#WeekendCoffeeShare – May 06, 2018

Hi everyone. Thank you for joining me. Sorry I missed last weekend’s coffee share. Can I interest you in a cup of coffee? I made up a mix of my Sumatra/French Roast blend and Toasted Pecan this morning.

Okay, let me first start off by saying – the next time I decide to do the April AtoZChallenge (official or unofficial) remind me not to!! I don’t have anything against the challenge and think it’s actually a wonderful thing but every time I attempt it, I end up falling short somehow.

This last week was our Passover. We actually follow a different calendar than the better known “calculated” calendar typically followed by most jewish sects. The week leading up to this (including last weekend) was quite busy with all the shopping, cleaning, and prepping that needed to be done which is the big reasons I wasn’t around last week and the reason that I fell short on the April AtoZ Challenge.

One of the things I remember most about passover growing up was making (or rather helping to make) something called Sponge Cake. A full size sponge cake is a bit too much for our small family and there’s a pretty good chance a lot of it would end up going to waste. I tried to look for a mini sponge-cake recipe but was not successful. I did, however, find a recipe for mini victorian sponge cakes that used coconut flour in place of wheat flour. The only problem with coconut flour is that it doesn’t seem to absorb the liquids as well so the batter came out super runny. I decided to add some cake meal acceptable for passover. The cakes turned out pretty good though they were a bit dense (probably from adding a little too much cake meal).

Another traditional part of the seder meal is Matzah Ball soup, which also came out really good.

In other news, I am now signed up to take 3 HIT classes for fall term (HIT = Health Information Technology).

  • Intro to HIT
  • Medical Terminology
  • Health Info Employment Policies

Have I mentioned yet that my son has earned his green belt in martial arts? It just gets harder from here. He’s now learning a new kata…. (I’m hoping this video upload works)

Well that’s pretty much it for me for this week. Hoping everyone had a great last couple of weeks and wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

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Share Your World -April 23 & 30, 2018

Share Your World – April 23, 2018

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?:

Probably fruit…. I love fruit.

List at least five movies or books that cheer you up.

Haven’t read many books or watched many movies lately… If I were to really think about it I could probably come up with a good list of books and movies that I’ve enjoyed but as far as which ones actually cheer me up, I don’t know. The “Airplane” movies are good for a lot of laughs as is “Father of the Bride” (at least the first movie in the series is – think there was at least one sequel that came out).

If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing? 

Probably doing things on our computers/tablets/phones — Might be work stuff, school stuff, or just playing around.

Share Your World – April 30, 2018

Do you use paper money? If so is your money organized sequentially according to denomination?

Not a lot no, not lately anyway. I wouldn’t say I did so all the time but I have organized my paper money sequentially.

You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time?

Not really. I prefer to have something to do. I can sit for long period of time but to sit and do absolutely nothing drives me nuts.

What is your greatest strength?

I don’t honestly don’t know. I don’t feel like I have any real strengths. There are things I’m good at, but nothing that i’m really great at. I’m kind of mediocre at everything that I am good at. I’ve always been good at filing and at comparing data (in terms of whether or not the 2 pieces of data are the same or different).

{This is actually for both weeks together}

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

My son recently earned his green belt and I’m proud of him for that. We also got (or should have) the last couple requirements completed for him to get his Aviation Merit Badge. I think he just has one more thing to do to complete his Emergency Preparedness merit badge. We’re still waiting on one last requirement before doing the Scout Master meeting and Board Review for his Life Rank. Hoping something will come up soon for that last requirement so he can start officially working on his Eagle rank.

#AtoZChallenge (Unofficial) – Letter T

I wasn’t going to do this, really I wasn’t… In fact I procrastinated so much that I seem to have missed the sign up…

I encourage you to head Here to check out some of the A to Z Challenge posts.

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T is for Talit and Tzitzit

A talit is hebrew garment also called a prayer shawl. The talit was created to hold the tzitzit which are the fringes worn by Jewish people. The law regarding the wearing tzitzit is referred to in the Book of Numbers (15:37-41) “Speak to the Children of Israel and tell them to affix fringes to the corners of their garments”

The Talit is worn at prayer services particulary if one is being honored with an aliya (being called up to Torah) or is leading the congregation in prayer.

Traditionally a young man who is about to be Bar Mitzvah’d will receive a talit as a gift. Another time that a talit is given as a gift is from the bride to her husband to be…. The groom will wear said talit at their wedding. He will then be buried in said talit.

#WeekendCoffeeShare – April 22, 2018

Good Morning everyone. Once again I feel like I’m back to feeling like I don’t really have that much exciting to write about. Not much has happened this past week and it’s been pretty mehhh.

Hope you’ll at least join me for some coffee. I’m having Toasted Pecan with Southern Butter Pecan creamer myself. There’s also the usual dark French Roast/Sumatra blend and Super Dark coffee beans available as well.

My Miss Meekah has also joined us in her favorite chair

Lately she’s had a habit of stealing my chair when I’m not in it… I think it has something to do with the nice warm blanket I’ve been using as a cover

This next week will be busier and perhaps a bit more exciting… We actually follow a different calendar than the “traditional” sighted calendar, so our Pesach is actually going to be coming up next week. This week we get to do what many would call “Spring Cleaning” to get the leavening (flour, yeast, etc) out of the house. It’s also getting to the end of the April A-to-Z Challenge. I’ll mostly be finishing up this next week, with letter “Z” going in to next week.

So, that’s pretty well it for me. Hope everyone had a great week last week and wish you all a super week ahead. Also hope you’ll take a moment and check out the Weekend Coffee Share get-together, with our host Eclectic Ali.

#AtoZChallenge (Unofficial) – Letter S

I wasn’t going to do this, really I wasn’t… In fact I procrastinated so much that I seem to have missed the sign up…

I encourage you to head Here to check out some of the A to Z Challenge posts.

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S is for Shabbat:

Shabbat is the Jewish ‘Day of Rest’. It is from the root Shin-Beit-Tav which means to cease, to end, or to rest. The weekly shabbat basically starts at sunset on Friday evening and goes till sunset on Saturday evening. There are 2 commandments associated with shabbat to remember and to observe.

There are several restrictions to Shabbat (things that are you are not allowed to do) but it is also a time of great blessing and joy.

The Shabbat before Pesach is called Shabbat HaGadol or the Great Shabbat. Yom Kippur is considered a Shabbat Shabbaton or a double shabbat.