Hi there. We escaped to the mountains, spending a week in Glacier National Park and Yellowstone. It was glorious – the mountains, the lakes, the wildlife AND being off the grid. No TV, no phone, no wifi. Perfect.

July 4

Right before we left, the robins hatched. When we came home, the nest was empty. I'm feeling blessed to have seen this little slice of new life.

Without electronic distrations while we were gone, I read 6 books. Here's a list in case you are looking for some summer reading. I recommend them all.

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani

The Last Summer of the Camperdowns by Elizabeth Kelly

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

The Light Between Two Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Have you read anything recently that you'd recommend? I'm always looking for a good book. Or three.

In other news, everything in the studio has been painted – floors (!), walls, ceilings, trim and new built-ins. I'm getting ready to move everything back in (as soon as our A/C gets fixed – can you say HOT?!?) and plan on doing some de-stashing within the next month so stay tuned. I've also got a handful of projects that I'm finishing this week so I should have some goodies to share with you soon.

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