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Hi! My name is Veronica (Miss Ronnie)-Awesome!! Thanks 12/18

I am a Budgerigar from stickney, IL.

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taking me home and giving me my own big cage and lots of toys to play with and my other flockmates, Toby and Snowball

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  Hello Miss Ronnie~
I hope your day was fabulous! I had a pretty good one. I helped mom go through more papers today! Mom found tax returns from before she was married!!! She has been married for nearly 34 years!hahahahahaha Ian said it was pretty impressive. Mom said it was really bad of her to hang on to stuff that old! It's all shredded and gone now. We do know that McKenzie will bark at the paper shredder! Mom brought her over to it so she knows it's not a scary thing.
Mom made a trip over to the Goodwill and deposited a bunch of stuff! She is very pleased that we got rid of so much stuff! There were things mom didn't even know we had and hopefully someone else will be happy to have them!
Ian took mom to Chipotles for lunch. She loves having salads there. The manager gave them drinks and chips for free since they come in there so often. That was so nice of him!! They have had a lot of bad press lately but mom have never had a bad experience there.
Mom checked her schedule for next week and she is not scheduled until Tuesday night! That means extra days of vacation for her! YAY!! Don't know if that will be the case but it's nice if it is!
I hope you enjoy your evening! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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02/03/2016 08:36.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It was busy around here. We are still going on with the spring cleaning and the back of the car is now filled with stuff for the Goodwill. Mom will have to drop that stuff off tomorrow so she can put more in there. McKenzie is in the back seat so anything we put there would be chewed up by the time mom got to Goodwill!
The kitchen and the dining room are done and now mom is working on her room. It's slow going since she can only do it when the puppy is taking a nap or at night when she is in her crate. McKenzie is a very curious girl and wants to see everything!
Dad is in Utah and says the weather is nasty. He he one of 28 trucks who are hauling the equipment for a show called Marvel Universe Live. It's got Spiderman and my favorite, Captain America. It's coming to Seattle after Utah but I don't think dad will be hauling the stuff again.
I hope you have a lovely evening! Leaving a vote and a hug too!
With Love ~ Sugar ♥

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02/01/2016 08:03.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie~
I hope you are having a fun day! McKenzie is napping at the moment so I have a chance to get a note out! Who knew that our entire lives would be taken over by one little puppy?? I feel just awful when I can't get by to say hello but there are times when it's non stop around here. I think the puppy is trying to set a new worlds record for destruction of furniture! It is not going over well with mom!hehehehe
Mom is helping with the toy clearance at work. It's that time of year again! Actually they are about 2 weeks early with it this year. Soon all the pool toys will be out and people will be walking by dreaming of warmer weather and lots of sunshine.hehehehehe HECK! Easter will be here before you know it! Well, it will be in the stores before you know it. We have always enjoyed winter but this year we can't wait for Spring and some sunshine and long walks around the lake. It makes for a sleepy puppy and more time for me on BC!
I sure hope you have a wonderful day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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01/25/2016 03:00.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's been okay here so far but it's just starting!hahahahahaha
Gloomy day but I can't complain since so many places are having very cold temps.
Mom is getting some laundry done and we just had snack time. I had my apple and a couple of almonds, Merlin had some of the Greenie treats and McKenzie had a Blue Dog bakery cookie. Mom says it's like a daycare around here!!
McKenzie was in a very chewy mood this morning and tried to chew on the legs of the coffee table. Mom redirected her to a toy but that didn't last long. She then tried to chew the lever on the bottom of the computer desk chair! She is tenacious! Right now she is trying to kill her stuffed reindeer toy.
You enjoy your day! Leaving a vote and a big hug too!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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01/19/2016 02:26.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Ronnie!
You stay warm, too--we are at -3, wind chill is -24. Brr-d! Sure am not liking this weather at all, and supposed to continue for a couple days, then snow. Mom has my oil heater on so I am nice and toasty for the night. She says she would love to crawl in my house with me, cuz it is nice a warm!!

Wing hugs coming your way!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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01/17/2016 08:37.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! We are doing laundry and mom has been cleaning out the kitchen. She is giving her Kitchen Aid mixer to a friend at work. Mom has had it for 8 years and used it once! It sure did free up a lot of space in the pantry!
We have to clean out George and Gracie's tank and mom wants to clean the rug in the hallway. McKenzie barks at the vacuum and the cleaner still so Ian will take her out on the balcony while mom does that. She seems to like it out there. She sits in on of the chairs and watches the world go by!
I hope your Saturday is just wonderful! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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01/16/2016 12:58.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie~
I hope you are having a great day! Nothing much going on here except for chasing the puppy around. She is taking a nap right now so it's quiet. For now I should say!
Lots of stuff to get done around but mom promised I could have BC time today! I feel awful when we run out of time and I don't get around to see how every bird is doing! Just wish I had something interesting to share!
Enjoy the day and I hope it's lots of fun!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥
PS-Squak 113338 hit 20K this morning so please stop to congratulate her. Then come on over to the 10K club house for some great food and conversation!

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01/11/2016 12:31.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss Ronnie
How are you sweetie? It's great to be back on BC, I've missed all my friends! I did support Kaji's BOTM campaign & give congrats to BOTD winners, but mom has been promising me for weeks that we would again blog ALL my friends! I have REALLY missed you all!

Mom's STEELERS won the playoff game last night but mom is still fuming over the game! These two teams are arch rivals & we expected a physical game, but one player on the opposing team took it way to far! He made a dirty, illegal hit on our star receiver and almost took his head off! Fans kept throwing debris onto the field at our players! Our QB had to be escorted off the field by the dozen security guards! Mom prays that Antonio Brown is OK & is able to play next week in the AFC Championship game!
Have a great day sweetie!
Love & a vote.
Your long lost friend
TiaMaria

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01/10/2016 09:10.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie~
I hope you having a wonderful day! We are still in the midst of cleaning out the storage room. Dad has all sorts of junk in there and I do mean junk! Who needs 4 boxes of old wires and plugs???? Not mom!hehehehehehe She found plugs for things that have been gone for years!
Mom has to stop by the market later to get some bread. Only bread left in the house was the rye that Ian got for his lunches. It does not make good peanut butter toast so I had my apple first this morning.
McKenzie was sleeping in the dining room when a truck came by and put on his jake break! It makes a terrible noise and made her jump up and start barking! They are not suppose to use them in the city but they do all the time. Guess they never get caught so they keep doing it. I know she will get use to all the noises around here someday. I did and Merlin doesn't care anyway since he is a cat and thinks he is above it all!
Enjoy the day and I hope it's just perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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01/07/2016 12:21.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie~
I hope you had a fun day!! Mine wasn't bad. Mom took a bunch of stuff over to the Goodwill and then took McKenzie to Petco. Ian gave us a gift card for Christmas so she got to go spend it! Merlin got a lovely new food bowl since McKenzie broke his last one. McKenzie picked out some new toys. Mom tried to get her a boo boo dog which is a long stuffed dog, but she didn't want that. She picked out a reindeer that squeaks and a bear that has a rope body. They were clearance from Christmas. It's what she wanted and she has been carrying the reindeer around since she got home! She got some cookies from the cookie bar and more Science Diet puppy food. I got nothing!!!! Mom has another card to use for me but I don't really need anything right now. There was a beautiful Golden Cap Conure there. He was $650 and mom couldn't afford that! I don't think we need anymore animals around here! Mom said he was a really gorgeous bird.
McKenzie has to go to the vet on Friday. She has to get the 2nd booster shots. They only give them a tiny bit at a time. Since we don't know if she ever had shots before she came to live with us, they have to give the shot over 3 months. I wonder what she is going to think of our vet! I hope she gets to see Dr. Jennifer, my vet, cause she is awesome!
I hope you have a wonderful evening! Leaving a vote and a big hug too!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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01/06/2016 09:27.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie~
I hope you are having a spectacular day! I have not gotten many notes done in the past few days. I'm sure every bird knows what has been taking up the typist time~or should I say who!!! It's like having a second job. She seems to like to get into everything! We are slowly getting her use to the schedule and she is doing great sleeping in the crate at night. Mom moved it out to the living room for the nights she is not home. She discovered the living room window and school buses yesterday. That kept her occupied for half an hour. We are working on "mom and Merlin are not chew toys" right now!
Mom has met more neighbors in the past 2 weeks than the entire 6 years we have lived here. Everyone seems to have a dog here. Not like when Mandy was out walking. McKenzie is learning to socialize with other dogs but gets so distracted that she forgets why she is out there.
We had snow on Sunday but it only lasted for the day. Just fine by me. It was slushy the next day but the roads were taken care of so the driving wasn't bad. Mom is off tonight and tomorrow night so if it wants to snow again, it can! Don't think it will though. Never snows when you want it too!
I hope you have a wonderful day! Leaving a vote and a big hug too!
love ya ~ Sugar ♥

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01/05/2016 03:33.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie~
I hope you are having a fabulous 1st day of the year! Clear as a bell here but was only 20 degrees this morning!
We has a quiet evening. There were some fireworks that started around 8 pm. Mom was out walking McKenzie and there was a big boom but mom told her it was okay and just kept walking! McKenzie did not freak out! She did, however, bark loudly at a grocery store shopping cart someone left on the walkway! Mom took her over to it and let her sniff it! I guess everything is scary if you have never seen it before!
We went to bed rather early and mom put the radio on for us so we could listen to classical not booms. I know! We are a boring lot but it was nice that mom did not have to work and we could spend the evening together!
Dad was back in New Mexico on his way to Texas. He is sending mom a picture of the truck stop where he found McKenzie. It will be interesting to see where she came from.
I hope the day is perfect and I hope 2016 it the most wonderful year any of us have ever had!!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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01/01/2016 01:37.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Ronnie!
This is it--the last day of 2015! Wishing you good health, good cheer, more love than you could ever imagine, and a safe and Happy New Year! Thank you for your support in voting for me! And a special thank you to Chipper and her Mom for making my festive profile picture!! And now, the final chapter to our story:


The sneeze blasted from the Dragon like a rocket, throwing it back fifty paces, causing a whirlwind of dust and dirt.

"AHHHHH CHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!"

The second blast split open the dry earth, sending explosions of soil and tree roots high into the sky like missiles, and something else too ...

The people heard the sound but couldn't recognize it at first for it had been such a long time since their ears had heard such tinkling melody. As their eyes widened in wonder, their smiles turned into grins and then yahoos and hoorahs.

Water, cold, clear spring water, oozed, then trickled, then roared out of the hole, down the hillside and along the valley floor.

The torrent knocked over a farmer's haystack, but he didn't care.

The river carried away the schoolteacher's bike shed but she cared not a jot. It even demolished the Ladies Bowling Club changing rooms but they howled with laughter and slapped their thighs. When the flood sent pools of water out towards the golf course, filling up sixteen of the nineteen holes, the men just hooted and whistled and threw their caps up in the air.

What used to be a dirty, brown dust bowl, now gleamed and glistened in the sunlight, sending playful waves and ripples across the lake and inviting all to share.

"HMMMMM," sighed the Dragon sleepily, and showing his perfect movie star teeth. "Seeing as I'm awake ..."

And he lumbered forward with surprising grace and style and disappeared into the cool dark water with a small wave of a claw and flick of his tail.

They never saw him again.

After the families had restored and rebuilt the village, and set up sailing clubs for the children, and scuba diving for the grandparents, they erected a bandstand and monument in the spot where the Dragon used to lay. Every year to mark the occasion, they would bring garlands of flowers and herbs and arrange them in a big circle. The children would have the day off school, for it was known as 'Water Dragon Day' and wearing the dragon masks that they had been working on all week, would skip and clap and sing.

The Dragon helped Us
As We said He would Do
Hooray for The Dragon
Achoo, Achoo, ACHOOOO!

And that is the end of the story.

Hope you loved it as much as Lizzie and I did! Wing hugs coming your way!

Lotsa love always from your buddy,
Kaji

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12/31/2015 06:49.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Part One
The Dragon Rock by Ellena Ashley


This story begins with Once Upon A Time, because the best stories do, of course.

So, Once Upon A Time, and imagine if you can, a steep sided valley cluttered with giant, spiky green pine trees and thick, green grass that reaches to the top of your socks so that when you run, you have to bring your knees up high, like running through water. Wildflowers spread their sweet heady perfume along the gentle breezes and bees hum musically to themselves as they cheerily collect flower pollen.

People are very happy here and they work hard, keeping their houses spick and span and their children's faces clean.

This particular summer had been very hot and dry, making the lean farm dogs sleepy and still. Farmers whistled lazily to themselves and would stand and stare into the distance, trying to remember what it was that they were supposed to be doing. By two o'clock in the afternoon, the town would be in a haze of slumber, with grandmas nodding off over their knitting and farmers snoozing in the haystacks. It was very, very hot.

No matter how hot the day, however, the children would always play in the gentle, rolling meadows. With wide brimmed hats and skin slippery with sun block, they chittered and chattered like sparrows, as they frolicked in their favourite spot.

Now, their favourite spot is very important to this story because in this particular spot is a large, long, scaly rock that looks amazingly similar to a sleeping dragon.

The children knew it was a dragon.

The grown ups knew it was a dragon.

The dogs and cats and birds knew it was a dragon.

But nobody was scared because it never, ever moved.

The boys and girls would clamber all over it, poking sticks at it and hanging wet gumboots on its ears but it didn't mind in the least. The men folk would sometimes chop firewood on its zigzagged tail because it was just the right height and the Ladies Weaving Group often spun sheep fleece on its spikes.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's installment! Is this a REAL dragon?
Wing hugs coming your way from your buddy,
Kaji

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12/30/2015 08:48.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Part Two
Often on a cool night, when the stars were twinkling brightly in a velvet sky and the children peacefully asleep, the grown ups would settle for the evening with a mug of steaming cocoa in a soft cushioned armchair. Then the stories about How The Dragon Got There began. Nobody knew for sure, there were many different versions depending on which family told the tale, but one thing that everybody agreed on, was this:

In Times of Trouble
The Dragon will Wake
And Free the Village
By making a Lake

This little poem was etched into everybody's minds and sometimes appeared on tea towels and grandma's embroidery.

The days went by slowly, quietly and most importantly, without any rain. There had been no rain in the valley for as long as the children could remember. The wells were starting to bring up muddy brown water and clothes had to be washed in yesterday's dishwater. The lawns had faded to a crisp biscuit colour and the flowers drooped their beautiful heads. Even the trees seemed to hang their branches like weary arms. The valley turned browner and drier and thirstier, every hot, baking day.

The townsfolk grew worried and would murmur to each other when passing with much shaking of heads and tut tuts. They would look upwards searching for rain clouds in the blue, clear sky, but none ever came.

"The tale of the Dragon cannot be true," said old Mrs Greywhistle, the shopkeeper.

"It hasn't moved an inch, I swear," replied her customer, tapping an angry foot.

It was now too hot for the children to play out in the direct sun and they would gather under the shade of the trees, digging holes in the dust and snapping brittle twigs.

"The Dragon will help us soon," said one child.

"He must do Something," agreed another.

"I'm sure he will."

They all nodded in agreement.

A week went by with no change, the people struggling along as best they could. Some were getting cross at the Dragon and would cast angry, sideways looks at it when passing. The villagers were becoming skinny eyed and sullen.

Meanwhile, the children had a plan.

What can the children possibly do? Come back tomorrow and find out!

Wing hugs coming your way from your buddy,
Kaji

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12/30/2015 08:48.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Ronnie!
Let me give you the 3rd installment of the story now, and follow up with the other two! Did you get hit with the snow, or the ice and sleet on Monday/Tuesday?

Thanks so much for getting me to 15K--and maybe even king at the Castle? Double celebrating, and the new year, too! Wow! How cool is that? Had fun chatting with Miss Chyna and her Mom yesterday! Some snow showers earlier and a few more on the way, but nothing of measure (amen!)

Now back to the story!!

Quickly and quietly, they moved invisibly around town, picking and plucking at the fading flowers. With outstretched arms and bouquets up to their chins, they rustled over to where the giant rock lay, as still as ever.

The boys and girls placed bunches of flowers around the Dragon in a big circle. They scattered petals around its head and over its nose, then danced around and around it, skipping and chanting the rhyme that they all knew so well.

In Times of Trouble
The Dragon Will Wake
And Save the Village
By making a Lake.

The searing heat made them dizzy and fuzzy and finally they all fell in a sprawling heap at the bottom of the mound. They looked up at the rock.

Nothing happened.

A dry wind lazily picked up some flower heads and swirled them around. The air was thick with pollen and perfume. A stony grey nostril twitched.

"I saw something," cried the youngest boy.

They stared intently.

An ear swiveled like a periscope.

The ground began to rumble.

"Look out! Run!Run!"

The children scampered in all directions, shrieking and squealing, arms pumping with excitement.

The rumbling grew and grew.

The Dragon raised its sleepy head. It got onto its front feet and sat like a dog. It stood up and stretched, arching its long scaly back like a sleek tabby cat. It blinked and looked around with big kind, long lashed eyes.

And then its nostrils twitched and quivered again.

The older folk were alerted by the screams and shrieks. The ladies held up their long skirts to run and the men rolled their sleeves up and soon the whole town stood together in a tight huddle at the foot of the hill, staring up at the large beast with mouths held open.

"AHHHHH AAHHHHHHHHH!!"

The noise erupted from the Dragon.

"AHHHHH AAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!"

The families gripped each other tighter and shut their eyes.

"AHHHHH CHOOOOOOOOO!!"

Oh dear! A sneezing Dragon! Gosh, multiple sneezes, too--just like Mom! Come back tomorrow for the final chapter!

Wing hugs coming your way,
Your buddy,
Kaji

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12/30/2015 08:47.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Still house cleaning going on here. I have been supervising but stopped to grab a shower. I'm feeling very fluffy now and am ready for another snack! This supervising is hard work!
Mom goes back to work tonight so we still have a few things to get done!
I wanted to come by to say hello and let everyone know that
Kaji 43005, our BOTM candidate just hit 15K!
Refreshments are laid out and ready for guest at the 10K club house. I hope you can stop by and stop by Kaji's page also!!
Enjoy the day!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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12/29/2015 11:57.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie~
I hope your day was wonderful! Haven't been getting too many notes done lately! It's all the puppy's fault! She is one wild girl! Mom and dad are starting to think she will never get why they take her out so much! She is still a baby and it looks like it's going to take more time to get her to understand potty training. She is determined to make Merlin her best friend! Mom keeps telling her that cats do not play well with others!hehehehehe
Mom is off tonight and goes back on Tuesday night. That is just Monday off since she starts at 11 pm so she will have to pick another day off. It gets confusing since she starts at 11 instead of midnight. It's extra time off for her so she is just fine with it! They are having a huge storage event at the store mom works at so things have not gotten much quieter for her. It will slow down soon!
I'm not sure I mentioned this, but the reason dad went out shopping on Christmas Eve was because he got mom Seahawks License plates for Christmas! He had to wait until she was done with the car because they have to have the temporary paper on the back until the plates show up! It would have ruined the surprise if mom had seen the temporary! I think dad did good!
You enjoy your evening! Leaving a vote and a hug from me to you!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/27/2015 07:14.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Ronnie!
Thanks for continuing to support me in my BOTM run! Today dawned sunny and chilly, in the 30's. But the sun is out and for that we are super happy! We appreciate you taking the time to stop and vote for me during this crazy holiday time!

More about Lizzie (do you remember?):

Lizzie spent a great deal of time getting recipes from Turk, and sharing ideas and having fun remembering something that had happened at the Milongas. She was gaining more and more expertise as a chef under Turk's tutelage.

Lizzie would also pack fabulous picnic lunches for anyone who wanted to take one to the pond or the lake. Some of the most memorable times were when she and Kiddo and SweetPepper and Kaji would go swimming. Lizzie would take goodies to the ballpark for Da Pois'N'Dem baseball team of which Kaji was Co-Captain with Calico of the La Habra flock. When the Milonga was started, she and Kaji were natural choices for the caterers. She also lent her skills to Mikey and Kacey's wedding, creating a lovely wedding cake or three for them.

Evenings are special times at the Dragon Cave. Lizzie always has a welcome fire in the Great Room, and popcorn is always available for a good snack. In particular, white cheddar popcorn, as this was the favorite of Maxi, SweetPepper's frother. Oh, the card games they played, and how Maxi always won--much to Lizzie's dismay!!

Lizzie has brought all the Rainbow Bridge Birdies to Kevlar Stadium for the epic baseball games in years past. Sadly, the games have gone away, but if you go to Kevlar Stadium, you can hear the chatter of the Bridge Birds in the rafters. Word has it that they play games of their own there, though no one is really sure--but you can hear the sound of the bats hitting the balls and loud cheers if you listen close enough.

Have a safe and happy Thursday night!
Wing hugs coming your way!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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12/24/2015 03:28.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie~
Merry Christmas!! Can't believe it's already here!! I hope tomorrow is just wonderful for you!

Dad has gone off Christmas shopping. Yes! I know! It's Christmas Eve. Dad never goes shopping before Christmas Eve. He says it's his Christmas tradition. I think dad just like to put things off until the last minute!

I am starting to think that McKenzie is a bird dog!! She tried to chew the coffee table and loves to chew boxes! I swear I did not teach her any of this! It's all coming naturally so that is why I think she might be part bird! Cool!hehehehehe

Mom rented Mission Impossible and Pan from the Redbox so we will be watching those later. Mom and I are going to watch Pan since she has no interest in seeing Mission Impossible. Popcorn and a movie while we get laundry done! Great way to spend Christmas Eve!

I hope your day is perfect and that you have a great Christmas!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥
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12/24/2015 12:20.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Ronnie!
Today's installment of the story:

It is a dull grey, rainy, foggy day here. 51 degrees right now. We are supposed to have thunderstorms later this afternoon. Perfect day to stay home and snuggle with Mom. She made the cranberries--oh, yeah, so darn good! And she added some fresh raspberries to it. What a lovely combo! I had to taste test it, and I approve!!

And now, the story:

Lizzie admired Turk, who catered the Fantasy Island event. Turk made the best sweet potato fries in the entire Bird Channel world, and Lizzie spent countless hours perfecting her version of his recipe. When she brought them to Turk at one of the parties, Turk proclaimed that she had indeed made his awesome fries. Lizzie fainted, and Turk came over to her and gave her a beaky kiss, which made her swoon again. Lizzie was very sad when Turk flew to the Rainbow Bridge not long after.

Because Lizzie was so sad about Turk, she and Kaji created Turk's Rainbow Reflecting Garden in his memory. It was at the Garden one day that Lizzie discovered she could communicate with those who flew to the Bridge.

"Lizzie, why are you so sad?" said a voice above her in the lilac tree.

"My mentor, Turk, flew to the Rainbow Bridge," Lizzie replied. "I had so hoped that we could share recipes. I loved how wonderfully he cookied! He was the Master Chef, and I miss him very much."

"Lizzie, I am here" said the voice. Lizzie swung her head around and spied Turk in the branches of the tree.

"TURK! It IS you! Oh, oh!" Lizzie had tears welling up in her eyes. "But...how?"

Turk hopped down to the back of the bench where Lizzie was sitting. "Lizzie, you are so very special! You were at the Bridge and Merlin brought you back to the Castle. That was no small thing to do. Then you and Kaji built this wonderful garden where grieving birdies could come to ease their pain. All of us at the Bridge were so happy when you did that! We had no way to communicate with our flocks--but now we do! It is through you!"

Lizzie was stunned. "Really? I mean, I know I am talking to you, but for other birdies?"

Turk bobbed his head and then looked directly at LIzzie when he said: "Any birdie that you bring here to the garden will be able to see and talk to their flock that is at the Bridge. That is our gift to you, and you will be able to share it with all of the birdies."

Lizzie brought others to the Garden to see and talk with their loved ones at the Bridge. She saw that seeing their loved ones help heal aches that the birdies here felt. And she knew that this was something very special, indeed, and was thankful for being able to do this for her friends.

More tomorrow!
Wing hugs comin' atcha!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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12/23/2015 08:44.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Part Three of Lizzie's story
Over time, Lizzie began to transform from her bearded dragon shape into a lovely Dragon, as the Magic of the Castle is wont to do. She made her home in a large cave off to the side of the Castle, and called it (appropriately) the Dragon Cave. She and Kaji would often go to the pond just inside the Castle walls, to the left of the path leading up to the Castle. That pond saw so many picnics with their friends! Lizzie loved to jump off the rocks above it--but that meant every birdie had to watch out or they would get a good soaking when she landed in the pond.

As she transformed into her new self, she decided that she would make the Dragon Cave a wonderful place for all birdies to come whenever they wanted. In particular, she wanted to make sure that those who reigned as King or Queen of the Month could visit the Castle grounds at any time. She and Kaji worked very hard on the Dragon Cave, making it into a lovely bed and breakfast (and lunch and dinner, too!). The Cave originally featured 50 rooms, all with their own tempurpedic mattresses, perches galore, hot tubs and whirlpools. She has since expanded the size of the Dragon Cave to over 150 rooms, with Kaji's help, of course! If you happen to see him wearing some paint on his feathers, you know Lizzie is in remodeling mode!

Lizzie created a world-class chef's kitchen, with a full garden room filled with all kinds of herbs and and vegetables and fruit trees and plants that she could use for her main enjoyment--cooking! The dining area is open and spacious, and can accomodate any number of birdies--it is magical, of course! Any birdie is welcome in the garden, and always welcomed to help Lizzie prepare food.

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote LAKA AOLANI #259145 BOTM in February.

12/23/2015 08:43.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Part two of Lizzie's story!
Lizzie laughed and nearly rolled off the rock she was resting on.

"Oh, Kaji, I don't think so! You are too cute!"

Kaji blushed. "How did you get here?" he asked, stepping forward a little closer.

"I was brought here by King Merlin from the Rainbow Bridge. I used to live with a wonderful family who had a gorgeous Blue and Gold Macaw named Max. He was part of the BC, and he loved Alex, of the La Habra flock. One day I woke up and I was at the Bridge. I was not able to go back to my family, and I could see that they were very sad that I left them. I could watch over them, though, so it helped me feel less lonely. There were other bearded dragons at the Bridge, but I wanted to be back with my family in some way. I guess Merlin knew that, and brought me back to the Castle so I could see them again."

As the day progressed into several of them, Kaji brought Lizzie crickets to eat, and their friendship grew. He always wore the dragon costume, afraid that Lizzie might not like him if he was just a bird. But gosh, it was getting hotter out, and Kaji was wilting in that costume!

Finally, Kaji admitted to her that he was not the Bird Dragon as he appeared. "Um, Lizzie? I have something to tell you."

"Sure, Kaji, what's up?" Lizzie asked.

Kaji took a deep breath and stepped out of his costume. "I am just a Meyer's Parrot, and not a fierce dragon bird" he said, fluffing out his feathers.

Lizzie smiled at him. "Kaji, I knew you were not a dragon bird. Merlin told me. I don't care what you are--it is WHO you are inside that matters!"

The two became inseparable. Kaji was smitten, bringing her all kinds of wonderful foods, and a heated rock so she would stay warm. Lizzie was so happy with her friendship with Kaji and they became fast friends.

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote LAKA AOLANI #259145 BOTM in February.

12/23/2015 08:42.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Ronnie and fibs!
Wow, never thought about that! I guess if I do get in the Castle, I won't know how to act! And I know Lizzie is not gonna be too impressed with me being in there--she definitely will keep me busy around the Cave. Hehe!

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, too--and a safe and happy one!! Big wing hugs to the rest of the flock! We can send you the Story of Lizzie if you like via email--we know how hard it is to do all the stuff with the skin family and the holidays, plus try to be on the BC!!

Wing hugs comin' atcha!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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12/22/2015 08:38.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! I'm sorry I didn't get around much yesterday. It was just a busy day with puppy duty. It is slowly getting calmer around here but I have to tell you that Merlin is just such a drama king! I think he is a bit jealous of the puppy! I just sit in my play cage and watch the two of them! As long as McKenzie does not come near my cage, we will get along just fine. I still have a cardboard wall around the bottom of my cage to keep me from biting her. We are never alone, not even for a second. If mom has to go to another room she takes McKenzie with her.
Only 2 more work nights for mom and then it's 2 days off! She wishes she could say the Christmas rush will be over then but they are having a huge sale on the 26th and then all the storage stuff happens. Once the Christmas stuff is gone, they put storage boxes and baskets up in Seasonal. The Christmas stuff will go quickly since they are marking it 75% off the day after Christmas.
I posted some pictures of McKenzie, Merlin and I in my gallery. I hope you enjoy them!
Enjoy your day too!
love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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12/21/2015 12:43.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Miss Ronnie,
Your very welcome and a very Merry Christmas to you all too. :)

Love & hugs,

Laka, Angel Pookiekins and Angel Sallykins

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12/20/2015 07:15.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Ronnie!
Yeah, we agree about the weird weather here, too! Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday--can you believe that yesterday we had a wind chill here of 9, and today our temps hit 49! Pneumonia weather, Mom calls it. Sure hope that doesn't happen--this is definitely not WI weather, for sure. And thank you so much for stopping by with your vote!

Lizzie's Story


"Lizzie? Lizzie--wake up!"

Lizzie the Bearded Dragon was resting comfortably on a heated rock at the Rainbow Bridge. She had gone there after a full life with her family, and was enjoying the life after life there.

"Lizzie! Get up!"

Lizzie opened her eyes and saw the most magnificent white bird with a crown on his head standing in front of her. She blinked, thinking she was dreaming. She blinked again, and he was still there.

"My name is Merlin, and I am King of the Month at the Castle, and I command you to come to the Castle to guard the grounds." The bird called Merlin was holding out his wing to Lizzie, and said "We need to go now, as I don't have much time here!"

Lizzie held out her front foot so that it touched the wing of King Merlin. She was whisked away to another world, the world of the BC Castle.

It was a fateful time at the Castle...a huge party was being held. All the participants dressed in magical costumes. The party was called Fantasy Island. Merlin was the King, and it was rumored that Merlin had brought a real dragon to the Castle. Kaji had chosen to wear a dragon costume to this party, and he was intrigued by the idea of meeting a real dragon. So he set out to see if the dragon guarding the Castle would be fierce even though he was in his dragon costume.

He found her at the pond just inside the Castle walls, to the left of the path leading up to the Castle.

"Hello, Dragon, how are you?" he asked.

"My name is Lizzie" said the dragon, turning to look at Kaji for the first time. She saw a handsome fellow who appeared to be a cross between a fierce dragon and a bird. She smiled at him. "Who are you?"

"M..my n..n..ame is Ka..aji" Kaji stammered. "Are you going to eat me?"


Stay tuned for more of Lizzie's story tomorrow!

Wing hugs coming your way!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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12/20/2015 06:51.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie~
I hope you are enjoying the day! I am toasty warm in my play cage having a snack and chatting with mom!
McKenzie did well in the crate last night. It's all wire so she can see out. Mom got her bed in there and gave her the parrot toy. She covered the back with a blanket so that the nightlight wouldn't shine on her. She fussed for a bit but then went to sleep.
Wish potty training was going as well but it hasn't even been one day yet. We did have to get the carpet cleaner out last night.
McKenzie pulled Merlin's bowl off the table and broke it. Mom will replace it with something in stainless steel. She sure did figure out what the kitchen was for pretty quickly! I'd say she is a smart dog.
Merlin does not like her very much! He already tried to whack her but mom stopped him. Mom assures me that they will get use to each other eventually.
I think she is very cute but if she comes near the cage, I will bite her. I do have to defend my cage you know! There is a big piece of cardboard wrapped around the bottom of my cage so that I can not get to her if she comes to visit!
Still cold here and is suppose to rain until Christmas!! Christmas is only 6 days away now! Seems like the time just flew by.
Have an awesome day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/19/2015 12:31.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Queen Miss Ronnie
Congratulations on botd. I hope you had a great time at the castle and in the spotlight. Have a good night.

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12/18/2015 10:17.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Veronica
CONGRATS on winning BOTD! Enjoy your special day.
Hugs
Chyna

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12/18/2015 10:11.24 PM Report This Comment  
  DRAFT KAJI PG #43005 FOR BOTM
HEY MISS RONNIE, CONGRATS ON BEING THE BOTD. HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR SPECIAL DAY.

KACEY

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12/18/2015 08:41.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Ronnie!
You are our BOTD! Congratulations! That is the coolest! And glad your Mom liked the picture of your flockily, too! We miss Snowy, he was such a great friend and awesome baseball player. But he is still around in spirit, so we find something to smile about that!

It is beginning to feel a lot more like WI in December--and they are even talking some snow showers today. Sun is out, wind is really blowing pretty good out there, and the wind chill is 13 degrees. This is more like our normal weather, but we will be back in the 40's next week.

Thanks for stopping by with that vote, and now, the conclusion to our story!


Alfie smiled, then he went into the kitchen and brought Mortimer out to meet the king. The king was surprised, and nearly fainted with shock. Alfie and Mortimer were giggling, and said the king could eat that stew any time he wanted it. It was made of beef, but Mortimer had made it, as he had made all the king's meals since he got there. Alfie and Mortimer said together, "Only a dragon can make dragon stew!"

The king recovered from his near fainting spell. "Well, young Alfie and Mortimer, I had an entirely different thought in mind when I put out my request for dragon stew. But the last few weeks I have been served some simply wonderful meals, and I think I have discovered something--I bet my forbearers did not slay and eat the dragon! They had the dragons doing the cooking for them! Therefore, I appoint you, Alfie, as the caretaker of Mortimer, to make sure he wants for nothing. And young Mortimer, I appoint you as the Head Chef in the Kingdom!"

And so it was. Mortimer remained as the Head Chef of the Kingdom throughout the King's reign. He and Alfie remained fast friends, and often spent evenings remembering how they brought Real Dragon Stew to the Kingdom.


Lizzie says that Dragons make excellent chefs, don't they?

Wing hugs coming atcha!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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12/18/2015 08:30.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Miss Ronnie
Are you have a good tine at the castle today?
Did the Royal staff have the Keet size throne next to King Twettys throne for you?
If you need anything just let the staff know what it is.

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12/18/2015 06:36.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Congrats, Queen Miss Ronnie!
Wishing you a greyt day as you are honored as BC royalty! We know you will enjoy your day at the Castle with King Tweety! Enjoy some special treats today! Fly by and let us know what you and Toby are up to these days! We miss you two and of course always think fondly of Snowy! Mof course he and Scion are greyt friends in the RB, i am sure!
Merry Christmas!
Love, Picabo & Squeaky

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12/18/2015 05:58.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss Ronnie
Congratulations on winning botd and enjoy it to the fullest
For the day at the castle sure goes fast for some reason!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

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12/18/2015 05:38.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations Miss Ronnie
Hoping you're having a wonderful day today in the castle.-- Oatie

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12/18/2015 03:36.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss Ronnie
congratulations on winning BOTD. hope you are having a blast celebrating your special honor at the birdy castle today.

love Cori and Boo Boo

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12/18/2015 02:09.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Queen Miss Ronnie
Congratulations on BOTD. Here's a vote in celebration. Have a wonderful day at the Castle with King Chief Tweety. Wing hugs and beak kisses, Pearl and Silver.

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12/18/2015 01:54.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations
on BOTD!Miss Ronnie!We are all flying by to wish you a greyt day in the Castle with King Chief Tweety for a day filled with fun,food,friends and family!Love Dixie&Peepers

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12/18/2015 01:37.54 PM Report This Comment  
  HI Miss Ronnie
Thanks God today is Friday
Im flying by
your page to stamp U
a votie and to
congratulate U
4 winning BOTD!
Be a good birdie
Have a greyt weekend
beaky kisses
Your friend, Baby

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