Encounter at Nearpoint

March 3, 2010

The other day I walked out of the room where my laptop is for a little while, and when I came back there was some weird alien thing on the screen waving its tentacles (fronds?) around.

What's on my computer screen?

Alien meets Ezines.

It looks pretty cool in the video with the little tentacles in motion.
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Kind of reminds me of the aliens waving their ‘tentacles’ on the first Star Trek the Next Generation episode, “Encounter at Farpoint”.

STNG Encounter at Farpoint alien creatures

STNG 'Encounter at Farpoint' alien creatures

Of course, if you were listening to the background sounds in the video, you probably already know what the little alien is.

Static electricity + bird fluff = ALIEN on computer screen.

Static electricity + bird fluff = ALIEN on computer screen.

Yep, my silly parrot was preening and some of the fluff drifted down onto the computer screen and stuck there.  The cooling fans on the laptop made the little “tentacles” wave around in the air.

But I still think it was a fun looking little “alien.” 
(It doesn’t take much to entertain me, ha, ha!)

Why would you do that?

December 11, 2009

If you’ve been reading this blog very long, you know I have an African Grey parrot.  She’s a corker, and always getting into some kind of trouble.  With the emotional level of a 2-year-old, and the intelligence of a 5-year-old, you can just imagine the escapades!

A while back she took it into her head to fly into the den.  I’d went out to the mailbox, and evidently she was trying to see where I went.

African Grey Parrot on shelf.“I know you went out this door! How’d you get back in here?”

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I rather surprised her because I went out the back door and came back in the front door.  That’s when I heard her calling, and discovered her sitting on the shelves by the door.

African Grey parrot pretending to be a statue on a shelf.“I’m just a little statue.  I belong here.  Really!”

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Of course, sometimes she gets herself places she’s not sure how to get out of.

African Grey parrot looking down from shelf. "Where do I go now?"“How do I get down off of here?”

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The Farmer thinks she goes a lot of places just because she likes it when I pick her up and carry her back to her cage.  For whatever reason, there’s no getting around the fact parrots like to go places.

There’s also no getting around the fact if you have a parrot, or any other pet, you get attached to them.  Parrots are intelligent, inquisitive, funny, challenging, and a lot like a little feathered toddler tearing up your house.

That leads into my question, “Why would you do that?” 

It’s like this.  Yesterday The Farmer and I were in town.  We started out at the jeweler’s (no, not for any expensive trinkets – they can solder glasses back together and I was tired of my more-than-usual cracked-pot view of the world).  Since it was going to take a while for the repair, we decided to walk over to the pet store (any excuse will do). 

They have an African Grey parrot at the pet store named Richard, and like our silly parrot, he absolutely loves to have his head scratched.  Naturally, I oblige him whenever I get the chance.

While we were there, I picked up some food for OUR African Grey, and that got me and the pet store owner talking about them as I was checking out.  About their antics, and the things they say and do.

And THAT’s when she told me about a phone call she’d got that morning.  It seems someone had their house broken into, and in the process of vandalizing / burglarizing the house, the creeps killed their African Grey parrot.

And I really have to wonder, “Why would you do that?”

The parrot was in a cage.  It couldn’t hurt them.  There was no need to kill it.

However, the parrot’s owners think it was some people who were upset because they wouldn’t let them hunt on their land any more.  So that’s the deal?  If someone else doesn’t let  you use their property the way you want to, you retaliate by breaking into their house and killing a beloved pet?

What next?  If you don’t like what someone does, get even madder and not only break into the house and kill a pet, how about a person?  Where does it stop?  To paraphrase Yoda a little, it’s a steep and slippery slope once you start down the darkside.

A defenseless creature sitting in a cage.  And they killed it out of spite.

Why would you do that?

The African Grey Parrot At Play

November 13, 2009

The other day I was cleaning the kitchen.  I know, hard to believe.  I’ll never win any Good Housekeeping Awards.  Anyway, my pet parrot likes to play in the kitchen.  While I was loading the dishwasher, she worked her way up to the kitchen sink.

First she thought it might be fun to perch on some dirty dishes:

The African Grey Parrot In The Sink

That was fun looking around to see what she might chew on, but she likes to find the highest perch.  So she tried the liquid soap dispenser next.

The African Grey Parrot Sitting On A Soap Dispenser.

That was entertaining for a little while, but she wanted to find something higher.  See, the great thing about this little parrot is that she definitely has her own personality. She knows what she likes and what she doesn’t like, and also knows how to achieve things.  In the same way humans like to play sports, socialise, play partypoker and go shopping, this little parrot has her own personality and entertainment preferences. 

So the cold water handle worked only briefly, but ahhhh, the faucet. Now that looked promising!

The African Grey Parrot - picture of her sitting on cold water handle.

The only trouble was that it was a wee bit of a streeeeetch to reach up there!

Pet Parrot playing by sink.

But she streeeeeetchhhhhhed her leg and toes as far as she could, trying to reach the faucet so she could pull herself up.

The African Gray Parrot stretching to reach the faucet.

It was hard work, but she finally made it!

The African Gray Parrot sitting on top of faucet.

This little pet parrot is nothing, if not PERSISTENT.  She seemed quite proud of her accomplishment, and stayed on the faucet until I carried her back to her cage.

Life if never dull with an African Grey Parrot in the house!

6 Things About Me

November 23, 2008

“Tag, I’m it!”

Yes, a blogging buddy from Laughing Orca Ranch decided to tag me for the ‘6 Things About Me”. Without further ado, here are my six things…

1. I have a 3-year old granddaughter with Cerebral Palsy, and every year I make special calendars to sell. The profits help with her expenses for therapy and special equipment and stuff.


Our little ballerina stars in this picture for February.

2. I grew up on a farm, during which time I declared I never wanted to be tied down like that when I grew up. Always worrying about taking care of the animals! Every summer spent in the hayfield and garden! But here I am, on the farm again, and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

3. I’ve always wanted a parrot. I mean, a bird that talks? How cool is that? A couple of years ago I got one as a rescue. The lady said the parrot was “molting”, but alas! When I saw it, I knew better. The pattern of bare neck and chest, plus no tail feathers, was indicative of plucking problems common with an African Grey. I paid the lady and took the parrot. She did allow her beautiful red tail feathers to grow back, but I don’t think she’ll ever get over the habit of plucking the feathers on her neck and upper chest.

4. I live with chronic pain, a thoracic neuralgia on the right side of my body, and fibromyalgia, and the accompanying fatigue, so sometimes… no, MOST times… I don’t accomplish near as much I want each day.

5. I’ve moved almost 30 times so far, and lived in 7 different states. And no, not because my spouse or I were in the military. I hope to stay right where I am now, figuring my next move will be 6 feet under and I won’t have to pack for that one, ha!

6. I’m an introvert that really likes people, but doesn’t do well out in crowds. Definitely not a party animal. Email and blogs and yes – gasp!  Snail mail! – work well for people contact in my case.

And there you have it, “6 Things About Me.”

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