It was a little more than a week past Midsummer, and everyone was only half-busy.
Squirrel practiced his acrobatics and delivered mail in the afternoons.
Crow helped with a few errands, including carrying a string bag of lemons to Mama Chipmunk, who was gathering supplies for her summer lemon-and-blueberry cake.
Rabbit opened all the windows in her tea shop and could often be found sitting outside, on the front stoop.
Raccoon made coffee and organized her pantry.
And everyone kept one ear focused on the trees, awaiting the first song of the summer cicadas.