We are up early. Joni dresses for work. The kids get ready for school. I pack the car, coffee in hand. In goes clothes, suitcase, books, backpack, walking stick, camera, CD's, toiletries, a pillow and sleeping bags.
The girls leave.
I take one last walk with Angel on this cool morning. Just like that, Fall is here. Got down to 50 degrees last night, which made the place feel like the Tundra. After four months of excessive heat, a twenty degree temperature drop at night feels like Siberia.
I tell Angel this is our last walk for a week. Does she understand? I feel sad.
Now. Off to Napa. 165 miles down the mountain, across the Sacramento Valley, over a couple of mountain ranges to the hospital that provides for our daily needs. I have a bunch of shifts lined up. A few doubles. I will be back home in a week.