With the much drier and warmer(!) weather we have been having, my energy level was higher, so I decided to strike while the iron was hot, so to speak. (You do realize that has nothing to do with ironing, don't you. I've only just realized that as I was typing this today.)
NEW YEAR'S DAY ON OUR PATIO
It was time to take down the Christmas decorations while I had the energy. When we lived in England we always left them up until January 6th, but these days I have to go with what's best for me.
This was what was left of a very pretty center piece we had been given, so I put it outside on the patio table, so we could still see how pretty it still was, even though the flowers were gone. I had also put out some bird seed on the table and the result was this...
Yes, that is a real bird next to the golden bowl. I should have focused more on him, but still it's quite a nice picture and the two different reds are quite distinctive.
Living across the circle from us are several young men. Don't know them very well but they are good neighbors. This pillar of rocks in their front yard has been puzzling us for weeks. They happened to be outside kicking a football around when I left to go to the store that day, so I rolled down my window and asked, "Are those rocks balanced or do you have a rod through the middle?" Well, apparently they are balanced and they intend to keep adding one more for every holiday. So there they balance still, even though we had three earthquakes between 3.0 and 4.0 just over the border in Mexico in the last two days.