I dragged myself out of bed, thankful that I still had plenty of time to get ready to meet the Red Hat ladies for lunch. They’d been on a thrift shop crawl all morning but I knew ahead of time that I wouldn’t be up to that after the busy week I’ve had so meeting for lunch was a compromise. The topic of conversation at the restaurant mostly related to the diets everyone seemed to be on but me and I sat there enjoying my deep fried fish sandwich with the high carb bun and chips while others ate bun-less burgers or salads. After lunch I went with the group to a consignment clothing store near-by where several of the ladies found items to buy. Leaving there, the ladies decided they needed ice cream and headed to a build-your-own-sundae place and I went home. Don’t read anything like self-control into my decision not to tag along. It was on their way back to where they carpooled and it would have taken me ten miles out of my way. But I did feel vindicated for being the odd man out ordering an unhealthy lunch.
I was totally enchanted by a 25’ x 35’ cage full of colorful parakeets---I’m guessing a couple of hundred. You could buy sticks that were covered in bird seed and go inside with the birds. If you had a stick (and you weren’t allowed inside unless you bought one) your arm would quickly get covered with 15 to 20 birds trying to get their turn at the seed. It reminded me of a scene in a children’s animated movie. If you stayed outside looking in as soon as you started talking birds would gather close on the wire mess to listen. I loved those parakeets! They were the highlight of the day for me. My mom had parakeets when I was growing up and memories of her were an extra bonus I brought home from the outing. ©