I’m writing today from one of my favorite spots…the courtyard in front of our house. I spend a lot of my time here these days, enjoying the warm days of summer, with my laptop or a good book and a glass of wine or cup of tea. I was supposed to go to dog shows in Portland this weekend but I’ve decided to stay home. I don’t have any dogs to show and I have a lot on my plate right now (and it’s not a very big plate to begin with!). We have house guests for the next three weeks and so much to do to prepare….