Sunday, April 6, 2008
This and that
Hello, dear friends! What a delight it is to have an hour online to say hello to all of you, to give you all a little update, and browse through some of your lovely blogs, as time allows.
I spent today at my mother's, running errands I cannot do from home; I also packed some things we didn't have time to take with us yet, and used my mother's washing machine to wash mine and my husband's clothes, which I later dried and packed. After years and years of taking it for granted, I suddenly appreciate just how wonderful it is to have a functioning washing machine. We were given a used one, and it seems that it needs to be fixed – which we will attempt to do before we decide to buy a new one.
Anyhow, we have made good progress. On Thursday, I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned – one of my readers hinted I might end "up to my elbows in grease"; well, that pretty much sums it up, but at least now I don't wrinkle my nose every time I step in, even though the absence of a vacuum cleaner painfully strikes whenever I stumble upon piles of dust and dirt.
We still sleep on air beds, which gives us the feeling of camping out; however, now we have a table. After days of eating on two folding chairs squeezed together, having a table feels like a luxury. ;) As for what we have been eating, I won't go into details; it's enough to say that I haven't done much cooking yet, with all the moving, packing, unpacking, and the extra challenges of setting a kosher kitchen with Pesach approaching.
I imagine some of you, dear ones, are anticipating wedding pictures; as a matter of fact, so am I! We hired a professional photographer for our wedding, and didn't pause to think that it means it will take some time before we have pictures. How I wish I had thought of taking some pictures with my mother's camera! I would love to see photos already, even if they are far from professional.
In the meantime, I have taken some pictures of my wedding dress and gorgeous floor-length veil; I haven't decided yet what to do with the dress, whether I should keep it as a symbol of one precious memory, or donate it to a bride who wants to dress modestly for her special day but cannot afford a new custom-made dress. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure I could afford it either – but I just loved the dress so much, and so did my husband.
You can also see a picture of my wedding ring, and a picture of me wearing a head scarf. I didn't think of taking a picture of the back of my head; it's very easy, though. I just put my hair up in a bun and simply tie the head scarf around it. I let the ends hang loose rather than tuck them in.
It's spring here, and the trees and flowers are blossoming in the loveliest way you can possibly imagine. Three days ago, I saw such a breathtakingly beautiful sunset from my kitchen window that I dropped whatever I was doing at the moment – I don't even remember what it was – and simply went out to take it in with every cell of my being. I was so deeply thankful for not having to rush anywhere just then; for the opportunity to see, and breathe, and love and enjoy beauty; for setting my way on this holy and special land, together with my beloved husband. The Lord is good.