So, the other day, we were outside after my hubby came home from work, and Timmy the Turtle decides to take a dip in the pond. Don’t worry, box turtles have built in floatation devices in their shells (God thinks of everything) and they just float and paddle. He and Tommy the Turtle have been swimming before, but this time we had the camera handy. You never know what interesting things animals will do! It’s best to be prepared.
Timmy paddling around between the parrot’s feather plants
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Swim time is over!
My hubby built me a goldfish pond a year ago spring. After it was established, we bought Rick and Ilsa who had babies shortly thereafter. Goldfish are black when they are babies, and they gradually turn orange (or white in the case of our albino, Casper). We still have three or four of the black goldfish. Every time one starts to turn orange we have fun watching the process day by day. We also get to find out if they will have any spots of white. If they have spots, we can tell them from the other fish.
We like to give them names based upon their markings. One of them has a stripe of white over its back, like a saddle. We named him Trigger (Roy Rogers fans will get this one). One has face markings like a raccoon, so we call him Rocky (Beatles fans will get that one). The latest to turn orange has a patch of white on his head that looks like a full head of white hair, so I named him Tony after Tony Bennett.
Rocky (click for larger image)
It’s just something silly we like to do after a hard day at the office — sit on the park bench, look at the pond, and give names to the fish.
I love to sit in my backyard and be in awe of God’s creation. Even watching my goldfish is an act of worship, as far as I’m concerned.
Rufus the Wonder Bird making a silly face
I was just thinking about what Life With a Parrot is like. I just came up with a short list. I’ll be adding to it as time goes by. You other parrot lovers will know what I’m talking about:
When you live with a parrot:
- You always have somebody to talk to who will answer you back
- You always have somebody to tell you what to do
- You always have somebody to clean up after
- You always have funny things to laugh at
- You always have somebody to laugh with you at the things you find funny on TV