we have hired a painter and his ladders are sitting in the driveway, waiting for the work to start. i mixed up colors tonight, little pots of paint to find the perfect gray for the wood that sits along the edges of the stone i love so much. along the roof. the windows. the eaves. the trim of the little cedar shingled front porch. i have made the color and i love it. like a smudge of weathered wood. i know we need to paint to protect the wood. but i still want the house to look like a crackly, weather beaten little cottage, worn and cozy. so the color is an old and faded color, and i'll leave the crooked little door to the front porch peeling and cracked.
it's almost 9 pm. it's not quite twilight. but the gloaming has begun. tomorrow we'll wake up in july, that month of freedom and skin. it is completely summer now.