Monthly Archives: May 2006

My parrot likes show tunes!

Hi Everybody!
 
I recently came across a radio station that plays nothing but showtunes. This morning I was cleaning my kitchen and I had the station cranked up so I could hear it over running water. My parrot, Rufus, started making finger snapping sounds and bobbed his head to the music! He only did this to certain songs. I didn’t think to take note of which ones he liked. I was trying to finish cleaning the kitchen before I ran out of steam.
 
Only somebody else who owns a parrot, especially an African Grey Parrot, will really believe me. The rest of you will take it with a grain of salt, I guess. Previously, I’ve found that he likes oldies rock and roll (especially The Champs’ "Tequilla" and Roy Orbison’s "Pretty Woman". Honest to goodness, he prefers certain music over other music and will show his preferrences as I said above.
 
On March 30 I blogged that I found out that Rufus also likes ragtime music:
 
 
Here’s a picture of Rufus sitting on my knee: 
 

Rufus the Wonder Bird
Rufus likes his music!

Having parrots living with me sure makes life more interesting!
 
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Wild birds dining at the pond

Great Tail Grackle
A male Great Tail Grackle visiting our pond.

I have a lot of wild birds that come to our pond. They come to get a drink or to take a bath. They even bring a picnic with them quite often.

 
Some of the biggest birds, the Great Tail Grackles, will bring pieces of dry dog food from elsewhere in the neighborhood. They soak it in the pond until it is soft enough to eat. I get a kick out of watching them!
 
The water is constantly moving in the pond as there is a waterfall at one end and an intake for the pump at the other end. If the bird just drops the food in it might float away. But, they are quite dilligent about standing there and keeping an eye on the food and picking it up as it starts to float away and putting it back down in the water closer to them again. Then, when it is just right they eat it and have a drink to wash it down.
 
I am so happy that my hubby built me this pond!
 
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We bought two new fish for our pond yesterday.

Hi Everybody!
 
Yesterday we were shopping at Wal-Mart and we thought we’d look at the fish while we were there. We saw two very beautiful shubunkins. They are a variety of goldfish. 
 
So far, we have had just comet goldfish which are just regular goldfish with a long tail (hence the name "comet".) We had been wanting some variety in our pond, but we didn’t want to pay the very high prices for koi.
 
When we saw these two fish we both wanted them. They were very inexpensive.
 
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Anybody here use the FlyLady system?

I am reading the book "Sink Reflections". It is about the FlyLady system of home organization. (  www.flylady.net ) Anybody out there do FlyLady? I could use some support and some encouragement.
 
Thank you!
 
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We saw some puppies yesterday.

Hi everybody!
 
We saw some adorable puppies for sale on the side of the road yesterday. We just got a new doggie a few weeks ago, so now is not the time to get another doggie. Anyway, these doggies were so cute that they were all going to get good homes. I like to adopt the animals that are the least likely to find a home, and we now have three of them.
 
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Dogs are so great!

Hi Everybody!

My hubby was just talking to my dog Nicki. He was saying a bunch of things, but whenever he said a word she liked her ears would point straight up. (She has hangy-down ears most of the time.) We were cracking up. She was ignoring every word except: Hungry, Food, Nicki, Squirrel, Outside.

I love doggies!

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Here’s Nicki:

Nicki
Nicki

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Lilly took a dip in the pond!

Hi everybody!
 
This morning my hubby and I were outside by the pond with the dogs. We watched as Lilly edged really close to the pond trying to see something. Suddenly, she dove into the pond! She quickly decided that she wanted out again, so she climbed back out.
 
We’ve had the pond for over a year, and our other two dogs never have gone in the pond. I’m not sure who was more surprised: My hubby, me or Lilly.
 
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Lilly
Lilly, the Adventure Doggie!

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