Monthly Archives: August 2020

Lockdown 2 – Day #53

I woke up very early… 7am.
Decided to make my coffee and start my artwork.

Brought it to the table and started painting… and painting… and painting… I actually enjoyed the quiet time, and this time, I was concentrated on the painting and not on my thoughts.

I just cleared my head of everything.

So many colours… so many shapes that don’t make any sense at all, when you look at them.

I was painting untill 10am, then my daughter woke up and decided to join me, the quiet time was over, but YouTube music replaced it, so it was good.

We were painting until noon.
Until our hands were in pain.
But it was so much fun, just zone out from the world, for a while.

Everyone else were still asleep.

But then when we looked at the bigger picture we could definitely appreciate the colours and shapes. It’s beautiful.

On our dining table there are 3 puzzles and a Lego.
Two of the puzzles are waiting to be glued. Today, we decided to glue one of them.
We never glued our puzzles because we take them to be framed.
When we bought our 6000pcs puzzle we got a special glue, which you apply above the puzzle rather than underneath it.
But we never tried it before…

Today we tried it on our 3000 pcs puzzle.
It seems like it worked. We’ll make sure that’s the case by tomorrow, and if so, we’ll glue another one.

Hoping that until Yom Tov the table will be cleared from puzzles and we might be able to have people over.

That’s light in the end of the tunnel…

Lockdown 2 – Days #51-#52

Friday was mainly about prepping for Shabbat for the most of it.

On Friday night I was very tired. Normally I never remember my dreams, but last night I woke up twice, from nightmares.

In both nightmares, I died.

In one of them I was going up the stairs and the stairs were falling apart and falling down with me…

The second one I was falling down in a different way. But again, I ended up dead.

I woke up very disturbed at 2am.
I tried to go back to sleep for a little bit, and eventually got out of bed at 7am.
Luckily I wasn’t doing anything today.
But I was so tired for the whole day.

After Shabbat was out I googled it.
I knew dying in your dream means a long life, well – at least that…

Falling is an indication of insecurities, instabilities and anxieties. You are feeling overwhelmed and out of control in some situation in your waking life.
To die in your dream symbolizes inner changes, transformation, self-discovery and positive development that is happening within you or your life… although such a dream may bring about feelings of fear and anxiety, it is no cause for alarm as it is often considered a positive symbol.

The explanation says it all.

Now, I guess, you can say that after 52 days of lockdownw it gets to me…

Lockdown 2 – Day #50

Today was a disorganised day…
Instead of a cleaning-cooking day, I had a bit of everything… such a mess.

I went early to pick up my online groceries order, then made sure kids are sitting for online school.

Went for a walk with a friend.

The weather was fantastic, it wasn’t cold, it wasn’t hot, it was just a bit windy.
Sometimes you don’t need more than a good friend, fun exercise and a bit of sun.

Cleaned a bit, cooked a bit, had a parent-teacher interview, and the highlight of the day was making Juchnun, which is a Yemenite food made out of dough. It’s so much work but so worth it…
It takes about an hour to roll the dough, then it slowly cooks on the blech for a whole night.

You wake up in the morning to a fabulous smell.

You grate some tomatoes (I add zhug) and put some boiled eggs that were lying down next to the juchnun over night.

And you eat it for breakfast

Spoiler alert: it might ruin your lunch… so filling, but so yummm.

Lockdown 2 – Day #49


3 weeks left … ahhhhhh…

3 weeks till the end of the second lockdown, 3.5 weeks to Rosh Hashanah.

I don’t know what I want more… this lockdown or a new Jewish year to restart… we deserve a better year… a sweet year, not bitter like we had until now…

Today I got to this realisation that I’m not ready enough, at least for Yom Tov…
But I am VERY READY to finish this lockdown.

Look, we can all agree that we need to learn to live with remote learning and even with a mask, but please bring back the option to see other people, friends, family.

We are social creatures, we need that company.

At least for the holidays…

Another thing that shocked me today was the fact that a lot of countries opened their skies, which means they started letting people to travel in and out of these countries.
Places like Japan, Greece, Germany etc. They do it carefully, they use saliva tests (PCR) in the airport, and people get results within an hour. If they’re covid free, they can fly.


Because this covid is about to stay around for some time.

Why doesn’t Australia do saliva testing and let us all go on holidays?

Why do we insist to refuse to learn how live with it?!

After I released the steam, I can relax again…

Lockdown 2 – Day #48

I woke up late today, didn’t feel like going out of bed, but since I don’t have much of a choice… I tried to roll the kids out of bed.

My daughter’s school day was very interesting today.
It had a lot of creativity in the assignments.
Each year, school creates a production. But since we’re at home, in lockdown, the production will be showing what isolation is for us.

Last few weeks we created some scripts. Today, she had to create a sound track that reflects isolation. She shared her task with me and it made us think a bit about our feelings ans what sounds we hear that will help the viewers of the production understand how it feels…

We decided to start with lorikeet sounds like we hear every morning.
Then we added the sound of clock ticking, a car driving, and rain.
I think that’s actually self explanatory of the way we feel about isolation.

A very productive session.

After school was over, we realised our new art project has just arrived and was waiting out the door.

I ordered it when we just got into Stage 4 lockdown, suspecting it will help us “kill” some time. It’s called Paint by Numbers Art Kit.

It’s literally art therapy. We ordered 3 kits, 3 beautiful, totally different pictures.

We decided to start working on it straight away… my daughter started with hubby, then he had to go back to work, so I started mine…

We were concentrating so hard that time flew… after about 2 hours we had to stop and stretch up, but it already looks amazing.
Very therapeutic & satisfying.

The picture is big, the numbers are tiny, unlike what we did when she was at kinder, this one is harder. You have to concentrate to fill in the correct spaces with the correct paint using the correct brush.
I found myself concentrating very hard that I couldn’t even sing or talk.
But it means that my mind actually went blank.
Thinking of nothing but the edges of the area I’m painting.

I felt so relaxed after we finished.

I can’t wait to continue it tomorrow.

Lockdown 2 – Day #47

Today the sun came out for a sneak peek. So I found myself going out to the back yard and enjoying some fruit juice, just a little boost to the immune system in addition to the sun’s vitamin D.

For most of the day I was participating in Italian class, taking notes. I love languages.
My mother toungue is Hebrew, not an easy one.
Then came English at school and a lot of it in Uni.
Well, the byproduct of comparative literature studies…

Then, I learned some Spanish while watching a lot of TV, when I was breastfeeding.
It was a very awkward way to learn, but very useful nevertheless.
But I Never came across Italian. So it’s actually nice to learn a new language.

In order to be a polyglot (=one who speaks many languages) all you need is to listen. If you enjoy the listening you can easily learn.

I watched some fascinating YouTube videos and TED talks about polyglots.
It’s inspiring!

Lockdown 2 – Day #46

Sunday was another cold day outside but very warm inside.
Decided to be creative with some watercolour art that reflects the need of joy, longing for summer to come back… it came out beautiful.

We wanted to make something different for lunch, something we didn’t make in the last few months… Vegetarian Dumplings!
Yup, it takes so much time to make it. Just preparing the dough before adding the veggies takes 2 hours…

The plates were clean before you managed to say Jack Robinson.
The boys just ate it all without falling off their feet…

My opinion is that it was definitely worth the efforts.

For dinner we made a special edition of pita-pizza with pesto, feta cheese or sun dried tomatoes.
Everyone loved it so much…

Then I realized, Simplicity is the name of the game.

Most of the time when we try to make complicated things, no one appreciates it, but when we make the simple and easy food we get so many compliments you cannot believe it.

So why bother?

Let’s just keep it simple.

Lockdown 2 – Days #44-#45

Friday was a school day, with a bit of preparation for Shabbat.

After our dinner, we finally sat together to finish the 2000pcs puzzle. A fantastic puzzle.

On Shabbat morning I had a coffee and finished my book. When everyone woke up, we started our gaming session. We played some old magnet games that we used to take to our day-trips and holidays. It brought us good memories, and it was so much fun to play… OMG day trips seem so far away now!

We also played memory games, arcade basketball game, checkers and more.

It was a nice & relaxing day.

After Shabbat was out, we watched a cute family move.

For a minute, we forgot we are ‘stuck’ at home…

Luckily, it will happen again next Shabbat.

Lockdown 2 – Day #43

I woke up early, ready to work…
As I expected, the dishes were waiting for me, the washing was waiting… so I went to work straight away. Same old Cleaning-cooking day.

Oh, not just… Today was also ‘frustrating day’ everyone was frustrated from something… one was frustrated from school work so she preferred to be on YouTube any spare minute, other was frustrated from me screaming to go back to class… the working one was frustrated from the number of work chats he expected to participate today, I was frustrated to be frustrated again, because of their frustrations.

Well, I actually have my own frustrating issues, like cooking the same things again, and eating the same… etc.

I think we all need to twitch a little bit to get the situation right…
The teachers should do more interesting things, fun activities in order to engage everyone.
Giving another worksheet won’t help, it is boring to sit all day and listen behind a screen (in some cases kids are playing games while the teacher is talking which shows exactly how they are bored).

Working at home is rough, while everyone is around…
And not working and being the cook and cleaner while stuck at home is not fun at all.

We all can agree on one thing, not every day is great, but there’s something great in every day…

Just need to look for it.

Lockdown 2 – Day #42

Today was a total package of a winter day, it was grey outside, raining and cold.
Which means it was PJ Day. Yay.

Everyone loves pajama day, even though we aren’t really getting dressed often these days…
We had a very busy week, so I was very happy to sit in my PJ all day and have some rest.

The mess from last night’s party can wait… the balloons are everywhere, in a day or two I’ll put them in the bin. The washing can also wait another day…
I ‘helped’ the pancake leftovers to be finished.

The only thing that couldn’t wait was that at some point, we had to eat.
Between us, the amount of food we eat when we are all in the house all the time is just getting bigger. Well, 2 days ago I made a huge pot of minestrone soup, so I was partially covered.

Then I decided to make goulash stew, after a friend told me it’s so easy. I decided to take a risk and it was also a good day for a homey food.

I was skeptical that my kids would eat it, and I was surprised to see that they actually ate it all, with some additional couscous.
No complaints, which is a huge achievement.
It was delicious.
I’m very glad I tried.

Then school was over. My daughter decided to try and make mozzarella cheese, hubby went to buy some vinegar and off she went to the kitchen.

I was impressed with the outcome. It was yummmm.

Then, I was sitting with my coffee reading the news:


From midnight tonight, the stage 4 restriction stopping people from driving themselves to exercise within 5km will be removed.

People who have been fined should request to have this reviewed.

Such a small change, that makes our lives so much better.

Apparently someone was listening to our whinging… which is fantastic.

Although the park is very close, 5 minutes away, I prefer to drive up there, do my exercise and go back to my car, instead of walking extra an 1km on a concrete footpath.

It’s also insane to take out your bin out at 8:30pm and get a fine because of the curfew…

C’mon people, what’s wrong with you… use common sense.