Headlines and blurbs, just headlines and blurbs. I may get to flesh it all out later, but it ain't going to be before (yet another day of) yuntiv starts!
We were fruitful and multiplied!
No, not the baby. Our lemon tree! (Lemon Tree take II, to be specific.) The fruit is technically orlah, so we won't be eating it, but we finally had a lemon! May it be a siman tov of other fruitfulness, amen!
We went to the zoo, like last year, and I think the girl had a better time this year. Moreover, I didn't kvetch too much about the walking around - Yoav said I was a trooper - and we had a lovely time.
We shlepped out yesterday to the Pnei Kedem Kite Festival (don't ask where it was - suffice to say Yoav wouldn't stop so I could take pictures of the big signs we passed that said "No entry to Israelis allowed by law - Palestinian Authority Territory" or something like that... and do not GET me started on the fact that there's a part of eretz yisroel I'm not allowed to go to by law... I'm trying to enjoy my yuntiv over here!). The girl enjoyed it a LOT - she has an especially affinity for kites these days - and she wasn't overly disappointed, thank God, when the free-with-price-of-admission-and-yes-you-got-what-you-paid-for kite we got wouldn't actually get any kind of airbourne ("kite not working!"). Yoav was finally able to get in the air a discarded, homemade kite some kid had left around, so the girl got to "feel the tug" as it were.
Yes, shmita is over and we are almost starting to recover in the grocery store. I say 'almost' because there are still large gaps in the vegetable and fruit bins. Large gaps. B"H. But after an absence of a couple months, we finally got sweet potatoes back, at a mere 18.90 NIS/kilo (which at today's rate, is about $2.35 a pound). More on prices around here here. I've stopped looking at receipts. It just hurts too much...