Friday Favorites – 10/15/21

I’m home from my week long vacation to Arizona to visit with my sister. I know I posted a quick post about this last week for Friday Favorites, but I wanted to put a few more pictures up this week. And visiting with my big sis (and niece and brother-in-law) is definitely a favorite thing that has occurred in my life recently.

Back in the spring of 2020 I purchased airline tickets to go to Arizona for my niece’s high school graduation that May. I’m sure you all know what’s coming…those plans got canceled and I had a credit for the airline waiting for me. I still wanted to use the credit for Arizona since I haven’t been to visit Gina and her family since they all moved there about 8 years ago.

I’m so happy I got to make this trip. With my anxiety issues, I wasn’t sure how it would go. With everyone in the airports and airplanes masking up, it helped to calm me. And, just by her nature, my sister Gina is a calming person to be around. My vacation ended up relaxing and peaceful.

I’m really not good at remembering to take pictures. Even when I try to remind myself. We visited my niece at college (about a 4 hour drive) one of the days I was there. This is the only picture we took together. Yes, it’s grainy (that may be because it was taken on her iPhone and sent to my Android) and yes I’m short. She’s actually leaning on the wall and I’m standing up straight!

The last full day I was there, Gina and I went up Mount Lemmon to enjoy some beautiful vistas.

If anyone is familiar with the flora of Arizona, could you tell me about this plant? It basically looked like dead driftwood (the grey) regenerating (the reddish-brown) and it was really cool to see.

For the most part, we stayed home and relaxed and chatted. I got her watching The Great British Bake-Off starting from the earliest season available on Netflix because I couldn’t continue to watch the current season without my husband. We visited a big used book store that actually had a big Romance section. I got to eat some Mexican food that tasted a lot like the Mexican food I used to get when we lived in San Diego. (I even froze a carne asada burrito to bring home in my carry-on for my hubby, which he loved.) My sister, a licensed massage therapist, even gave me a glorious massage. Once again, because of my anxiety issues, I have only had one other professional massage in my life. It was nice to be able to relax since I trust Gina implicitly. All of this to say, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I’m very grateful to have gotten the opportunity to travel to a beautiful place and visit loved ones.

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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