We have a new sighting!
I saw a couple of birds out front, feeding on the ground, this morning. I took a look with the binoculars and said, "Hey, you guys are new around here!"
Based on the spots on his chest, I was pretty sure he was some kind of thrush, but I wasn't sure if he was a Hermit, Wood, or Swainson's. He came back later and gave me a good look--he sat right outside the window!--and I was able to see his buff eye ring and buff face, which my book tells me means that he is a Swainson's Thrush.
This isn't their area. In the summer months, they breed in northern Canada and in California along the coast. They winter in Central and South America. Most of the U.S. is merely a migratory route for them, so I feel lucky to have seen two of them!
I went to Kohl's this morning and bought a new purse. Since I don't have to carry around a checkbook any more, I thought I'd get something a little smaller. I'm not sure it's that much smaller, but I just can't bring myself to carry around a teeny purse for every day! (When we go to a dressy event, that's a different story.) And it took me forever to find one that I liked. I hate purses. I must be really weird about them, because shopping for a purse this morning brought me no joy whatsoever. I kept thinking, "It should NOT be this hard!"