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Hi! My name is Puffin says" Merry Christmas "

I am a Moluccan Cockatoo from Wallops Island, VA.



7 years old   F

Moluccan Cockatoo

Nuts, watermelon, oranges, apples, and grapes

On top of the cage, in the shower, and on the couch with Mom



She loves to cuddle with me and gives me treats.

I like to puff my feathers up even without being excited. So that is why I am named puffin..

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  Hi sweet Ms Puffin from Angel Christy
So sorry we couldn't make it to the Christmas Milonga last night, but our dad is doing much better! Some of the dizziness has subsided, and the lump on his head is going down, but some soreness remains in the back of his neck and left side! We woke up to18 degrees this AM when dad got our paper out of the sun room, brrr! Have a great Sunday on this our favorite day, remember to be kind to each other and don't judge others until you've walked a mile in their shoes, everybody has their own little crosses to bear, give our love to all in your home, see ya tomorrow...

Forever love, from Jenny & my Dallas family

PS~To those who expressed it, thanks for your caring and concern for our dad, he does not like to complain about human things on our beloved BC...

Come visit me, Ziggy Claus is coming to town-My 2nd Christmas!!, Jenny Lynn~with a precious Christmas memory--, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~I love all the special things..., Ms LaLo~Merry Christmas my friends-I love you!! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

12/28/2014 10:10.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Thanks once more for your ongoing support. It's nearly the end of the month and we're still going strong with things to see and do here in Pittsburgh.
Today we are starting what mom will call the Carnegie run. As you already know, Andrew Carnegie was good at giving away things after he accumulated his wealth. One of his most valuable and long lasting gifts is his gift of literacy to a largely blue collar immigrant crowd in his lifetime. He donated libraries to many of the small towns around Pittsburgh, as well as the great library connected to the museum/music hall complex in Oakland. Below are some of the other libraries, in pics 5 and 6, these are in Homestead (a mill town) and Homewood, where a lot of steel workers lived with their families. The third pic is the old library downtown, nestled among the older buildings off Grant Street. The third pic is a newly renovated Carnegie library, and the first two pics show the outside and one of the reading rooms inside the Oakland branch. We are very proud of the Carnegie Library system in our town.
See you tomorrow! Hope you are having a great day. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/28/2014 08:32.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Ipo gives her a big hug then goes to the rest of the flock doing the same. Thank you so much for the honor of BOTD! I couldn't have done it without your help. Boy were we surprised when mom finally was able to get online...actually she finally had to use her phone. I certainly never expected at all. I do hope you had fun at the castle with me. I, bein a GCC, did try to make sure there was always somethin fun. hehe It's been such a special day.
I must go for now, but I had to come by and thank you.

Come visit me, Shaggy--2010-2013, Ipo, Sidney ~~ALWAYS IN MY HEART~~6/1996-2/2013, Oatie Odette *Thank you for the honor 11/27/13, Sophie O'Too, Pimer--Thanks you all, Jules, Punkin *My Dearest Little One--5/23/03 to 9/16/13* & Makana *I am honored as BOTD 10-17-14* Thank You.

12/27/2014 09:16.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Thanks so much for your ongoing support!
Today we are looking at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. This is located in Oakland, almost right across from the Cathedral of Learning, on the opposite side from the museum. The 3rd and 4th pics show the building, it's pretty impressive! The 2nd pic shows one of the statues outside the door, and the first shows an activity that was going on for Veterans Day. Soldiers and Sailors Hall is the only military museum in the US honoring all branches of service to the country, and in all capacities: active duty, reserves, and guard. The historic building has exhibits covering all conflicts the US has been part of, including a huge area devoted to Gettysburg. There are unique exhibits there displaying personal mementos and stories, military artifacts, and uniforms. The building includes, besides the museum, a concert hall that seats about 2300 people, a ballroom, and the Hall of Valor. As you can see, Pittsburgh has a lot to offer when you come here.
Hope you are having a great day, see you tomorrow. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/27/2014 07:17.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Today we're going across the bridge to the Carnegie Museum where mom works sometimes. They have a Neapolitan Presepio which has statuary in it dating from 1730 to the late 1800s. It's a Pittsburgh tradition that this scene is set up in the Hall of Architecture every year, and people come from all over to see it. Mom was there a couple of weeks ago when tourists from Italy came. She stayed and listened for a few minutes to one of the ladies in the group tell the history of presepi, in Italian, but she had to leave to pick up a tour group. Anyway, the oldest figures are made of painted terra cotta, and the newer ones are like collectible dolls, in that they have porcelain hands, feet, and face, and the rest of them is linen over a wire armature, so they can be posed. In my fifth pic, all the angels are made like that. In the fourth pic is a mix of old and new figurines. The third pic shows a Turkish band, popular in Naples in the mid 1800s. The presepio shows a whole town, with some folks aware of the holy birth and others who are just going about their business. The second pic displays some of that. In the first pic, that is totally Neapolitan! The holy family are in an ancient temple setting, and it always has one broken pillar (as opposed to the traditional setting in a stable). The broken pillar signifies a break with the Old Testament and the start of the new. Mom forgot to get a pic of the sleeping shepherd. He is also important in this scene. He can signify one of 2 things: he's a sleepy shepherd who missed the angel's message, or he represents the rest of humanity that is still sleeping today. If you ever come to Pittsburgh during the Christmas season, be sure to see the presepio, and look for the dove and the fisherman. (The dove is in a different place every year, and the fisherman is one of the original pieces.)
We wish you the Merriest Christmas ever! Thanks for your votes, and see you tomorrow back at Phipps! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/25/2014 11:26.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Thanks for your votes daily. I can't be BOTM without your support.
Today we are going to Phipps Conservatory, which is located in Schenley Park. I wanted to take you there for their Christmas show of lights in the outdoor garden as well as show some indoor spaces. Phipps is a gigantic Victorian greenhouse, with different rooms for different plants. There are the palm room, the fern room, the butterfly room, the orchid room, the desert room, the tropical rainforest room, etc. There are also some gorgeous indoor spaces that people use for weddings. Today though, we are looking at part of their Christmas flower and light show. The first 3 pics are outdoors in the gardens at Phipps. The fourth and fifth pics show 2 of the indoor spaces. I'll try to be back tomorrow with more pics of Phipps, or at least to wish a Merry Christmas to everybirdie. Be good, tonight is the night Santa Bird comes to call! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/24/2014 07:31.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Wow, this month is flying by! Thanks again for your votes.
Today we're going back to the aviary. They do a free flight show with scarlet macaws which is really impressive. They are magnificent in flight! They also have bald eagles in a habitat, right next to the Stellar's Sea eagles. I messed up my shots, the first one is the Stellar's, and the third one is the bald eagle enclosure. They are both outside, with netting on the top of their enclosures. The second pic is a part of the wetlands exhibit. You may notice among the flamingos there is a roseate spoonbill. The wetlands is one of the habitats people can walk through, and the birds are all free flying. You can also pay to have a flamingo encounter, where you can go right to the edge of the water, feed them, and learn about their habits. When mom did that, the guy clapped in a certain way that made the dominant male display and made them all walk and make noises. It was so neat! The aviary has grasslands habitats, as well as tropical forest, and now they've added an endangered room, where you can see some endangered birds, but more importantly, you can learn about what's causing them to be endangered. Yes, there are things we can do about this.
I hope you are having a great day. See you tomorrow! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/23/2014 07:12.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Thanks for your vote every day! I love hearing from you.
Today we are going to visit the National Aviary located right here in Pittsburgh. We will spend at least 2 days here, because it's one of mom's favorite spots. The 4th picture just shows the building, but it's when you get inside that it gets colorful and interesting. The thire picture shows lories, and twice a day they allow the public to enter their enclosure and offer them nectar. It's so neat to have the birds land on you and drink nectar from your container! The second pic shows part of the tropical forest area. Can you guess the bird? It's a pigeon! Isn't it gorgeous? The aviary has many habitats, and the penguin in the first picture is showing one of them. It's a temperate zone penguin, so it can live outdoors all year round here. The aviary has feeding times that people can watch with the penguins too. They have produced chicks last year and this year, as well.
Tomorrow we'll see more of the aviary, its habitats, and learn a bit more about the birds housed there and their programs. See you then, hope you are having a great day! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/22/2014 12:47.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Darling Ms Puffin, Sunday love from Angel Christy
...daddy told me it was an absolute pleasure chatting with our sweet aunt Theresa yesterday! For us there can be no greater happiness than talking with your mom, Aunt Eileen, Cindy Jones, Jane D, and a several more we could mention! we are truly blessed! Today it seems our computer is working a little better, albeit still slow! We have not heard of any other birds with problems, so ours must be an isolated case! We will write as may notes as possible, we hate to disappoint any of our very old and dear friends! It is a gloomy 'ol day, but we are expecting a White Christmas! Sunday love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love before Christmas, Angel Christy, Jenny & our Dallas family

PS~Our hearts are saddened by the tragic and senseless murder of two young NYC Police Officers, RIP you fine young men...

Come visit me, Ziggy Claus is coming to town-My 2nd Christmas!!, Jenny Lynn~with a precious Christmas memory--, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~I love all the special things..., Ms LaLo~Merry Christmas my friends-I love you!! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

12/21/2014 08:51.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
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

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/20/2014 02:20.39 PM Report This Comment  
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Come visit me, Chyna ~ Happy New Year & Bailey ♥ RIP.

12/19/2014 10:05.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
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

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/19/2014 12:08.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna ~ Happy New Year & Bailey ♥ RIP.

12/18/2014 10:13.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
There are peregrines nesting both on the Cathedral of Learning at Pitt, and downtown on the Gulf building.
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

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/18/2014 11:17.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Thanks for your very cute card. Loved all the pics too. Now I have to go say "hi" to Emy.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna ~ Happy New Year & Bailey ♥ RIP.

12/17/2014 10:46.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
We're glad mom liked her little gift.
Thanks for your votes and visits daily! I love hearing from everybirdie.
Yesterday we did everything Heinz, today we are moving to Frick. He was one of those robber baron guys, but he gave back some to the city. Not like Andrew Carnegie, who gave back a ton, but still...
Henry Clay Frick gave Pittsburgh Frick Park, a beautiful space in the eastern part of the city with tennis courts, many playgrounds, walking trails, a nature center, a running track, an exercise track, a bowling green, as well as many picnic pavilions. In my pics today, the fifth and sixth ones are of Frick Art museum, right across from the bowling greens of the park. The Museum isn't part of the park, though. It's a small museum with many beautiful paintings. In a neighboring block is Clayton, a Frick city mansion. One of the pics is the garage. A friend of mom's is curator of the cars. The mansion itself is huge, the rooms are incredible, there is great woodwork inside. Right now it's decked out for the holidays. I don't know if you can see it, but one of the pics shows the staircase draped in greens. There are tours conducted there when people request them.
I hope you are still enjoying your tour of Pittsburgh. I'm having fun bringing to you all the great areas of the city. Hope also that you are having a great day! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/17/2014 08:13.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
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

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/16/2014 11:43.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
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

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/15/2014 10:40.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
You have to come to the castle for a day of fun,food,friends and downright partying with me!Can you believe this is my third time here with you this week?Come share in my special day,there are so many things to do at the castle and we can have such a fun time together!It just wouldn't be the same with out you here by my side joining in the celebrations! Love Kallie

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

12/14/2014 06:24.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Morning fluffy Puffy dear, from Angel Christy
Well our dad had a great time at our Club's Christmas Party, but came home tired and fell right to sleep! Now he is up early to start addressing our Christmas Cards, and he put a beef roast in our slow cooker, they always smell so good while cooking! Our commuter says we will reach 55 degrees today, jeepers it is 47 already! This should be a fun casual day around here, dad is about ready for one of those! I hope you all have a great day, and give our love to all in your happy home, we'll be back tomorrow...

Much love on Sunday & always, from Angel Christy & our family

Come visit me, Ziggy Claus is coming to town-My 2nd Christmas!!, Jenny Lynn~with a precious Christmas memory--, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~I love all the special things..., Ms LaLo~Merry Christmas my friends-I love you!! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

12/14/2014 05:55.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
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

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/13/2014 07:49.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
That is such a cute pic of you:) We enjoyed chatting with mom the other day too! Glad that you enjoyed the pics:) It sure has been raining here but at least the snow is gone...LOL! Such odd weather at this time of the year though. It has been good snoozing weather and mom says she wishes that she could just copy us and snooze all day too! LOL! HOpe you have a good evening;)

hugs,

Chicklet

Come visit me, In loving memory of my beloved Joey, Cleo, Chicklet, Poppy-Thanks so much everybirdy for BOTD!, Jazz-Thanks everybirdie! What a great surprise! & Sunny.

12/12/2014 07:34.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
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

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/12/2014 10:50.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning Ms Puffin dear friend, from Angel Christy
...your mom's phone call to our home cheered our daddy up a lot, she is so sweet! We are having Winter like weather, with a lot of overcast skies, but warming up nicely! We are terribly concerned about our West coast friends with all the rain, high winds, flooding, mud slides, and so on! Kiddo and aunt Pam, Poirot and MB, the fabulous LaHabra flock, Margie Gear and flock in SF, the Proctor flock, and of course our beloved Sugar bear! On the upbeat side, we got another sweet phone call from our aunt Theresa G in Wallops Island, and our Christmas cards arrived, they are great in their simplicity! Our Bird Club Christmas party is tomorrow night, they are so much fun with all those bird loving folks to hang out with, but us birds will be at home, what's up with that! TGIF dear friends, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya all tomorrow...

Friday love from Angel Christy & our Dallas family

Come visit me, Ziggy Claus is coming to town-My 2nd Christmas!!, Jenny Lynn~with a precious Christmas memory--, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~I love all the special things..., Ms LaLo~Merry Christmas my friends-I love you!! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

12/12/2014 06:33.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
V4U today. I love your new Christmas sleigh picture with Ceasaur. You both appear to be such well behaved birds in the sleigh, yet rumor has it that you've been a naughty bird, chewing on things around the house. If I were you I would be a good bird. Santa Bird is watching, he's making a list, checking it twice. You don't want to find a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking, do you? LOL LOL LOL LOL Have a good day. From, Mayo

Come visit me, Mayo, Dandy & Marigold.

12/12/2014 05:42.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
I just love your Christmas Profile you are so awesome and what a pretty girl you are riding in the sleigh with Ceasaur!
Please join me in the Castle with Queen Ruby for a day filled with fun,food and friends to help share in my special day,it wouldn't be special without all my friends joining me!Come and partake of all the fun and festivities that I have planned for the day and night here!Lots of food and fun things to do! Love King Peepers

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

12/11/2014 12:32.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Wow, another pretty pic!
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

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/11/2014 07:52.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
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 11:48.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
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 09:08.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Come on over and join the party in the Castle with me and Queen Ms Ruby!There's so much to do there and the celebrations will go on well into the night!Lots of greyt food by Lizzie and plenty of fun things to do all day and night long!
Love Dixie

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12/09/2014 09:00.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Dearest Puffin, Happy belated Birthday to your mom
...during a phone call last night from from our mutual friend in Washington, we found out that it was our dear aunt Theresa's Birthday! We had no way of knowing this tidbit of information, but that does not men she is not one of our favorite people on the earth, we love her so much! We are blessed to have an unusual warming trend in our area for at least the next week, with temps ranging into the 50's, we'll gladly take it! We don't have any interesting news today, so we'll just sign off and let you get on with your day! Have a wonderful ToosDay, and please know you are all so very loved, give our love to aunt Theresa, Ceasaur, Cheeto bird, all in your parrot friendly home, see ya tomorrow...

Extreme love from Jenny, Angel Christy, & our Dallas family

PS~Congrats to our dear friend Dixie Adler for BOTD, way to go little buddy...

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12/09/2014 06:58.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
No new pics today because we're revisiting the parks momentarily. As I said yesterday Pittsburgh has some rabid sports fans, and there is sports memorabilia for sale in a lot of places in the city. But Pittsburghers also love to participate in sporting events. There are baseball and softball areas in all the parks, as well as tennis courts, some soccer fields, basketball courts, even places to play tetherball. Frick even has a bowling green and leagues that play there all summer long. As well as the ball parklets in the parks, there is an ice skating rink at Schenley Park, and swimming pools at both Schenley and Highland Parks.If a person isn't so sports minded, there are family picnic pavilios, many of the parks offer community gardens, Frick has a nature center with programs, and of course there is the zoo and aquarium at Highland Park. We'll talk more of that tomorrow.
I hope you are having a good day, and maybe even thinking of visiting our city at some point. Mom loves to take folks around. Hugs, Peppino

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12/08/2014 10:33.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Mom and all of us were so eggcited to see the beautiful card you sent us in the mail,it really made Mom's day to get it!She has been so busy and has been trying to get our tree up for the last two weeks and something always comes up and it never gets done!
We are so hoping that you are warm there as its so cold here right now and we've even had some snow here but not enough to coat the ground!
Mom and all of us here want to wish your sweet wonderful Momma a very Happy Birthday and we only wish we could be there to help celebrate with her on her special day!Please give her a big warm hug from my Mom and all of us here give her lots of warm wing hugs also!We love her sooo sooo much!
Wishing you and your sweet Momma and flock a greyt day filled with lots of love and warm sunshine!We're sending you all our love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses!Loving you always and forever,sweet Puffin,Love Dixie and Flock!And Mom too!

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12/08/2014 09:30.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
I love your new pic! I have to go look at the rest of the flock now!
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 08:24.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Thanks to Sam and Aunt Robin for the pic of me with the tree. I am finding time to decorate, after all.
Thanks for your support today and every day. I posted some of the Nationality room pics in my gallery, as well as some of Schenley Park.
Today, we are still in Oakland, home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and Carlow Universities, as well as the museum where mom works, and lots of other good things.
I want to talk about the green spaces in Pittsburgh today. The city has several large parks, Frick in the East End, Mellon Park also in the east, Schenley Park in Oakland and others. Pittsburgh can be proud of its green spaces, where lots of people make use of the paths, the playgrounds, the tennis courts, the swimming pools, and the dog 'parks' within the parks. The pics in my gallery show Schenley which is near both Carnegie Mellon and Pitt. The sky view in one of them shows the Cathedral of Learning as well as the rest of the Oakland skyline. The city has a lot of things to be proud of, and we think the parks are right up there at the top of the list. See you tomorrow, hope you are having a good day today. Hugs, Peppino

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12/05/2014 11:48.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning Ms Puffin dear, from Angel Christy
...just a note to ay hello to a very dear old friend! We have been so busy lately, but slowly getting caught up! We have ordered our Christmas cards, and our sweet aunt Denise did a masterful job of putting the four of us on them, she is so good at that sort of thing! With our tree and ornaments waiting in the wings, we should have it up and decorated during the weekend! I swear our home warms up a few degrees when it is shining brightly, at least all the hearts in our home do! TGIF best of friends, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Friday love from Angel Christy & our Dallas family

PS~Please give our love to aunt Teresa, and sweet Mr Ceasaur...

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12/05/2014 10:08.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin
Thanks so much for your support.
Today I want to go back to the higher education facilities in Pittsburgh, but just to the University of Pittsburgh.
The Cathedral of Learning, Pitt's main building on campus, is a special place. It's a skyscraper of a building, but the first 2 floors are what you want to see. If you are interested in Pittsburgh's ethnic heritage, they have Nationality rooms. We can go into who settled here in a later blog, but on these floors of the cathedral, each ethnic group has decorated a classroom with things that are particular to its culture. Mom took Italian classes in the Italian room, and it's gorgeous, with dark wood paneling, lots of cultural references to the artists, composers, poets, etc. that Italy has produced. Other rooms include those from Eastern Europe, the Philippine Islands, Vietnam, China, Japan, Western Europe, and the Caribbean. They have added Latin American rooms lately as well. It's truly spectacular this time of year, with all the Nationality Rooms decorated for Christmas. If you come to Pittsburgh for Christmas, this is a must see!
I hope you are having a great day. Hugs, Peppino

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12/04/2014 09:13.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Puffin,
Thank you. :). Mom was wondering why every birdie was congratulating me on being BOTD.

She didnt see the side panel of her phone which had me on it. Hahahaha!!

Come and join me for some great food, fun and frolic in the Castle!

See you there! And bring the flockily too!

Here's a vote for you.

Hugs,

King Pookie

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12/03/2014 04:42.40 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 Puffin!

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 02:30.58 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.

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