Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Birthday, America!




Holidays that fall during the middle of the work week don’t allow a lot of time for celebration, but they sure do break up the week nicely.








Kim and I started our holiday last night with "take-away" from Outback (mmm!) and a bagful of movie videos, then she and her pups spent the night. Early this morning we heard the peacock outside. Kim hadn’t seen him recently, so she jumped up, grabbed a handful of cereal and headed out to the driveway to wait for him to come down off the roof.

I watched through the glass door as the peacock ate cereal from Kim’s hand. He seemed nervous, and I brilliantly deduced that the reason was the two barking dogs behind the fence next door, plus the four dogs gnashing and growling ferociously at my feet. It occurred to me that if I’d let our dogs out into the fenced-in backyard, they could still see, but they’d be farther away from the peacock and less distracting to him.

Bad idea.

When the peacock heard the barking come suddenly from a new direction, from behind him, he panicked. He flew up straight at Kim and popped her a good hit on the arm with one of his sharp spurs or talons. In seconds he realized his error and settled back to the ground to beg for more snacks, but by that time Kim had had enough. With blood seeping out the puncture wound on her arm, she threw the rest of the cereal on the ground and hurried back inside. It was a scary moment. Fortunately, a little soapy water and peroxide seemed to take care of the damage.

Later Kim and I found ourselves laughing about the peacock incident. Of all the things we could have imagined that might happen today, it never would have occurred to us in our wildest dreams that she'd spend the morning suffering from “bird flu flew.”

Happy 4th of July! I hope you're having a great day.

12 comments:

  1. I try to look at the "upside" of things....how many people can actually say they've been punctured by a peacock? None that I know of ;) Hope you're having a wonderful 4th!

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  2. Happy 4th Velvet. Sorry about Kim's injury. They can be intimidating.

    I got profile pics of our new pea-baby yesterday and will try and post them later in the week.

    Holly

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  3. Okay, NOT a funny story but hilarious ending. Simply water-spitting on my laptop screen. Thank you for that.

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  4. Oh, you clever one, with your play on words. I'm laughing at the words but clucking with sympathy over the puncture wound. What a sad surprise to all of you, peacock included, that must have been.

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  5. Glad it was a good sleepover for you and I hope it isn't the beginning of a bird flew epidemic or Patsy will be in big trouble!Carmon

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  6. Hey, I bet that bird flew hurt! I love to see your Mr. Pea...thanks for sharing him again.

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  7. hope you and dog are feeling better.

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  8. Gee, hope she doesn't wind up with an infection! How long did it take for you to think, "blog post!"?

    Hope the pups survived the 4th and you're making up for lost sleep!

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  9. All is well with both Kim and the peacock. Later in the afternoon of the 4th, I saw him drop down from the roof into the backyard, so I got up and looked out the window. He was on the ground, looking right back up at me. By the time he walked around to the patio, Kim was out there with the goody bag. He ate from her hand until he'd apparently had enough, then turned abruptly and walked back to the driveway side of the house. He's as spoiled as the dogs, but they at least wag their tails in appreciation.

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  10. This is NOT you typical 4th of July accident! Glad both Kim and Peacock are ok!

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  11. I'm glad both the peacock and Kim have survived the incident... they are noisy devils aren't they? I mean the peacocks, not Kim!

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