There were lots of birds chasing through my Portuguese laurel tree recently. At first, I thought they were varied thrushes, but they turned out to be starlings, cleaning up all the bugs in the neighborhood. Among them was one Rufous-sided towhee. I love birds.

Passing by the convention center in the evening, we learned for the first time that it was pancake night for Seaside Kids, Inc. I’ve missed the last two such events — at least — and it’s one of my favorites. My friend, Emogene, and I decided to go at the last minute. I was surprised and pleased to discover that they’ve changed to 1 percent milk. It’s fat enough and saves a lot of calories.

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