|Traditional Sri Lankan New Year's Breakfast|
Happy New Year, everyone. May 2017 be filled with blessings, peace, good health, happiness, and prosperity to all.
Daughter and I stayed up on New Year's Eve to greet the New Year. We counted down as we watched the Times Square ball drop on TV and toasted the New Year with sparkling apple cider. Then, I made the traditional milkrice and we had that and a piece of the love cake we made earlier in the evening (post on the love cake to follow). Unfortunately, I discovered that the love cake didn't taste as good to me anymore, although it smelled as good as it usually does! Daughter, however, said it was every bit as good as she remembers it being.
I woke up relatively early this morning, fed Dancer, turned off the porch lights and went back to sleep! Later, my aunt and cousin called to wish me for the New Year.
A little while later, the phone rang again and my friend's daughter announced, "We're here!". She and her dad had brought us the above platter of traditional Sri Lankan New Year's breakfast: squares of milk rice, small containers of the spicy sambol to eat with the milkrice, bananas, pieces of milk toffee, and an assortment of oil cakes: konde kavum, mung kavum, kalu dodol, and the rosettes we call "kokis" (a Dutch word meaning cookies, from the time when Sri Lanka was colonized by the Dutch). It's the same platter in which I took the Christmas gingerbread cookies to my friend. I guess I hadn't made it clear to her that the platter was part of my gift to her!
Daughter and I feasted on the milkrice and other items for brunch and throughout the day. Again, I was disappointed by my disability to taste the Sri Lankan sweets. It's healthier for me, of course, because I am not tempted to eat sweets since they don't taste as good to me, but disappointing, nevertheless.
Daughter and I had been invited to an aunt's house to her annual New Year's Day luncheon, and I had been intending to attend, but I decided not to go, after all. I just felt like staying home and relaxing, instead of getting dressed up and driving an hour each way. I called my aunt and made my excuses and she was very understanding.
I did a load of laundry, later in the afternoon, while daughter tidied and dusted the living room for me. Later, she made another batch of emoji mugs to be given as gifts (and one for me).
One of my cousins came over after she returned from Aunt's New Year's Day lunch, with a gift for me from a mutual friend. I gave her a piece of love cake and some of the Sri Lankan sweets to take home with her. Still later, one of daughter's friends stopped by and we sent several pieces of love cake home with him to share with his parents and sister.
Daughter is packing her suitcase, now; she flies back to Berkeley tomorrow afternoon. I shall miss her. I have enjoyed having her home for the past 10 days. But we will video chat daily and I shall look forward to her next visit, which is planned for March for her birthday.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to greet another New Year with my daughter
- A sunny day after the rain we had on New Year's Eve
- My friend sending us New Year's Day breakfast
- Aunt's invitation to New Year's Day lunch, even if I chose to decline it
- New Year's greetings and well wishes from friends, including my blog friends, and family.
I will be posting my New Year's goals and an update on my December Goals, etc., later in the week.
I hope you all had a lovely New Year's Day. Thank you for all your friendship and support during the past year. Wish everyone the best in 2017.