She Kept A Parrot


Moody Gardens, Galveston, Texas  October, 2014  Mom wanted to take the paddle boat ride around the island. We got there just in time to see it leave the dock. Mom wanted to go back later, but we didn’t want to go. After the weekend, you and I talked about how bad we felt that we didn’t go with her. Mom always makes everything absolutely perfect for everybody. Mom was sitting at the… Read More

Moody Gardens, Galveston, Texas October, 2014 Charlie, you were pushing my wheelchair when I photographed the diver, I think. I had no idea that Mom was standing behind me until I saw the photo! It was so dark in there that I could hardly see through the camera viewfinder. There were some fairly long sharks who swam by this diver. EEEK! I was particularly interested in the group of pregnant seahorses. The… Read More

I have a terminal illness.  I am neither afraid of it nor unhappy about it. I am seventy-two years old. I have finished my work here. I will spend my remaining months doing whatever suits me. I have said pretty much what I thought in all of my posts here. So, I felt pretty silly titling the posts Last Hurrah #1, #2, etc. Why would anybody do that? It sounds coy to… Read More

You have no idea what a production an adoring mother and a doting grandmother can make of a baby’s first haircut! Here, you are meeting Jessica Rodriguez for the first time. You must have been about eighteen months old. And, you were highly dubious about this “haircut business”. Mom is telling Jess how to cut your hair, and Jess is ignoring her. Jess has children of her own.  Two boys.  Lots of… Read More

Charlie, you never liked the Bearded Dragons. I remember when we bought the terrarium for Mr. Frog. I suggested that you could use it for a Bearded Dragon when you tired of Mr. Frog. You said, “I wouldn’t touch one of those things!” And you were as good as your word! Big Lucy But, I want to share some simple facts that I’ve learned about Dragons. They have spines on the undersides… Read More

Charlie, I know you will remember Irma Padilla, our housekeeper since you were a little thing. I wanted to remind you that she was a good friend, as well. She took care of me and helped me with the animals. She was a professional in every way. And, she was a fine and talented decorator, too. She used to surprise me by moving things around in the house to really good effect…. Read More

I love mangos and so do the parrots! A mango swirl I buy bananas, and I never eat them until they spoil. I grew up eating banana and mayonnaise sandwiches. Sometimes, I would sneak into the kitchen, peel a banana, and stick the end of it in the Mayo jar! Actually, that’s still my favorite way to eat a banana! Curly Bananas

Charlie, if you saw a video of an old lady talking to a box of roaches after midnight in her kitchen, which of the following would you think? A.  Eww!  That’s totally disgusting, and in the kitchen, too. B. That old lady is definitely suffering from a serious case of dementia. C. I wonder what animal she’s feeding the roaches to. ♠ Actually, this box is almost empty. I order a thousand… Read More

Dear Charlie, Going forward, my entries may be boring or repetitive or may not make much sense to my friends on WordPress, but I am going to share them anyway because my friends here have been so very kind to me.  I want you to know that my friends here have encouraged me from the beginning of this blog.  Without their help, I don’t think that I would have continued to post… Read More

(Dragons assume the most absurd basking and sleeping positions! This is Big Lucy.) As you know, the most recent addition to The Legend Zoo are two Bearded Dragons. Big Lucy and Little Lucy (Big Lucy is actually a male and Little Lucy is a female) They both seemed to be doing well until I noticed blood in Big Lucy’s urate and a foul-smelling, watery feces. (Dragons have vents like parrots through which… Read More