Menorahs here, Menorahs there, every where a Menorah. People put their Menorahs in the Windows, on their porch rails, actually, we saw a hole in a wall and there was a Menorah stuck in it. It's a big deal here. People invite friends over to light their Menorahs and then they serve dinner. The entertaining is different then what we do. sO far, I have not been offered a drink when we get to a home. You go directly to the table, after small talk.We would be served a salad, a meat ,or chicken, or fish, maybe a veggie and maybe a side dish. Then dessert, coffee and tea. Wine probably at the table. Here it is small dishes passed around. Soup for sure. No veggie that I have yet been served. I have been served eggplant, but it isn't like broccoli or peas. It usually has tehini on it, a sesame seed paste, and you cut a serving from the eggplant. There are salads, no dressing, but vinegar and old on the table. so maybe that is the veggie dish.There would be beef and chicken and fish. All of it, not just one. So far, dessert haven't been outstanding. That's OK with me because I am on a Safyinot binge. Think of jelly donuts supreme. Tonight we had a cheese plate for dessert and that was very nice. Coffee is instant. That is why I brought my own coffee that I order from Chicago. There were crackers with the cheese, but no bread on the table.They use a lot of dishes. The fish goes on it's own plate. It doesn't share, and I can't remember why. Soup has a bowl, dessert has a plate, the rest of the meal has a plate. That's at least four plates right there.So far, no lotkes. I hear that they don't use applesauce and sour cream on the lotkes . have to research this some more. We are having lotkes tomorrow.then it will be Chanukah for me.

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29.08 | 13:45

Don't quite know how this got to me but it was on the top line of my computer (not in email) But I really enjoyed it. I truly admire you.

31.07 | 07:02

Leona, do you have a date or a booked flight that you come back ?

20.07 | 13:55

Everything sounds so wonderful Leona. Venice will seem boring . I would want to move to Portownsend where the kids are living. All sounds great . Is there?

19.07 | 12:33

That lavender sounds very nice!

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