It hit 80 degrees today, so I think summer is officially here. We’ve also had several big thunderstorms in recent weeks–just enough to remind us that we’re no longer in England, where it rains frequently but almost never breaks out into a real passion. Last weekend we joined friends for a beautiful walk down into the riverbeds of a stream that would make for a cool retreat in the summer. I know that the real heat is coming, so I’m collecting popsicle molds and swimming locations . . .