Lockdown 2 – Day #27

It was very cold today. I didn’t miss the cold weather…

I helped to do some school assignments, a bit of cleaning, washing etc. It was just another day… one of those days that feel like groundhog day.  A repetition of the same day until you change something. I couldn’t think of something to change, besides the fact that I shouldn’t stand in the kitchen to cook again.

But I had to make chicken soup to get us warm, in addition to some homemade burgers with all the veggies included. It was delicious!

Then, it hit me… I know what we need to do for dinner.

Aligned with everyone’s request, we ordered takeaway, some yummy pasta!
Which means I made a change. I don’t think it means the nightmare we are living in (lockdown) will be over… but it means there’s always something to be grateful for, and there’s always something to look forward to…

We have nothing to complain about because we are living in a golden cage.

Lockdown 2 – Day #26

I woke up too early… I knew I needed more sleep but I wanted to sort a few things out before school drop off.

I was looking for a present to send my best friend, the one who just had her first baby.


I wanted it to be a surprise, so she’ll get it while she’s still in the hospital.
She knows I’m a bit crazy… But it’s not every day that your friend, one who you know from upper kinder, brings a baby to the world.
Started at upper kinder, then went together to primary school, then to secondary school… kept in touch all those years since.
We lived in a small town between Petah Tiqva and Ramat Gan, yes it is Bnei Braq, not the very frum side… the Mizrachi side.

We went to primary school, 2 streets away to the left of our homes. Went to secondary school 2 streets away to the right of our homes.

We went through a lot together, sneaking out from school, taking driving lessons, studying to bagrut (like VCE), going to Bnei Akiva, listening to music, walking around the hood.

We had good times.

Anyway, the present arrived and was appreciated like I wanted.

For dinner, my daughter kicked me out of the kitchen again!

I love when she’s doing that.

She’s so smart, she knows exactly what we like to eat and how to make it.

Today’s menu was fabulous.

Rice paper rolls with avocado, capsicum & cucumber, with sweet chili sauce.
Fried eggplant with mayo decorations.
Sourdough baguette with Schug (spicy) boiled egg and veggies.

For dessert, we had pancakes in the oven with berries & banana.
So yummmmm!

This was the highlight of the day!

Lockdown 2 – Day #25

Today was such a good day… but also a very bad one.
You probably think I’m going bananas… Well, I am but not in the same way you think.
It was just like a roller-coaster day of emotions:

I opened up my eyes this morning at 7 am to know that my childhood friend just had a baby! Wowww!
We’ve been waiting for this any day now, and it finally happened.
I was in tears of excitement when I heard the news.
What a way to start the week!

Then it was a boring Sunday with piles of washing…
At 2 pm the premiere announced stage 4 lockdown will start, with some more tough restrictions.
OMG! Not again!
If I had the slightest hope that everything will be over by Rosh Hashanah (the new Jewish year) there’s no chance it’s going to happen.
Such a bummer. I’m sick of this situation…

Then, later on, my mum received the present we sent her.
A few days later than expected but, it was definitely worth it.
It’s an explosion box.
You open one box and 4 pictures open up. You open another lid and another 4 photos open up…again. and again.
It’s stunning!
She wasn’t expecting anything, so the surprise effect was definitely there.
With her loved ones and new photos she never saw before.
And some chocolates.

She deserved it!

Lockdown 2 – Days #23-#24

Friday was cooking day at full speed. I managed to do everything I wanted including sitting in the sun and catch up with some few old friends on the phone.
I was very happy had a chance to do it.

Then while setting up Shabbat candles a few minutes before Shabbat, a thought came to my mind… hey, what about the puzzle I ordered 2 weeks ago? I had received an email saying it was despatched 5 days ago… I didn’t finish that thought and the doorbell rang. It was the postie who brought the puzzle.

Just on time!

We started it on Friday, straight away. Did the puzzle in the morning & afternoon.
Indeed some progress…

After Shabbat, we were watching a nice Australian movie “Top End Wedding” that was mainly about the importance of family.

Made me feel how much I miss my family…

Especially on birthdays season.

Lockdown 2 – Day # 22

9th of Av. Fast day. The day that Beit Hamikdash went down & also the day that Mashiach will arrive.
Unfortunately, it didn’t happen today…

With everything’s going on we need to learn to be more kind to each other.
More considerate, more caring.
We need to communicate more with our friends and family, not disconnect because we are stuck at home…
Today, I made a decision, once a week I’ll go through my contact list and call 2 people that we didn’t speak for a month.
This way, I’ll reconnect with everyone.

I miss people…

Because this situation isn’t going anywhere at the moment. I better do something for my community and for myself and spread some selfless love, cause we need to spread love around…

Normally, I’m not coping very well in fast. But today was ok.

Someone was listening to my prayer, and send the sun again…
So I took the opportunity to call everyone to come and sit in the sun again.
I took my book outside and read for a few hours.

Time flies when you have fun…

Lockdown 2 – Day #21

Today wasn’t the best… the kids were tired. They found it hard to wake up. They woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

For one kid, remote school assignments were not too hard to start but harder to finish. The other kid was just bored.

In between helping them finish assignments, I was cooking for ‘Seuda Mafseket’ (last meal before fasting for 24h). Then, through the window, I saw the sun was in the middle of the sky so I rushed everyone to come and sit outside, in our back yard.

The sun was so nice and warm. The kids brought their laptops, hubby came as well, and for an  hour we enjoyed being outside, in the warm sun, getting some vitamin D. I miss sunshine…

Then we had to finish preparing the meal before the fast. We had pasta in red sauce, yummy potato salad, tuna, Israeli salad, cheese – rice paper borekas.

I was so full, I couldn’t move.

Then we started fasting.
No food or drinks, or coffee or chocholate… nothing until tomorrow night.

Hope we will all have an easy fast (with remote schooling it’s a bit tricky but I still hope so)

Lockdown 2 – Day #20

What a day! I woke up very early after another great night sleep. Had to go shopping. The mask is really not comfortable for breathing but chatting turns to be nearly impossible… so I tried to do it as quick as possible.

Made some kalette chips… with salt, pepper & olive oil in the oven. I finished them almost by myself. It’s addictive like chips but it’s also healthy like kale or Brussels sprouts. Then I put some eggplant in the oven to be ready for “Sabich” at dinner.

Remember party season started today? this is what happened: in the afternoon we ‘met’ my whole family on Zoom to celebrate my mum’s birthday. We did a funny quiz about her, which was a brilliant surprise for her.

My daughter made a fantastic lemon cake with cream cheese and blueberries so we can celebrate with her for real. we sang Happy Birthday and served ourselves the cake. That was awesome! Then we read our written greetings to her. My mum was on Cloud Number 9. Well, she deserved it!

Can’t  wait for the next party…

Lockdown 2 – Day #19

In each family there are some very busy months. When I say busy, I mean full of birthdays, anniversaries etc. Our extended families’ busy months starts tomorrow. Not today but Tomorrow.

The order, of just *my* side of the family, goes like this:

My sister
My mum
My brother
My daughter
Our anniversary

Then… my niece, my nephew, my name & my son.

And there are even more on my hubby’s side.

Very busy.

Since I was a teenager, I was the one in charge of the greetings and gifts to everyone. The fact that we now live in a different country doesn’t change this state. Some things never change.

Well, I like to be ready on time. That’s who I am. So when we moved overseas we wrote the cards 2 months in advance in order to mail them so that they will get to their receiver on time. These days, no mail can get overseas… so WhatsApp is good enough, and writing the greetings one day in advance is fantastic.

I love doing this!

I started it today… Yayy! I’m ready to party!

Lockdown 2 – Day #18

Since this pandemic started, every Motzei Shabbat I have sleeping issues. I always had a light sleep. But these days I end up wide awake all night, then tired on Sunday.
I can’t put my finger on the reason for it, probably because I’m not doing so much on Shabbat. Well, it is what it is.

I tried to find a solution for it. I read a lot about weighed blanket.

Research suggests weighted blankets may benefit people with anxiety, autism and insomnia, etc.
Weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets that weigh between 3 to 9 kg. The pressure from the extra weight on our body mimics a therapeutic technique called Deep Pressure Stimulation, that help to relax the nervous system. Is addition to that, it might relieve pain, reduce anxiety & improve the mood. With weighted blankets, the same pressure comes from having the blanket wrapped around the body.

After reading this I ended up ordering it. I was hoping it would do the job. It arrived mid-week. I was excited.

On the first night it felt like heavy weight on my body. I pushed it away from me. Couldn’t move with it… it felt like I can’t turn to the sides. By the way, on the box it says that it might take a while to get used to it…so I kept my expectations low.

On the second night I slept like a baby. My sleep was so deep, I think I never slept like this before. It seemed to me that I fell asleep straight away and went into deep sleep mode that I can’t even remember if I moved at night.

On the third night, same deep sleep. I couldn’t believe it.

The fourth night was just fabulous. I woke up like a new person.

I think I can definitely get used to this. 

Moving on.

For dinner, my daughter made a taco-buffet. She didn’t let me go in the kitchen, which was very suspicious. Then she made the taco itself and the dips. She wrote a sign how much each taco costs and we had to pay in hugs and kisses after we ate. In the buffet we could choose between cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, feta and boiled egg. As of me? I just put everything together mixed.  It was beyond amazing!  So yummmm, i couldn’t stop licking my fingers…

Lockdown 2 – Days #16-#17

Friday was long… I picked up my Coles Online order, then we did all the cooking including a BBQ as planned. All Shabbat meals were full of meat. Literally.

Shabbat is the best time for chatting and playing. And we played a lot…
A few weeks ago, someone gave out his unused mini-basketball arcade game for 2 players.
My husband, who loves collecting unnecessary things, went to pick it up and surprised us.

It was waiting for the right time to be assembled.

Yesterday, in between checking on the BBQ we finally assembled it. This time the game was necessary for us to survive the weekend.

It was so much fun, we spent a lot of time competing against each other. Or just shooting some hoops. It was different than all of our board games with some additional moving around (not just a skipping rope). Overall we had good time.

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Always be on the look out…