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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New-Old Home

Completely, totally, utterly worn out. The contractor finished the work on the house today (except for a few little finishing touches which he'll complete next week) and I have just spent the last six hours washing the entire house. The dust and grime was beyond belief but, if you don't look too closely, the house is clean and looks great to boot.

The big jobs were the porch frame, which can now be used as a succa (easy succa-making now) and the bathroom, where he completely redid the wall and floor tiles and re-enamaled the peeling bathtub. I should have just bought a new bathtub but...some things will have to wait.

He also fixed all the cracks in the living room and kitchen walls -- cracking walls are a hazard of living in an old stone house in Tzfat's Old City -- and repainted. It looks so nice. If I could work full-time from home, I'd be quite content...it's a cozy space now. What I'm really looking forward to is the hammocks which he'll hang on the porch. Two chair hammocks.

To keep us company in our renewed house, we've acquired a new puppy. It's temporary -- one of the Livnot chevre found him up on the Metzuda and wants to take him, but can't until September. So, for the meantime, he's living (and peeing) here. Eats like a horse too. Eh, what am I going to do -- throw him back? Yup, they do call me "sucker."


Friday, June 01, 2012

June is Busting Out All Over (does anyone else remember that song?)

Just read: "Adults who play with a cat or dog while it's wearing a flea and tick collar are exposed to up to 500 times the Environmental Protection Agency's safe level of pesticides, according to a first-of-its-kind study by scientists at the Natural Resources Defense Council. For children, the levels can be 1,000 times higher than what's safe."

Great. Guess who finally broke down and got her dogs flea/tick collars this year?

Invited out for Friday night dinner!

AND I have some people staying in my guest room! (and, to boot, they're nice).

AND I just fought with the next-door 5-star hotel to get my daughter a subscription for the summer to their pool (they made it cheap this year and all the neighborhood kids got subscriptions and then the hotel said that there were too many people and closed the deal...what? My daughter is going to be the only one sitting home all summer?) and WON. Got the price down too.

AND the contractor started to work on my house this week and by this time next week, God willing, I should have a nice covered porch, living room walls that aren't filled with holes, tiles on the bathroom walls (including over the hole that Mica dug into the sheetrock the first time that we tried to give her a bath....I still don't attempt baths for her unless she rolls in something disgusting) and some other basic repairs completed that I've been putting off for eons.

June is shaping up to be a great month. I even caught a few of my son's pictures that he put on our laptop....Combat Engineering Corp. Since I know that he'll never see this, I can safely share it for posterity.

Menu for tomorrow's lunch (6 lady-friends coming)
  • filet of chicken
  • potatos and sweet potatos
  • bread stuffing (I baked it separately, rather than with the chicken, because of the vegetarian guest, and then remembered that she's also allergic to eggs. Ah, can't win)
  • quinoa with basil pesto
  • salads
  cute kid on the right