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My mom's good friend had several cockatoos and when they laid an egg and I hatched, they gave me to my mom and dad. Even the vet said I was the ugliest bird she'd ever seen since my bird mom plucked me when I was 3 months old! But see, the Ugly Duckling story is really true!!! hehehe
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Hi! My name is Picabo- Happy Holidays!

I am an Umbrella Cockatoo from Chuburna Puerto, Intl.

BooBoo, Big Guy, Picabooie

9 years old   M

Umbrella Cockatoo

peanuts; chicken, nutriberries

the jungle gym over his cage; anyplace with his dad

getting left in his cage

they play with me and laugh with me and know when to cuddle me

screams & flaps wings while riding on the door of another parrot's cage; opens cage to let out his girlfriend Alfie; tells a long story in Picabo language and then laughs and laughs!.

I work for peanuts!.

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I am very honored to be your queen of the day thank you for the congratulations, I'm very Honored to be in the Castle with Queen Ruby. put on your Christmss Sweaters we are going to be baking Christmas cookies and Christmas bird bread all favorite ingredients will be ready and let's have a good time later on we will have snowball Fight, go snow boarding, buildi snowbirds, then later be taking a sleigh ride singing Christmas Carole's and then to the dance. Here is vote for you
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QUEEN MOCHA

Come visit me, DITTO, LUCY BLUE, SKITTLES, RIO & MOCHA.

12/20/2014 09:10.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
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 12:09.30 PM Report This Comment  
  morning my handome friend !
It's here ! TGIF has a whole new meaning today ! Mom has just hours to go till vacation ! Now, I've got plans for this vacation and they include lots of treats and head rubs, maybe a splash and of course lots of games and songs :)

Mom did run out last night leaving me and dad for a few minutes - she was out of milk. She came back with not only milk though, she came back with a strawberry ! ! ! Told you I was being a good boy !

Have a wonderful and peaceful day ! love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/19/2014 01:44.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
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 11:28.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
Poor kitties, we feel for them. I bet the tree is very interesting to kittens, though, as well as to the birds...
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 08:36.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo !
Happy humpday ! Only one week till Santa Bird arrives - I even had a bath last night in preparation and didn't scream at mom when she got home late from her faculty/staff holiday party ! I'm really trying ! Of course tonight, both parronts are out - bird club party - now that one I think I should be allowed to go to . . . but NO ? This one is at an Italian restaurant - I never get to go cause I'm flighted and won't wear a suit ! No way, not me !

So I'll watch the tree and listen to the music and hope they're home early - Only THREE more days till mom is off . . . all the way till Jan. 5 ! Woooo Hoooo !

Sounds like your mom is having some fun celebrations with the English classes, I have a piñata and I love it ! One of my very favorite toys to destroy ! have a good day - love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/17/2014 01:53.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
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 11:03.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
Thanks for your ongoing support!
Today I posted one more pic of PennMac, the cheese counter! It is as popular as the meat counter, and always crowded.
Next, while we are in the Strip District, we have to visit the Heinz History Center. It's in the heart of the Strip District, and houses Pittsburgh history, including a trolley. They have traveling exhibits there, too. They are doing a Heinz exhibit right now though, featuring Heinz ketchup and pickles, haha. The first pic is one of an evaluation of antiques they do at the history center each August. From what the people bring in to be assessed, they film 10 to 12 episodes of Hidden Treasures, a TV show kind of like Antiques Roadshow, but with all Pittsburghers and their stuff. Some of it is quite valuable.
We probably should leave the Strip soon, so mom doesn't end up buying a lot of stuff. Some of the stores, like Wholey's fish market, are unique and wonderful to visit!
See you tomorrow with another installment of Pittsburgh stuff. Hope you are having a great day! Hugs, Peppino

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!.

12/14/2014 08:01.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
I know, Squeaky left the vote, but I wanted to admire your pic again.
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 07:55.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
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 10:58.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mr Big Guy Picabo, from Angel Christy
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 09:13.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
Scion and Squeaky!
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!Give Scion our love and Dixie sends Squeaks a big huge GCC hug and kisses too! Love King Peepers

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

12/11/2014 02:15.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo !
Love that picture - you sure do look handsome ! And ready for Christmas !

Our tree went up over the weekend - it's all sparkly and bright ! I haven't investigated quite as closely as your kitties though - I'd rather watch from a distance ! It's nice when mom goes to school - she leaves Christmas music on for me to practice my rum-pum-pums !

I'm trying very hard to be good so SantaBird brings me lots of presents ! Only it's sometimes hard to resist that tissue box on the end table or that library book - or banging my ladder on the playgym !

Right now ? It's snowing ! Ho ho ho ! love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/10/2014 03:56.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
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.

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!.

12/10/2014 12:01.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi again handsome Picabo from Christy & Jenny
Once again we do not have much going on, but dad will manage to keep himself busy while entertaining all of us! Today is his visiting nurse day! Have a great hump day dear friends, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya all tomorrow...

Love forever from Angel Christy, Jenny, & our Dallas family

PS~Christmas time is coming, yippee...

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

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.

12/10/2014 11:45.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
No new pics today because we're revisiting the parks momentarily. I did post the Pirate parrot and the Penguin penguin, though. 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

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!.

12/08/2014 10:52.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo !
How did it get to be Monday already ? Weekends go by much too quickly around here ! At least we are all decorated so while mom and dad are gone it'll be pretty. Yesterday when they went to the g'parronts, they left on Christmas music for me :)

The folks got the g'parronts tree up yesterday - dad dragged it up the stairs and mom fiddled with the lights. G'ma was going to do the decorating last night. So they were home by 3:30ish to play with me ! I bet your tree looks pretty too - and I think that's a good idea - letting mom know when the kitties get too close !

Now back to school . . . just two more weeks ! Have a happy Monday ;) love to all - Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/08/2014 02:29.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
Thanks for your vote, I appreciate each one.
Today we can visit the sports arenas of the city. Pittsburgh has 3 teams, the Pirates (whose mascot is a parrot), the Penguins (whose mascot is a penguin, of course), and the Steelers (whose mascot is creepy!). So, I'm showing 2 pics of the North Shore, where the Pirates play baseball in PNC Park and the Steelers play at Heinz Field. Pitt also plays football at Heinz Field. The hockey arena is my third pic, that's the new Consol Energy Center. Other events are held there as well, the circus, ice shows, the occasional basketball game, concerts, etc. Pittsburgh boasts some rabid sports fans, and there are lots of places in town where a person can buy Pirate, Penguin, or Steeler gear and other memorabilia.
I hope you are having a happy day and whatever team you root for in football wins today. Hugs, Peppino

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!.

12/07/2014 08:11.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo !
Guess what ? The tree is up ! It's not all the way decorated yet, but mom hangs an ornament or two each time she walks through the living room - after I get my kiss of course ! Plus, there's a good dent on the big pile of cards on the dining room table - mom hopes those are finished later today !

Today though, the parronts are heading up to see g'ma and g'pa. G'ma wants lights around the front door and yesterday was icky and rainy all day . . . but busy, so busy in fact that mom didn't cook last night. Daddy went and got a PIZZA ! YUMMY in my tummy :)

Have a good day - love Cookie remembering Pearl Harbor

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/07/2014 02:54.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo!
Hey buddy! That sounds like fun! Will fly on over to the KB!
Hope you had a nice day!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffi & PumBaa say..Merry Christmas EveryBirdie!.

12/06/2014 08:11.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
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

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!.

12/06/2014 08:42.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
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

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!.

12/05/2014 11:42.53 AM Report This Comment  
  TGIF Picabo !
Hooray for Friday ! Mom has a half day - her school does them the first Friday of each month for the faculty meetings. Today, though, the PTA is setting up for a craft fair tomorrow so it's been cancelled ! That means mom is coming home early ! Unfortunately for me though - she's meeting her sister to go shopping ! I just hope there's a bird store on the list !

Then tomorrow I'll help mom and daddy put up the tree :) It's so pretty and shiny and sparkly when it's up, except it blocks my view of the bird feeders outdoors so I can't be such a good watchbird . . . but mom assures me that they're out there - she knows cause she fills them before she leaves in the morning and again at 3:30 when she gets home !

Have a happy Friday :) love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/05/2014 02:00.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo!
That is so great about your parronts friend that has the macaws! Sounds like they are in a really good home!!
Hey buddy.......come and ice skate with me tomorrow at the KB!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffi & PumBaa say..Merry Christmas EveryBirdie!.

12/04/2014 07:07.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
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

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!.

12/04/2014 09:26.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo Pot Pie!
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

Come visit me, Angel Sallykins says Happy Holidays !!! :), Pookie says Happy Holidays Every Birdie !! & Laka says Happy Holidays !!! :).

12/03/2014 11:23.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
That's funny, in Italian my name is a diminutive of Giuseppe, so it's Joey.
Thanks for your vote, and thanks to Aunt Rose, Dixie's mom, for our beautiful and seasonally appropriate pics.
I decided I'd feature Pittsburgh for at least a few days, without getting tedious.
Lots of people have the wrong idea of Pittsburgh, they still think of it like it was in the '50s, Hell with the Lid Off, because of all the mills and pollution. The mills are long gone, the riverfronts have been developed, and it's a great place to visit or to live.
We actually have a beautiful clear skyline today, with lots of tall buildings. But today I want to stress the academic climate here. Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas are home to many colleges and universities. Let's start from where I live and go towards town. There's Chatham College, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, Duquesne University, Point Park College, Robert Morris, and LaRoche. Isn't that a lot of higher education? Mom has a particular fondness for Carlow, where she attended undergrad school on a working scholarship, and the University of Pittsburgh, where she got her Masters degree. Okay, so now you know where the eggheads in Pittsburgh are!
Thanks for your vote, see you again tomorrow, I hope! Hope also that you are having a great day. Hugs, Peppino

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!.

12/03/2014 08:52.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo!
Yes...your Eagles are doing very well! Wish our Steelers were. We love football!
Wow!! Your friend never had parrots before and got two macaws ? Hope he does well with them !
Hope you had a nice day buddy!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffi & PumBaa say..Merry Christmas EveryBirdie!.

12/02/2014 07:45.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Picabo
Falco already wrote to Squeaks today, so I'm writing to you, teammate!
Thanks for your vote. Okay, I'm Peppino, the newest member of the flock. I've been with mom and the flock since September 2013, when I was just a baby. I picked mom out at a bird show, and wouldn't leave her alone, so she figured she might as well take me home, heehee. I think she really likes me, though. I'm very talkative, and have picked up several words and phrases in the past year, which I would be happy to share with you while mom is on the phone or trying to watch TV.
We don't have a theme as such this month, but I'll bring you some fun facts about Pittsburgh, share some pics with you (as soon as BC has things working again), and hopefully get your vote all month long. I return votes, as well. Hope you are having a good day and it looks like I'm off to a good start. Hugs, Peppino

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!.

12/02/2014 08:57.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo !
Can you believe it's December already ? Mom is working at trying to keep 28 ten year olds quiet and busy at school - she says it's like pulling a train with her teeth ! hmmmmmm . . .

Yesterday a box came and even though it was for mom, I always think they're for me - I love when the ups guy comes to the door ! Dad sneaks some little thing over while mom is opening boxes for me :) This time it was a piece of cardboard !

Be good ! Have a great day - love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/02/2014 02:09.47 AM Report This Comment  
  H Picabo
Chicklet still loves roller skating every day...in fact it is her favorite past time:) I enjoy doing a bunch of behaviours too! Hope you have a good evening;)

hugs,

Poppy

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.

12/01/2014 07:45.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo!
So you are an Eagles fan? Hope they are doing better than the Steelers!
Oh...I am trying to be a good birdie too! Santa Birdie will be here before we know it!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffi & PumBaa say..Merry Christmas EveryBirdie!.

12/01/2014 04:11.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Picabo !
Now I understand the limbo all my friends felt ! Mom changed my feetball profile to Christmas (I think . . .) only I can't see it - can you ?

Boy, it's hard to get back to routine after such a great weekend ! And mom has three full weeks of school before Christmas break !

She started pulling out a few decorations yesterday - the hutch in the dining room is done and the kitchen towels and pot holders are out. Daddy moved my cage to my winter quarters away from the drafty window where mom likes to put the tree - hoping for that next weekend !

Have a great day - love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/01/2014 02:10.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo!
Hey buddy!! Thanks for the kind words!
Well today we watched our Steelers loose ANOTHER game! Ugh!! Well at least the snacks were good! Heehee!
Hope your day was nice!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffi & PumBaa say..Merry Christmas EveryBirdie!.

11/30/2014 08:12.41 PM Report This Comment  
  HI Picabo!
Thank you so much for congratulating me on BOTD! Wow! A two day celebration! It really doesn't get much better than that! I just don't know how I will ever get back to leading a normal life after this:) Hope you have a great evening;)

hugs,

Poppy...mom still loves that butt pic of yours...LOL!

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.

11/30/2014 07:09.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the kind words on my page-Angel Christy
Hi gang, are ya all ready for some football, today is our 3rd annual Milonga Turkey Bowl! The Braves team will be there, make no mistake about it, and we expect a hard fought game from the Pilgrim team, but our most important wish is that all our friends have a safe and injury free game (we are all best friends ya know), may the best team win! Dad crashed very early yesterday, he never gets sick, but was very much so in the early afternoon! He rested on the couch with LaLo, and just watched some basketball, he woke up feeling great, all is good now! Have a great Saturday, we'll see you all at the game tonight, and give my love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Forever 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.

11/29/2014 08:36.29 AM Report This Comment  
  GO PILGRIMS !
I can see pictures ! It seems as if they must be loading now too :) Hip hip hooray !

The parronts stayed home with me all day yesterday - no black Friday shopping for them ! Today though, mom is venturing out with g'ma - small business Saturday. Mom wants to go to the local candy shop (they make all their own chocolate on the premises ! she wants their paper thin ribbon candy - it's expensive, but it's only out at Christmas and she loves it !), and to a small jewelry store. She's getting each of the two nieces Pandora bracelets - that'll just about finish her shopping !

I'll rest up for the Milonga Bowl while she's gone. See you later at the big game ! love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

11/29/2014 04:16.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning
I'd like to thank every birdie that took the time to come and visit me on my special day. I feel so very special.

Now what's up with BC? I can't get picture's to load, and some in my gallery are just a big X.... I considered contacting them regarding this issue, but felt that if too many of us bugged them, they might just get the idea we're just a bunch of complainers, and say the smell with it and pull the plug. And we wouldn't want that to happen. It's something to think about. That's my 2 cents worth.

Come visit me, Screech & Roof Top.

11/29/2014 01:55.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo!
Hey buddy! Yay! We are on the same team! Yup.......I'm ready to kick some tail feathers! Heehee! See ya tomorrow!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffi & PumBaa say..Merry Christmas EveryBirdie!.

11/28/2014 07:05.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Picabo !
TGIF ! I hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one :) I even got to have my very own dish - a people dish ! With a bit of everything I'm allowed to have ! ! Then a stole a bite of daddy mashed tators when he wasn't looking !

Today will be a quiet day after Landon, the g'nephew goes home after his sleepover . . . he sure is a night owl - mom's not ! har har har - guess who'll be taking a nap later ?

Did you see the nutrition article on the front BC page ? My vet wrote that ! See what I have to go through between Dr. Hess and mom ? Everyone watching every bite I take !

Enjoy your day and if you get a chance go try your wing at Name that Tune on page 231616 ! love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

11/28/2014 04:22.12 AM Report This Comment  
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