I’ve missed my birdie.

First day back.   Buried in email.  My feet are sore from the decks.  I have a plethora of bruises and scrapes.   We have a pile of laundry to do.  The fridge is empty.  I still feel the sway of the waves.  But I’m still smiling at all the laughs we had.

I miss my birdie, though, we’re going to pick him up tonight.

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Pretty bird.

 

Here we go again!

I wish you a most happy, loving, and exciting 2014! I’m counting my blessings while reeling through memories from the year we just wrapped up. Here’s to the next lap ’round the sun. Cheers!

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How’s it hanging?

We had a great day on the lake today.   The winds picked up so we pulled anchor and sailed over to the Gnarly Gar and had lunch.    Jake did great at the helm.   On the way back to the marina, the winds were so light that Monte and Jake were able to jump in and be towed behind the boat, as we sailed along at about half a knot.

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When we got back home, Keeto was very happy to see the flock return, as usual.   He’s a funny bird.

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The evening was filled with Wii contests of strength and speed; a delicious spread of sauteed pork chops, pasta and kale that Jake prepared; and the mandatory showing of Captain Ron for new-sailor initiation.

A great weekend!

Leaving is always the hardest part.

Sunday already!?   Today we all rolled out of bed for mimosas and crepes.
Then checked out around noon.
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Back in Austin the skies were colorful; remnants of today’s rain showers:
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I picked up Keeto after I got home, and we enjoyed catching up on our favorite crime dramas…
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I wish tomorrow was not Monday!!  :/

Our very own Seahawk.

Go Hawks!

Go Hawks!

We watched the Seahawks win their 1st playoff game today versus the Redskins.  Yay!

Next are the Falcons, a week from today.  (A girl can hope!)

Keeto is our own little Seahawk.  Fierce, isn’t he?  🙂

He’s about 16 months now.  Quite the chatty cathy.

Have a great week!

 

Tuesday at the chez…

Latest project.

It’s Tuesday already.  Almost halfway to the weekend!  The picture above is of Monte’s latest project… a homemade sundial.  I think this is a prototype.  But it seems to work pretty well.  He’s aligned the center of the dial with magnetic North using a compass. Some adjustments will be necessary.  Stayed tuned.

The zinnia patch has flower stalks that are over 4′ tall.  We’re still harvesting them. This is today’s selection.

Fresh cut zinnies.

And, last one, this is a shot of 2/3’s of the flock as we settle in for the evening.

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G’nite!

Birthday budgie.

Happy 1st Birthday Keeto!

When we adopted Keeto last year, he was approximately 6 weeks old.  Based on that we guesstimated his birthday to be August 15.  Today marks the completion of his first lap around the sun.  Happy Birthday birdie!

Party animal.

Incoming.

Wanna come see me?!

Have you ever known of a parakeet that comes when you call it?  Monte and I think it’s a pretty cool trick.   Working from home today, I left Keeto in the kitchen on his perch in the window.  My office is all the way on the other side of the house down a hall with several doors off of it.  After a while I called Keeto…  and aimed the camera at the door.  It wasn’t too long that I heard him flapping down the hall and caught a few pics of him coming into my office… landing on my hand a couple seconds later.

The pictures aren’t too good.  He repeated the trick a few times and I used a couple of different shutter speeds.  This was the best sequence I captured.

It’s a bird… no, it’s a plane… no, it IS a bird.  Pretty bird!

Keeto at about 10 1/2 months.

C’mere.

After being out of town all last week, it’s nice to be home this week — for lots of reasons.  One is that I get to visit with Keeto in the morning.  Such a pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty bird.

Keeto will be 1 year old around the middle of August.    It’ll be another good excuse to throw a party.  🙂

Gimme a kiss.

Keeto at about 8 months.

Keeto is about 8 months old.  His flight feathers are in and he has mastered flying.  He loves to sit on his perch in the window, which is about 2 feet away from a hummingbird feeder.   When the hummingbirds fly up to the feeder, I don’t know who is more freaked out, the hummingbirds or Keeto.   He also will fly between Monte and I when we are all sitting down to watch TV.   He seems to be pretty house-trained.   Good thing. …and he loves to give kisses.

Today is day 2 of an absolutely beautiful weekend.   Monte has headed to the lake,  and I am working.   Ok.  Well.  I will be as soon as I post this.

We are looking forward to a fun evening at the One World Theatre.   For Christmas, I gave monte tickets for 2 for the Diane Schuur concert this evening.   I made him humongous paper tickets for the gift.  The real tix are actually at will-call.   But we’re bringing the home-made tickets with us to see if they’ll let us in with them anyway 🙂

Great seats.

Oh, and Happy Earth Day!