1. Outside sounds float into the house through the open door and windows. I hear many birds, especially operatic singing mockingbirds. House finches have found the net bag filled with thistle seed hanging in the crabapple tree and robins hop around on the lawn, poking at bugs.
2. My first walk across the field of the season to visit with the neighbors. Good neighbors are a special gift, never to be taken for granted.
3. Storms roll in at midnight with loud thunder and lightning. We're all awake now, Henri-the-Schnoodle, Tess, and me. We find solace in each others company and end up all sleeping together.