Hello again, dear friends. I have missed blogging, reading your comments and visiting your lovely blogs, not to mention emailing some of you. Apart from being pressed for time, as it always happens around here, my internet connection continues to be lousier than ever. It's possible to obtain a better connection, but in the present circumstances, I'm afraid it would be an unaffordable extravagance.
We had guests a couple of days ago. I did not have much time to prepare – we were away for Shabbat, and returned home late on Saturday night. I had Sunday and Monday to unpack, clean, take care of the laundry, make some basic meals for us, and prepare everything for the guests.
I planned to do much more than what I eventually managed to accomplish, but I was forced to go humble and simple. A full-blown dinner was obviously out of the question, so we served mostly finger foods and a few salads, and fabulous potato and tuna pasties by a recipe of my husband's (which I hope to share one of these days). I swallowed my pride and served store-bought rolls instead of the cake I planned to bake. Perhaps someone expected something different, but in the end it didn't matter too much. Everyone seemed to have a good time.
Today, we had our electricity cut off from early morning until afternoon. We had a sandstorm so no sun was to be seen and it was a bit gloomy, but I lit candles to create a warm, lovely atmosphere. It was very peaceful without distractions in form of the computer or even radio. In fact, by the end I almost wished the electricity wouldn't come back (or I would wish, if I weren't afraid the food in my refrigerator and freezer would spoil).
I'm already thinking ahead to our little Shira's first birthday. Can you believe there's less than a month to go? To be sure, we won't do anything extravagant, but it's quite a milestone. When I look at her, I marvel at the fact that less than a year ago, I returned from the hospital with a tiny precious bundle, and now I have a happy, curious, exploring, energetic little girl who is literally all over the place.
I must go. So much to do, so little time. There's so much I would like to share, recipes and crafts and news, but it will have to wait until next time I log on.