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Goodbye Moonpie. We will miss you very much.

As always, when one of my pets dies, I write a tribute as therapy…

Moonpie, in the picture on the left below, was the loving mate of Ginger, one of the crippled baby parakeets I adopted. Moonpie and Ginger were the sweetest couple. Ginger had a very bad case of splay leg, a condition where parrot-type birds’ legs do the splits permanently.

Moonpie   Ginger

Moonpie was the helpmate of Ginger in the truest sense of the world. Ginger cannot stand on a perch like the other birds. Ginger stands on one foot and holds onto the side of the cage with his other foot.

Moonpie propping up Ginger

Moonpie would stand behind Ginger so that Ginger could lean on her. They would stand like that for hours.

Here is a post I wrote about Ginger and Moonpie’s relationship: Love conquers all… 

Parrot-type birds mate for life. Of all the parakeet, cockatiel and lovebird couples I have had since I have had pet birds, Ginger and Moonpie were the closest. They were never apart.

Lately, they had been laying on the floor of the cage together. Birds do not like to be on the floor — they feel more comfortable up high away from the danger of predators like cats and dogs.

Even thought my birds have never lived outside, God wired them up with the knowledge of predators so that they could protect themselves. This post talks about the first time I saw them snuggling on the floor together: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow….

Anyway, so Ginger and Moonpie have been laying on the cage floor in a snuggle position for the last few weeks. Since Ginger does the splits constantly, the floor is the only place he can relax. When he lays on the floor, one leg goes directly to the right, and one leg goes directly to the left.

Moonpie was always right next to him, either laying her head on his back, or laying side by side. As I said, this is very unnatural for birds, but they had come to the point where they felt safe this way. Whenever I would come close to the cage, they would both move up to a “safer” area. But, I have been taking Ginger and snuggling him for a minute, and putting him back on the cage floor telling him he was safe there.

Moonpie and Ginger snuggling on the floor

Today, as always, they’ve been side by side. But, today they were exceptionally cute because Ginger had one of his crippled legs laying over and around Moonpie to protect her.

Moonpie had a long life. She is one of the last of three sets of babies that were “born” here one year about ten years ago. Their parents were Joy, a one-eyed parakeet I adopted and Davy an old man parakeet I adopted from a gentleman being sent overseas with the military.

At the most, I had 21 parakeets. Now I have just Ginger, Beady and Gumby (a couple), Shelly, Oscar and Freddie.

Freddie and Ginger were both featherless crippled babies I adopted after they had been abandoned from a breeder, apparently, because they were both crippled. This post has a section with more details about that and how I came to adopt them:

Please adopt homeless and handicapped pets

Beady, Gumby, Shelly and Oscar are the only ones left of all my babies who were born here. Beady and Gumby live in one cage alone. They have to be alone because Shelly wants Beady in the worst way, and literally fights with Gumby over him.

Ginger is my only other male. I named the crippled babies Fred and Ginger — you can’t tell the gender of parakeets until they are grown — I got them both wrong. Ginger is a boy and Freddie is a girl.

I feel very bad for Ginger since Ginger and Moonpie were so close. But, there might be a twinkling of happiness in store for Ginger. Ginger is the only male in the cage with Shelly, Oscar and Freddie. In the past, whenever one of my female parakeets have died, the other females make their move on the widower in no time flat.

Beady, for instance, is on his third mate. Parrot-type birds love to be in a couple, and I’ve experienced several couples form after the death of on the the couple’s previous mates.

Still, I can’t help feeling sorry for Ginger. He was laying next to her to the end, with his leg curved over and around her. Finally, he realized she was gone, and climbed elsewhere.

Goodbye Moonpie. Ginger and I will miss you very much.

Will Rogers said this about dogs, but personally, I feel it applies to all pets:

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."

As I said at the beginning of this post, writing this was my therapy to deal with the death of my little pet. I do not expect anybody to read this entire post. However, if you made it this far down Click Here.

Dear God, thank you for letting me be the guardian of my little Moonpie and for letting Ginger have such a loving mate.

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Bad news for spammers: The instantly available “No Name” accounts seem to be a thing of the past. And, new users must agree to a no spam clause…

There are still many “No Name” accounts in existence, but it appears that they are no longer available for new accounts. Here’s the background:

At least as recently as a few months ago when I previously had logged out and tested it, a “No Name” account was immediately given when somebody without a Windows Live account attempted to make a comment in a space.

After the “No Name” account was given, the new user was invited to go to their new profile and personalize it with a name and other profile information. Many spammers did not personalize their accounts, hence the proliferation of “No Name” spammer accounts in Windows Live.

There has been a change between then and now. Because of a comment of my thread in the Windows Live Solution Center: Windows Live Spaces comment spam is out of control I logged out of my account last night to see if the system has changed, and apparently it has.

Now, when someone without an account goes to the comment area, they now see this:

Sign up for an account

When they click “Sign up” they see this:Get a Windows Live account

In order to get an account, a user must agree to the Microsoft service agreement as shown at the bottom of the form above. Below is a portion of the agreement:

imageAs you can see, posting spam comments is a violation of the agreement, and Windows Live administrators and help personnel have the authority to close the account on sight…

There is no reason this account, and other spammer accounts, should be allowed to remain open. Now that Windows Live has added this agreement as a requirement to an account, maybe spammers will start getting their account closed.

There will come a time when our Abuse Reports are responded to and the spammer profiles will be glanced at and immediately closed. It can’t stay like this forever.

We are going to get relief from the spam situation eventually. Stay tuned.

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I’ve decided to post my MVP Badge here with a link to my MVP profile lest I be thought a crackpot. I love my Windows Live community and I am merely trying to publicize a problem that is hindering the enjoyment of the community for many of my friends here.

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We are having a “First Day of Spring” snowstorm in Oklahoma City. The high yesterday was 72 degrees!

This morning, I was going to write about all the signs of Spring in my backyard: The goldfish in my pond are active, the grass is starting to grow, and the most fun for me: The first water lily leaf of the season reached the surface of the pond!

I have a picture of the first water lily leaf in my camera right now. It feels kind of silly to post a picture of it during a snow storm.

Yesterday was a beautiful day! There was blue sky and it was nice and warm. The park bench my hubby and I sat on while we fed the goldfish now has three or four inches of snow on it!

As we say here: If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait five minutes.

They say we might get as much snow as the Christmas Eve blizzard. Here’s a video I took I took in my backyard on Christmas Eve:

 

This video was after the blizzard first started. The funny thing is that we already have more snow than is in this video! Of course, it snowed all day Christmas Eve, so we got more than this.

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