My dear Mother-in-Law has gone home. It was a very nice visit. She came to be with us in Philly for a few days, then went on to Baltimore and came back just for a day to say “good buy” before getting on the plane.While here, in the US, she celebrated her birthday. I did manage to figure out what I want to give her and finish the present in time. I have also made a gift for my DH’s cousin, to whom I
The potatoes were planted and next year there was food.But that first, horrible year it was crochet that kept them from starvation.They had nothing left to sell, so my Grandmother collected knitted garments that were so badly worn that there was no patching them. She would unknit them and preserve all usable lengths of yarn. Then she over-dyed it. Here is the recipe for dyeing the yarn:Wind the yarn into as long a ha
We had another visit today from my wonderful Grandma. She is an exceptional woman, who had a difficult life with many challenges and loses. But even during the hardest times she never despaired. She was always active.My Grandmother has learned her needlework very early. She tells me that when she was six, an aunt came for a visit, to entertain my Grandmother she cut a little stick from the tree and with a shard of gl
I do not know about you, but my family has a “box thing”. Every box that comes into our home is looked at with a watchful and benevolent eye. Then my Mother or Grandmother tell it: what a wonderful box it is and how it will be used again. Then the boxes are carefully put away to wait their turn to be useful. I have been limited in that regard by the small size of my apartment. There are so many of us, tha
I wanted to write about my Grandma for the longest time. She came to visit us yesterday. While I and the kids are here in the summer, Grandma comes over every Monday for about an hour. It is hard for her to stay here longer than that. She gets tired so easily now-days.At this point, at the age of 85, Grandma has lost most of her eyesight and is becoming smaller and more fragile. But she still crochets. The hook slowl
Yesterday was my mother-in-law birthday. She is a very special person and it was wonderful having her here. My DD#1, Rivka, made a special present for her – a crochet bottle holder. I just started her on it, she did all the rest. I think she did amazingly well. Her Grandma was very pleased with her present.
White Nights… In some parts of Russia during the Summer the sunset is so late, that even at four in the morning it is still light outside. It feels that the night has lost her battle with day, and there is practically no dark. I have never experienced those “white nights”. I just read about them. The “white nights” I am talking about are totally different in all but one way. There is no
I have had very little computer time in the last two weeks. I am trying to catch up on my email and the blogs I like. Oh, yeah, on my own one too.So today I visited knitting alone. I am in love with the shawl she just finished. The pattern is lacy but not “fussy” and it is in my favorite color – purple.She was writing how she has run out of yarn and was saved by the small piece she almost discarded.
Today is a birthday of my oldest son – Shraga. He has turned 12. I can hardly believe it. I know it is a stereotype, but 12 years – Wow!As an oldest kid he was and still is an ongoing experiment. Sometimes we are too strict and sometimes we let go things we should not. How are we to know? We just try what we can and hope for the best.And I think we did good. Or maybe we are just pain lucky but Shraga is a
We are visiting my Mom and Dad in Philadelphia. I have missed my parents so much! This is the place that feels like “Home” to me. Yes, it is funny. I was not borne there, or lived there for any significant length of time since they bought this place, but it is – Home.The kids have been having a wonderful time. My Mom and Dad are giving them lots of attention. There is a huge house where they can run