I am still working on the cardinal Christmas ornament. As I worked on it, other matters came up. One was the fluid leak under the car and a lengthy trip to the garage. I was very glad the car could be fixed right away.
I was also trying to memorize three stories to tell. I can't remember how long ago it was that I tried to do something like this. I can't memorize a story and follow knitting instructions at the same time. After telling the stories, I had to work on my mother's Christmas present, the beginning of her genealogy scrapbook. I couldn't work on that at the same time I was learning stories because it was like another story and I couldn't fit another in my head. I finished enough of the scrapbook for Christmas and Mom liked it very much.
I encountered a problem with the bird. I didn't knit a shape that let itself to a bird-like silhouette. I had to knit another and change the last several rows to knit or purl 2 together to get a nice, rounded bottom as I saw one knitter on Ravelry make. This body looked much better. I sewed it up with the mattress stitch, stuffing it as I went. I knitted the black mask and sewed that on all right. When I sewed the wings on, I got them lop-sided. I decided to take one off. Unfortunately in removing it, I cut a stitch in the body! I managed to darn it and I don't think my friend will notice. However, the ends on the wing I took off are too short so I have to knit another wing. At that point I needed a little break from the birdie. I really would like to finish it this week.