Since the middle of January I have spent Shabbatot in:
Army base next to Ramallah x2
In Jerusalem with wife's little sister immediately after Zeidy's death
It has been a long, long time, since my wife and I have enjoyed a Shabbat together in our home with just each other for company. Finally this weekend we're going to be able to sit down, just the two of us with a bottle of wine and a home cooked meal. I enjoy my friends and family immensely but some down time spent together is going to be most welcome after a long and busy week, which we topped of last night at the opening of "As you like it" at Merkaz Hamagshimim - highly recommended.
I have to this end, spent most the morning slaving over a stove and nibbling on the results; experimenting with new recipes, my wife popping down occasionally to give her verdicts. It's been a chilled day, despite being on my feet for most of it. I'm just looking forward to good food, conversation and company - my perfect Shabbat.
Wishing you all a similarly pleasant Shabbat.