I am back from a 7-mile trail run with a friend. That’s always my favorite way to start the day, even more so this time of year when the morning light makes everything so precious.

Home now, having my coffee at my bistro set – witness my cheery new seat cushions – and I am just mesmerized by the dappled play of light and shadow on the lush greenery of the woods behind my house.

A breeze stirs my damp curls and the windchime overhead swings into action, adding its sonorous chiming to the chorus of summer: chirping birds, rustling leaves, the occasional distant “ping” of a baseball being hit by a metal bat.

Life is lazy and languorous and altogether luxurious, and I am loving it!