I'm sitting on my deck--after three days of truly extreme heat, it is now around 78 degrees. The sky is blue with a scattering of cotton candy type clouds. The bird song is quite loud. And I have learned that the very charming little yellow birds that have been delighting me every morning are American Goldfinches (also known as wild canaries). My neighbors to the right have just installed a wind chime. I find it a discordant note--but I am hoping it will soon blend in with the hum of air conditioners and become virtually unnoticed.
I have gorgeous organic cherries, perfectly ripe peaches and some last-of-the season strawberries, all of which I need to use. Tiny cherry pies? Peach muffins? Strawberry scones?