Saturday, December 08, 2018

Friday, December 07, 2018

24 hours and 180 degrees

Yesterday, shall we say, was not a very good day. In the morning, I travelled to Tel Aviv and got soaked to the skin. I don't like rain very much, but once I was wet, it didn't bother me any more as I couldn't get any wetter than I already was. I dried off slightly in the train, but the rain at the other end of the journey ensured that I arrived home wet - I went straight into the shower, taking off my wet clothing and hanging it to dry. To add insult to injury, I tried to get some cash from the ATM at our local bank branch; the machine swallowed the card!

Overnight 70 mm (2.8inches) of rain fell on the kibbutz, which is a very large amount! About 11% of our annual rainfall. I was about to take the dog for a walk at about 4pm when there was a break in the rain, but by the time I had put on my raincoat (fortunately I have two, for the first got soaked in the morning) and put the dog on the lead, the rain had started again. We managed a walk later on in the evening.

This morning, a telephone call woke us at 5:40am; it was our daughter telling us that it was time for her to go to the hospital in order to give birth to her second daughter. At 10:30am, she sent us a message telling us that she had given birth to a 3.20kg baby! Our other grand-daughter has been with us for most of the day and will stay with us until tomorrow evening when presumably her father will come back to the kibbutz (he will stay overnight with his family in Jerusalem).

I had a nagging feeling that there was something important about 7 December, but it took me a while to figure out what it was. Aside from it being the sixth candle of Chanuka, it is also the 70th birthday of our kibbutz! So we'll always remember this date! Since the formal announcement via the kibbutz website an hour ago, our phones have been beeping every few minutes with congratulations from our friends.

There's no formal picture of our new grand-daughter, but we do have a picture of us lighting the candles.

And to add icing to the cake, I was able to get my debit card back from the bank and was able to withdraw cash.

My world has changed 180 degrees in the last 24 hours!