I put out the food before I leave for work. This morning I was standing on the front porch, rattling the food and calling out.
It's also mostly dark now; suddenly there's a meow at my feet and there she is! I make her work just a bit though, talking to her. SHE RUBS UP AGAINST MY LEG! Still meowing. And I get to give her a real petting too. It's clear she likes the attention but isn't entirely sure about it.
We go to the back patio so she can have breakfast. So we're definitely making progress here.