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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; V4 Flitzer 260922 BOTM

I am a Quaker from Lansing, MI.

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17 years old   F


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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  Oh No!
You're tryin' t'get to your shoulder feathers? That ain't good. Stop it, you silly Girl! I know, easier said than done when I'm not the one with an itchy. Here, I'll rub that pesky spot if you'd like, but I have t'tell ya, I'm not gonna pull any of your pretty feathers, even if you beg me too.

Is the space heater still close to you or did the furnace get hooked up to the generator? Maybe you don't even need the generator anymore. That'd be better. Is your power out because of this crazy weather? It was snowing the last I saw of the outdoors before the curtains in my room were pulled shut. Don't think there's suppose t'be much and it really don't matter anyway; there are warmer temps in the forecast finally. I can be puttin' the macaw sweater away one of these days!

Take care Polly, and thanks for comin' by my page.
R ('>

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02/28/2015 04:48.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Please don't forget today is the last day to vote for Flitzer for BOTM, and I think we all can agree he has run an entertaining and educational campaign. It brought back many fine memories and introduced new movie info. Well done, my friend!

No sun bath today, although no rain yet either. It is supposed to start some time this evening, and continue thru Monday. Actually two back to back storms, and here's hoping we get enough rainfall to make a difference to our poor thirsty Mama Earth.

Mom and I shared the remains of her Chicken Bowl for lunch, and boy do I love me some Chicken Bowl. Since they changed to Subway at the last minute last Friday, I was very pleased to see my favorite (next to jambalaya) last night and today. Then Dad brought me a tiny little tater chip from the store which was Mac and Cheese flavor. It was pretty good, but I am waiting for him to open the Wasabi and Ginger bag. I had one of those when they were out for the contest (these are the two winning flavors) and I know I love that one! I never get a big one, and never more than one a day, but what a treat!

I just came from the Derby Farms page where I threw my name into the lottery. I am hoping to get to ride again, but I have had the honor in the past so if my name isn't drawn I plan to volunteer as a groom. I do love horses, and they all look like winners this year (as they always do!).


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02/28/2015 02:49.44 PM Report This Comment  
Dear Polly,
Thank you so much for all the votes and visits. I’m so sorry I haven’t been able to blog all week. Mommy’s been very busy. She fears that she'll never be able to keep up this pace on BC. Last Sat. she had a baby shower to attend and lots of cooking to do for bird club. Then Sunday after church, she and Daddy took the food plus Finney, Dolly and Sammy to bird club. I always have to stay home because I’m flighted. Tuesday Mommy had to take Dolly to Toledo for her vet visit. Dolly (Goffin’s cockatoo) has avian bornavirus and needs Depo Lupron injections every other month for her seizures. We have the best avian vet, Dr. Susan Orosz. When she got back she had to pick her car up from the dealership after getting the hail damage repaired from last July! Wed. was her Bible study and lunch and errands. Anyway, that’s how the week went, plus the never ending vacuuming and cleaning up after 7 birdies and the unending chores that all mommies have to do! Today, she’s trying to catch up and of course, I’m helping her. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Lots of Love and Hugs from Little Miss Lucy♥

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02/28/2015 12:04.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Thanks for letting us know. We have a maple tree that's overhanging the roof, and mom worries about it. Maybe we should have someone come in and take a look, although to remove it, they will probably have to do a lot of maneuvering.
Mom had a class this morning on handling raptors for medical reasons. She knew most of the stuff already, but they have discontinued grabbing one leg in each hand to move a large bird, as it's dangerous for the bird, who could easily break a bone. Instead, they were taught some upright restraint techniques. Mom thinks they will be better for the birds. When there wasn't a large staff there, mom used to help with some of the medical procedures, but now that they have 4 full time and one part time staff, she thinks those days are gone.
While they were in the middle of class the gas guys came because of the call Jill had placed earlier. People have been smelling gas around the front of the clinic for a couple of days, so they were asked to come check it out. Apparently, due to the age of the pipes and building, there is a huge leak somewhere underground between the building and the road below! It means major repairs, no hot water, no heat, etc. for the next few weeks, until the repairs are done. It's going to be pretty uncomfortable up there. Mom hopes it's an electric dryer that they've been using. If it's a gas dryer, that adds another layer to the problem, because of the large amount of laundry to do every day.
Seems like it's always something. The good news is that it's supposed to be in the 40s by mid week, instead of the extremely low temps we've been having.
I hope you are having a great day, staying warm, and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Falco

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02/28/2015 11:28.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Polly wolly !
Aunt Karen's been too busy to notice you working on your collar ? See a silver lining behind every cloud ! Finally ! Good-bye to February ! Maybe spring will come soon . . . although we are supposed to get another 2-4 inches of white stuff tomorrow and then again on Thursday :( Mom just wants it to warm up enough for the kids to get out at recess ! They're nutty being all cooped up !

Today, mom and dad are going to see the g'parronts and then tomorrow is my Laura's birdday ! She's house (and bunny and budgie and fish) sitting this weekend so she's right down the road ! I figure I'll make her some calculator paper lace ! We also got her a little bird charm for her Pandora bracelet !

Have a great Saturday - love Cookie

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02/28/2015 03:37.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Final February Post
For many years, longer films were planned with Intermisisons. the story would take a dramatic pause, the music would swell, and the audience got to take a break to use the bathrooms, visit the Refreshment Stand etc.
I always loved the Intermission music. Often in the older theaters, curtains would dramatically close on the Intermission, and slowly open when Part 2 began.
Nowadays we're forced to sit for 2 1/2, 3 hrs or more without a break.
[The Lord of the Rings films are good examples - they are long, involved, and you're lost if you had to take a break away from the screen].

Even revivals of older films will skip right over the Intermission - forcing you to shift in your seat - and hold it in for another extended period of time - ~ugh~
Unfortunately, after paying the high ticket-prices we need to *er* …"step away" from the film for a few minutes, missing possibly something interesting.
Theater owners are always conscious of how many showings they can fit in per day, but I say BRING BACK THE INTERMISSION. People *will* spend more for refreshments, and not have to miss any of the movie.
Upcoming 'Bird-of-the-Month' Candidates:
[I’m awaiting confirmation on this information]
APR FOR MAY - MIKEY D - 247164

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02/28/2015 02:19.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
survived the day. first i had my nails done. i screamed after each toenail was clipped. mom then used a emery board to smooth the edges. i really wanted to bite mom for that. then when i thought it was all over mom decided to trim my beak a little. how much worse can the day get i thought. after mom put me back in my cage i sat there and pouted. mom felt sorry for me and decided to bring me out to calm me down. i lunged at her and wouldn't come out of my cage. by this evening i had forgiven mom for the awful day she put me through and came out for my playtime. i wasn't very active but at least i got some cuddles and head scratches from mom.

love Cori

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02/27/2015 10:55.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Well, our generator does the whole house. It's not plugged into one or items. So, I'm not sure how that works.
Taking down trees is easy in the winter. But, if you have to stand in 3 to 4 feet of snow to do it ... not fun. I understood that you had very deep snow.
Did you see the new Derby Farms page #275677. It's for the Milonga Derby info.
Nothing to do but complain about the weather! It was -24 this morning. Sunday thru Wednesday we will have a warm up in the 20's. Get out your flip flops and umbrella drink. Then Thursday, we will be back in the deep freeze again. I guess we broke some record about being under -20 for so many days in a row. This record I wasn't trying to break! For now, pass the hot chocolate!

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02/27/2015 10:32.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Polly!
That's awful that your dad couldn't get the generator to work! Jeezzz! But we are glad your power finally back on.
How many trees came down in your yard? Thank goodness it didn't hit your house!
Hope you had a nice day!

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02/27/2015 04:09.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Yes, Mom drove the check over, and then she had the lady make a copy and mark it received with the date and her signature. She said it would take about 30 days, so Mom put it in her pending bills folder to follow up.

OK! Mom and I were able to log on to BC on our very first try today! Hopefully that means they got the problem solved. Sure hope so, because Mom almost gave up on it yesterday.

Well, Mom is on page 561 of that 650 page book she is reading, but that's OK because it is only book one of a trilogy. Mom already has book two, so there is plenty of "reading in Kiddo's room" material on hand....and of course, there is always her kindle which is loaded.

No sunbath today! It is downright cold out there for So Cal at 56 degrees right now. They were calling for a high of 65 today, but it doesn't look like it is going to make it. And then Mom just had an Ensure for lunch after the gym instead of a wrap to share with me, but that's OK because it's Friday and that means take out for dinner. Mom will share hers with me for sure.


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02/27/2015 01:51.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Polly~
I hope you are having a fun day too! Mom is still working on laundry and then she is going to mop the dining room. That is not interesting at all! I hope when this is all done we can do something fun! Weekends are suppose to be fun, right????
Enjoy the day!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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02/27/2015 12:06.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Friday on Film
Before the month winds down, we want to Thank our loyal friends for all their support, kind words and encouragement throughout this past month.
Love from Mark and Flitzer

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Dad's Special Movie Memory:
As kids we would get to a movie theater once in a while. Mostly for a Kids Matinee.
We almost never visited the Refreshment Stand. There was one special time which was an exception.
Dad was treated to a special movie with his Mom. They went without the rest of the family -and It was an evening showing, She even bought him popcorn. Can't recall if it was a Birthday or whatever - just that it was a special night.

The film was "MARY POPPINS", which, ever since has been a special movie for Dad.

We spoke earlier this month about how a few notes of music can make a movie-memory come sweeping back. Any music from ‘Mary Poppins’ makes Dad think of that special Movie Night with his Mom.

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02/27/2015 04:39.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Howdy Miss Polly
How's things with you t'day? Good I hope. If your weather's anything like mine, a sweater is still a necessary thing. If my mom knew how to knit more than just a straight line I might ask her to actually knit me a parrot sweater. The 'sweater' in my profile picture is actually just a long scarf, wrapped around me a bunch of times. (So yes, there's plenty of room for YOU!) The way it laid just happened to look like it was a sweater made for a parrot! I'd need a sweater, a coat and another coat t'got outside for a photo today. It's cold and windy. Even the humans are reluctant to go outdoors.

R ('>

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02/26/2015 09:22.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Mom's sister sent us this video. Your flock will be laughing for days. Please share with others, Hehehehehe.

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02/26/2015 07:22.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer on Winners and Classics
Kiddo raised an interesting topic: Films that did Not win The Academy Award for 'Best Picture', but they are now classics, many times surpassing the Oscar-winning film.
in the Awards Game there has to be a winner, and losers. There will be endless discussion as to outcomes, but only time makes a film a true Classic.
A couple of examples:
The Year: 1941. The Oscar-Winning film, "How Green was My Valley" [a personal favorite and a wonderful film], but the nominee that did not get the award was "Citizen Kane" which many feel is one of the Greatest Films Ever Made.
The Year: 1952. The Oscar-Winning Film, "The GreatestShow on Earth"
...same year as "High noon" and "The Quiet Man"
The Year: 2005. The Oscar-Winning Film, "Crash"
...same year as "Brokeback Mountain", a film which many consider a Classic.
= = =
Will this year's winner, "Birdman", remain considered the Best of the year?
or will “American Sniper”, "Boyhood" or even "The Grand Budapest Hotel" be remembered...only time will tell.

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02/26/2015 01:12.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly--
I suppose by now all those wonderful jars of jam are put away...that's a good thing....can never have too much jam, especially the homemade kind...

Mom has been busy with her errands and cooking and shoveling and such, and she didn't have time to enter her password 54 times like the BC wanted, so we have been on hiatus awhile...But all is well here. We continue the destruction of the tissue box...Mom will put up some new pix soon...

Hugs to ya...

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02/25/2015 10:30.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Wednesday Thoughts . . .
Still in "Recovery-Mode" from Hollywood's Big Night.

Some of you BirdChannel friends have expressed that they don't watch The Oscars.
Dad doesn't really like the Hollywood Glamor-thing and some of the industry politics,
but we do love movies.
Often we are disappointed with what films and actors win the awards. That is all a part of the game. We often look back on past years with a knowing smirk, realizing that the movies we liked best that year are the ones that are still being watched and appreciated.
All that being said, we do like tuning in that one night a year, when Hollywood goes all-out and celebrates the talent, work and yes, the tackiness of The Hollywood Movie Machine.
~Wings Up~

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02/25/2015 01:01.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
sorry it took me so long to get back to you. mom belong to this group called mother nature something or other and they had this article and several on bird channel questions mom and when she tried to find the article she can't. it said something about this species that did not have human DNA but animal DNA and they found in old caveman that some of their DNA was mixed in with this other species which looked from the drawing to be much better looking than the caveman were. this species was found in 4 different areas on earth but died out very quickly and long before the cavemen did.

love Cori

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02/24/2015 10:41.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly!
Just nagged mom down fo more online time here and gods it-YEAH!
Also gods new toys today for shredding, hm, an nods even me Hatchday until May?!?!;)

Hm sun ain´t dere eidder?? We actually gods a visit fom it a few days, briefly but still a few rays me feddars:) Want MORE doe! Still looking fo it. All too much rain, snow and clouds here still.

Hang in dere, hormons sure makes us a mess, I know, I just went fru a period too. *sigh*. I still luv ya collar my friend!

Leaving ya a votie and wish ya a beddar day!


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02/24/2015 03:44.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Wow, you're having trees removed in the winter? I didn't know that could be done.
Thanks for the great St. Pat's pics go to Aunt Rose once again. She always comes through for us.
We are in the deep freeze again, not that we ever got out of it. Most of the schools around here had a delay today from the cold temps. They were warning people to cover themselves well if they had to go out this morning. When mom walked the dogs, though, it didn't feel that cold. Of course she waited until 9:30, so that probably helped. The dogs' outdoor tie outs have cracked in several places because of the weather, so I guess mom will be buying new ones already.
Nothing much going on today, mom will run some errands and tend to laundry before washing all the cages later on. We've been using Poop Off for years, which works just fine. It's a bit pricey, though, so if anyone has a better alternative, we're open to suggestions.
I hope you have a great day today. Stay warm, and get lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Falco

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02/24/2015 08:03.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Did you know, that we live in a junk world?

Can opener, 20 Bucks, and if your lucky it last's about a year. Toss it.

Toaster, 50 bucks, maybe two years, Toss it.

Microwave, couple hundred bucks, 3 to 4 year life span. Toss it

TV's. Prices to a few thousand, and 4 years, give or take. Toss it.

Cell phones, usually last 18 months. But you have a 2 years contract. So the last six months you can use two tin cans with a string.

No wonder the land fills are filling up. They just don't make things like they did back in the day.

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02/24/2015 02:57.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Parties with the Stars
Inside Oscar’s Glamorous After-Parties
The night doesn’t end when the final Oscar is handed out. In fact, the party is just getting started as stars and execs exit the Dolby Theater, heading to a flurry of post-awards celebrations, including the Governors Ball, the Vanity Fair Party, Elton John’s AIDS Foundation party and more.

The Governors Ball
By the time celebs arrived at the Governors Ball, they were ravenous. As usual, the event was catered by Wolfgang Puck -- a fact he made sure everyone was aware of.
Before the Oscars began, he walked the entire red carpet in his chef's whites with a tray displaying some of the treats partygoers would be offered at the after-party. Among them: caviar-topped baked potatoes, chicken pot pie and mac and cheese with aged cheddar. There was also a dessert bar, though most guests skipped the cookies and cupcakes in favor of Puck's trademark mini gold-covered chocolate Oscars. The candy men were kept just feet from a station where winners headed with their real gold statues and queued up to wait for engraving.
Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Location: Wallis Annenberg Center, Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA
Details: Graydon Carter hosts the Vanity Fair Oscar party at a custom-designed space which connects the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall. Above photo, Lady Gaga attends while right, Oscar-winning best supporting actor Jared Leto photobombs Anne Hathaway.
InStyle Oscar Party
Location: Fig & Olive, 8940 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA

Guy Oseary and Madonna’s Late Night Party
Details: Undisclosed. It’s happening, but a source close to the event says Madonna will be unable to attend since she’ll be in rehearsals for The Brit Awards on Feb. 25.
Elton John Oscars Party
The Elton John AIDS Foundation hosted its 2015 Academy Awards viewing party in West Hollywood on Sunday. The annual event, now in its 23rd year, serves as a star-studded fundraiser for the organization, which John founded in 1992 to support HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and awareness.

John and his husband David Furnish serve as co-hosts. Gordon Ramsay is once again providing a five-course gourmet dinner, and there will be a special musical performance. John, who joined Instagram in December to document his wedding to Furnish, is now using his account to share intimate pictures from the exclusive celebration. Before the Oscars ceremony began, the music legend revealed $4.85 million had already been raised, and later shared an adorable picture of his sons watching “Uncle Neil” Patrick Harris host the show.

Miley Cyrus, Heidi Klum, Nina Dobrev, the Osbournes, Aaron Paul, Alec Baldwin, Rob Lowe are among the celebrities in attendance. Plenty more are expected to join the festivities once the Academy Awards show ends.

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02/24/2015 01:10.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Already? I didn't think they could get thru the snow to take down the trees. Well, you can plant a couple of pretty trees in the spring. Glad you have a generator to keep you warm.
Another winter weather advisory until Tuesday night! We are having more snow and cold ...temp is minus 18. Well, I had to stock up on my hot chocolate mix! This is getting so old ... where is the spring weather?

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02/23/2015 09:56.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Polly !
Mom's first day back went pretty well and she came home to the BirdTalk magazine in the mailbox ! She ordered it just a couple weeks ago with her BC points ! There's an article about cockatiels written by my vet - so far all she's done is look at the pictures. By the time she got home and we played some, it was time to start dinner. Besides she wants to savor it . . . she really misses the monthly BirdTalk :(

I hope your dad gets the generator going if the power has to be cut tomorrow with the trees coming down. Make sure you guys stay warm and safe !

The accountant's office called and the taxes are ready ! Daddy will go pick them up tomorrow - mom is hoping she can not only get a new sofa and loveseat, but maybe coffee table and end tables ? Wings crossed ! Maybe even, if I cross my toes too, some new toys ?

Do you have any more snow in the forecast ? Hopefully the temps will start moderating and there'll be a melting . . . I mean spring is only 25 days away !

Daddy just came out with a nutriberri ! Gotta run ! Literally ! Give everyone my love - Cookie

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02/23/2015 03:57.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Polly!
Yikes! How long will the power be down? Glad you have a generator that you can use during that time! We can't wait for spring!!!!!

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02/23/2015 03:11.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Mom is making a call to the Hospital billing people, because they sent her a refund for a bill that both she and the insurance people paid last year, but it got stuck at the bottom of a bunch of mail and never cashed. She held for over 18 minutes! Thank goodness for the speaker phone!! Anyway when they finally picked up, it turns out she has to mail the check back to them to get another one issue. Their office is not that far away, so she might just drive over there.

Meanwhile I was stuck in my room because I hate that darned phone. A guy just can't get a break. And today is laundry day, which I love to help with. Will I get to do it? Nope! Just because of one little accident ages ago. And frankly I don't see what the big deal is about a little poop on nice warm clean clothes!


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02/23/2015 12:01.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Polly~
I hope you are having a great day! We named the little chick Mei Mei since I adopted her on Chinese New Year! It means plum blossom which has nothing at all to do with chicks but I thought it was a cute name!
Well I can understand why your mom is giving you toys to play with! She is redirecting your attention! I know this because that is what happens around here when I get too amorous! There are certain times of the year that I don't get to play with boxes because I try to build a nest as I am chewing them apart. It is very annoying but mom always tells me it's for the best. I do not usually agree with that but she's bigger than I am so I don't have a choice!
Enjoy the day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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02/23/2015 11:24.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer and Dad Sleepy after Oscar Parties
"The costumes, the scenery, the makeup, the props
The audience that lifts you when you're down
The headaches, the heartaches, the backaches, the flops
The sheriff who escorts you out of town

The opening when your heart beats like a drum
The closing when the customers won't come

There's no business like show business
Like no business I know..."
Dad says it will take a couple of Blogs to cover his disorganized reactions to the 87th Acadmy Awards. [Dad is old and scatter-brained anyway, but I love him].

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First Things First: The Opening Number was Awesome. The best in years.
The other highlight of the show was Lady Gaga's tribute to the 50th anniversary of "The Sound of Music" -like her or not, her performance was phenomenal.
* * * * *
Dad's pick for Best Dressed: Rosamund Pike‘s red hot custom Givenchy gown
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Although Dad thinks there were better films last year, anything called "Birdman" gets my vote too. It took hom 4 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Dad's favorite film this year was "Whiplash" which won three awards, including JK Simmons winning for Best Supporting Actor - Dad says he had the best performance of the year and his gold statue was the most deserved.
It's interesting that each of the eight nominees for 'Best Picture' went home with at least one Oscar
Best Picture: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Director: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”
Actress: Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”
Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
Adapted Screenplay: “The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore
Original Screenplay: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
Animated Feature: “Big Hero 6”
Original Score: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat (WINNER)
Original Song: “Glory” from “Selma”
Film Editing: “Whiplash” Tom Cross
Cinematography: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki
Foreign Language Film: “Ida” from Poland

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02/23/2015 03:59.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Well, I really do think the milonga went well last. Congrats to all the winners in the Love in the Rainforest contest, and thank you to everybirdy who voted for my lovely SweetPepper and I. It was very sweet winning for most romantic, since I love that birdy more than anyone could ever know. However I am a little worried about SamIAm, since the Scruffy Birds Band never showed up at the Milonga. If anybirdy has heard from him, could you please let me know?

No sunbath here today, and it is a real disappointment since we didn't get any significant rain either. It was supposed to rain all last night and today as well, but all we have gotten so far is .03" which isn't even enough to water the lawn. Sure wish there were some way to move all that snow that is burying my friends back east in to our mountains. The snow pack in the Sierras is only at 25% of normal, and that is the source of most of California's water. Yikes!

Mom had a greyt time at the gym this morning, because her friend Megan came back to visit. She moved to Tennessee last fall to get married to her sweetie who is stationed there. Everyone always thought she was Mom's daughter, which Mom took as a big compliment since Megan is very pretty. Lots of "old timers" showed up for zumba to see Megan, so it was a very fun class. Guess I am lucky Mom came home on time, but she just chatted a bit after class and then came and shared her lunch with me. Guess that's true mother's love!


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02/22/2015 03:50.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Morning Polly & Zippy, from Jen Lynn
For those who follow such things, tonight is the Oscar Awards ceremony, we hope all your choices win! If dad gets caught up, he will watch the Daytona 500, on FOX at 11:00 AM, good luck Dale Jr! He put a small pork roast in our slow cooker very early this morning and it is nearly done already! Have a Happy Sunday and give our love to all in your home, see ya all tomorrow...

Love always from Jenny & our Dallas flock

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02/22/2015 08:19.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
It's that time of year, I'm hormonal too! I've been shredding paper like mad.
It was a harrowing drive to and from mom's daughter's house last night. There had been snow until about 4, then it changed to rain, and of course, ice on the roads. Dinner was great, mom only contributed saffron rice, and her daughter made lemon chicken, asparagus, and a lovely salad. The birthday cake was spectacular, it came from a French bakery, it was light and had fresh red raspberries between each layer.
The milonga was a lot of fun last night, and we congratulate all the winners. We got kicked off for about 15 minutes, but other than that, we had a blast. Thanks once again to Kiddo, Taz, and Chyna for her beautiful voice. Thanks also to Spot, Pearl and Silver for playing some good dance music as well.
Today mom is working at the museum, so we are hoping the roads are less icy than they were when she walked the dogs this morning. I hope you are having a good day, staying warm, and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Falco

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02/22/2015 07:58.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Polly
The handsome little Quaker, named COOKIE, is a mere 70 Votes away from 30K.... I just knew you needed to know that......

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02/22/2015 02:12.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer ready to co-Host The Oscars
Oscar Sunday
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Singing: "It’s a wonderful night for Oscar…Oscar, Oscar!
Who will win?" --Billy Crystal
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Billy Crystal is my favorite Oscar Host. He has hosted NINE Times between 1990 and 2012.
As far as I'm concerned he could keep on hosting.
The origin of the name Oscar is disputed. One biography of Bette Davis claims that she named the Oscar after her first husband, band leader Harmon Oscar Nelson; Walt Disney is also quoted as thanking the Academy for his Oscar as early as 1932.
Another claimed origin is that the Academy's Executive Secretary, Margaret Herrick, first saw the award in 1931 and made reference to the statuette's reminding her of her "Uncle Oscar" (a nickname for her cousin Oscar Pierce). Columnist Sidney Skolsky was present during Herrick's naming and seized the name in his byline, "Employees have affectionately dubbed their famous statuette 'Oscar'". The trophy was officially dubbed the "Oscar" in 1939 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
I am ready for a great night. We have snacks, a coffee cake, champagne and Dad'll be picking up "subs" [Submarine Sandwiches]. Just a small party.
Have a great night, everyone. ~Wings Up~

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02/22/2015 02:11.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Pops ill send you a selfie when he learns how to use the smart phone camera.

Someone must have done something very bad in Mother Nature's bowl of oatmeal, cause she sure is being mean to the folks up North. R T

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02/22/2015 01:10.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
So, is your dad better with the WiFi now? Have they found out what is causing the problem? That has to be so miserable.
The water levels are way up ... doing very well. But, the water temp is so cold!
Oh no, you are losing 5 trees ... so sad. But, you can plant a couple of new ones.
Well, it was another fun party night at the Milonga. It made me forget the cold. And, as you know, I love to dress up! Looks like our high for Sunday will be -6 and I don't want to talk about the night temps. Dress warm and enjoy your evening.

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02/21/2015 09:34.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Polly
Don't you just hate it when computers are problems? That must have been so frustrating for your mom. Good thing your dad could help your mom out!
Much love,

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02/21/2015 09:07.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Polly~
I hope you are having a good day! The Neverending Story was okay but I was not really thrilled with it. There are a few rocks falling down but no robots or big explosions!
I don't think you need an egg, really!! It always scares mom to think of any of us laying eggs! I tell her that we do it in the wild all the time but she has this thing about it since she lost a budgie that way. That was like a million years ago and we know so much more than back then!
I hope you have a really fun day and get lots of time to play and be admired by your family!!! I'll be saying a prayer for you just in case there is an egg! I want you to be healthy and happy always!!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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02/21/2015 11:51.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly !
I've missed you ! I'm glad dad is giving you some 'puter time ! Today is the coldest one so far ! ! So cold it hurts - but as mom said - you don't have to shovel cold ! So she did go out yesterday and get her feathers trimmed and pick up a few groceries since snow comes today - only 4-6 inches, and I know it's not much but YIKES ! More ? At least she had a great vacation - she didn't do much of anything but play with me ! ! Now it's back to school on Monday - hope the kids are all played out too !

Something really sad and disturbing happened here yesterday. I was just sitting with mom having a lovely head skritch and all the wild friends were outside on the patio eating, when all of a sudden a hawk flew in - right onto the patio, not 2 feet from the sliding glass door - and snatched up a blue jay ! Right from the porch ! ! ! Mom cried and hugged me tight, I squawked and daddy closed the drape . . . Although there are a lot of hawks around here, none has ever come in this close to the house ! We know that's nature's way, but we don't want to see it !

Hope to see you tonight at Milonga ! It would be nice if dad let you at least stop by . . . And I say hope with all capital letters ! We had some internet problems this morning and it took forever while daddy did a system restore . . . sigh. love you ! Cookie

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02/21/2015 10:33.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer's Saturday Squawks
Instead of saying who I think will win Oscars, or who should win, I will simply concentrate on what I consider the Best Films for the year.
Top Films of 2014: My Top Films this year:
#1: “Whiplash”: (Dir: Damien Chazelle).
"Whiplash" is such an amazing film in every way. The Directing, the Writing, the Editing, the Cinematography. The performances are outstanding.

A film about Talent, Ambition, Obsession. Pushing oneself beyond known abilities. - -Soaring above the rest.
"Whiplash" won both The Audience Award and The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance - an amazing feat.

Filmed more like a thriller than a film about music, it becomes a battle of wills between our protagonist [Miles Teller] and his mentor-[a truly amazing J.J. Simmons]. It is an exhilarating work from the start to it's adrenaline-rushing finish.
#2: “Boyhood”: (Dir: Richard Linklater).
A celebration of Life and being human. A simple story of growing up becomes profound and moving. Filmed over 12 years, the story and characters grow as the real-life filmmakers do, and the end-result is wonderful.

Richard Linklater is a talented, insightful director. I think the time has come to acknowledge his achievements.
3. “Calvary”: (Dir: John Michael McDonagh)
Beautiful, sad and scathing portrait of a simple priest struggling with his own humanity and trying to do good in a small sinful town.
A truly great performance by Brendan Gleeson and a portrait of the True Power of Forgiveness. It is a film of Faith, of Doubt and Transcendence.
4. “Birdman” (Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Michael Keaton shines in this fascinating exploration of Creativity, Talent and the cost of Fame. The tale winds seamlessly and breathlessly to the last shot.
5. “The Babadook” (Dir: Jennifer Kent).
A superior horror tales that is brilliant in every way. What an amazing first film: Writing, Direction, Cinematography --- pitch-perfect performances.
An amazing film that works on a few different levels.
6. "Edge of Tomorrow"
7. "Enemy"
8. "Ida"
9. "Into the Woods"
10. "Jodorowsky's Dune"
11. "Locke"
12. "The Immigrant"

You can check out the complete article here:

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02/21/2015 02:29.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Polly~
I hope you are doing great too! Mom is letting me watch a movie called The Neverending Story while she gets dinner done. She got turkey breast for $1.99 a pound so it's roasting in the oven. Smells pretty good but I happen to know that there is Strawberry cream cake for desert! I'm waiting for that!!!
Have a great night!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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02/20/2015 07:06.09 PM Report This Comment  
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