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Update 06/28/11 All has been well with Murphee, his last 3 blood panels have come back high end of normal. We are due to go in 2 weeks for more bloodwork. Keep you all posted!UPDATE' 04/10/10.. Dr was checking my test results, and realized part 2 from Aspergillosis test never came back.. More bloodwork, waiting on the Asper panel again.. STARTED ME ON ANTIFUNGAL MEDS, AND SURGERY IS POSTPONED PENDING NEW ASPER TEST RESULTS..


UPDATE: 04/08/10
Vet visit scheduled for tomorrow morning. Surgery set tentatively for Sunday.. Please, Please Pray for my baby to be strong enough and to fight hard..I love him so much..


UPDATE:04/02/10

Dr. appt today. All tests negative, took another panel to check my white cell count again. My liver enzymes are high, glucose levekl is low. Started on liver support med, and a new antibiotic again. next step , unless things change will be the endoscope procedure.. Surgery. .UPDATE:03/24/1- 0
Went to Dr. again last night, more blood work, more xrays. It seems I might have a cyst or tumor. My white cell count spiked on Friday to 28,000. Hopefully the panel taken last night will come back better. I was also tested last night for Aspergillosis, Lead, Mercury, Zinc. My psitacosis finally came back today negative.. Mommy i really stressing out over this..

UPDATE: 03/20/10
Same as yesterday, had to force feed, but he is eating a little right now! Hopefully tomorrow will bring us some answers.. Thanks for the prayers everyone..We love you all.
UPDATE:03/19/10
Another Dr. Visit, More Blood Taken.. Still No Diagnosis. Hopefully when the tests come back, we will find out what's going on. Got fluid injected, as I am dehydrated, and Dr doubled my meds, seems the other dr. did not give me a big enough dose on the second med, that were started on Wednesday.. My white blood cell count is still at 15,000.. We will post when we find out anything new. Thanks For Your Prayers..

UPDATE:03/17/10

UPDATE:03/12-/1- 0
Eating like a champ!! Whistling at mommy, and doing my cute baby talk again!! Mommy says that as soon as I go back to Doc Slade on Tuesday, maybe I can come out of quarentine!! Yipee!!

UPDATE: 03/08/10
Doing much rhe same as yesterday. Still eating,Yipee! And sleeping alot. And I dont like it, but mommy makes me take that yucky medicine! ICK!




Wanted a senegal, because my first one bonded to my daughter, and my RedBelly is not real friendly..So..
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Hi! My name is Murphee~Mommy Says I'm A Bad Boy!

I am a Senegal Parrot from Monroe Twp., NJ.

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Senegal Parrot

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On his cage, on his toy sneaker, on the tree in the window..

Don't mess with me when it's time to eat!!

She feeds me all the time, and she loves me even though I have a crooked beak!

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  Hi Murphee
How are u sweetie? Several birdies told me that they went to Sky's page & read blog #9, & not to worry about resending it. But if anybirdy does want the blog CONTACT UR VET WITHIN 8 HOURS let me know & I'll redo it & send it to u.
Several birdies commented on my awesome campaign pics! Each & every one of the pics were lovingly made by sweet Momma Deb! I'd like to thank her again for my wonderful pics! She will be the best momma-in-law EVER!
We will now begin discussing medical emergencies/problems & first aid procedures. This info is meant to be guidelines, not to replace veterinary care, but to stabilize ur bird until u can get to ur vet's office.
An important aspect of first aid is PREVENTION. Many serious illnesses can be prevented when whenoowners feed their pet birds balanced diets, keep their pet's cages clean & take their birds to their vets for regular check-ups. Most injuries can be prevented by "bird-proofing" ur home, be careful of other pets around ur bird, keeping nails & wins trimmed, etc.
LOSS OF APPETITE
Birds usually lose their appetite when they are sick or injured. Loss of appetite is not a diagnosis, it is the result of a medical problem & serves as an indication that there is a problem with ur bird. Healthy birds have healthy appetite.
Tomorrow we will start with shock.
Have a good night sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/10/2014 09:32.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
DAY 7
How are u sweetie? So sorry no blog yesterday, mom had a medical emergency "ironic, isn't it?!) Her 7 yr old grandson had a horrific nosebleed that mom couldn't get stopped. The specialist (ENT doc) has run every test in the book & cannot figure out why it keeps happening! I've examined him myself!) It's frustrating that it keeps happening & also a relief that it's nothing serious! These nosebleeds come out of the blue, they can happen even if he's sitting quietly, watching TV! At the hospital yesterday, they cauterized his nose...AGAIN! He's doing fine today!
It is FREEZING COLD here today, at 10am, STILL 9 degrees BELOW zero! Tho, this is a heat wave compared to the north-central part of the USA. Grand Forks ND will have a HIGH today of 39 degrees BELOW ZERO!! I can't imagine how cold that is! We heard on the news that it's colder here than it is at the South Pole!!!
The next couple days, we will discuss scenarios & whether to call the vet immediately or whether it can wait. The following info may help u decide which conditions are absolute emergencies & which ones may let u take a "wait & see" attitude. If your bird is sick/injured & u are unsure of the severity, it's best to call the vet's office immediately.
CALL VET IMMEDIATELY IF UR BIRD:
HAS SIGNS OF HEART OR RESPIRATORY DISEASE INCLUDING:
*No heartbeat
*No breathing (open mouth breathing, tail bobbing while breathing)
*Wheezing or clicking sounds when breathing
*A near drowning
*ANY breathing abnormality after an exposure to overheated Teflon (we will cover this in detail), aerosol spray, or other irritants to the respiratory system
HAS TRAUMA INCLUDING:
*A broken bone, or a cut that exposes a bone
*Bleeding that cannot be stopped (ex: from blood feather, nail, or beak)
*An eye injury or the eye appears enlarged or protruding
*An attack by an animal
*Being hit by a moving object
*Puncture wounds
*Any trauma to the head
*Flying into a window or other object
*A severe laceration, or an incision that has opened & the skin is gaping
*Mishandling (ex: squeezed by a child)
HAS HAD HEAT OR COLD RELATED INJURIES INCLUDING:
*Biting on an electrical cord & receiving a shock or burn
*Burns or inhaled smoke
*Heat stroke (panting,holding wings out away from the body)
We will pick up here tomorrow. Have a great day sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/07/2014 09:58.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
DAY 5
How are u sweetie? JEEZ, what crazy weather we are having!! At 1pm today, it was 52 degrees & tomorrow night it will drop down to 13 degrees BELOW ZERO!!! A difference of 65 degrees, can u believe it! On Tuesday, we will have a high temp of 2 degrees below zero! I don't think mom will venture out til the slight warm up on Thursday!
Today we will discuss restraining & transporting a sick or injured bird. To make capturing a sick/injured bird easier, towel him before u put him in his carrier (unless u are transporting him in his cage). Towels make pet birds easier to handle, & they give the bird something to chew on if he becomes frustrated with the toweling process. Jade an appropriate sized towel; wash cloths for small birds, kitchen dis towels for medium-sized, & bath towels for large parrots. When you restrain a bird, keep the following in mind:
*work quickly to minimize handling time. Stress & overheating problems will be reduced.
*plan ahead. Have all tools, equipment & meds ready prior to restraint.
*for small birds especially, a net would be helpful to catch if bird escapes.
*towel selection is based on size of the bird. It WILL be chewed on, so choose an old one!
*In pet birds, the beak causes injuries. Respect it & protect yourself.
*Birds have very fragile bones. Their legs & wings are most susceptible to injury.
*Don't put any pressure on the bird's chest while holding him. It will interfere with breathing.
Call ur avian vet's office BEFORE leaving ur house. Explain ur emergency so the vet's office can be ready for ur arrival. By taking this step will save u precious time if u have life-threatening emergency. If possible, enlist a driver so u are able to watch ur bird & reassure him. Cover the cage/carrier to reduce stress & additional warmth. Do not clean out the cage/carrier, the as-is environment may help ur vet determine the cause of your bird's illness.
Tomorrow we will start discussing first aid procedures. Have a good evening & I'll see u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/06/2014 12:29.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
DAY 4
How are u sweetie? I off to a late start today! A special thanks to Blue & his mom for passing on info regarding what to use for cleaning skin wounds. Blue's mom prefers to use normal saline solution. The nurses taught her that peroxide, alcohol & Betadine (povidone) inhibits tissue healing & saline or just water & soap (NOT antibacterial soap ( which contains triclosan) is the best thing in the world for birds & humans.
Today, I would like to talk about shock & urgent care don'ts.
SHOCK
Any emergency, severe insult to the body or excessive handling can result in shock. Common symptoms include a "depressed", weak, "fluffed up" look & rapid shallow breathing. If a bird in shock is given intensive treatment and/or handling, the bird may collapse & die on the spot. In a life-threatening injury or illness, simultaneously treat the bird for shock & for the injury/illness.
URGENT CARE "DON'TS"
*DON'T give a bird medications for other animals/humans unless directed to by ur vet.
*DON'T give ur bird meds that are suggested by a friend, store employee or a Dr who treats humans.
*DON'T give a bird alcohol or laxatives.
*DON'T apply any oils/ointments to ur bird unless directed.
*DON'T bathe a sick bird.
There are a few things to keep in mind when facing a medical emergency with ur bird. First, keep as calm as possible coz ur bird is already excited from being injured. Ur bird will sense ur stress & u will exacerbate this distress. Next, stop any bleeding, keep the bird warm & minimize handling him. After you've stabilized ur pet, call ur vet's office for instructions, telling them, "This is an emergency," & that ur bird has had an accident. Describe what happened to ur pet as clearly j calmly as u can. Listen carefully to the instructions u are given & follow them. Although u should not handle an injured/sick bird, u may need to in order to take him to the vet. When handling ur bird, make sure to move slowly & talk to him in a calm, reassuring voice. Finally, transport to the vet's office as quickly & safely as u can.
I will see u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/04/2014 10:11.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
DAY 3
How are u sweetie? I hope everybirdy made it thru the storm ok! We got about 6 inches of snow, but it's the below zero temps that is so miserable!
Today we will discuss first aid priorities (triage) & signs of illness.
In an emergency situation, try to keep calm & work in an orderly process. U should first determine whether the injury/illness is life-threatening. If there are multiple injuries, prioritize ur efforts according to the severity of each injury.
LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES OR ILLNESSES
Severe bleeding or blood flowing freely from a wound must be attended to immediately. Treat such life-threatening injuries/illnesses by administering first aid immediately & then calling the vet.
NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES/ILLNESSES
Injuries or illnesses that are causing distress or pain but are not life-threatening, such as fractures, diarrhea or vomiting, should be treated next. U should be preventing the injury/illness from worsening & preparing the bird for transportation to the vet.
MINOR INJURIES OR ILLNESSES
Injuries such as a superficial abrasion or minor cut come last in the order of priorities for treatment. Carefor the bird at home if u know how to treat the condition. Take the bird to the vet if the injury/illness does not improve or if the condition worsens.
SIGNS OF ILLNESS
*bleeding
*loss of appetite
*feathers fluffed all of the time
*change in droppings
*change in water consumption
*weight loss
*inactivity
*drooping wings
*sleeping all the time
*partially eaten food stuck to bird's face or food has been regurgitated onto cage floor
*labored breathing, with or without tail bobbing
*eyes closed most of the time
*soiled or pasted vent
*self-mutilation
*runny nose or eyes
One of the best ways to detect an emergency situation in ur pet bird is to know what is considered normal for ur pet bird.
RECORD NORMAL APPEARANCE & BEHAVIOR
Be aware of how much food he/she eats & how much water he/she drinks on a regular basis. Know how many times he/she eliminates in a day & what a normal dropping looks like for ur bird. Pay attentionto his/her activity level & his/her sleep times. When u are attuned to your bird's normal behavior, you'll notice anything abnormal or unusual right away. Let ur avian vet know about any changes in ur pet's routine as soon as u notice, so follow-up care can take place promptly.
Tomorrow we will discuss specific injuries/illnesses & how to properly treat them.
THANK U SO MUCH FOR UR SUPPORT!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/03/2014 09:20.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
DAY 2
How are u sweetie? We are praying that everybirdy makes it thru the upcoming storm(s). We will be having below zero temps & a few inches of snow, but nothing like our friends in the far north-eastern states!
Today's topic is: WHAT CONSTITUTES AN EMERGENCY? A medical emergency is a serious and/or life-threatening injury or disease that requires immediate care. In some cases such as bleeding, first aid at home may be the best 1st course of action. Here are some guidelines on when to call ur avian vet.
CALL IMMEDIATELY WHEN UR BIRD HAS/IS:
*doesn't stop bleeding
*blood in droppings or in regurgitated food
*extensive burns
*collapsed or can't maintain balance
*has been poisoned
*puncture wound or deep cut
*cannot breathe
*straining to pass droppings or an egg
CALL SAME DAY WHEN BIRD HAS/IS:
*lost her/his appetite
*an eye injury
*swallowed a foreign object
*low body temp
*mutilating his/her skin
*loose droppings
*develops a sudden swelling on body
CALL NEXT DAY WHEN UR BIRD:
*is excessively thirsty
*seems to have itchy skin
Bird owners are frequently unsure if a problem is truly an emergency. The best thing to do is to follow ur instincts & use good common sense. If there is any doubt in your mind regarding the severity of ur bird's condition, it's best to treat it as an emergency.
Tomorrow's topic will be triage (first aid priorities). See u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/02/2014 10:11.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
DAY 1
How are u sweetie? I'm excited to begin my campaign on birdie first aid! First, I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Momma Deb, my darling Casey's mom, for making all the awesome campaign pics for me! I couldn't have done it without her!
I will start with a basic first aid kit, which is helpful to have if an emergency occurs. Mom keeps mine in a 19 at storage container w/ lid.
*IMPORTANT PHONE #s-ur vet, emergency clinic & poison control ctr.
*PAPER & PEN to make notes on bird's condition.
*TOWELS for catching & restraining ur bird
*STYPTIC POWDER/STICK (beak & nails only) or CORNSTARCH (can be used on skin)
*SCISSORS, NAIL CLIPPERS & NAIL FILE
*NEEDLE-NOSED PLIERS-to pull broken blood feathers
*PEROXIDE or other disinfectant solution
*EYE IRRIGATION-such as saline or contact wetting solution
*BASIC BANDAGE MATERIAL-such as gauze square & rolls, MASKING TAPE-does NOT stick to feathers
*PEDIALYTE or GATORADE
*EYE DROPPER
*SYRINGES to irrigate wounds or feed sick birds
*PENLIGHT
*COTTON SWABS to apply meds & clean wounds
*BETADINE SOAP-which is anti-bacterial, for foot injuries
*HEATING PAD or HEAT LAMP-home use
*HEAT PACK to keep bird warm during transport; wrap pack in towel - DO NOT apply directly to bird, burns could result.
Tomorrow we will discuss what constitutes an emergency & triage/first aid priorities.
THANK U SO MUCH FOR UR SUPPORT!
See u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/01/2014 09:53.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Hi sweetie, Tia here! Im excited to tell u about my BOTM campaign, which will be on bird first aid. I hope u will enjoy my topic. I will start with what should be in a bird first aid kit. Thank you for ur support!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/01/2014 12:50.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Hello every birdie
For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe we will go.

Dec 23: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

We are now going to a planet that was a planet but now is not a planet. How dos that happen?? Yes, I mean Pluto. We will be a little over 4 billion miles from our sun. We will be at Warp 8 for about 19 min. Warp 8 is 8 times the speed of light. The speed of light in a vacuum is recognized world wide as 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second). So we will be traveling at, let me cipher this a minute.

(DAD, come help me with this cipheren, I don’t have nearly enough toes!) DAD here, its 1,690,456 ft per second or 91,422,360 miles per minute. Yes, that’s over 91 million. Any birdie want to check the math for me?

Pluto is the smallest of the planets? at only 2274 km in diameter. It is also smaller than many of the other planets moons. Pluto's orbit is highly tilted (17 degrees) relative to the plane of the ecliptic. Pluto rotates clockwise which is the opposite direction of most of the other planets. Venus and Uranus also travel in this direction. This leads some scientists to say that Pluto was a stray moon drifting through space when it was captured by our suns gravity. Even though Pluto is not a planet it dos have 5 moons. Hydra, Kerberos, Styx, Nix & Charon are there names.


Pluto has not yet been visited by a spacecraft because it was not in the path of Voyager 2. Even the Hubble Space Telescope can resolve only the largest features on its surface. A spacecraft called New Horizons was launched in January 2006. If all goes well it should reach Pluto in 2015.

Dos any birdie want to put on a space suit and walk on Pluto? Just don’t bring any fleas back in with you !!!

Its real cold way out here too cause the surface temperature on Pluto varies between about -235 and -210 C (38 to 63 K). Any birdie want to make ice cream?

Well that’s all of the planets and a non-planet that was a planet called Pluto. No we don’t have a planet name Goofy !!!

But we now have Eris that was discovered by US astronomers Mike Brown, Chad Trujillo and David Rabinowitz in 2005. Eris is slightly bigger than Pluto and is in the Kuiper belt of asteroids. Ceres, the largest object in the Kuiper asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is out there also. These three bodies have come to be called Dwarf Planets.

By the time we get back home it will be dinner/supper time. There is snacks and juice bottles in the storage lockers so help yourselves.

Ms BB

Come visit me, Ms BB. Waten for the Easter Chicken !!!, TPB&G., Queen Cori (& Boo boo) in the Castle 4-1-14, Charley, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Former Queen Snowflake is in the booth & BIG BABYS WEDDING IS ON AGAIN !!!.

12/23/2013 10:41.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
The Snowball fight with Charlie & Cheyenne
Litle Angel adds a little sparkles to her snowball and takes aim. She throws her snowball at Charlie, hitting him in the shoulder sending red and yellow sparkle-snow everywhere.....
Cheyenee's snowball lands with a splat on Little Angel's belly sending snow spraying all over her.
"Gotta ya, Gotta ya" she squeals with delight as Little Angel shakes of the snow.
"Hey I though you were on my side?" L.A. giggles and smiles happily.
"All's far in a snowball fight" Cheyenee tells her with a grin
"Come on, let's go see if we can get some hot cocoa and snacks" Charlie calls from behind a bush.
"OK, greyt idea" the girls call back.
The three friends waddle inside leaving a snowy trail behind them. " OH, OH, we better get that cleaned up before we get in trouble with bringing the outside indoors again" Charlie grabs a cloth to dry up the floor while the two girls gather the snow with a small broom and dust pan.
"This way," Cheyenee takes Little Angel by the wing and leads her towards the kitchen...
Little Angel gives her new friend a hug. "I am so happy we met"
Little Angel climbs up on a chair beside Cheyenee, as Charlie climbs up next to them on his own chair.
"MOOOOOOOOOOOM!" he yells loudly, " Can we pleaseeeeeeeee, have some cookies and hot chocolate?"
Little Angel enjoys the warmth after playing outside in the snow. "Wait, Momma Deb packed us a few treats; apple slices, nutri-berries and birdie bread" Little Angel reaches into her ever present back pack. She takes out all her sparkles and glue bottle, her flash lite, her coconut flakes, and finally brings out her treat pack.
"Don't ask about the other things. Once you are on Bird Channel for a while you'll find out from the others I am the Denis the Menace of the bird world"
The three friends giggle and laugh as Little Angel begins to retell some of her wacky adventures and mischief. Like covering King Spot Le' Blaze-atiel in glitter. He's this months Bird of the Month. Maybe I'll sparkle Ms BB too, Little Angel says, then thinks better of that, since she's her brother SKY's fiancee and a whole lot bigger. It'd take too much sparkles and glitter to do a good job" they all laugh and chuckle thinking of how she'd look all covered in sparkles..............
Come tell me a story and visit my new BC friends, Cheyenne and her frother Charlie -240049. A pair of fun loving Sun Conures.
hugs and glitter
Little Angel

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12/15/2013 04:51.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Good morning every birdie !!!
Geeee!! Do you early birds ever sleep in??? LOL

For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe.



Dec. 15: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Every birdie get back in the shuttle and strap in. Today we are going to Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun and the eighth largest planet. It dos have a very thin atmosphere consisting of atoms but they get blasted off its surface by the solar wind.

We don’t want to get out of the shuttle here. The temp can be from -270°F when it’s dark to +800°F in the sun, (-168°C to +427°C).
This planet is only 4,880 km in diameter, slightly bigger than the diameter of Earths Moon at 2,160 miles (3,476 km). This also means a 1 lb bird would only weigh 1/3 of a lb. No need to go on a diet!!!

In Roman mythology Mercury is the god of commerce, travel and thievery, the Roman counterpart of the Greek god Hermes, the messenger of the Gods. The planet probably received this name because it moves so quickly across Earth’s sky.


Look over there and you can see MESSENGER. It was sent by NASA in 2004 and it started orbiting Mercury in 2011 after several flybys. Its first flyby in Jan 2008 provided new high quality images of some of the terrain not seen by Marriner 10.

Mercury, like Earth’s Moon is pockmarked with impact craters. Scientists believe the only water on this planet is at its North Pole in the shadows of the big craters there.
Hold on. We are going back to the Earth now. The shuttle lands at the KB and powers down. Dos every birdie have there Earth legs back? Lets go to the food tent at the KB for something to eat. I’m buying!!!

Read more about our space travels at nineplanets.org. This is where I got most of the info for our off Earth trips.

Ms BB

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12/15/2013 08:35.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Still mountain climbing
For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Dec. 12: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

OK, every birdie in the shuttle. Ms BB sets the nav ‘putter for K2 (Yes, that’s its name) It is the second-highest mountain on Earth. Once you have been to the highest this is a let down. (Pun intended).

It is located on the border between Baltistan, Pakistan, and Xinjiang, China. With a peak elevation of 8,611-m (28,251 feet), K2 is also the highest point in Pakistan.
K2 is known as the Savage Mountain because of its extreme difficulty of ascent. It is said that this mountain is harder to climb than Mount Everest.
For every four people who have reached the summit, one has died trying. It is mostly climbed from the Pakistani side because it is much more hazardous to reach the summit from the Chinese side.

The first serious attempt to climb K2 was undertaken in 1902 by Oscar Eckenstein, Aleister Crowley, Jules Jacot-Guillarmod, Heinrich Pfannl, Victor Wessely and Guy Knowles. They did not make it to the top.

An Italian expedition finally succeeded in ascending to the summit of K2 via the Abruzzi Spur on 31 July 1954. The expedition was led by Ardito Desio, and the two climbers who reached the summit were Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni.

Come visit me, Ms BB. Waten for the Easter Chicken !!!, TPB&G., Queen Cori (& Boo boo) in the Castle 4-1-14, Charley, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Former Queen Snowflake is in the booth & BIG BABYS WEDDING IS ON AGAIN !!!.

12/12/2013 04:55.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Hello every birdie
Dec. 10th: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

Grab the long underwear and those big warm coats again. You are going to need them again today. The shuttle is taking us to the 2 coldest places on Earth today. I have hot drinks in the storage bins for anybirdie who gets cold. And electric blankets also. If you don’t want to get out you don’t have to. Myself, I am stayen in the pilot’s seat.

Verkhoyansk, Russia is our first stop.
According to the 2002 census, Verkhoyansk has 1,434 hardy residents who live in the deep Siberian wilderness. It was founded as a fort in 1638 and serves as a regional hub in cattle breeding and tin and gold mining. Located 1,500 miles south of the North Pole, Verkhoyansk was used to house political exiles between the 1860s and early 20th century.

In January the average temperature is minus 50.4 degrees F and mean monthly temperatures stay below freezing from October through April. In 1892, residents recorded the still all-time low of minus 90 degrees F.

Now back to the shuttle to warm up with some hot drinks and we are off to the 2nd coldest spot on Earth.

Well, here we are in Oymyakon, Russia.
Folks in Oymyakon take exception whenever Verkhoyansk lays claim to being the coldest location pointing out that they recorded a low of minus 90 degrees F on Feb. 6, 1933. Depending on whom you ask, 500 to 800 people call Oymyakon home, a three-day drive from Yakutsk. Schools stay open through minus 52 degrees.

The village is named after a local hot spring, which some residents tap during the winter by breaking through a thick crust of ice rimming the warm water. Anybirdie want to take a dip?? Oymyakon's tourism board has promoted the town as a perfect destination for adventure travelers hungry for a taste of the extreme.

Come visit me, Ms BB. Waten for the Easter Chicken !!!, TPB&G., Queen Cori (& Boo boo) in the Castle 4-1-14, Charley, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Former Queen Snowflake is in the booth & BIG BABYS WEDDING IS ON AGAIN !!!.

12/10/2013 09:31.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphey
Grab some sun tan lotion !!!!!!!!
For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe.



Dec. 9th: Ms BBs BOTM campaign

No big bulky coats today!! But grab some suntan lotion!!! Hay Jake, grab your Speedo!!!

This should please the tropical birds. That is because we are going to 2 of the hottest spots on earth today. Get those canteens filled. I am bringing a couple coolers filled with ice and LBB root bear.
We are back at Death Valley, the hottest and also the lowest spot in the USA.
Death Valley is the hottest and driest place in North America because of its lack of surface water and its low relief. It is so frequently the hottest spot in the United States that many tabulations of the highest daily temperatures in the country omit Death Valley as a matter of course.

On July 10, 1913, a record 134 °F (56.7 °C) was measured at the Weather Bureau's observation station at Greenland Ranch (now the site for the Furnace Creek Inn), the highest temperature ever recorded in the world. Daily summer temperatures of 120 °F (49 °C) or greater are common, as well as below freezing nightly temperatures in the winter. July is the hottest month, with an average high of 115 °F (46 °C) and an average low of 88 °F (31 °C). December is the coldest month, with an average high of 65 °F (18 °C) and an average low of 39 °F (4 °C). The record low is 15 °F (-9.4 °C).

Back to the shuttle for cold drinks and a cool down and off to the 2nd hottest place on Earth.

We now find ourselves in Dallol, Ethiopia
You will probley want to stay in the shuttle while we are here.

This scorching hot town in the Afar Depression of Ethiopia holds the record for having the highest average annual temperature ever recorded. From 1960 to 1966, Dallol averaged 94 degrees Fahrenheit (daytime temperatures regularly rose to over 100 degrees). This number is an annual average, meaning that Dallol's temperature dips only moderately throughout the year. There is almost never a break from the heat at any time of the year. Dallol is a ghost town today and even animals refuse to live here.

Ms BB

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12/09/2013 06:59.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Dear Murphee and Flockily
Royal announcement!
I'd like to announce that everybirdy is invited to the castle Saterday night at 6PM, EST for a decorating party! Bring your homemade decorations for the trees and strings of garlands to hang in the halls!
A grand feast will be served (cooked by Lizzie) with all our Christmas favorites! Then we'll have some caroling and of course dancing!
The dancing will be the old fashioned kind that they used to do, like the gavotte and the minuet, and the waltz! Don't worry, we will have a dancing mastr to teach you all the steps!
Fun at the castle! Be there or be square!
Luv, King Spot Le'Blaze-atiel!

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12/07/2013 02:18.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Dec 5th:
Every birdie needs to go to the food tent and pick up a box lunch for our trip today. It is a long trip to Hawaii and back. That is where the 2nd highest spot is in the USA.

Mauna Kea stands 13,796 ft (4,205 m) above sea level, its peak is the highest point in the U.S. state of Hawaii.

The first foreigner to arrive at Hawaii was James Cook, in 1778. In 1793, cattle were brought by George Vancouver as a tribute to King Kamehameha I. We learned a little about George Vancouver yesterday.
In 1809 John Palmer Parker arrived and befriended Kamehameha I, who put him in charge of cattle management on the island.

On August 26, 1823, Joseph F. Goodrich, an American missionary, made the first recorded ascent in a single day.

In January 1834, David Douglas climbed the mountain. On a second climb in July, he was found dead in a pit intended to catch wild cattle. Although murder was suspected, it was probably an accidental fall. The site, Ka lua kauka is marked by the Douglas Fir trees named for him

With its high altitude, dry environment, and stable airflow, Mauna Kea's summit is one of the best sites in the world for astronomical observation, and one of the most controversial.
Since the creation of an access road in 1964, thirteen telescopes funded by eleven countries have been constructed at the summit. The Mauna Kea Observatories are used for scientific research across the electromagnetic spectrum from visible light to radio, and comprise one of the world's largest facilities of their type. In April 2013, the Thirty Meter Telescope project was approved, and will be the largest telescope ever built.
I wish to thank each of you for your loving support. Your words of encouragement and daily votes is greytly appreciated.
love BB

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12/05/2013 08:30.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Hi Jenny
Hello every Birdie Ms BB here with today's blog. Thank you all for your support and encouragement.
Back into the shuttle every birdie and strap in. You might want to bring a warm coat with yea and a thermos of a hot drink. We are going to the highest spot in North America & its cold up there!

Mount McKinley or Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,320 feet (6,194 m) above sea level and is in the state of Alaska in the Denali National Park.

The mountain is characterized by extremely cold weather. Temperatures as low as -75.5 °F (-59.7 °C) and windchills as low as -118.1 °F (-83.4 °C) have been recorded by an automated weather station located at 18,733 feet (5,700 m). (Told you it was cold!!!)

This weather station is the third-highest weather station in the world and was donated to the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1998 by the Japan Alpine Club.

Are you glad you brought a warm jacket now??? Want to get out & play in the snow anybirde?? How about a snowball fight?

The first European to see the mountain was George Vancouver in 1794. The first verifiable ascent to McKinley's summit was achieved on June 7, 1913 by climbers Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens, Walter Harper, and Robert Tatum. In 1951, Bradford Washburn pioneered the West Buttress route considered to be the safest and easiest route and therefore the most popular currently in use.

Five large glaciers flow off the slopes of the mountain. The Peters Glacier lies on the northwest side of the mountain, while the Muldrow Glacier falls from its northeast slopes. Just to the east of the Muldrow, and abutting the eastern side of the massif, is the Traleika Glacier. The Ruth Glacier lies to the southeast of the mountain, and the Kahiltna Glacier leads up to the southwest side of the mountain.
hugs
BB 11078

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12/04/2013 11:34.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Hello everybird, Miss BB here with today's blog. Hope you're ready to explore?
BB 11078

Now I have to go get my shuttle and start todays adventure.
Dec. 3rd
Back into the shuttle & strap in again. I don’t think you will need a canteen today. It is not really that hot where we are going.

Now we are off to the next lowest spot in the USA but it has water on it. We are now at the Salton Sea (California) -226 ft (-69 m) below sea level in the Imperial Valley.

In 1900, the California Development Company began construction of irrigation canals to divert water from the Colorado River into the Salton Sink, a dry lake bed. The Salton Sink became fertile for a time, allowing farmers to plant crops.
Within two years, the Imperial & Alamo Canals became filled with silt from the Colorado River. Engineers tried to unblock them to no avail. In 1905, heavy rainfall and snowmelt caused the Colorado River to swell, overrunning a set of headgates for the canals. The resulting flood poured down the canals, eroding two watercourses, the New River in the west, and the Alamo River in the east, each about 60 miles (97 km) long. Over a period of approximately two years these two newly created rivers sporadically carried the entire volume of the Colorado River into the Salton Sink.

With an average area of roughly 525 sq mi (1,360 km2), the Salton Sea is the largest lake in California

The Hoover Dam in Black Canyon, constructed beginning in 1929 and completed in 1935, effectively put an end to the flooding episodes in the Imperial Valley.

Over 400 species of birds have been documented at the Salton Sea. The Salton Sea supports 30% of the remaining population of the American white pelican. It is also a major resting stop on the Pacific Flyway. On 18 November 2006, a Ross's gull, a high Arctic bird, was sighted and photographed there.

There is no outlet for this sea. Therefor the runoff from farms and agricultural runoff contribute to the salinity of the sea.

Ms BB

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12/03/2013 11:12.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Hello every birde !!
For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far flung adventures from the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe.
Every birdie get a couple of canteens and fill them with water. You will need it for our trip today. We are going to one of the lowest and hottest spots in the USA. Strap in so we can take off.

Death Valleys Badwater Basin is the point of the lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet (86 m) below sea level.
Don’t forget to drink your water. You can get dehydrated here and not know it because your sweat evaporates so fast.
Furnace Creek has the record for the highest reliably reported air temperature in the world, 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913.


On April 22, 2012, Death Valley recorded the hottest April temperature in North America: 113 °F (45 °C), beating the previous record by over 2°F.

Nothing grows here do to the fact that there are only 2 in of rainfall a year. And some years not even that much or none at all. Dos any birde want to get out and look around? I will wait right here in the shuttle in the AC.

There is a mystery here also. There are rocks weighing up to 700 lbs that move across the desert by themselves. They are called “sailing stones". Scientist can not explain how or what moves the rocks.

Hay!! Did you see that? A long legged bird with a long neck, tail and beak just went by. Oh, here comes a coyote. He must be chasing that Roadrunner.

On February 11, 1933 Death Valley National Monument was proclaimed a national park by President Hoover, placing the area under federal protection. In 1994, the monument was redesigned as Death Valley National Park.

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12/02/2013 09:07.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Sorry I missed a few blogs due to puter troubles
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel,242573
Santa Birdy came early! Mom and I got a new, that's NEW computer! It's fast and furious! Mom actually got it set up all by herself!(I think that qualifies as a Christmas miracle!Hehee!!!)
It has so much stuff on it that mom does't know how to use, but is going to try to use! It even has a 'web cam' on it so she thinks we might be able to 'skype' with our birdy friends!
I'm so eggsited I broke out in sparkles and infected King Dixie too! Whoo hoo!
Mom didn't get to the store, but we are going to do the best we can with what we have for Thanksgiving dinner!
She's a good cook, so whatever we eat will be greyt!
Tomorrow is the Holiday, so we may only put up pictures of foods we 'wish' we had, but we are thankful for everything we do have including greyt friends like you!
Happy crafting!
Luv, Spot?

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11/27/2013 05:30.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel,242573
Wow! Mrs. Sweetpepper and her husbird,Mr. Kiddo did a greyt job with the pinecone turkeys! We are very happy to see so many of you enjoying the old-fashioned crafts we're doing! Also, many of you have left tips on some differant things that can be done with our craft ideas.
For instance, Miss Falco tells us to roll them in peanut butter and bird seed and hang them out for the wild birds! Greyt idea! At this time of the year, we should all be mindful of our wild friends and what the winter months hold for them. Some birds migrate, but a lot don't, so a little eggstra food hung outside for them is a real blessing to our wild friends! Just remember to hang them where the little birds can keep a greyt lookout for the 'birds of prey' out there! We were also glad to see that some of you have actually made some of the craft turkeys in school, you know, back in the 'dark ages'!Hahaha!!!
Uhoh, gotta run, mom heard that!
Oh, one other tip, remember to pray for those who are in need this year, and volunteer your time to help! This can be the best season of the year when we remember to act out the love of God to others!
Happy Crafting, and Happy Giving!
Luv, Spot?

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11/21/2013 04:30.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Novemebr 20th Spotlight on Caring
Novemebr 20th Spotlight on Caring
Hello every bird, SKY here with our continuing SPOTLIGHT on CARING featuring our good friends Polly, Zippy and their Mom Karen.

SKY; Please continue. Did you get another bird right away?
Mom Karen; No, After taking the opportunity of not having pets to paint and refloor the house,we got another budgie. This time thru the family owned pet store “Preuss”; they advertised in Bird Talk and have a well trained staff in their bird room.
SKY; When did Polly join your family?
Mom Karen; Shortly thereafter, mom was told by another parent at the Middle School that the science teacher was looking to rehome a parrot. This was Polly.
SKY; Did you run into any difficulties when you made the choice to add Polly to your home?
Mom Karen; Polly came to us rather neurotic. We are her 4th known home. She had been taken to a vet and just started on a pelleted diet. Feathers had just started filling in again. She also had a missing toe.

My husband did a bit of looking on the internet about Quakers. Mom just wanted a larger parrot that might live longer than a budgie. Polly was to be my daughter's bird. They did bond well.
Not really understanding the feeding habits of a bigger bird, I may have unintentionally 'starved' Polly initially. She had a food cup FULL of dust or crumbs--but she does not eat dust, crumbs (the cockatiel DOES she eats the pellet dust, crumbs), so I was waiting for the food dish to go down.
My daughter was in high school with all the activities of that time of life. Polly did not get consistent attention, though she did appear in a few video projects.
SKY; Was there any problems that developed from this inconsistent interaction?
Mom Karen; He started pulling feathers again, so I took him to MSU to a vet who taught avian vet medicine. She is the mother-in-law of one of the two avian vets we see at the vet clinic we use. She did not push me to get the $200+ blood work done, and my spouse is not keen on spending on pets, so that was not done until this vet retired and we saw our current vet. He did NOT ask, just did and charged. But that began me becoming VERY familiar with the clinic.

Polly needed vitamin A injections a couple times each year. We tried several kinds of collars. We tried the vet version of prozac. Eventually we took him off the drug because he was too lethargic. Thru the process of being on this drug I had to learn HOW to inject him. That was a bit nerve wracking for me.
See you next week with the conclusion of our interview with Polly, Zippy and Mom Karen.
with a heart filled with love
SKY

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11/21/2013 01:57.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel,242573
Well, today I have two special guests, Taz and Ranebeau! We are making a bird ornament!
1. Fold a piece of craft paper in half. Lightly draw an outline of a bird on the paper. Make sure that the head and tail are on the fold.
2. Cut out the shape, then cut a half inch slit where the wings would come out.
3. Take another piece of paper, the same or as we have done, a different color. This paper should be about 5inches long. Fold it in half. Cut a curve in the open end of the paper.
4. Open the paper and fan-pleat it in a very fine pleat, slightly less than the slit on the bird!
5. Push the fan through the slit so the fold lands in the middle of the bird.
6. Gently pull the bird out about half an inch to give it a 3 D effect.
7. Bend the wings slightly up and spread out the fans.
8. Draw an eye on each side of the bird.
9. Punch a small hole at the top of the birds back and put a ribbon through for hanging.
You have now made a bird ornament!
If you or your parronts are not very crafty(Chyna) just make a single layer bird by drawing a bird shape out of paper, cutting it out and hanging it. Different types and patterns of paper may be used! Soon you will have a whole flock of birds to hang proudly on your tree!
Happy crafting!
Luv, Spot?

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11/18/2013 01:27.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel, 242573!
Today's blog is not about how to make a tree, or any ornament. Today, I want to talk about friendship and love.
You can't imagine how sweet it is to see all my friends on BC supporting my campaign! When I see all the votes, sometimes I want to cry. Not from sadness, but from the pure joy of havinb such wonderful and loyal friends! I'm enjoying sharing these crafts with you and hope you all are trying them at home with your flocks and your parronts! After all, making decorations for Christmas reminds us on a daily basis of the love God showed for us in sending His son to show us how to live!
I think the world has suffered a lot through the commercialization of Christmas. Bringing back the idea of a home made Christmas brings us together(just look at my friends who have come over to help!) in an atmosphere of joy and peace and love.
Special thanks go out to all of you who have helped in unseen ways, particularly my adopted G-ma, Deb! Seeing all of you working and producing such beautiful ornaments truly make the tree special!
OK, enough mush! Tomorrow, Taz and Ranebeau are coming over to help make bird ornaments!
Be sure to look at the trees in the gallery so you can see the variety that can be made!
Happy crafting!
Luv, Spot?

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11/17/2013 06:13.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel,242573
Here's Saturdays blog early! As you can see, we are making table top stand alone trees! They are very easy, even though they look hard!
1. Decide how many sides you want. Two pieces of paper, folded and cut into a tree shape make a very simple tree.
2. staple or sew the creases and unfold to make perpendicular sides. More pieces of paper make a fuller tree.
3. Once you have as many sides as you want, you can cut out ornament shapes, like stars and balls and glue them to the tips of the branches.
My preference is three pieces of paper, cut and unfolded. This gives you more room than the one in the picture to decorate! You can also add little tiny bows and a star or angel on top!
Again, let your imagination run wild!
To answer a couple of questions, craft paper is the same as construction paper, and you can add glitter if you want, just stay away from Little Angel!
Also, you can make a beautiful tabletop display with cotton ball snow, and lots of tiny trees! Sprinkle a little glitter(preferably white) on the 'snow' and it will look quite fetching!
Happy crafting!
Luv, Spot?

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11/16/2013 04:08.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel,242573
Hi, everybirdy! Today, we will be making 'Victorian cone ornaments'! They look complicated but are very easy.
I have Pringle and Sam I Am to work on them with me! I'm sure they will do a fantastic job!
1. Cut a piece of craft paper in a cone shape. (Put a pencil on a string. Hold the string on one corner of the paper and swing the pencil lightly over the paper in a semi-circle. Cut it out.)
2. Decorate the cone with gold or silver edging, or ribbon.
3.Using glue carefully, glue on or, if you're talented, draw designs on the paper.
3. Glue(or staple) the edges of the cone together and put a ribbon or piece of fishing line on the top by putting a hole on each side of the cone top. Take care and put the holes on the sides away from the join so you won't see it after hanging the ornament!
5. Put goodies in the cones, and hang them on your tree!
You can also put them in glasses on your table with everybirdies name on them as a party favor your guests can take home!
You can do them in any color you want, but again, mom wants that co-ordinated decorator look!Hehee!
Happy crafting!
Luv, Spot?

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11/15/2013 10:23.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
OH NO, not another idea Little Angel
Spot Le' Blaze-atiel 242573

Little Angel sneezes so hard she knocks all the bottles of sparkles onto the floor.
Again she sneezes as they echo all around the Great Hall,the sparkle bottles opened up upon hitting the floor and with Little Angels loud windy sneezing fits,the glitter rises softly into the air and scatters in a million different directions of Autumn like color,like leaves falling from the trees,catching the sunlight coming in from the large castle Great Room Windows! King Dixie can feel all the glue just landing on his rain gear with heavy wet glue-y splats and he quickly pulls his hood down to cover his head! After he listens a long while and everything seems quiet,King Dixie uncovers his head and looks over to where Spot sits. His eyes pop open in disbelief! Spot is just sitting there,his snow white crest feathers a multitude of sparkling colors,a rainbow bouncing off his head from the bright sunlight seeping in through the large castle windows. Little Angel pulls herself up from on top of the glue bottle. Astonished to see she has sneezed herself into a nice predicament of splatters of glue here and there all over her belly and chest areas with blue glitters shining up her front like a royal vest! Laughing she gets herself in a standing position and as she turns her head towards King Dixie and Spot,she drops her beak low in horror as Spots eyes meet hers and she sees the mess. Poor Spot not only has sparkles on his crest but all over his beautiful feathers, from head to tail.
"Little Angel," is all Spot is able to get out of his beak. 'Momma Rea is going to be upset to see this mess" indicating the sparkling glitter all over him.
Little Angel tries hard not to giggle but it is just too funny to hold in her laughter. " Spot, you look wonderful, just like a Christmas tree ornament."
King Dixie quickly takes off the raincoat and rushes to Spot. "Guards please bring us some water and wash clothes." The guards arrive carrying buckets of water and clothes.
"Little Angel we assume?" they ask
King Dixie gives Little Angel a cloth. "Let's get this off before it dries."
"WAIT I have an IDEA..."
"OH NOOOOOOOO" yells SPOT and King Dixie in harmony.
"But just wait until I tell you my idea first.........."
luv SPOT

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11/12/2013 03:54.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi, The Spotlights have returned to BC
Spotlight on Caring with Polly, Zippy & Mom Karen
Hello every birdie, it is SKY with this weeks SPOTLIGHT on CARING with my goofy, fun loving buddies Polly, and Zippy and their Momma Karen
SKY; When did you first become interested in birds? How did you become a bird owner?
Momma Karen; My grandmother had a pair of budgies that she allowed free in the house when I was young. They would go to her and 'talk' with her, imitate and call the outdoor birds. Grandma also fed the outdoor birds and would have jays and other birds sit on her as she offered them seeds. Seeing the different birds going to her is what started my interest.
Sky; Please tell us all, when did you first join Bird Channel? Polly; Momma joined B.C. in 2008.

SKY; How are you involved with birds in general? Momma Karen; I just talk about birds all the time in the various social settings I find myself in.
Sky; Momma Karen, could you tell us about the birds in your life, both past & present?
Momma Karen ;As a child I had a budgie that I had purchased from a dime store. Somehow it ended up with mites, I think. This was back in the 1960s, so there was no vet care and I was very ignorant. The poor thing died when I was on vacation with my family. He was well tended by the before mentioned grandmother. After my 5th human child, the family wanted a pet. Friends were breeding budgies at that time and gave us one for me taking care of the birds (and mice, and rabbits) while they were on vacation. I learned about the sensitivity of their breathing with this one. I moved our 'pet' back into the family space too soon after spraying for lice—we were having great difficulty getting rid of lice. About the time Orion died, Loki was hatched. The same friends let us have a 'replacement'. Still learning about avian vets, Loki lived for 8 years, but died because of a tumor. We had not found an avian vet.
to be continued next week
with my heart filled with love
SKY 224183

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11/12/2013 07:39.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
A sticky situation
Spot LE' Blaze-atiel 242573

The Castle Guards quickly open the gates to allow SPOT and Little Angel to pass by. They smile politely with a concerned look to their eyes. Every time Little Angel visits something happens. Maybe today she won't get into any mischief.
"Oh No here comes Little Angel and with all that glitter and glue! I have got to find a place to hide or find a nice raincoat so that if, she decides to take out the glue and glitter and there's some kind of mishap I won't be getting it all over my feathers!" King Dixie runs to don a long raincoat, hanging in his closet that has a nice deep hood on it so he's totally covered before he goes down and welcomes Spot and Little Angel into the Castle.
"Welcome Spot" King Dixie calls as he descends the long winding staircase. Shaking wings with Spot, then giving him a big Conure welcome hug. "I'm happy to see you two."
King Dixie throws his wings around his Little Angel, giving her a soft beakie kiss. Little Angel smiles as she carefully opens the glue behind King Dixie's back. "Little Angel, what are you planning to do with that glue in your wing?"
"Nuffin. I was just checking it, that's all" Little Angel says with a sassy grin.
"That's good" King Dixie says with a sigh. " we don't want any glue and glitter accidents, today!" King Dixie leads the two friends into the large hall where the preparations for Thanksgiving are under way.
"I brought some colored leaves so we can make a center piece for the Royal banquet"
L.A. piles them onto the table. We can glue them to a paper plate and add sparkles and maybe a few pine cones." She looks at the leaves and says,
"I have an idea King Dixie" L.A. looks around, " DIXIE? SPOT? Where did you go?"
"Here" they say from behind a big armchair, " we thought maybe we'd dropped something way over here."
"Ok come on" L.A. says grinning happily. " How much mischief can we get into making a decoration?"
Cautiously Spot and King Dixie come out of hiding. "Ok, we will all work together on this" Spot says getting a paper plate from the big craft cupboard. He takes some craft paper, pine cones , and ribbon to the table.

Little Angel claps her wings eggcitedly as she lays everything out neatly. King Dixie takes the paper plate and holds it while L/A. squirts glue onto it. Spot lays red, yellow, orange and crimson leaves in the wet glue. Next King Dixie places the pine cones in a pretty arrangement.
"All we need is sparkles now. L.A. opens the orange, green, red and yellow bottles.
"Just a second, we need the blue sparkles." she races tot he craft cupboard and hurries back. Suddenly Little Angel trips on a toy laying on the floor, landing with a splat on the opened glue bottle sending wet, sticky glue flying all over SPOT and King Dixie. "AHHHH, AHHH CHUUU" L.A. sneezes causing the sparkle bottles to tip over and......
luv Spot

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!! & Spot:: Vote for Chipper257319 BOTM!!!.

11/11/2013 12:45.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Spot Le' Blaze-atiel peaks out from behind his night time cage cover as the light begins to filter in through the window. Quietly he slips out of his cage and flies to the table where he has all the decorations and craft materials sitting out in neat piles.
"HELLO!" calls Little Angel as she knocks on the front door. " SPOT, you up yet?"
Spot flies to the door and quietly opens it. " SHHHHH, Little Angel, Momma is sleeping. She doesn't feel good today so I thought we could go visit our friends and let her sleep for a while longer."
"Greyt idea Spot. I have an idea. Why don't we visit King Dixie in the Castle for a while?" Little Angel smiles at her own idea.
"Ok, I'll leave a note for Momma Rea first and we can head off on our way to the Castle."
Spot carefully writes a note and leaves in plain sight.
Spot and Little Angel close the door softly and walk out into the dull, damp morning. The sun peaking out occasionally at them as they walk to the BC Castle. On their way Little Angel gathers some colorful leaves to make a decoration for the Thanksgiving Banquet.
"Look" Little Angel says happily, as she opens her pocket on her jacket, " I have glue and sparkles"
"I wanted to ask you about that. Ipo stopped by last night and she had sparkles on her tail feathers. Do you know anything about that?" Spot asks raising and eye brow.
"Well, ahhhhh. Yes I sorta do. I was stopping by to visit Ipo and I tripped on a shoe on the floor and somehow the lid on the glue popped off and the glue, and I went flying through the air and it landed on Ipo's tail....Ok. I'm busted " Little Angel says with a stomp of her foot in annoyance.
"I stopped to visit Ipo and she was asleep. I decided to surprise her by making her tail look all pretty and glittery with sparkles."
Spot shakes his head. Poppa Sky had said she was hard to keep out of mischief.
Soon the Castle comes into view. The guards standing tall at the gates, smile as they see Spot with Little Angel. They remember all too well her Reign as BOTM Queen.
"I wonder what we'll get into today???" King Dixie says looking out the Castle window...

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11/10/2013 10:59.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel,242573
Today, I just had to show ya'll what greyt snowflakes the girls made! The variety is endless, and we're not done yet!
In the upper left hand corner, I wanted you to see an easy 3D snowflake! All you do is cut 2 of the same designs(put two pieces of paper together and cut them out at the same time!). Then cut a smaller one for the middle. Stick them together with a button, or glue, after ironing them of course! Then simply pull the 'leaves out a little from the background! These are especially beautiful in a centerpiece on your table, or on a wall near your tree!
Tomorrow, I'm going to show you one with a different kind of cutout! I'm hoping to get Miss Chipper to help with that one, cause her beak is uniquely appropriate for this design!Hehee!!! That's all I'm saying till tomorrow! Make a blizzard of snowflakes and have a greyt day! Remember, all you hook billed birdies can easily design your very own snowflakes. Have fun and be creative.
Has anybirdie seen my Aunt Little Angel? She's out there someplace with glue and SPARKLES--a dangerous combination.
Luv, Spot?

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!! & Spot:: Vote for Chipper257319 BOTM!!!.

11/09/2013 11:36.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
pot Le'Blaze-atiel
Today, I'm taking a little break from making ornaments. I want to recognise our troups around the world! Monday is Veterans Day in America, and Remembrance Day in Canada. So I thought it a good idea to spend a little time with our guys in uniform around the world! The profile picture today is a soldier we all know and love. At least we know him through his featered brother, Panther! Yes, it's Kevin! Just like millions of others who have taken time out of their lives to serve and protect our country and our way of life, he has joined the army! We just want them to know that we all pray for them and remember them. They are far away, but close in our hearts!
I know many of you have family and friends serving in the armed forces. I'd like to suggest that a touch of home would bless them and bring smiles to their faces! So, all of you who have learned to make heart ornaments and mitten ornaments, make one and send it to your family and friends serving in the armed forces around the world!
November is remember the troups month, so it's not just a day, and we should remember them with love and respect all year!
With much love and grateful hearts, we salute our troups!
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel!

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11/07/2013 04:06.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel, 242573
Today, in the profile picture you can see several different types of the mittens! At the top left, you see a line of mittens made into an advent calendar! The numbers are the days. Each day, you slide one over leaving a space between it and the next mitten. Each day, on the back of the mitten is written a Christmas treat for your mom to give you as you wait patiently for Santa Birdy to get here! Fun to look at, and the treats keep you checking the calendar each day!Hehee!!!
On the top right, you can see three eggsamples of the cloth mittens. Notice that these are hung with clothspins! Fill them with treats and when your friends come over, give them one to keep and enjoy!
At the bottom, you can see all white mittens(craft paper) that can be decorated in many, many ways!
I, birsonally like the way they look together with their different decorations!
Many thanks to Boo Boo and Cori, who worked very hard to decorate and cut out and sew the differant kinds of mittens! Enjoy making and hanging them in your house!
One tip: Think of one of your friends as you make them, and pray for them and their flockilies!
Luv, Spot?

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!! & Spot:: Vote for Chipper257319 BOTM!!!.

11/06/2013 07:25.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel!
Good morning or afternoon! As you can see, Cori and Boo Boo helped out today with the mittens!
These can be made from material or paper! To make them out of material, simply cut two mitten patterns out and put them right sides together. Then sew around the sides, turning down the top and stitching a hem in the open part! Turn them right side out and decorate with whatever trims strike your fancy!
If you make them out of paper, cut out one mitten pattern and decorate it any way you like!
Again, we made blue mittens with gold stars on them for that co-ordinated designer look!
I'd like to thank my helpers today, who also made a mitten for our furball friend!
Also, if you make the material mittens, you can put bird treats in them and give them to your friends!
I'd also like to report that Boo Boo restrained herself with the glitter, eggcept for one unfortunate incident with the glue and blue glitter(check out the back of my head and neck) she was very neat and tidy. (Cori was surprised, but I think it was the look mom gave her after the 'incident' that calmed her down!Hehee)
I do sincerely thank all of you for your support and wish you joy in making your ornaments!
Luv, Spot?

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!! & Spot:: Vote for Chipper257319 BOTM!!!.

11/05/2013 03:01.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel here! Everybirdy did such a fantastic job on the hearts that I decided to show you an eggsample of one that I know Chirps would have liked! You all know how she loved polka dots!Hehee!!! Anyway, it's also an eggsample of what you can do if you let your imaginations run wild!
Tomorrow, I plan to start making mittens to hang on the tree! I think Cori, and Boo Boo would be greyt helpers on these! So, check by and see us working on mittens as decorations! Bring your glitter and glue, and safety scissors too!Hehee! Little Angel, you be care with that glue! OH NO!! Too late, look out.........Well so much for the Sparkles she had hidden in her pocket. Little Angel Momma Deb told you not to take sparkles with you to the Castle with King Dixie. Now you are you're a glow in the dark, multi-coloured birdie lite. " heheheheh
Luv, Spot?

PS. Ya'll will never truly know how much I love all of you and thank you for your support of my campaign!

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11/04/2013 08:36.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Murphee
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel 242573
To make a heart ornament, simply fold whatever color of craft paper you want, and cut out a heart shape. Then open it up, and using a small brush, brush on Elmer's glue in a pattern you like and put glitter on it. Or, cut out differant shapes, and stick them on with the glue! Then you can put ribbons, or any other decorations of pictures you like on them. As you can see, Parker, Tweety and I chose a red heart for all of ours so we would get that co-ordinated decorations look! You can make individual heart ornaments, or string them together in a garland effect, which can be used on your tree or on a mantel, or anywhere you'd like to put ornaments to brighten up your house! Let your imagination run wild! I'd like to thank Parker and Tweety for coming over and making hearts today! Have fun with yours!
Luv, Spot?

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11/03/2013 02:46.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel, 242573
Hi Everybirdy!
Imagine my surprise when mom went on the 'puter and I was in the spotlight as BOTD! Wow! Thank you everybirdy!
Today, instead of my BOTM blog, I'm going to go everywhere and thank my friends for this honor! Tomorrow, Mr. Tweety and Parker will be joining me in making our first decorations! We'll be making a heart ornament that can be hung individually, or strung together as a garland! Bring all your favorite trimmings to go on your hearts! The choices are as big as your imagination! You can get gold or silver rick-rack trim, or whatever you want for your hearts! Look around your house first for free stuff! Most trims can be bought cheaply at a dollar store! Some of them come in bags with plenty left over for more projects!
Let your imaginations go wild!

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11/02/2013 03:03.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
Spot Le'Blaze-tiel for BOTM!
This campaign is dedicated to Ms. Chirps, my fister who flew to the Rainbow Bridge Monday. She loved to make things with her own wings and was very talented at it.
I'd like to thank each and every bird who came over with condolances and flowers and wing hugs and lots of comfort for myself and mama Rea! You cannot imagine what that showing of love and prayers meant to us!
In my Campaign, I will be showing you how to make some beautiful, simple decorations for your Christmas trees and mantels. Chirps and I always loved a homespun look and we hope you all will make some beautiful ornaments, garlands and other decorations for the holiday!

Here's a basic list you will need for most of the projects(most can be found in the dollar stores!)
You will need:
A spool of monofilament fiber(fishing line)
Many colors of craft paper, including black and white.
Some white bird sage glue(like Elmers)
A sharp needle for sewing and/or hole punching.
Differant colored ribbons(differant sizes, too)
A good imagination!
Some glitter(keep it neat Cori, Boo Boo, and Little Angel!)
Some kid proof scissors!
We will do 2 to 3 projects each week! I will show you the patterns and you can get your moms and pops to help you with cutting things out!
Remember, safety, first, last, and always!
I hope you will enjoy our campaign!

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!! & Spot:: Vote for Chipper257319 BOTM!!!.

11/01/2013 04:06.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Murphee~
Stopping by with a Happy Halloween just for you! I hope the day is filled with treats and no tricks!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

10/31/2013 08:41.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Murphee
So glad you stopped by! Mom told me too how much fun you had. Mom wanted to write to people but she got so confused with names of humans and us! No fair we didn't get to go! And I heard there were birds there too!

We hated being in our cage all day! It was a long ride both ways mom said. Going down she got lost and going home her and Cookie's mom got stuff in a huge traffic mess at Bear Mountain for a whole hour! Mom made it up to us with toys though. My COG sister Kahlua was afraid of them until yesterday.

I love all your pictures and I love your beak too! :-) So glad you have a great mom to take care of you. I hope you are okay. I was reading about some of the tests and stuff in your profile. I hope all is okay.

So glad we got to meet! Let's squawk again soon!

Love and wing hugs,
Tango

Come visit me, Kahlua--Vote Cori BOTM 162513 & Tango--Vote Cori BOTM 162513.

10/18/2013 09:49.10 AM Report This Comment  
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