Woke up to a beautiful morning. Took Hiker on a 2 mile walk after breakfast. I'm trying to take longer walks in the morning because it is getting too hot to walk much in the afternoon. I drove up to Sunland today to meet with Ben's best buddy Ed for lunch. I was raised in Sunland and Ben and I lived there for 3 years when we were first married. We used to meet Ed at the Sizzler there for lunch before Ben died and Ed and I still try to keep that tradition going. Ben met Ed when they worked together about 35 years ago and they stayed friends for all of those years. I met Ed when Ben and I were dating. Ed says that he felt Ben and I were meant to be a couple because we “married our best friend”. He misses Ben a lot and says that he enjoys having lunch with me because it makes him feel like Ben is with us. When I came home, Hiker was excited to see me as usual. I was bathed in kisses. I had to take her out on a short walk even though it was about 85° out. She was lying on the tile in front of my fireplace and kept looking at me as if waiting for me to say “OK lets go for a walk”.