Monday, December 26, 2016

Belated Merry Christmas!

My Christmas snacks Dec. 2016

It's actually January, 2017 and I'm posting this now. Sorry! My procrastination problem, AGAIN! (And forgive me. I'm faking the date again... )  Actually, the last couple of months of 2016 was a turmoil for me.

First, I broke my left foot at the end of Oct. How did it happen? I was walking in my house, carrying a big laundry basket with my both hands. And I fell because of a curled up end of an old tatami weed mat. I fell on the dorsum of my left foot as my body went one step down. XO  It caused a crack in the bone and I had to wear a cast for about a month.

Then in the middle of Nov. mom quit eating. Well it had happened many times before, but usually she was secretly eating sweets in her room even when she wasn't eating meals. And usually, after I take her out for a treat of nigiri-zushi - her most favorite food on the face of the Earth -  and cake & coffee, she regained appetite and went back to normal eating habit. .. Well, relatively normal.

But this time, she completely stopped eating and even said NO to nigiri-zushi. Soon she started to refuse any food or drinks with any taste saying that they made her nauseous, and accepted water and medicine (pills) only. She got weaker and weaker until she was finally hospitalized. They stopped one of the anit-Alzheimer drugs and gave her IV nutrition drips and an antidepressant (that was supposed to improve appetite). It all worked, but what worked the most was the threat of nasal tube feeding. She hated that idea so much that she started eating hospital meals. LOL

She was hospitalized from Dec. 15th, 2016 til Jan. 6th, 2017 (with a short stay at home for the New Year's holidays from Dec. 30th til Jan 3rd).  Now she's back at home and eating pretty well.

Anyway, now I'm trying to catch up with my regular blogging (Wait. When was I blogging regularly???) Here's some pics from the Christmas of 2016.

Just like I didn't have enough challenges in life, I gave Christmas Kougloff a try.



Things were OK until I took them out of the pans. But it ended up in a tragedy.
Well I guess you can see how I tried to hide the chaos with lots of decoration. The good thing was... they tasted pretty well. Ha ha.



And these are other appetizers I prepared: Stuffed black mushrooms and Ritz crackers with avocado dip and cream cheese.


Of course, I didn't forget to enjoy a bottle of nice (rather expensive) sparkling sake. :D

Oh, enjoying them alone in my room in the candle light really healed me in that challenging week.
Hope you all had a very merry Christmas.  :)
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