While I've been attending to visitors and taking a little vacation, I've also been taking some notes.

1. Mosquitoes just don't give up. How can I be more like a mosquito, except less annoying?

2. The beach never changes -- the big rocks at either end sit where they were in my grandmother's time here. But the beach is also different every day: a sunny morning feels different from a breezy, cloudy morning. The beach is different at 5 p.m. than at 10 a.m., especially if you've created artwork in the morning and a storm blows in. But the beach's essentials are unchanged. How does it do that?

3. So many activities don't seem to show results until they suddenly do. Like taking branches off trees, or pumping water up from the lake with the hand pump in the breezeway, or rowing across a broad expanse of lake, or even raking detritus off the beach. "You are what you do every day" and all that.

4. Going swimming is always worth the messing around it takes to get your suit, sunscreen, bug spray, towel, footwear, sunny spot, etc. Ditto rowing, with its oars, PFDs, WD-40, bug spray, sunscreen, shoes, cushions, and coffee. Ditto fire in the woodstove. Ditto life, I imagine.

Some of these ideas will appear later, packaged in more words, I'm sure. Hope you have had a relaxing, contemplative, restorative, exciting thrill of a mid-July.