Pet Peeves

We all have pet peeves. They can range anywhere from traffic to waiting in line. The following all occurred within a weeks time.

My peeves:

-Have you noticed how when you pay an establishment(especially a medical one) that your money is removed from your account before you leave the office?  However if they owe you money, it will take at least 2 weeks before you see it in your account. Case in point my family doctor made an error about 2 weeks ago and owes me $25.00, I have yet to see it returned.

-yield signs- I was always under the impression that meant you slowed down to make sure traffic is not coming right at you, but also they had the right of way. I am wrong. We have this one street where there is such a sign and I always slow down for some one will be barreling down as if the yield sign means GO FASTER  and they narrowly miss me.

-grocery lines- I am sure we have all experienced this at one point. You will see two lines, one is shorter so you hop on over from the line you are in. Don’t you know, the minute you do that, the line you just came from speeds up and you’re still waiting in the “shorter” line.

-doctor’s office who will schedule 5 patients at the same time slot-  It seems pointless to make an appointment some days for you are waiting just as long.

-Cell phones- Just because you’re on a cell phone does not mean you need to automatically talk louder, there is no need. The person can still hear you. Yet some how people who use cell phones in public will raise their voices.

-This has to be my favorite one. I was on hold with the phone company. I was talking to Ruby and we were not understanding each other. She then told me ” I do not understand your accent , I will transfer you.” Now Ruby is from India. She sends me over to Al who did not know how to help me so he moved me down the line to Stewart. He was not sure but he knew who could help me. I am sure you all can figure out who that is. Ruby. Yes I got her again.  I asked her for someone who spoke English and she was offended.

Yes I can go on and I am sure you all can come up with pet peeves of your own.  It does make you just want to toss your hands in the air and not want to get out of bed some days

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Terminology

There are some pets you own, and there some pets that own you. I am owned by birds. Anyone who reads this blog knows this. I am bias and can go on and on about the topic of my birds or birds in general. I thought it was needed to list some bird terms so down the road you won’t get confused or rather you’ll have a reference to come back too. The following words are common terms which have been used in my stories.

fids- a term to describe our feathery birds, which in time tend to be loved like our own kids. So feather kids aka fids

preen-it’s a birds way of grooming their feathers using their beak or tongue-they will groom, arrange and care for the feathers from top to bottom

hen-female bird

crop-a pouch inside the bird where food is stored for later digestion or to regurgitate to feed one’s young

avian vet- a vet that treats birds

clutch- the number of eggs a bird will lay

molting- when birds cast or sheds its feathers for new growth

crest- feathers for my cockatiels it’s the feathers on the head that looks like a Mohawk

fledging-when the bird is out of the nest but not feeding itself

nest box- a box that one can use in place of a nest or bird house

bonded pair- two birds that pair up for reproduction, can be short-lived or they can bond for life

blood feather- any feather that still has a blood supply- crucial to know when trimming the wings

chick- a new born bird

weaned bird- a bird that is out of the nest and eating on its own

The boys from the hood

These are the boys.

Left to right –

BJ is  named after the breeders, Brigitte and Johnny

Angel was suppose to be BJ’s mate but ah hmm she turned out to be a he. 

Twopiece is the first bird I have ever owned, he became part of my family in 1998

Nye is the son of  Twopiece

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