Sunday, February 21, 2016

The weeks in review

Yes, it's been a while.  Time to play catch-up.

A death in the family :(
I recently lost my uncle, unfortunately.  My kind husband was going to drive us to the funeral, but when I called my sister to invite her to come with us, she pointed out that taking a several-hour car ride so soon after major eye surgery might not be so safe for my eye. So we both ended up missing our uncle's funeral.  :(  The trees I planted in Israel in his memory will just have to do.

A death in the "family" :(
Shortly after my uncle's death, we got word from the leader of an Israeli folk dance session that one of the "regulars" had passed away.  We were pretty shocked, since the person who'd died was probably younger than I, if looks are any indication.  But apparently, she'd been dealing with a serious health problem for over a decade.  How sad.  At least my uncle lived to a ripe old age.

Politics, and other discouraging words
Everybody's dropping out of the Republican presidential race except Trump.  :(

Parshiot (Parashot?)
"Blueprints," followed by "Fashion Week."  'Nuf said.

More weird weather
As a radio announcer joked recently, the weather in the New York City metropolitan area is so unpredictable that one needs a scorecard to keep track of it.  Two Shabbatot (Sabbaths) ago, it was in the teens (about -8-9 degrees Celsius), and most of our congregation's seniors had the good sense to stay home, so we read the Torah and haftarah readings from a chumash yet again, and counted ourselves lucky to have a minyan for Musaf.  Yesterday, it was about 50 degrees Fahrenheit (about 10 degrees Celsius).  Go figure.

I'm beginning to see the light :)
Literally.  The gas bubble injected (yet again) during my most recent eye surgery is slowly but surely being absorbed by my right eye. I can now see above the bubble in about half to two-thirds of my eye, and much to my pleasant surprise, I can now see through the bubble to a limited extent.  I can even read a little bit with my right eye.  This is making reading and word-processing on the computer much less of a strain, which is a great relief, since that's what I do for a living.  So far, so good.  Wish me luck, and/or keep Léah bat Esther v'Ozer in your thoughts and/or prayers.


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