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Hi! My name is Raffi , PumBaa & Max say Happy Easter!

I am an African Grey from West End, NC.

Raffi, RaffiCakes, Nubby, The Governor, RaffiBrat, Grumpybutt, Sir Poop-A-Lot

13 years old   M

African Grey

apples, cherries, popcorn, nuts, peanut butter crackers' pasta, PEANUT BUTTER TOAST!!!!!

The top of his cage and in mom's lap

Hates taking a bath unless it is in his water dish

The way mom & dad make me a very special part of their lives!

Does not like towels or rulers.

Step up only when the time is right...
Any other time deserves a bite! Heeeheee!

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  Hi, Raffikki
That was the barebones eggplanation of how to knit in the round. Have more tips if need 'em. Let us know.

Not sure but think skinsis takes a fair amount of pics. Also takes lil videos. Mom's camera has that option but hasn't used it that much.

Okay, why in the heck does your mom need two phones? In case one runs outta battery life? Guess each style has different attractions.

Have a greyt day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

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03/27/2015 04:37.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Friday
Forecast was for light rain - what we got was heavy snow. Ugh
Dad's Music Teacher Friend came over last ngiht to see "Whiplash", and liked it very much.

It was been requested that we have a celebration in the castle. Sunday afternoon the Castle Ballroom will be open for a Celebration of Life for the Late Mario Adler. Let us have a time of joy and thankfulness for our friend.
~Wings Up~

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03/27/2015 03:26.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Cookie giggles
no wonder you look so upset in that picture ! I would feel the same way !

The fids continue to try and figure out how to decorate their hats with candy . . . only there's so little of it left ! Where did it go ?

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03/27/2015 01:52.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki
Thanks for the spring flowers. I really love them. It feels like spring is coming now!
Today was an all day snow. This is a good day to hang out on the perch in my fuzzy robe and slippers. I hope we get early spring weather for us ... middle of April. Where is the sun???

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03/26/2015 10:06.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki
This morning was a dark,gray,dismal dreary rainy day with the temperature highs of 53 and the lows of 38. Mom got the three of us all fed and cleaned,swept our room and then she got my dad some breakfast and then after a few more quick pick ups around the house my dad took her to Nana's where she met skin bro and Mom helped Nana get her shoes and socks on,and skin bro got her down the two steps out into the garage and into the car.Mom folded up the walker and skin bro put it in his trunk and they went to the surgeons office.When they got there all the employees were outside and the fire alarm was going off,then the fire engines came and they went into the building so Mom,Nana and skin bro waited out in the parking lot for awhile,Nana was supposed to be there at 12:45pm but by the time the fire engines left it was after one.Skin bro drove up to the front of the building and he helped get Nana out of the car and Mom got her walker and they went into the building while skin bro parked the car.They had to wait another 20 minutes or more until someone came back into the office and then the receptionist gave Mom five pages of info that needed to be filled out,she helped Nana fill them out and then she had to go down and get another x-ray taken then after that she got seen by the surgeon.Nana is healing nicely and she has another appointment to see him on May 6th for a 6 week check up.Then from there they went to DQ which finally opened up in Falmouth and they all had a Blizzard,skin bro had a grasshopper mousse,both Mom and Nana had one with all fruit in it.Nana was hankering for some Honey Dew donuts and skin bro drove to Cotuit to the shop there and they made some Barvarian cream donuts up fresh for Mom as those were Nana's favorite so they got a dozen donuts there while Nana waited in the car,then they went to Stop&Shop to get some bananas and salad mix.It was pouring rain hard while they were out and Mom was so cold from getting wet in the rain.They went back to Nana's and skin bro got Nana safely back into the house and Mom made coffee for everyone and they had a donut and coffee,shortly after that skin bro took Mom home as it was well after 5:30pm and Mom still had to go home and make dinner for my dad.When Mom got home everyone fairly much ate but Dixie didn't touch any of his food at all,he didn't even eat the animal cracker that dad gave us all for a snack.Mom tried everything to get him to eat and he refused.Nana told Mom to take Dixie with her tomorrow when she comes there to help with the trash,Dixie always eats there and he may be missing his time with Nana and the car ride.
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses for my sweet buddy!Loving you always and forever,Dixie

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03/26/2015 09:05.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Raffikki
I sure hope Union Rags can sleep tonight after eating all those sugar cubes.Lets feed him jelly beans tomorrow and see how he likes those.Lets go get ice cream says Hulk it will be my treat.

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03/26/2015 07:09.51 PM Report This Comment  
Oh yes, I certainly love the picture and want to thank your Momma Erin for helping you to make it for me...Can not wait until we will be able to enjoy going in the hot tub.I just love feeding the duckies and especially now since they have little babies...Are we going to be decorating for Easter now that St.Patrick's day is over?...Well sweetie Mom just told me they are having a rainy day and the temps only got to about 45 and now the weatherman is saying a chance of snow in the evening and maybe Saturday again..Wow!! they never are going to get Spring this year there in the Poconos...Sure glad I am here with you and your family...Here we are spending another wonderful day in NC...Just pecked a V4U...With many warm birdie wing hugs & beak kisses to you my dear Raffi...Much love to you...Your forever girlfriend, Cydney :o)


03/26/2015 04:16.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki
Well, Mom got me outside for my sunbath at 9:30 this morning, and it's a good thing she did. It was already so warm she had to move to the shade in about 10 minutes. We hit 91 today, and I think it was already in the 80s that early.

I got pretty good Mom time today, although she deserted me mid-morning to help her friend Judy with a couple of papers for her Masters courses. She is really doing well, and she says she can thank my mom for polishing her writing to always get the good grades. Mom says her ideas are what are getting the grades. Sounds like a mutual admiration society to me!

Then Mom went to get her therapeutic massage, and she stopped at the library on the way home and the car wash so Gloria looks all pretty. Now what is missing from this scenario? You guessed it! She forgot to eat lunch again! I think there is some chicken in the fridge, and if so she will have a piece and I will get a thigh bone. Yippee!

Today is the last day to vote in the Milonga Picture Contest, so be sure and get over there and cast your flock's 5 votes for the day. There are several very close races going on, so you wouldn't want to miss a chance to vote for your favorites. Polls close at midnight EDT. You can find the milonga avatar in either my aviary or the one on the Calendar Page.


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03/26/2015 03:19.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
Bald Eagles are nesting on all three of Pittsburgh's major rivers! Who knew the day would never come when Pittsburghers would be cheering for the Eagles…Bald Eagles, that is!

It has probably been more than 250 years since Bald Eagles last nested along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. In the 18th century, suitable nesting habitat in the form of mature tall trees was stripped from the hillsides flanking the rivers to meet the lumber and fuel demands of a rapidly growing human population in the area; second, industrialization beginning in the 19th century led to extensive unregulated pollution of the rivers, which decimated fish populations that eagles feed on; third, beginning in the mid-20th century eagles (and many other birds) showed signs of succumbing to the unintended side effects of widespread use of the pesticide DDT (developed for use in World War II) which eventually caused chronic nesting failure for the species. As recently as the mid-1980s, there were just a few remaining nesting Bald Eagles pairs anywhere in Pennsylvania, all of these in the northwest corner of the state.
One nest, located on the Monongahela River in the community of Hays is the most famous because a web camas been set up to view the nest. millions of people are viewing the nesting activity. Last year this pair successfully raised three eagle babies. this year they only layed 2 eggs. one of the eggs had a crack in it and the mom tried to keep it together but when the dad eagle came to sit on the egg he saw the crack and threw the egg out of the nest. during a recent snowstorm the mom eagle was totally covered in snow while incubating the single egg
The Bald Eagle,has made a tremendous comeback throughout its range in the lower 48 states. Its recovery is due to enforcement of federal laws protecting it from persecution, the banning of DDT, which bio-accumulated in eagles and other piscivorous (fish-eating) birds, eventually causing complete reproductive failure through the thinning of their egg shells to the point that eggs simply broke when parent birds tried to incubate them; passage in the same year of the federal Clean Water Act, and, direct recovery measures taken by our Game Commission, which brought nestling Bald Eagles from healthy populations to hacking sitese when the state’s breeding population was down to just a few nesting pairs. Similar efforts by game agencies in surrounding states also have contributed to the rapid increase in the number of nesting Bald Eagles in Pennsylvania. By 2000, there were about 50 known nesting pairs of eagles in the state; as of 2012, more than 200 nesting locations are known for Bald Eagle in Pennsylvania, including nests in almost every county!
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03/26/2015 09:44.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
Mom had little kids yesterday for her tour. They were preK, so around 4 years old. You can imagine it was hard to keep them focused. They started in Bird Hall, though, so they liked looking at the pretty colors.
Well, today is going to be one great day for us birdies, after mom gets done scrubbing the cages, that is. She has a few errands, but they won't take long, and the day is ours! We love days like this, they are rare this time of year. The museum will be super busy from after Easter until mid June, so this may be our last whole day for awhile.
I hope you are having a fun day today, getting some springlike weather, and of course, lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Peppino, Divo & Falco.

03/26/2015 09:29.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Bro
We made it !!! What Hotel do you want to stay in ???
I'm thinking Circus Circus...Our lil bro's and Max and Tuffy will love it !!!
After we check in lets eat and hit the strip !!! I can't wait to pet the dolphins and check out the pirate ship..
Raffi say's hey Panther check it out !!! A soda shop !!!
We got to check that out too !!!
The boy's are so excited that they don't know what to do first.
There's so much to do in Vegas !!!

Have an awesome day
Much love to my sweet family clan
Love your bro

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03/26/2015 09:00.03 AM Report This Comment  
  hiya Raffi!!!!
Thanks so much for the Hatchday wishes and now BOTD!! Woooohoooo.. Nuttin better then 2 days of partying!!!
Mom got me a corn muffin and some almonds! I even got a new cool swing toy that mom hung in my house! At first I wasn't too happy about her removing my swing.. Hmmmm I couldn't figure out what she was up to! She promised me that she would put it back if I don't like this new wooden one with a bunch of wood toys attached to it. I'll have her put a picture of it in my album so you can see what it looks like!! Thank you again!!!

Love and hugs,
Peetie botd :)

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03/26/2015 08:50.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for visiting me. We're going to try real hard to get back in the swing of things, if the old guy can manage to smack the keyboard. RT

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03/26/2015 08:26.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi dear Raffikki, from Jenny Lynn
We are having about normal weather for this time of the year, but we don't care one way or the other, the sun is shining, and dad got all his errands successfully done yesterday, and his Nurse report was better than he has a right to expect! Only a few minor issues, not worthy of mentioning! We are praying for Cappy and the Millers of Okalahoma, they had another killer tornado, we are hoping our dear Okie friends are okay! My goodness, tornado season already, they can hit any of us at any time! Have a great throwback Thursday dear friends, and give our love to all in your safe and secure home, see ya tomorrow...

Eternal love from Jenny & our Dallas group

PS~Congrats for BOTD dear Sweetie Peetie our popcorn Parrot Pal, we love you so much!

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03/26/2015 07:25.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Raffikki
Yeah, our mom has at least two sets of the straight needles in the more common sizes. Does come in handy to have eggstras. Think the bamboo needles are a more recent thing. Mom has a few plastic needles (mostly from her mom) and the whalebone type that dad bought her prior to discovering the bamboo.

The circular knitting isn't hard at all. Eggspecially when doing a hat. Once it is joined and ribbing is finished and only want to use the stockinette stitch then it is knit every row! Do have to use the double point needles once doing the decrease for the top for the last couple of rows due to the smaller number of stitches. What mom does is cast on the stitches on a straight needle. Then does the first row of ribbing with the circular needle and when get to the beginning of the next row place a marker and then just continue knitting the ribbing. When ready to switch to the main part just start knitting every row. Think mom uses 16" circular?

Skinsis says the camera on her iPhone is about 8 or 10 megapixels? Which is really good. Mom's not sure but assumes the one on her old phone (which she still uses as it still works) is only 3-5? Not much whatever it is.

Have a greyt day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

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03/26/2015 04:22.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Thursday
Hello every-birdie. Happy Thursday. Much going on, and a lot on Dad's mind, so he's not too helpful with this blog today. Have a blessed day. ~Wings Up~

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03/26/2015 03:40.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Cookie and Scarly and Teiko
peek at Raffi through the cage bars . . . how'd you get in there ? We have things to do !

Teiko opens the door and the group of friends wander up to the treehouse trying to figure out how to cut holes for bunny ears in the hats for the bunny friends . . .

They still try to figure out how to attach Easter candies to their own hats with out glue - they want to be able to snack on them during the day !

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/26/2015 02:27.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki
The party will be at our house again this year. But, aunt Gail says we will have everything all set and she will make sure mom gets to enjoy it too.
Woke up this morning to freezing rain. Then it turned to snow coming down very heavy. The roads were really bad. Dad was out there plowing. Now it's going down to really cold again. My sunglasses and flip flops have been put away. I have a pot of hot chocolate ready, come join me.

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03/25/2015 09:25.57 PM Report This Comment  
Hits the stop button on the timer as Hulk and Union Rags cross the finish line. Wow says Raffikki that was in record time. Now we know the trick just give Union Rags some sugar.The boys both laugh and pat Union on the side.

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03/25/2015 07:31.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki
and sweet Momma Erin,
This morning was another bright sunny morning with the high's of 43 and the lows of 35,its 37 right now.Mom got us up early and fed us and then did a major clean up of our room.She cried the whole time having to look at Mario's empty cage and all his things in it. I think she washed his cage more with her tears than with the soap and water and Poop Off she was working with.After she scrubbed every inch of his cage she took it out of our room because Kallie wouldn't stop trying to sit on it.Mom moved it out to the spare room in the front of the house and shut the door so she wouldn't have to be reminded of it and not ever going to see Mario again.Candida kept making these loud mournful sounds which only made Mom cry more.And on the whole we were all very quiet today,we didn't even call out for our late day snack.Mom left shortly after she vacuumed and washed our bird room floor.Dad took her to Nana's so she could help her and dad fixed Nana's mailbox which had completely fallen over.While dad went to the hardware store to get some lag bolts to fix the mailbox with,Nana had Mom call in some nachos for their lunch.Skin sis and skin bro came down and so did the VNA to give Nana a shower the first one since she came home.The VNA thought that skin bro did a wonderful job of installing the hand held shower and it really felt good to Nana to have a nice hot shower.After the VNA left Mom and skin sis went down to Bobby Byrnes to pick up the nachos and all five of them sat and ate together.Mom cleaned up the kitchen and then they left shortly afterwards so Nana could get some rest.Nana will be seeing the surgeon tomorrow so Mom will be back to bring her there with skin bro.When Mom and dad came home,the house was very quiet,we all usually yell out to her when she walks through the door,she panicked when she called out to us and we didn't answer her back.So she ran into our room fast.We just have been in a very quiet mood lately,missing our frother,Mario and wondering just why he's not in his cage beside us anymore.
Mom and all of us just can't thank you and Momma Erin for all warm hugs you send our way,you just don't know how much that means to my Mom right now.You both give her a reason to smile through all her tears right now!We all love you so very much!
Wishing you a greyt day and we're sending you all our love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses!Loving you always and forever,Dixie,flock and Momma Rose and family too!

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

03/25/2015 06:24.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
Hah! I got my sunbath yesterday after all!! After Mom got finished with my blogging at 2PM, we went back into my room and I flew right on to my outside carrier and climbed in and chirped at Mom. So she took me outside, and it was just barely still warm enough. However we got a good 25 minutes before Mom thought it was cooling down too much. Then today we got out there at 11 (no fooling around from me today!). Good thing we got out early too, because it was pretty darned warm. It was forecasted for 84 degrees today, and Mom thinks it may have even been warmer. Now tomorrow they are saying 88, which is better than the 90 they were predicting. We will still get out early though.

Mom goes to the gym from 4-6 today, so she is spending as much time as possible with me before then. She is buried in her kindle when we are in my room, but all I have to do is land on her shoulder and she gives me all of her attention.

We had the Methi Malai lunch today, and Mom's curiosity finally got the best of her and she googled it. It is an Indian dish, which didn't surprise her. I love the kidney beans, but I insisted on grabbing one before Mom blew on it to cool it down for me. Boy, did I drop that quickly! Once it cooled off, Mom gave it back to me and cooled off a couple more. Yum!! And I got blueberries with my breakfast, which I liked for the first time! I ate them all, and then we had a piece of the cookies Mom baked yesterday for mid morning break. Life is good!


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03/25/2015 01:36.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki--
Yup, there is still snow lingering about, but it should be gone in a couple of days...Raining here, and it's supposed to continue thru tomorrow, too. Guess that will be the last of the snow!

We watched some blackbirds (probably grackles) and mourning doves out there at the feeders...they didn't seem to mind the rain yet. There are little bits of green plant tips showing up in spots...hellebores (that Mom erroneously cut back last fall) and crocus, it seems. The mini daffodils have been up for ages, but no blooms showing yet. Next month probably!

Not much new today...Mom is having a hard time getting going the last few days....she's got lots of stuff she wants to do, so she's hoping she'll get a burst of energy soon! Meanwhile The Old Guy is adjusting to his new uppers...this should keep us running to and from the dentist over the next month or so! At least we won't have to worry about snowstorms...heh heh heh! Today he handed Mom half a dozen small floss containers...he won't be needing those any more....

Today we helped Mom get some exercise by flying into forbidden places and making her come and chase us out. She said she appreciated our efforts, but would really rather just read her mystery.....

Hope you're all warm and dry....Hugs...

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03/25/2015 01:10.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
OBSERVING NESTS (PART2) from yesterday

7)Search carefully: It is critically important that we avoid damaging nest sites. Nests that have yet to be discovered are particularly vulnerable. When searching for nests, move slowly through dense foliage, being careful not to dislodge any nests. The nests of ground-nesting birds, such as Killdeer, Ovenbirds, Bobolinks, and many waterbirds, are difficult to see, so tread lightly and be cautious around potential ground-nest sites.
8)Be wary of nest predators: Avoid leaving tracks that can direct predators to nests. Nest predators are everywhere—on the ground, in vegetation, and in the air—and many are smart enough to watch you, so be careful that predators such as cats are not following you! Also try to not damage or trample vegetation that could expose nests.
9)Minimize disturbance at the nest: It is important not to startle a bird as you approach the nest; this may cause it to accidentally knock out eggs or young when it flies off. Before approaching the nest, try to see if a parent is sitting on it. Whenever possible, wait a few minutes to see if the bird leaves on its own. If they do, this is the ideal time to check the nest. If a sitting bird does not leave on its own, do not force it off the nest. In this case, you will need to come back later. Remember to keep each visit brief.
10)Never handle birds or eggs in the nest: Eggs can be easily cracked or small nestlings injured, and there is no reason to touch these fragile younglings, despite how cute they may look. Small nestlings are remarkably helpless and may not be able to crawl back into the nest cup if displaced, even inside of a nest box. Children observing nests should always be under the supervision of an adult.
11)Don’t leave a dead-end trail: If you plan on visiting the nest frequently, try to take a different route away from the nest site than the route you took to reach it. Walking to the nest and back along the same path leaves a dead-end trail that can lead predators directly to the nest.
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03/25/2015 10:49.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Bro
Let's ride the tank to Vegas !!! We can take our lil bros with us...

What do you think ??? It would be fun to pet the dolphins and we can go to Circus Circus it's for kids and there's lot's of good food too..
.Max and Tuffy wave their little wings in the air and say yesssssss !!!

Happy humpday
Much love to my sweet family clan
Love your bro

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03/25/2015 09:08.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
Gene usually comes twice a year, but this year, he may come a third time, in the summer.
Today mom has a tour at 11:20, so I'm going first in the blogs, as she thinks I can finish mine before she has to leave. I don't know if that's true, but I'll try.
Mom's dinner party at Uncle Gene's went well last night. They all had a good time, and Gene cooked some good food for everyone. Mom loves seeing her nieces and nephews, so she was glad there was one of each last night. They also told mom they would be here for Easter dinner, which is spectacular news. Maybe that means Aunt Gin will come for dinner, too. That would be a real treat.
I think once the tour is over and the blogs done, mom will be at our disposal the rest of the day. I'm sure we can keep her busy, what do you think?
Have a wonderful day, and hope spring is getting to your house soon. Hugs, Willie

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03/25/2015 07:18.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning Rabbit ears Raffi, from Jenny Lynn
Very busy day for us, or at least for dad, but we want to wish you all a happy hump day! Please give our love to all in your sweet home, we'll see ya all tomorrow...

Forever love from Jenny & our Dallas family

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03/25/2015 06:05.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Raffikki
Our mom never bought the metal knitting needles. Her mom and dad's mom both gave her theirs and a mostly complete set between the two. Good to have eggstra sets as sometimes has more than one project going using the same sizes.

Hats are so fun to knit. Once mom mastered circular knitting made it even easier as no seam to sew.

Thanks for liking the new pic of the grand. Not as clear as it could be since taken via dino cell phone but at least mom finally captured one of her smiling.

Have a greyt day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

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03/25/2015 05:06.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Mid-Week
Busy shopping Day for Dad as he helps a friend shop for 3 households today.
Have a great day. ~Wings Up~

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03/25/2015 03:26.53 AM Report This Comment  
  all the whisperings . . .
and soon the parade of friends head up the ramp to the tree house . . .

Once inside they all sit to design hats for their very own Easter parade. Cookie says he wants one with a big pink bow like Fred Astaire had in the movie !

Teiko wants to put little eggs on the band around his . . . they look at Raffi and Scarly and wait. The piggies and bunnies just want to parade !

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/25/2015 02:10.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki
The winner of the race gets a money and gift prize and a lei of red roses. It is fun. Last year mom was so busy that she didn't get to see much of anything ... bummer. The party was at home. Usually she has it at Knot Just a bar and can enjoy it as she isn't running around waiting on everyone.
We are waiting for the snow/ice mix to come soon .. oh joy!
Spring migration has begun in Mackinac Straits (50 miles from my birdie condo). They say it's a strong start with eight species of hawks, 113 bald eagles and 224 golden eagles. As for me, I'll stay in my condo and chew up some wood toys and eat some treats. I'll wing wave as they go by.

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03/24/2015 10:23.47 PM Report This Comment  
  aning out his cage in the morning and she couldn't even bury Mario as the snow is still too deep and the ground underneath is too frozen to even try to dig up.Mario will be resting in the freezer until the winter goes away and we can put Mario in his final resting place.
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,my sweet buddy,Love Dixie

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03/24/2015 07:06.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki
It was another bright sunny but cold morning,with the highs of 34 and the lows of 25.Both my Parronts got up early at 7:00am and got dressed and Mom was going to leave us til she got back from helping dad drop off her car,but as they were leaving skin bro was already in the driveway so my dad told Mom to stay home while he and skin bro dropped Mom's car off.Mom went back into the house and cleaned our cages and fed us but our frother Mario wasn't really feeling good so Mom just picked him up and gave him a kiss on his little tiel beak and told him she'd be back to give him some snuggles when she got home,but that never happened.By the time Mom came home Dad met us in the garage with a bag and Mario was in it.Dad had checked on us earlier and we were fine and then in the late afternoon he went to give us our snacks and found Mario on the bottom of his cage.Mom is so upset right now.She doesn't even feel like doing anything else.She feels that maybe she should've done more for Mario,taken him with her or spent a little more time with him.
When skin bro came back with my dad from dropping Mom's car off at the repair shop,Mom got right in his car and they went to Nana's.They all had some breakfast there and some tea with Nana and then Mom vacuumed Nana's whole house,her bird room,bedroom,hall and living room and kitchen.Then the PT VNA came and put Nana through another grueling workout with her legs.She brought resistance bands with her and Nana did both strengths and told the PT person that they were easy to do so she gave Nana the harder of the two bands to work out with.After she left,Nana whispered how bad her legs ache right now!Then skin bro and Mom took off to find Nana a hand held shower head so she can start having showers instead of the sponge bath thing.So skin bro drove them to WalMart and they found one there and they ran one errand for Nana and then skin bro went to West Falmouth Market and bought all three of them a Gobbler sub,(turkey,stuffing,cranberry sauce)and they went back to Nana's and ate together.Then skin bro installed the new shower for Nana and Mom helped him and he did really greyt.The one mistake they made was forgetting to put the washers inside so when skin bro turned the water on to test it it leaked from the top where the connections were so he had to take everything apart and do it all again but they finally got it right.Now when the VNA that comes to give Nana a bath tomorrow,Nana will be able to have a shower and use her shower seat.My dad worked on the TV room ceiling all morning after he got the car back,he had to walk up to get the car and it only took him 25 minutes so now Mom has a new battery,new tires and an alignment so she's good to go.The TV room ceiling looks so much better without having to look at all those big brown stains from the snow and rain.Mom is feeling a little bit down and still crying over losing Mario so please forgive us for not hanging around too long tonight.Mom has to deal with cle

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03/24/2015 07:05.35 PM Report This Comment  
  As Hulk and Union Rags
Cross the finish line Raffikki hits the stop button an cheers way to go but you can go faster.Hulk says I know just the trick and pulls out a box of sugar cubes and starts feeding Union Rags.

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03/24/2015 06:52.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Dear Raffkiki and Pumbaa, and Max
Thanks for your lovely Hatchday wishes! I ate too much, and drank too much, but I had fun!
Luv, Spot?

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03/24/2015 06:19.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Raffi
Thanks for stopping in to visit with me in the kissing booth!! I sure am enjoying all of this attention. Here is a peanut butter kiss for you to enjoy. My fister, Susan made them for me to hand out during my time in the KB. Tonight the movie "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" will be playing. I can't wait to watch it again. I hope that you can join me.
Your Pal,

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03/24/2015 04:22.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Raffi:)
Awhhh, you´ll haf a Easter gift you fink?:) Awell, fink mom is working sumfing out here too;)))

Our spring is a tad late ebendoe winter can come up to May if a bad year. April is albays tricky. Grass is slowly greening up doe and we haf spring flowers , so, it be in da neighbour hood;)

I fink I saw da eclips, mom hads ta sleep doe working all night.

Greyt you are warm an happy ober dere:)
Leaving a votie and a big (((((wingie))))) for you:))

Much love,

Come visit me, Dino.

03/24/2015 03:42.34 PM Report This Comment  
OH Raffi, that is certainly a wonderful surprise and if you look it is already in my gallery of pictures so after Easter I will put it as my profile picture.I just love it and it has Pumbaa and little Max in it...A hot tub facing the lake WOW!! that is going to be so nice to use and relax in it and still be able to see the lake.Especially now that we know that the duckies have babies we can be in the hot tub and watch the babies swim with their Moms...Thank you again sweetie for the nice surprise it is the best ever....Just pecked a V4U...With many of my warm birdie wing hugs & beak kisses to you...Much love to you..Your forever girlfriend, Cydney :o)


03/24/2015 03:02.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
I just checked the milonga page and your picture is back. Did you notice if any other pics were missing? That is not good in the middle of a contest! Don't worry though, because you are getting votes.

Well, I certainly should have gotten a sunbath today, since it hit mid-70s here, but I just wasn't having any part of it. Mom tried every trick in the book to get me into my carrier, and I would not cooperate at all. Even the walkabout technique failed, because I wouldn't get on Mom's shoulder to go for a nice walk around the house which always ends up with her taking me to my outside carrier and I climb in. No shoulder, no ride, no sunbath. Not sure why, but it is supposed to be in the 80s tomorrow, so she will really want to get me out there and in the morning too. Hopefully I will be in the mood then.

The voting for the Milonga contest seems to be picking up, so I am hopeful we will have a good representation of the BC birdie's choices for winners. With 5 categories, there are plenty of chances to win something.

Mom is doing laundry today, which I really don't like because she will not let me help. Then later she is planning on baking a batch of her protein oatmeal/date cookies, which also takes her away from me. Am I being punished for not cooperating on the sunbath? Not sure, but I do not like it!!


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03/24/2015 01:31.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
Mom's daughter gives her a hard time about getting on her little 3 foot ladder to get the curtains down, she'd have a fit if mom were to climb a 10 foot ladder leaning on a tree. Haha, makes me laugh to think about it.
We loved seeing everyone's St. Pat's pics up, and now we are loving all the Easter pics. BC moms and dads are so creative!
Mom was at a meeting this morning at the museum. It took all morning, but it was the spring luncheon, too, so at least the food was good. Mom took some pics of the very end of the meeting, which was a lot more interesting than the beginning. The staff got to see the latest museum outreach program about Spinosaurus, complete with a spinosaurus 'baby' which is a 6 foot animatronic/human puppet! It was really neat! Mom will try to post pics if she can figure out how to get them off her phone.
Tonight mom is going to Gene's for dinner, as he's leaving for Germany again on Saturday and won't be back for awhile. She has some fudge to take over there, as what she made for the luncheon didn't get all eaten up.
I hope you are having a good day and getting lots of scritches and cuddles. It's still cold here, hopefully you are having springlike weather. Hugs, Willie

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03/24/2015 11:47.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Raffi--
Spring? What Spring? We had 6 inches of snow on the alleged first day of Spring, and it's still on the ground. Maybe someday it'll warm up enough for it to meld...oh, say in July!

Hope you are snug as a bug in a rug.....Hugs...

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03/24/2015 11:38.35 AM Report This Comment  
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