She Kept A Parrot


The Pyramid Rainforest at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas There are many levels of exotic plants and animals and birds on the walk through the pyramid. Charlie, do you remember the butterfly enclosure?  You were walking behind me when you kept telling me to touch one.  I didn’t think you were serious since I never saw a tame butterfly. When I looked back, you really were touching them! I never paid much… Read More

When Rita’s Wax Myrtle tree leafed out this spring She immediately set about expertly pruning it As she does every spring. She removed every twig of new growth From the main branches of the tree. It was as if she knew precisely how to trim a tree! As She always does, she settled on her favorite branch For a work break Only when she finished trimming the tree And was agreeable to… Read More

As I have lamented many times, Rita’s nails pierce my skin badly. I’ve had rips and tears and bloody scrapes On my arms and the tops of my hands for years. But, I found a solution that works perfectly. It is Golden Needles by Ansell. The 10″ arm socks with thumb slots are made of stretch Kelvar. They fit snugly, stay in place, and They are soft and comfortable for extended wear. They provide… Read More

Dinner If there is anything That-Green-Chicken (as Kelli calls her) Loves more than little bits of chicken It’s great gobs of pasta She finished off her scant serving And While I was fetching a glass of water Dove right into mine! Burp…

The Beginning ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ The End

Every year, the doves appear in the spring. They add new sticks to their flimsy nests And set up housekeeping for another season. They built shabby nests under the eaves at the entrances to both of our houses. Every year, the nests grow bigger with the addition of new building materials. And, every year they lay their eggs and raise their young in the old nests. They visited the garden and sunned… Read More

On March 17, 2013, Cheeky broke out of his shell and into the world. He is stretching a wing as all parrots do when they are delighted by something. He is foraging in Rita’s food bowl, But he pauses to stretch for me because I am talking to him. A couple of months ago I placed him on Rita’s large play stand beside my desk. At first, he really did not want… Read More

The Parrot Bath is not just a bath. It is an event. An occasion that requires planning, organization and orchestration. Rita takes her bath seriously. She knows as well as I do that cold water is unacceptable. And, it could give her a fatal chill. So, she waits until the temperature is just right. While she waits, she studies a (fortunately, waterproof) canvas print of Botero’s fat family. Perhaps, with a BMI… Read More

A visitor recently said she would like to see a panoramic view of my garden. I have often thought that my friends here probably wonder what the garden looks like. If I could persuade Rita to fly over with my camera, I could do it. The next best thing is to walk around the garden and try to show you what it looks like. All of the photos of flowers and plants… Read More

Well, Folks, Cheeky sailed right through Kindergarten. Yesterday, he received his graduation reward. A trip to the Big Tree. You don’t just bring home a baby parrot and plunk him down in a tree. If you do, he’ll either fly off or climb to the top (if he doesn’t fall and break something).  He will be virtually impossible to retrieve. Besides, if it’s a tree that’s poisonous to parrots, you’ll kill him. Cheeky… Read More