Here’s what we did on this extremely hot and humid day. My husband and all of the kids took part.
- Wrapped candy with printed labels to make them look like Torah scrolls. Unnecessary, but thanks to my daughter they came out perfect and it makes the event a little more special. We’ll pass them out to the children after the prayer service.
- Counted out utensils for each meal. On Friday night, we’re eating outside and it will be windy. So we are setting the table right when we sit down. I made bags for each of the four tables, so the guests can set the tables themselves at the last minute.
- Made piles of 200 alternating napkins and plates for the kiddush.
- Made lists of serving utensils for each meal.
- Consulted with my caterer neighbor on several questions. Her tip for gefilte fish balls: If the batter is too hard, add water drop by drop until you get the right consistency. Don’t add more eggs.
- Bought fresh meat and fish. The air-conditioner in our car decided to work at half capacity, but I think the food survived. My guests required that I buy from a certain kind of store, that I had never visited, and it was a little confusing. I am not quite sure I have enough chicken for Friday night. This is the part that kills you. I mean, I almost certainly have plenty, but what about those teenage boys? Sigh.
- Marinated the chicken.
- Soaked the beans for the stew.
- Picked up fans from a family that lends them out for free. As long as we return them in good condition our deposit will be returned.
- Bought vegetables.
- Peeled onions (25) and carrots (15) in preparation for cooking.
- Finalized sleeping arrangements for guests.
- Prepared porch for the evening meal.
- Did necessary work on the computer. Life goes on.
The heat and humidity have been oppressive all week. In a way it’s good that I’m so busy because I don’t have time to think about it, but the trip to the store wiped me out for the rest of the day. I still have to make the house guestworthy. At least the heat is scheduled to break on Friday, just in time.