On the subject of gnomes...
Since we're bringing up things of the gnomish persuasion, I thought I'd share a glimpse of Igor.
Igor lives on the windowsill in my kitchen, and scares away any nefarious pigeons that land outside who try to spook my cat. (The cat is easily spooked.) Some are amazed that Igor himself doesn't spook my cat, given his slightly creepy posture and penetrating black eyes. But I find that Igor reminds me of that guy on the Simpsons who says "yeeeeeeeeees?" And thus, I am not afraid of sweet Igor. He is to be trusted.