On the way to church, I saw a squirrel scurrying around the side of a tree a couple of blocks from my house, and I noticed yet another seagull (that’s three inside of a week!) — this one gliding across I-44 near the Arkansas River.

My favorite book by Richard Bach and my favorite album by Neil Diamond are the reasons I pay so much attention to gulls. I highly recommend both. The book is very short, but it contains much wisdom. Bach is one of my favorite living authors. (I won’t say he is my top favorite, because that would put him ahead of this guy and this guy, who are not only great writers but also great friends of mine. But they are nonfiction writers, while Bach is more of a novelist/philosopher … so you can’t really compare them.)

I wish I’d had a camera in my car this morning, because when I came out of church, I noticed a big planter full of light bluish-purple and bright yellow pansies, blooming for all they were worth, with a big head of ornamental kale right in the middle. There was also a gorgeous holly nearby, absolutely covered in bright red berries. It was a different variety than the one I took a picture of yesterday in my yard, which hasn’t set fruit at all this year.

When I got home, I stepped out of the car to hear HUNDREDS of birds chirping and calling to each other all over the neighborhood. I don’t know what kind they were, but there were hundreds, if not thousands, of them all over the place — roosting in all the trees, circling in the air, perching on wires, and just generally occupying any available space.

The neighbor kids across the street were also out, enjoying the pretty weather.

What a great morning … a perfect day to go Mother Roading, which is exactly what we’re going to do this afternoon and evening. I need to go to the Apple store in OKC and pick up the OS X Tiger upgrade for my computer, and we’re going to eat at the Rock Cafe on Route 66 in Stroud.

Pretty weather, a day on Route 66, and a big plate of fried pickles washed down with sweet tea … what more could a girl want?

Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday as much as I am.