The height of summer here. The heat today reminds me of Vietnam. We're fortunate to live right on the river & in among the trees. I spent the evening sitting on the deck drinking beer, reading a Patrick O'Brian novel, burning cheap Vietnamese temple incense to keep the insects at bay. It's too strong to burn indoors. I brought several hundred sticks home with me several years ago, but this summer will see the end of it. Time to go back to Vietnam, my paradise, to get some more. Soon it will be time for planning the semester, meetings, wearing more than a pair of shorts, but I have another week or tend ays to finish up my house projects & enjoy the summertime. And I have time to finish this last O'Brian novel -- I've read four this summer, along with a few more serious things -- before turning to reviwing the books my students will be reading & a couple of things I have been asked to review. I also have a small book proposal I've been working up, which will no doubt come into its own with cooler weather. For now, my pepper plants are bearing bountifully & I look forward to several strings of dried chilies hanging above the wood stove this fall.