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Simon says hi

Simon has a new word. It’s a little word, and it’s not the most exciting thing a parrot has ever said. But there’s just something about the way he says it…

The word is “Hi.” He says it in the sweetest, friendliest, most enticing voice I’ve ever heard. You can’t hear that kind of hi without […]

Ask Me Anything #8: Why Zoom? Why Birds?

MiKa Art asks: “Why is your blog name “zoom”? What does it mean to you? When and how did you find out you loved living with birds?”

As I recall, I was creating an online account somewhere, and I tried the name Sooze but it was taken. I kept adding on to it but everything was […]

The Terrible Twos

My son never went through the Terrible Twos. He breezed through two just as sweetly as he breezed through one. He was friendly and agreeable, and we got along happily almost all the time. (He was a very good negotiator though. His second sentence, for example, was “Not yet, soon.”)

He really was a nice little […]

Only Pets

I still watch the Birds for Sale category on Kijiji, just in case. (In case of what, I’m not really sure. The last thing I need is another bird.) Last night we went to Critter Jungle for dog food, and of course I stopped by the bird section to say hello. Two birds – a […]

Tender Ears and Evil Eyes

Simon has discovered I have ears. I mean, he’s always known I have ears, but he used to think I only had them after a shower, when my hair was wet. Now he has figured out that I always have ears. So 30 or 40 times a day, he flies over, lands on my shoulder, […]

First, borrow a kitchen

This is a messy job. I recommend using your boyfriend’s kitchen, especially if he has a Cuisinart and a tendency to clean up after you.

You start with this:

About halfway through, the kitchen will look like this:

And the great big pot will look like this:

When your great big pot overflows, your boyfriend will go to the […]

We know how to have fun

Here are some of the things we did this weekend:

Spent a day out at Chandler’s, painting and glazing the rest of our pottery pieces.

Went to the International Puppet Festival in Almonte, which features the shortest and best parade ever.

Went to the Garlic Festival in Carp, which proves you can have a festival about anything. […]

Redneck Rib Fest, XUP, and Pottery Camp

We took a whirlwind trip this weekend to Orangeville to meet my newest great-niece, Sienna, and visit with my sister’s family. Is that a cute baby or what? She’s happy and good-natured, too, probably because she’s always surrounded by people who are head-over-heels in love with her. All babies should be so lucky.

A bunch of […]

Happy Second Bird-Day Oboe

I’ve known Oboe since he was a freshly laid egg. He was the third of four eggs in Billie and Lester’s first clutch. We had a webcam on the nest, so everything was broadcast over the internet, from the laying of his egg to its hatching, all the way up through hand-feeding and his first […]

Simon's first real conversation


“Wow!”  says Simon.

“Wow!” I say.

“Wow!” says Simon.

“Wow!” I say.

“Wow!” says Simon.

“Wow!” I say.

“Wow!” says Simon.

“You’re talking!” I say.

“Wow!” says Simon.

“You’re amazing!” I say.

“Wow!” says Simon.

“I love you!” I say.

“Wow!” says Simon.

“Wow!” I say.

“Wow!” says Simon.

We love this conversation; so far we’ve had it six times today.