Toes - colors picked and painted by the niece
I love this photo!
The kids are already back in school in most places, yet it's still the heart of sweet summer here. Warm but not too hot, long days of light. Yet I see the signs of autumn, the changing shadow's angle, the sun sleeping in a little longer, the first leaves that brown and fall. I've given up on lamenting summer's departure. It's futile. Yet I do try to enjoy what I have, to get the most out of these lingering days. When I return from China and India in a little over a month, summer around here will have shaken hands with fall and gone off for a long vacation.
My efforts to preserve summer include freezing things from the garden (pesto, chard, squash), spending a few more hours at the pool, packing up another picnic, and sitting longer on the patio. How do you encourage summer to linger a little longer?