Parrot On A Hamper

January 6, 2010

I mean, everyone has parrots on their clothes hampers, right?

It’s like this, the other day I was taking a shower, and when I opened the bathroom door, this is what I saw:

African Grey Parrot sitting on a clothes hamper.

A-parrot-ly I was in the shower too long, and my little feathered kid missed me.  She’s like that – – if I’m out of sight too long and don’t answer her contact calls, she comes looking for me.

She’s also very nosy, so once she figured out I was still around, she decided to check out her surroundings a little more closely.

African Grey Parrot looking in hamper.

I rather image she crawled up the clothes hamper using the open spaces as a sort of jungle gym.  But getting back down, now that might be a little harder.

How do I get down?

As usual, I rescued her and carried her back to her cage.

But I’ve got to tell you, it’s a little disconcerting to come out of the bathroom and find a bird looking at you.

Favorites For 2009

December 31, 2009

Here we are, with 2009 about to be a thing of the past.  I thought I’d do a summary of the year here at Rural Ramblings with a picture from my favorite post for each month.

I know I have a weird sense of humor, but the “Brain Freeze” post in January appealed to me.  It showed my flower pot people – the girl with a head full of ice and the dreaded BRAIN FREEZE, and boy keeled over, because, after all, you must have enough brain mass to prevent total freeze out…

And while in February my post about “Rowdy Roosters” continues to see a lot of visitors, MY personal favorite is “The Cutest Little Cowgirl.”

Sweet little Cowgirl Ellie.

I know I’m biased, but I think Ellie is indeed the cutest cowgirl I’ve ever seen!

I had a hard time deciding on my favorite post in March.  I like the one I wrote after there was flooding, and I went for a walk in the woods when the waters went down.  There were all sorts of strange things, like a basketball, and yes, “There’s Something Fishy About The Woods” was appropriate, since I found a fish stranded in a very small puddle in the middle of the woods.

Still, I rather like the picture of our crazy cat, who instead of thinking he was a dog this day, decided he was a bird.

You got a problem with that?

Just this once, Spot was “In The Catbird Seat.”

April is tornado season, and we had hail and high winds that brought down a big tree limb.  It landed partially on the den roof, and bent the gutter.

But for catching the action in progress, the “Really Rowdy Roosters” post about a couple of the roosters fighting for dominance won out.

Roosters fighting by feed room.

l made several posts in May, but the minute I saw “The Odd Couple“, I knew it to be my favorite for the month.  It’s got a video of our silly little goat, Cinnamon, flirting with Samson.

Llama Samson with Cinnamon the goat.

Personally, I think the video is hysterical, but then, I DID mention I have a weird sense of humor.

June was a big month for chicks. Chicks here, there and everywhere!

Buff Orpington hen with 6 chicks.

Lots of the hens were hatching out chicks, plus I had a few chicken eggs in the incubator that hatched out.

Things were “Going Squirrely” in July. Lots of pictures in this post of – what else? – squirrels.

Squirrel on pallet fence.

But I especially liked the video of the squirrel digging furiously in the yard to bury a nut.

I’m afraid my warped sense of humor continues to dominate for August, because I thought the parrot eating The Farmer’s tomatoes was funny.  She may look innocent. . .

African Grey Parrot

. . . or maybe not.  One thing for certain, she sure manages to get into a lot of trouble!

I’ve been watching the turtles in our pond during the warm weather, and caught a big snapping turtle out and about in September.  This “Turtle Triathlon” had pictures of the turtle on land and in the water and on a log.

Turtle floating in pond (RuralRamblings.com)

Fortunately, this snapper was not aggressive.

In October, I think “Lumberjack on the Farm” has the funniest video as I happened to catch The Farmer falling on his… butt.  But!  The funniest pictures are of our crazy parrot again, this time found hidden under the kitchen sink.

African Grey Parrot under sink with chewed box tops.

Then there was my tongue-in-cheek post in November about “Dead Animals Need Love” from a time when we came back from the store to see all the animals stretched out in the pastures looking like they were dead.

Llamas stretched out soaking up sunshine.

Thankfully, they were only soaking up sunshine and came “back to life” the minute I walked close and they thought I might give them a pet or a treat.

I didn’t even have to look through December to choose a favorite post.  For me, it’s the “Twelve Days Of Christmas, Country Style“, hands down.  What WAS hard was choosing which picture to put here.  I like them all!

10 Roosters Leaping!

It was a LOT of work, but I had a lot of fun doing it!

I’ve had a lot of fun looking at other peoples blogs too, of course!  I love to see any pictures Robin at Seasons Eatings Farm posts, both on her blog and Facebook.  She has some beautiful photos.  I especially enjoy the ones of pines and snow!

So anyway, here at the end of the year, I want to thank each and everyone of you that has dropped by to read Rural Ramblings.  And I also want to thank all of you out there with your own interesting blogs I enjoy reading.  I can’t name them all, but if I read your blog, I’ll have left at least one comment at some time or another!

I hope 2009 has been a good year for you, and that 2010 will be even better.  And don’t forget us  here at Rural Ramblings!  The welcome mat is always out for visitors to the Rural Ramblings blog.  I love to read comments from visitors.

Happy last day of 2009!

12 Days Of Christmas, Country Style

December 23, 2009

We do things different in the country.  If our true love sent us presents for 12 days of Christmas, we wouldn’t have any namby-pamby stuff like 12 Lords a leaping or 3 French hens.  No sir.  Here’s how WE’d do it:

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me. . .
Christmas African Gray Parrot

A Parrot in our pantry!
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On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me. . .Christmas Llamas

Two Loving Llamas!

and a Parrot in our pantry.


On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me. . .

3 Christmasy Shetland Sheep Ewes

Three frosty sheep!

two loving llamas,
and a Parrot in our pantry.


On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me. . .

Four Calling Birds

Four Calling Birds!

three frosty sheep,
two loving llamas,
and a Parrot in our pantry.


On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me. . .

5 Canning Rings!

Five Canning Rings!

four calling birds,
three frosty sheep,
two loving llamas,
and a Parrot in our pantry.


On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me. . .
Six hens a laying!

Six Hens A Laying!

five canning rings,
four calling birds,
three frosty sheep,
two loving llamas,
and a Parrot in our pantry.


On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me. . .

7 Turtles!

Seven Turtles Swimming!

six hens a laying,
five canning rings,
four calling birds,
three frosty sheep,
two loving llamas,
and a Parrot in our pantry.


On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me. . .
8 Goats For Milking!

Eight Goats For Milking!

seven turtles swimming,
six hens a laying,
five canning rings,
four calling birds,
three frosty sheep,
two loving llamas,
and a Parrot in our pantry.


On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me. . .
Nine Peacocks Prancing!

Nine Peacocks Prancing!

eight goats for milking,
seven turtles swimming,
six hens a laying,
five canning rings,
four calling birds,
three frosty sheep,
two loving llamas,
and a Parrot in our pantry.

 

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me. . .10 Roosters Leaping!

Ten Roosters Leaping!

nine peacocks prancing,
eight goats for milking,
seven turtles swimming,
six hens a laying,
five canning rings,
four calling birds,
three frosty sheep,
two loving llamas,
and a Parrot in our pantry.


On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me. . .

Eleven Chicks A Peeping!

Eleven Chicks A Peeping!

ten roosters leaping,
nine peacocks prancing,
eight goats for milking,
seven turtles swimming,
six hens a laying,
five canning rings,
four calling birds,
three frosty sheep,
two loving llamas,
and a Parrot in our pantry.

 

On the twelveth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me. . .
12 Guineas Grazing!

Twelve Guineas Grazing!

eleven chicks a peeping,
ten roosters leaping,
nine peacocks prancing,
eight goats for milking,
seven turtles swimming,
six hens a laying,
five canning rings,
four calling birds,
three frosty sheep,
two loving llamas,
and a Parrot in our pantry.

 


And THAT’s how we’d do presents for the 12 days of Christmas, country style.

Friday’s Farm Fotos

December 18, 2009

Time once again for a look at miscellaneous pictures I took around the farm this past week.  This first picture is of Valrhona, one of our Shetland sheep ewes, bedded down in the dry grasses in the main pasture.

Valrhona, one of our Shetland sheep ewes.

The grass is maybe 6-8″ long, and seems to be just perfect for nestling down into it for extra warmth.  All of the 4-legged animals seem to think it’s great!

Once again, the animals are out in the main pasture:

Shetland sheep, Maremma, llama and doe goat.

I took this picture from inside the house, looking out the window in the dining area.  The sheep are in the shorter grass areas, grazing the green stuff tucked underneath.  Our Maremma sheep dog, Neffie, likes to stick close, but keeps to the highest vantage point she can find.

Still looking out the window, I saw one of our Buff Orpington hens.

Buff Orpington Hen

They love to scratch around in the leaves along the fenceline, looking for something tasty to eat.

One of the escapee roosters was doing the same thing around the base of a tree.

White rooster.

I sometimes throw crumbs out there, which they seem to enjoy.

The wild birds like the suet feeders.  Sometimes a Tufted Titmouse comes to visit.

Tufted Titmouse at suet feeder.

And sometimes these little birds show up in bunches.

Wild birds at suet feeder.

I’ve been trying to figure out what kind of birds these are, but can’t find anything that looks *exactly* like them.  The nearest I’ve come up with is an American Tree Sparrow.  But the colors aren’t quite right.

Here’s a couple getting a drink from the birdbath.

Wild birds at birdbath.

And one was sitting on the picket fence.

Wild bird sitting on fence.

So, anybody know what this bird is exactly?

Now, I know exactly what THIS bird is.

Immature Male Cardinal wild bird.

That’s an immature male cardinal with a punky ATTITUDE.

And I do mean, ATTITUDE.

Wild bird - immature male Cardinal.

I think his mohawk “hairdo” looked pretty cool.  Bet he thinks he’s a read macho dude!

Our farm collie, Toby, isn’t so much macho as goofy.  The minute we go outside, he runs around like an idiot trying to find a stick to carry.  It doesn’t matter if it’s toothpick sized or a log.

American Farm Collie, Toby.

Sometimes he gets sticks that are so big he can barely drag them around.

He and Neffie seem to enjoy grooming each other, each though they are both “fixed.”

Maremma sheepdog and American Farm Collie.

Later in the week I saw a Northern Mockingbird getting a drink from the birdbath.

Northern Mockingbird at Southern Birdbath.

Northern Mockingbird at Southern Birdbath.

The cardinals also visit the birdbath.

Male Cardinal

Male Cardinal

Sometimes even the chickens hop up for a drink from the birdbath, like this little Golden Sebright Bantam hen.

Golden Sebright Bantam Hen

Golden Sebright Bantam Hen

Glancing through all these pictures, you might get the idea things are pretty fowl around here.  From the looks of all these guineas following our male llama around, I’d say you’d be right.

Llama and guineas.

We’ve got all kinds of birdbrains outside and inside.   This one on the inside is hanging from the curtain on the back door. . .

Bye, bye!  See ya later!

Bye, bye! See ya later!

And bidding you GOOD-BY!

More Parrot Pranks

October 22, 2009

We had an extra futon frame, and I decided to sell it.  I figured there was no need for it to sit around in the storage pod when there was probably someone else who could use it.

Oh, you want to know what this has to do with parrot pranks?  Well, hang in there.  I’ll get to that.

So anyway, I sold the wood futon frame, and had arranged to meet the buyers at a nearby church parking lot yesterday. 

The first problem was finding the key to the lock on the pod.  The Farmer and I looked everywhere.  Well, not quite everywhere, because we didn’t look in the right where to find the key.  He ended up cutting it off before he left for work yesterday.

Later, the Cave Geek was going to help me load the frame and mattress into the back of our pick-up truck.  When we got out there and pulled out the frame, however, we discovered we must have a leak in the pod somewhere allowing moisture inside because the frame had a coating of dry, powdery mold/mildew.

I hustled back inside to get some rags and furniture polish so I could clean the wood.  The furniture polish was under the kitchen sink.  I was in such a hurry, I didn’t notice I didn’t get the cupboard door totally shut.

(Hint: fore·shad·ow·ing – To present an indication or a suggestion beforehand of things to come.)

We got the frame all cleaned up and loaded into the back of the truck.  I had about 45 minutes before it was time to meet the people, so I took the stuff back inside and put it away.  This time I wasn’t in such a hurry and got the cupboard door shut.

So, 3 hours later, after I’d got the frame delivered, done some other work, and was getting hungry for lunch, I walked back towards the kitchen.  That’s when I heard it.  Somewhere that sounded far away, a little voice was saying, “Hello…. hello….”

I looked at the parrot cage.  Oh yeah, last I saw she was playing on the gym beside it.  Not there now.  So where did she get to???

“Hello…. hello….”

It sounded far away, so I looked back towards the bedrooms and bathrooms.  She likes to hide under the beds when she gets a chance, or behind a bathroom door.  I didn’t see her anywhere, but I sure heard her!

“Hello… hello….”

I’d say, “Baby, where are you?”   And in reply, got this faint sounding,

“Hello… hello….”

It finally dawned on me I recognized that muffled hello, and she was in a cupboard somewhere.  So I started opening pantry and cupboard doors, and when I got to the doors under the bathroom sink, this is what I saw:

African Grey Parrot sitting on pipe under sink.

Yep, there was a parrot perched on a pipe peering back at me.  (Say that 10 times fast!)

She must have sneaked in there when I got the furniture polish and left the door slightly open.  Which means the little devil was sitting in there for about 3 hours before I discovered her!

Evidently she entertained herself by chewing on boxes.

African Grey Parrot under sink with chewed box tops.

No doubt she felt she found Nirvana, because I never allow her in that cupboard.  It’s hard to get her out if she gets clear in the back, and there’s all that soap and stuff in there.

I guess being the mischievous little creature that she is, she saw her chance when I went outside and left the door open, and took it.

Just never know what parrot pranks will happen next around here!