It is cold and raining in Portland tonight.
The end of a long and sweet day.
I was not sure how the day would be. I just wanted to get through it.
The phone rang while I was still asleep.
It was my sweet 4-year old granddaughter and her Dad calling to video chat. I have not seen her in over a year thanks to the COVID restrictions. Sigh.
After that call I dressed quickly and went downstairs to let Riley out and to pour myself a cup of coffee.
Sipping coffee by the fire with Riley in my lap is wonderful any day but especially nice on Christmas morning.
My 10-year old grandson and his parents were next with their Christmas wishes.
Later my grandson called and texted several more times during the day to share his progress in setting up his new computer.
The best was when his Dad called to tell me they were setting up a game of Battleship. It reminded me of happy times playing that game with both of my sons.
At 2 PM I enjoyed a ZOOM party with several friends.
Then, a video chat with family in Venice, California before they left to drive to Palm Springs.
Dinner was Italian pork shanks, polenta, roasted carrots and raddicchio salad. I did not serve dessert as there were so many treats from friends to savor. The wine was magnificent, a gift from a friend.
After dinner, it was all about Riley as we tossed a ball gently to her as she waited at the top of the stairs. She usually caught it in her mouth and then dropped it so it would roll down the stairs. Then one of us would toss it up again.
There is a mirror at the top of the stairs. A few times, she tried to toss the ball to the dog in the mirror!
Now, I feel calm, relaxed and thankful for my day.
Sending heartfelt greetings to everyone,
Lori & Riley (5 months)
Riley is a mini Aussiedoodle (part Australian Sheppard & Poodle).