PeterB wrote:An excercise in vigorous patience all round I guess.
Hehe, I'm sure most of the members are utilizing this time as an opportunity for more zazen.
We took the opportunity to drive down the mountain to the Home Depot Garden Shop today. This was our first trip down into town since last fall, and was very windy. We enjoyed the trip, and gots lots of stuff we've been needing for the garden (although we held off on getting veggie plants for our new raised beds -- it's still too cold at night for them).
While down in town, we went to the Petco and bought two baby Budgies to go with Pete and Gladys. One is an amethyst color, and one multi-hued blue, so we are calling them Blue and Violet. We now have them in a smaller cage set up against the big cage of Pete and Gladys, so that they all can get to know each other in the comfort of their individual safe spaces.
Gladys (15) has stayed aloof on her highest perch, since she's the elder, but 1-year old Pete got right in their face across the double bars, first checking them out and then welcoming them, and then proceeding with the guided tour of his cage, showing them all his toys and food and demonstrating the tricks that he could do. One of his most daring is to hit the button on a hanging sound card, which then says in Parakeet-English: "I love you!" He only does it a few times a day normally, but when he was trying to show off for the two new kids, he kept doing it for about half a dozen times, and of course they were quite amazed ("Look - he talks to the gods!"), and quickly joined in the play, although they're young and a bit doofy, slipping around the bars and so forth. Anyway, we'll let them continue socializing for a week or two, then let the kids into the big cage as full-fledged members with posting privileges.