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Raffi and Pumbaa say Have Great Summer!

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Remembering and missing his sweet buddy Gizmo.
Remembering his sweet Angel Sally

Raffikki chose me and won my heart!

My Hatch Day is October 10, 2001
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Hi! My name is Raffi and Pumbaa say Have Great Summer!

I am an African Grey from West End, NC.

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

12 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 MY WONDERFUL DEAR RAFFI !!!!
Well another beautiful day...Going on a boat ride with everyone and having a picnic lunch....Now here it is Wednesday and I can not wait to see what you have in mind for us to do today....Mom just told me that it cool there in Pa...This is the second day..The temps just about reach 70 although it is sunny...The nights go down in the low 50s close to breaking records....She said maybe they forgot about August coming next and are going right into fall already(Hee Hee)...Sweetie love you very much and ever so glad to be spending each and every day with you...Just pecked a V4U...With many of my birdie wing hugs & beak kisses...Love your forever girlfriend, Cydney <3..<3..<3... :o)

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07/30/2014 11:56.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
Today is hot again, although maybe not as bad as Monday. They are calling for a high of low 90s. I got outside for my sunbath at 9:15 (yes, I was playing hard to get again), but it was OK. Mom had to sit in the shade, but then that is probably just as well. The sun is not nearly as good for humans as it is for us birdies. When we came in Mom took me into the kitchen for some blueberry pie. She likes the berries and I like the crust, so we share.

Being Wednesday, Mom will leave me for the gym from 4-6, but since she feels so guilty when she gets home I don't mind. I get her right up to bedtime at 8:30. Besides the zumba teacher on Wednesday is really energetic, plus she has no breaks between songs. Mom's trainer takes it easy on her on Wednesdays, but Mom still comes home whacked out. Luckily she is still strong enough to support me on her shoulder, but then I only weigh 70 gms.

Kiddo

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07/30/2014 11:41.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Bro
I guess I'm not the only one without an avatar. Your's is gone too !!! Hopefully cyber space will be nice enough to send them back heehee...
I'm ready let's jump in our tank and go on the hunt !!!

Much love to my sweet family clan.
Love your bro
Panther.

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07/30/2014 09:19.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hope you're having a good week!
Left you a vote. Enjoy your day!!


Your friend,
Chipper

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07/30/2014 07:08.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning Raffi buddy from Jenny & LaLo
Dad worked pretty hard yesterday getting ready for the lawn man, and he is in the process of making a whole new wooden play top for Limon's new cage! It will be complete with many perches, swings, food stations, and hanging toys, much like Christy's was! It is visiting VA Nurse day for dad, but no big deal we always hope! I am wishing you all a very happy hump day, and some of our fantastic weather! Have a great day dear BC friends, and give my love to all in your hump day home, see ya all tomorrow...

Love from Jenny & my family

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07/30/2014 06:46.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi,Raffikki
Yesterday BC was fine. When we got on in the afternoon saw a blog by Kiddo about missing avatars and empty aviaries. They were there in the morning. This error has happened before. Hope it is fixed soon.

Our temps went down a tad yesterday so was just under 90. Obviously still feels hot, but so glad it does go down at night. Hope your area continues to miss those triple digits.

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

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07/30/2014 05:46.05 AM Report This Comment  
  As they get closer to the track
Pumbaa and Petunia get more and more excited - which is contagious and soon all four friends are running right alongside them !

First Raffi and Cookie show Scarlet and Teiko around while Petunia and Pumbaa greet some old friends in the stable. Then they head out to the track. They decide to take it easy this first day out and start with a brisk walk around . . . then a jog . . . then one birdie astride each piggie (Raffi and Cookie let Scarlet and Teiko go first) . . . then 2 fids on each pig . . .

Time for a snack break yells Raffi ! He sorts through the bag mama Erin packed . . .

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07/30/2014 03:58.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki
Sounds like everything is going good at your home ... everyone stay well!
many things trigger mom's asthma It was just a bad all day thing. She is allergic to cats, smoke, dust, pollen, when things start growing in the spring etc and food allergies too.
What a day! This morning it was 57 degrees. We finally warmed up to 64 degrees ... yay, what a summer! Mom was gone all day and dad had to feed me dinner. It wasn't done the way it should have been. Dad needs better training ... hehehe.
Hugs
Chyna

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07/29/2014 10:25.47 PM Report This Comment  
  MIKEY #61671/KAJI #43005 4-10K CLUB
THANK YOU RAFFI, I AM DOING QUITE WELL. IN FACT I WAS PRETTY FIESTY TODAY AND GOT DOWN ON THE FLOOR TWICE FOR MY WALKABOUTS. MOM PICKED ME UP TWICE AND SAID THERE WILL BE NO WALKABOUTS ON THE FLOOR.

HAVE A HAPPY HUMPDAY TOMORROW

KACEY

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07/29/2014 09:34.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki
It was such a beautiful day here today and the temperatures went up to 78 and late in the day Mom took us all outside to have our soaking showers and to have our time to dry off in the sunshine!We even got to join our parronts on the deck for dinner,we were out there for three hours!All the wild birds are gone as we ran out of wild bird seed and Mom is going to try and buy some tomorrow when she goes out.Dad filled the feeders with thistle seed but they don't care for that,just a little chickadee or two!
Skin bro called and now he wants Mom to bring the whole container to Nana's tomorrow so he can pick it up and bring it to his condo so he can eat it!Mom has to buy the whipped cream to go with it!
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 BFF Loving you always and forever,Dixie

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07/29/2014 05:52.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hulk Shows Up
Knocking on Raffikki's door asking if he and Pumbaa can come out and play with him.I brought a kite we can fly he tells his buddy.

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07/29/2014 04:23.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
Sorry, it was just the names that were posted. The new riders didn't know until then who they would be paired with. You and Pumbaa were a done deal, of course.

Hey, is anybirdy else missing their avatar and the ones in their aviary? I got nothing! Very annoying!

Well! My mom made a deep dish blueberry pie this morning before she went to the gym. What's the problem, you ask? The morning is MY time! Yes, she did take me out for my sunbath before she made the pie, and yes she did sit in my room with me while it was baking. Just because it is too hot in the afternoons to turn on the oven, I had to give up at least 30 minutes of MY mommy time while she put that pie together. And I only like the crust. She could have just baked a crust for me in much less time than that!

At least after she got home from the gym (and showered), she spent the next hour with me. However I was still mad at her from this morning, so I just ignored her. She sat and read, and I played with my toys. To be honest I was glad she was in there, but I would never let her know. Even if she did fix one of my favorite toys and reattach the bell. I do love those bells.

Kiddo

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07/29/2014 03:18.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi, and Pumbaa
Hello to all my dear BC friends, Zeena here with today's BOTM POST. Today we will take a look in brief at a touchy subject that has people lined up on both sides of the debate. It involves the breeders verses conservationists. I am not sharing this to side with either group, but as a general interest topic. These are exerts from an interview with Tony Silva a world renowned expert on Aviculture.
Interviewer; In light of all the talk about breeders, verses the conservationist groups, how can we make our legislators, the animal rights radicals, and the conservation elitists, understand that what we as private aviculturists do, is valuable and should be encouraged, not strangled with laws and regulations which in the end, will result in extinction, not preservation, of exotic birds?

Tony Silva: "We need an active, strong avicultural industry. Breeders must be allowed to breed for the pet industry, unimpeded by regulations and laws that simply do not work for us or the birds. The birds we raise for the pet industry supports the work we do with endangered species. And we have to do this, because third world countries don't care about what happens to their birds, they simply don't care. We have to look at individual species like the Spix. If it weren't for private aviculture, there would be no Spix Macaws. And the Brazilian government recognizes this! They say, 'Look, we don't care if we ever reintroduce Spix Macaws. We're just happy that authorities say we'll still have the species around, even if it's not in the jungle. '
Interviewer; Has the establishment of the CITES treaty curbed the explotation of wild Parrots

Tony Silva: I never would have thought imports would stop, because to these countries, birds are a renewable resource. In Southern Argentina a number of years ago, they were packaging up Patagonian Conures in cans and selling them to the Japanese as delicacies because nobody wanted to buy them as pets or to breed.

Look at the Tucuman Amazon. It is so rare they are difficult to locate in their habitat or aviculture. Officials in their range gave permits to shoot them because they were raiding the cornfields . Then there's the Scarlet Macaw in Surinam. It is on CITES Appendix I, but it is perfectly legal to bag up to 3 a day. The natives use them for food. Trade in birds' countries of origin will go on because these people have to survive. There is such a lack of education -- and you're going to tell them not to shoot this or that bird, or to protect this tree! And people won't believe this unless they see it. It's like the Hyacinth Macaw study. The researchers have a few lunches with bird trappers and gives their opinions as first-hand knowledge. But it's not accurate. Without captive breeding many species of Parrots the world over will cease to be in the next ten years. We need breeders to guarantee there will be any Parrots left in the end.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/29/2014 02:00.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Bro...
Let's put lots of food and snacks in the tank with lots of ammo and sleeping gear incase we have to be out all night hunting down the Squawkers.
Let's go bro !!!
The Band of brothers rock.

Much love to my sweet family clan
Love your bro
Panther.

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07/29/2014 11:56.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki
At one point here every time it rained we would lose our power but they seemed to have fixed that problem but lately I just don't know,sometimes there is an accident up on the main road which will knock our power off also or if they are working on the lines somewhere.It's still a pain in the tail feathers,the clocks can never seem to catch up with one another!
You've never had Indian Pudding? Its really good and Mom usually makes it around Thanksgiving.You make it with cornmeal,sugar,molasses,and milk.You put all the ingredients in a pan after the milk is scalded and stir it til it gets thick then you pour it in a casserole dish and bake it in the oven for an hour or so and then when you take it out you can eat it hot with cream or whipped cream or cold!Mom usually makes it with raisins but the skin sibs don't like raisins so she makes it plain,she's even made it with cranberries.
It turned out to be a nice day here,77 degrees and bright sunshine and Mom is planning on getting us outside for a soaking shower and some sun!I sure hope she hurries because we will be in our cages all day tomorrow when she has to leave for her errands and Zumba class!
Kallie got a good ride when the table went for a walk on the deck!At least there's no wind today so we should have a nice dinner on the deck with our parronts tonight!
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses to my sweet BFF!Loving you always and forever,Dixie

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07/29/2014 10:54.59 AM Report This Comment  
  HI MY WONDERFUL DEAR RAFFI !!!!
Since all of us had such a wonderful time yesterday swimming what are our plans for today my sweet one?....I know you always come up with the best ideas....Raffi I plan to be with you forever so you never have to worry about that.....Mom just told me that they woke up today and it feels just like a fall day...They had to close all of the windows and that the temps will probably only go in the high 60s....She said she must have slept through the month of August(Ha Ha).....I am so ready to spend another beautiful day with my Raffi....Just pecked a V4U...With many of my birdie wing hugs & beak kisses...Your forever girlfriend, Cydney ..<3..<3..<3... :o)

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07/29/2014 09:42.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
We've been having internet difficulties--from no bandwidth for US to no internet at all.
How is dad progressing? My mom is getting better and better. She may get out a bike today to try.
Later we are eggspecting t'storms, so mom is trying to get to as many friends as possible while WE get the bandwidth, hehehe.
Polly

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07/29/2014 08:57.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki,
Just stopping by with a vote.
Hope you're having a good day!!

Your friend,
Chipper

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07/29/2014 08:16.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
I think they might have listed who was riding which pig, but no pics yet. I got Piglet again!
It's cool here today, don't expect the temps to go much above 70. If that's the case, mom will probably scrub the porch railings, since she finally found the Simple Green she was looking for. It's a good cleaner for the outdoor stuff. Of course, if it gets warmer, that plan will die in favor of the pool. It's open for such a limited time, mom likes to take advantage of every day she can go. Labor day is coming too soon! Nothing much else going on; Mom has a tour coming up tomorrow at the museum, and Thursday is the big eye appointment. Gene will be going back to Germany on Saturday, so she'll probably go visit him on Friday. Other than that, the week is a slow one, but we're never bored, and neither is mom. Hope you are having a great day and getting lots of sunshine and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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07/29/2014 08:11.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Raffikki
We don't usually have any of the BC issues during the Milonga. Until Chyna and others mentioned it we didn't know. Eggspect slowness, but didn't seem slow to us. It is always greyt to see everybirdie even if they can't stay long.

Hope you don't get those triple digits. We haven't seen any this summer and hope not to. Temps here were just slightly cooler and evening cooled off quicker too. Be wonderful to have lower daytime temps today.

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

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07/29/2014 05:05.03 AM Report This Comment  
  The fids all wake up extra early
and waddle to the kitchen with Pumbaa and Petunia following ! Mama Erin is fixing a healthy breakfast since they want to head to the track and work out with the piggies !

They make sure to pack a lunch and carry a bag of carrots and apples for the piggies . . .

Looking forward to a productive day !

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07/29/2014 03:53.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi,
Ooh sweetie, I love your parrots like their my own. :). And I will watch over them like they are my own too. I will continue to watch over your daddy till he gets home with your mommy and I will still check in on him and your mom.

Angel Sally hugs her Raffikins as he feeds the hungry duckies early in the morning.

I'm so glad your dad is feeling better.

We continue to send him and your mommy good thoughts and prayers.

Sending them both big birdie hugs and beaky kisses.

I'll be seeing him every night with my cloudy hugs and kisses every night too. Don't forget to tell him although he can't see me it doesn't mean I'm not there.

I'm always there, you be sure and tell him that okay?? Us Angels are always with your daddy 24/7 well one of us is, that is. :)

Love you sweetie! Angel Sally snuggles with her sweet Raffikins as they watch the morning sunrise.

Love from above,

Your Angel Salkykins

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07/29/2014 12:50.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki
That sounds normal. Glad that your dad is doing well.
We are just so cold up here. Those nasty t-storms hit us hard. Didn't like the loud thunder booms or the flashy lights ... go away.
Today was a bad asthma day for mom. I took real good care of her. Outside it was dark and cold (60's) ... it looked like November! This is wrong ... summer is suppose to be warm and sunny. Where is my summer?
Hugs
Chyna

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07/28/2014 10:52.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
we don't know what we will do about Boo Boos nest. its a coconut shell that dad wired into a tiny easter basket. then mom fills the nest with alfalfa. the handle of the basket attaches to the top of the cage and Boo Boo swings in her basket when she jumps in it. she always sits in her basket every morning and makes baby sounds for dad who then gives her some canned dog food rolled up into a meatball. since she doesn't have the nest now she didn't make the baby sounds. she only makes them for dad. the bottom of her cage is lined with thick foam so she doesn't \hurt herself when she jumps down. every toy in her cage is a worry because of her bad leg and foot. she can't control it very much and it gets caught on things

i think i must have slept through the months of July and August because with this cool weather it sure feels and looks like fall.today continued with rain and wind with a high of 62 and tonight its 51 brrrrr.

love Boo Boo

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07/28/2014 09:58.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki
Mom got to stay home with us all day today and early this morning our power went out and Mom had fun going around fixing all the clocks and the VCR all over again and now just when she was catching up on the time things are way off again.She's got to work more on getting the VCR up to the proper time as its cutting off the beginning of her show again!It was a dark rainy morning with peeks of sun here and there throughout the day along with the dark dumping rain periods!It started getting muggy and then when my parronts went out on the deck to eat dinner we got to join them out there,(Mom was making indian pudding,rice krispie treats for my dad and dinner in the big oven)and there was a nice breeze out there,but it became a big wind storm and blew the umbrella and table across the deck with my frother Kallie on the table in his deck cage!Dad had to take the umbrella off!
Are your cousins still with you and your skin sis too? I'll bet you are having such a greyt time with them all!How's your sweet Poppa Jim doing?Please give him all our love and tell him he is still in our thoughts and prayers for healing and peace from pain!Give Mama Erin a warm hug from my Mom,I'll bet she's so relieved that he's feeling much better now,my Mom knows just what she has been going through too!
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses to my sweet BFF!Loving you always and forever,Dixie

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07/28/2014 05:36.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
The piggy pics are not ready yet. Please be patient. The August Milonga is not until 8/30, but we understand you want to post your pics way before then. Auntie Denise also has this thing called a job that keeps interfering with her play time. She will get them done though, do not fret.

Yes, Mom is glad that Gloria the car is all pretty again. Several of you have asked about her after seeing her in my gallery, so here's her info. She is a 2001 Audi TT Quattro, and she only has 88,500 miles on her which is low for such an old car. Mom was lucky she didn't ever have a long commute, and one year only drove 1.5 miles to work! Anyway Mom bought her back when she was working and making bunches of money; she could never afford such a nice car today. That is why she plans to keep Gloria for a very long time!

I gave my mom a tough time about going outside this morning, but I finally gave in and climbed on her shoulder so she could carry me over to my outside carrier. Once there I had no problem climbing right in; I just didn't want to be interrupted in my meditation I was doing on my big swing. Anyway we got out there at 8:45 and it was a bit cloudy which meant it was not overwhelmingly hot yet. High today in the 90s again, so it's a good thing I didn't mess around too long. By the time Mom got home from the gym at 12:30 it was way too hot. In fact, Mom doesn't plan to leave the house again today. Works for me!!

Kiddo

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07/28/2014 03:26.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Our week started off with bad thunderstorms during the night. Hope your week is off to a good start.
Have a good day!! Leaving you a vote.

Your friend,
Chipper

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07/28/2014 02:46.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
Hi everybirdie, Zeena here with Monday's BOTM POST. Today we visit a beautiful song bird making a new comeback in homes around the globe. The Pekin Rokin, a song bird of extraordinary talent. I wish to thank all my many friends for their votes and stopping to leave comments on my page. I read them all.
The Red-billed Leiothrix or PEKIN ROBIN (Leiothrix lutea) is usually found in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Burma and parts of Tibet. This species is a bird of the hill forests, found in every type of jungle though it prefers pine forests with bushes. It has also been found at elevations ranging from near sea level to about 7,500 feet.

The species was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands in 1918 and spread to all the forested islands except Lanai. Its population on Oahu crashed in the 1960s and it disappeared from Kauai, but is now common and increasing on Oahu The leiothrix was released in Western Australia but it failed to become established. This species was also introduced in Great Britain but permanent establishment was unsuccessful. It was introduced to France, where it is now established in several areas.
Adults have bright red bills and a dull yellow ring around their eyes. Their backs are dull olive green, and they have a bright yellow-orange throat with a yellow chin; females are somewhat duller than males, and juveniles have black bills. It has also been introduced in various parts of the world, with small populations of escapees having existed in Japan since the 1980s. It has become a common cagebird and amongst aviculturists it goes by various names: Pekin Robin, Pekin Nightingale, Japanese Nightingale, and Japanese (Hill) Robin, the last two being misnomers as it is not native to Japan.
Pekin Robins don't fly frequently, except in open habitats. This bird is very active and an excellent singer but very secretive and difficult to see. It makes a wonderful addition to a mixed aviary with good cover provided. Housing one pair per flight.
The standard fare for Pekin Robins in captivity comprises a mix of dried insect food, fresh fruits and mealworms. they especially like fruitflies and live crickets especially in the breeding season.
Pekin Robins are difficult to find for sale but well worth the expenditure and effort to find them.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/28/2014 01:36.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
I don't think the pics of the pigs and riders are anywhere yet. Aunt Denise is working on them, and will probably email yours to you when she gets it done. The milonga for August is on the 30th, so there's lots of time left.
Today is a rainy day and rather cool. I don't think it will hit 70 today. Mom cleaned and fed 13 skunks today, but her record of not getting sprayed still holds, knock on wood! She also took care of those little hawks who are quite grown now, and in the flight cage. (The flight cage is a pre release area for raptors, the center staff makes sure they can hunt, land, preen, do all the birdie things they'll need back home in the wild.) As well as all those, mom also cleaned and watered 3 more juvenile red tailed hawks and 5 screech owls. She also did some dishes and laundry while she was there today. Both of those areas tend to back up quickly if someone doesn't pitch in and help.
After the center, mom went shopping, but now she's home with us, with only one load of laundry to do, so she's basically ours for the day.
I hope you are having a pleasant day filled with sunshine and love. Hugs, Willie

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07/28/2014 11:32.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Panther drives the tank to pick up Raffi
Hey bro I'm sick of those squawk a tiels !!! Let's go hunt them down. A lot of my blogs are disappearing into cyber space and I couldn't get to the milonga Saturday.
Nothing but SQUAWK !!! Did you ask Cydney the magic question yet ??? I hope so. She's perfect for you in everyway. Let's start our day before it get's too hot. There's AC at our stadium !!!
We are soo happy that Papa Jim is healing quickly. Just tell him to stay out of the sand until he's totally healed. Mommy Erin knows why. She talked to mommy Staci heehee...

Much love to my sweet family clan
Love your bro
Panther.

Come visit me, Jedi say's Cheyenne said yes !! Thank you for BOTD, Snowflake says. I'm getting married to Apache..., Tweety... Princess is my wife ! V4 MIKEY PG 61671 & Panther loves Coconut....

07/28/2014 10:46.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki,

How are you? Long time, no talk. It's Oz, The Pink Too. Just wanted to go over some things with you about the Shower we are having for my Sister, Cheyenne & also for Snowflake. I'm the Maid of Honor and I have been in touch with all the Bridesmaids and Cookie (the Quaker) who is the Best Man but I haven't talked to you, yet. Anyway, we're having just an intimate Shower for the "2" Brides & "2" Grooms. We've just having the Bridal Party & their Boyfriends, Girlfriends or Husbands & Wives and also their Families. The Bridesmaids did get the Girls "2" Bar-B-Que Grills for their "2" homes. I'm not sure whether you know it or not but Jedi & Apache are building "2" homes with "2" Master Suites that both couples will live in. They're making one in Philly near our Family and the other in California near Snowflake & Jedi's Family and plan on living in each one "6" months out of the year. They are also planning on putting a Pool and Basketball Court in each one and there will be plenty of room for Family & Friends to stay! Cookie is suppose to buy gifts for the Grooms but I'm not sure what it is, yet. I'm thinking maybe something like Tools to help build the houses. Maybe you know already LOL. Anyway, the Shower is going to be on Sat. Aug. 16th here at our home & 6:00 because Snowflake & Jedi are from California and the time difference you know? The Bridemaids are coming over on Friday & we're having a Girls night here. Sat. we have to pick up the Cake and just decorate alittle. I'm hoping we can even put a centerpiece in the Pool. How cool would that be, Raffi LOL?? I have a Caterer coming so all I have to do is make some refreshing and delightful drinks LOL!! So you Guys just have to come here in the afternoon on Sat. You can come anytime after 12:00 and oh bring your Bathing Suit because as you know we have a Pool and plan on spending the night. Sunday we can have a nice Pool day and finish all the leftover food & drinks. You know you can all stay longer IF you want "Too" but plan on at least staying overnight. My Mommy has a rule that NO BIRD ever flies home at night! Sorry but they are her rules LOL. Okay, I think I told you everything but if you have any questions, please let me know. Here's a vote for you, handsome. Bye for now.

Winghugs,
Oz (Your Pink Friend)
P.S. Did I see something about your Dad not being well? I hope he feels better real soon. My Mommy has him in her prayers.

Come visit me, Parker, Silver, APACHE IS SO HAPPY SNOWFLAKE SAID YES ON 04/27/14, Oz & Cheyenne said YES to her Jedi 5/3/14.

07/28/2014 09:49.59 AM Report This Comment  
  HI MY WONDERFUL DEAR RAFFI !!!!
You know how happy I am whenever I can do something for you that you love...Making the cookies with Scarlet was a lot of fun and we knew you would just appreciate them because they are your favorite....So happy to see Poppa Jim feeling much better...Both Momma Erin and Poppa Jim are so good to the 4 of us....We sure love them a lot....Raffi everyday being here with you is a part of my life that I want it to last forever....Love you so much..You are the best ever.....Just pecked a V4U....With many of my birdie wing hugs and beak kisses....Your forever girlfriend....Cydney ...<3..<3..<3... :o)

Come visit me, Cydney VOTE ZEENA(#255116)BOTM, Sam, Angel Cinnamon (R.I.P.), Stormy & Princess IS MARRIED TO TWEETY!!!.

07/28/2014 09:23.05 AM Report This Comment  
  The famous Mr Raffi, your new friend, Mr Limon
Thanks so much for the honor of BOTD! I am so proud to be here amongst all you fabulous BC parrots! I love all the new found attention I am getting, you know us Toos must have constant interaction with those who love us! I have a lot to learn but my daddy says I am as smart as any Too, and I'm learning very fast! I can see sweet LaLo down the hall, and Jen comes flying by like a fighter jet once in awhile! I don't talk a lot just yet, but dad said I don't have to be loved and show love, much like my sister Angel Christy was! Have a great day and give my love to all in your sweet home, Jen will be back on tomorrow, but this is my day to shine...

My love, it's new & forever, Limon TooMan & my new Dallas family

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm riding Jen's pig Ham Bone, in to win!, Jen Lynn~Come on BC beach party, & all Zon Guys, Limon Dallas~Thanks for BOTD, I love my new home!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, QUEEN ANGEL CHRISTY~Thanks for the honor of BOTD, Ms LaLo~I got my face painted, thanks aunt Denise & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

07/28/2014 08:05.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Raffikki
We didn't seem to have any BC problems Sat night, but know many did. Glad that so many birds were in attendance however brief some of them were there. Lots of fun.

90s again for us. Yuck! Supposed to continue for a few more days, but at least it did cool at night - eventually! And it is cool in the morning when mom is leaving for work, whew!

Time flies quickly with a baby. Need to take more pics.

Keep cool, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

07/28/2014 05:01.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Since it's a dark day
Raffi and Cookie decide to hang out with Scarlet and Teiko and the piggies in the treehouse today. They pull out all the board games and decide to have a marathon :)

Maybe tomorrow they'll bring Scarlet and Teiko to the track so they can watch Pumbaa and Petunia in training . . .

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

07/28/2014 04:33.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki
The milongas are lots of fun until the BC acts up! But, it's good to get together at the same time.
I'm glad you dad is doing greyt. Is he back to normal yet?
We had a horrid day of storms! One that lasted a couple of hours ... scary!!! Then it headed east!
Today sure was a nasty big stormy day. The thunder booms and flashy lights were pretty bad. There is a lot of damage around. We were lucky and are fine. I hope that every bird and family are doing ok too.
Maybe we'll start getting better weather soon, I hope so.
Hugs
Chyna

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07/27/2014 11:02.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
mom and dad were eating dinner tonight and mom heard commotion coming from my cage and saw my foot was caught in my baby nest i sit in. i was flapping and hanging off the side by my bad leg. mom went over and held me so i wasn't dangling anymore and then dad took the nest from the cage which i was still caught in and worked for at least 3 minutes to get my foot untangled and dad said no more nest for me. tonight i sat all evening with mom in the bedroom and held my leg up but i still hoped around a bit using the leg. mom is glad i didn't pull my leg off i was struggling so hard.

love Boo Boo

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07/27/2014 10:32.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffikki
Mom and Dad went out to breakfast at Hearth and Kettle and it took forever to get out of there!Mom had a birthday coupon for $10.00 off a meal and they got that all messed up!Then when they got home,skin sis came over with Peepers,Celine and Mario for Mom to clip their nails and for skin sis to do her laundry,they hung it out on the line and the minute the last piece of clothing got pinned up it started to rain!They had to run back and get it all down and put in the dryer so,so much for saving on energy and getting fresh smelling laundry!Then Mom cut skin sis's hair for her,she was really nervous about cutting her hair,Mom is all right with doing the boys hair but not girls!Mom started off with the clippers that she uses on the boys and the comb and layered skin sis's hair on the sides and layered bangs for her and left the back long!She trimmed a little off the length and then quit as she was afraid to go any further!Skin sis actually loved her new haircut!Mom made her a lunch of hot dog omelet and blueberry pan fried toast.
Today's highs were 74 and when the sun was out this morning it felt really good,but the intermittent rain was such a bummer especially when it kept getting dark!Then the sun comes out after 4pm for a few seconds!What good was that?Our lows are 69.You sure are getting hot there!We're supposed to be in the 80's later on this week and that's too hot for us!
Because of the rain and all the things Mom was busy doing today we never got to go outside,and we won't be able to tomorrow either as its supposed to rain all day here then too!I was so mad at my Mom for keeping me in my cage all day,I ripped up all my papers!Well,at least I got to sit in my acrylic cage and watch the wild birds come and go outside,Mom ran out of bird seed for them and the feeders are so low down now,she's got to pick some up this week or they'll be going somewhere else!
Your sweet Poppa Jim will always be in our thoughts and prayers,we know what your poor sweet Momma Erin must have been going through,its just so stressful and we are soo happy that he's feeling better each day!Mom will keep putting his name in the special intentions book at church til he's completely 100%!
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 BFF,Love,Dixie

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

07/27/2014 06:04.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Angel Sally floats down to see her favorite
Raffi at the docks feeding the duckies.

Hey there she says giving him a big warm cloudy hug. :)

How's your dad doing? I hope he's getting better. :). I've been sending my good Angel thoughts and prayers for him. :). I've been going to visit him after hours also when no one is there and giving him my Angel hugs and kisses. :). To help him get stronger and healthier too.

Only Angels are allowed after hours as no one can see us that's why. She giggles. :)

Your daddy's asleep most of the time but let him know that I stop by every night and give him an Angel hug and kiss from me okay ?

Be sure to tell Momma Erin for me and give her an Angel hug and kiss for me too okay ?

I love them both dearly and I'm always with them. :)

Angel Sally snuggles with Raffi as he feeds the duckies and ooh Angel Sally, your the bestest.

I know and your the bestest too! Hrhehehe they giggle and watch the sunrise, their best time together. The best of friends. :)

Love from above,

Your Angel Sallykins

Come visit me, Angel Sally says smile when you think of us Angels, Pookie says I've been twitter patted !! & Laka Aolani says have a safe summer !! :)..

07/27/2014 05:22.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Raffi
The milonga sure was a lot of fun, although I still say the ladies in bikinis (you know who you are!!) took serious advantage of distracting us poor guys in the volleyball game. Still not sure who won, and I don't really care. What fun! The band sounded greyt as usual, Ms BB and her liquid refreshments were delicious and Lizzie's buffet....well, let's just say nobirdy went home hungry.

If you come to my page and look at the first two pics in my gallery you will see Gloria the car in all her gleaming glory (why do you think Mom named her Gloria). That's right; the new USB cable arrived yesterday and the pics are finally downloaded on my page. I don't mind sharing space with her at all, as long as she doesn't drive me to the groomers. We are going to have a long chat very soon.

Had a nice sunbath this morning, and we didn't get out till 9:30!! There were actually a few clouds out, so the weather was very slightly cooler. Just in the upper 80s today, which is an improvement. It still doesn't cool off much at night, and Mom has to leave the fan going in my room with my cover open about 6". Which means I wake up as soon as the sun comes up. Mom usually gets up around then anyway, but now I make sure she does!

Oh, and today I like peaches! Mom bought a couple more when she and Dad went to the grocery store yesterday, since they had some more locally grown ones. This time I decided they were good, which is fortunate since Mom said the grapes were so awful she didn't get me any.

Kiddo

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07/27/2014 01:44.33 PM Report This Comment  
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