There IS stuff to tell you about!
News #1: We’re bird-sitting. Yeah, a 3rd cockatiel in the house. Her name is Christina and she belongs to our neighbor who went on a cruise.
She seems to have a “thing” for Corbin. Every time he starts singing, she chimes in. Unfortunately, I don’t believe the feeling is mutual. Corbin looks at her like, “Excuse me, dear, but I am a soloist. I don’t do duets!”
She’s staying with us until Tuesday which can’t get here fast enough. As if my time with Mom wasn’t already jeopardized enough by Cheney and Corbin, now she has to attend to Christina AND I can’t go into the bird room to eat their food that they throw because Christina is terrified of me. Their little fruity pellets are the only good thing about them!
News #2: One of our chickens, Turkey (yes, that’s her real name), chose the worst time of the whole season to molt. She is almost naked! Thank goodness her pin feathers appear to be almost ready to pop because she is looking rough! Not to mention that it’s been in the low 30s and she’s featherless in places:
Last night, Dad went out to their coop to put a heat lamp inside. When Dad opened the door, he was afraid because all of the other chickens were huddled together. He thought maybe it was too late for Turkey but from the center of the circle, her little head popped out. The other chickens were keeping her warm! Amazing, huh?
Here is a pic of one of the other chickens, Pepper:
And one of Bare-butt:
They were being nosy when Mom was trying to get a good pic of Turkey.
News #3: Back in early October, on one of the first super cold nights of the season, Dad was bringing plants in and found 2 lizard eggs in the soil of one of them. He figured if he didn’t take the eggs in, the babies would never make it. Remember now, Dad and Mom used to breed turtles, tortoises, and lizards? Well, unfortunately, now that they closed up shop, there are no egg incubators running anymore. So, Dad simply put the eggs in a kritter keeper and they have been sitting on a shelf ever since. In November, Mom candled the eggs and could see little eyeballs and stuff. About 2 weeks ago, Mom candeled them again and it appeared the eggs had gone bad. She was super sad. Out of either denial or perhaps just laziness, Mom left the eggs. Yesterday, she looked at them while she was cleaning and knew she should throw them away but denial AND laziness won out as she had just finished cleaning the house. THANK GOODNESS SHE DIDN’T THROW THEM OUT! This morning, 2 beautiful Mediterranean House Geckos hatched:
They are SO cute!
News #4: My itching has reared it’s ugly head after almost 2 months of freedom from it. I was due for a haircut and Mom knew it would be the only thing that would help my itching so I was mutilated…again. Hair cuts and baths – 2 things I hate more than Jamison!
I do look pretty handsome, though.
Mom was very upset when she saw this:
That’s my back end. When I get really itchy, I do 2 things for relief: I scratch my back on the bars underneath the dining room chairs, and I sit on the area rugs and spin in circles. Mom thinks that I have rug burn!
Whew! I can’t believe I almost forgot to tell you all of that! I think I covered it all. If I didn’t, it will have to wait until tomorrow because I am beat! Baths suck the life right out of me.
Good night, friends!