1. Ed dropped by around 11:00 and we took a trip to Smelterville to visit Wanda who had surgery in the last 7-10 days. When she told us the story of why she needed the surgery, I was struck by how well she has come through it and thought she was doing pretty well in her recovery.
2. Around 2:00, I drove out to the Cataldo trail head of the Coeur d'Alenes and walked and took pictures for about an hour and a half. Lately, we've had stunning weather: clear skies, temperatures in the high sixties and low seventies, and still days. Along this trail and in the distance the trees' leaves vibrated with gold and vermilion -- especially gold -- and when the trail wound its way near the river, the water mirrored the fall colors. The walk lifted my spirits and I'm happy to be taking pictures, at least occasionally, again. I'll post a few pictures down below.
3. Christy prepared a superb family dinner tonight. The meal centered on salmon and a dill dip with roasted vegetables. She also made two salads. One was a vegetable salad and the other a fruit. We had a few more people than usual with us this evening as Molly, Cosette, and Taylor were all in town. The conversations about the 70s music Christy put on, Molly's experience with student teaching, and about the television programs Carol, Molly, and Christy are enjoying these days was vibrant, with a lot of laughter and enthusiasm for the shows they love in common and recommended to each other.
I took these pictures in Coeur d' Alene on Friday and on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes on Sunday: