July 27, 2014 6 a.m.
After 20 years of living in Washington, I continue to be dazzled by Northwest summers. Mother Nature's bounty shines this time of year as fruit trees, vegetable gardens and meadows burst with color and flavor. It can be easy to take all this beauty for granted, especially in these warm, summer days, but in just a few months — a blink of the eye, really — autumn will return. Flowers will fade as the nights turn cooler, while the skies start to dress in hues of gray, silver to slate. I do love the seasonal transition even though I sometimes wish I could hold on to the colors of summer during the darker months. With a little creativity, perhaps I can do just that by following the advice and instructions found in this week's book, "Paper to Petal."