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…

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

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

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

My apology! I am missing your posts. Few are appearing in my Reader. Paranoia has set in. My tinfoil hat  tells me that WP is weary of me. Cheeky is puzzled too. He only sees my posts. Not yours. Please let me know if you do not see me visiting your posts! Or Please let me know if you have a suggestion for a solution. Thank you!

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 🙂 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