Crazy day for us.  My sister and her family drove down to visit from the Chicago area.  Great motivation to sort and empty the last of our moving boxes.

Just returned home from an amazing evening at the beach.  A cool ocean breeze made watching a half dozen fireworks displays up and down the coast extra enjoyable.

As often happens, I couldn’t help reflecting back on past 4th of July celebrations–and wondering how many I have left.  Not in a morbid sort of way.  I catch myself doing this more often these days.  Not only on special occasions, but anytime I realize how much I’d miss something if I wasn’t around.  I think it’s healthy; adds a bold punctuation mark to otherwise unceremonious occasions.

My sister’s son, Grant, is autistic.  So they brought along Olaf, his four month old service dog puppy in training.  Our dog, Finnegan, is almost eleven.  He’s having a ball showing Olaf the ropes!  You should have seen them romping together on the beach!

Here’s hoping that your holiday weekend is pain and side effect free–and full of special moments, too.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat