108f Really? #42

By: GardenGrrl , 2:15 AM GMT on July 26, 2014

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Shrub Roses grow great in Texas. They need lots of pruning which sometimes becomes a blood sport. I would wear leather gloves and a long sleeve blue jean shirt and still get impaled somehow.

I also have an Evil Cockatoo named Syd. We are thinking of changing his name to Hannibal Lector because he is a charming conversationalist. He entices you to pet him while cooing things like: "I love you", "Peek-a-boo" and calls everyone in the house by name, even Roxie the corgi.
Once you let your guard down he strikes. Evil Syd will bite hard enough to draw blood and then laugh.

There is something wrong with this bird.

Still, I bought the creature, so I am responsible for his care. Cockatoos need to be groomed, bathe, have their nails filed.

Decided to look for some sturdy leather gloves with more finger dexterity than welding or falconry gloves and found these gloves made for rose gardening. These have soft goatskin gloves with a cowhide elbow length gauntlet attached. They are from a company called "Bear Wallow Gloves" and made in America. (Yay). Yes they are kind of spendy, $56, but they work and seem to be well made. I bought these a half size large because leather shrinks when it gets wet and all my work gloves shrink from sweat or water.

These are a great find and just wanted to share this. Also, if any of you have a garden tool you think is the best thing ever, please tell us about it.









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49. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:20 PM GMT on August 09, 2014
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48. sandiquiz
7:47 AM GMT on August 09, 2014
I have a favourite Tv chef I like watch...he is from Yorkshire and dishy, so what's not to like!

He has been doing a series where he goes into hospitals to try to get them to use more fresh healthy food products for the patients, and less cook chilled
He went into a hospital in Wales and they were offering 'lamb' on the Sunday menu. When he inquired whether it was Welsh lamb he was informed that the Welsh health authority purchase it from New Zealand!!!! He was flabbergasted, and actually got the 'powers that be' to sort it out and buy local Welsh lamb for the hospitals! What a waste of money, and think of the "air miles"!

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47. Ylee
2:36 AM GMT on August 09, 2014
I take it that was a shade temp? It gets that hot at work, but not outside, at least not air temp!! :(

Looks like it'll cool of a bit, but not very much! Good time to stay inside! Otherwise, you'd have a broiled hot dog, and TFC(Texas Fried Cockatoo)!
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46. GardenGrrl
11:31 PM GMT on August 08, 2014
Hi Prose, you came in whilst I was typing. It went well. We had to create a youtube account for her so she could send it to some guy who is compiling haiku videos.
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45. GardenGrrl
11:29 PM GMT on August 08, 2014
Hi Briar, there were a couple takes that were stellar, like when the butterflys would show up. Then, a car, a dog bark and or airplane would muddle the sound. The dog wasn't Roxie. When we did the play backs and the other dog was barking in the video, then Roxie barked her head off.
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44. Proserpina
11:25 PM GMT on August 08, 2014
So how did the video and the sizzling temps do?
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43. BriarCraft
9:31 PM GMT on August 08, 2014
Now about that video shoot: 108wtf is the perfect motivation to do it right the first time. Park yourself and camera in front of the AC for 5 minutes. Dash outside, shoot a 15 second video perfect the very first time, dash back inside to AC exactly 17 second later. No retakes. You can do it.
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42. GardenGrrl
9:08 PM GMT on August 08, 2014
Good Grief, my porch thermometer says 108f!
I have a new age friend that wants to come over and have me video her reciting a 15 second haiku under a tree. Guess she is going to be "glistening" for this one. Hope my camera doesn't explode.
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41. GardenGrrl
7:40 PM GMT on August 08, 2014
Hello All, Hi Mom!

Hi Ylee, we have dubbed this one the "Movie Anniversary" and are going to go to movies every Friday this month. Tonight is that disaster movie about tornadoes. Last week was "Guardians Of The Galaxy". Fun movie.

Hi Calpoppy, Living in Texas we are actually hard pressed to find Texas raised beef in the grocery stores. Go figure. It has to come from one of the specialty markets. Have a hard time getting my head around that one. A lot of our beef is imported-WHAT! If you saw how many cows we have around here even in urban areas that factoid would blow your mind.
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40. calpoppy
5:30 PM GMT on August 07, 2014
I have to laugh Sandi at C being tired of summer foods and salad. Mr. C take it for just so long, LOL!

I really love grass fed beef, but it is a bit pricey for us. Even though we don't eat much beef. When we did buy it we got it from Texas and they had great pet food also which was Just chopped up left over parts of beef,lamb and pork, the dogs loved it.

Yay, for Friday!!!
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39. Ylee
8:30 PM GMT on August 06, 2014
Hope your last day passes quickly! Going anywhere fun this weekend?
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38. GardenGrrl
10:11 AM GMT on August 06, 2014
A bleary eyed but chuckling morning. It is my Friday. Yay. We had loud bits of thunder that kept waking me last night but no rain. It was somewhere to the south of us. Funny how when rain comes with thunder I sleep well. No rain, just keeps me awake.

Briar, that is punny! That furniture looks like it was put together at an IKEA in Colorado :) Actually kind of cool. would like that book shelf. Wonder who sat around and drafted the traditional gift list? There certainly were not shopping mall syndicates back then were there?

Hi Sandi, oh now that just makes me hungry. How cattle are grazed really does make a difference. As much as I love animals I just cannot bring myself to be a vegetarian. Perhaps it is my love of animals that prevents the vegan diet. After all, it would be mean to eat all their food.
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37. sandiquiz
9:55 AM GMT on August 06, 2014
Briar - what a great entries, both the words and the pics!
You seem to find the best comic pieces!

It's Wednesday - hang in there!
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36. BriarCraft
1:08 AM GMT on August 06, 2014
For the 17th anniversary, the traditional gift is furniture. And I remember you have a fondness for puns. So here's my monthiversary present for you:

Couch me if you can, but before that you need to chaise me.
I love hunting for antique furniture. Nothing matches the thrill of the chaise.
In the room the curtains were drawn, but the rest of the furniture was real.
The store keeps calling me to come back and buy more bedroom furniture, but all I really wanted was one night stand.
As the Borg are fond of saying, “Resistance is futon.”



And here's a little something I banged together for you'ns

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35. sandiquiz
1:18 PM GMT on August 04, 2014
Monday here, so into the second day of your Long Week...:)

We have a new supermarket opened near us, which is famed for its organic meats. I purchased a fillet steak to cook last weekend - it was "divine", the best fillet steak I have ever tasted...... so today I went back and bought some caramelised onion and pork sausages to cook with Yorkshire Puddings, as Toad in the Hole. Requested from C, who is getting fed up of summer foods and salads! lol
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34. GardenGrrl
10:00 AM GMT on August 03, 2014
Good Morning, it is back to work on the loooong week.

Hi Calpoppy, thanks. That is a cool butterfly.

Hi WTS, thanks. A happy anniversary right back to ya :D

Hi Ylee, thanks. Yes, I think Syd is definitely a steam punk bird. A tea kettle at the least.
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33. Ylee
2:35 AM GMT on August 03, 2014
Syd has a high pitched mechanical sound? does that mean he's a steampunk bird? :' )

Happy anniveramonth!
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32. WatchinTheSky
11:27 PM GMT on August 02, 2014
Happy Month of Anniversary GG and partner!! Ours is this month also (end of the month) but we started last night by going to a jazz concert, Dave Koz and Friends - very good time!
I'll let you know, she'll be there tomorrow thru Friday!
By the way, the rabbits did predict the weather with their little rain coats, RAIN! Not a lot, but still! And now cool, 75 today.
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31. calpoppy
9:40 PM GMT on August 02, 2014
Happy anniversary month, GG & Spouse!!!!!

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30. GardenGrrl
7:53 PM GMT on August 02, 2014
Howdy All, it is my Partner and I's 17 year Month-A-Versary!
We both kind of suck at getting anniversaries, birthdays and such right on the day it is supposed to happen so we settled on August as the Anniversary Date of us getting together. Haven't missed one yet ;D For awhile we couldn't decide on how many years we had been together either. I'm pretty sure we celebrated 10 years twice because it sounds good.

Yesterday, the anniversary started early. Spouse came home with a dozen roses and a card. Then we had dinner and went to the opening night of "Guardians Of The Galaxy". Highly recommend it as an action adventure sci-fi comedy.

Hi WTS, Syd does the same thing when we leave the house. Can hear him down the block too. Well I sure hope your spouse gets here during the cold front and not the normal 100f of August. Tell her to bring a sweater or something for indoors. When it's hot out a lot of these businesses keep it at 68f indoors. If she gets bored, Wumail me and I'll give you our number if she wants to go have dinner with some friendly local lunatics we know where the three good non-chain restaurants are in DFW.

Hi Briar, oh I would not subject another bird to aggressive Mr. Syd. Actually as I have gotten older and have learned much more about birds, I really don't think they should be kept in cages as pets. They need a flock. I think they only make very interactive pets because they are so desperate for a flock and social interaction. That is why so many parrot type birds self-mutilate and pluck themselves bald. The more I learn about critters the more I think except for dogs and cats, we shouldn't keep them as pets. It took me a long time to figure that one out. Now that I have Syd though, I have to try my best to take good care of him because I'm pretty sure no one else will put up with him.
Oh, and his voice is kind of high pitched mechanical sounding. Cockatoos are not good mimics, but he has quite a large vocabulary for one.

Hi Sandi, thanks for the bunnies. Yeah, it's hard to remember protective foot wear in ones own yard when you have comfy shoes right by the door.

Hi Prose, thanks for the August greetings. I thought that was an Iris until someone mentioned gladiola.

Hi Karen, glad you came by. I have been wondering what has become of both you and SP as both you two have been off the blogs for awhile. Good to hear things are going well and you have some Tahoe trips scheduled. It is so pretty up there. Something about mountain air and pines really is amazing. Enjoy :D

Hi Tony, we have been having record "cold" for this time of year. Guess you got our heat this week. Roxie loves it. She has been getting long walks everyday since the cold front came in.

Hi Wabit, a cook out sounds great. I'll bring a chilled watermelon. What time should I be there?
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29. whitewabit (Mod)
4:42 PM GMT on August 02, 2014
Morning GG .. beautiful sunny day .. a great one for a cook-out !!!

Three White Wabits for the month of August .. hope you find comfort in the shade in this hot month of August !!




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28. plapman
12:39 PM GMT on August 02, 2014
Good morning Gardengrrl.
It's hot by NorthernEdge standards here.
Have a good day.
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27. SBKaren
11:37 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
Hi GG - thought I'd drop by a few blogs to let people know I'm still around. I'm redoing/upgrading/updating my iTunes library, so I've got computer time while the CDs load. We've been hot too, but I guess I can't complain when I hear triple digits. We haven't had that.....yet! We've more humidity than normal for us though.....not crazy about that. Have a couple of mountain get aways planned this month, and hopefully the air will be a bit drier up there. Looking forward to smelling the pines!
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26. WatchinTheSky
7:05 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
Happy August! Do bunnies forecast??

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25. Proserpina
1:54 PM GMT on August 01, 2014
@Maria photo 015f_edited-1August_zps9d6c135f.jpg
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24. sandiquiz
8:04 AM GMT on August 01, 2014
White Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit
Wishing you a very happy month of August :)



I suppose I really ought to wear covered shoes when I am out gardening (I do in winter) .... although chiggers and snakes are not what I have to be careful of!! lol
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23. BriarCraft
11:34 PM GMT on July 31, 2014
How do you suppose Syd would be if he got to have a family? Maybe Mrs. Syd would keep him in line, or at least keep him from being frustrated. Keep Syd happy and sell baby cockatoos -- win-win situation.
Problem solved. 8-)
Yeah, right. :-/

All the Syd videos I recall have background music, so I'm curious about his voice. Does he do GG or spouse or Roxie imitations? The only talking bird I knew was my grandma's pet starling and his voice and common phases sounded just like her.
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22. WatchinTheSky
5:01 PM GMT on July 31, 2014
Oh man, Phinny's 'inside voice' is really loud! Such a flock creature, does not like to be left behind. If we try to leave out the front door, we can hear him a block away. Even just walking to the front door to answer a doorbell (you're leaving me, I know it!!). So we always go out thru the garage, since that's how I leave for work, that seems to be OK.

Hmmm.. lightning, I seem to recall what that is. Oh yes, something that requires clouds. Sounds nice ;-D

My other half will be off to Dallas for a week soon on business, cold front still lingering?? At least the week after she'll be in Vermont, much cooler!
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21. GardenGrrl
4:04 PM GMT on July 31, 2014
Good Morning, woke up last night because it seemed like a strobe light was coming in. Serious lightning. No rain, and couldn't see the actual bolts, just a dull grey and white pulsing "disco sky" to rouse me out of sleep.

Hi Sandi, isn't it amazing how thorns and such can penetrate the soles of shoes? Besides snakes and chiggers that is another reason I wear cowboy boots for yard work. The Crocs do look quite comfortable for sandals. I'm with Infinity, Hmmmm....may look for some at the mall.

Hi Calpoppy, oh yeah, you could of used a pair of those while working at the nursery. Unloading a truck full of shrub roses does indeed count as an extreme gardening sport. You know your a rose gardener when your best pair of tweezers is not used on eyebrows.

Hi Ylee, you know I didn't even notice that banner about the leather shortage. I think It was because I went right to the order page. (Saw them on Amazon.) Guess I did luck out ordering the odd size.

Here is the link for what Ylee is talking about for those interested; Leather Shortage

Hi Infinity, that's so funny how they learn. Just like little kids. When I worked nights Syd would scream all day while I was in the other room trying to sleep. Finally I started rolling that huge cage of his into the bedroom with me and that made him happy. He would chatter away in the dark in this tiny whisper voice, which was kind of creepy at first, but then I got used to it and finally was able to sleep all day with Syd happily keeping a beady eye on me.

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20. InfinityLofts
1:41 PM GMT on July 31, 2014
GardenGrrl & Watchin I would tell Zoey to use his " Inside voice"  and whisper.  Worked quite well actually.  A friend was over with smaller children and she would tell them that, and they'd comply.  So the concept was an easy one for him to grasp I suppose.  Currently my only indoor bird is a Maximillion Pionus.  "Magi"
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19. InfinityLofts
1:38 PM GMT on July 31, 2014
Hi Sandi,  LOL  I didn't spend anything on the pigeons, they too were gifts.  These pigeons 'Home" not all do.  You drop them off somewhere (they call it a toss) and they fly home.  So far I haven't beaten them back - they're speede!  LOVE those croc shoes, have never seen such a thing from them.  I'm thinking a pair would be great! Hummmm....

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18. sandiquiz
9:31 AM GMT on July 31, 2014
Talking of thorns.... I have been wearing a pair of Crocs all summer, but not the traditional Crocs like clogs, but sandals.

Well, like a fool I went out to pick up some rose briars after I had pruned the bush. I suddenly felt I had something under my foot, so kicked the sandal off. I brushed the inner sole of the shoe and the sole of my foot, found nothing, so put the shoe on again. I took one step and "yikes" - what is that!

On closer investigation I saw that a rose thorn had gone through the rubber sole from the bottom and was sticking into my foot every time I took a step and put pressure on it. It took a pair of tweezers to get it out, and taught me not to walk on the garden where thorns and briars might be in my Croc sandals! lol




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17. Ylee
5:23 PM GMT on July 29, 2014
I was reading the Bear Wallow website, and I didn't know we had a leather shortage! :( Glad you were able to score some in your size!
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16. calpoppy
1:50 PM GMT on July 29, 2014
Ahhh, cold front. I wish I would hear those words out here!!!! Those gloves look great. I have seen many types of the gauntlet gloves but I like yours the best. Every time I would unload a nursery truck and it had roses on it I would be stabbed multiple times, LOL! Sometimes the thorns like me better and would hang out in me ;) I think sometimes they just liked to bite.

Syd looks very nice on a black background.

Ozgalah has lots of Galahs flying about!
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15. sandiquiz
11:09 AM GMT on July 29, 2014
You don't need to spend thousands on a pigeon! I can send you a couple, free! I would even pay the postage to get them out of my garden!! lol
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14. GardenGrrl
10:11 AM GMT on July 29, 2014
Good Morning, the cold front has come in. Currently 73f and I actually felt a bit chilly taking the dog out this morning after the triple digit heat.

Hi Sandi, it is so funny to see pictures of Australia and Syd's cousins running amok. We almost bought a Galah that is considered to be an Aussie pigeon but it was $3000! Crazy price for a tame pigeon. Syd was half that and came with a cage as tall as I am.
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13. sandiquiz
4:09 PM GMT on July 28, 2014
I was watching a programme called "Grand Designs, Australia" over lunch, and a couple were building a house up in the rain forest area of north east Australia. Twice while the camera crews were showing the lush area around their building plot, they stopped on a parakeet.... white with yellow tuft... Syd's twin brother!! lol

Erm.... doesn't other half water for you while you're at work, or do you have the same problem as I do...? "Don't do gardening"!

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12. GardenGrrl
10:08 AM GMT on July 28, 2014
Good Morning, it is a balmy 81f at 4:58am. Could have sworn I so a weather report earlier in the week that said a 50% chance of rain today. This morning says 0% so now I'm just swearing ;D Hope the grass and shrubs survive the next three days before I can spend some time watering them.

Hi WTS, Syd likes to squeek too. It must be a fun sound for them. I try to build on the sound by responding with something similar but less annoying. He will often modify the high pitched whatever it is and do my call. The wolf whistle is still only the first note of it though. Have been trying to teach the mockingbirds outside how to wolf whistle as well. They are not having it preferring the car alarm setting sound.

Hi Infinity, welcome to WUville and thanks for coming to visit my blog. It's a work day so don't have much time to actually respond at this point. Have to make lunch and run out the door. Am interested in hearing about your cockatoo and pigeons. The pigeon project sounds really cool.
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11. WatchinTheSky
9:35 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
hmmm.. I know I've been checking your blog every day, now I see it's been new for 3 days??? oh well...

So Syd does not mind he gloves? I can see he is a happy boy since he has such a fine set of feathers (no picking). Phinny gets very freaked out by gloves (and red anythings, especially luggage). I supposed he would get used to it if that was all that was used to pick him up ;-)

Hopefully he calms down again, once adolescence is done - teenagers!! Phin has dropped most talking but is in a 'squeaking' phase. Really bugs C sometimes.
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10. InfinityLofts
9:23 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
I had a LSC Cockatoo also, Zoey.  Zoey didn't care for gloves - or hats.  Glad you are finding away to help with the bloodshed.  My LSC was also a male.  So i understand where you are coming from.  Great post, hope to see more from you.
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9. GardenGrrl
10:13 AM GMT on July 27, 2014
Good Morning, 83f at 5am.

Hi Bug, oh that is a funny story. I think that is Syd's problem too. I have given him some stuffed dog toys that he "ahem" plays with. I got him because I had parakeets and they all die so soon of old age or daredevil accident that I wanted a bird that would live longer.

Hi Shirley, pretty butterfly. Yeah, your daughter probably got good grades because there is nothing up in the panhandle except rocks and oil rigs.

Hi Mike, I think having alpha pets helps us channel our own bossiness as a team towards the pets.
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8. clearlakemike
9:50 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
That's intense, GG, lol...yes, All Alpha households make for some interesting dynamics. I live in one also. It is not a pretty picture at times. I had a pair of cockatiels many, many years ago. They didn't nip and were kind of sweet. But they chewed on wood, i.e. furniture and pooped on things. I got them a big cage but they were like a pair of little yapping dogs always wanting out. When I went to Australia and was sitting on a beach one morning and saw wild ones flying all about I realized why. I gave them to someone who didn't mind their habits. I think she enjoyed them very much.
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7. WeatherWise
9:27 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
Nice photos of Sid. I actually like the contrast of the background in the first photo - Neat gloves and they work - deterring the biting little guy but yet you can get its nails trimmed and pet it, etc. He does not seem to mind either. Neat. Never had a bird but had a good friend that had a parakeet that she petted and talked to like one would a kitty. . Then I think one of my sons had a parakeet but it did not talk or anything. It was interesting. I had almost forgotten about that. I will have to check with him and see it it was really true. What we don't do for our kids.. There is probably more to that story.

My daughter was into Texas a little ways today, the panhandle, and complaining about it being as wretched as it was almost 20 years ago. She got her doctorate from Texas Tech. I never remember her saying much about it except there was absolutely nothing there.

Looking for a flower with a butterfly guarantee as seems the butterfly bushes don't seem to be attracting. Plus I am chicken right now to walk through the grass to get to them. Seems I am collecting ticks from somewhere.

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6. palmettobug53
3:39 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
Hey, GG.

Birds can be so much fun but some of them do have some not so nice habits.

Many members of my family on both sides always seemed to have parakeets when I was growing up. They were all lovely little birds. Except one: Whibble The Sex Maniac.

All he wanted to do was have sex with your finger. If you didn't let him, he'd bite your fingers or hand or run up your arm and bite your neck or ears. Just because he had a tiny beak didn't mean he couldn't take a hunk out of you. He drew blood more than once.

I remember seeing Dad swat that bird across the room one time because of it.

Needless to say, Whibble didn't get let out of his cage much.

It was kind of funny watching him getting after the balls on the pool table. They were bigger than he was. Slippery, to boot, and he kept sliding off.

Someone suggested we get him a female and then maybe he'd quit biting us. I replied 'No way; he'd &^%$^% the poor thing to death."

Sorry. Sorry. Family blog..... I'll go sit in my corner for a time out.
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5. GardenGrrl
12:32 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
Good Morning. Getting some blogging in before waking the spouse for a run to the dog park with Roxie. It is already 80f at 7am.

Hi Briar, we got Syd as a still hand feeding baby. He was the most wonderful pet ever for the first five years. He would snuggle in our laps while we watched TV. He had a rope that stretched across the living room with bungy cords and toys. He liked to pull up one of the cords, hold fast with his beak and bungy jump, bouncing and swinging around.

Then we he became a sexually mature cockatoo he became aggressive. They left that part out about male sulpher crested cockatoos when I did the research before buying one. Apparently some of the males can not only be outgoing and decent talkers, but also be uber aggressive. So, everyone in the house is an Alpha; dog, bird, humans. Interesting dynamics.

Hi Sandi, I cloned the TV into the background for the bottom picture to give more contrast. Got lazy with the other.
Now what's this about 92f in the UK? Ugh. That has to be terribly uncomfortable and not very healthy with out air conditioning. Really don't know how our ancestors survived heatwaves. Drink lots of water and avoid excercise while it is hot. What a great excuse for couch surfing all day.
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4. sandiquiz
11:31 AM GMT on July 26, 2014
When I saw the top photo in Flickr, (I only have time to check one from each of my contacts so you may have posted the other, I didn't see) I thought, it would work really well if the TV was the whole of the background, making Syd stand out more... and you did just that!! lol

Reached 92.3 here, and still rising! Problem is, we do not have air-con, so every window and door is open to get some through air... thank goodness for screens, as there are also lots flying insects out there, too...I don't want them indoors!
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3. BriarCraft
4:43 AM GMT on July 26, 2014
Hannibal is such a handsome bird. It's a shame you have to wear armor to be close to him -- kinda takes something away from any affectionate moments. I found this little tidbit, which you probably know all about:

A cockatoo bite is different from other bird bites. On the cockatoo’s lower mandible are two prongs that, when combined with the pointed top mandible, give them the advantage of being able to hold and tear in three separate places. This is not something you want to learn about firsthand.

Yikes!

Does Hannibal ever play nice? Or does he just try to lull you into putting a finger (or other body part) within range of his beak? A metro area the size of DFW maybe has a cockatoo training school? It could happen...
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2. BriarCraft
4:30 AM GMT on July 26, 2014
FIRST!
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1. GardenGrrl
2:28 AM GMT on July 26, 2014
From the last blog, somehow got to everyone else and forgot about my own blog.

Hi Ylee, thanks, that is a really neat video. New World Order is on my fave video list now.

Hi Sandi, those are some crafty kitties. The poor dog must feel ganged up on. I can imagine your friends surprise to discover Kitty Vandals.

Hi Briar, Oh poor kitties they really do hate rain. Charlie sounds like a determined cat. Glad they are not teaming up on your carpet. So kitties smell like wet dogs? I have only smelled them after a bath.

Hi WTS, Phinney looks like a saint. Aren't all parrots:) Does he give Theia a hard time?

Hi Prose, Roxie gets her grasshoppers from outside. We have them all over the yard and garden right now. Roxie has a blast pouncing on them like she is a kitty when she goes outside.


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21. Proserpina
7:13 PM GMT on July 25, 2014
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Where are those grasshoppers or crickets or ? coming from? Hurrah for Roxie for 'taking care of them'! Hi GG!
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20. WatchinTheSky
6:22 PM GMT on July 25, 2014
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Happy shootin down at the pond, Tex ;-D I am hoping to get another challenge photo tomorrow.
I can't imagine Syd causes you any grief, Phin never does - hahahaha, cracking myself up again...
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19. WatchinTheSky
4:35 PM GMT on July 24, 2014
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Morning GG! Cooling down any? Not here!
Not much is helping to pass the time here in jury lounge this morning, a plus - it's cool inside!
Funny story Sandi, though I suppose not for the lady and her carpet :P
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18. BriarCraft
11:51 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
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It was rainy this morning -- not usual for this time of year -- and it took a couple of the cats by surprise. They bounded off the deck as usual, ready for their morning perimeter patrol and got wet. Charlie was dedicated and did his usual rounds, if a bit faster than usual. Kenny did an about face and then sat on the deck to survey his domain from afar. A few minutes later, Charlie came back and cried and whined until I took pity on him and toweled him off. Both of them smell like wet dog today.

Sandi, I've heard it said that cat's don't do teamwork, but your story proves that wrong. Not only did they work together to rip up the rug, they conspired to get the dog blamed. Smart kitties!
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17. sandiquiz
2:33 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
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Oh, cats have their off days as well!

Were I went this morning for breakfast there are two cats and one dog. The lady of the house works afternoons, and when she came back last Friday the new landing carpet, only laid two days before, had been scratched up and the underlay torn. She blamed the dog, and made sure he was locked away Monday afternoon. Well, come Monday evening, the carpet was even worse, but what was more astonishing was she actually caught both cats working in tandem to pull up the carpet from the gripper tread around the edges of the room when she came home! So both cats will be fastened out or in the conservatory - tiled floor - and the dog forgiven! lol

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16. Ylee
10:03 AM GMT on July 23, 2014
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Have a nice day at the Cave, GG! :' )


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