first year I homeschooled Hannah, we’ve observed March 14th as Pi Day- as March 14th is 3-14 in America. We bake and eat pies, and learn about circles. Since Jack is doing Algebra this year, circles aren’t part of his math curriculum right now, but it’s still been a tradition for nearly […]

Remembering Ben

Last Thursday night and Friday was Ben’s first Yahrzeit; the anniversary of his death on the Hebrew calendar. The kids and I got together with his sisters and their spouses on Friday morning to visit his grave and remember him. We haven’t gotten the official gravestone yet, and I don’t know if we’ll have another […]

Re-Learning to Pace Myself

There have been a lot of changes in my life lately. Leah moved out to her own apartment on January 1st. She’s enjoying her newfound freedom and likes the community she’s moved into, but she’s still close enough to visit often. She’s still not quite done collecting things she wants from this house. And we’re […]

Hanukkah- the Festival of Latkes

Hanukkah is the commemoration of when Judah Maccabee reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, but only found enough untainted oil to light the Menorah for one night. But there was a miracle and the oil burned for 8 nights; long enough to obtain more supplies. One of its names is The Festival of Lights. Jews […]

Not Being Creative With Leftovers

I routinely cook with leftovers, and I make sure that very little food goes to waste in my house. I like making more food than we need for 4 of us on Shabbos. Partly that’s a holdover from when Ben used to join us every Friday night, and I’m not used to cooking less meat. […]

Pumpkins and Leaves

As I was driving, I noticed how all the trees lining the streets are turning beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow. This is my favorite time of year. It’s finally cool enough to go for walks outside, the foliage is beautiful, and lots of great vegetables are in season. I find it so interesting […]

Re-establishing a Routine. Again.

It feels like I’m always blogging about starting a routine or getting organized- yet most of these routines seem to fall apart after a while. A few months ago, I blogged about making a family lunch instead of a family dinner. That worked really well- that one time. I did it one other time and […]