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fall leaves

I’ve been working for two weeks and I’d have to say it is going very well. Except for the part where no one has any clean clothes any more.

It’s pretty quiet around here right now – J is biking and all the children are off amusing themselves somehow. And they are old enough that the fact that they are all quiet and not bothering me does not mean some sort of destruction of property is inevitable. (My in-laws have this lovely old clock that sits in their dining room. It’s 4:10, always. When people ask why it is 4:10 always, my MIL says, “J took it apart when he was 6 years old.” When people tell her that is too bad, she gets this dreamy look on her face, clearly channeling how she felt that day, and says, “Oh no. It kept him busy for 2 whole hours. It was worth it.”)

So I had a choice – do some cleaning and laundry or brush the dog. His fur is getting really long and so he starts matting like crazy if not brushed pretty much daily and this is already day 3. I brushed the dog, of course. It was actually quite a work out. And now he’s all fluffy.

He’s run away somewhere, though, so all you get is photos of my kids and their friends cavorting in the fall leaves.

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The thing about the autumn is that the Jewish holidays roll along so fast that by the time I writing about one, the next one comes along. This evening is the start of Sukkot, which is a really fun holiday and one many people of the not-Jewish variety have never heard of. It is a mixture of a harvest festival (Jewish Thanksgiving) and a biblical holiday commemorating the Israelites wandering through the desert.

We build something called a sukkah – a temporary wooden structure – in the back yard. The kids help Dad build it, then decorate it with paper chains, gourd, fruit, etc. It stays up for 7 days and we are supposed to eat every meal in it, although in Canada it can get a bit nippy for that, if you aren’t really, really dedicated.

Anyway, this year on Yom Kippur, Maya decided to try to fast, even though technically, she doesn’t have to until after her bat mitzvah. She was really, really crabby when we first got up, getting ready for synagogue, leading me to threaten to strap her down and pour food down her throat if she didn’t shape up – not really atonement-like on my part, I realize. It got much better after that, and she made it to 2 o’clock, which is better than I could ever do.

J stays in synagogue all day. He finds it easier to fast there. My tradition for the past few years is to take the kids to a butterfly exhibit at a local greenhouse. The weather is always beautiful. We then took Jasper for a walk in the woods. It’s was a peaceful day.

Photos – the cutest child dog first.

Maya and Asher being nice to each other:

This was the butterfly most content to sit on fingers. Only problem was that under those lovely wings, the thing was like a huge spider. Look at those legs! The antennae were pretty, though:

See, I told you it was big:

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