As is so often the case, it went completely unnoticed in that spot the following day. So, right before work, I called Laurie to a position where the cardinal was directly to the right behind my head in her view and said, "You ever have one of those moments where there was something you didn't see and someone points it out to you? And then you can never unsee it? Like a ceramic cardinal?"
Laurie staggered a bit and braced herself. She said it was as if I'd conjured the thing out of thin air.
Also in my haul of bird effigies was the eagle you see here. It lives on the shelf above my desk. But I was more interested in pointing out to you the book set in the center of the photo. It is Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust which I am planning on diving into sometime early next year. Yes, while simultaneously working through the Harvard Classics.
Really we need to start entertaining to give an opportunity for me to write reports on these wines.