Eric's grandmother kindly gave us enough money to buy a Norwegian Flag, which we've been proudly flying outside the house. It's amusing to me to have such a flag flying in a primarily Hispanic area, and is an answer to the Mexican flags I've seen on a couple of other homes. It also has an added advantage of making our house easier to find on this street of identical Stepford Homes.
Another home improvement I made this morning was to take down the broken blinds from the back sliding glass door and put up a curtain we bought for the door. It actually looks really good in the evening with the sun behind it, although it's a few inches too long for the door. I'll figure something out eventually, but for now it makes a very good replacement for the old blinds.