1. After I said a fond farewell to my sil when I dropped her off at LAX for her flight home on Saturday, I enjoyed a couple of hours with my walking buddy from the years I lived in Los Angeles. There's nothing better for your birthday breakfast!
2. We have a dear older friend, our mentor, who is suffering from the effects of a stroke. I sent her a hand knit shawl to wrap her in my love and prayers.
3. Yeah, I drove to LA and back on my birthday. Fortunately the traffic was much better than I expected. That was most likely because everyone was hanging around Irish pubs drinking green beer instead of driving on LA freeways. Yes, I share my birthday with St. Patrick. Lots of cards and texts and calls made my day.
4. The best present though was the arrival of my PAL! We enjoyed our days with her and her mom and auntie. One day, we visited Kidscape in Pasadena. I'd never been there but PAL's mommy remembered it from her childhood, so she wanted PAL to experience it.
Obviously, playing in the mud kitchen was her favorite activity!
There is a four story climbing tower in a cylinder, so we girls crawled and climbed to the top while The Professor held all our bags at the bottom. A fellow adventurer took our photo at the top of the tower.
5.On the last day of their time with us, we joined them in Los Angeles before they continued their drive to Orange County to stay overnight with friends. A visit to the Los Angeles City Library was a must since PAL's mommy had worked there as a volunteer before she met our son and married him.
There was so much more to our time together--family dinners, reading books, playing with Meema's toys, strolling around Grand Central Market in downtown LA. These were more days to treasure in my heart.