1. Selected boxes of breakfast cereal were on sale, FRIDAY ONLY, at Yokes, and before Mom and I piled into the Malibu to head north and west to Martin Creek for Christy's birthday, Mom commissioned me to go buy boxes of granola and raisin bran.
2. With the money we saved on the breakfast cereal, Mom and I could afford to take a little side trip in Spokane to find The Academy, the retirement apartment building where Beverly Pegg lives, the spot that was, until 1975, a preparatory school for girls, run by the Sisters of the Holy Names. As a turn of the century building preserved on the historic registry, it looks gorgeous, and fits handsomely into the Gonzaga neighborhood.
3. Thank goodness: the roads from Kellogg to Martin Creek (near Kettle Falls) were clear and Mom and I were relaxed when we arrived at Christy's for her 60th birthday and a dinner of shrimp scampi, rice pilaf, Caesar salad, and some French bread. I can't remember the last time I was with Christy on her birthday and it was really fun to be able to take Mom to Martin Creek, and have a low key birthday party with Christy and Everett.