My son’s pet finches: love at first sight

Several months ago, after months of saving up (to prove he truly wanted them and it was not a passing fancy), my son got a pair of spice finches:

Sugar&Spice1

Sugar&Spice2

The cats watching closely as we adjusted the height of the cage until they could no longer reach it:

Cats&Finches

(They now have a bigger cage.  I’d like to get some close-ups, except that my stupid non-smartphone (an AT&T Z431 Gophone with smartphone-like features, but limited application) has stopped uploading pictures to Facebook for some unknown reason, and we don’t know where our camera has gotten to.)

When I first saw these two in the pet store, they were sitting on a perch, cuddled together.  We’re not sure if they’re mates, or two girls, or two boys.  But they do love each other and needed to be kept together–and, well, finches need to be in pairs, anyway, so they don’t waste away from loneliness.

Aside from the occasional argument over cleaning the cage today or tomorrow, my son has been pretty good about taking care of them.  It also helps that every day I write his chores down on a slate (old-fashioned slate with slate pencil, as used in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s time), and include bird chores.

Hubby doesn’t quite “get” wanting birds as pets.  But I do, because I had a canary as a child.

I don’t remember whose idea it was, just that one day my aunt took me to an Amish farm in Michigan, where we got the canary.  She said they were called “bad Amish,” because they had a truck parked out front.

But I saw the inside of the farmhouse: Except for no TV, radio or electricity, it looked like any other house.  The living room had a bunch of board games.  I forget if there was a phone or not.

(30 years does that to a memory.  It’s a shame I had to suspend writing about my childhood–an undertaking just like my college memoirs–when I got so morning sick I couldn’t even stand the smell of the computer.  Then I had a baby, and writing my memoirs got pushed aside….)

Anyway, I named the bird “Ralph-Elvis.”  The “Elvis” was for my mom, an Elvis fan.  The “Ralph” was for the main character on Greatest American Hero, an 80s show about an unlikely superhero, which I loved.  It also spawned a great theme song and #1 radio hit (the link also has scenes from the show).

And now, these two spice finches–named Sugar and Spice–bring their chatters, warbles and songs into our daily life.  Finches don’t sing like other birds: It’s more of a chattering, buzzing and squeaking.  But it is pretty just the same:

Song of the spice finch (Sugar and Spice love videos like this):

Reblog: “ObamaCare opposition group “Pray in Jesus Name Project” won’t let facts cure their blind stupidity!!!”

From the Democurmudgeon:

ObamaCare opposition group “Pray in Jesus Name Project” won’t let facts cure their blind stupidity!!!

Watch Dr. Gordon James Klingenschmitt make the “case” Obama actually reduced health care coverage in the U.S. since he took office, of course ignoring the Great Recession.

This false premise is used often by deceptive, running on empty Republican politicians, like when our own Scott Walker points job losses under the previous governor.

Another blog post from the Democurmudgeon:

As I’ve mentioned before, when Republicans brag about courage and principles, they’re really saying: We know what’s best, you won’t like it, so shut up.  We’ve got our principles.

It’s a familiar comment riding the very rightwing authoritarian wave spearheaded by the tea party….

Walker’s ghost written book, much like magical legislation authored by ALEC passing out of the Capitol, is a decidedly one sided view and revisionist screed meant to fabricate success around abject failure. —Surprise!  Walker Book Title Biggest Lie

 

WPR: Homelessness Down Nationally But Up In Wisconsin | Wisconsin Public Radio

Looks like Walker’s policies aren’t working so well after all–and cutting benefits to the poor is making things worse:

Homelessness Down Nationally But Up In Wisconsin | Wisconsin Public Radio.

“For those folks that really were at the lower end of the … socio-economic strata, they never really did recover. The jobs that have been created really didn’t cover those folks. As we know, there are a lot of folks that just have given up looking for work,” Schooler said.

Also see:
Under Scott Walker, Homelessness Increased a Dramatic 5.5%, while nation saw 4% Decline.

With thanks to former Gov. Jim Doyle’s efforts, Scott Walker’s first year in office saw the continued decrease in homelessness after the Great Recession. But since then, and under Walker’s austere policies to wean Wisconsinites off government programs, homelessness is rising to near Great Recession levels again. Real presidential stuff here.

 

 

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