Only Ghostly Non-Family Member To Pay A Visit!
I told you about my family members that stop by from time to time and make themselves known in my old farmhouse. There is only one ghost that I know of that has been in my house that is not a relative.
Grumpy Girl was an African Gray Parrot that I acquired from a friend of a friend. If you aren’t familiar with the breed, they are a smaller parrot than say a macaw, but they are known to be some of the smartest birds around.
Grump’s Previous Owner
Having a parrot is like having a little preschool child demanding attention all the time. If you were in the room with her she would talk to you and clang her toys around her cage.
I’m not proud to say that Grumpy Girl knew every cuss word under the sun. She literally would repeat anything she heard anyone say. Sometimes she could imitate voices, talk about weird!!!
She also knew a lot of commercial jingles because we left the radio on for her to help occupy her when we were busy in the house or not home.
My favorite thing she said was “Good Morning” every time I saw her in the morning and ” Goodnight sleep tight” when you turned the lights off at night.
Grumpy’s Other Favorite Things To Say
I love old re-runs of The Dukes of Hazzard (weird I know). Grump saw so many Duke Boys episodes that she said perfectly clearly “Go get them Duke Boys”. As well as some of their CB radio handles. For example “this is the lost sheep calling the Shepard” and “anybody got their ears on the Hazzard net?”
A Little Background Before I Tell You About Cleo
I got Grumpy and all her belongings for free from a girl who was going to get kicked out of her apartment because Grump was disruptive. Evidently, Grump would screech all day when she was left at home alone and the neighbors were sick of it. It was either get rid of the bird or move out.
I had always wanted a bird, especially an African Gray, and I jumped at the chance. A drive to Glen Burnie with a stop at Petsmart on the way home and I was a proud owner of an African Gray parrot.
The girl who gave her to me said she was a teenager, and that she had her for a long time. Evidently, her first owner was an older person who had to get rid of her for health reasons. So her second owner acquired her when she was very young.
When she got her, she was starting to learn to talk and was so smart by the time I got her, years later she had a mouth on her and said all kinds of stuff.
Normal Things For Her To Say
It was normal for her to address the people she saw in the house regularly by their names. My nephew was a little baby when I had Grump and I always called him (still do) Boo-Boo. Grumpy would say “Where’s baby Boo-Boo” when he wasn’t around or she couldn’t see him.
I had a landline telephone at the time and when it would ring it was like she was picking up the phone to talk to the person, she would say “Hello, this is Grumpy Girl”.
She knew the dog’s names and would help me call them in from the backyard. Grumpy Girl was hilarious and obviously brilliant to speak the way she did.
Then things started getting creepy! Grumpy Girl was typically very quiet at night. We didn’t even have to put a cover over her, she would just say “goodnight, sleep tight” when we turned the lights off and then wouldn’t make a peep until morning.
The first time I heard her voice at night I thought it was odd, figured I had left the radio on or something and she was talking to that. When I got downstairs, Grumpy was wide awake hanging from her rope toy says “Cleo, Where’s Cleo?” “Is that you Cleo?”. I will say it freaked me out a little but I figured it was something she picked up from TV. I doubted it was something she learned in her old home because they had her for so long and I checked with them and they had never heard her talk to Cleo.
Cleo obviously wasn’t always in our house because Grump would go for weeks without mentioning her. Then on a random day, she would start talking to Cleo. “Cleo is that you?” “Where are you Cleo”, “Cleo, it’s me Grumpy Girl”. There was no misunderstanding what she was saying, her voice when she talked was like a person.
Cleo came to visit a couple of times a month, sometimes in the daytime, she only came at night the very first time. When Grump was talking to Cleo she was intently looking at something. She was very good at making eye contact when she spoke to you or you addressed her. When she talked to Cleo, she must have been looking right at her.
Pretty Creepy Right?!
Grumpy Girl left me when my ex moved out. She really liked men better than women. She allowed me to feed, water and clean her cage. We talked to each other with Grump inside the cage. I never could get her to step up on my finger or come out of the cage for me though. I was sad to see her go, she was such a cool pet. It was the right thing for her though, she wouldn’t have been happy here with just me.
Hopefully, Cleo is visiting her wherever she is now. She seemed to really like Cleo! In my mind, I tell myself that Cleo visited our house because Grumpy Girl was here. So she would have no reason to come here anymore.
Cleo is the only non-relative that visited my old farmhouse. She seemed harmless enough and she made the bird happy, but I can say she freaked me out a little, so I’m glad she left with Grumpy Girl.
At least I think she did, if my cat and dogs are seeing her, they haven’t given me any indication of it ( thank goodness)!
I hope Grumpy Girl and Cleo are together and happy wherever they are now! I sure do miss Grump, I don’t miss Cleo’s visits at all though!