I haven't been painting lately (I routinely go through productive/non-productive artistic periods) so I bought some art instead. This is "Dachshund at the Beach" by David J. Rogers:
It should be arriving today in a nice plain light-colored (pine) frame (no mat) and will go on the wall next to my favorite beach print -- this is "Tide's Out" by Sharole Ewing:
I love beaches. I have a pretty fabulous lighthouse knickknack collection, too.
We are in the birding "doldrums" -- not migration season, fewer birds about, and the regulars are all busy raising the kids. Mostly when I go out birding, I see ducks, crows, swallows, robins, and other assorted regulars. Soon it will be migration season again, though, and things should be picking up. In the meantime, I get to see things like this a lot:
I'm currently reading "Sibley's Birding Basics" as preparation for the Master Birder program in the fall. They sent us a list of resources with a helpful note saying "you aren't required to purchase any of these books or CDs but we will be taking most of the homework assignments and test questions from them." Thanks. Fortunately, I already owned 8 of the 10 reference books. Not that I've read them, mind you. But I'm reading them now!
I'm also busy listening to Pacific NW Bird Songs. We only need to learn 100 of them for the program, which I've downloaded to both home and work computers. My coworkers are used to seeing me at my desk with the headphones on, rocking out to Clark's Nutcracker.
Sorry for not updating more often -- I don't really have much to say about anything most days other than "I read a bit, I petted the dog a lot, and I looked at birds." Works for me!