My brother James is coming home for Christmas! He was here a few weeks ago when he got out of the hospital (pneumonia), and now he gets to come back for the holiday! Hurray!
Also arriving, brother Andy, brother John, and John's three kids. Jerry and Matt already live here, so we will ALL be here this year!
We have made some lifestyle changes - given up a few things that make it difficult to hang with some of our regular friends. Luckily, when these things are explained to them, they are very supportive and understanding. We are lucky to have the kind of friends that allow us to change our lives and STILL be friends.
When French returned, we didn't really hold out much hope that he would continue to hang out at the house. His habit is to come, eat, get pets, disappear again. With the advent of below freezing temperatures this week, French has actually spent the last two nights sleeping on our bed. Last night, he laid on the couch next to me while I read, and the dog kept coming over and checking him out - very intrusive and nosy. He just laid there and let her do it. This is a radical change from their previous relationship, which I believe may have been the reason he took to disappearing for long. French and Kida are now friends. Thank goodness.
And of course, Kida's BEST FRIEND is Misha - who believes that Kida actually belongs to her.