Thursday, May 2, 2019

Easter comes and goes

Far too long again since my last blog post – I have no idea where the time goes.

All my brain tests were more or less normal, and I must admit the CAT scan was so impressive. For the price of US$50 you are seen immediately - the receptionist said I looked much better than last time! The results are available a few hours later and not only do you receive a written report but also photographs and a CD with even more photos on it. Here is my brain! Very impressive but Dr. Google was not very helpful in explaining what I am looking at.



Apart from the fact my brain looks like I happy face in some of the images, I have noticed no improvement in brain function. I am told it can take years so I am just getting on with it and adapting where needed. My worst performance is in the kitchen, maybe as it is there I do the most multi- tasking. As I mentioned before, my brain is like the internet – it goes slowly, and sometimes it totally switches off and I go blank – but only for a few seconds. I continue to do stupid things such as forgetting to put the cup under the coffee maker so the coffee goes all over the floor, or forgetting to put coffee in it and end up with a cup of hot water. I even put dried cat food instead of sugar in my coffee the other day. Cooking is a challenge to remember how to actually cook some recipes and I may remember one minute and then forget the next, so now I get all the ingredients out before I start. I have a wooden spoon next to my laptop when I am cooking, so I don’t forget and burn things, and a bag of washing powder when I am washing. I also write lists all the time when something comes into my head that I need to do, so I don’t forget. It is liveable with, just a little frustrating.

It has been a busy few weeks. The bookcase is finished – here is Danilo studying in his cow pyjamas.


We need more books to fill it up, but no doubt they won’t be long coming. He has started his Master’s degree in Criminal Law – which means I have been checking things on line and typing up his assignments so I am effectively also doing a Master's in Criminal Law. The university is the Dominican Open University and he is doing it part on line and part attendance so everything is done via the University website – which is appallingly slow and complicated to follow so it has taken me ages to upload assignments. I think I am getting the hang of it now.

Chivirico and Albert came for Easter week so we had to make habichuelas con dulce (sweet cream of beans), which I still loathe but it is essential Easter fare. Apparently I make the best beans that they, and Danilo, have ever tasted. Thanks to Aunt Clara's Dominican Cooking.


Knowing that they never eat vegetables at home, we had a mainly vegetarian week with vegetable chilli, dips of hummus and baba ganoush and home made naan bread.

Kids making naan bread

We also had Irish stew without meat and served with buttered cabbage. Chiv was amazed seeing that I cooked “salad” as cabbage usually eaten in salad here.

When they weren’t cooking they seemed to be fascinated with the library so it was great to see them joining Danilo in reading.


In the meantime, life goes on as normal. As I am finding it harder to write shopping lists and keep forgetting things we need to buy, Danilo is taking it upon himself to shop without a list as he knows what we need, he says. This was one of his proud purchases last week.


Yes, that is a pig's tail. I cooked it by boiling it in water with various herbs and spices, onion and garlic and then roasting it in the oven. I ate the meatier end (bit closer to the body - and  the pig's bottom) and Danilo had the tail itself. It tasted just like pork - but not sure worth doing again!

12 comments:

  1. Good to have an update, and so glad it’s just time involved for healing. I find that it just takes longer than we can anticipated. You’re attitude and acceptance of your “now” is terrific.

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    1. Thanks Nancy. I need to focus on what I can do and not what I can't do and shout at brain every so often to behave himself. No idea why I think of brain as a man lol.

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  2. Your writing has not suffered. You still write very well. Enjoy your posts very much.

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  3. Last time I preview one of my comments! If you see comment #1, snatch it up for me please. So ... good to see your brain making happy faces. So many good things in life take time. More though, I do enjoyed hearing what your every day is like. I need one of those wooden spoon tricks. Brava.

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    1. Thanks Janet and was amazed to see happy face in my brain, Most odd but is good to get to know brain.

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  4. Glad to hear you are doing better. Just finished "sauce-pan2" and was wondering how you are doing

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    1. Thanks! Hope you enjoyed it! About time I started saucepans 3. Just waiting for inspiration to hit!

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  5. Love the tales on your blog!

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  6. Pig's tail, really?! I guess you eat what you can, but I still think a nice ham roast with orange sauce or turkey is the best for Easter, but that's just my 1st world tummy talking ;)

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    1. We can't get ham here and I love it so yes would much prefer that. We can't get turkey either - did get a live one once and killed it and was the toughest turkey I have ever eaten in my life. You have to do what you have to do!

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