Skip to main content

Three sprouts

Moved the Red Rubin Basil & Portulaca (both sown just last Wednesday evening!) (and shown here in that order) out of the warm covered greenhouse because I am SO scared of damping-off this year. Any kind of fungus just runs rampant here and I have lost whole flats of things in past. :-(((

I'm hoping a combination of open air, dehumidifier, and allowing the peats to stay a little drier than usual will help fend it off without "No Damp" this year.

Oh, yes. I have also been watering fragile, brand-new seedlings exclusively with weak chamomile tea (2 bags in a pot of boiling water, steep until water is cool enough to pour on capillary mat).

I just read two days ago that capillary mats can harbour fungi, however. On the other hand, self-watering. I am definitely a sucker for anything that waters itself!

So what's the third sprout???

...This one!

Back where we were basically a year ago today - trying to find him a yeshiva (Torah high school) for next year.

At least this year, he's less of an unknown quantity. He's had this entire year in an environment where his rosh yeshiva has gotten to know him very well and knows his capabilities. The two school rabbonim I have spoken with today were intially kind of negative, but I have gotten a bit pushier and once we start to get into the nuances of his story, they start listening with a bit more interest.

Funny about our last name, however. It's kind of an icebreaker, but not exactly in a good way. I wonder what these guys would do if they were up against someone with a last name like Chang or Vasquez (both fine Jewish names, you understand!!!). Ours is at least kind of anglo-saxon, though I guess that's the problem. The second one today I had to spell it over and over to get all the vowels and everything right... and he still mispronounced it once it was written down!

And then explaining the family situation, well... oy. One rabbi asked me how many full siblings YM had and how many half, and I basically said we don't do halves... we're all family. They're all my kids.

The heartening thing is that once they hear that I am calling more or less with his rebbe's approval and his rebbe seems to think he's not only up to but would probably exceed the demands of a mainstream school - and that he thinks exceptionally highly of Yerachmiel Meir and his abilities - their ears do perk up. I really hope the yeshivishe velt is a level playing field in that they take the boy on his own merits.

In which case, this little sprout ought to do just fine.
Posted by Picasa

Popular posts from this blog

לימודי קודש/Limudei Kodesh Copywork & Activity Printables

Welcome to my Limudei Kodesh / Jewish Studies copywork and activity printables page.  As of June 2013, I am slowly but surely moving all my printables over to 4shared because Google Docs / Drive is just too flaky for me. What you’ll find here: Weekly Parsha Copywork More Parsha Activities More Chumash / Tanach Activities Yom Tov Copywork & Activities Tefillah Copywork Pirkei Avos / Pirkei Avot Jewish Preschool Resources Other printables! For General Studies printables and activities, including Hebrew-English science resources and more, click here . For Miscellaneous homeschool helps and printables, click here . If you use any of my worksheets, activities or printables, please leave a comment or email me at Jay3fer “at” gmail “dot” com, to link to your blog, to tell me what you’re doing with it, or just to say hi!  If you want to use them in a school, camp or co-op setting, please email me (remove the X’s) for rates. If you just want to say Thank You, here’s a

Ancient Auction Secret: If Chinese auctions are racist, why do Jews love them so much?

Ah, Jews, Jews, Jews, Jews.  You sure do love your Chinese auctions, don’t you? It seems that even in an era of political correctness, within certain circles, this term just will not die . And frankly, I’m mortified. I’m not Chinese, but I have family who is Chinese.  Some are Korean, as well.  I guess this makes us more ethnically diverse than many Jews, but I suspect most Jewish families are moving in this direction.  Still.  Even if we don’t know a single Chinese person, we should still stop calling it that. First of all… is it actually racist to call it a Chinese auction? I figured I’d let Chinese people decide.  But when I turned to Google to find out how Chinese people feel about Chinese auctions, what I found was mostly… nothing.  Silence.  I did find some debate (presumably among non-Chinese people) over whether it was too far in the direction of political correctness to refer to these as a “silent auction” or (as in some parts of the States) a “tricky tray.”  (Ok

Hebrew/ עברית & English General Studies Printables

For Jewish Studies, including weekly parsha resources and copywork, click here . If you use any of my worksheets, activities or printables, please leave a comment or email me at Jay3fer “at” gmail “dot” com, to link to your blog, to tell me what you’re doing with it, or just to say hi!  If you want to use them in a school, camp or co-op setting, please email me (remove the X’s) for rates. If you enjoy these resources, please consider buying my weekly parsha book, The Family Torah :  the story of the Torah, written to be read aloud – or any of my other wonderful Jewish books for kids and families . English Worksheets & Printables: (For Hebrew, click here ) Science :  Plants, Animals, Human Body Math   Ambleside :  Composers, Artists History Geography Language & Literature     Science General Poems for Elemental Science .  Original Poems written by ME, because the ones that came with Elemental Science were so awful.  Three pages are included:  one page with two po