On Shabbos a dark colored 2.5 month old puppy showed up at our door dehydrated, starving, and clearly abandoned. My heart broke at the sight. We brought her in, cleaned her up, convinced her to eat and drink. Z spent the night up with her on motzash because she was crying so much. By Sunday morning she had perked up considerably. It seemed like fate. We'd been discussing getting a dog for almost a year. Our criteria were that any potential pup would need to be female and a larger breed. Well, here she was. Couldn't have chosen better at the shelter.
Early Sunday morning she started acting puppyish and playful. Then at around 7:30 she began howling strangely. It didn't sound like she was in pain or distress. Rather, it sounded like she was calling out to a lost friend. It was heartbreaking. She sounded so lonely, even though we were right there with her.
Well, a couple of hours later I noticed a lighter colored pup sprawled outside the door. The two looked basically identical in size and feature - everything but their coloring. The darker puppy had stopped her howling and though they couldn't see each other, it was clear they could smell each other and were taking comfort in that. My heart broke all over again. The light puppy looked far worse off than the dark one had the day before. Covered from tip to tail in mud, burrs, and bugs.
Just one day earlier we'd made the jump and become dog owners. What would be? Clearly we couldn't send the lighter one away. Deep breaths and Z made the executive decision. We will be a 5-person-pack. 3 with 2-legs, and 2 with 4-legs.
We brought in the lighter one, cleaned him up as best we could and kept them apart until after our appointment with the vet at 6pm. Back at home we rubbed them down with some debugging spray and finally reunited them.
One glance between them was all it took. The dark one looked over her slightly littler brother, decided we'd done a good job and they curled up together in a safe spot in the corner.
Last night they didn't cry even once.
I think we made the right decision.
Sunday, September 04, 2016
I'm still been quite a crazy two weeks. We're trying to get into routine.
We've hosted a Shabbat, we went out for a Shabbat lunch, the Crazy Lady came to visit one day and we shlepped her around Kiryat Gat on a whirlwind of errands then ended at Home with a deliciously delectable lunch, The FamBily (including S&S) came over for a delightful midweek dinner, three of my planters have sprouted greenlings and the herbs are doing much better after I cleaned them up and relocated them, and of course we've been loving living in our beautiful Home. All in all, things are going very well!
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Last Shabbos was a loooooong day. Buzz and Z both took really long naps, and I read a few thousand pages. It was pretty intense. Then of course nobody went to sleep until almost 1am, which made for an exhausted start to the week.
Yesterday we ventured into the old yishuv. We found a little bridge over the streambed, then made our way to the makolet. Somehow we ran out of ketchup. Unacceptable when the staple food in the house is potatoes. Thankfully the local mini-mart was well stocked. We left with a bottle of ketchup and an ice cream cone for the boys to share.
We stopped at the park to play and socialize. It's so much fun to be meeting all of my new neighbors! Making friends and connections. It's super cool!
The worst part is that we need to provide a car seat for Buzz to travel in, but the seats don't stay in the van full time, meaning that they need to be installed twice a day. So we need to get a seat that is easy to install, conforms to safety requirements for his age/height/weight, and that is light and compact enough that the caregivers and drivers can easily and properly install it in the afternoons. (Since they're installing 5-10 seats at the same time.) I guess I should just chalk it up to a school expense, but it's hurting my head to think that I need to spend 450nis to buy a car seat just to get beaten up for gan.
Gosh, kids are expensive.
My guess is that things won't settle down until after the holidays.
I'm looking forward to that calm.
And the rain.
I am strangely excited for it to rain.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Yesterday was a long long day. Besides a trip to the grocery store (to stock up on important things, like French fries), we didn't do very much all day.
Finally 5pm rolled around, so we piled into the car and drove out to attend orientation at Buzz's new gan. It's located about 25km away, in another small yishuv. The gan looks great. The staff seem sweet, warm, and caring. (We've heard rave reviews about them from our new neighbors who are beginning their second year at the gan.) It is a special gan, a gan safa. They have speech therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and other developmental specialists on staff to help the kids gain and grow as much as possible. There are only 14 kids to the three ganenot, which breaks down to a lot of individualized attention - which is pretty great! All in all, I'm sure it is going to be a positive experience. I just need to get over the anxiety of having him take a hasaah twice a day, and the fact that the school is so far away. No more running over on foot to pick him up if he's forgotten something or if he isn't feeling well. It's a little nerve wracking. Especially because I'll be home without any means of transportation most days, and even with a car, it takes almost half an hour to get there.
I think the room shaped up quite nicely. I just need to finagle some bed skirts to hide the fact that there are broken legs on both of the bedframes (which explains why they are propped up on crumpled up cardboard boxes. Whatever works, amIright?)
The last step is just to get some artwork hung up.
I'm not sure how it's Thursday again. It feels like Sunday. I guess I should do some laundry and figure out a plan for Shabbos. There's a kiddush planned at the shul after davening in honor of our neighbor's new baby. Besides that it's going to be our very first weekend without guests, and without eating out. I don't even know what we'll do to pass the time!
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
I woke up to a message on my phone from The Crazy Lady this morning. She wanted to know whether we would be open to having dinner together at our place. She said they'd bring the food, if we'd provide the location. We agreed, happily!
They showed up with everything from the bbq grills to the mustard. It was delicious and awesome. Z did the grilling, Yo Abba assembled the bookcase they brought us from Phil's bedroom, and Buzz tasted everything he could get his hands on.
I'm loving that The FamBily comes to visit us so much! It's really not a long trip, and the road is so scenic. I hope the visits continue as the months roll on!
Enjoy the pictures from our latest FamBily dinner!
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Thursday was a pretty busy day. Friday was even busier. Somehow though, everything was done and ready in time to make early Shabbos. Parts of The FamBily joined us. It was a weekend of many firsts. First time The Parentals have ever stayed by us, at the same time, since we got married! Dibble's first weekend at our place, and I don't think he minded the vacation overmuch. (Buzz helped set up the guest room for him, and added some fuzzy buddies as a finishing touch.) It was also Fuzzle's first ever Shabbos away with The FamBily.
Friday night included Chicken soup with meatballs, Persian saffron and tomato chicken, jeweled saffron and almond pilaf, roasted baby sweet potatoes, and crisp lightly steamed green beans seasoned with a touch of garlic and a drizzle of olive oil.
We went 'light' for lunch. Tossed salad, sliced veggies, spreads, glazed salmon, tomato cheese quiche, mini pizzas with a variety of toppings.
Then seuda shlishit was a veritable feast at dinner time. We enjoyed a big plate of chumus basar, ff Shnitzelonim, ff potato kugel, yellow rice and meat salad, and a selection of salatim and finger-food goodies from the local catering-hall.
Nobody left hungry. That's for sure.
It was a delightful weekend! We shmoozed and played (mostly with Lego). I wouldn't let The Crazy Lady wash any dishes, because she was on vacation. Some neighbors stopped by on Shabbos afternoon. Their son is the same age as Buzz, and the two of them played with train tracks and 'power tools' before realizing that there were cookies on the counter. It was really nice!
I have a fruit bowl and cookie jars! I LOVE my kitchen!!!
Our calendar is wide-open for next weekend. After 6 busy weekends, it'll be our first Shabbos with no plans at all since we moved. The week is long though, so that could always change.