Christmas in the Sonoran Desert, one more time!
Originally I'd hoped to attend 11:00 p.m. liturgy at St. Francis in the Hills UMC, but Karen called late Christmas Eve and said she was too tired. After spending way too much time after Karen phoned trying to find a protestant mainline offering Christmas Day services, Christmas morning I had an inspiration to go to Sacred Heart RC on nearby 601 East Fort Lowell Road, where I'd attended a couple other Christmas day mornings with Carla's now-former neighbor.
Dinner at Home
We had a wonderful, traditional, home-cooked dinner at Carla's house. The menu consisted of Roast Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, lots of Gravy, creamed Pearl Onions, Green Bean Casserole (you know!), Sweet Potato Casserole (you know about that one, too), Rolls, Butter, Cranberry Sauce, Olives, Mince Pie baked by Richard with brandy (store-bought). Beverages included white wine, red wine, cherry coke, cranberry juice, beer, sparkling cider, coffee and milk.
Street People Again!
For an explanation of this terminology, check out this blog from Christmas 2005. Both times Carla had met these "street people" while walking her dogs [on the street], but her friend Arlene refers to them as "street people," so in some sense they have been, since they were out on the street (at times doesn't everyone go outside and spend time on the street? I hope so!). Eight of us gathered around the table for dinner: James, our newest friend; Richard; Patti; Floyd; Miriam, Patti's mother; Marilyn; Carla and myself.
Huskies at Home
In alphabetical order they are: (girls) Ava April, Easter Angel, Blues, Copper Queen; (boys) Nikki, Nanook, Spirit of 2004.