A knuckle-sized frog hopped straight by the woodpile.
A butterfly lit on a thistle.
Chickadees flocked around the bird feeder, making off with safflower seeds.
A long day, reading a long novel.
Excitement: Oliver thundering from the porch toward the rabbit he’ll never catch.
It grew cool, deep shadows stretched across the grass.
Then there were dinner pancakes, made with fresh-laid eggs from the good neighbor’s coop and local blueberries, soaked in a friend’s home-tapped maple syrup.
“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon,” said Henry James. “To me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”