Happy late summer to you! For the next few weeks, I’m going to put my feet up and take a break—I hope you don’t mind. I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but here in the Pacific Northwest, these last weeks of summer are like those droplets of water falling from the hose when you water the garden too late in the day: that is, fleeting. They evaporate almost before they hit the sunflower leaves.

The rain is coming for us, and the early nights. So while my girls are still home from school and the ice cream truck is still making its rounds through our neighborhood, I’m going to take some time away from blogging to nap in the hammock. For a little while longer, I’ll banish all thoughts of school supply shopping.

And I’ll stock up on great books to share with you in September. Wherever you are and whatever it looks like, may the rest of your August be full of unexpected delights! I’ll see you when our lone hollyhock is done blooming.