I hope you had memorable holiday celebrations. I certainly did, as we celebrated with my sister, Nubby (don’t ask — the explanation is too long), at her home in San Clemente. It was a stunning day, with the islands of Catalina and San Clemente in sharp focus on the horizon.
The beginning of Christmas week had a slow start. I had a hitch in my gitalong that landed me at Verdugo Hills Hospital for a five-day stay. Of course nobody likes to be hospitalized, but I had exceptional care from doctors and the terrific nursing staff who took great care of me.
There were a couple of events to cheer me up while I was lounging — a beautiful service dog named Liza came to visit. She is a gorgeous dog called a Briard. I had never heard of this breed. With a bit of research, I found out that this French herding dog has been documented in tapestries since the 12th century. It is said that the Marquis de Lafayette brought this dog to America, as did Thomas Jefferson at about the same time.