Saturday September 25, 2021

Happy Saturday! The weather at the farmers market this morning was absolutely amazing! Who am I kidding?? The weather in Houston has been beautiful! I got a boatload of baby cucumbers because I am going to be making pickles this weekend. I freaking love pickles! I eat them right out of the jar!

I had breakfast with my dad this morning. He is leaving town Monday and is going to be gone for at least a month, maybe longer. I’m glad I got to spend some quality time with him before he leaves to head West. There were two older gentleman sitting at the table next to ours. Let’s just say they talked so loud that we heard there entire conversation. My dad and I definitely had our share of laughs. The things they were talking about were so bizarre!

I’m going to be spending some time in the kitchen this weekend. Besides making pickles, I’m also going to make a gluten-free pasta bake, and baked oatmeal muffins.

Well, I am off to run some errands! Come back tomorrow for another post!

Friday September 24, 2021

TGIF! Although it was a short week it was a crazy one. Nothing like having a fire drill in the middle of lunch and being told they are just testing the fire alarms and that we did not have to do what we typically do during a fire drill.

This afternoon after work, I went over to my friends house and hung out with her and her doggies for a little bit. She’s been having a rough go lately. I know I’ve asked this question before but; why do bad things happen to good people? Seriously, does anyone have the answer? I will never understand this! Anyways, we decided to go to Torchy’s to eat chips and salsa and have a few cocktails. Torchy’s makes a damn good vodka and soda! We both really enjoyed ourselves. We laughed a lot and had a really good conversation. I said it before and I will say it again; I am so fortunate to her in my life!

My main goal this weekend is to get all my errands done, enjoy the beautiful weather, and to complete my diamond art that I’ve been working on.

Well, since it’s another beautiful day I’m going to make myself a cocktail and enjoy the beautiful weather on my patio. Come back tomorrow for another post!

Thursday September 23, 2021

Happy Thursday! Changing out of my work clothes is a great feeling! It’s my way of saying to myself work is over and the rest of my day can start to unfold. The weather today has been amazing! I just got back from taking a walk with one of my good friends and her doggies. I’m now sitting on my patio enjoying this beautiful day.

I hate people who feel that just because they have a lot of $$$ can treat others like crap. I put up with this kind of stuff daily. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job! Teaching is my passion, however the parents make my job rather difficult. There is a right way and wrong way to handle all situations. Can people just be kind? Is that to much to ask?

Well, I am going to take advantage of this beautiful afternoon. Come back tomorrow for another post!

Wednesday September 22, 2021

It’s the first day of Fall y’all! I’m currently sitting on my patio having a cup of coffee and enjoying the cooler weather. I cannot tell you the last time I sat on my patio and drank a cup of coffee.It is quite nice outside. Hopefully, the cooler weather is here to stay. Yay for not having to go to work today!

Yesterday, I went to one of my colleagues houses and helped her for a few hours. She definitely feels more confident now about giving specific Montessori lessons. I will call that a win in my book! I will be going over to her house again next week when I am off to help her with some other stuff. There was only so much I could show her in the few hours we spent together yesterday. Her house is absolutely amazing! Her color theme is turquoise! Anyone that knows me, knows that turquoise is my color of choice! Never in my life have I seen a refrigerator like hers. She can talk to it, and it will do certain tasks. It literally will show her what items are inside her refrigerator. It will also play music. 🤯

I am beyond happy that all my craft stuff that I was hoarding for so many years is out of sight and out of mind. My decluttering project is officially complete! My colleague that came and got all my craft stuff was simply blown away with the amount of stuff I gave her. Her children were with her when she came over and they were so excited about all their new craft supplies!

The last thing I wanted to share with you all about the holiday of Sukkot is this: during this holiday everyone shakes the lulav and etrog. The etrog is a yellow fruit that has an incredible smell. It represents your heart. The lulav is a single palm branch and occupies the central position in the grouping of the 4 species. It comes with a holder made from its own leaves which has two extensions. The lulav represents ones backbone. There are two willow branches and three myrtle branches that also make up the lulav. The myrtle leaves are shaped like your eyes and the willow leaves are shaped like your lips. The lulav and etrog are shaken in six directions north, south, east,west, up,and down. This is to remind us that G-d is everywhere.

Come back tomorrow for another post!

Tuesday September 21, 2021

I slept through the night again! I woke up at 7:20! That never happens! I did get up once to go to the bathroom, but, immediately went back to sleep. I usually struggle to fall back to sleep.

I am tutoring in about an hour and then have a teacher from my school coming to get a ton of craft stuff from my house. I am the newly appointed new teacher mentor at my school; so I am going to help one of the new teachers with some stuff early this afternoon.

Last night my dad and I had dinner. We went out for Mexican food because after all it was international queso day, and we both love Mexican food. I also went and had a cocktail with one of my good friends/neighbor. I really enjoy spending time with her and her amazing doggies.

Yesterday, I told you guys a little bit about the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Today, I am going to continue to tell you a little bit more about the holiday. During this fall festival many Jews build sukkahs. “A sukkah is a temporary hut-like structure in which one sleeps, eats, and communes during Sukkot.” As far as religious symbolism, “its purpose is to commemorate the time that Israelites spent in the wilderness after they were freed from slavery in Egypt.” There is another really important aspect to this holiday and I will explain it to you tomorrow.

Well, I am off to start my day. Come back tomorrow for another post!

Monday September 20, 2021

Happy Monday! Last night, I slept the best I have slept in several weeks. It’s amazing what a full night of sleep can do for your mind and your body.

I got out of work at 12:15 today. At sundown tonight another Jewish holiday begins. This upcoming holiday is Sukkot. You might be wondering what Sukkot is. Well, I’m here to explain it to you.

Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which G-d protected them under difficult desert conditions. During this time people give thanks for many things, like food and shelter. This holiday also celebrates the farmers yearly harvest, which takes place every fall.

In tomorrow’s post, I will explain more about this particular holiday. There is a lot to this week long holiday so I will break it up in sections.

Come back tomorrow for another post.

Sunday September 19, 2021

Last night I thought my upstairs neighbors were going to come through the ceiling. I hardly ever hear them but last night was a night like no other! I have a video saved on my phone of the noise they were making. Holy cow! I was very tempted to go and put the seats down in my car and sleep in there. Hopefully, it won’t happen again.

I’m bummed that the pool at my apartment complex is closed. I’m not really sure why it’s closed but it is. I would love to go and float for a bit. Oh well, hopefully it’s reopen soon and I can float on my upcoming days off.

It’s so weird waking into my clothes closet as well as my storage closet and having so much space. It’s definitely going to take some time to get used to it.

I know I said I was going to start my kitchen clean out this week but, there is no time like the present so I am going to start now.

Come back tomorrow for another post!

Saturday September 18, 2021

It was such a nice morning at the farmers market. The weather was perfect! I’m super excited about the micro greens, lettuce, tomatoes, and other veggies that I got. I also stocked up on my new favorite salsa (talk about a spicy flavor explosion). Oh, I can’t forget about the best iced coffee (IMHO). I love supporting local farmers/vendors.

My friend just left with all the stuff I cleaned out of my closet. She was shocked with how much stuff I gave her. I’m glad that she is going to be able to use everything I gave her to help others. She loves to bake so, she brought me some of the most amazing rice crispy treats I have ever seen. I mean who ever thought of putting edible peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough on top of rice crispy treats? I can’t wait to try them later.

My storage closet will be completely cleaned out and rearranged by this afternoon/evening. Who am I kidding? If I sit myself down and not move I will be done in no time. I only have one drawer to rearrange! There is already so much more room in there. I’m debating whether I want to tackle my kitchen. I have several days off coming up because of the Jewish holidays (Sukkot, Simchat Torah, and Shemini Atzeret). I have so many cups/glasses. Honestly, how many glasses/cups does one person really need? I will most likely tackle my kitchen this coming week.

What have I learned from this purging/decluttering project?

I’ve learned a lot. I’ve been holding onto things just to hold onto them for far too long! These things did not serve a purpose in my life and took up space which caused me daily stress. A few things were really hard to part with but, I did it. I have no regrets about getting rid of these items. They were just things. I have to remind myself that the memories will always be in my ❤️. Also, I definitely hoarded markers, sharpies, gel pens, and other art supplies! I was simply disgusted with myself when I realized how much of each item I had. The amount of scrapbook paper/ construction paper I had was insane. I now only have a small amount of each item. In fact, the only paper I have in my house now is printer paper and card stock. Yes, tears were shed but this expirence is only going to make me happier and stronger in the long run.

Come back tomorrow for another post!

Friday September 17, 2021

TGIF! Today has been absolutely nuts! I definitely had an anxiety attack this morning. Luckily, I have learned several breathing techniques and was able to calm down relatively quickly.

Our break fast meal last night was delicious. I’m super excited for left over noodle kugel.

Tomorrow afternoon my friend is coming to get a bunch of stuff that I am giving away. I am so excited that she is taking it away. My apartment feels so much better without so much stuff. It’s so cleansing and I am much happier. I packed up my car this morning to bring a bunch of stuff to work. However, the person I was giving all the stuff to wasn’t at work so now it’s back in my house temporarily.

Well, I am off to run an errand. I definitely need a stiff drink after this crazy day! I will partake in that later this afternoon.

Come back tomorrow for another post.

Thursday September 16, 2021

Last night at sundown Yom Kippur began. The service on Erev Yom Kippur is called Kol Nidre. This particular service hits close to home. Kol Nidre was my mom’s favorite service. While I enjoy it too, it’s a very emotional night for many reasons. Believe it or not, Kol Nidre means “deep emotion”. This particular service always begins with a haunting melody played by a cellist then chanted by the cantor in front of an open ark. All the Torah’s are removed from the ark and are held by the Rabbis at this time. This allows all who are present to delve deeply into their hearts and souls and seek forgiveness.

Later this morning, I will Livestream Yom Kippur morning services. It’s the main service of the day. I am curious to see how many people are physically in attendance this morning. Last night, the sanctuary was quite empty. Yom Kippur services tend to be quite lengthy because many Jews spend the entire day at temple. There are several different services held throughout the day. Services begin early in the morning and end just before sundown. I’m getting picked up this evening just before six to go and break fast with close family friends.

Well, I am off to work on my decluttering project before services officially begin. Come back tomorrow for another post.