Yesterday had the most amazing weather; it was the perfect day for an expedition! The sidewalks were a bit treacherous, as there were puddles of water concealing ice sheets, but the sky was clear and it was so warm that I didn’t even need a sweater at times.
I successfully found a havdallah candle, six astoundingly fresh bagels (I’d already had a rather large lunch, so I didn’t get to eat them fresh. I should have skipped the Chinese and just had lunch in the bakery, because yum.), and a tallit. The last item was not entirely planned, as I will have the homemade one eventually, but since it will be done this summer at the earliest and will probably be somewhat unusually warm and fluffy, I thought I might look through the lighter-weight ones and see if the right one appeared. The right one did, relatively rapidly. Just to make sure, I put it back and browsed around for a while, found the candle, determined that they didn’t have the baking cookbook I’d been thinking of getting, and then went back and the tallit was still the right one. It is painted silk, in a sort of subtle washed/dripped pattern in dark blues and greens, and the blessing painted on in silver. It’s like having my own tiny little ocean :-) And it was remarkably reasonably priced for hand-painted silk. I think I may make new tzitzit…the ones it came with feel very mass-produced in a way that the cloth doesn’t. I should find out what to do with the old ones if I do that, though.