the lilacs are wonderful this week. our yard has huge old lilac bushes around the perimeter and this year the flowers are huge and lush. but i can't bring them inside. tom hates their scent. so i must be content with filling the studio with mason jars full of purple blossoms and buckets of them on the porches. and now, outside on the porch swing the air is full of lilac. even though tom is barbecuing burgers for naomi and meagan, the lilacs still overpower the barbecue smell. naomi is on the tire swing, edgar is lying on the porch. the cats are skulking through the grass. and the lilacs and apple blossoms sweeten the air.