Saturday, April 5

Passover Preparations - The Planning Stage

I am starting my Passover preparations. Later than I would like but probably in a more organized fashion than usual so hopefully that will balance out.

I have cleaned out my kitchen cabinets and dining room breakfront of items that we don't use. Some will go to long term storage and some have been freecycled and some just tossed. Doing this has made space to store away some items that normally sit out but can't during Passover as well as given me a totally empty cabinet which once cleaned and covered with new shelf liner will hold my Passover dishes all year long.

This year we have a new plan for how to clean the house which starts with making the kitchen Pesadick first and then moving out. It is so totally different than anything I have ever done before that it is terrifying. There are many solid justifications for doing it this way namely - being able to start cooking and prepping for the Seder earlier. As well it lets one unpack all the passover items and see what is missing or damaged while there is still time to fix / replace items before the holiday. The great kitchen turn over is scheduled for next Sunday. Wish me luck.

Tomorrow we will make our yearly trek up to the Kosher market in Silver Spring to buy all of our non-perishable Passover foods.

My mom arrives on the 17th in time to hunt for chometz with us. I want to find a real feather but I also have 3 store bought ones as back up.

Nest Update 2

We have eggs again. Our ice cream nest that suffered tradgedy early this spring is once again full of eggs. There are now six eggs in it. I have tried to take pictures but while the nest is visible I cannot get a good picture of the eggs. This time around we do see a mommy bird caring for the nest and visiting it regularly. The mother looks like a finch of some kind. Hopefully this means that soon we will have nestlings. According to the limited research I have found it should be 14-20 days until hatching.

Passover Book Review

Ok I failed to do a Purim book review because I was waiting till after Purim. I am not going to make that mistake with Passover so here it is. I have even organized them by preference.

Dinosaur on Passover
- A fun silly story that is perfect for a little one who thinks any book is better if it includes dinosaurs. This book came to us courtesy of PJ Library which is a wonderful program that sends a Jewish book once a month to each child based on their age. The first year is free. How can you knock free books? While some have not been big hits, we will probably go ahead, pay the money an renew because it is the best way I have found to find Jewish children's books.

Let My People Go
- This is a PJ title listed for 6yr olds but I saw it on the list and had to have it. It tells the Passover story as a play and is hysterical. So much fun to read. I wish we had enough people (4) in the house to each do a part.

The Matza Man - We checked this one out from the library. It is does not tell the story of Passover or even talk about the rituals. It is just a cute spin off on the Gingerbread Man story. Froggy likes it because the illustrations are cute and the repetitive language is fun.

Pearl's Passover - This is a PJ recommended book for 6-8yr that we checked out from the library. Froggy does not like it because I keep getting engrossed in the recipe or craft that are interspersed with the story. Also there probably are not enough pictures for her taste. Personally though I love the book enough I am considering purchasing it. I expect Froggy will grow to like it too.

The Matzah That Papa Brought Home - We checked this one out from the library as well. I like this one better than Froggy but we both still like it. It goes over the rituals and I especially like that a girl gets to ask the four questions.

The Story of Miriam and Baby Moses - Not technically a Passover book but I picked it up at the JCC's book fair and it ties in nicely. It also is useful to explain Miriam's cup on the Seder table and show that there are women of significance as well.

Passover - Our least favorite. I don't believe we ever actually made it through. If there were no other books out there it would do a fine job but it is boring and teachy more than it needs to be.