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WELCOME TO THE CASTLE FOR BAILEY DAY, SEPT. 25TH 2011. AS KING/EMPEROR AND BUILDER (WITH HELP) OF THE COACH DUTY WILDLIFE CENTER HERE BY THE CHAPEL, IT IS MY PROUD DUTY TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF THE BAILEY MEMORIAL FLIGHT CAGE! THIS HUGE ENCLOSURE FOR RAPTORS WAS DONATED BY GENEROUS FRIENDS HERE ON BC WHO WISH TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS. IT WILL BE USED FOR ANY LARGE BIRDS WHO NEED FLIGHT AND LANDING PRACTICE BEFORE RELEASE. IT MAY ALSO BE USED FOR DRAGONS, IF NECESSARY(AND IF THEY BEHAVE). BY MOUNTING THIS PLAQUE OVER THE DOORWAY, I HEREBY DECLARE THIS, THE BAILEY MEMORIAL FLIGHT CAGE, OFFICIALLY OPEN. TODAY WE CAN ALL GO IN AND LOOK AROUND, AND THOSE OF US WHO ARE FLIGHTED MIGHT TAKE A TURN AROUND THE NETTED TOP OF THE ENCLOSURE, TOO. THERE ARE TABLES AND PERCHES SET UP INSIDE TODAY, WITH REFRESHMENTS FURNISHED BY THE KITCHEN STAFF HERE AT THE CASTLE. ONCE AGAIN, WELCOME, AND HAPPY BAILEY DAY!
purchased my first baby on Apr. 25th, 2010
I'm starting to change color--my head is getting a little bluer! My beak is turning amber, I think I'm really a boy!!!
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Hi! My name is Willie

I am a Moustached Parakeet from Verona, PA.

Little Boy, Willie Woooo

5 years old   M

Moustached Parakeet

I like it all! I eat everything!

swing, owner, top of my cage

Getting the cage cleaned--just when I have everything where I want it, someone spoils it all by cleaning!

She thinks my voice is cute!
She adores when I say, "What a good boy!"


Loves to swing on the boingy rope and hang upside down from it..

Bring it on, I want to taste it or chew it!.

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  Hi Willie
This morning was another dark dismal day with our temperatures highs being 42 and the lows being 33.Right now its 37 and fairly cold.Skin bro came and picked Mom up at around 8:00am this morning.So Mom really had no time to do much of anything except to clean all our cages quickly and feed us all.Then she collected the trash and recyclables and skin bro loaded them in his car while she got Dixie in his carrier and wrapped him with a blanket.When they got to Nana's Mom got Dixie settled in his cage there and set his food bowl down for him and he immediately started eating then skin bro and Mom collected Nana's trash and recyclables and they loaded them in Nana's car and they went to the dump,when they came back the VNA came to work out with Nana.The VNA had Nana walking over and over around her house with a cane.They are trying to get her out of the walker.But she is not to use the cane when the VNA is not there and she is not to go outside yet as the ground is too uneven and Nana promises she isn't going to try as she doesn't want land back in the hospital or rehab again!Mom and Nana were supposed to try and make at least one loaf of Easter Bread for Easter but that never happened so if Mom makes it over to Nana's earlier tomorrow they can start it then,Nana will mix all the ingredients and Mom will do the kneading.Then skin bro is going to take Mom grocery shopping at Market Basket to pick up some things for Easter dinner.They both have no idea what they will have for Easter dinner this year as Nana isn't feeling well with her broken hip,Nana doesn't know if they can make ravioli's.Mom said she wouldn't mind trying to make them as she's been helping make them for a while now.After they left Nana's skin bro drove Mom into Falmouth and he bought Mom and himself a medium blizzard at DQ and then he took Mom to the Dollar Tree to get our dad some funnels that he needed.Then he took Mom home and it started to rain again and got dark as night.When Mom got home she made dinner for my dad,cleaned all our cages and dad had already given us our snack and put our light on for us and filled our humidifier.
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses,Loving you always and forever,sweet Willie,Love Peepers

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03/30/2015 09:37.54 PM Report This Comment  
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HEY WILLIE AND PEPPY. IT WAS A VERY BEAUTIFUL SERVICE FOR MARIO YESTERDAY.

I THINK A HIKE AROUND THE LAKE WILL BE PERFECT. ITS A NICE DAY. I WILL PACK SOME FOOD FOR A PICNIC. SOME CHEDDAR CHEESE & VEGGIE CRACKERS, SOME GRAPES, SOME OF SWEETPEPPER'S CHICKEN TENDERS AND SOME APPLE JUICE.

YOU BRING DESSERT

KACEY

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03/30/2015 09:34.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Willie!
Well, my mom has used the sharpies for years also....ans so far the CDs are still ok!
It was a very nice service yesterday for Mario!
Sounds like your mom had a fun day at Center today!
Love the pictures from the museum!
So your mom saw one of the baby squirrels that she had brought home from the center? That is just so awesome!
Hope you had a nice day!
Love,
Raffikki

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03/30/2015 09:17.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Willie!
Cool pix! No wonder your Mom got lots of folks around her! Great treasure chest, if you ask me! And so happy the new babies are doing good up there in the tree--it is super to be able to keep an eye on them like your Mom can.

Well, gotta say it was a sort of nice day today. Rain came this afternoon. Great day to nap, only Mom was at work. So I had to nap in my house. Perfectly okay though. Mom says she would have loved to be able to take a nap--with work winding down, there is not a lot for her to do, and she is bored. Guess it could be worse, huh? Getting paid for being bored!? Ha.

Have a great rest of the day, and will cya tomorrow!

Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/30/2015 07:50.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie
The new pictures your mom posted are really cool it's nice to see what your mom was doing yesterday
That's good to know that it takes the sharpies a very long time to destroy a cd.I think many write on their cd's with those sharpies.
Oh that's great your mom saw one of the new squirrels out and about then run to the box.
Started off nice and sunny here today and when my mom stepped outside she said how much warmer it felt it was nice.It soon clouded up but at least it stayed warm.Hope your week is off to a good start. Have a good night.

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03/30/2015 06:29.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hiya Willie!
Mom said to tell your mom she is sorry their call got cut short! Dad bought a new Mazda cx-5 today! It's red like moms car! lol She is waiting for Dad to come home with it. Mom will post a pic on her FB page.
I hope all is good there...
Poor Sheena has to go for more tests this week.
I will keep you posted...

Love and hugs
Callie

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03/30/2015 05:17.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie~
I hope you are having a great Day! Love the picture even if they are a bit creepy!hehehehe
The book is in the office. It got here on Saturday but every time mom has gone over they were at lunch or out showing apartments. Ian is going to go get them when he gets home. He got called into work again since someone called out! He picks up a whole lot of hours that way!
Enjoy the day!
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03/30/2015 01:23.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie
this is a continuation of birds intelligence from blog on 3-27. we messed up on the order.
Examples of bird intelligence include…
Carrion crows in Japan that deliberately place nuts in roadways, wait for cars to crush the nuts then retrieve the nut meats, all while coordinating around traffic lights to keep safe.
Woodpecker finches in the Galapagos Islands that trim sticks to the proper length for use as tools to forage for insects.
Green herons and other heron species that use bread fed to ducks or picnic leftovers as bait to attract fish for their hunting.
Blue tits in the 1920s that learned which color of milk caps on delivered milk had the most cream (whole milk) and pierced those caps to drink the cream.
Western scrub-jays that hold funerals for dead birds by making loud noises and avoiding the corpse, behavior that may be warning other birds of fatal threats.
Northern mockingbirds that recognize individuals who may be a threat to their nests and will attack only those individuals rather than attacking all passersby indiscriminately.
Aplomado falcons that hunt cooperatively in pairs and thereby increase their hunting success by a large margin through this teamwork.
Jays that cache hundreds of seeds and nuts in fall and manage to retrieve the majority of them over the course of the winter, exhibiting great recall for their hiding places.
Other well known examples of bird intelligence that could be attributed to instinct but still show at least some higher mental capability include:
Amazing nest architecture with intricate construction
Returning to the same ranges, even the same nests, for many years
Ability to navigate migration safely despite changing landmarks
Play behaviors, including taunting cats or playing with objects for entertainment
Recognizing who refills feeders and interacting with that person
Curiosity when responding to pishing or investigating new stimuli
Showing emotions through courtship, caring for nestlings, etc.
Some Are Smart, Some Are Stupid
Like any animal, not all birds are equally intelligent. Ornithologists generally agree that corvids (jays, ravens, crows, rooks, jackdaws, etc.) and parrots are among the smartest bird species and that social, gregarious birds often exhibit more intelligent behavior than solitary species. Still, every backyard birder has seen that one "stupid" bird at their feeders who just can't figure anything out, while another bird of the same species seems to be an Einstein in comparison. Watching birds and witnessing their intelligent behavior can be a joy for backyard birders, and learning more about bird intelligence in quantifiable ways is sure to keep ornithologists busy for decades to come.
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03/30/2015 11:46.49 AM Report This Comment  
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I bet there is no living with Peppino now that he got 1st Place for Hats! hehehe!

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03/30/2015 10:29.31 AM Report This Comment  
  High 4, Willie!
Congrats on your win in 2nd Place for the Hat contest! That sure was fun! We loved your picture and thought you should have won Most Irish too! hehehe! Have a fun week!
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03/30/2015 10:28.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie
V4U today. As usual, we're behind with answering our blogs. LOL :) Nothing new, just busy as always. Seems like today will be a nice day after having a weekend of freeze warnings. The flower bulbs are popping up more each day. This is such a nice time of the year. Have a good day. From, Dandy

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03/30/2015 09:43.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie
Mom and dad made the very hard decision to let their 15 year old doggie ... Ms Tiger go. She was in a lot of pain and needed a lot of help getting around. She led a good life and mom and dad will miss her. Now I suspect the bunny population will get even bigger without her around to scare them. Have a great day. V4U. Hugs.
Love Dory

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03/30/2015 05:06.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie,
Thanks for coming with me to the vets.

I didnt like the part when they took me in the back to take my blood. :(

Mom didn't hear me scream so I guess that was kinda good.

This test will show if my kidneys or liver is infected. Also it'll check for diabetes too.

The vet told mom he could get the results by Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.

My bill broke moms bank account, she didnt have enough on her credit card so she had to do a half from the savings to her checking and also used what was left on another credit card.

I sure hope we get some good results and that what I have is easily treatable.

I'll let you know when I get my test results back.

Laka hugs Willie and tells him I'm a little scared. He holds her close and says not to worry sweetie, I'm here for you. :)

Love, hugs and a vote.

Laka Girl

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03/30/2015 12:14.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Willie!
The Milonga was so much fun wasn't it? Too bad BC had to start acting up. We had to go home early as did a lot of other birds!
Wow...that sounds like an awesome tour your mom had today!
Sorry so short. Mom is just trying to get my blogs done before bedtime!
Love,
Raffikki

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03/29/2015 09:33.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie
My Mom is so non stop busy its getting ridiculous!If its not one thing around here its another!
This morning was a bright sunny morning with the highs being 36 and the lows of 30.Its 28 right now.Mom got us up and cleaned our cages and fed us and then skin sis came over around 9:30 this morning with me and Celine.Mom got us set up in a spare cage and then Mom,Dad and skin sis took off for IHOP as my dad had been wanting to try their criss cross croissants so they went and had them,then dad took them through the car wash to see all the pretty colors of the soap as it went on the windows of the car,looking like a rainbow.When they came home,Mom did birdie cures on every birdie,nails,beaks and flights and then skin sis wanted to bake something with Mom as this would be her last time to do so as she's going in for surgery next week.So they made seven layer cookies,cherry dump pie,and mock pumpkin pie.Mom gave skin sis half of what they baked to take home with her and skin sis left around 5:30pm.Mom cleaned up the kitchen and all the baking dishes and mixing bowls and utensils.
They both attended Mario's Memorial and it was just so beautiful,tears were coursing down both Mom and skin sis's faces,it was such a beautiful ceremony and all of us including Mom and skin sis are so thankful to all those involved with making it such a wonderful and special time.We all just can't thank you enough for all the outpouring of love and caring you have given us here,you have put the sun back in the sky for us and in our hearts.
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses!Loving you always and forever,sweet Wille,Love Peepers

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03/29/2015 09:24.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Willie!
Squakatiel x 3 so far.

No bump, just bald. Mom says my part kinda matches hers, though she has a few strands of hair where my feathers are gone. Yeah, she has that old lady thin hair thing. Me? I am doing fine. Eating and stuff. And taking advantage of Mom's shoulder a lot!

Not much happening here. It was a lovely day with Mom. Colder, with winds that gusted to 40 mph. Sounded like winter when you were near the window in Mom's bedroom. Nice and toasty inside though.

We stopped over at Mario's memorial too, but think we mixed up the times. In any case, we did get there and it was lovely.

Wing hugs from your buddy,
Kaji

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03/29/2015 06:34.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie
Im sorry to hear about Quincy and Danny having to be put down.Sounds like they had a nice long life and living to 9 sure is something if 2 is expected in the wild and 5 in captivity.
I never knew that sharpies weren't permanent and could cause damage.I bet many people use them to write on cd's and such I know my mom has.Thanks for the info.
Back to the gloom today woke up to freezing and rain and cold.Tomorrow though starts a nice little warm up.Have a good evening.

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03/29/2015 04:13.59 PM Report This Comment  
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HI WILLIE AND PEPPY, SO YOU LIKE MY NEW PICTURES? THEY WERE TAKEN WITH MOM'S NEW MACRO LENS THAT SHE GOT FOR HER BIRTHDAY. AFTER A FEW SHOTS I RAN AND HID IN MY CAGE.

WE ARE HAVING A CLOUDY, OVERCAST RAINY DAY. ITS ALSO IN THE MID 30'S.

THE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MARIO IS GOING WELL. SO MANY FRIENDS CAME TO SAY GOODBYE.

HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A BETTER DAY.

KACEY

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03/29/2015 12:57.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie
The Purpose of Play
All play that wild birds may use helps them develop necessary survival skills. Even adult birds may continue to play and refine their abilities, though not necessarily with the same frequency as juvenile birds play.
Manipulation play helps birds get more coordinated to build nests, capture prey or extract food from different sources. This type of play keeps bills and talons in good condition and builds up the necessary muscle strength and dexterity for intricate actions.
Investigation play teaches young birds about the world they inhabit, including edible and inedible foods and what objects are safe to touch. As birds investigate more, they refine their ability to cache objects and develop their senses.
Chasing play strengthens wing muscles and helps young birds develop greater agility in the air, or for terrestrial birds, strengthens their legs and helps them be more agile when running. This also helps carnivorous birds develop sharper hunting skills.
Taunting play sharpens a bird's reflexes and increases their agility. It also helps them learn to anticipate prey reactions or how to avoid predators, and will be useful for mobbing behaviors or defending their territory.
Balancing play strengthens foot and leg muscles and helps birds learn how to use their wings to counterbalance air currents or disruptions. Balancing can also be useful for different types of foraging or courtship displays.
Curiosity play teaches birds more about their world, expanding their knowledge of both threats and benefits and helping them react to the unexpected. Curious birds can be more adaptable and will be more successful when encountering changes in their habitat.
Mimicry behavior teaches young birds how to act like adults of their species and learn essential skills such as proper sounds and songs or how to use their unique bills or other physical attributes to the best effect.
While different play behaviors all have a purpose in helping birds survive, some birds do seem to play just for the sheer joy and fun of the activity. As with many types of bird behaviors, the exact purpose of all play is not yet understood, even by dedicated ornithologists, but birders can still enjoy watching the playful behavior of birds. Every time they see their feathered friends engage in another game, they learn just a bit more about birds even as the playing birds are learning more about their world.
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03/29/2015 11:31.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie~
I hope you are having a great day! Congrats on the prize from the milonga! It really is a great picture.
Mom doesn't have to go pick Jennifer up. Usually she gets a ride home from her dad's best friend. He goes to visit on Sunday and lives up here. This week he is out of town so Jennifer's brother in law, David, is going to drive her home. He's Maddie's dad.
Enjoy the day!
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03/29/2015 10:45.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Willie!
That is so sad about the birds that had to be put down at the center. Sounds like they lived a nice long life....but still......I'm sure they will be missed.
Did not know that sharpies were not permanent.......and could damage CDs ! Mom has a ton of CDs that she has written on with sharpies!
Wasn't the Milonga fun last night? Always a good time!
Have a great day!
Love,
Raffikki

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03/29/2015 06:36.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie
I have missed you so much and I have been leaving votes for you til I could come back and see you,its just been so crazy around here lately and Mom is so tired,she was so happy to get the day off today and possibly tomorrow also,she wants to be at Mario's Celebration for life services.
This morning was another dark,dreary,dismal pouring rainy day here and then by late morning it all turned to snow,with big heavy flakes coming down,our highs for the day will be 34 and our lows will be 28. Its 34 right now with those big flakes of snow still coming down.Its not sticking to much just the lawns and not the deck or the walkway or the street which is good.Mom was busy today cleaning our cages and room,then she vacuumed the whole downstairs of the house and kept trying to get Dixie to eat.Ever since Mario flew to Rainbow Bridge he stopped eating.Mom has the day off today so she will be spending more time with us between playing catch up with the house chores. Its going to be an uneventful day here and that's just what we need right now,for Mom to stay home with us and not have to leave.We haven't had one of these days in quite some time now!
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses!Loving you always and forever,sweet Willie,Love,Peepers

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03/28/2015 08:39.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Willie!
Yeah, Mom figures she has a little time to figure out what she will need to do. She is feeling sad though, as she did really love her job. Guess when others don't have work and they are employees...guess who gets to go? Right now she is just tired.

Awww, how sad about Quincy and Danny. They had a lovely long life, didn't they? But they are like family, and that is hard when it is time to say goodbye.

We are supposed to get sleet and snow tomorrow. UGH. It was nice but a bit chilly today. Lots of sun.

Mom is not sure what happened, and neither am I, but I bumped my head someplace, and now I have this big old patch of bald!! My feathers were on the floor, and Mom heard a noise when she was in the bathroom. I made a beeline for her, and when she saw me, no feathers! I think I beaned my noggin. Oh, are those feathers gonna drive me nuts when they grow in. My cleaned the area off, and put a bit of antibiotic on it cuz there was a red spot. She is worried about me getting a concussion, but so far I am eating and being my usual self, so I guess I am doing okay.

Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/28/2015 07:57.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie~
I hope you are having a fun day! This salad bar thing that mom had for lunch certainly sounds yummy! She said there was all kinds of veggie and fruit. They had soups and chicken wings and taco stuff! Mom just had the veggie part. There was deserts also so mom tried a bit of the bread pudding. She liked it. Ian asked her is she was going to have some of the ice cream and mom told him she was just too full! Ian asked who was she and where was his mom!hehehehehehe Mom really loves ice cream! It's one of those things I will never taste since I prefer my food at room temp!
Have a great rest of the day!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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03/28/2015 01:55.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie
Birds That Play
All birds engage in playful behaviors, and more intelligent bird species need greater amounts of the mental stimulation that comes from play as they develop. Bird species that can seem especially playful include…Jays, crows, rooks, ravens, magpies and other corvids,Parrots, parakeets, macaws and Keas,Tits, chickadees, nuthatches and small finches,Gulls, terns and related species.
Many social and adaptable birds also play, as do young birds of nearly all species as they socialize with their siblings in the nest. The extent of play and how much play each bird species carries into maturity varies, and different birds engage in different types of play to help them develop a range of skills.
Types of Bird Play
There are many different behaviors birds engage in that could appear to be play. The most common playful actions include…
Manipulation: Using the bill or talons to drop, toss, bend, tear, rip or otherwise manipulate objects, even objects without any food value.
Investigation: Seeking out unique objects or trying a wide range of different foods, continually noting new objects and poking or prodding them.
Chasing: Following one another in short or acrobatic flights, or chasing other objects such as insects or fluttering leaves.
Taunting: Teasing or deliberately harassing one another or other creatures, such as teasing a domestic cat or instigating fights.
Balancing: Swinging, swaying or dangling on wires or weak branches, possibly releasing and reattempting different acrobatic actions.
Curiosity: Responding to pishing or other unique noises, such as being attracted by ringtones, mechanical noises or music.
Mimicry: Imitating an adult's behavior, including physical actions such as foraging or preening as well as songs and sounds.
Not all playful birds will engage in the same behaviors, but they often try different actions and activities as they are learning new skills and refining their abilities. Play may be only between birds of the same species, while some types of play, particularly chasing or taunting, may be between birds of different species.
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03/28/2015 11:06.21 AM Report This Comment  
  HI WILLIE!!
GUESS WHAT!!?? Mom's son has been hired by the law firm! How marvelous! Mom still has been cooking BUT he won't start until April 6th!

He told Mom this law firm helps people get the money that is suppose to go to them through settlements, etc. This firm was a major player in making sure the families of the victims of 9/11 were given the money that was allotted to them by the courts. Mom remembers a little bit about that but not many details. These were the people who made sure that they were taken care of. They seem to be a very laid back outfit. Allen said most everyone was wearing blue jeans with a nice button down shirt. "Casual Business" is what he referred to it. No one has given him what the dress code is going to be but he was taking in what he saw his interviewers wearing. Khakis & blue jeans. Nice shirts & shoes. He had to go back for a 3rd interview this past Tuesday & they told him today that he was the one selected. Mom hopes he just loves this outfit. He's only known businesses that ran him ragged & paid him nothing. At least there will be some nice benefits here. Mom can't wait to stop being in kitchen detail. It's wearing her down!!

Well, I best get her to bed. She had some brownies in the oven she was making for dessert for her son & his family as a "celebration" dessert for tomorrow. Whew! They sure smelled good cooking! Mom said she gained 5 lbs from just smelling them!

Hope you got to have some of that great fish fry! It sounds wonderful! Mom likes seafood a lot! She misses it because she doesn't buy too much fish here in the central part of NC. She's been spoiled with being able to buy it fresh from the boat as it would dock in Panama City, Florida. YUM for fresh fish!

See ya tomorrow! Hugs to all, SamIAm

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03/27/2015 11:35.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Willie!
Will check out Falco's pix of the 'saurus. Are you as tired of winter as I am? Mom was talking with one of the cleaning folks tonight, and he was saying how much he wanted to move to Orlando as his kids want to go out and play, but it is so cold here, and he wants to get away from this icky weather. Mom totally agreed--and I do too, cuz after all I am her fid and I want to get out too!

Mom says that her boss told her that she is going to talk to the Big Boss about projects in other areas, as they don't want to lose her from the company. Mom also got submitted to a financial company but she has no hopes of that one--she worked in insurance pretty much her whole life, or as a nurse. So she understands health insurance and health stuff best. And then there is the tempting retirement part. So she will see what happens. She should have money coming in to the end of April or early May. She will figure it out by then!

Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/27/2015 08:31.26 PM Report This Comment  
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HEY WILLIE. DO YOU KNOW THE NUMBER OF THE CASTLE PAGE? IT SHOULD BE POSTED ON THE CALENDAR PAGE FOR EVERYONE TO SEE. WE WANT A GOOD TURNOUT FOR THE MEMORIAL SERVICE.

DIXIE IS HAVING A VERY HARD TIME. AUNT ROSE IS VERY WORRIED ABOUT HIM SINCE HE ISN'T EATING.

KACEY

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03/27/2015 07:31.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Willie!
You bet buddy.....that is the look of disdain......disgust.....humiliation.......and plotting for my next visit to the vet!
Sounds like your mom had a great day today at the center!
Yikes...still no gas at the center?
That fish must be really good that your mom gets every Friday. Too bad it's just during Lent.
Hope you had a great day today!
Love,
Raffikki

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03/27/2015 07:06.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Okay Willie
I will take your word for it that it will be fun to chomp on my train I'm just a little nervous. It takes me a while with certain things not to be scared.
Gosh hopefully the gas will be fixed soon at the center it has to be hard to work and get everything done with out freezing.
I wish I could tell you where spring went it's certainly not here only 31 today but very sunny so that's nice . Looks like it will start warm again next week and hopefully this time spring will stay.
My mom went out with her parents this evening for a fish fry they sure are good this time of year. Have a good night buddy.

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03/27/2015 04:37.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Willie~
I hope you are having a great day! The whole ecycle thing is run by the state. You can leave the stuff at Goodwill as long as it's not a whole bunch of stuff. They have other options if you had a lot of stuff to recycle. They probably wouldn't take the router since they consider it an accessory to the computer. Mom had 2 monitors in the back of the car to take there next time she goes into town. Dad and Ian kept telling mom that there was only 1 monitor so mom had to drag them out and show them that there were 2. They have no idea where the second one came from! Isn't that sad?? Dad and Ian have so much electronics that they don't even know where the 2nd monitor came from!
Enjoy the day and I do hope it's just perfect!
love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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03/27/2015 11:35.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie
Birds do a lot of activities that may seem smart, but how much of their behavior is instinct instead of intelligence? Ornithologists are continually studying birds and learning new information about their brains, how they think and why they behave why they do.

Deciding just how smart birds are depends on how intelligence is defined. Birds exhibit a wide range of intelligent behaviors, including good memories, extensive communication, planning for the future and remembering the past. Some birds can solve problems, and others have been observed playing – both activities that indicate more than just basic instinct. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines intelligence as:The ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations or the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment.
Do birds do this? Scientific studies indicate that yes, birds do learn, and every backyard birder knows birds are capable of adapting to new environments and conditions. Quantitative measurement of bird intelligence is difficult because birds cannot take intelligence tests or attend classes to be measured with their peers. Observations and studies of birds are revealing that birds may be far more intelligent than initially believed.
Bird Brain Structure
Brain size and structure is not an automatic gauge of intelligence, but it can be a clue. Birds may be small, but they have a proportionally large brain compared to their overall body and head sizes – in fact, bird's brains are similarly proportioned to primates. Studies of birds' brain anatomy also suggests that while the structure is different than that of mammals' brains, birds may have a higher degree of connectivity between the sections of their brains, which could indicate more intelligence and faster reasoning than previously believed.
Evidence of Bird Intelligence
The best indication of how smart birds are is direct observations of birds acting intelligently. While some observations have been made under scientifically controlled circumstances and through laboratory experiments, other observations have come from casual birders who notice their favorite birds behaving in peculiar ways, ways that seem planned and premeditated.
THANKYOU FOR SUPPORTING MY BOTM CAMPAIGN
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03/27/2015 10:17.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Willie!!!!!!
Mom said she heard the message yesterday on the house phone.. She was home but may have been outside cause she never heard the phone. :( She will try calling soon. Jason will be in tomorrow but just for the day! His Dad will be in Boca for his niece's wedding. Jason will bring his Dad back to his place in Lake Mary. Any way.. Im gonna make my way over to visit Kacey and shock her!! Its been awhile!!! Sheena had blood work this morning but Mom told them not to call her at work with results in case it is something that will upset her! We are still praying for good results.. Sheena is a pretty sweet girl and never bothers us birdies.. i will see ya soon.. Love and hugs,

Callie

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03/27/2015 10:16.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie
V4U today. Believe it or not we had two warm days where it was so warm that we had our windows open. I enjoyed squawking at the robins that were on our lawn. Now it's back to being cold again. The heater is running and there are freeze warnings for the weekend. Here we go, again! ugh Have a good day. From, Dandy

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03/27/2015 05:38.06 AM Report This Comment  
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TOYS FROM SKYS FLOCK SOUNDS GOOD. GLAD YOU ARE ENJOYING THEM. YOU SHOULD SHOW FALCO THAT THEY ARE FUN AND WILL NOT HURT HER.

KACEY

PS; THERE WILL BE A MEMORIAL FOR MARIO ADLER, DIXIE'S FROTHER WHO WENT TO THE RAINBOW BRIDGE. IT WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY. TIME AND PLACE WILL BE POSTED BY POOKIE. PLEASE COME TO HELP CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF MARIO

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03/26/2015 09:41.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Willie!
Bet those little ones were a challenge!

Well, we are back to winter here. Tonight it is supposed to get down to 19 degrees. Can you believe that?

Mom found out this morning that her contract will end as of April 10th. So she will either look for a new job, or she will look into early retirement. Now you know what I want? Her to retire, of course. So sorry for the short c/p note, but Mom had to update her resume and send it to the company she works for tonight.

Happy Thursday!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/26/2015 08:13.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Willie!
That must have been fun....and a bit challenging for your mom giving the pre-k kids a tour!
So....Did you get th rest of the day with your mom? Hope you had lots of fun and lots of snuggles with your mom!
Love,
Raffikki

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03/26/2015 06:31.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Willie
My mom has only seen a heron once she said it was so cool looking.
I am sounding more and more like Falco because I havent touched my train yet either and I have had it for probably over a month now.I havent even tried to beak it yet it just stands lonely under my cage.
Cloudy and cold today going to be in the upper 30's but last my mom checked the real feel was 29.Tomorrow's high will only be in the low 30's.Where did spring go?Squawk with you later.

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03/26/2015 04:08.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Willie~
I hope you are having a nice day! Bright and sunny up here and we are going to be near 70! Jennifer will be very happy since they can throw the big kids outside when they get home from school. The little kids are easy to keep busy but the big kids get bored and cause all sorts of havoc!
Mom found lots of listings for recycling cell phones online. Staples takes the batteries but not the phones. She will find something. We take the old tv and computer stuff to the Goodwill. They have an e-cycle box and the state picks all the stuff up and recycles it. They don't take phones or mice.
Verizon might take dad's "washed" smart phone back and fix it up for someone else. That would be good. The other phones are older so I don't think the would want them.
Enjoy your day buddy!!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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03/26/2015 11:13.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Silly Willie!!!
Just stopping by to say hello!!
Same stuff happening here.. Its been a busy week and mom brings Sheena for her blood work up tomorrow! I will keep ya posted on whats happening with her.
I hope all is good there!!
love and hugs,

Callie xo

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