Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Sound of a Happy Parrot

Vinnie is greeting the morning.  Let's just say, he's no canary with sweet tweets.  But he does have a pretty decent vocabulary.

Every morning, I would greet him with "Good morning!  How are you?"  He truncated it a bit, and returned, "Good morning, you."

Then came the breakfast ritual, in which he would ask, "Time for breakfast?"  To which I would reply, "yes, dear, time for breakfast."  "A good boy breakfast?"  I don't know why he decided that the best breakfast foods were a "good boy breakfast!"  He's so SMART!

It startled me one day when he started chanting, "I love breakfast food, I love breakfast food."  Like all good amazon parrots, Vinnie lives for food. ;)  With the orange tree providing a bountiful crop, as the season comes to and end, we pull off what is left and juice them.  I gave the parrots orange juice one morning, and Vinnie looked at it suspiciously.  I told him to just try it.  "It's good, it's just an orange, honey."  He tried it, and loved it!  The next morning, he asked for it again.  "Time for breakfast?"  The routine started.  "Yes dear, time for breakfast."  "I love breakfast water!"  BREAKFAST WATER????  I swear there is a little Rhodes' Scholar in that amazon parrot suit.

We picked four beautiful squash this morning and sent them over to Leslie two doors down.  We still have several that will go on the grill this afternoon.  We're marinating a pork loin in Tequila, Chipotle chilies in Adobo, olive oil, garlic, teriaki and Worcestershire sauce.  And that reminds me...let me go turn it over!  Oh it smells so good!  We've also got some new crop corn on the cob which we'll grill as well.  Life is good, isn't it? :)

I took Jane and went to Sprouts yesterday.  I wanted to find something to take with us for the marathon chemo session Tuesday.  We found a couple of extra protein Luna Bars, and I got some cranberry pomegranate juice.  And I got worn out.  How can you get worn out while riding your scooter through the store?  But I did, and I was happy to get home.

We made posole for dinner, and it was fantastic.  You know how I adore hominy. ;)  And there is enough to have for lunch today!

I'm tired again, so I'm going to go rest up a bit.  Enjoy Memorial Day, my American friends.  My family has not lost a soul to war, at least in the past five centuries, but many were part of the armed forces and gave their support to our country.  Be at peace, all.

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