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).
My brother, David Crook, went hiking this afternoon with his daughter, Michelle Dias, at Pinnacle Peak Park. They came across this adorable Eastern Screech Owl and its two babies.