She Kept A Parrot


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

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

The view from the eleventh floor balcony of the San Luis Resort Hotel, Galveston, Texas Iced coffee courtesy of Jose Garcis, Mickey D’s, Victoria, Texas (Isn’t that the way the travel blogs do it?) Jose gave Kelli enough iced coffee for the weekend only after he demanded to know precisely where she was taking Granny!   This is the first real sunrise I’ve seen in a very long time. I think you… 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

When you are no longer required by civility to answer the phone or the door, When you are no longer required to go out into the world of work, When you can sit and contemplate absolutely nothing, Life is a holiday. A holiday often filled with surprises. A white blur appears in the pergola. A Mother’s Day orchid has blossomed in the early morning light. I race for the camera chuckling to… 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