One of the things I enjoy about Christmas is remembering where we acquired each of our ornaments. This one was purchased in Laguna Beach, California, when Dennis and I went there, in October of 1995, for a friend's wedding.
Sam's Club has started carrying a gluten-free brownie mix that contains no tapioca starch and no zanthan gum, so I can eat treats made with it, and Sam has become the go-to guy for turning the mix into chocolatey brownies or chewy cookies.
About a week ago, I took the screens off the front windows in my studio, moved a table and chairs to the garden area right outside the windows, and served up some birdseed. Thus far, we've been visited by chickadees, tufted titmouses/titmice, blue jays, dark-eyed juncos, least flycatchers, blue-headed vireos, black and white warblers, sparrows of some sort, and a cardinal couple. (Props to my bird IDing partner, Henry.) Oh, and this is a photo of a tufted titmouse.
Shopping at Target last week, I found a pair of boots for Stella. She shook her head and said, "That's not my style." She found a pair she did like, but Dennis vetoed them (they were white and would be wrecked in a matter of days). Stella was not happy and declared, "I'm never wearing boots that aren't my style!" When we got home, we found a pair online that was her style. They arrived today.
Here's Sam, after he went down during one of our indoor, disk-throwing sprees. He and Henry have made a number of Frisbee-like disks out of cardboard boxes and ice cream carton lids. They fly around the house at all hours. Today, Stella showed me exactly how to place my fingers and curl my arm to get great flights out of them.