I spent a lovely week away with friends in Northern Minnesota to celebrate my pending retirement as well as another friend's accomplished retirement. We hiked a lot, had some lovely wine and cocktails and dinners, and best--spent some beautiful moments watching the moon rise over Lake Superior. One of these women has been a friend since 2nd grade. No friends like old friends.
I then headed toward home meeting some university friends in a town on the Mississippi where one of their kids is thinking about attending university. I love them all, but man, traveling with others that get up at different hours, spend WAY more money on food and drinks, and don't like the outdoors is not my thing. I did spend some happy hours at a minor league baseball game, in a bookstore where I resisted buying anything, and walking through the marsh and along the river. I find it hard to imagine that someone's ideal weekend on a beautiful July day could be holed up in the hotel watching TV. But anyway, each to their own.
It's been a hot one here, so I'm decluttering, selling books and rearranging crud. Spending has been limited to groceries. So many odds and ends to accomplish as again we count down to when DD returns to Scotland. Absentee ballots, doctors' appointments, money mgmt--I feel like we've done this all so many times before.
Wishing you all cool and breezy weekends!