Tuesday, September 23, 2008

We're finally back, and there's so much to do

After a week-long absence, my husband and I are finally back home in our remote little corner, about which we are very happy. Needless to say, many things were waiting to be done. I spent the morning organizing our closets (reminding myself all the while how fortunate we are to finally have them!) and other storage areas, which resulted in much neater, less cluttered rooms.

Now that I have taken my lunch break, it's time to poke around the refrigerator and start working on a shopping list. Before we left, we did our best to leave the refrigerator as empty as possible from anything that might spoil and be wasted. And of course there are all the usual matters of cooking, baking, ironing, and hopefully a peaceful hour or two of crafts and letter-writing.

In the upcoming days, I look forward to some long-postponed yard work, in preparation to the end of this Sabbatical year. Very soon, we will finally be able to start digging, fertilizing, trimming, and best of all, planting. We are novice gardeners, so we look forward to seeing how it works out.

The land in our area is very rocky, and requires extensive treatment and fertilizing. Except the tough olive trees, most of the greenery around where we live thrives thanks to most diligent efforts. This area has been empty and nearly barren for centuries, and it's a joy to see it so actively settled, and be a part of it.

Perhaps in 50 years, there will be shopping centers around here, and tall buildings, and a day-and-night flow of traffic. For now, we are enjoying the quiet.

12 comments:

deb said...

Happy homecoming to you, Anna!

Ways of Zion said...

How thrilling you can start working in the garden...we are enjoying harvesting the labour of our hands now that it is fall here.

One tip is to ask around others what grows well for them...and plant mostly the same.

Michele said...

Hi Anna - I just wanted to share something with you. I'm a work-outside-the-home wife and mom. I've always wanted to be at home, but it was always a necessity for me to work. I got my husband through school and such. Well, through reading your blog, and some others, I've made a tough choice. November 21st will be my last day at work. As my husband said, "We'll MAKE it work." I'm scared (mostly about the financials) and thrilled all at the same time. But I wanted to thank you. You make it seem like it really is possible in reality, and not just the "idealy." So, thank you for sharing your life - you've made an impact on mine.
Michele

Mrs. Anna T said...

Dear Michele, how very lovely to hear this. I wish you much success in coming back home! Undoubtedly it will be a very exciting journey for you and your husband. Be encouraged, many women have done the same and are willing to share their stories.

Terry, Ornament of His Grace said...

what beautiful scenery in the photos you post, Anna. Happy homecoming and I hope you are feeling well. I imagine your little one is kicking up a storm by now!

Mrs. Anna T said...

Terry, it feels as though our little one is doing backflips in Mom's tummy! Now my husband can feel her too. So much fun. :-)

Joslyn said...

I just wanted to chime in and say to Michele that I did the same thing you did, and it's not as financially different as I thought. It's not like I was making a huge income, and now that I'm home, I have more time to bargain shop etc. Of course we do have less money coming in, but we also have a lower stress level and higher quality of life. It's a worthwhile tradeoff for us.

Mrs.KAOS said...

You may wish to experiment with container gardening. I'm originally from a sandy beach town on the US's north east coast. And growing in containers worked very well; you can grow both ornamentals and edibles.

Miss J said...

Happy early new year Anna! Mazel Tov! I'm so excited, this will be the first year that our family will be celebrating the Jewish new year in style and we are preparing for a feast and joyful dancing (Roni, Roni is such fun!). Though we are Christian, we have celebrated Sabbath, Pesach, Sukkot, Chanukah, and Purim for about 10 years now and this year we will be adding Rosh Hashana and Shavuot to our celebrations. Also, does anyone still keep the Jubilee year, and if so, when is the next one? Or will you not celebrate the Jubilee year until all the of the chosen people are back in Yisrael? And do you leave the land fallow for the seventh sabbatical year (49th year) and the Jubilee year (50th year)? It's all so confusing!

Also, would you mind doing a post on the research you've done regarding pregnancy and birth, and sharing where you will be giving birth? I remember you were considering using a birthing center, right?

Thanks! Jessica

Mrs. Anna T said...

Jessica,

As far as I remember, there are two opinions regarding how to count to the Jubilee year - but like you rightly noted, it isn't a custom now that not all (or even most) children of Israel are here.

As for where we'll be giving birth, we haven't decided yet. I'll probably do a post about it once we know.

MarkyMark said...

Anna,

This is my first visit in a few days. Anyway, I had a couple of thoughts. One pertained to storage; the other pertained to Michele's return home.

As for storage, my brother (who's big into home improvement stuff) found that Lowe's & Home Depot (big, home improvement chain stores here) carry shelves and fixtures that enable you to make more EFFICIENT use of your closet space. I doubt that you have Lowe's or Home Depot over there, but I'm sure you have stores that cater to home owners. Why not see if they carry these handy, dandy closet organizing tools and fixtures? Perhaps your husband could install these for you?

As for Michele's return home, I'd like to say congratulations to her! The more this happens, the more the economy will adjust to make this easier; the more that women return home, the easier it will become for other women to do so. The reason for this, of course, is that fewer workers will mean higher salaries, thus making it easier for a man to support his family on one income. Also, with less disposable income (economists' lingo for money you can waste, basically), prices on many things will come down, since there are fewer dollars (or pounds, shekels, etc.) chasing the same goods. The best way to make it feasible to have traditional homes again is for more women to opt out of the workplace. Here's why...

The reason it became difficult for a husband to support his family was due to the influx of women into the workplace. Virtually overnight (at least in historically, where 30 years is but a flash of lightning in terms of duration), the size of our workforce doubled. Since women comprise half the population, when they joined the workforce, they essentially doubled its size overnight. This had the effect of driving wages and salaries downward, as one would expect with the laws of supply and demand. Therefore, it became difficult for a husband to support a family on his income alone. Now, as more and more women return home, this trend will SLOWLY reverse itself. We didn't get into our present mess overnight, nor will we clean it up overnight. Nevertheless, someone has to lead the way home.

Thankfully, Anna and her wonderful readers are leading the way! I realize it's not easy for those of you on the vanguard of this return home; those of you leading the way are making sacrifices to do so. However, you all will make it easier for the others who follow. SOMEONE has to lead the way back home, and thankfully there are fine ladies here willing to do that. It's a nice trend to see...

Those are my thoughts this morning. I have to get ready for court, so I'll sign off. See if there are home improvement stores there in Israel; if there are, see if they carry closet shelves and organizers, as they can help you make the most of your storage space. Kudos to Michele on her return home! I realize it's not easy for those here who are on the vanguard of this movement, but as more women bail on the workplace, the easier it'll become to return to having traditional homes. Not only are they the best environment for children; as far as I'm concerned, they're the ONLY environment for children. Have a great day!

MarkyMark

MarkyMark said...

Anna,

I like the area you live in! It would be even nicer to have a nice, sweet ATV on which to explore it, hehehe...

MarkyMark