I used to think the end of summer was a little depressing and I would wish it away and will the fall to hurry up and get here. As most things do, my thoughts on it have switched directions and I love these late summer days. I realized this is when our yard looks its best...all the plants have matured and it looks wonderful out there. Of course there are the tomatoes that we don't grow but that our neighbor does and shares a bountiful amount with us, there are the crickets in the evening, the cool hint in the air at both night and in the early morning. The days are still long but not quite as much and that is ok too. Today we went to a park not far from out house but that I always forget about. I don't know how. It is huge and offers lots of shade plus sun and there is giant and magnificent rose garden that scents the air so sweetly. You don't even have to get close to smell the roses ~ it just scents the air ever so slightly. There is a fountain there that Oliver loves to throw rocks in and I let him even though I don't really think he is suppose to be doing that :) Today I caught our shadows reflection in the fountain. Me with my latte in hand and Oliver looking so tall I can hardly believe it. He's almost my height!