Ruthann Clemens took me to Fleming's Steakhouse in Peoria recently for a belated birthday gift, and I have to say each visit is better than the previous visit. And the previous visits were amazing. When we were being seated, she later told me, she took the server aside and mentioned that I have a hearing loss. So from the beginning the server, Dawn Priest, spoke directly to me, and it was wonderful. Dawn was our server in June, as well, and she made quite an impression on me. Splendid quiet competence that speaks to the spirit of Fleming's. What can I say about the food? I don't believe I've ever had a more tasty, moist, tender steak. And a birthday cake to (almost) die for. We were impressed with all the people who served us, and with the atmosphere. It is always so pleasant. Some customers were very dressed up, while others wore more casual attire, and we were all treated the same. Like royalty. That makes a difference. So, a big thanks to Ruthann, and to all the people at Fleming's in Peoria. Perfect West Valley hospitality. And by the way, because we made our reservations online, we each received a significant discount.
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What a wonderful Christmas at the Ed and Michelle Dias home. Ruthann Clemens and I entered a home filled with fun, joy, family, food, and Lucy. Lucy is an itty bitty dachshund that we all love. We spent the afternoon and evening with Ed, Michelle, Brian Collins, and David and Janet Crook. Ed is remarkable at many levels, one of which is cooking. He and Michelle put on a fantastic Christmas dinner. Including barbecued sweet potatoes. And there's a delightful dish with broccoli and spinach with touches of sausage. Dribble on some freshly squeezed lemon juice, and...yum. Plus moist turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, croissants, dressing, fruit salad, and more! Janet's doing well with her upper arm fracture. She only forgot once while we were visiting in the living room, and reached out for something with her right hand. Unfortunately, the fracture is in her right arm. We had such fun time visiting and reminiscing and laughing. And one of the nicest parts of the day was the fact that Ed and David pretty much cleaned up the kitchen. David got a much-deserved back, neck, and head massage. Brian got a Kindle, which was fun, because I have one. And I was able to point him to Seth Godin's blog post with a link to all kinds of fantastic Kindle downloads, many of them free. David enjoyed his iPod Touch. Ruthann and I headed out into the warm, clear evening, both thankful that we'd been embraced and enchanted by some very special people. I dropped her off and went home to my two hungry but forgiving cats (they would have preferred my staying home).
Here's a card with a photo of a Red Australian baby (joey) asleep in its mother's pouch. Elsbeth Oggert designed the card for me. The best to you at this special time to honor the birth of Jesus!