Saturday, April 18, 2009

For the birds

Here is the latest on Chipper. When I last reported, following his head injury, I mentioned that he had flown up onto the end table. Well, he did not do that for a few days, but did again yesterday and this morning. I was encouraged by this upward flight, but in the meantime had moved his cage from the floor up onto a box that was much closer to the ground than the end table.

There I was eating breakfast when I heard a flutter of his wings. He makes a very distinctive sound when he flies, so I looked around to see where he was. Lo! and behold, he was up on the stool, but if he was trying to reach his cage, he was in the wrong place. So I moved his cage up to the counter, thinking he could make it easily from there, but when I put his ladder up to his cage from stool to counter, he flew back down to the ground.

So I moved his cage back up on the counter, thinking he would go from ground to stool to counter. I had gone back to the den, and when I came forward, I did not see him -- not on the floor, or stool, or in his cage. Then I did a double-take. He was sitting on Pepper’s cage door. “Don’t move,” I told him, while I went back for my camera. Of course he does as he pleases, so when I got back, he wasn’t on the cage door where I could get a good shot, but inside Pep’s cage.

I speculated that he had flown from the ground to stool to counter, and I wanted to see him do it again. So I urged him out of Pepper’s cage (where he is not supposed to be anyway), and sat down to see what he would do. Well, he surprised me again by trying to fly from the ground up to the counter. He almost made it, but dropped back down. At that point I took pity on him, and moved his cage back to the ground where he could easily get in.

Ok, from birds to humor:


1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional... 

2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.

3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.

4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.

5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions. 

6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician

7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.. 


  1. Are you sure Chipper doesn't have a bit of cat in his ancestry? Teasing Pepper like that. Like our neighbor's cat, who would sit on the outside ledge of another neighbor's window, making swiping motions at the dog inside to make it bark, knowing the dog couldn't touch it. Did it often, too.

  2. p.s. Dunno what's up with Earthlink, but it's been bouncing back my notes to you the last two days. Thought I'd let you know here, since I can't there.

  3. Those little ladders are so cute. Can they walk up other things like fishermen's nets or ropes?

    BTW, I needed Google to figure out TTYL the first time, too!