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13 January 2013 @ 01:36 pm
Basket order, spring on the way, calendars and Seep Seep  
I just placed an order with a company called Novosel Enterprises. They are a nursery company that carries some really cool products. Remember the trouble I had with the people on Ebay and the baskets they sold? Well this place sells the same ones and more at a much lower cost and lower shipping cost. If they ship quickly and everything arrives in good condition I think I will be ordering most of my supplies from them from now on. I ordered all the sizes I needed which were 6"-12" baskets. I wanted to use the last of my gift on plants but well, I have nowhere to put the plants and some of my older plants desperately need repotting. They are huge and growing out of yogurt cups. These types of hanging baskets are so nice in white and have lasted me years with no cracking or going brittle. They also carry square pots. I wish I had seen that before placing my order. I need lots of those too and this saves me a trip out to Tampa which is hard for me to do as you know. Getting plant supplies makes me just as happy as getting plants. So this is well worth it as a gift.

We went to Walmart and picked up more plastic bins. We got a giant one that fits the upper and middle parts of the Christmas tree. Now it is safely packed up. It's sad because our tree is still basically new, but from being in the hot garage the white branches have yellowed over the years. Chris wants to get a new one. I'm all for that except this one comes with attached lights and I'm attached to them because they have that beautiful turquoise blue that they don't make any more. It was a cheap tree so not surprised it's fading. It's not as pretty as it was. I'd like to get a wider one too so I can put more ornaments on it. I was looking at the lights and I may be able to remove them so a new tree is not something I'm against. I'm all for it. I just want to salvage the blue lights from this one somehow. There must be discounted ones somewhere by now.

I think Spring will be here extra early this year. This is great. I think this because I already see evil Spanish needles sprouting in the yard we cleared. I sprayed round up on them. I need to stay on top of the weeds and get more plastic black mulch. Covering the pumpkin patch last year was great. The banana trees are growing back too. I haven't seen the oaks and other trees get new leaves yet but I suspect they are not far behind. We're still in winter so I hope this isn't the plants getting a premature head start, but I take my cues from nature about when to start gardening as it's pretty accurate. I hope there are no more cold snaps in the next two months.

I got pics of my calendars. I got my bird one in the mail yesterday and it's awesome.

This is my Mass Effect one. The art is awesome. That's male Commander Shepherd. The art of the cities and the destruction by the reapers is spectacular. Nice glossy paper and I love the small art in the grids.
(Henritta's driving me nuts! She came in once, sat on the nest then wanted out and didn't make an egg. I let her out. Then she jumps the fence in the front and demands to be let in. I let her in the front door. She sits on the nest and finally makes an egg. Then demands to be let out. Makes noise and jumps the fence again. I toss her back over the front fence. Come around the back screaming. I let her in. She's in the nest again. WTF? Is she going to make two eggs or is she just being a jerk and wants to lie down? She's not a chicken she's a cat. In out in out)

This is the bird art calendar. Though I chose the page with the dragonflies. It's one of my favorite pages since it's so colorful. The paper on this is the opposite of my Mass Effect one. It's rough like burlap, but it still feels neat and looks good. Both calendars have lovely art and it was hard choosing one month only to show from each. I love having nice things to stare at in my rooms. Unlike last year's calendar this artist wasn't lazy and put the art from each month in the grids instead of using the same birds and bugs every month. That's cool. So I still need three more calendars. I like that the Mass Effect one has the phases of the moon. I don't use them for anything but I like having as much info on my calendars as possible. Not all calendars have moon phases and some are lazy and only show the full moon or full and new. I want all phases for each month.

This is Seep Seep my Gouldian Finch. He's getting old and I think he'll be gone very soon. That's why I'm taking pics and videos of him. I hand raised him which I'm proud of because it's very difficult to raise finches on formula. They do great until weaning age then tend to die. This one didn't for some reason and because he's hand fed has been very tame and a great pet. I can hold him which is very rare and pet him. I lost the hatch date though. I think he's 8 or 9 years old. He's got that "tired of life" look that Gaus had. He's got good weight and poops normally. But he mostly sleeps and doesn't eat or drink anymore. So I'm a bit sad that I think it's time to say good bye. Nine years is a great life for a small bird. I regret not breeding him. I could never find a female now that I don't go to the bird shows anymore that wasn't over priced.

Males have spiked tails. He was so cute how he would sink softly and get in a question mark pose and hop up and down in place. That was his mating display. He loved playing with the turn mirror.

The scars on his face are from hatching. The ones on top his parents gave him which is why I had to remove and hand feed him or they would have killed him. The rest of the scars on his face and stuff are from him picking fights with budgies. He was a mean tough finch and I've saved his life more than once and had to put him in his own cage. Now he lives with Cinnamon Bun and Abigail the cockatiels which are very gentle birds and he doesn't provoke them. I trained him to fly around the room and return to his cage. Sometimes I'd forget to close his cage but he'd go back in and sleep in it and in the morning he'd still be sitting in the cage with the door wide open. Hehe, I know of only one other finch that was this well behaved as a pet and she belongs to my good friend CVersailles. My days lately have been wonderful and lots of fun. I have been enjoying life but this is one sour note. Thank God though I have so much good right now to keep me from getting too sad. Also I know I have given Seep Seep a good long healthy life.
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actipton80actipton80 on January 13th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
Seep Seep is a very adorable and precious little bird. Nine years. I didn't know finches lived that long. I knew canaries could, but none of the bird books I've read say anything about finches living that long. I remember on one of your old videos, you had Seep Seep in with Gaus. I think you had Randy in there too.
Des: Gaus my budgiethagirion on January 13th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you. He's definitely special. Yes, 8 or 9. Not sure which. Would like to think it's 9 since I had him before we moved to this house and we've lived here 5+ years now. Yeah, Randy is probably around the same age as Seep Seep as I bred him in those years I loved in the apartment with Chris in Tampa. I think Gaus was middle aged when Randy was born.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Macawsilvolf on January 13th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
Aww Seep Seep is lovely and such a pretty colour too. I like his face. He looks happy. Its always sad to see pets go but when they live long and happy lives, you also have satisfaction that you gave them that.
The calendars are cool. I like ones with all the phases of the moon too.
Des: Darwin My Budgiethagirion on January 14th, 2013 01:14 pm (UTC)
I like how pretty he is. Yeah, I'm glad he's been around so long.
They are neat calendars. I'm enjoying them.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on January 14th, 2013 11:22 am (UTC)
Well, that guy lost out by having such restrictive rules on ebay.

Mum and dad cope with the Cobbler's Pags by using weed mat. I think it might be better than black plastic because it would let thew rain through. Though, in this climate, plants soon grow on top of it. It needs to be pulled up once a year. So, maybe black plastic would be better. It will be interesting to see if they are an indicator of an early spring.

Your comment about Henrietta being not a chook, but a cat made me lol :)

The bird art calender is beautiful!

Seep Seep is a very pretty bird. Nine years is a long time for a finch to live, I would think. I'm glad you know his time is drawing near and you're spending special time with his and photographing and videoing him.

Des: Budgiesthagirion on January 14th, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
The plastic weed mat I use has holes to let he rain in. It's just not very strong and only lasts one year in full sun. It works for me because a hundred foot roll is under $20 which is wonderful.

She really is like a cat wanting in and out. She's got me doing her bidding.


He's a sweety pet.
Cheezey: Cute Cobacheezey on January 17th, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
Aww. Seep Seep is a cute little bird. That's sad that his parents gave him those scars. Good thing you were able to save him. I hope you get a pleasant surprise and have him longer than you expect.
Des: Malcolm - I Hate Being Right All The Timthagirion on January 17th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks, he is. I hope I'm wrong too. I've got that whole cage on antibiotics right now hoping it will help. Abigail has runny poops so she needs it too. Then I'll put them all on herbal pigeon tea.