Labor Day week always marks the end of summer. It has been like this as long as I can remember. Labor Day comes. Then School starts. Every year. This week, the week at the end of summer, I spent mostly away from home.
1. A safe road trip is always a fave. The road from Willow's Cottage to Phoenix, Arizona is long and involves many transitions from one freeway to another, notably as the road wends its way through Los Angeles, so a safe and timely trip is not a guarantee. Fortunately, The Professor is a safe and careful driver. I just sat in my spot, read a couple of books, did a little knitting, and occasionally attempted to catch a quick photo through the window.
2. I treasure my visits with my family. On the weekend, The New Boy and his Mama were there in Phoenix, so they could see Uncle Dan before he left on his own long trip. We were invited to stay with other relatives, and that time was very special, too. My beloved cousin/sister who lives in the northern Arizona mountains drove down to spend one day with me, and that was a delightful addition of family time.
3. Breakfast at the Cracker Barrel. It's a cute little (chain) restaurant that serves yummy breakfasts. Sharing the meal with recently transplanted California friends made the French toast taste even better.
4. Air conditioning. Phoenix is famous for its three digit temperatures in the summer, and the city did not disappoint in that area. Happily, the air conditioning didn't disappoint either.
5. We attended Chaplain Dan's Deployment Ceremony. Previously, we had met some of his fellow soldiers, and it was a privilege to see them again and wish them all "God speed" for their year away from family and country. As a mother, I was happy to be able to hug my son one more time.
What did you do during your last week of summer? Share your five special memories! If you want to, you can join the Friday Fave Five crowd over at Living To Tell The Story.
PS: Thanks for all your concerns about my sprained ankle. Although I am still wrapping it with ace bandages and keeping it elevated as much as possible, I am able to move around with almost no pain. The ankle is healing well!