One of my favorite things about summer in the north is we begin the day outside and end it there too. Since screening in our porch, all the in-between minutes are spent out here too. I write this from a corner perch with a river view and just feel so grateful. There have been many years in my life when a perch like this with a view like felt like a pipe dream of the most cruel kind—an impossible unmet desire. The past few years have been fraught with a thousand difficulties, but our home has been a gift that keeps on giving.