Cave Dwellings: Just a couple of “ol’ birds”..
Cave Dwellings

Buckhorn Creek, Lake O' The Pines, Jefferson, TX

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Just a couple of “ol’ birds”..

Before I forget, (and you know I will), McGyver and I want to give a shout out to our new followers, Kate and Terry.  They own a Lazy Daze motor home and they also own a great sense of humor…check them out!..OK, all of you in the truck need to …SHIFT…, and no pinching or pulling hair!! We will be back on the road Monday!

I have visited our new neighbors, Hank, Jasper …..and their “mom”, Maryann. Yesterday, I was just about ready to go over to their camper and ask if Hank and Jasper could come out and play,  when I noticed that Hank and Jasper were indeed “playing” outside.   I strolled over, (camera in hand), and asked if I could visit with the Macaw family…up close and personal.  Maryann was very gracious, and said I could “go ahead and get closer, but don’t offer your finger”…NO, REALLY?..DO I LOOK THAT STUPID??..never mind.



These birds have a regular “jungle gym” right outside their camper.  ..and they were busily rope walking, pecking, and staring …at me…Dressed in one of my most festive outfits..and with my very large nose, they thought I was one of THEM.

What a play area!! I want McGyver to set me up a swing, some monkey bars and a maybe a cuttle bone in our camper backyard.  No, make that cuttlebone a “Hostess Twinkie” Bar…OH, YEAH… I ‘d be there every day!!.  What a workout area these dudes this dude and dudette have!!




Maryann was very kind,  informing me about her “kids”…Hank, on the left, is the oldest, at 37.  These birds can live very long lives…even up to 60 years…However, they do have issues( just like us “old birds”)…Hank has granulomas on his lungs and is developing cataracts. (I feel your cataract pain, Hank).. Jasper, on the right, is the girl, age 13…She has Congestive Heart Failure…And  you can’t just take these flyers to any old veterinarian..WHOA NO!! They need a specialist…an AVIAN Veterinarian!!

They are both rescue birds, and Maryann said that Jasper had been badly abused when she came to Maryann…GRRRR! I hate ANY KIND of abuse to ANY LIVING THING!!!…While  I was standing there, I was becoming an embarrassment…talking my own form of  “bird language to” these kids…This involved tongue clicking, saying “hello!” in pinched voice ..the kind you use when your bra is too tight, (you ladies know what I mean)Sleepy smile, and repeating the words “pretty bird” so many times even Hank was beginning to dose off. Actually, Maryann informed me that Hank wasn’t being rude.  Just like all  us “old birds”, Hank was in need of his daily nap…

I gotta tell ya a story that Sam, one of our followers related to me in a comment about birds..

“My Donna had a couple of big cockatiels named Zack & Zelda when we met.Evidently Zack didn't perform his manly duties so Zelda plucked every hair out of his head, and then shortly thereafter killed him. Watch out Den,Don't know if this is normal bird behavior or what..Be safe out there.” Sam & Donna..

Sam, I laughed out loud at that comment..I even did the nose snort!! Thanks for the comment.!

Maryann and our other neighbor, Bob Jones, came here together, but each in their own camper…They both belong to a “singles” RV Club, and have been following each other around these past few months.  Bob has some health/lung issues, which inhibit his walking any distance. So, what did Bob do??? He invested in a really neat mobility device…



Oh boy!! Can you just imagine the trouble I could get into if I owned one of these???

  First of all, it would take me at least one  year to make that thing move by leaning the correct way.  I would end up somewhere in the brush,  taking out small trees and rodents that got in my way…But,…I would be the hit of the RV park, segwaying down the park roads, having donned one of my  fabulous“ensembles”, camera around my neck, doing the “parade”wave…I wonder it these things come with drink holders??Martini glass

..No history lesson today, kids.  I could feel the tension in the classroom , and the snoring coming from a few in the back row…I will, however, close this blog with a few photos we took when we went to the “town square” of Goliad..Clik to enlarge and get a better view…


“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
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  1. I wish I could find the picture of poor Zack with his bald , vulture looking head shortly before his untimely death,it was funny, but at the time we didn't know it would end with his end.Maybe Maryann would know if that was normal big bird behavior or if Zelda was just a psycho.I always liked when George Carlin would say his favorite people were the crazy people,you know the ones that live where the busses don't run. That was when I realized public buss service ended about 20 miles from my house.Hey be safe out there, and have a cold one for me, I sure drank yours last night. Sam & Donna..

  2. love the bird neighbours! they not fly away?..glad to hear you are enjoying yourselves! the that would be funny to see you riding around on that!!..maybe the 'ole guy' will take you for a spin?

  3. WOW fellas, read the warning and live to perform another day!

    I guess parenting a macaw is a lifetime commitment.

    The Good Luck Duck

  4. I'd kill myself on a segway. I can't handle a bicycle most of the time. Those birds are gorgeous.

  5. We did a "city tour" of Tucson once on a Segway... must have got overconfident, because we took another Segway tour in St Maartin and I seriously wiped out... me and almost Bill. I guess I forgot to squat at the time. I love your relationship with the Dude and Dudette!

  6. I think you need a Segway, it would be great blog material.

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  8. Beautiful birds - looks like they have caring owners. The Segway looks cool but I think I would rather have 4 wheels. Google Jimi Heselden for a rather macabre but interesting story on the Segway Tycoon!!

  9. excellent those birds but do they not take off??? dont' think I have the balance to handle a segway esp during happy hour lol

  10. Would assume the macaws wings have been clipped so they cant fly. My son had a parrot that he would have wings clipped so we didnt have a bird flying around the house. After all you see what they can do to your windshield.
    You do know dont you the guy who invented the segway died driving one over a cliff ? So guess you would be okay on a flat cliffless space.

  11. butterbean carpenterFebruary 23, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Howdy D&D,
    Donna, those birds are too old to fricassee or even boil!! The feathers would look great in your hair, with one of your 'ensembles'!!
    I didn't know you could be seriouz!
    I tried to show some of your 'ensembles' and all I found were you 'dressed-up'.. McGuyver finally got enuff, huh!! Even chopping wood he dresses nicely!!

  12. Love the pictures of your bird friends. They are beautiful!!!

    We hate to see you guys go. When you get a chance will you please send us an email and let us know what sites you recommend.

    Travel Safe
    P.S. Tell blue eyes hello for us!