Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Dunking Experience

Regular readers of this blog know how much we parrots love dunking. Sometimes we do it to soften up our food for eating, but often we do it with no thought of eating in mind. You could say it’s more of an art form. So, anyhow, the other day as I was enjoying a bowl of soup with my person, I spied out of the corner of my ever-vigilant parrot eye the perfect dunking material—it was an entire sheet of paper that had been crumpled up and left lying on the table. Well naturally I grabbed it with my beak, hauled it over to the soup bowl (it wasn’t heavy but was quite a bit longer than me) and dropped it right into the soup. But then, just as I was stepping back to admire my work, what do you think my person did? She picked the paper up and threw it away! Those people. They just don’t know art when they see it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Sometimes my person can be so annoying! For example, I spent several minutes this morning throwing all the pens out of the pen holder, and what does she go and do? She puts all those pens that I worked so hard to remove right back in the pen holder. So I had to take them out all over again. Arrrggg!!! And then there’s the printer. I just love hanging out on top of the printer. First of all, there are all those buttons to chew. I’ve done quite a bit of chewing but haven’t chewed them all off yet, so there’s still work to do there. And I always enjoy peeking into that little dark space behind the printer just in case something interesting to see shows up there. And of course, there are several cables sticking out from the sides and the back of the printer and I would just looooove to get my beak on those. But my person sure doesn’t make it easy. Just recently she put up a barrier of pieces of cardboard all around the printer. I’ve been working hard all day to chew that barrier down, but there’s still lots more to do. Then my person has the nerve to get mad about all the little bits of chewed up cardboard flying around. Well, if she doesn’t like them, all she has to do is take the barrier down. Duh!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

So Busy

What a week it’s been! My person has had a lot of work recently, so you can imagine how busy that’s been keeping me. I have to sit on her shoulder from morning to evening, giving her inspiration so she can work. Some days I’m quite exhausted by supper time. But I don’t mind. Helping my person while she works is one of my most important duties as a pet parrot. The only drawback is that it doesn’t leave me much time to blog. But I hope I’ll have more time for that soon because there’s lots to report on—outside birds at the feeder, snow still on the ground, walnuts in my food dish—so many interesting things for a parrot to pay attention too. How about you? What’s been keeping you busy recently?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Cozy Afternoon

Don’t you just love a cozy winter afternoon at home? Climbing all over the drying laundry, nibbling on gingerbread and sipping tea, squawking at the snow sliding off the roof, snuggling up to my person’s shoulder……How about you? How do you like to spend a cozy afternoon at home?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Winter Poetry

White and Green
by Shadow

In wintertime
There’s lots of snow
The world is white
Where e’er you go.

The whiteness of
The wintry scene's
A scary sight
For a bird that’s green.

I never like
To go outside
‘Cause there’s no place
Where I can hide.

I’d be an easy
Target for
A hungry hunting

So in my house
I like to stay
It’s safer for
A bird that’s prey.

And when the green
Returns with Spring
I’ll go outside
And squawk and sing.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Summer in Winter

You know what’s really nice? The aroma and taste of wild raspberries on a stark winter day. When I sink my beak into a raspberry, it brings to mind all sorts of lovely images of warm summer days - flowers blooming, insects buzzing, warm sunshine on my feathers. . . . . My person and I picked a lot of wild raspberries last summer. OK, she picked them while I sat in my carrier and squawked at the robins, but still, I was there when they were picked. There were so many, we couldn’t eat them all right away, so now we are enjoying the berries my person has been keeping in the freezer. They taste just like a little bit of summer. What about you? Do you like to eat berries in the winter? What do they remind you of?

Friday, January 1, 2010

White World

That white stuff just keeps falling and falling from the sky. Everything is covered with snow. When I look out the window, I can’t see a speck of green anywhere. A world covered with snow is just about the scariest thing I can imagine. If I were out there, where could I hide my pretty green feathers from a hungry hawk? I guess those dumb robins aren’t so dumb after all, with all their migrating south for the winter. They’re probably in some nice warm green place right now. And I am too. My cage is in a pretty green room and the furnace keeps it nice and warm. I have pellets and tangerines in my dish and I’m getting ready to snack on a jam-covered bagel. I’m so glad I have a warm, food-filled place to spend the winter. I’m glad I don’t to go anywhere near that scary snow.