Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Blowing Rain, and Odie

Gustav is throwing a bit of rain and wind in our direction (I'm a half a hair north and a hair west of Helena on the image down there), enough that we've had to do a find and recover a couple of times, of the hummingbird feeders on the deck. Apparently, a little rain doesn't keep those little fellas from wanting to sip up the nectar throughout the day.

We're also under a tornado watch this evening and I sure hope nothing develops, I'm too tired to run to take cover.

Hubby co-manages an 18,000, or so, acre portion of a cotton/soybean/corn/rice farm (on which there is not a stalk of cotton this year) so all this rain and breeziness is not doing the crops much good, especially the corn and rice. He mentioned that quite a bit of rice is falling so that will make it pretty difficult for the combines to reach it all during the harvest. It's worrisome for sure cause if the farm owner doesn't make money, there won't be any raises around here in the foreseeable future.

This afternoon Jami noticed an ad in the Forrest City paper that offered a Quaker Parrot for sale, with cage, for $150. I hummed and hawed over it for a few minutes then told her to go ahead and call the number on the ad and see where the owners were located at least. Turns out they're only about 25 miles or so north of here so I'm going tomorrow to pick up Odie, the Quaker Parrot. The picture below is not Odie but from what I've read, most Quakers are green so I expect he'll look similar to the photo. They are about 11 inches in height/length (how do you measure birds?).

I had almost decided not to get another bird after Ya-Ya died, but I really do miss his noisy company, and this bird won't be a year old until January, so maybe he's young enough that he'll adjust to a new household fairly quickly.

I'm still feeling puny with a sore throat but I do get some relief with alternating ibupro and tylenol so it's not all bad.

I hope everyone is having a great week!


Louise said...

Can't believe that storm is still dumping so much rain with wind on everyone. Makes it nice to stay in bed, though.

Cute bird.

~Red Tin Heart~ said...
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~Red Tin Heart~ said...

I sure hope you start feeling better, and I hope the weather there settles down.
We had a parrot named George when I was a kid. My Mom loved that bird.
He was really neat.
That is an excellent price for him as well.
Thanks for the comment you left. But some days are just harder than others..
Today has been real hard.
xoxo Nita

Mary Lou said...

My brother has a cockatoo and his wife had a pair of peach face love birds and a pair of cockatiels, GADS it was noisy in their house.

Virginia Gal said...

You are going to add a bird to the mix of your hectic life?!

Girl you have more energy than me!

Loretta said...

I've allways wanted a bird but never had one. I wish you many years with Odie. What a cute name!!

We're getting big time rain here at Jonesboro too. Good luch with the rice.

bichonpawz said...

Sure hope the storms ease up soon, Brenda!! How exciting that you'll be getting a new family member!! My mom was always able to teach our birds to talk....and only my mom could do it....the birds wanted nothing to do with the rest of us! I am sure the new bird will adjust fine to your household. Sending good thoughts!!!

Andrea said...

Awww I love the name Odie! Parrots live for a super duper long time don't they? Do you know why the other people don't want him anymore? I know you'll give him a good home. Pics when you can. :D Stay safe Brenda!

jazzi said...

I was watching the radar yesterday and thinking about you and yours. I hope you all dry out quickly.
Welcome to the fray, Odie!

Donna said...

Yikes about the storms! Hope you got through them OK. The new little birdie ought to lift your spirits.

Donna said...

Wish I could stop all the rains for you Miz Brenda!!! Hope the fields weren't too badly damaged!!
Odie?? Hahahaaa....The photo looks Precious! Can't Wait for pictures of the Real Thing!!! Speaking of pictures...the Fair? How'd you do??Hughughugs

Joan said...

Awww I'm glad you are getting another bird. I love birds. I had a budgie that could talk, he was so funny.

Stay high and dry!

Sharon Ellery said...

Good luck with all that bad weather. Hope that your new birds brightens your day and that you feel better soon.

We used to have a cockatoo and galah when I was younger that both talked and whistled really well. They were both such characters - they both escaped when my gran looked after them and opened the cage door. Dad wasn't too happy.


Dawn said...

It has rained here all day, too. I even slipped a nap into my day, also!

I can't wait to see the pictures of Odie.

Feel better soon!!


joan said...

Hope the everything is quiet for you by now and you are feeling lots better. I haven't had a bird in years. Not sure how my kitty would handle a bird. LOL

Cindra said...

Nothing from you for a couple days... hope you are feeling better.

mreddie said...

I was wondering if you guys were getting hit with Gustav's leftovers. Hope all comes out OK. ec