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Hi! My name is Ms BBs page. Merry Christmas

I am a Blue-and-Gold Macaw from Imperial, MO.

Big Bird. Hay you. Brat! Bird!!! Stuped Bird, Loud mouth, Beak with feet!!

27 years old   F

Blue-and-Gold Macaw

A mug of eggnog!!!!!

A jug of ice cold Little Bits Best rootbeer !!!!


On my play stand!!

Not being able to be in the front room on my playstand any more.

He gives me cardboard boxes to tear up.

Hanging upside down and ringing my bells..

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  Hi Ms. BB
Hi, and thanks for your daily visits and votes!
Today we are still downtown, very near the holiday square that we visited yesterday. The buildings and surrounding areas make up PPG Place. The skyscrapers are glass, and pretty impressive, but they have an ice skating rink set up outside right now in the plaza, you can see it with the tree up in my 5th pic. The 6th pic is without the tree, taken later in the winter. The 3rd and 4th pics show the buildings, and the first two pics show an interior space in the main building called the Wintergarden. It's a big, airy open space. Right now there are gingerbread houses in with the plants, but mom's pics are older. They decorate for Christmas every year, too.
I hope you are having a great day, and hope to see you tomorrow! Hugs, Peppino

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12/20/2014 02:28.06 PM Report This Comment  
  He will be coming Tuesday! (It's a surprise visit!)
I have a profile picture made already!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-Merry Christmas.

12/19/2014 07:08.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
Thanks for your votes every day! I love hearing from you.
Today we are in Market Square, in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. Every Christmas season it turns into a Holiday Marketplace, with booths set up for buying locally made crafts and artworks, food booths and tables for the people brave enough to sit outside and eat, a house for Santa to stay in and see the children, and even a stage where locals can perform music, theater, and dance. It's a fun place to visit during the holidays, and it sure brightens up the downtown area for everyone. It has become a destination for some, along with decorated store windows, and the replica of the Vatican nativity scene on Steel Plaza.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of love. Hugs, Peppino

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12/19/2014 12:19.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like how the KB is looking! Yes, we brought a manger scene and also Hanukkah decorations the first day we came. It is in the blog. We need to remember the true meaning of Christmas and include the Hanukkah holiday as well, especially since Hanukkah starts this year at the same time we are doing the KB. I want to include both holidays so that those who celebrate it can be included in the activities.

I am having a great time in the KB with Jedi and I'm looking forward to continue afterwards. I will continue to blog an activity for each day!

Hope you are having a good day! Leaving a vote for you.

See you at the KB!

Your friend,
Chipper

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12/18/2014 03:20.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
Thanks for the bandaids, they sure come in handy! Heinz makes a ton of stuff. When your dad goes to the store, make him look for Heinz relish, pickles, mustard...
Thanks for your continuing votes! I love hearing from you every day, too.
Today we are taking some public transportation! Not your common bus, subway, or trolley, but the INCLINE! (Pittsburgh does have the trolleys, buses, and a little subway system as well.) For anyone not from around here, the inclines are a way to get from downtown to either Mount Washington or the South Side, depending on which one you take. The first 2 shots are the Duquesne Incline, which goes up from Station Square in town to Mount Washington, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh that offers spectacular views of the downtown area. The next 2 are the Monongahela (or Mon) incline, which goes to the slopes of the South Side of the city. Believe it or not, there used to be public steps every bit as steep as the inclines are, where steelworkers and glassworkers would climb from their jobs to their homes. Imagine going up a couple hundred steps after a long day in the mill!
The inclines were originally used for that same purpose, but today they are mostly a tourist attraction, although some folks still park up there and ride to town because parking is cheaper on the hills. If you are a senior citizen, you ride for free, the same as all the public transportation in the city.
I hope you are having a fun day today and getting some sun. It's cold and kind of snowy here. Hugs, Peppino

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12/18/2014 11:20.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
I had so much fun at the KB, thanks! This morning mom had a docent meeting at the museum, and after the meeting was their holiday luncheon. Mom's fudge went over well, but there was a lot of food there, so there was leftover fudge to bring home. Mom gave some away to the guard at the gate and the guy collecting parking fees, but there was still more. Maybe Jeff, our neighbor with the Irish setters, will want some. Mom hopes so!
Tonight is dog class, and they will have a class next week, but be off the following week. Mom hasn't had a lot of time to work with Daisy this week, so she's not up to where mom would like.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of cuddles. Hugs, Falco

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12/16/2014 12:13.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
Thanks for stopping by again! I appreciate each blog and vote, and of course, all the hugs, too.
Today we're going to do everything Heinz! You may have noticed that Pittsburgh has some recurring names to things, Carnegie, Frick, Mellon, Heinz...
So the Heinz family built the Heinz plant on the North Side of the city, and they made 57 varieties of things, including Heinz Ketchup. (They also gave PA a great senator, John Heinz, who passed away at a young age.) Anyway, they have given a lot back to the city, so going from the last new pics (5&6) to the first they are 2 shots of Heinz Chapel. This is a nondenominational church located on the University of Pittsburgh campus, very close to the Cathedral of Learning (and the museum). One of mom's nieces got married there, it's a very popular place for weddings.
There are both exterior and interior views. The next 2 pics(3&4) are at Heinz field, the Great Hall. This is where the several Vince Lombardi trophies and super bowl rings, as well as lots of other Steeler memorabilia, are shown. It's like its own museum. The first 2 pics are the Heinz plant and the pickle pin!
When mom was young, Heinz plant tours were popular for kids. Her class toured the plant, and each kid was given a pickle pin at the end of the tour. They must have given out millions of pickle pins in their time here. Today the plant is owned by DelMonte, and lots of the stuff isn't made here any more, but the building still stands.
And we've seen Heinz Field and the Heinz History Museum already. So that's all things Heinz in our area! Thanks for reading, and hope you have a lovely day, and get lots of attention.
BTW, did you see the parrots singing carols on the new newsletter? They are really fun to watch. Hugs, Peppino

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12/16/2014 11:49.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB~
I hope your day was just perfect! We had some very dark clouds to the west but sunshine to the east! It looked very pretty. We didn't do a whole lot today. Mom is off tonight and tomorrow night and we have lots to get done around the house. Dad will be home Wednesday and he gets to stay home until Christmas is over!!
Mom went to the mall today to the Hallmark store to get Ian an ornament. She got him the Spiderman one this year. Mom has been buying him a Christmas ornament every year since he was born. This will be ornament #32! He has a strange collection of book characters, Godzilla, spaceships and action figures! The very first one was the Poky Little Puppy! That was his favorite book at the time!
I hope your evening is just wonderful! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/15/2014 10:28.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi dear Big Baby Bar Tender, & dear pal, from Jen
Our sun seems to have forsaken us, it is gloomy and overcast once again, with a good chance of rain, but it is warming up nicely! After cage duty comes more Christmas Card prep, a true labor of love! Last year we sent out over 50 cards, but may not finish that many this year, it is a time constraint thing, and dad can't sit up straight for very long, his back starts to hurt really bad! Have a Greyt Monday, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow, dear ones...

Love always from Jenny & our Dallas family

PS~BTW, I would love to go bar hopping with you, and stir up some crap, you start it and I am very capable of finishing it, LOL...

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12/15/2014 12:06.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
You aren't very kind to dad, are you? Haha, asking if he installed the first water heater!
Thanks for the votes every day! I really love hearing from you, too.
Before we leave the Strip, we have to visit St. Stanislaus Church, it's right in the center of things, there on Smallman Street! The first 2 pics in my gallery show one of the oldest churches in Pittsburgh, St. Stanislaus in the Strip. I thought while we were seeing churches, we could go back to Oakland and see St. Paul's Cathedral, the next 2 pics in my gallery. This is the biggest Catholic church in the area. The last 2 new pics are of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, built by the Mellons in the 1800s. The people in Pittsburgh at the time called it Mellon's Fire Escape! Maybe it was, who knows? Today at that church, there are organ recitals every week, and Taize music some evenings. If you don't know the Taize stuff, you should google it and listen to a piece or 2, it's beautiful singing.
So, tomorrow we will go back to Oakland to see other things, including Heinz Chapel.
You may have noted Heinz field, Heinz History museum, and now Heinz chapel; what's that all about? We'll talk more tomorrow! Hope you have a spectacular day. Hugs, Peppino

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12/15/2014 10:57.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
All I saw were sticks and plates when I left, hope you find some food.
Thanks for your ongoing support!
Today I posted one more pic of PennMac, the cheese counter! It is as popular as the meat counter, and always crowded.
Next, while we are in the Strip District, we have to visit the Heinz History Center. It's in the heart of the Strip District, and houses Pittsburgh history, including a trolley. They have traveling exhibits there, too. They are doing a Heinz exhibit right now though, featuring Heinz ketchup and pickles, haha. The first pic is one of an evaluation of antiques they do at the history center each August. From what the people bring in to be assessed, they film 10 to 12 episodes of Hidden Treasures, a TV show kind of like Antiques Roadshow, but with all Pittsburghers and their stuff. Some of it is quite valuable.
We probably should leave the Strip soon, so mom doesn't end up buying a lot of stuff. Some of the stores, like Wholey's fish market, are unique and wonderful to visit!
See you tomorrow with another installment of Pittsburgh stuff. Hope you are having a great day! Hugs, Peppino

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12/14/2014 07:54.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB~
I hope you are having a great day! We've had no rain and the wind has died down too. It is a bit cooler but it's more like it should be this time of the year!
There was a blackbird running around the furniture pad at mom's store this morning. Someone left the garden doors open and he came on in!! Mom tried to get him to come to her but he just hid around the back of an ottoman. She called her manager and told him that the bird was there and he told her that he had come in the day before. Her manager chased him around for half an hour but couldn't catch him. Mom thought about the fishing nets in the sporting goods department but the mesh is too big and she doesn't want him hurt. Mom suggested they make a trail of seed to the garden door. If he has been in the store for a day he must be hungry. There is a fountain in the indoor garden so he had access to water at least. Mom will find out tonight if they managed to get him out.

There are only 11 more ads until Christmas!hahaha Of course they are going to do an ad the day after also so mom will have to be there at midnight. They have tons of wrapping paper so everyone will probably be in for that. It will get slower after a few weeks. They have a storage event and early tax time and then it will be Valentine's Day! They already have throws, blankets, pillows and decor for Valentine's Day! At least it's all in the stockroom and not out on the floor!
I hope you enjoy your day!! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/13/2014 02:07.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
Thank you for your daily visits and votes!
Today we are visiting another area of Pittsburgh which used to be little known, but now is pretty much known to any tourist who comes here. It's the Strip District. No, people don't strip to go there, it's a strip along the Allegheny River very close to town. It used to be a large warehouse district where greengrocers, butchers, and other merchants went early in the day (think 3AM) to get fresh supplies for their stores. The public could also go there and shop. In mom's family, they went in the fall to get whole pigs for sausages and crates of grapes for wine. Over time, as more of the public went there to shop for goods, it became specialized into ethnic shopping areas. There were stores like the Pennsylvania Macaroni company, catering to Italians, Stamboolis, catering to near eastern groups, Greek and Asian markets, etc. Today, the strip has become more genteel, so to speak. There are no longer hucksters in the streets, and lots of the big warehouses are now art galleries, bars, dance clubs, or broken into groups of smaller shops, like the Pittsburgh Public Market.
The oldest stores, like PennMac (Mom's favorite), Wholey's Fish market, and a few others are still up and thriving, but smaller markets, like the biscotti company are doing well too. They have even started sidewalk cafes in the strip for the summer trade. It retains some of its old flavor, though, which makes it still a great place to walk and shop.
Have a wonderful day, don't forget to give out kissies for those scritches. Hugs, Peppino

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12/13/2014 07:59.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
Well, the furnace saga has its happy ending. Not only is the new furnace efficient, it's quiet! Mom loves that you can barely hear it coming on, not like the old one that really needed a muffler to keep the noise down.
Mom did her lecture at the museum today, talked about as many Arctic birds and mammals as she researched, and got done in 65 minutes! She was trying to keep it to an hour, because the teacher requested it. They went through Polar World, Bird Hall, North American Mammals and what's called the 'Dark Hall' on the first floor. That's an area where old exhibits are, not lit up any more, but there are flashlights provided for kids to explore the dark exhibits. Some of the class didn't even know about that spot! Mom knew there were blue geese, eider ducks, and ravens there, though, and she wanted to show everyone where to find them.
I hope you are having a good day. We will probably be in lockdown for the day, because mom has to go to the Waterfront to wrap gifts for the wildlife center from 4 to 8. I bet by the time she gets home, she'll just eat, let the dogs out, and give us a quick scritch before heading off to bed.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of cuddles. Hugs, Falco

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12/12/2014 11:33.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
Thanks for the bandaids!
Thanks for your ongoing support, I appreciate each vote.
Today we are going back downtown to the Cultural District. It's a few blocks of theaters and art galleries in the heart of the city. The 4th and 5th pics in my gallery are mom's favorite site; that's Benedum Center, where mom goes to the opera! The Benedum also houses the Civic Light Opera and the musicals which come here from Broadway. The other shots are other theaters in the area. The first pic is Heinz Hall, where the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater perform. Guess what they're doing right now? That's right, The Nutcracker! They also do 2 Messiah performances during December: One is a singalong where they seat you according to voice and only have soloists on stage; the other is the Mendelssohn choir with soloists performing. Mom likes them both, of course. Right up the block from the theaters is the High School for the Performing Arts, too, so the students are right in the thick of things.
Thanks for visiting the Cultural District with me today. See you tomorrow, here's a vote for you. Hugs, Peppino

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12/12/2014 11:00.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
Hot dogs and smores sound good!
We're staying at the aquarium today, because mom found pics of the penguins, a good one of the polar bear, and a SEA DRAGON, Yay! The aquarium takes up a couple of levels, the shark tank takes up all the levels, though. It goes from top to bottom of the aquarium, with sharks and other fish swimming in the whole thing. The penguins are out walking in our pic, the zoo people take them for a walk through the zoo at least every week. They live at the aquarium, though. They have one big corner enclosure where they can be on ice or in the water.
Do you love the sea dragon? Mom thinks they are really beautiful fish, and like sea horses, the male keeps the eggs safe in a pouch on his belly. They blend right in with the leaves on the plants and when you go to the aquarium, sometimes it takes awhile to spot them because they are so well camouflaged.
I hope you are having a good day today and I thank you for your ongoing support! Hugs, Peppino

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12/11/2014 08:04.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms Big Baby, from your old pal Jenny
...my dearest bar maid, once again we do not have much going on, but dad will manage to keep himself busy while entertaining all of us! Today is his visiting nurse day! Have a great hump day dear friends, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya all tomorrow...

Love forever from Jenny & our Dallas family

PS~Christmas time is coming, yippee...

----Our nurse just left and all dads vitals are very good, we are all pleased...

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12/10/2014 01:50.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
Thanks for your daily votes, I love hearing from you each day and returning the favor.
Today we will look at the *PPG Aquarium. It's part of the zoo at Highland Park, but is newer. Mom was looking for pics of the neat sea dragons, but couldn't find any from PPG. Sea dragons are in the sea horse family, but are much more colorful, and they have a neat tank of them at the aquarium. There are mostly what you would expect there, fish, like sharks and things. They have piranhas, too. There is an outdoor part with PA freshwater fish in it, and the polar bears are there as well. They also have a breeding facility. So the aquarium is home to lots of marine and freshwater fish, jellyfish, a huge coral reef, and lots of other things that live underwater. One of mom's favorite parts is that you can walk underneath the polar bears' pool and if they are swimming, it looks really cool. They have a fisherman's village set up beneath the polar bear exhibit, with lots of artifacts, as well as lists of sustainable fish to eat, and those that are not sustainable. When you leave the aquarium, you can either head home or go to the children's zoo. Mom likes going through the whole place, though, so even though she's far too old to be a child, she heads for the children's zoo at the end of the aquarium.
Hope you are having a good day and that I'll see you again tomorrow. Hugs, Peppino
*PPG stands for Pittsburgh Plate Glass, the sponsor of the aquarium.

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12/10/2014 11:55.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Aunt Rose
hears the doorbell ringing and as she opens the door she sees Ms BB standing there and Ms BB wings Aunt Rose a box wrapped in bright paper with a red bow on top!Aunt Rose promises to give Dixie the brightly wrapped box with the bow on top.
Aunt Rose laughs as Ms BB heads off to the Castle to check on Dixie and Ruby!And she agrees with Ms BB,that it sure is hard to be in many places at the same time!

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12/09/2014 04:42.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya BB~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's windy, wet and dreary here but that is the way it is this time of the year up here. I am enjoying seeing the new Snowmen flags flying out in front of our building. This is the first time the complex has put a seasonal flag out there! Looks great!
We did some Christmas cards this morning but there is still Autumn decorations up! I think mom needs to get a move on and change it out! She put some Christmas music on the computer while we were doing cards and I enjoyed that!
Guardians of the Galaxy came out today and I can't wait to see it! Mom says she thinks it's just my kind of movie! Must be lots of stuff blowing up in it then!!! Ian is going to buy it when he gets to work, but he doesn't get off until 11:30 tonight and I'll be in bed by then!!! I guess I'll have to wait until tomorrow to see it!
I hope your day is just perfect! Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/09/2014 02:45.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
Today we will visit the zoo, a small part of Highland Park, but a well known zoo in the US. There is also the PPG aquarium there, but we will look at it later. The zoo is one of the 6 largest in the country and has changed a lot over the years. Mom used to hate to go there when she was small because all the animals were in cages. Now they all have large open areas to live in, and they look much happier. There is an Asian forest section, with neat tigers and other animals, including a komodo dragon; a primate house with large enclosures for gibbons, lemurs, great apes, and many kinds of monkeys; an African savannah with elephants, zebras, giraffes, etc. There are lots of birds there too, waterfowl, flamingos, owls, etc. There is a children's zoo, an education building, a bat house, a reptile house, a large pool with seals. It's a great place to walk around and spend a day. The zoo even invites senior citizens every Wednesday morning before opening to walk around there instead of walking the mall! I bet you'd love to see the zoo!
Hope you are having a good day. Thanks again for supporting me this month, and here's a vote for you too. Hugs, Peppino

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12/09/2014 09:17.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB~
I hope you had a wonderful day! It was pretty nice here. I am on my second toy in a week and had a great time making a lovely pile of wood at the bottom of my play cage! Mom is off tonight and tomorrow night so she took a nap and then had to go to the bank. She and Ian are giving Jennifer a new Kindle for Christmas and she wanted to use dad's account because he gets free shipping on Amazon. I think Jennifer is going to be very surprised!
I got squawked again yesterday morning and couldn't get back on until last night! It keeps happening on Sundays!! I have no idea how long it stays that way since mom had to work last night so she had to give up and go to sleep! I'm so sorry I didn't get by! I thought they took weekends off!hahahahaha I think they should take the weekends off!!
We are watching a movie while I get my notes done then it will be off to bed! I don't know why mom gets so happy about going to sleep! I'd rather stay up all night and play!
Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/08/2014 08:31.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
It's Popeye.
Sounds good. Save me some hot chocolate.

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12/08/2014 08:15.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB
It's Popeye.
Yes, the codes have been changed. The new codes are embedded in this message TB knows how to extract them.

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12/07/2014 08:19.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
That duck was so big it was scary! It stayed here all summer long, too.
Thanks for your vote, I appreciate each one.
Today we can visit the sports arenas of the city. Pittsburgh has 3 teams, the Pirates (whose mascot is a parrot), the Penguins (whose mascot is a penguin, of course), and the Steelers (whose mascot is creepy!). So, I'm showing 2 pics of the North Shore, where the Pirates play baseball in PNC Park and the Steelers play at Heinz Field. Pitt also plays football at Heinz Field. The hockey arena is my third pic, that's the new Consol Energy Center. Other events are held there as well, the circus, ice shows, the occasional basketball game, concerts, etc. Pittsburgh boasts some rabid sports fans, and there are lots of places in town where a person can buy Pirate, Penguin, or Steeler gear and other memorabilia.
I hope you are having a happy day and whatever team you root for in football wins today. Hugs, Peppino

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12/07/2014 08:02.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Lots of cleaning and some cooking going on here. Kind of boring really but I have a new toy in the play cage to keep me occupied.
Mom put the Trans Siberian Orchestra CD on for us to listen to. She just love the Christmas Canon. She love the Canon and this version of it is very beautiful! I'm enjoying it. The new computer does not have the same music program as the old one so mom has not figured out how to get more music on her MP3 player! Ian gave mom his old IPod since he got a smart phone and it does everything the Ipod does. Now mom has to figure out how to use it! She can turn it on and off! So far that's about it!Hahahahahaha It's rather embarrassing to have a mom who is so clueless when it comes to technology!
You enjoy your day and I do hope it's perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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12/06/2014 01:31.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
What a great pic! Thanks so much for your support and votes.
Today we are going downtown to see another green space in the city. It's Point State Park, and it's located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, right at the mouth of the Ohio River. It's a small park, but it contains Fort Pitt, after which Pittsburgh is named. There is a neat fountain right at the point which can shoot high into the air, or be a nice calm little fountain, depending on the weather and time of day. In my 5th pic, the fountain looks pink, doesn't it? That's because it is! They make it pink for October, breast cancer awareness month. The first pic is the giant rubber ducky who visited here last summer. Since we are all birds, I thought you'd enjoy seeing it, even though it isn't part of the park. It stayed on the river until late in the summer, then left for parts unknown, or at least unknown to mom, heehee. At Point State Park, they do summer concerts and lots of other fun activities throughout the year. It's also the headquarters for the Pittsburgh Arts Festival in June, and the 3 Rivers Regatta around the 4th of July.
I hope you are enjoying the green parts of our city as much as we do. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Peppino

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12/06/2014 08:40.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB~
I hope you had a wonderful day. It's been crazy here and I am so sorry I have not been able to get notes out like I should! I would not want you to think you are not important to me because that is not true!!
You know our dog Mandy is very old now and can no longer go up or down the stairs anymore. Mom got the wee wee pads and put them all over the balcony but Mandy has been stubborn about them! She has hip dysplasia so she tends to slip a lot. She has figured out what the pads are for at least!
When mom gets home in the mornings Mandy is so excited to see her that she just pees wherever she is! Mom has been spending a whole bunch of time mopping floors, cleaning the carpet and washing blanket and towels which has left me very little time for the BC! Mom just finished working 8 days straight too!
Mom is going to put diapers on Mandy at night now. It's easier to give her a bath everyday then it is to do all this cleaning. The warm baths seems to help her too!
Everything is just fine here. We had 3 very cold days but the clouds rolled back in today and it's warmed up! I have been busy with chewing up wood and supervising the chores! It's a nice way to spend the day!
Enjoy your evening! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/04/2014 09:28.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
Thanks for your vote, and thanks to Aunt Rose, Dixie's mom, for our beautiful and seasonally appropriate pics.
I decided I'd feature Pittsburgh for at least a few days, without getting tedious.
Lots of people have the wrong idea of Pittsburgh, they still think of it like it was in the '50s, Hell with the Lid Off, because of all the mills and pollution. The mills are long gone, the riverfronts have been developed, and it's a great place to visit or to live.
We actually have a beautiful clear skyline today, with lots of tall buildings. But today I want to stress the academic climate here. Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas are home to many colleges and universities. Let's start from where I live and go towards town. There's Chatham College, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, Duquesne University, Point Park College, Robert Morris, and LaRoche. Isn't that a lot of higher education? Mom has a particular fondness for Carlow, where she attended undergrad school on a working scholarship, and the University of Pittsburgh, where she got her Masters degree. Okay, so now you know where the eggheads in Pittsburgh are!
Thanks for your vote, see you again tomorrow, I hope! Hope also that you are having a great day. Hugs, Peppino

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12/03/2014 08:50.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
Thanks for your vote. Okay, I'm Peppino, the newest member of the flock. I've been with mom and the flock since September 2013, when I was just a baby. I picked mom out at a bird show, and wouldn't leave her alone, so she figured she might as well take me home, heehee. I think she really likes me, though. I'm very talkative, and have picked up several words and phrases in the past year, which I would be happy to share with you while mom is on the phone or trying to watch TV.
We don't have a theme as such this month, but I'll bring you some fun facts about Pittsburgh, share some pics with you (as soon as BC has things working again), and hopefully get your vote all month long. I return votes, as well. Hope you are having a good day and it looks like I'm off to a good start. Hugs, Peppino

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12/02/2014 08:56.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
Thanks, that's where we will look, then. Mom saw them at Bed, Bath, and Beyond online for $90! Hope they are not that expensive at Lowe's or Home Depot.
Thanks for turning on the snow machine, maybe we'll get some skiers today. The KB sure has changed a lot since I was last there.
Mom got a response from Crystal yesterday. Apparently at least 3 of the animal channels were broken over the holiday, but the IT team is working on them.
I will be in the Kissing Booth for a couple of weeks. It should be fun! I have mistletoe hanging there, if you look closely enough, so don't be shy, come by and give me a kiss and hug.
Peppino is running for BOTM, so please don't forget to drop by and vote for him. He doesn't have a clear campaign worked out, but you might learn a few new things.
Mom is getting a new furnace, they will come next week to install it. No Christmas stuff out here yet, mom will wait until after the cleaning lady comes next week.
I hope you are having a good day, getting lots of scritches and getting into the Christmas spirit! Hugs, Falco

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12/02/2014 08:02.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya BB~
I hope you are having a wonderful day!! It's still really cold here but I've got sunshine!
Peppino is running this month and Amando is next month. I always have to check Kiddo's BOTM calendar to make sure I get it right!
I hope you, dad and the flock are all well and happy!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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12/01/2014 02:42.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB,
Okay thank you, I had a great time ! Thank you for all your help as this was my first time being in the KB.

Aloha,

Laka Aolani

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12/01/2014 10:38.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
I'm just hanging around the booth until your dad gets there.
Can you believe it's December already? The time sure goes fast around here! Mom got her shift in at the center and now we're waiting for the furnace salesperson to get here. We are hoping he is on time. The furnace is working right now though, so we're okay.
Mom looked for a radiator and found that Bed, Bath, and Beyond has them, but they are not available in any of the local stores. Guess she'll have to order it online and have it shipped.
Not much going on around here, mom will be starting her Christmas shopping as soon as she finds out how much the furnace will cost. She's secretly hoping that the guy will have a better suggestion today, rather than buying a new furnace. If that's what's necessary, though, we'll bite the bullet and come up with the money or a financing plan.
Ray the crow was so affectionate today. Every time mom walked past his enclosure, he rushed over and put his head out to get scritchies! Mom loves him, and he knows it. Mom thinks he was trying to make Kim jealous. She's another volunteer who actually does his biweekly exam, weighs him, etc. and she was cleaning in that space this morning. He won't let her pet him at all!
I hope you are having a good day, and getting lots of warm cuddles and scritchies. Hugs, Falco

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12/01/2014 10:21.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB,
It's truly been a pleasure and a whole lotta fun being at the KB.

Do you know when my last day will be? I would like to have one big Howrah before I go.

Please let me know and thanks for everything.

Lotsa love & hugs,

Laka Aolani

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11/30/2014 12:45.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Well, thank you, Ms BB
You are looking pretty darned splendid yourself. Thanks so much for the birthday wishes.

Pam (and Kiddo)

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11/30/2014 10:40.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB
Makana grins big. 'WOW! That sounds greyt! I'm so thrilled to be able to go to the KB in Jan.!! Yes, please, do send mom some background pictures. She's not got any talent on the computer! This is gonna be so fun! making snow castles and snow sharks and all! I'll have to make a list and see what all we can think of doing!! Ipo says she'll help think things up...she's good at that you know.
Did you get any of the cookies Oatie and me made for the KB? I'm still stuffed with em. Mom says she's gonna make some oatmeal/raisin ones and Oatie says she wants to help. hahaha Better fly for now. And thanks so much!! *Makana gets so excited she runs and gives the B&G a big hug, then is shocked she did that brash act. Ms BB laughs and grabs the small quaker and hugs her again. 'We hug a lot around here and won't hurt you so get over your worries.' Laughing with relief, Makana takes off.

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11/30/2014 08:00.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB,
Okay thank you.

See you later.

Laka

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11/29/2014 10:05.14 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Are you ready for some FOOT~BALL???
A 3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game of … FOOT~BALL???

This evening … to be played on the Milonga Page (#165848)

8:00 pm Eastern
7:00 pm Central
6:00 pm Mountain
5:00 pm Pacific
4:00 pm Aleutian

Jake <Ö) may have been a “BAD Parrot”, but he says it well: “Be there or BE SQUARE!!!”


Well, the Defense still needs to know their jobs, so without any further delay, let’s get started with the Job Descriptions, Miss BigBaby!

Strong Safety – Generally lines up in the secondary*, but often aligns close to the line of scrimmage In most Defenses this Player lines up over the Tight End and is responsible for both playing the pass and supporting the run.

Free Safety – Lines up deepest in the secondary. He defends the deep middle of the field and seldom has man-to-man** responsibilities. A coach wants this Player free to read the QuarterBack and take the proper angle to break up or intercept any forward pass thrown over the middle or deep to the sidelines.

Defensive Back – A member of the Defensive secondary. Defensive Backs form the line of Defense whose job is to prevent Receivers from making catches and then gaining lots of yards after the catch.

CornerBack – Lines up on one of the wide sides of the field, usually opposite an offensive Receiver. Called a CornerBack because he is isolated on the “corner” edge of the Defensive alignment.

Defensive End – Lines up at the end of the Defensive line. The job of the Defensive End is to contain the Running Back on running plays to the outside, and rush the QuarterBack*** on passing plays.

Defensive Tackle – Lines up on the interior of the Defensive line. The duties of a Defensive Tackle include stopping the Running Back on running plays, getting pressure up the middle on passing plays, and occupying Blockers so the LineBackers can roam free.

LineBacker – Lines up behind the Defensive linemen and in front of the Defensive backfield. The LineBackers are a Team's second line of Defense. Each Team has two outside LineBackers.

Nose Tackle – a Defensive Tackle who lines up directly across from the Center. Also known as the Nose Guard, the primary responsibilities of the Nose Tackle are to stop the run and occupy the Offensive lineman to keep them from blocking the LineBackers.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/29/2014 02:27.51 PM Report This Comment  
  It seems to me that it is MUCH more complicated to try to understand Defense than it is Offense! (But then again, I am a simple GRITS GirlBird, and unaccustomed to such strategizing. We are more frequently seen serving snacks and refreshments during FootBall Games. **TeeHee**) The drawings I have to support today’s information on the Defense eggsplain more of where Defensive Players can line up. The eggsecution of Defensive plays is much more involved than I could ever hope to delve into in this format. I suppose that means that the Defensive Players on the Teams in the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl have a lot of improvising to look forward to during the Game!

It is my sincere desire that the information on both the Offensive and Defensive Squads has served to make your spectator participation in the Game of FootBall more enjoyable, and that it has been a help in preparing the Players for the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl. It has been an honor and a privilege to research and present what I could find to give you more pleasure in The Game.


À la prochen frois, mon amie,
[Until next time, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥


*secondary—the Defensive players who line up behind the LineBackers and wide on the corners of the field opposite the receivers and defend the pass. These defensive players, who are called Defensive Backs, are separated into Safeties, CornerBacks, and, occasionally, Nickel Backs (an eggstra Defensive Back who is used in some Defensive Formations).

**man-to-man [coverage]—pass coverage in which every potential Offensive Receiver is assigned to a particular Defender Each Defensive Player must stick to his Receiver like glue and make sure he doesn’t catch a pass thrown in his direction.

***rush the QuarterBack—use whatever moves the Player has to get a sack, or disrupt the throw.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/29/2014 02:27.42 PM Report This Comment  
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