Early this summer a friend of ours from Chama, New Mexico, gave us three tiny heirloom calabacita (squash) plants. They were planted in our cloister garden, where we have a variety of flowers, but the vegetable seem to fit right in.

Not yet ready for harvest, the calabacitas are flourishing and will eventually be ready for consumption in our monastic refectory. Fortunately we have a number of excellent monk-cooks who will prepare the squash well.

Our daytime temperatures are still in the mid to high 80s, but there is some noticeable change of color in the many cottonwood trees in our canyon. Autumn in not far off.

With the greetings and prayers of Abbot Christian and the monks.