When the Body is Exhausted, the Mind Follows…or Does it?

We spent the afternoon walking around San Diego on a day that was so beautiful, even sunshine drugged Californians can’t help but get a little teary eyed. Though Downtown San Diego, like so many other downtowns in this exquisitely temperate climate is the perfect locale for those whose homes are the streets, even the homeless seemed to tuck themselves neatly into the corners of buildings leaving the sidewalks clear for those who chose to spend Saturday afternoon and evening strolling between restaurants, bars and shops.

My son-in-law’s belated birthday dinner, Melting Pot style, was amazing as always though the San Diego version of the restaurant was far less cozy and quaint than the one I’m used to. But the service was perfect and the food, sublime. The company was amusing, entertaining and just plain fun.

It’s a lot easier to get around down here with plenty of public transportation and the trolleys which run pretty regularly. As parking and driving in the busy downtown streets is both expensive and frustrating, we opted for the trolley (4 of us got all day passes for less than it would have cost just to park in downtown). It worked out especially well because a side trip to Old Town was just a few trolley stops back the way we came. I spent far too much in a candy store noted for it’s bins of old fashioned candies like Ice Cubes, Necco Wafers and candy cigarettes. My little white bag was quickly filled with a variety of sour candies, grape licorice and homemade saltwater taffy.

Now, I sit in my daughter’s guest room surrounded by two of her cats and her dog. Even though their daddy is home after a 9 1/2 month deployment, it appears that grandma is still the greater novelty. either that, or they know I’ll be going home soon and they’ll have plenty of time to reacquaint themselves with Mathom.

Since I have nothing inspiring or enlightening to share this evening, I’ll leave you with my gratitudes so I can go immerse myself in the 7th Harry Potter book which I never did get around to reading after being so devastated by Dumbledore’s death.
1. I am grateful for wonderful days full of laughter with my kids and their friends.
2. I am grateful for the new people who come into my life. They bring new dimension and, of course, the possibility of new characters for my stories.
3. I am grateful for a peaceful, sunshiney weekend in a beautiful place with beautiful people.
4. I am grateful for these mini-vacations which have become somewhat regular since my daughter moved away.
5. I am grateful for abundance: laughter, joy, friendship, happiness, health, harmony, challenges, lessons, peace, prosperity and philanthropy.

Blessed Be

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