Happy New Year's Day everyone! My husband and I celebrated New Year's Day with some veganized Hoppin' John from the Joy of Cooking, with a side of roasted Brussels sprouts and homemade tempeh bacon.
I'm very excited to have finally figured out how to use the macro setting on my camera (after 3 years!) It wasn't included in the manual but I found it online. I've got several posts planned for the coming few days including coconut fudge from My Sweet Vegan, DIY Month project 4, and New Year's resolutions. I'll have to plan them out in advance as on Tuesday, I fly or drive (haven't decided which yet) to California to attend my Master's thesis defense meeting. It's very exciting but also a bit nerve-wracking. I've been in the MA program for five years and will be very happy to be graduating with my MA in special education.
I'm sorry to report that my aunt who I made the chemo hats for passed away yesterday morning. I'm glad that she was able to wear the hats for about a month during some very cold weather. It was the right time - she was on heavy morphine and no longer able to interact with anyone - but that doesn't make it any easier, particularly for my grandfather, who my aunt lived with and cared for for several years. Right now the family decision is not to tell my grandmother, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's in a nursing home, unless she realizes that my aunt isn't visiting and can tell something is wrong. For people with short-term memory loss, the repetition of the early stages of grieving can be very hard. I wish that I could visit my grandmother, but since I live thousands of miles away, I'm swatching to make a capelet for my grandmother out of a soft washable yarn in one of her favorite colors.