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One of the Middle School teachers mentioned a parrot that needed a new home, we asked, and Polly came to live with us, her 4th owner.
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Hi! My name is Polly; V4 Angel Girl 224627 BOTM; School time

I am a Quaker from Lansing, MI.

Polly B.

17 years old   F

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POPCORN, apple with a bit of peanut butter, sweet potato, or whatever the human has, and of course "cracker"

Top of the cage or on an "acceptable" human

Scary things anywhere near her

TREATS, head scritches

Pulling out any reachable feather, or hair if on a human member of the flock.

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  Day 22--Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton Island
WOW, what a thrill to shoot the rapids with my friends this past weekend. After encountering two difficult rapids we made it to the bottom of the river where it enters the St. Lawrence River at Cheticamp. After some shopping and a greyt lunch of lobster and salads, we hiked back to our campsite. Hiking through the Highlands is quite an eggperience in itself. Cape Breton Highlands National Park's hiking trails range from easy strolls to challenging climbs with panoramic views of canyons, highlands and seacoasts. The trails provide a chance to intimately explore the complex habitat of northern Cape Breton Island. Nature doesn't end at the park's boundaries. Many surrounding areas boast equally breathtaking trails. We relaxed for the remainder of the day before setting off by horseback along the trail to Pleasant Bay our next stop-over.

Pleasant Bay (Scottish Gaelic: Am Bàgh Toilichte) is a community on the western coast of Cape Breton Island, on the shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Inverness County, Nova Scotia. The community is located on the Cabot Trail, 141 kilometers from Port Hawkesbury. Pleasant Bay is known as the whale watching capital of Cape Breton and marks the center of the Cabot trail. This small coastal community offers an idyllic setting for hiking and for enjoying the wonders that nature has to offer. The main industry here is fishing, lobster in spring and snowcrab in the summer. The forest here is home to a variety of birds, fox, coyote, and snowshoe hare.

The ride was 3 hours long, over rocky, mountainous terrain, through heavily forested areas, that gave a breath-taking view of the ocean from our high elevation. Wes topped often to take photos and enjoy the panoramic view. Once we arrived in Pleasant Bay and made camp, we rode the short trip back into town to shop for more souvenirs at the Timmon's Art Studio. They specialize in wood carvings. They specialize in hand carved whales, dolls, fisherman and animals, painted drift wood and rocks, and folk art painting. Local artists do all the work. It is fun, colourful, and whimsical. They are easily recognizable by the large carved fisherman in front of the studio (a rebuilt fishing shack). After a day of exploring we headed back to our campsite for a quieter evening by the bonfire.

"Com' on Sky, you have enough jars of pickles" BB stood waiting by the horses as Sky paid the clerk for the pickles he'd purchased.

"Never have enough" Sky said, quickly packing his treasures into his saddlebag. He grins and wink at Little Angel. She shook her head in agreement. BB looked at Sky a smirk on her face. She simply mounted Sundancer and turned her back into the trail. Sky following close at her hooves.

Tomorrow we'll take a trip out to sea to watch the whales and maybe do a little deep-sea exploring of our own. Better go check on the diving suits and snorkels.

Angel Girl 224627

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09/22/2014 03:40.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Day 21--Cheticamp River Kayaking part 2
Hello Everybirdie, Angel Girl with today's BOTM post. What fun it is to kayak down the rapids, and paddle through the quiet calm between high mountain peaks towering above the river far beneath. As the remainder of our group finish their trip through the first rapids, we paddle along, on calm still waters. Along the shoreline we see a Moose grazing in the cool of the tall tree-lined river. A lone coyote dashes out of sight as we draw near to his hiding spot. The Canadian Geese honk their annoyance of our intrusion upon their domain. It isn't long before making a large curve in the River we enter our second, longer rapids.
"Hey, this is greyt. Like a long roller coaster" Peppino squeals delightfully as he, Rio and Tango paddle fast entering the swift current, bobbing like an apple in a barrel of water
"Snowy, paddle on the right" Finnegan calls out, paddling frantically as their kayak is pulled into the rapids
" okay everybird watch out for boulders, and fallen tree branches, be careful, see ya at the bottom" Angel shouts as her kayak rushes head-long into the fast moving waters ahead.
"Chyna, you need to lean to the lean back so we stay upright." Cori warns her.

"Spot, you look sea-sick" BonBon giggles making fun for her frother, " you ain't gonna puke are you?"
"BonBon, behave" Poppa Sky tells her as he and BB flash by, barely avoiding a giant red boulder poking out of the river.
Pearl and Silver let their kayak go and keep their paddles on the ready to push away from the rocks, they glide smoothly to the bottom of the rapids where they wait for the others. Sugar and Jenny0Lynn with Lalo and Sweetie in a tandem kayak begin to paddle to the further left edge before pointing into the rushing rapids. Their kayak bobs roughly, then smooths out sailing through the water swiftly. the girls watching intently for snags under the water, and pushing off from the great boulders that point their angry heads towards the sky. Hulk bravely paddles into the rapids, Snowy and Strawberry paddling on the right to keep them steady as the current under he surface draws them along to the bottom.
Chipper, Cheyenne, Cookie and TiPaul enter the rapids last, their kayak begins to wobble and then straightens out. They paddle madly as a black form seems to leap out of the water just ahead. The water is too strong and their kayak bumps the rock, causing it to spin in a circle. Facing backwards their kayak is out of control as they drop down the rapids too fast. Chipper yells as water washes over them. Cookie and Cheyenne, paddle in reverse, slowing their descent. Together they work to turn their kayak, as more rocks rush towards them. The others watch in shock as their friends dip out of sight under the water. Holding their breath they wait. "There they are!" everyone cheers."
Breathing hard the foursome stops in the midst of the others.
Angel Girl 224627

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09/21/2014 04:55.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Polly~
I hope all is well and that you are all enjoying the day!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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09/20/2014 10:15.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Day 20- Cheticamp River Kayaking
Hello everybirdie, Angel Girl here with today's wet BOTM post. We finally arrived at the inland beginning of the Cheticamp River, where we found our Kayaks ready and waiting for our down river tour. The sun was just peaking over the mountains when we pushed off and began to slowly paddle out into the calm river. We had not gone very far when the current of the river began to move rapid and strong towards our first white-water adventure.
" Angel GIRL!!!" Raffikki called loudly, " you sure this is safe?"
"Well, I think so," she saw the look on several faces change, " YES, of course it is, just hang on tight to the sides of the kayak and paddle when you can. Watch for rocks, and paddle backwards to slow yourself down to navigate around them. SEE YOU ALL AT THE BOTTOM"
"WEEEEEE," Little Angel and Dixie's kayak begins it rapid ride down the rough, fast moving waters, spray flying up into their faces, " this is fun Dixie" Dixie wasn't so sure, but paddles and leaned slightly to go around the first rock in their pathway.
"Oh, my feathers!" Chyna complained as water soaked her from head to tail, " It's freezing cold too!"
"Paddle harder Cori" Boo Boo ordered as she navigated a turn in the river expertly
""BRRRRRR. It's icy. I'm soaked too" Falco called to Chyna as she and Willie splash around a huge boulder in the river.
"Havin' fun BB?" Sky asked laughing as water covered over their kayak, as they bobbed and spun down the decline" reaching quickly back to check on his pickles. " Ok, their safe!"
"YUCK!!!!!! " BonBon glares at Spot who grins back, " you did that on purpose." BonBon shakes her feathers dry of water and "OHHHHHHHHHH, algae" Spot giggles and splashes her again with the paddle. She sticks out her tongue. " where'd you learn that from"
"I'm tellin' Poppa Sky on you Spot" and Little Angel"
YEEHAWW" SamIAM yells as he and Miranda move swiftly through the choppy waters, mist and waves soaking them to the skin. " This is so much fun"
" Hold on tight" Jesse yells to Falco as they reach a very rough, rocky spot at the bottom of a short falls. Willie and Jesse paddle hard to keep up-right and finally they exit the white water into the calm river below. :Wasn't that greyt falco?" Jesse asks, but only gets a fluff of wet feathers in response. The boys laugh.
" Here we go Gus" Hulk says as they enter the rapids, water falling high around them
"Snowy, Strawberry are you two ok?" Angel calls back seeing them caught up on a small dead-fall( tree limb) in the water.
"Yep, we're free" the kayak moves off swiftly, into the deeper water.
Chipper, Cheyenne, Cookie and TiPaul ride the rushing current safely through the first turn, into the rough, drop over the falls, when suddenly their kayak turns sideways. They paddle hard trying to correct themselves, but it's too late, they tip to the left and then turn upside down. Just as swift they roll themselves upright to the applause of the others watching from below.
Angel Girl 224627

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09/20/2014 09:45.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Day 19--Sights and Scenes to behold
"HELLOOOO!!!!!!!" Angel Girl yells, listening to her voice echo off the rock faces of the mountains. " This is so cool. We have so much to do in this one park, it's incredible."
"Oh look" Kaji points as he spies a large mother black bear with three tumbly teenage cubs following behind, wrestling and rolling in the long meadow grass.
There are many activities to do when visiting the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Activities include camping, hiking, sightseeing, swimming, fishing, cycling, golfing, kayaking and surfing. There are endless swimming options available for all ages in the park. There are five main salt water ocean beaches in the park and two freshwater lakes. The ocean beaches include Ingonish Beach, North Bay Beach, Broad Cove Beach, Black Brook Beach and La Block Beach. The two freshwater beaches include Freshwater Lake and Warren Lake. Freshwater Lake and Ingonish Beach are both supervised with a lifeguard during the summer months. There are very strong currents at Black Brook and Ingonish Beach which must be considered when bringing small birdies to these two beaches.
"Hey let's go white water kayaking down the Cheticamp River." Pookie says eager for adventure. " Then we could try surfing off the beach."
"Sounds like fun." Angel Girl climbs up on a tree stump to be heard. " OK, who wants to try some kayaking in white waters?" she looks as every wing goes up. " cool bunch of adventures."
"They Park ranger says they have kayaks arrival at the top of the river. We can ride the horses there, or hike cross country." Jenny-Lynn tells the group.
"We better hike, leave the horses here until we return and head down tot he ocean later for some surfing. Pookie offered to help teach us a few basics." Willie adds, grabbing his backpack
. The sun shines like sparkles through the heavy pine forest canopy. As the group walk they reach the opening over looking the ocean and park below. Steep cliffs and deep river canyons carve into a forested plateau bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
"BB, this is so beautiful, I feel like we have escaped into the past. Look how alive it all looks here." Sky hugs BB close as they look out over the park.
"Dixie, look, deer" Little Angel watches as the group graze in the shadows of the mountain.
Rio and Cydney, stand in awe at the size of the ocean stretched before them. " It goes on forever"
Jesse, joins Falco as they take photos to member their trip to Cape Beeton. " Popeye, Cori, Boo Boo and Pearl stop to admire an Eagle soaring high in the sky above them.
"We better get going so we have time to kayak before the sun gets too high in the sky. It will be so much fun bumping and splashing down the river." Angel Girl talks to Lalo and Sugar as they begin to hike down the soft, leaf covered pathway.
Sky grins, patting his backpack. " some pickles just in case I get hungry."
Angel Girl giggles and shakes her head at her frother, " always hungry"
Angel Girl 224627

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09/19/2014 05:24.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Polly~
I hope everything is going well for you too! Did yo know that mom's store already has the American Greeting Christmas ornament display up! Mom tells me there is a Hello Kitty one this year! Cool! I wonder if it is going to end up in my stocking? I have a few already but you can never have too much Hello Kitty!!
Enjoy the evening!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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09/18/2014 06:40.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Day 18--Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Hello everybirdie, Angel Girl here with today's BOTM post. It was so eggciting to see the whales so up close and personal. The majestic giants were happy to show-off their talents, leaping, and blowing for us as we paddled among them heading for our new campsite at Cape Breton National Park. I wish to take a moment to thank everyone for their their daily votes and support in my quest for the throne. Sharing this adventure with all my friends is making it a special memory for me.
After paddling along the coast we finally arrived at Cheticamp, on the edge of Park. Here we were reunited with our horses, and were able to pick up a few needed supplies that my frothers Jesse and Amanda, being boys, forgot to include in our packs. The park is located in the northern end of the island and covers one-third of the Cabot Trail. It passes through the park featuring spectacular ocean and mountain views. The park is well known for its "steep cliffs and deep river canyons that carve into a forested plateau bordering the Atlantic Ocean" The park was the first National Park in the Atlantic provinces of Canada and covers an area of 948 km². It is one of 42 in Canada's system of national parks. It is known worldwide as the place where singer Taylor Mitchell died after being fatally attacked by coyotes, the only adult human fatality from coyotes in history.
At the western entrance of the park is the Acadian village of Chéticamp on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence . On the eastern side of the park are the beaches at Ingonish on the Atlantic Ocean. In between are mountains, valleys, forests, waterfalls, rocky coastlines and a tundra-like plateau known as the Cape Breton Highlands. Park wildlife includes moose, black bears, coyotes, and Bald Eagles. The park provides habitat for the uncommon Bicknell's Thrush and Gaspe' Shrew. The first nest records of Boreal Owls for Nova Scotia were found in the south west corner of this park.
" Lalo, come on, you have enough souvenirs" Jenny-Lynn says, wings on her hips as she keeps an eye on her fister in the gift shop in Cheticamp.
"What's this Acadian thing?" Gus asks Hulk, "reading a sign mounted in town square
"Acadians are of mixed decent, French and other races. They came here from Louisiana"
"So we can get some Cajun cookin here? Let's go get something to eat!" Gus replies happily
"Wait for us" Susan and Snowy yell as they weave through the crowd of horses and riders." can't pass on a greyt meal"
Angel Girl continues to check their supplies list preparing to head to their next camp site.."Oh we need more eggs and oatmeal." She gives the list to Sky who heads off to gather all they need from the store near by.
"This place is beautiful" SamIam comments, looking out over the ocean, :has a historic appeal to it."
" I have everything we need. We better ride out before it gets too dark: Sky tells Angel Girl
"Ok, let's mount up birdies, time to head into the mountains."
Angel Girl 224627

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09/18/2014 05:19.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Day 17--A Whale of a Good Time
Good morning everyone, Happy Humpday. Today we will finish our trip along the coast. Arrangements were made for our horses and supplies to be delivered to our newest camp site in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It's sure been an awesome sight to see all the wild seabirds including Arctic Puffins and several Gull and Tern species. The Grey Seals were a playful surprise, however as many of us know their plight is sad as animal rights groups world-wide fight to ban the annual seal hunt. We had just set off when we were joined by a pod of playful, entertaining whales.
Spot lands eggspertly in his kayak, and waves at a whale! BonBon and Snowflake shriek and laugh as one of the whales 'blows' right next to them and they get showered!"Oh, no, we're covered in whale snot!" yells BonBon! Spot and the band of bros. laugh at them as they try to wipe off the stuff!
"That'll teach you to get too close to the whales! " says Spot.
Just then a whale comes up under Spot's kayak and dumps them into the water! The mama Whale says," it's not nice to laugh at the pretty girl birds! "
"Yes ma'am, we're sorry!" says Spot and the boys reply! He whispers to Panther," we better get out of here!"
"What an adventure! "says Panther." We could have been eaten by whales!"
Angel Girl laughs and says, "silly boys, whales don't eat birds!"
"Today we visit Cheticamp, Cape Breton, a famous Nova Scotia destination, known for it's whale sightings. The most frequent sightings are big Fin whales, dolphins, Minke whales, Humpback whales and Pilot whales. Seals and Puffins are observed on nearly every tour.
"hey look, spotted whales?" Puffin calls out, " look at the white spots"
"They are actually North Atlantic right whales which come here rarely with their calves for the summer from Florida and Georgia waters. Those white patches seen on the right whale's head are raised tissue that is actually dark in color called callosities. Whale lice or cyamids covering the callosities are what makes them appear white. " Sky explains
Little Peep and Rio stand tall to get abetter glimpse of the rare whales. Kiddo and Sweetpepper take photos of the whales as they surface close by. Pilot whales splash happily at the kayaking birdies, as they call in whale-enise to one another. " They're so cute" Kacey adds as she sketches a whale jumping out of the water on her art pad.
" These are so gentle yet so large" Mr Finnegan comments to Susan as they sit watching from their kayak.
" Until recently Whales were feared as being dangerous and aggressive, yet look, how gently they swim and play close to us." BB states as she snuggles with Sky to watch they giants of the ocean.
"Willie, did you get a good shot of that baby and her Momma?" Falco asks from across the group of kayaks bobbing softly in the calm waters.
"YEP! Mom's gonna love these pictures."
Reluctantly the group begins to paddle towards their next stop-over! Spot waves good-bye!
Angel Girl 224627

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09/17/2014 05:19.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
I got out for my sunbath at 9:25 today. It was supposed to be cooler today, but for some reason it heated up earlier today. Mom had to run inside and get the spritzer to spray me down after 15 minutes, because I was starting to pant. That sure felt good. Mom was too warm as well, even though she was sitting in shade, so we came in after 30 minutes. We would have gotten out earlier, but I had to play hard to get for 25 minutes.

Well, big cool down today! Yeah, instead of 104, it is only 98 degrees for our high. I suppose that is cooler, but since the humidity is higher it really doesn't feel like it.

Mom goes to the gym at 3 today, since somebody stole her usual 4 appt with the trainer. Since the gym is really well air conditioned, I don't think she will mind all that much. That is just about the hottest time of the day. The real cool down is supposed to come tomorrow with a drop down to mid 80s. Sure hope they got it right this time, since it was originally supposed to happen on Monday!

And don't forget! Today is the last day to enter for the Rodeo Queen contest. Looks like we have 10 entries now, so it should be a real contest. And voting starts tomorrow. Each bird in your flock gets one vote per day until midnight EDT on the 24th.

Kiddo

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09/17/2014 12:41.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly--
Oh the Moms are doing ok...less crying all the time, but they still miss me terribly. Wish I could make them feel better.

Mom is spending a lot more time outside cleaning up the yard now that the heat is gone and I'm not around to keep her inside. She says it's a mixed blessing. She can only manage a few hours a day at most, and there's a lot of other time to fill. The finches and the lovebirds are amusing to watch, but they're not cuddly like I was.

Hope your Mom and family and the Zipster are all doing well.

Hugs.....

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09/17/2014 11:14.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Polly !
Poor aunt Karen . . . it figures the one day the office has open for dad is the one day she had plans ! I hope there is some relief for him cause pretty soon it'll be too cold for him to head outside so you guys can use some electricity and lights !

Here it's been getting into the high 40's and low 50's at night and only reaching the high 60's during the day - and it's getting dark so early ! I've started squawking for my goodnightbird popcorn around 6:30 the last week or so !

Mom has been on a cleaning frenzy ! Monday she came home from school and did her bedding and closets - yesterday she tore apart the living room, vacuumed all the upholstery, washed the throw . . . today she wants to do windows ! Jeepers, she sat around all summer and now that school started she has all this motivation ? What's that about ?

Her class is coming along - they're slow workers and love to chat, but at least it's not like last year ! They just wore her out ! Does aunt Karen have a schedule, or does she just go whenever she can ? Anyway give her our love and prayers - dad too ! Have a good day shredding your paper ! love Cookie

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09/17/2014 04:18.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
I think the cold and the snow will be bad again up here this winter. Can't wait for our winter vacation! I get to go with the parronts to Florida.
You can always come up here with your mom. We could play ball.
Well, mid Oct is better for your dad but next week would be so nice. I don't know how all of you can handle this. When did it start?
It was a beautiful sunny day. It got up to 59 degrees at one point but it was chilly because of the wind. The sad part is the huge gathering of Canada geese in Walloon Lake. They were resting on the way down south. Mom was asking them not to go unless they take her with them. I hope I get to go too! Fly Away Home music begins ...........
Hugs
Chyna

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09/16/2014 10:52.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Day 16--Kayaking Adventures
Good morning everyone, Angel Girl here with today's post. The afternoon turned out perfect for kayaking along the coast line. We stop for lunch in a sheltered cove, where within minutes we are able to visit a nationally known Seabird nesting site. Here Terns, Gulls and other species nest noisily in the rocky cliffs and along the shoreline. As we enjoyed our lunch the sounds from the nesting birds was difficult to hear over.
"WOW, I can't believe how loud they are" Popeye yells to Chyna only inches away. The two girls laugh as neither can hear one another.
"Look" Cydney says pointing to a family of whales surfacing not far off shore. She snaps several pictures before joining Willie, Kaji, Lizzie and Cookie as they hike to the nesting grounds with the others. " Yuck!" she looks down, and sees she'd stepped in Sea Gull poop, " OH no, my new shoes!" she looks sadly at the mess. The others giggle
"Snowy!" Sky calls, come here buddy wanta show you something " a lobster" they look at the large clawed creature staring angrily back from a shallow pool of water among rocks. Let's help him back into the ocean." Sky says trying to pick the snapping Lobster." Snowy grabs a stick and lifts him up as he clamps down. " not such a nice fella are ya?" he laughs as Sky and him gently lower him into the surf.
"AHHHHHH, babies" Little Angel tells Dixie, " aren't they cute." they watch the fledglings trying to rise into the sky as clouds of white take off from the shore. " doesn't it make you just wanta have a baby to love too?" LA gets all dreamy eyed. "Maybe we can adopt a baby bird?" she smiles sweetly watching the youngsters.
Boo Boo and Cori take photos of the birds in flight, as Chipper and BonBon draw pictures in their sketchbooks. Spot and a few of the boys take off into the sky flying with the Seabirds, screaming happily with them.
"Ok, sorry everybirdie but we must move on. We have lots more to see" Angel Girl calls loudly, trying to be hear over the roar of bird voices. Reluctantly everyone says farewell to their new friends, as they head to the shore and get their kayak ready to move on. The whales continue to swim close to the shore as the group paddles off. Angel Girl shares a little history of Cape Breton as they quietly paddle along.

In 1784, Britain split the colony of Nova Scotia into three separate colonies: New Brunswick, Cape Breton Island, and present-day peninsular Nova Scotia, in addition to the adjacent colonies of St. John's Island (renamed Prince Edward Island in 1798) and Newfoundland. The colony of Cape Breton Island had its capital at Sydney on its namesake harbor fronting on Spanish Bay and the Cabot Strait. Its first Lieutenant-Governor was Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres (1784–1787) and his successor was William Macarmick (1787).

Large-scale shipbuilding began in the 1790s. Shipbuilding peaked in the 1850s, marked in 1851 by the full rigged ship Lord Clarendon, the largest ever built in Cape Breton.

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09/16/2014 04:57.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Well, Mom wasn't fooling around one little bit this morning. We got outside for my sunbath at 8:30, and it was just the right temp. (That's because we have another scorcher of 104 for today.) However in order to get sunshine for me, my carrier was sitting in the sidewalk (the house blocks early morning sun). By the time we came in I was on the grass, but nobody walked by anyway. I would have ordered them off my sidewalk if they had.

Well, we are up to 8 entries for the Rodeo Queen, and I say that makes it a contest (more would be better though!). Every single one of these birdies is a beauty, and we will have the pics posted in the Milonga page gallery (165848) before voting starts on the 18th. You will then have one vote per bird per day until the 24th (midnight EDT). We now have 7 barrel racers and still only 5 mutton busters, so there is still room for both of those events. And if you want to enter for Rodeo Queen, you have until midnight EDT tomorrow to get your name and pic entered. And of course, don't forget the rodeo will be held on the 27th.

Kiddo

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09/16/2014 01:00.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly !
It's Monday already ! Where does the weekend go ? Yesterday was cool but at least the sun was out ! Mom and dad went to the g'parronts (leaving me ALONE !). Dad mowed for what he hopes is the last time - they came home early and we had supper together ! Sketties ! ! Yum yum in my tum !

The temperatures are not even reaching 70 this whole week - time to put away the shorts ! Mom needs to go through her closet - too many things there she doesn't wear - daddy too - Mom does recycle his t-shirts into rags though ! She figures if she does one dresser or closet a day maybe she'll finish . . . just maybe ! I keep calling to her when she leaves my sight !

How's mom doing ? And dad ? I can't believe there isn't an available appointment for him till November - is he on an emergency list so if there's a cancellation ? Hope you have a happy sunshiney day at least ! love Cookie

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09/15/2014 02:28.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Good to hear from you. Oh yes, the wood was all pretty colors. I thought it looked nice.
I feel so bad for your dad. How long has he had this? I wish he could get in to U of M much sooner. That is such a greyt place.
Tell your mom to come up here and play ball with me again.
We had a heat wave today for a couple of hours! It was 55 degrees ...woohoo! Still waiting to see some sun on my feathers. Hope every bird had a nice weekend.
Hugs
Chyna

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09/14/2014 09:56.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Well, it is triple digits here today (101), and it is supposed to be just as hot tomorrow. Dad got out and mowed the lawn at 8 this morning, because he knew it would be too hot later. Mom tried her darndest to get me to climb in my outside cage from 9 to 9:30, but I would just not do it. Dad even shut himself in the bathroom so Mom could take me on walkabout which usually works. However every time I climbed from her shoulder to the cage I then flew off to my perch on top of the bookcase in my room. After 6 tries she gave up, so no sunbath today.

We did have a very nice lunch though. Mom is still on the no meat diet for 3 1/2 more weeks, so last night she cooked rice with chicken stock and sautéed mushrooms with garlic. Then she stirred in a package of frozen chopped spinach and the rice and topped it all with grated parmesan from the deli. It was pretty darned tasty, and that will be our lunch till it is all gone. Next she will make some fried rice to get some eggs. She can't have bread or toast, so that would be the only egg dish for her. She says eggs without toast is just wrong~!

And just to prove I am not totally naughty, I am now sitting peacefully on Mom's knee while she blogs for me. At least I can be a little bit good today.

We only have one entry for Rodeo Queen, so please, ladies, get your western profile pics ready and enter the contest before the 17th!!

Kiddo

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09/14/2014 03:07.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Good to see you~even if it's just for a little time. Hope everyone is well at your house and dad is getting some relief. Mom has been to the retina people, who told her for now there is no bleeding, so she didn't need a shot (YAY), and to her regular eye doc for the final post op after the cataract removal in her left eye. She took her prescription to Lens Crafters and had new glasses in an hour, and they work!
Today mom was up super early to feed us and the dogs, then get to an event on time. She thought she would have time to walk the furballs, but she didn't, so she's going to walk them when we are done with our blogs. The event was called Wild Rumpus, and there were 2 obstacle courses, one for adults that was 5km, and one for kids that was considerably shorter, as it was all in a field with a hill on it. There weren't as many people as mom thought there would be, but it was not well advertised and was competing with at least 2 other local events. It was damp and cool out, but mom was mostly dressed for the weather. She refused to wear real shoes, though, so her feet got cold in her sandals. Twitch the squirrel was pretty cute, though. He ate a couple of Brazil nuts which mom gave him as a challenge. She thought it would take him awhile to get through the shell into the nut, but he surprised her with his quickness.
I hope you are having a good day today, staying warm and getting cuddles. Hugs, Falco

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09/14/2014 12:08.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Day 14--Inverness-Eagle Eye Kayak tour-part 1
Good morning everybirdie, Angel Girl with today's first Inverness adventure. As the red sun rises over the ocean we finish our hearty breakfast of toast, scrambled eggs, bacon and fruit served up by some of our handsome boy-birds. By the time the sun is above the waters edge we are riding off to begin today's fun tour. Our destination is Eagle Eye Kayak tours. We will kayak from Inverness Harbour along the warm calm waters of the Northumberland Strait. See the rugged cliffs, waterfalls and rocky coastlines. Watch the many Bald Eagles that frequent the area. Take a break for a snack on a secluded beach and look for beach glass or fossils. We will learn to and experience the peacefulness of paddling the spectacular coast and enjoying the natural beauty of the coastline.
"Everybirdie ready?" Angel Girls calls as we turn our horses out into the paddock, with plenty of hay and water. " we are off for a five hour adventure. Make sure to bring your cameras, water bottles and let's have some serious fun" Angel Girl waves her wing and leads off towards the shoreline where the instructors are waiting.
After an in-depth discussion on paddling, safety and making certain our life-jackets are on correctly, we are assigned a Kayak, and push out to sea. "Hey that sounds so cool. Out to sea!" Angel Girl giggles happily as she tries to balance in the kayak.
"Wee, this is fun" Rio yells to Kaji and Lizzie in the Kayak. " wow, don't move too much!" he tells Miranda in another Kayak.
"Look!" Jenny-Lynn points to a distant dark shape, " a whale" she shows Lalo and Sweetie, who stares in awe as the giant mammal surfaces int he far distance.
"Eagles!" Finnegan says, watching the majestic form above, " he's beautiful"
" Tango and Susan look down into the dark water seeing small schools of fish swimming by their Kayak"
"Oh Dixie, this is soooo much fun" Little Angel smiles eggcitedly, " I love kayaking" she paddles like a pro. Sky gives her a frown, as he and BB gain their sea-legs and stop their Kayak tipping side to side.
"Touchy things aren't they" Pearl cries as Silver and Peppino try to steady their wobbling kayak.
Finally we are all ready, and begin to dip our paddles into the calm ocean water. The kayaks move silently, some steadier then others as first-time paddlers learn how to do it. Before all have mastered paddling and off we head along the coast-line.
"A moose" Pookie calls out. A huge bull raises his head from drinking, and watches the birds paddle past. Ducks and Canada Geese flock along the waters edge, swimming along beside us as we go. " WOW, Swans." a group of thirty or more white Swans honk their annoyance of our intrusion. Polly and Falco snap pictures with their cameras.
" Everybirdie" Angel Girl yells out, " Seals" the coastline area is grey with seals. Their calls filling the air loudly. Many hurriedly dive into the water, coming closes for us to take pictures. " this is amazing!" Angel Girl takes lots of photos
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09/14/2014 09:29.26 AM Report This Comment  
  happy Sunday Polly !
We woke up to just 45 degrees this morning ! I guess fall is really coming . . . plus we noticed last night it was getting dark just a little after 7:00 ! ! ! Jeepers !

Yesterday turned out to be not too bad ! The friends of the parronts who came have two tween girls who played with me ! They all tried to go to the park to see the 9/11 memorial but after they parked and started walking (the memorial is about 3/4 mile from the parking lot - the skies opened and it poured on them ! So they all came back and I got to come out ! Mom had a vegetable tray and I got to have broccoli and cauliflower and cucumber :) Even better ? There were sketties for dinner ! !

Of course that means today they'll go to the g'parronts . . . guess I'll start fixing up my cage to the way I want it ! Dad is hoping this is the last time the lawn needs to be mowed ! Mom promised to be home early too - she has a few things to do for school still so they won't stay for dinner like they usually do . . .

Hope you have a good day :) Be a good girl and give mom my love ! love Cookie

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09/14/2014 05:11.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Oh yes, I will make 20K this month I think.
So good to hear from you. I have missed you! I hope your dad get better soon. Do the doctors know what is causing this?
Good thing you have some heat! We are having 34/35 at night and 48/51 during the day. It's just too cold too soon!
Just another cold (49 to 51 degrees for a high) and rainy day. I was busy destroying some new toys. Mom waited until I was finished to clean my area. I wonder why? I thought it looked nice. It finally stopped raining at dinner time.
Hugs
Chyna

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09/13/2014 10:19.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Day 13--Welcome to Inverness & its County
Hello everybirdie, Angel Girl here from Inverness, Cape Breton Island. Before we begin I want to ask that everybirdie continue in prayer. We have an urgent request from one of our BC family who wish to remain anonymous at this time. Their sweet baby is in critical, life & death crisis. Also our BC Queen Chuey is not feeling well, although there seems to be some improvement day so ask for continued prayers.
After a mix-up due to Chuey's need for immediate medical care, the wedding of Tiamaria Ganster to my frother Casey went on. It was to be rescheduled, sorry for the mix-up. They will be holding a reception later in the month to celebrate. Rev Spot did an awesome job of performing his very first Celtic wedding.
Now that we have relocated to Inverness ( Scottish Gaelic: Baile Inbhir Nis), a small rural community of approximately 3000 persons.

Located on the west coast of Cape Breton Island fronting the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Inverness sits astride a small coal seam which was exploited from the late 19th century to the mid-late 20th century, beginning with a mine opened by William Mackenzie and Donald Mann during the 1890s after they achieved control of the Inverness and Richmond Railway. Several more mines opened in and near Inverness during the early 20th century, but many closed following World War II with the last one closing in the early 1990s following a fire.

The community was incorporated as a town in 1904. It experienced economic hardship since large scale industrial coal mining ended; the local economy is now based mainly on fishing and tourism. Inverness Raceway was established in 1926, and harness races are held twice weekly between May and October. North America's only true links golf course, the (200-acre (0.81 km2)) Cabot Links is located on the former coal mine and overlooks beautiful sandy beaches. Inverness County is like an unspoken guardian of Cape Breton Island’s Celtic traditions. Its tiny communities are teeming with pride and a genuine way of life that has maintained Gaelic traditions throughout the years. There are many Celtic treasures and traditions waiting to be discovered in Inverness County, from its lively community dances to its well-known outdoor music concerts. The sunset side of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia seems to whisper all things Gaelic.

"WOW, this is so beautiful" Cinn-A-Bunn says taking in the panoramic view of Inverness and county. " Look at the ocean, how blue it is from up here on the mountainside." Zippy adds taking photos.

The birds take in the scene set out before them. Starting tomorrow they will be busily eggploring many interesting and fun adventures.
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09/13/2014 05:25.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Well, it is hitting triple digits here today, so Mom got me outside for my sunbath at 9:15. She was having a bit of trouble getting me to go into the carrier, but then Dad left to go to the bank. That meant we could go walkabout, and once I am settled comfortably on Mom's shoulder I then quite willingly climb into the carrier. So it was a nice sunbath, although I did start screaming when my mom went behind her lawn chair to water the gardenia tree. She was talking to me the whole time, but I couldn't see her which is unacceptable!

After we came back in Mom read with me for a bit before they went to the store. The sugar snap peas looked so good today, Mom bought extra! This will be a good week, and she figures just in case I get picky about my pellets again she has it covered with veggies, fruits and nutriberries. Mom said it was already way too hot outside by the time they left the store at noon, so she will be inside with me for the rest of the day. Works for me!

Kiddo

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09/13/2014 01:19.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Polly~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! I have noticed that humans sometimes say very silly things! They say one thing but it means something completely different! I don't get it!
Thanks for the suggestion for the nasal wash! We use to have some around but mom probably dumped it when she did her med check! She does that every new season to throw out the meds that are expired!!
It is a great idea and mom will got get him some! He is feeling better at least!
Enjoy the day!
love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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09/13/2014 12:34.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Helo Polly~
I hope all is well with you too!
My dad is home on a 34 hour break but he has a cold so he's been sleeping mostly. I did see him a bit ago when he got up to get something to eat. I think he has to go back to the truck tomorrow so I hope he gets to feeling better!
We are going to do some chores today so I will be right here to supervise. The gardeners were here this morning so I watched them for a while, but they were only mowing the lawns so it got boring. The trimmed all the bushes last week and that was fun to watch! They are all squares again though. I kind of like the ones they cut into balls!!
Enjoy the day and I hope it's just perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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09/12/2014 01:54.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Mom started with the very first Andrews book about the peacocks, and she was hooked. She has gone back and started over again too.

This is one of those days that everyone remembers exactly what they were doing when they heard the news. Mom was getting ready for work and always watched the news while doing so. She couldn't believe what she was seeing on the TV. She cried all the way to work, and they sent everyone home early.

Got out early for the sunbath today, since we are supposed to be near triple digits today. I feel very sorry for my friends Panther and flock, since this means they will be 100+ for sure! After we came in, and Mom read with me for a while, she went to a doc's appt to get a refill on a script. He ordered a blood test, since he thinks her recent liquid no meat diet may have lowered her cholesterol which he has been bugging her about. So first thing tomorrow (she has to fast overnight) off she goes to get poked.

Meantime this afternoon is her final (hopefully) visit with the GI doc and he should take her off all her acid reflux meds. She is really looking forward to one less medication in her life. Plus she is stoked that she has not yet put any of the lost 10 pounds back on!

So I sit here quietly on her knee dreading her leaving for the doc's office. This is the one who always overbooks so Mom is gone for a lonnnnngggg time!

Kiddo

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09/11/2014 03:17.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Day 11--The Greyt Race to the finish
Hello Everybirdie, Angel Girl here with today's BOTM post. I wish to first ask that you PRAY FOR QUEEN CHUEY. She is not feeling well, and as of yet the cause is "inconclusive" however she seems to have improved slightly in the past 24 hours. ALSO A REMINDER of the wedding of Tiamaria Ganster and my frother Casey Thrift will take place tomorrow-Friday on my page at 7PM EST--all are invited to join them as they exchange their vows in true Scottish style. Reception to follow.
As we left it yesterday Miss Chipper had flown into second place behind SKY. Everybirdie is pushing themselves on this last Triathlon event. Dixie is slowing down quickly, his feet and legs begin to hurt. Little Angel looks back as she waddles at top-speed down the hill. She sees Dixie begin to limp, then finally stop a sad look crossing his handsome face. Little Angel stops, and turns back to join Dixie when outta the blue Puffin and Tango come up from behind and lift Dixie onto their shoulders, running together wings acrossed each others backs. WHAT A SHOW OF TRUE SPORTSBIRDSHIP. The trio catches up to Little Angel who is jumping and clapping in delight as she watches Dixie happily completing the course with help from his friends. She yells and cheers as they come to where she is waiting, and the four birds run together side by side down the hill and head into the stretch moving fast.
The Trio and L'il Angel quickly catch up passing the others two by two soon taking third place as Chipper Sky and the others give it their all. Suddenly Rio, Lalo, Miranda and Peppino appear among the fore-runners and the push is on. Sky stumbles over a tree root, and fights to keep his balance. Willie grabs him by the Wing stopping his head long fall. After a quick man-birdly-hug they are off once more as the finish line appears in the distance. The four-some of LA, Dixie, Puffin and Tango begin to move forward into second position. Chipper flies into first as the group of runners/fliers move together towards their goal.
With the red finish line only ten feet ahead the foursome puts their all into it and take over the lead, as the others see Dixie clapping and Conure screeching in happiness they begin to yell and clap, cheering them on. The others slow their pace as they watch in awe as Tango and Puffin carefully place Dixie onto the ground only four steps from the finish. Little Angel takes Dixie by the wing, letting his weight fall upon her, as she helps him take one, two three steps with just one left she lets Dixie step carefully forward and the crowd goes crazy with screeches, screams and bird calls, DIXIE ADLER is this years 2014 Birdathalon WINNER. Cameras flash as sports announcers push forward, microphones in hand to get an interview with the winner.
"Do you have any words for those watchin' at home?" CBC asks
"YES. I had a little help from my friends." Dixie breaks down here, tears streaming down his cheeks as his Little Angel hugs him close.
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09/11/2014 03:05.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Polly !
Guess what ? Mom's school had a fire drill yesterday too ! Only she never leaves her keys - they're on a lanyard around her neck ! Today is her day for recess duty and it looks like storms are coming in - she just hopes they wait till after recess cause she doesn't like when the kids are indoors !

Me ? I'll probably nap so I'm ready to go when she gets home ! It's already feeling very sticky :(

I'm glad you got your calculator paper back ! I bet you're making some beautiful lace for aunt Karen ! Have fun with it ! love to all ! Cookie

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09/11/2014 02:35.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Day 10--The Greyt Race to the Finishline
Wow, what a spectacular fireworks display last evening over the ocean. After a day of dancing, playing instruments and dining on fine Scottish cuisine, a relaxing rest on the beach, as the skies filled with color was the perfect ending.
Today is the Triathlon. We're up bright and early to warm up for the Greyt Race. We'll splash in the ocean, ride our horse over rough terrain and finally fly or waddle to the finish. This evening we will continue down the Celtic Trail to Inverness, where we will spend two days exploring the area, and taking part in a wonderful, SURPRISE WEDDING. YES, a wedding. My frother MR Casey Thrift will wed his darling Tiamaria in an ocean-view outdoor ceremony, followed by a reception in the Parish courtyard of St John's Church. Everybirdie is invited to join them on this special occasion as they exchange their vows of love in true Scottish style. The ceremony will take place at 7PM EST on my page # 224627
The ocean is calm, and blue as we ride off to the starting line of today's cross country Triathlon. Pearl, and Silver have been practicing since sign up earlier in the week and are the two to watch for. Snowy, Cydney, Strawberry and TiPaul are strong splashers for the first leg of the three event competition. Sky and BB, Kiddo, Cori and Pepper have been working on their horse-birdship skills and we expect some awesome results from them. In the final leg Susan, Sweetpepper, Dixie, Little Angel, aka lightening-streak, and Raffi are rearing to show their stuff.
The whistle goes to signal the start. All the birdies are lined up as the starting pistol sounds. As a flock they run to the waters edge, wings out, water splashing far and high, they show their best efforts. Pearl dives beak first into the water, sending ripples in all directions, Casey puts his toes in and backs out, " Too cold for me" "Come' on sweetie" Tiamaria calls, splashing intot he surf fearlessly. Thoroughly soaked they wade towards the waiting horses hitched on shore. Casey is still not wet, and Tiamaria is splashing him as fast as her wings will beat.
TiPaul bolts off the ground onto Lightning as is riding towards the rocky hills at the end of the beach with Sky in hot pursuit. BB waves as she charges her horse past the group, up the hill, and starts along the Celtic trail. Sugar and Thorin are closing in fast, as Chyna and Dyna-Dancer take second position. Here comes Boo Boo on Starfire, she's pushin' into third position. Sky takes the lead and arrives at the third event start.
Sky never looks back, but is off at a fast waddle, Sugar jumps clear of Thorin and is on the run, quickly catchin' up to Sky Boy. BB stops to catch her breath as she dismounts and begins the last leg. Spot, coming to a screeching stop, jumps right over Hulk is has gotten off to a quick start. Here comes Miss Chipper, she flies over the runners heads to take second position as they begin their climb up the hillside....
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09/10/2014 06:41.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Polly wolly doodle
I'm glad mom is getting out - and tell sis to give the group a try ! They could probably use a youngun' . . .

Mom came home right after school yesterday she was that tired ! So we played till dinnertime . . . then after dinner, the Fed-ex guy showed up with a box for me ! ! Mom says I can't see till my hatchday though and that's still a couple weeks away :( So I'm doing my very best eavesdropping - but mom is spelling things in front of me ! Do you know what the letters P-L-A-Y-G-Y-M spell ?

Have a good humpday ! Give aunt Karen a wing hug for me too ! love Cookie

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09/10/2014 04:00.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Day 9--Music to my ears??
Hello everybirdie, Angel Girl here with today's BOTM post. I's been a wonderful, albeit loud day here in Port Hood as some of our talented friends have given their all to learning to play the bagpipes. Miss Lizzie certainly is the best, but my own frother Mr. Sky is mighty good too. No wonder he's such a wind-bag"
"Hey, now SKY was that nice?" Angel Girl glares at him, scowling after her frother swatted her on the shoulder.
"I am not a "wind-bag" now am I sweetheart?" Sky asks BB, who is grinning widely, trying to look innocent as possible.
"Ah, come on Sky, I was only teasing you." Angel Girl says masking her delight in getting one on her frother at long last.
"Listen to this" Polly says taking a deep breath and blowing through the mouth part of the blow pipe as hard as possible. " eeeeeeettttteeeeeekkkkkkwhyatie"
"Hey that's really cool Polly" Silver says holding his wings over his ear holes
"My turn" Spot says taking a b ig breath and puffing out his checks like a hamster. " wwwwykrjfjsdbs" Spot frowns at his bagpipe, then laughs, ready to try again.
"Ok, Sky your turn" Kiddo says, " AAAAAMMMMAAZZZZIIIIIINNGG GGGRRRACCCEEEE"
"Hey, that's greyt Sky" Angel Girl says in a whisper to Kacey and Mikey, told ya he was a wind bag." Sky shoots her a hotty look and rolls his eyes at his fister.
"ME, ME, Me!" Little Angel yells, as she gets ready to play. She takes a deep breath, then suddenly she swallowed the air in her mouth. " BURPPPPPP!" she giggles as the sound escapes her beak, " now I'm ready." she tries once more. Music comes softly out of the bagpipe, and rises in volumne. Finishing LA grins happily as she kisses Dixie next to her.
Gus picks up his blow pipe, takes a breath and begins to play "Danny Boy" like a pro. Everybirdie stops tolisten as he continues to play. Kaji joins him, followed by Miss Lizzie. They play the song perfectly. Every birdie claps as it comes to a close.
"You guys are awesome" Angel Girl says, " You should go on the road"
Willie, Hulk, Jenny-lynn and Peppino pick up their drum sticks and begin to hit their snare drums, marching back and forth like true Scotsmen.
After a day filled with music and dancing everybirdie is happy to head down to the beach for the Fireworks over the ocean. Tomorrow the triathlon takes places."Has anybirdie seen Tiamaria and Casey? They disappeared towards the Chapel this morning?" Finnegan asks
Angel Girl 224627

Come visit me, rally and lacie, poncho botd 24/3/14, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, sassy, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, l'il angel adler, dixie's wife-bird, broken wings, broken promises, casey, the l'il angel & dixie wedding album, Jesse, thank you for BOTD everyone!, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN SEPTEMBER, sarah little bird, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, zeena, thanks for august botm & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

09/09/2014 04:55.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly & Flash Dancer, from Jenny & flock
...we got big time rain and lots of thunder and lighting last night, but we live high on the Rock Island Hill area, so we do not worry about flash flooding, like some of those folks in Arizona, NC, and a few other unfortunate places! Dad was up two hours early and is now running two hours behind schedule, go figure, maybe if he could move a little faster! He spent much of yesterday stripping bark off of fresh Maple branches, they are really nice when new and fresh! The big dunce managed to cut himself twice, with his razor sharp hunting knife, back to Boy Scouts 101 for him! Have a great ToosDay dear friend, and give my love to all in your sweet home...

Love always from Jenny & the Dallas family

Come visit me, Ziggy~ I am hanging with my best pal Jenny Lynn, Jen Lynn~I too am entered in the Cowgirl Contest, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Entered in the Cowgirl Contest, Ms LaLo-I'm entered in Queen Chuey's contest-yahoo & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

09/09/2014 09:25.16 AM Report This Comment  
  oh Polly :(
Dad's sensitivity has worsened ? I think the doctor's need to look further - he can't go on like that - and the stress levels in your house must be off the charts too !

I'm glad mom and sis are looking into taking on another job at the church - sounds therapeutic - even though it means you and Zippy will be caged :( You can always come here to play . . . we have true fall weather finally. Mom had to get up during the night and close the windows ! The next few days are only supposed to be low to mid 70's.

Mom THINKS the group is going to be fun. They certainly seem nice enough even though she has to give directions a few times - it's early though so she has time to train them ! har har har !

Have a good day and I hope you get some scritches ! love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie - look at my fortress of heap !, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

09/09/2014 04:08.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly & Zippy
I want to thank everybirdy for their prayers! Mila's family is truly grateful! We all know the power of prayer is a powerful thing...but we are all in shock over little Mila's progress. She had brain surgery 7:30am on Friday. When the surgeons went in, they discovered that some of what was tumor, was actually scar tissue from her surgery lastyyear, & sort of made a pocket that the larger tumor was sitting in. They were able to ENTIRELY remove BOTH tumors! On Saturday, she was moved to a regular room & they had her up walking! On Sunday, less than 48hrs upon completion of her surgery, MILA WAS SENT HOME...TRULY A MIRACLE!!!
Mila's family would still appreciate ur prayers. Since this cancer came back so quickly & aggressively, doctors are going to treat it very aggressively with chemo & radiation. Mila is doing wonderfullly! She has to take it easy, but she's up & playing with all of her princess toys! She'll walk up to u, give u a hug & tell u that she has a boo-boo & that herhhead hurts. It's truly amazing & miraculous! All things are possible with God!
Love from
TiaMaria & Mom Sandy
V4U!

Come visit me, TiaMaria.

09/08/2014 08:44.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Day 8--Chestico Festival dance lessons
Hello everybirdie; What a greyt time we had on the beach. The bikini competition was amazing, and we only had to pull three of the boys off the stage. LOL! It was so much fun getting a chance to see all the latest European styles and designs. Between the warm surf and the savory foods it has been an eggciting visit in Port Hood. Today we get our chance to watch, and try our talented talons in some Celtic dancing, and maybe even put our beaks to the bagpipes and play some Gaelic tunes. The Interpretative Celtic Music Center is open to visitors, who can try not only the bagpipes, but also their wings at being a drummer as well.
"Hey L'il Angel, what are you dressed like that for?" Angel Girl asks her fister, eying up Little Angel's new Celtic tartan kilt.
"I'm going to take Highland dancin' lessons today" L'il Angel says putting her tam on her head and looking at herself in her mirror.
"Dixie? Are you ready sweetheart?" L'il Angel yells into the tent door.
Slowly Dixie exits the tent, his face blushed red. He looks around quickly making sure the coast is clear. HE is wearing a kilt too, complete with a sash over hi shoulders. " We're taking Scottish dance lessons" It was then that Dixie saw that many of the other birds were sporting kilts in various Tartans ( Clan colors).
"See, we all are had the same idea" Sky says walking past in his kilt (Feileadh-beag - pr: feela beg). Sky stands tall, and smiles. "It's birdly. It's not a dress Dixie!"
"Hi SamIAm, you off to the bagpipe lessons?" Kaji asks, reining in his horse, " That's were Lizzie Pookie and I are riding too. Com' on with us"
The birds mount up and head off to the Music center and the MacInnis Sportsplex. There is Celtic music, dancing demonstrations and more Scottish foods to try today. Tomorrow is the Triathlon. Many famous fiddle-players, Celtic musicians from as far away as Scotland, British Columbia, Canada and the USA have arrived for the days concerts, lessons and fun.
At the Celtic Music Center, Snowflake, Little Angel, Cookie and Cydney stand as the instructor Patricia Chafe shows them the first dance steps. 'Ok, one, two, three..." Little Angel takes the first two steps then suddenly making a quick turn on one foot, she trips sending Cydney falling into Snowflake. The three girls giggle as they lay on the floor in a jumbled heap at Cookie's feet. "Ok, let's try this again. Maybe you should stand over here, Little Angel" Pat says, walking her to the other side of the line. The three girls do the steps again, perfectly. Then the others join them, as the fiddles play a quick tune. The laughing birdies have lots of fun, learning to dance. After a few lessons, they sit down to watch some experienced dancers for a while. " We did greyt" Dixie says happily as he hugs LA close.
"Ok Sky and BB. You're turn" Sky leads BB in a graceful Highland Waltz. Everybirdie applauds their performance. "WE practiced!" BB says
Angel Girl 224627

Come visit me, rally and lacie, poncho botd 24/3/14, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, sassy, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, l'il angel adler, dixie's wife-bird, broken wings, broken promises, casey, the l'il angel & dixie wedding album, Jesse, thank you for BOTD everyone!, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN SEPTEMBER, sarah little bird, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, zeena, thanks for august botm & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

09/08/2014 05:32.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
It's Popeye.
Thanks for the BOTD congratulations. I had a blast at the castle.

Come visit me, Angel SUNNY, ALEX, SAWYER, RIO & SKYE, POPEYE, SAFFRON (SASSY), THE PRETTY ROSE FLOWER SHOP *We Deliver Love*, PEARL, EMERALD (Emmie), Angel LUCKY, BLUE & JEWEL, CALICO, THE PROUD BIRD PIE SHOP, SELF SERVE FLOWER PAGE, CAMELLIA & BOURKE, Angel CHILLI, GINGER & Angel LOLA.

09/08/2014 03:04.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Yeah, those greys can be Mom poachers. You can't trust them. And 'Toos are just as bad if they aren't biters. Sorry to hear about the hazardous blood draw, and that is why I am glad I don't need to go see the doc.

Hope you are having a wonderful day. It is a bit cooler here today, thank goodness, but very muggy for So Cal. Hurricane Norbert has sent us lots of clouds, but no rain. They say 20% chance of rain, but Mom can't remember it ever raining here in September. At least the clouds brought the temp down to mid 80s, so I actually went outside for my sunbath after Mom got home from the gym at 11:15. However that is mostly because of no zumba. In just under 2 weeks she will be doing that crazy stuff again, and that means less mommy time for me. She wants to keep off as much of the 10 pounds she lost as possible. I just say there used to be more to love.

Mom and I enjoyed her Asian rice & veggie mixture for lunch again today. She made a bunch, and since she only eats one solid meal a day along with her chick stock and Ensure, it is lasting a long time. However today she plans to have a banana as an afternoon treat. We'll be sharing that, of course!

Mom is watching my food very carefully, but apparently my appetite is back. Of course, I still prefer nutriberries to my pellets, but I am eating both along with all of my fresh fruits and veggies. Looks like I dodged a trip to vet at least for now. Unfortunately now she is checking out my nails, because I keep scratching her. She figures the groomer is inevitable. I just can't win.

Kiddo

Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote for Angel Girl #224627 for BOTM!!!.

09/08/2014 02:31.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly, GOOD to see you...
I'd really like to THANK every birdie that made this Bird Of the Day possible for me. You are all kinder than words can express. THANK YOU!

Come visit me, Jetta.

09/08/2014 09:22.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly !
Maybe the weather will stay nice and dad can spend a little time each day outside so you can have some light and power inside ? I miss you !

Mom says the group seems to be nice - they're a bit chatty and don't listen to directions very well (yet) but at least they try - and that's what's important ! She's having a really hard time not waking up but getting moving ! She's used to lolly-gagging about with her coffee and book - now she has to be up and ready !

We had a really nice day yesterday - after Saturday's storms left, so did the humidity ! Mom and dad stayed home and I was out ALL DAY playing and getting scritches ! Perfect ! Be a good girl and take care of your mom :) love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie - look at my fortress of heap !, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

09/08/2014 04:03.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Day 7--Port Hood beach fun
Hello, and good morning to all our BC friends. I must first make a quick apology for missing two days of blogs. In my gallery I will be posting photos of the "tree" that has been to topic of our absence recently. Now, with it cut down, removed and cleaned up things are getting back on track. I want to thank everyone for their votes and support in my absence.
"Oh look" Angel Girl points to the beach spread out for miles along the blue ocean edge. Kicking Celtic Lass gently in the ribs to urge her into a trot she rides towards the shade of a row of Maples edging the beach. As far as the eye can see there are sand sculptured bikini clad forms, and beautiful birds dressed in imported swimwear.
" SKY? What are you looking at so attentively ?" BB asked already knowing her Sky with his black-out sunglasses was taking in the food booths. "See, if it were any other bird he'd be watching the girl-birds playing beach volleyball. LOL!" BB tells Lalo and Jinny riding beside them. Sweetie giggles at her frother.
"I'm taking a swim with Firestorm" Cinn-A-Bunn yells galloping towards the surf, Boo Boo, Polly, Zippy and Rio race after him.
" We're off to check out the, AHHHHHHHH, beach" Pearl and Silver say giggling and jumping off their horses, hitching them in the shade.
CuBird and Snowflake grab their towels as they make their way to the water's edge. Little Peep hurries to catch up. Angel Girl watches her friends for a moment before deciding that she'd like to get a snow-cone. "Anyone wanta join me in a snowcone?" Chyna, Chipper and Lizzie think it's a greyt idea so the four girls take off in search of the snow-cone booth.
"Well Dixie, let's set up our towel, and sit in the sun. It'll make your legs and feet feel better. Then I'll go get us ice cream cones." L'il Angel smiles, leaning over to give Dixie a big kiss and whispers, " and some popcorn" Dixie grins, thinking of how often they'd sat together eating popcorn as they enjoyed a movie.
Port Hood is well known for it's miles of sandy beaches. The warm ocean water and scenic landscape some of the most beautiful in the world. During the Chestico Days, Tartan colors can be seen all down the beach, flying above booths selling clothes, food and sovereigns.
Tia and Casey wander down the beach wing in wing. They have been very quiet so far this trip, spending almost every minute with their heads close togetehr talking. " I wonder what's up with those two lovebirds?" Sugar says to Gus and Susan. They return to their important business of shopping for keepsakes of their trip to Cape Breton.
"Hey Spot, where's BonBon?" Falco asks.
"Not certain, but last I saw her, she was splashing in the waves with Raffi, Angel, Pepper and Sweetpepper. They were over there near the stage for the Bikini competition"
Falco walks in that direction, zig-zagging to avoid birdies tanning on the beach.
Angel Girl 224627

Come visit me, rally and lacie, poncho botd 24/3/14, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, sassy, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, l'il angel adler, dixie's wife-bird, broken wings, broken promises, casey, the l'il angel & dixie wedding album, Jesse, thank you for BOTD everyone!, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN SEPTEMBER, sarah little bird, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, zeena, thanks for august botm & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

09/07/2014 12:57.37 PM Report This Comment  
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