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Mr SKY & the lovely MISS BIG BABY (BB) are to be wed in JANUARY 2014
date to be announced
Baby is the LOVE-OF-MY-LIFE- , and always will be.

THE SPOTLIGHT ON CARING blogs will resume in November 2013 with Polly & Zippy



Sky was a bird that was extremely abused early in his life. He sustained many injuries that where never treated.
At 2 years old SKY was rescued and went to live in a parrot rescue near London, Ont. He lived there for 7 years. It became necessary to rehome SKY into a forever home with someone who would accept and make allowances for his disabilities. By chance I saw something regarding Sky on the internet and decided to check it out. I am so glad that my curiosity brought us together. HE is a true gentleman and a spokes bird about abuse and rescues.
He travels around Eastern Ontario where he & Momma Deb speak to people or groups about humane bird care, about abuse and about bird rescues etc.
HE is a home town celebrity, with people stopping in to visit with him regularly.
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Hi! My name is SKY

I am a Green-Winged Macaw from Napanee, ON.

SKY BOY, Momma's Boy,
The King of HEARTS,
and Momma's big man/bird


12 years old   M

Green-Winged Macaw

Sky loves bananas, cantaloupe and Macaroni with cheese, pizza, oatmeal, spaghetti, and everything food....

On the front porch with his Momma, and his play stand that he shreds weekly and has to be rebuilt.

Having his tail touch. He doesn't like his almonds to touch his walnuts in the bowl.

I love when Momma holds my feet so I can fly. I can't fly due to a injured wing but when she runs with me I feel like I could fly for miles

Bird of the Day, Dec 22, 2011
BOTM- Dec. 2012
BOTD-Dec 28th 2012


BOTM-December 2012
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IF you have BUT 1 friend, You are truly rich!!!!
and to have friends, YOU must be a friend!
MAY ALL MY FRIENDS BE RICHLY BLESSED
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  Hi Sky
Hi, and thanks for your daily visits and votes!
Today we are still downtown, very near the holiday square that we visited yesterday. The buildings and surrounding areas make up PPG Place. The skyscrapers are glass, and pretty impressive, but they have an ice skating rink set up outside right now in the plaza, you can see it with the tree up in my 5th pic. The 6th pic is without the tree, taken later in the winter. The 3rd and 4th pics show the buildings, and the first two pics show an interior space in the main building called the Wintergarden. It's a big, airy open space. Right now there are gingerbread houses in with the plants, but mom's pics are older. They decorate for Christmas every year, too.
I hope you are having a great day, and hope to see you tomorrow! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/20/2014 02:37.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Saturday to
stamp U your daily
votie
have a greyt one
be a god birdie
see you tomorrow
wings hugs

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Ti Paul40680/Chip257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTMPeppi262561/Mour- ning Gizmo.

12/20/2014 11:47.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi SKY!
Hi Sky! I just saw your page and I voted for you!You're beautiful! It's awesome that we have the same name! You're my friend now.


By the way, my colour is grey, but the picture makes it look more like violet. :-)

Love and hugs,
Sky

Come visit me, Sky.

12/20/2014 06:03.30 AM Report This Comment  
  morning mr. Sky
ahhhh . . . I am so excited about mom's vacation that I woke up extra early today ! From under my cover I started calling "hii" :) Since mom and dad are heading to the g'parronts today, I'll nap and catch up on my sleep then - After my nap I'll watch the wild birds outside or look at all my cards from my friends that mom hung on the hallway door where I can see :)

Mom met a couple friends for dinner last night and had to re-tuck me in when she came home - with kisses of course !

Have a wonderful day :) love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/20/2014 05:00.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Happy TGIF Day!

Hugs,

Angel & Pepper

Come visit me, ANGEL & PEPPER - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!.

12/19/2014 12:47.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Thanks for your votes every day! I love hearing from you.
Today we are in Market Square, in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. Every Christmas season it turns into a Holiday Marketplace, with booths set up for buying locally made crafts and artworks, food booths and tables for the people brave enough to sit outside and eat, a house for Santa to stay in and see the children, and even a stage where locals can perform music, theater, and dance. It's a fun place to visit during the holidays, and it sure brightens up the downtown area for everyone. It has become a destination for some, along with decorated store windows, and the replica of the Vatican nativity scene on Steel Plaza.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of love. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/19/2014 12:15.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Friday to stamp
U your daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see you tomorrow
wings hugs

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Ti Paul40680/Chip257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTMPeppi262561/Mour- ning Gizmo.

12/19/2014 11:50.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
It's Cammie and Bourke.
Thank you so much for the hatchday greetings and helping us win Birds of the Day. And thank you for the beautiful Christmas card.
Your friendship means the world to us.
Love,
Cammie and Bourke.

Come visit me, Angel SUNNY, ALEX, SAWYER, RIO & SKYE, POPEYE, SAFFRON (SASSY), THE PRETTY ROSE FLOWER SHOP, PEARL, EMERALD (Emmie), Angel LUCKY, BLUE & JEWEL, CALICO, THE PROUD BIRD PIE SHOP, SELF SERVE FLOWER PAGE, CAMELLIA (CAMMIE) & BOURKE, Angel CHILLI, GINGER & Angel LOLA.

12/19/2014 10:55.15 AM Report This Comment  
  morning mr. Sky
It's here ! TGIF has a whole new meaning today ! Mom has just hours to go till vacation ! Now, I've got plans for this vacation and they include lots of treats and head rubs, maybe a splash and of course lots of games and songs :)

Mom did run out last night leaving me and dad for a few minutes - she was out of milk. She came back with not only milk though, she came back with a strawberry ! ! ! Told you I was being a good boy !

Have a wonderful and peaceful day ! love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/19/2014 02:19.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Thursday
to stamp U your daily
votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see you tomorrow
wings hugs

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Ti Paul40680/Chip257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTMPeppi262561/Mour- ning Gizmo.

12/18/2014 02:26.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Mr Sky
Ms BB lands her shuttle & waddles down the ramp with a stick in her left wing. There is a string tied to the end of the stick. The other end of the string is tied to a deep fried pickle on a stick.

I will be able to get Sky to follow me anywhere with this!!!!!!

Knock, knock,knock. Mr Sky answers the door & sees a pickle hanging in front of him. His eyes pin & he grabs for it. It bobs away from him so he follows it out the door & into Ms BBs shuttle with Ms BB right behind him.

See. I told yea it would be easy to get Sky to go where I wanted him to. Off the shuttle goes. Maybe it will run out of anti matter again!!!!!!

Come visit me, Buba, Jedi & Chipper-Celebrating Christmas at the KB, Ms BBs page. Merry Christmas, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Ruby in the BC Castle for November, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/18/2014 01:47.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Thanks for your continuing votes! I love hearing from you every day, too.
Today we are taking some public transportation! Not your common bus, subway, or trolley, but the INCLINE! (Pittsburgh does have the trolleys, buses, and a little subway system as well.) For anyone not from around here, the inclines are a way to get from downtown to either Mount Washington or the South Side, depending on which one you take. The first 2 shots are the Duquesne Incline, which goes up from Station Square in town to Mount Washington, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh that offers spectacular views of the downtown area. The next 2 are the Monongahela (or Mon) incline, which goes to the slopes of the South Side of the city. Believe it or not, there used to be public steps every bit as steep as the inclines are, where steelworkers and glassworkers would climb from their jobs to their homes. Imagine going up a couple hundred steps after a long day in the mill!
The inclines were originally used for that same purpose, but today they are mostly a tourist attraction, although some folks still park up there and ride to town because parking is cheaper on the hills. If you are a senior citizen, you ride for free, the same as all the public transportation in the city.
I hope you are having a fun day today and getting some sun. It's cold and kind of snowy here. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/18/2014 11:26.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi mr. Sky
that mean TWO days till mom's vacation ! Today and tomorrow ! Of course tomorrow night is a Cookie and dad night - she has the nerve to make plans with some of her friends to get together before the holiday ! Jeepers - I thought vacation would be ALL Cookie !

I'm still decorating my cage - I got a couple more pieces of wrapping paper last night, but haven't found just the right spot for them yet . . . maybe today while mom and dad are gone. Have a good day :) love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/18/2014 01:50.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Thanks for your votes and visits daily! I love hearing from everybirdie.
Yesterday we did everything Heinz, today we are moving to Frick. He was one of those robber baron guys, but he gave back some to the city. Not like Andrew Carnegie, who gave back a ton, but still...
Henry Clay Frick gave Pittsburgh Frick Park, a beautiful space in the eastern part of the city with tennis courts, many playgrounds, walking trails, a nature center, a running track, an exercise track, a bowling green, as well as many picnic pavilions. In my pics today, the fifth and sixth ones are of Frick Art museum, right across from the bowling greens of the park. The Museum isn't part of the park, though. It's a small museum with many beautiful paintings. In a neighboring block is Clayton, a Frick city mansion. One of the pics is the garage. A friend of mom's is curator of the cars. The mansion itself is huge, the rooms are incredible, there is great woodwork inside. Right now it's decked out for the holidays. I don't know if you can see it, but one of the pics shows the staircase draped in greens. There are tours conducted there when people request them.
I hope you are still enjoying your tour of Pittsburgh. I'm having fun bringing to you all the great areas of the city. Hope also that you are having a great day! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/17/2014 08:33.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Wednesday to
stamp U your daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see you tomorrow
wings hugs

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Ti Paul40680/Chip257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTMPeppi262561/Mour- ning Gizmo.

12/17/2014 07:18.14 AM Report This Comment  
  morning mr. Sky
Happy humpday ! Only one week till Santa Bird arrives - I even had a bath last night in preparation and didn't scream at mom when she got home late from her faculty/staff holiday party ! I'm really trying ! Of course tonight, both parronts are out - bird club party - now that one I think I should be allowed to go to . . . but NO ? This one is at an Italian restaurant - I never get to go cause I'm flighted and won't wear a suit ! No way, not me !

So I'll watch the tree and listen to the music and hope they're home early - have a good day - love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/17/2014 02:11.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sky!
It was a rainy this morning, and the fog hung around for a while, too. But then that icky old wind came out of the northwest...the fog must have gotten cold, cuz it ran out of here like mad. Mom went out at lunch for her walk, and those geese were NOT taking baths today. It got cold out, and the wind literally howled! Guess we are back to the winter weather. Mom even saw a few snowflakes in the headlights driving home. UGH!

Mom is slowly getting her Christmas cards out--let's hope they will get sent before Christmas day! She is definitely not on top of things this year, that is for sure. But the winner here is me, cuz she spends more time snuggling with me cuz of her being at work all day (I am good at guilt!).

Not much else going on, so have a super Toosday!

Your buddy,
Kaji

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote PEPPINO #262561 for BOTM in January!.

12/16/2014 08:28.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Thanks for stopping by again! I appreciate each blog and vote, and of course, all the hugs, too.
Today we're going to do everything Heinz! You may have noticed that Pittsburgh has some recurring names to things, Carnegie, Frick, Mellon, Heinz...
So the Heinz family built the Heinz plant on the North Side of the city, and they made 57 varieties of things, including Heinz Ketchup. (They also gave PA a great senator, John Heinz, who passed away at a young age.) Anyway, they have given a lot back to the city, so going from the last new pics (5&6) to the first they are 2 shots of Heinz Chapel. This is a nondenominational church located on the University of Pittsburgh campus, very close to the Cathedral of Learning (and the museum). One of mom's nieces got married there, it's a very popular place for weddings.
There are both exterior and interior views. The next 2 pics(3&4) are at Heinz field, the Great Hall. This is where the several Vince Lombardi trophies and super bowl rings, as well as lots of other Steeler memorabilia, are shown. It's like its own museum. The first 2 pics are the Heinz plant and the pickle pin!
When mom was young, Heinz plant tours were popular for kids. Her class toured the plant, and each kid was given a pickle pin at the end of the tour. They must have given out millions of pickle pins in their time here. Today the plant is owned by DelMonte, and lots of the stuff isn't made here any more, but the building still stands.
And we've seen Heinz Field and the Heinz History Museum already. So that's all things Heinz in our area! Thanks for reading, and hope you have a lovely day, and get lots of attention.
BTW, did you see the parrots singing carols on the new newsletter? They are really fun to watch. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/16/2014 12:03.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Tuesday to
stamp U your daily
votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see U tomorrow
wings hugs

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Ti Paul40680/Chip257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTMPeppi262561/Mour- ning Gizmo.

12/16/2014 07:55.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi mr. Sky
It's Tuesday - mom had to cancel her drama club (don't think the kids will mind !) - it's her faculty/staff holiday party after school ! She doesn't plan on staying too long cause she'll miss me ! Besides me and daddy will be wanting our suppers - ha ha ha !

Our weather is near the 40's for almost this whole week ! Rain overnight tonight though :( I guess it's better than snow. . .

Counting on my talons now the days till mom is home ! love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/16/2014 02:19.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sky!
Okay, they said it was supposed to be nearly 50 degrees today. HA! Maybe someplace to the west of us, but surely not here. Woke up to a very foggy day, and I had this attitude...and would not come out of my house. Mom overslept some--just enough to make her worried about the longer drive in to work cuz of the construction. I mean, I was in a real grumpy mood. Mom knew if she put her hand in my house...it would have been attacked, big time. She thought I would come out myself, and go to the top of it. Nope. I was sitting there glaring at her. So she got an old perch that she put in my house and said to step up. I admit--that perch is not a good fighting adversary at all. Darn thing doesn't fight back! I finally got tired of biting the heck out of it, and climbed on so Mom could show me the fog outside. Like that is what I wanted to see. So once she put me on my playgym, I chewed up the base of it pretty good. And I would not poop, either, or eat anything for the longest time.

There is a method to my behavior: it keeps Mom paying attention to me, and home longer with me. Smart, huh?

Anyway, she did get to work about 5 minutes late. She said the fog covered the buildings that were taller than two stories. The wind was not coming off the lake at lunch so she walked down to the spot overlooking the lake in the park. She said the fog was so bad she could not see the breakwall at all. It is so visible otherwise. But she did see the geese out there taking baths in the lake. She could see them rising up out of the water and flapping their wings. She loves watching them, and they must have been really happy it was 'warm' out.

Off to get my head scritch!

Your buddy,
Kaji

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12/15/2014 08:20.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Monday to
stamp U your daily
votie
Have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see you tomorrow
wings hugs

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Ti Paul40680/Chip257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTMPeppi262561/Mour- ning Gizmo.

12/15/2014 11:45.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Thanks for sharing my blogs with the flock. Thanks for the votes every day! I really love hearing from you, too.
Before we leave the Strip, we have to visit St. Stanislaus Church, it's right in the center of things, there on Smallman Street! The first 2 pics in my gallery show one of the oldest churches in Pittsburgh, St. Stanislaus in the Strip. I thought while we were seeing churches, we could go back to Oakland and see St. Paul's Cathedral, the next 2 pics in my gallery. This is the biggest Catholic church in the area. The last 2 new pics are of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, built by the Mellons in the 1800s. The people in Pittsburgh at the time called it Mellon's Fire Escape! Maybe it was, who knows? Today at that church, there are organ recitals every week, and Taize music some evenings. If you don't know the Taize stuff, you should google it and listen to a piece or 2, it's beautiful singing.
So, tomorrow we will go back to Oakland to see other things, including Heinz Chapel.
You may have noted Heinz field, Heinz History museum, and now Heinz chapel; what's that all about? We'll talk more tomorrow! Hope you have a spectacular day. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/15/2014 10:58.41 AM Report This Comment  
  hi mr. Sky
There's a lumpy stocking with my name on it ! ! ! Mean ole' mom won't let me near it though . . . and I tried ! She kept distracting me with jingly toys ! Daddy's is lumpy too - and she won't let him at his either ! What's with that ?

Mom and dad got home early yesterday from the g'parronts with some fresh sugar snap peas ! There's a great little market up near their house that is expensive (I'm worth it) but has the nicest produce . . .

Final week of school before mom is on vacation till January 5 ! Woooo hoooooooo ! Have a fun day and be good - Santa Bird is watching ! love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/15/2014 01:48.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sky!
It was 46 here, and now we have dense fog. It was overcast all day, which made it perfect for sleeping. Mom and I took a nice nap, then she had the Packers game on...well, let's just say she brought out the darn sucking machine cuz she said maybe it she did not watch the game, they would do better. They did not. So now the Packers and Lions are tied, and the Pack has to win the next two games to stay in the playoff slots. Mom says they lost their own game today. Grandpa says that it must have been their third stringers playing today, they were that bad.

Hope you had a great Sunday!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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12/14/2014 08:17.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
I know you've been having problems, hope they are cleared up now. I try to keep you in the loop with my blogs, because I know you are interested. Please share them with Chuey if she doesn't get them.
Thanks for your ongoing support!
Today I posted one more pic of PennMac, the cheese counter! It is as popular as the meat counter, and always crowded.
Next, while we are in the Strip District, we have to visit the Heinz History Center. It's in the heart of the Strip District, and houses Pittsburgh history, including a trolley. They have traveling exhibits there, too. They are doing a Heinz exhibit right now though, featuring Heinz ketchup and pickles, haha. The first pic is one of an evaluation of antiques they do at the history center each August. From what the people bring in to be assessed, they film 10 to 12 episodes of Hidden Treasures, a TV show kind of like Antiques Roadshow, but with all Pittsburghers and their stuff. Some of it is quite valuable.
We probably should leave the Strip soon, so mom doesn't end up buying a lot of stuff. Some of the stores, like Wholey's fish market, are unique and wonderful to visit!
See you tomorrow with another installment of Pittsburgh stuff. Hope you are having a great day! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/14/2014 07:51.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Sunday
to stamp U your
daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
Go to church if you can
see you tomorrow
wings hugs

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Ti Paul40680/Chip257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTMPeppi262561/Mour- ning Gizmo.

12/14/2014 05:16.24 AM Report This Comment  
  hi mr. Sky
Yesterday turned out terrific ! Other than some grocery shopping the parronts stayed home . . . mom wrapped and dad watched some tv. I even got the scraps of paper to decorate my condo ! Mom didn't wrap mine or daddy's presents - although both of our stockings look a little lumpy :) She says she'll do that in the bedroom where we can't see !

Today is another story though :( The folks are heading up to the g'parronts like they do every weekend. So they'll put on the Christmas music for me and I'll watch the outdoor friends at the feeders on the patio. Mostly I like to watch the silly squirrels chase each other after their peanuts that daddy puts out. He says fat squirrels can't jump - they'll be more likely to leave the feeders alone if they have their own stash !

Have a good day :) love you ! Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/14/2014 01:43.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Saturday to
stamp U your daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see U tomorrow
wings hugs

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Ti Paul40680/Chip257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTMPeppi262561/Mour- ning Gizmo.

12/13/2014 11:12.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi there
Tall,dark & handsome!!! Miss me?
What do you meen who is ME? Its BB you big lout you.

Now you dont get these deep fried pickles on a stick!!!
Oh. OK. I know you were just teasing me. Yes you can have the pickles on a stick.

I have to get back to my bird room & supervise. Dad is takeing the big flight cage apart he made for Tiels out of metal grocery store bread racks years ago. There is only 4 Tiels here & they are not breaders any more.

He says he can get Bubba out of the middle of the floor after it is gone & move Charley Bird & The Bird around too.

Still Ms BB

Come visit me, Buba, Jedi & Chipper-Celebrating Christmas at the KB, Ms BBs page. Merry Christmas, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Ruby in the BC Castle for November, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/13/2014 08:51.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Thank you for your daily visits and votes!
Today we are visiting another area of Pittsburgh which used to be little known, but now is pretty much known to any tourist who comes here. It's the Strip District. No, people don't strip to go there, it's a strip along the Allegheny River very close to town. It used to be a large warehouse district where greengrocers, butchers, and other merchants went early in the day (think 3AM) to get fresh supplies for their stores. The public could also go there and shop. In mom's family, they went in the fall to get whole pigs for sausages and crates of grapes for wine. Over time, as more of the public went there to shop for goods, it became specialized into ethnic shopping areas. There were stores like the Pennsylvania Macaroni company, catering to Italians, Stamboolis, catering to near eastern groups, Greek and Asian markets, etc. Today, the strip has become more genteel, so to speak. There are no longer hucksters in the streets, and lots of the big warehouses are now art galleries, bars, dance clubs, or broken into groups of smaller shops, like the Pittsburgh Public Market.
The oldest stores, like PennMac (Mom's favorite), Wholey's Fish market, and a few others are still up and thriving, but smaller markets, like the biscotti company are doing well too. They have even started sidewalk cafes in the strip for the summer trade. It retains some of its old flavor, though, which makes it still a great place to walk and shop.
Have a wonderful day, don't forget to give out kissies for those scritches. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/13/2014 08:20.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
It's Saturday and other than the grocery store, mom and dad are staying home ! Mom is going to try to do her wrapping (baking comes next weekend - daddy has too much of a sweet tooth to do anything too early !) I love wrapping day :) Whenever there are scraps, I get to take them to decorate my cage !

Have a good day :) love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/13/2014 04:00.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Friday t stamp
u your daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see you tomorrow
wings hugs

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Ti Paul40680/Chip257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTMPeppi262561/Mour- ning Gizmo.

12/12/2014 11:10.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Thanks for your ongoing support, I appreciate each vote.
Today we are going back downtown to the Cultural District. It's a few blocks of theaters and art galleries in the heart of the city. The 4th and 5th pics in my gallery are mom's favorite site; that's Benedum Center, where mom goes to the opera! The Benedum also houses the Civic Light Opera and the musicals which come here from Broadway. The other shots are other theaters in the area. The first pic is Heinz Hall, where the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater perform. Guess what they're doing right now? That's right, The Nutcracker! They also do 2 Messiah performances during December: One is a singalong where they seat you according to voice and only have soloists on stage; the other is the Mendelssohn choir with soloists performing. Mom likes them both, of course. Right up the block from the theaters is the High School for the Performing Arts, too, so the students are right in the thick of things.
Thanks for visiting the Cultural District with me today. See you tomorrow, here's a vote for you. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/12/2014 10:52.22 AM Report This Comment  
  tgif Sky
And only one more week till mom's vacation ! At least the snow is ended (it didn't amount to anything much here) and the sun is supposed to be out later . . . hitting mid 30's too !

Tonight mom and dad have to run to the wild bird store - with the bad weather, the little buggers have been gobbling it up faster than daddy puts it out !

Have a good day :) Love you - Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/12/2014 02:22.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sky!
We had some sun today! Not that it made a whole lot of difference, as it was still damp and the wind kinda bit when it blew in Mom's direction. But it was in the upper 30's. So it was kinda almost nice.

Not much else going on, either. What can I say? I am just happy to spend my time with Mom. Nothing better!

Your buddy,
Kaji

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote PEPPINO #262561 for BOTM in January!.

12/11/2014 08:39.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Dropping off your votie today...

Hugs,

Angel & Pepper

Come visit me, ANGEL & PEPPER - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!.

12/11/2014 07:12.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal, OKi
flying by your page today
Thursday to stamp U
your daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see U tomorrow
wings hugs

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Ti Paul40680/Chip257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTMPeppi262561/Mour- ning Gizmo.

12/11/2014 11:07.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
We're staying at the aquarium today, because mom found pics of the penguins, a good one of the polar bear, and a SEA DRAGON, Yay! The aquarium takes up a couple of levels, the shark tank takes up all the levels, though. It goes from top to bottom of the aquarium, with sharks and other fish swimming in the whole thing. The penguins are out walking in our pic, the zoo people take them for a walk through the zoo at least every week. They live at the aquarium, though. They have one big corner enclosure where they can be on ice or in the water.
Do you love the sea dragon? Mom thinks they are really beautiful fish, and like sea horses, the male keeps the eggs safe in a pouch on his belly. They blend right in with the leaves on the plants and when you go to the aquarium, sometimes it takes awhile to spot them because they are so well camouflaged.
I hope you are having a good day today and I thank you for your ongoing support! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/11/2014 08:14.45 AM Report This Comment  
  hey mr. Sky
Luckily, the snow didn't amount to too much although the snow showers are supposed to continue through today too - which means of course another day of indoor recess ! ICK !

Mom says it feels good to have only her wrapping done - she's enjoying coming home and playing with me ! That is the one nice thing about the winter - she stays home more ! Too cold to go out !

Have a lovely day - stay warm ! love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/11/2014 02:13.07 AM Report This Comment  
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