--The Raleigh Farmers' Market remains one of the best, with blueberries, 'lopes. sweet corn, peaches, every kind of bean, and watermelons all in.
--My sister and I caught up in her screened-in porch while my kiddos and hers splashed in a saline-water pool.
--Spent time at Lakeview Gardens perusing the late-blooming daylilies. A character named Clayton Pettigrew planted himself in my head four years ago when we first visited. I just *finished* his story last week. I think. I hope.
--My mother, daughter, and I spent an hour re-creating our family lines as far back as we could go. Remembered our ancestors and their lives: the chicken-thief, the Scottish lass with 8 children, the folks from Prince Edward Island, hard-times, the tuberculosis that killed my grandfather's brother and, indirectly, my great-grandfather, my Nana's love of her piano.
--Listened to my son play my Nana's old piano, now in my sister's house.
--We laughed a lot.
Back in the saddle tomorrow. On tap the next few days: cooler weather, lots of writing homework, a party on Saturday (y'all come on down!), and that thing called work. Hope you survived the summer swelter. Peace...