She Kept A Parrot


Sometimes, when the air is cool and the sun is low on the horizon, I take Rita outside with me to spray water on¬†the plants in the pergola. She likes to sit in this corner on this particular chair. The opposite corner is virtually identical with the same plants, but when I put her on that chair once, she flew to the floor and waddled over to her chair. Sometimes, parrots have… Read More

I am doing something here that I almost never do. I am posting an impromptu post. I am delighted to present (Drum roll, please…) Cheeky ūüôā A couple of days ago, when I was in the pet store picking up food for the girls, I saw a Yellow-Sided Green-Cheek Conure in a large, glass exhibit. I didn’t recognize the species so I walked over to investigate. Big mistake. This little fellow hopped… Read More

Hello, Folks! On my birthday, I spent the early part of the day and the late evening investigating all of the nooks and crannies in the garden. It always surprises and delights me when I discover the changes in everything that grows and lives there beneath the leafy cover. I was delighted when I discovered that Mr. Anole had quietly returned. I almost brushed by him sitting in the shadows on a… Read More

Early this morning, I saw a pair of courting doves sitting on the fence outside my screened porch.¬† Stealthy hunter that I am, I sneaked out behind the pergola where I could get a bead on them with the camera.¬† Of course, they saw me in my bright pink robe and sailed away.¬† I only got one quick shot of them from my hiding place. When I looked down, I discovered a… Read More

(The story of the little Lumix LX5’s troubles with The Diva) …And it was such a lovely day in the neighborhood until Little Lumix showed up. Uh Oh. ¬†Here she comes again! ¬† I’ll pretend I don’t see her. Mr. Nikon is so tall and handsome with his black hood. ¬†He’s a real gentleman. ¬†Keeps a polite distance always respecting a girl’s modesty. ¬†Besides, we’ve been together for years. ¬†That little shrimp… Read More

RITA Rita is the inspiration for the title of this blog. ¬†I thought I should finally credit her. ¬†After all, if your byline is based on the life of a character, you ought to say a little something about her, don’t you think? ¬†I don’t have many followers who are parrot keepers. ¬†The reason I know that is because nobody asks questions about her. ¬†If you aren’t a parrot keeper, you probably… Read More

Portrait Of Rita   I received a small letter in my mailbox today. ¬†The envelope was covered with stamps. ¬†Wonderful stamps depicting the Queen Mother and a butterfly and ladybugs. ¬†The return address told me what was inside. ¬† It was a beautiful watercolor portrait of Rita from my dear friend, Lance. ¬† Because I am shaky, I was careful as I opened it. ¬†I couldn’t believe it. ¬†It is perfect. ¬†Absolutely… Read More


A few of the most treasured people in our lives come to us through fits and starts over a very long time. We hardly notice. ¬†Until one day. That’s the way I came to know this man. ¬†The first time I saw him was on a weekend afternoon. ¬†He was standing in my daughter’s swimming pool. ¬†I paid no attention. ¬†The next time I saw him, he was sitting on her patio… Read More


People of my age travel on cruise ships sipping hard liquor heading somewhere. ¬†Exciting strangers with tales to tell. ¬†They visit places they’re too old to explore. They have grand adventures. They bring back photographs and silly hats to prove it. I know this because the characters on my bookshelf told me. ¬†My sister tells a different story. ¬†I trust my bookshelf friends. ¬† I don’t travel. Just this morning on the… Read More


As he always does, Shimon started something in my head. ¬†He’s bad that way. What Shimon said was: ¬†“Pity the poor parrot that cannot fly‚Ķ hope that the advantages of living with a human outweigh the disadvantages‚Ķ” I don’t know the answer to that, and neither does Rita. ¬†Her life was always this way. ¬†At least, it was always this way after she came to live with me. ¬†So it has been… Read More