Sunday, January 04, 2015

Some Things Never Change... Our New Year's Feast

I guess long-term readers of my foodblog already know what our New Year's feast looks like, because it's always the same. Right?

But think about it. With mom's dementia progressing, being able to make the same celebration feast with her as previous years is a great thing. Actually, this time, things weren't as bad as before.
This is what I wrote on my FB about our preparation for the feast this time:

"Last year, I had a real hard time on the New Year's eve, cooking with mom all day. She was on Aricept then and was irritated and feeling insecure. This time, her memory wasn't necessarily improved, but she was calmer and more organized today, and seemed to be feeling confident in some tasks. I guess I have to give mom's medication credit. The combination of MEMARY and ARICEPT did work for her!! "

And we managed to make and enjoy our Zoni soup, too, just like previous years!
Everything was the same.

Not very exciting? OK, then, I'll post something different this year. Me in kimono (traditional Japanese outfit). How's this?
At the end of last year, I was invited to my good friends' wedding. I decided to wear kimono, partly because I didn't want to wear my "only-for-funeral" suits nor rent something. Borrowing mom's kimono was the least expensive solution, to tell you the truth. But the main reason was for mom. She used to teach putting on kimono, and I thought that asking her to do that on me could stimulate her memories and do her good.

It worked! ;)
She did a great job, and looked like she regained some confidence. So I asked her to do it again to celebrate the New Year. Hence, the photo above. ;)

So, our start of 2015 was not bad, I would say.

Hope you enjoyed your New Year's feast very much. ;)
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A Belated New Year's Greeting

The first sunrise in 2015 -- Photo taken at an abandoned fishing port near my house

I wish you the very best for 2015 !!  :)

Sorry I didn't post this on January 1st. It was a hectic day, as you can imagine, and it took me two days to recover. Now it's already the 4th, but I hope it is not too late to with you a wonderful, happy, prosperous new year full of excitement and lots of love.

                                                                                                      - obachan
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What? You say these vines remind you of something you've seen before...? like, at the end of last year?
Oh, you're just having a deja vu.   ;)  ;)
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