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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.
Joined BC 3-14-10
4-22-13 DISCOVERED I'm female
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Hi! My name is Polly; Spring has SPRUNG

I am a Quaker from Lansing, MI.

Polly B.

19 years old   F

Quaker

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.

Get this collar off of me..

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  Hi Polly
It's Popeye.
Mom and dad's friends got here on Sunday evening and rested from their flight. Kathy hates flying and has to take meds to keep from freaking out. On Monday they all got together with mom and dad and got caught up on what's been going on. Then they went to dinner at Bubba Gump's Shrimp Co. On Tuesday everyone went down to the port of Los Angeles and went on the battleship USS Iowa. Dad said it was awesome. That evening they ate at Senior Compo's Mexican restaurant. Yesterday Jim and Kathy went to Riverside to visit friends so mom and dad hung out with us.
Today they will call later on to talk about today.
Today will be overcast, with a high of 66 and a low of 53.
Hope your day was fun.
Hugs,
Popeye

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05/05/2016 08:35.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Dad usually just calls me Bockie. If there is danger near, it would take to long to call all the chickens by name so dad taught us to come when he yells "Tic Tic Tic Yummies!" We all come running into the chicken coop because he also yells that when he feeds us.

We all lay eggs for dad. It is nice because he doesn't have to by eggs from the store. He has so many chickens and button quail that he can't eat all the eggs, so he hard boils the eggstra ones and feeds them back to us.

The rest of the flock is doing fine, other than the roosters are fighting again. They do that every spring. Dad has to keep a close eye on them because they can hurt themselves. Also Tomato Candy the rooster seems to have started plucking himself again. Unfortunately there is not much dad can do about it.

The other day dad saw a bald eagle fly over our house. Luckily we were safe in the chicken coop! I think bald eagles eat mostly fish, but they are big enough to eat a chicken if they want to!

Here's a vote.

Bock Bock Bockie and Officer Sequoia

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05/04/2016 02:54.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Morning Polly & Zippy-from your pal Jen Lynn
Today we have dad's visiting nurse coming to check him out, but we feel he is doing much better! Our dad is trying so hard, he misses us birds something awful! It looks like another slightly cloudy and overcast day for us, but a lot warmer! Happy hump day dear BC friends, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya all tomorrow...

Forever love from Jenny, Ms LaLo Lee, Angel Christy, Ziggy, and our daddy

PS~Life is so good, live it to the fullest, we only go around once........

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05/04/2016 06:13.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
I am having a pretty good day. Mom is still not ready to try zumba yet, so she stayed home all day with me. We had a nice half roast beef and provolone sandwich for lunch, which I helped my mom make. She was going to do a wrap, but I was velcroed to her shoulder and the tortillas she has now get heated up in the Teflon pan. Not gonna use that around me, so it was sandwich time instead...which meant no spinach! I am not as dumb as I look!

Unfortunately that was followed by a time out in my cage with the door closed and locked (very unusual)!! You see, Mom decided to update my favorite toys since they were pretty chewed up, but it appeared to me that she was stealing them...so naturally I attacked her ear to make her stop. Not sure if I had a time out, or Mom was just making sure I couldn't get to her ear. Anyway I have two "new" toys now, and I might deign to play with them before the day is over.

Then after trying everything she could think of to get me into my carrier, Mom gave up. So of course then I was quite contented to let her pick me up and put me inside. We had a nice sunbath even though it was pretty cloudy; it was still mid 70s and comfy out there. We stayed out till the wind started blowing. I do not like wind!! And just to make sure Mom knows who is in charge I played in my carrier for a while after we came in.

Kiddo

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05/03/2016 02:57.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly,
I want to thank you for your votes for me in the quest to get my BOTM Badge.

It's just not fair as I had worked so hard through out the whole month campaigning. Only to find out that the BC was not fixing the site.

Perhaps with every birdies help me and the others like Kacey and Mikey will get our recognition like we should have.

A big Mahalo to everyone for their love and support. The things we birdies hafta do to get things done.

Here's a vote for you as well my sweet friend.

Love,

Laka

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05/03/2016 10:09.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
That pterosaur may look big in the pics, but it's about the size of a roseate spoonbill, not that large.
Pittsburgh Opera Company has some resident artists, do a great education program here, and they have their own musicians and chorus. They do bring in others to do main roles at times. Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland sang here before they died, and mom has heard many other big stars here, too.
Today is pretty cloudy looking, and it's cool out there, in the 50s right now, and only going into the low 60s. Mom will get some laundry done, and may change out some of her winter things for more spring and summer things. At least the quilt on the bed is finally changed to the summer weight one.
Today is my vet appointment, and it's at 2:40, which should get us back on the road well before traffic starts. Mom is hoping only one or 2 more, and I'll be okay. The vet hasn't really done anything the past 2 times, except look at my booboo and see that it's healing so we're not expecting anything else today. Mom is resigned to me wearing this collar until the feathers are more grown in, too. I'm used to it now, though.
I hope you are having a great beautiful spring day today, getting lots of sunshine, cuddles, and scritches. Hugs, Falco

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05/03/2016 08:27.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Polly wolly doodle !
Tuesday is no longer mom's humpday ! Now it's a Wednesday just like the rest of the world :) She and her co-coach cleaned up the stage after school yesterday and put all the props and sets away. When she got home we played peek a bird ! It is a favorite game of mine - we play it like hide and seek - I hide under a heap of paper or in a box and mom calls for me . . . and calls and calls . . . till I holler PEEK-A-BIRD !

We are in the middle of a dreary rainy week - on and off all week long. The sun came out just long enough last night for the parronts to go take a walk by the river while I enjoyed my nutriberri. After some skritching time, it was night-night. Now I've got today to look forward to :) And it looks like a good nap day - pouring right now ;( That means not many of my outdoor friends will be around the back for me to yell to . . .

The kids there get out a whole week earlier ? Lucky ! It's sneaking up quickly - mom panics everytime she looks at a calendar ! She still has to teach decimals ! YIKES ! To kids whose brains are already on vacation ! Maybe aunt Karen wants to come help ?

Have a terrific and collar-free day ! love Cookie

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05/03/2016 02:07.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Polly~~
I hope you had a fun day! Sorry about the collar!
I think music is very important when you are going to sleep! All mom has to do is turn on the radio and McKenzie goes right into her crate! Mom had a timer on her clock radio and the music would shut off after an hour. We just use her portable CD player/Radio since the volume broke on the clock radio and it's too loud! That clock radio is over 33 years old! Think it's time for mom to get a new one!
Have a fabulous evening!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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05/02/2016 08:41.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Polly!
Oh gosh, I sure do wish you would not have to wear that collar. Guess you are going after your feathers again, huh? Well, we are sending good thoughts your way so you stop doing that.

Mom's dental appt. went well today. The insurance still is up in the air. Mom thought she had 50% coverage, but she doesn't. She has 25%, but she is glad to have the insurance. Next January it will bump up to 50% across the board for the major stuff, which is okay.

We actually got to 59 degrees here today. And it was nice and sunny. About time if you ask me. Hehe!

Have a super rest of the night! Wing hugs coming atcha!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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05/02/2016 05:56.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Well, Mom went to the gym this morning, and this time she wasn't back home in 15 minutes! Yep, she made it thru the warm up just fine, so Becky said she was ready for a session. Of course, then she made it a balance work out rather than anything more strenuous, but Mom still got a bit sweaty. They chatted between sets so Mom wouldn't get too worn out as well. Becky said she needs to be careful till she builds herself back up, so Mom didn't stay for zumba. She is thinking she will try it on Wednesday afternoon though.

And yay!! I got a sun bath today! It got up to 74 today, and since Mom got me outside right at noon it was warm but not too hot at all. We both sat in the sun for 30 minutes, but then I got antsy so we went back inside. Oh! And I climbed right into my carrier to go out there with no argument.

Mom was so pleased with me that she shared a hot pastrami and provolone on rye (or half of one anyway) for lunch, and then we had a peanut butter cookie for a treat afterwards. I sure do love those things! Yum!!

Kiddo

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05/02/2016 02:37.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer, readying for Dad's trip
Happy Monday. Dad is packing and running around the house setting up "bird-care"stations.
He's nervous about leaving me w Aunt Kathy - they were both miserable to each other last time.
Dad will be gone 5 days, and is praying we all survive the duration.
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Dad is visiting his Mom in Kentucky - and he'll be flying. He hates travel, hates flying, and hates being away from home.
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Hoping all goes well.
~Wings Up~

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05/02/2016 06:34.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly and Zippy!
I am so happy and honored to be your Bird of the Month! I am all moved in to the castle, and I am loving it here. Thank you so very much for taking the time to vote for me and support me this month. I couldn't have done it without each and every one of you! I hope that you all enjoyed my campaign, mom had lots of fun making new toys to share with all of you! You are all welcome to come hang out in the castle with me all month. We will have a lot of fun! Hugs, King Grey Bird

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05/01/2016 11:28.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Well, Mom abandoned me right after breakfast to go put gas in Gloria before the cheap station got too busy. And then she went grocery shopping with Dad, but I forgive her for that since she brings home my sugar snap peas, nanners and grapes. However she also brought home a salad for lunch, and although she expected me to enjoy sharing it since it had corn and beans (Southwestern style chicken salad), I was not really impressed. Amazingly I did eat a tiny piece of lettuce, but the second one I picked up ended up on Mom's shoulder.

And although it is warm enough for a sunbath today, Dad suggested Mom wait one more day before sitting out in the sun to make sure the antibiotic is out of her system completely. A sunburn right now would not be fun, eggspecially since she is pretty sure she will be good to go for the gym tomorrow (no zumba yet, though). I wouldn't cooperate about getting into my carrier anyway, so Mom took that as a sign that a sunbath was not a good idea today.

BooBoo had a greyt idea: since we do not have a candidate for BOTM this month, why don't we all vote for Laka again so she can get her BOTM plaque from BC. In case you didn't know, apparently BC has started doing that again, and Grey Bird actually received his plaque. Laka and Kacey & Mikey should deserve the same recognition.

Kiddo

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05/01/2016 03:03.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
It's Popeye.
Dad finally worked on the front lawn and at least part of it looks better. He's going to try to get more done today. Not sure how much because their friends from Colorado will be here today. Not sure how much we'll be on the BC this next week. It depends on how busy mom and dad are with their friends.
Mom made homemade gumbo last night. Sure did smell good but dad said we couldn't have any because it was too spicy for us. Hey, we like spicy!
Today will be partly cloudy, with a high of 76 and a low of 53.
Hope your day was fun.
Hugs,
Popeye

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05/01/2016 08:45.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Mom went with her niece to see the opera last night. The scenery was really cute, it looked very 2 dimensional, and was mostly drawn onto a white background, so looked very childlike and unsophisticated. The music was typical Stravinsky, mom liked it a lot. In fact, she enjoyed the music more than the singing, because the music was playful in spots. The cast was very well matched vocally, and the chorus did a bang up job! For an opera written in 1951, it was pretty good. Mom doesn't usually like contemporary works like that. They had dinner at Nicky's Thai Kitchen before the performance, too.
Today mom has to do a 3 hour spotlight at the new pterosaurs in Dinosaur hall. They are cicnorhamphus, and they are hanging above the hall. Mom thinks she'll be on the second floor balcony, so people can see them better. They are pretty cool pterosaurs, have beaks that indicate they were filter feeders, something like flamingos.
I think after the museum, mom will head to Barnes and Noble, then come home. I hope you are having a good day there. It's gloomy here, and raining off and on. Get lots of cuddles and scritches today. Hugs, Falco

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05/01/2016 07:35.14 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Polly !
Rain here in NY today . . . but that's OK, cause there's not a lot going on. Mom is recovering from last night. The show went really well - only one little actor missed a line, and it wasn't an important one. The cast party was LOUD. She was even able to eat a slice of pizza ! ! Thank goodness in junior high there's only one performance unlike high schools which do two full weekends. Don't think she could do that ! Me either - I do love my daddy, but he's not a very good tucker inner and mom had to fix my blankee when she got home about half past midnight.

Now things can get back (sort of) to normal here ! I hope ! But, like aunt Karen said - it'll be time to wrap up the school year soon and that means extra work . . . when do schools finish up there ? Mom gets out June 17 . . .

She will go out later to get me my fresh veggies - yesterday she got hers and daddy's foods. I'll try to be a good boy and let her rest . . .

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05/01/2016 03:36.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Sunday
Hello dear friends-
Dad's making preparations to leave on his short vacation. Of course it will not seem short for either of us.
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Aunt Kathy, the Bird-Sitter, will be lookin in on me, and my dear Uncle Geno promises to visit as well, so they will help pass the time....but nothing's the same without Dad. It's gonna be tough.
I have Dad trained for when it's time for fruit, when it's time for seeds. . .
Dad keeps telling me to be nice - last time I was so sad and angry and everything else that I was miserable to the bird-sitter . . . .
= = =
Saturday was a nice day. Dad and Uncle Geno took a short drive into the country.
Today is rainy and Dad will be at the movies in the afternoon.

....
~Wings Up~

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05/01/2016 01:31.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly!
Hi Everybirdie! Tonight is the last night! I am so excited! Mom was finally able to pick up all of the bird toy parts that have been scattered around her room for the past month. She was happy about that! Haha! Tonight we are making a toy that looks like bird. You will need,

- Cardboard
- Coffee filters
- Finger traps
- Beads
- Little bird toy trinket pieces
- Safe stringing material
- OPTIONAL white paper

Take a large piece of cardboard and cut out a nice sized bird head and body. Once you have the body cut out, take a piece of string and knot the bottom, then poke a hole in sorta in the middle of your cutouts body, but a little lower. String your string through the hole, with the knot being on the back side. Take some coffee filters, and cut the sides into strips and poke holes in the middles. String those on like you would for a puff, one facing down, one facing up, and so on, until it is a nice sized puff on the body. String on a bead and knot it. Now poke a hole in the middle of the cutout near the bottom. Take a piece of string and knot them bottom, then string it through the hole with the knot on the front side (you won't see it, it will be under the puff). Take three finger traps, and string those on. Then string on a bead and knot it tight. Once they are tied, you can stick them out in different directions like a tail. For the head, it will be different for everyone depending on what kind of bird you want it to look like. We did a Green Cheek Conure. If you want an eye ring, cut out a small oval and poke a hole in the middle. Then to attach the eye, poke a hole on the cutout where you want it to be, take a piece of string and tie a knot at the bottom, string it through, and then string on the paper, and then a dark bead. Then knot it. To put on markings, you will do the same thing with the holes and string. Just add them (beads and random toy pieces) however you'd like in what ever colors you want. To make it so that you can hang it, you can make a loop, make a small hole in the cutouts head, and then string the loop through. Or, you can tie a bagel to a piece of string, then make a small hole in the cutout under the puff and string it through the hole with the bagel on the back side. Then knot it. You can then attach it by sticking the bagel through the cage bars and turning it the opposite way so that it stays.

I will post a picture of both the front and back sides of this toy in my gallery.

Thank you SO much for voting for me!

Hugs,
Grey Bird

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04/30/2016 09:57.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Polly!
So didya get a treat or two from the shopping trip? And sure hope you don't get your collar back on.

Rainy day here. And super damp and icky. And gusty winds, too. 43 now, but feels like 38. Mom says she feels like it is November again. I got to snuggle up with Mom, so I am good. At least we have some heat here. Mom says she is happy about that. Just feels icky!

Wing hugs coming your way!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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04/30/2016 07:36.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Well, Mom took her last antibiotic today, and the cough is almost gone. Hopefully by the time she tries the gym again on Monday, it will actually work. She is feeling a lot better.

Mom abandoned me this morning to go to the bank with Dad and deposit her two tax checks, plus he had his tax checks and a couple of reimbursements from insurance. Since she was not gone very long, I did forgive her.

Fortunately for me Mom is rereading one of her favorite book series, and since she is just on book one of four I am getting lots of Mom time. Plus we shared a half sandwich of warm pastrami and provolone on sourdough for lunch. I really do love pastrami, probably the best of all the meats I get to share with my mom. She is pretty fond of it too, but we both get enough. Then we shared a tapioca pudding cup for dessert! Now that is definitely high on my list of favorite treats. Love that stuff!!

Kiddo

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04/30/2016 03:01.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
It's Popeye.
The doctor says, at dad's age, leg wounds heal slowly. But that doesn't explain why the antibiotics aren't working correctly.
Guess what? It rained last night. Dad never saw it coming. We got a "soaking" 0.03 inches. Dad never made it out to mow the front yard yesterday and today it's too wet to mow. Their friends will be in tomorrow so dad may try to get it all done in one day. Yeah, RIGHT!
Mom sent dad back to Costco yesterday. The coupons expire today and mom wanted things. Well, so did everybody else in La Habra and dad swears they were all at Costco. It took dad almost 2 hours to get the stuff and get home and he was not a happy shopper. But mom was starting to fix a pork butt roast with roasted veggies so dad mellowed out real fast. It's one of his favorites.
Today will be partly cloudy, with a high of 71 and a low of 50. Maybe it will rain some more.
QUESTION:
If mom was cooking a pork butt roast, does that mean that there is a hog running around somewhere that can't sit down?
Hope your day is fun.
Hugs,
Popeye

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04/30/2016 09:10.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Helo Polly & Ms Zippy, from Jenny Lynn
The Occupational Therapists wants to modify dad's bathroom a little bit to make it more handicapped friendly, it is all for free through the Vets Administration! Dad was up early loading more trash in a large box and taking it out to the covered trash can, things are still moving along, but very slowly, he will get it all done eventually! He misses Jen and LaLo so much, they could always pick up the slack time and make him happy when he became sad and lonely, much like phone calls from our BC friends!! Have a great Saturday dear BC friends, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya all tomorrow...

Forever love from Jenny, Ms LaLo, Angel Christy, and our trying hard daddy

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04/30/2016 08:21.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
I hope you catch that rascally mouse. Mom says when you do, be sure to release it far far away, or it will just come right back inside.
Mom wasn't going to, but she posted 2 pics of me in my collar, because some birdies asked to see. As you can see, it's like a turtleneck. I hope it comes off soon, because it's keeping me from getting spritzed or getting a bath. Mom is afraid to wet it, thinking that might damage my skin under it.
Today there's not much going on. It's a beautiful day outside, though. Mom walked the dogs in sunshine! She'll spend part of today getting ready for the opera tonight. Aunt Ginny can't go with her, so her niece Jessica is going to pick mom up for dinner and the opera. The opera is The Rake's Progress, which mom has never heard. It's by Igor Stravinsky, who wrote some controversial music in his day, like the Firebird and the Rite of Spring. Those are both ballets that mom likes, so hopefully the opera will be at least interesting.
I hope you are having a great day today, getting some sun and lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Falco

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04/30/2016 08:11.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Polly wolly doodle !
I was so happy to see you come visiting ! ! So you're still not in your collar ? Good job !

Well, step one is done for mom's mouth - the surgery part. Now the gum has to heal for 4-6 weeks before going back for the temporary crown . . . by the time school finishes on June 17, she hopes everything is done - she's getting tired of soft foods !

What a lovely afternoon yesterday ! Mom came straight home from school plopped down on the sofa and skritched my head :) When I started squawking, she brought me my bath tub and we both got soaked before settling down for a nice long talk and the singing of some songs :) Daddy made burritos for dinner so mom didn't even have to leave me to fix dinner ! ! Then I got apple for dessert ! ! Life is good !

It'll be even better after the weekend of drama club ! This morning she and dad will do some grocery shopping before she heads back to school to start getting everything ready. I'll bet she'll even try to take a nap - cause it'll be a mighty late night ! Cast party till midnight ! Two adults with 47 young teens (6-8 grade) ! Pretty scary !

Well, you have a great collar-free Saturday ! love Cookie

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04/30/2016 02:17.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly!
Hi Everybirdie! Tonight we will be making a shreddable toy that looks like a person. You will need,

- A wiffle ball
- Cupcake papers
- Beads
- 2 bigger wood beads
- Mini wood blocks
- Paper straws
- A treat cup
- 3 paper loaf cups
- Safe stringing material

Start by taking a pretty long piece of string, and tying a loop at the top. String on a bead, and then take 5-6 cupcake papers and cut the sides into strips, and then string those on like you would for a puff, one facing down, one facing up, and so on. Now string on the wiffle ball, and then a longer or bigger bead. Now you are going to take a new piece of string, and tie it onto your first piece under the big bead you just added. Once you tie that on, you should have two pieces hanging down on either side of the original piece. On both strands, you are going to string on a mini block, and then half of a paper straw. Then knot the ends on both sides. Now going back to the original string, take a treat cup and poke a hole in the bottom, then string it on facing down. Now take your 3 loaf cups, and poke holes in the bottom of them. String one on facing down, then string on a bead, then another loaf cup, then another bead, then the last loaf cup. Now string on 2-3 beads, and then take another new piece of string and tie it on the original, just like last time. You will want the two pieces hanging down so that they are longer. On each strand, string on a single big bead, and then knot the bottoms. Now string one more bead on the original strand, and knot the bottom. You're done!

Mom just adores this toy, she says it is one of her favorites that she has made. There is a picture in my gallery!

Thank you so much for voting for me! Just one more night until I will hopefully be in the castle! I'll see you tomorrow night. (:

Hugs,
Grey Bird

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04/29/2016 09:59.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Does your mom take glucosamine and chondroitin? Mom takes it every day, and she thinks it helps...who knows?

Mom took another shot at the gym this morning, but Becky met her at the door and said she wanted her to do 5 minutes on the tread mill at walking pace and no incline. If she could manage that, then they would work out. Well, Mom had to sit down at the end of the 5 minutes, so Becky said no way! She also suggested Mom stop at Starbuck's on the way home and get what she called "Sick Tea". It is supposed to help with the kind of thing that is kicking Mom's tail feathers: green tea, mint, steamed lemonade and honey. Mom drank it all, but then she felt kind of queasy and laid down for an hour. Guess it is not for her.

Then we shared half a roast beef and provolone sandwich for lunch. I must admit I prefer the sandwich to the wrap, because Mom doesn't put that nasty spinach on there. I do like me some RB!

Then Mom went to the library to get the books she had reserved. She stopped at Trader Joe's on the way home to stock up on my raw almonds and cashews. Plus she got pecan pieces so that means cookies are in our future! Yay!

Don't forget to vote in the Derby Hat Contest on milonga page #165848. Both ladies and gents are too close to call right now!

Kiddo

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04/29/2016 02:56.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Friday
Hey Polly.

Dad leaves on his trip early early Thursday May 5th.
He'll be returning late on the 9th.

Although it SOUNDS like a short time, it will be an eternity for both of us.

~Wings Up~

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04/29/2016 03:34.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly!
Hi Everybirdie! Tonight we will be making a shredder toy that looks like a cupcake. You will need,

- A treat cup
- Cupcake papers
- Beads
- Safe stringing material

Start by taking your string and knotting the bottom. Take your treat cup, poke a hole in the bottom, and string that on facing up. Now take beads, and string them on until you have beads almost to the top of the cup. Take your cupcake papers, and cut the sides into strips and poke holes in the middle. Now we are going to be making a puff on top. String on a paper facing down, then one facing up, then one facing down, and so on until you have a puff that looks like frosting. Now take some beads, string them on, and top it off with a bigger red bead. Tie a loop, and you're done!

When mom starting making this toy tonight, it was supposed to turn out like a bowl of ice cream. But she thought it looked a lot more like a cupcake and left it that way. There is a picture in my gallery!

Thanks for voting for me!

Hugs,
Grey Bird

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04/28/2016 11:25.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly!
Hi Everybirdie! Tonight we will be making a shredder toy that looks like a cupcake. You will need,

- A treat cup
- Cupcake papers
- Beads
- Safe stringing material

Start by taking your string and knotting the bottom. Take your treat cup, poke a hole in the bottom, and string that on facing up. Now take beads, and string them on until you have beads almost to the top of the cup. Take your cupcake papers, and cut the sides into strips and poke holes in the middle. Now we are going to be making a puff on top. String on a paper facing down, then one facing up, then one facing down, and so on until you have a puff that looks like frosting. Now take some beads, string them on, and top it off with a bigger red bead. Tie a loop, and you're done!

When mom starting making this toy tonight, it was supposed to turn out like a bowl of ice cream. But she thought it looked a lot more like a cupcake and left it that way. There is a picture in my gallery!

Thanks for voting for me!

Hugs,
Grey Bird

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04/28/2016 11:25.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
We are all very exited about are new flock mate! Unfortunately the little yellow baby parakeet that dad was going to get is not growing very well for some reason. It should have most of it's feathers by now, but it doesn't. Dad's friend is going to let dad have another baby that hatched a few weeks ago, and keep the yellow baby. She has a cage full of other special need parakeets that she has gotten over the years, so he/she will have lots of friends.
Dad should be able to pick up the new baby in a few weeks. He/she is growing fast and already has quite a few feathers. it looks like it is going to be blue.
How are you doing?
Officer Sequoia

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04/28/2016 01:02.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Polly~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! The clouds rolled out and it looks very pretty outside. Guess we are going back up to 80 on Monday. You have to know that we are the only state that would complain about sunshine and 80!hehehehehe You get use to the clouds and the rain and it just doesn't seem normal this time of the year to have 80 degrees!
Mom cooked a big pot of pinto beans this morning. Part of them she is going to smash and refry them and the rest will go into our chili! I got a few just for me!! Nice to have a different kind of snack once in a while!
Enjoy your day sweetie!
love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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04/28/2016 11:29.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Thursday Flitzer
Hello. cool morning in Buffalo.
--
Dad busy cleaning, moving things, and getting things changed so men can measure front windows for much-needed replacement. The windows don't open and it gets oppressively hot here in the Summertime.
--
Those Quadruple-Berry Muffins were wonderful the other day. Dad knows how to make me happy from beak to tail.
= = =
I was very good for Aunt Maria on grooming day. I did flit across the room for a moment and landed in a plant [yeah - they laughed at me], but after that, I was still and patient for the grooming.
--
Make it a wonderful day
~Wings Up~

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04/28/2016 03:43.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly!
Mom got the email from your mom, and will send the toy instructions that you missed tomorrow!

Hi Everybirdie! I am so sorry for not blogging yesterday. Mom had a very bad headache and couldn't keep her eyes open. But, I am happy to report that when she woke up this morning she felt just fine! To make up for not blogging last night, we will be making two toys tonight. For the first toy you will need,

- Cupcake papers (for small/medium birds) or mini cupcake papers (for extra small birds) or coffee filters (for large birds)
- Beads
- Safe stringing material

Take your string and tie a knot at the bottom. String on a bead, and take 3-4 cupcake papers or coffee filters, poke holes in the center, and string them on. String on another bead, and then more papers. Keep stringing on the beads and papers until it reaches your desired size. Then finish off by stringing a bead on top, and tying a loop.

For the next toy you will need,

- Wood (what ever size and type is right for your bird)
- Beads
- Safe stringing material
- OPTIONAL: a bell

Take your string and tie a knot at the bottom. If you are using a bell, tie the knot on the bell. String on a piece of wood, then a bead, then another piece of wood, then another bead, and so on until it reaches the desired size. Finished it off by adding a bead to the top and tying a loop.

Both of these are very simple, but fun to play with! The wooden toy was made for Paris using balsa, and the cupcake paper toy will be for one of the conures. There are pictures of both toys in my gallery. (Mom apologizes for the hideous colors of the cupcake paper toy. She had no pretty colors!)

Thank you so much for voting for me!

Hugs,
Grey Bird

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04/27/2016 10:49.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Polly~
I hope your day was fabulous also!!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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04/27/2016 09:33.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Well, Mom is still not 100%, but the improvement is steady. She even got out of bed at 9:30 this morning, and she hasn't gone back yet! Yesterday it was 11, and the days before that? In and out of bed all day long with never more than 20-30 minutes up. The cough from the bronchitis is much better, and the sinus infection has really improved. Needless to say I am very pleased to be getting more Mommy time, but that chicken broth she had for lunch was of no interest to me! Hopefully there will be snacks later....

I am very pleased to announce that every single pic in the Derby Hat Contest has at least one vote. That shows that the turn out for voting is almost as good as the voting in our primaries across the country. By the time CA has theirs, it will all be over but the shouting but Mom and Dad will vote anyway. Dad keeps threatening to vote for Trump, but he is just kidding...isn't he?

Kiddo

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04/26/2016 01:52.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Mom hasn't looked at her plants yet, she's afraid they'll all be dead.
Today mom did the presentation of Hopi and ancient Egyptian animals for the new docent class. It was a little scary, because mom didn't find a lot of information on the Hopi animals, but she managed. She showed the class some of the things that lived or live today in the southwest, like jaguars, pronghorns, etc. She also stopped at the deer and elk cases, even though those particular deer and elk aren't from the southwest. They also stopped at the coyote.
Egypt was a lot easier to research and present. Mom presented the animals and the gods with whom they were associated. It was fun, because not only did they wander all over the second floor, looking at the African dioramas, they also got to see the dung beetles from the resource room.
On the third floor, mom did Bird Hall, but told them they were doing both Egyptian and Hopi, so they had to keep separate notes for them. They paid particular attention to vultures and falcons for Egypt, golden eagles for Hopi, then further down the hall, they stopped at the turkey (Hopi raise wild ones for food), quail, ibis, and a few others. The last 2 stops were in the cultural halls. Mom showed them the mummified animals in Egypt, and where to see the golden eagle in the Hopi area. All in all, it took the full 2 hours which mom didn't expect, but they seemed to get a lot out of it.
On the way home, mom stopped at Trader Joe's (always a mistake when you are hungry), and picked up some beet hummus, Mediterranean hummus, curried chicken salad, sushi, well, you get the picture. She went in there for broccoli and blueberries for us. Oh yes, she got them, too.
That meant coming straight home, though, because it's warm out and some of the things she bought had to be frozen or refrigerated. So she didn't stop to vote, but will go later, as she's not going to miss today's primary.
It rained here this morning, and apparently while mom was lecturing at the museum. It looks like it might rain again, but in between, the sun is really hot. It's in the mid 70s here. I hope you are having a great spring day and getting lots of cuddles and scritches, too. Hugs, Falco

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04/26/2016 11:25.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
It's Popeye.
Dad was able to get an appointment at the wound care center yesterday afternoon. He is now back on the antibiotics for the 5th. time. He told them that the antibiotics do work but the infection comes back. Dad told them that they are not giving them to him long enough to kill the entire infection. He's going to insest on a refill of these. He goes back next week and they will have a new medication to put on his leg. It's new and contains a pain reliever.
While dad was in the center Bob called and wanted to have dinner. Mom, dad and Bob went to Stewart Anderson's Black Angus so dad could get his last free birthday dinner. He even got a free dessert as well. It was a fresh baked BIG chocolate chip cookie, with a scoop of ice cream in the middle of the cookie. They even put a candle in the ice cream. Bob said that instead of a candle it should have been a road flare. HaHaHa.
Today will be clear, with a high of 70 and a low of 55. Dad says he's going to take it easy and try to stay off his leg. Yeah, RIGHT!
Hope your day was fun.
Hugs,
Popeye

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04/26/2016 08:55.00 AM Report This Comment  
  HELLO FROM LITTLE MISS LUCY
Hi Polly,
I can't write much today because Mommy has another bird show in just a little while and she's trying to catch Finny and me up with all our friends. We're still birdie sitting, too. Skin sis from MN is arriving tomorrow for a short visit till Sat. So that's a couple of trips to the airport and back. Then next Tues. more airport runs...another skin sis will be arriving from Denver for 8 days. While she's here, skin bro (from Utah) will be visiting again, too. So you probably won't be hearing from me again for a while, but I'll be thinking of you.
Lots of Love from Little Miss Lucy♥

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04/26/2016 07:48.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Polly wolly doodle !
Mom had her stitches out last night - now she's sore and her mouth is still tender . . . even the coffee hurts ! YIKES ! She goes back for a check up in 2 weeks and then first week of June she goes for the temporary crown. Then Daddy woke up with a cold this morning - sheesh, I can see I've got my work cut out for me today ! Get me my nurse's cap ! ! !

Plus, thunderboomers rolled in over night and the rain is coming on and off all day. That means indoor recess . . . even the junior high will be antsy at rehearsal today - the drama club has their performance this weekend so mom has practice everyday this week ! But then she's done till November . . .

Have a great day my friend ! love Cookie

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04/26/2016 02:12.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly!
Hi Everybirdie. Tonight we are going to make a little forager/shredder toy. You will need,

- A treat cup
- A palm flower
- Beads
- Cupcake papers
- Finger traps
- Crinkle paper
- Safe stringing material

Take your string and tie a knot at the end. String a few beads on, and then take a treat cup, poke a hole in the bottom, and string that one. Fill the cup with crinkle paper and treats, and then take the palm flower, poke a hole in the center, and string it on top of the treat cup. Take a few cupcake papers, poke holes in the centers, and cut the sides. String those on, then string on 3 finger traps, a few beads, and tie a loop on the top.

There is a picture in my gallery.

Thanks for voting for me!

Hugs,
Grey Bird

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04/25/2016 11:22.51 PM Report This Comment  
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