We arrived and got settled into our Palm Springs rental house on my birthday. This is a fun house and suits us all well.
|front door's view|
|hot tub's view....ahhhh|
I was too tired from putting up the Christmas tree (tee hee) and filling the house with food and Christmas cheer to go out for our scheduled dinner at Le Vallaurus, so we ordered pizza in, shared a bottle of wine and floated in the hot tub. Not too bad for a birthday celebration!
Lewis enjoys this house as well, the entire back/side yards are walled in and we keep the large slider door open so he can come and go at his leisure.
|are you coming guys? guys, it's really nice out here, guys, guys?|
He enjoys following the pool shark most of all, sometimes he even "catches" it!
But, if you know Lewis you know that most of his days are spent in keeping a close eye on our whereabouts (everyone's whereabouts, which sometimes leaves him exhausted at the end of the day.....) or comfortably snoozing.
|we see you out there Lewis, we see you....|
|watching from under the mistletoe, you know.....just in case.|
(keeping the ball in view also is his forte)
Jesse, Erin and Susan (Erin's mother) arrived on the 23rd and we all enjoyed the house and our time together.
|Lew gives this "new" person his complete attention|
As has become our tradition, Erin (with Susan's help this year) prepared Christmas morning's meal - baked Apple Pancake and Mimosas - Mmmmm.
We had one day of cloudy weather....Christmas.....but the "boys" found something to keep them busy until our retro style Christmas dinner.
|the watching of the football game|
|the careful watching of the baking Alaskas....|
We decided to make a dinner in keeping with this house's age and style so we all prepared and enjoyed surf and turf (Lobster tails and Steak Diane Flambe) with individual Baked Alaska for dessert.
|they turned out well, delicious and oh so easy!|
|my favorite picture|
We all had a lovely Christmas together but the next morning things changed.
|waterside breakfast for Erin|
Susan was admitted to the hospital with a recurrence of a previous, serious situation and was there until the Dr.'s felt she was stable enough to travel home (January 2). Erin spent every minute at the hospital by her side and we held down the fort here providing as much support as we could. She is back at her home in Casper, Wyoming being evaluated. Erin is with her.
In addition, our dear friend Judi was to arrive here on New Year's Eve but had to cancel at the last minute due to illness. We all just ignored New Year's eve and were in bed by 9 (hey, that's New Year's in New York isn't it?).
Now Dave and I have good old fashioned colds so we're laying low til it's time to leave.
And we've sunken to a new low. No more gourmet meals. Comfort food has been in order. Don't judge, we're sick.
Today is our last day at the house. Tomorrow morning we pack up and move back into Beluga. We'll do some serious shopping to fill her refrigerator/freezer and Monday we move down to Borrego Springs for a month of golfing and Jeeping (finger's crossed for Dave's back.....). Stay tuned.