(Yes, it will be Elf stuffing, with chestnuts and raisins.)
Very early this morning, I thought it was going to be a foggy day. It came blowing down from the mountains, filling the air with the smell of dampness. There were tendrils of it drifting by, wreathing the trees and dimming the last stars, and the pale premonition of dawn was like lavender milk seeping over the horizon. But the day cleared, and by the time I woke, there was only mundane California winter again, the shivering pines drenched in golden light. Everything is winter-sharp now, like the calls of the blue jays and crows, and their pointy beaks, the clatter of woodpeckers drilling, the stark pine needles, the sunlight, the shadows, the stabbing air. We could have used some fog to take the edge off.
I've been looking at the ads from the chain drug stores. One of them is now selling a 3.2 Megapixel Vivitar camera for eighty bucks, after rebate. Just last year, they were about $200.00. The prices are dropping faster than Colin Farrell's pants. There's no point in me buying one, though, since Sluggo has no USB port. Besides, if I wait, I'm sure that McDonald's will be giving them out with happy meals by next summer.
Time to pre-heat the oven, I think. What side dishes go best with reindeer?