A few days before my birthday, Brad took me to a local antique extravaganzaaaa and we wandered around for a happy hour or so.
( Melissa and Lisa, this was the same place we went to when you guys were here but it was a whole different experience with Brad. He went at about three times the pace we did!)
The point was for me to pick out something for a birthday present. We had a lot of fun looking at interesting things but nothing really jumped out at me. ( That would have been really scary. Jumping antiques!) Just before we left, I spotted these ceramic hands. I was enchanted with them. They can be fastened to the wall, but I haven't decided on the right place for them yet, so for now they are on the kitchen table. I discarded the orginal fake greenery that they were holding, and put in a couple roses from our front garden instead.
So here is one of my favorite birthday presents of 2006: