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.