life in Israel

It Is What It Is – Single Mum, Parents Article

View from my window (not tonight) Yes, we are in enforced quarantine until the 10th of June. Just as we started to socialise a bit, just as DD was getting back into the school routine, and the evening before I was due to go back to my school… we got the WhatsApp from DD’s teacher.First some background. A big high school in Jerusalem had a few students who tested positive to corona. They shut the school and set up testing…

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Is It Over? – R2BC – Single Mum, Parents Article

One single poppy(There was a live concert in the street below. Not much social distancing.Israelis are largely voting with their feet on that.)Here are this week’s Reasons 2B Cheerful. It’s an interesting exercise to come up with things when you only venture outside twice a week to go to the supermarket. Thank goodness for facebook and zoom. And You Tube and Netflix of course. The Linky is with Becky on Lakes Single Mum if you want to see what other…

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VE Day (Victory and Vegetables) – R2BC – Single Mum, Parents Article

Potatoes, tomatoes, oranges and lemons! Thanks Esther!The biggest Reason 2B Cheerful today is that it’s VE Day – Victory in Europe. If VE had not been won our lives would have been very different. And as a Jew, I might not have even been born. I’m sorry that all the street parties and public celebrations in the UK were canceled, although rightly so. No nation does street parties like the British! A few weeks ago I ordered a vegetable box…

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Back On Distance Learning And Summer School, – Single Mum, Parents Article

Sunset over Jerusalem Yesterday, after a major meltdown, I’d had it with distance learning. But DD is far more conscientious than I am about her school work and she wasn’t happy about giving up. Thankfully another mother from our class came to our rescue. Her child, also an English speaker, wasn’t into reading the long texts in Hebrew, so she has been reading them with him and she invited DD to join them via video call.This morning they had sport,…

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Welcoming Shabbat In Lockdown From Our Balconies – Single Mum, Parents Article

My neighbour Hagai called in the early afternoon. “We’re doing the Welcoming Shabbat service from our balconies at 6.30. Can you spread the word?” Actually we have a building WhatsApp group so I sent the word (and asked for Hagai to be added to it). You need 10 [men – grrrr] over the age of 13, for a full service and one of our neighbours is saying Kaddish (the mourners’ prayer) after the loss of his father, so it was…

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Midlife Singlemum: I Discovered Sport – Single Mum, Parents Article

Although I’ve been out a couple of times this week to the bank and to the supermarket, DD hadn’t left the apartment for over a week. She was quite happy staying in – we’re an indoors sort of family. However, it’s also been very cold and wet so the sitting on the balcony for a while every day, in the afternoon sun, to boost vitamin D wasn’t happening.This afternoon one of DD’s friends asked her to go to the school…

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Five Things I’m Doing In Corona Times – Single Mum, Parents Article

About 2 months’ supply for two people. I may get one more tomorrow. Israel is a small country with relatively easy border controls, mainly because we are officially at war or, at best, at cold peace, with all our neighours so we never had open borders and always have strong security at air and sea ports. With the threat of the corona pandemic, the Health Ministry is playing it safe. Quite drastic measures are in place and enforced by law.There…

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Midlife Singlemum: DD 11 – R2BC – Single Mum, Parents Article

We kept a copy for ourselves without the sunglasses. If you understand the title of this blog then you’ve been here before. Anyway DD turned 11 last week. Scarily grown up but also still a little girl in many ways. And nothing of the baby years left.We’re usually in London for Hanuka which is on or around the time of DD’s birthday, so I (or Grandma) take her to a show or a pantomime, Grandma has a birthday cake and…

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Because We Need R2BC Today – Single Mum, Parents Article

I’m totally out of sync with the newly revived Reasons 2B Cheerful linky over at Becky’s Lakes Single Mum, but today we need some R2BC.Over 150 Rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza strip since last night. Today all schools and non-urgent work was cancelled from Tel Aviv in the centre of the country down the coast to Beer Sheba in the south. (Incidently, each rocket costs between $10K and $100K apparently. Just saying.)So here are my R2BC…1The…

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Midlife Singlemum: Work Reasons 2B Cheerful – Single Mum, Parents Article

I’ve been watching the [refelcted] sunrise. Reasons 2B Cheerful is back with a proper linky and everything. The linky is at Becky’s Lakes Single Mum. Us cheerful bloggers got a bit behind over the summer and then with all the back to school stuff going on the linky lapsed for a while. But a lapsed linky isn’t a dead linky and I’m happy to have it back as it encourages us to post something upbeat at least once a week.My R2BC…

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