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Oki,/Vote BOTM GBird275918/Mourning Gizmo

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Mommy wanted to have some company. I was only 2 months old when she adopted me. She got me from a breeder. We were by ourselves for 10 years. Then 2 years ago for my 10th birthday she decided to give me Baby as a mate. However Baby and I dont get along at all.We puff our feathers at each other when we are close. So now its mommy, Baby and I.

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Hi! My name is Oki,/Vote BOTM GBird275918/Mourning Gizmo

I am an African Grey from Orlando, FL.

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  Hi Oki
I hope your mom enjoys her time in NYC. We'll see you again when she gets back.
Today is pretty cloudy looking, and it's cool out there, in the 50s right now, and only going into the low 60s. Mom will get some laundry done, and may change out some of her winter things for more spring and summer things. At least the quilt on the bed is finally changed to the summer weight one.
Today is Falco's vet appointment, and it's at 2:40, which should get mom back on the road well before traffic starts. Mom is hoping only one or 2 more, and she'll be okay. The vet hasn't really done anything the past 2 times, except look at her booboo and see that it's healing so we're not expecting anything else today. Mom is resigned to Falco wearing this collar until the feathers are more grown in, too. She seems to be used to it now, though.
I hope you are having a great beautiful spring day today, getting lots of sunshine, cuddles, and scritches. Hugs, Peppino

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05/03/2016 09:09.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer, readying for Dad's trip
Happy Monday. Dad is packing and running around the house setting up "bird-care"stations.
He's nervous about leaving me w Aunt Kathy - they were both miserable to each other last time.
Dad will be gone 5 days, and is praying we all survive the duration.
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Dad is visiting his Mom in Kentucky - and he'll be flying. He hates travel, hates flying, and hates being away from home.
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Hoping all goes well.
~Wings Up~

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05/02/2016 06:30.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
Mom went with her niece to see the opera last night. The scenery was really cute, it looked very 2 dimensional, and was mostly drawn onto a white background, so looked very childlike and unsophisticated. The music was typical Stravinsky, mom liked it a lot. In fact, she enjoyed the music more than the singing, because the music was playful in spots. The cast was very well matched vocally, and the chorus did a bang up job! For an opera written in 1951, it was pretty good. Mom doesn't usually like contemporary works like that. They had dinner at Nicky's Thai Kitchen before the performance, too.
Today mom has to do a 3 hour spotlight at the new pterosaurs in Dinosaur hall. They are cicnorhamphus, and they are hanging above the hall. Mom thinks she'll be on the second floor balcony, so people can see them better. They are pretty cool pterosaurs, have beaks that indicate they were filter feeders, something like flamingos.
I think after the museum, mom will head to Barnes and Noble, then come home. I hope you are having a good day there. It's gloomy here, and raining off and on. Get lots of cuddles and scritches today. Hugs, Peppino

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05/01/2016 08:07.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Sunday
Hello dear friends-

Dad's making preparations to leave on his short vacation. Of course it will not seem short for either of us.
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Aunt Kathy, the Bird-Sitter, will be lookin in on me, and my dear Uncle Geno promises to visit as well, so they will help pass the time....but nothing's the same without Dad. It's gonna be tough.
I have Dad trained for when it's time for fruit, when it's time for seeds. . .
Dad keeps telling me to be nice - last time I was so sad and angry and everything else that I was miserable to the bird-sitter . . . .
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Saturday was a nice day. Dad and Uncle Geno took a short drive into the country.
Today is rainy and Dad will be at the movies in the afternoon.

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~Wings Up~

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05/01/2016 01:38.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
Falco's update: Mom wasn't going to, but she posted 2 pics of me in my collar, because some birdies asked to see. As you can see, it's like a turtleneck. I hope it comes off soon, because it's keeping me from getting spritzed or getting a bath. Mom is afraid to wet it, thinking that might damage my skin under it. I feel pretty good, though. Hugs, Falco
Today there's not much going on. It's a beautiful day outside, though. Mom walked the dogs in sunshine! She'll spend part of today getting ready for the opera tonight. Aunt Ginny can't go with her, so her niece Jessica is going to pick mom up for dinner and the opera. The opera is The Rake's Progress, which mom has never heard. It's by Igor Stravinsky, who wrote some controversial music in his day, like the Firebird and the Rite of Spring. Those are both ballets that mom likes, so hopefully the opera will be at least interesting.
I hope you are having a great day today, getting some sun and lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Peppino

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04/30/2016 08:45.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
moms eye is feeling better and just a little itchy . her side really hurts but that should go away. mom waited for dad, at the eye doctors, for 3 hours. she finished a book and then dad came out and said the doctor said his eye was much better and dad was very relieved. it was good mom was forced to sit there since she couldn't get into anymore accidents while reading. mom came home and then slept and slept some more and is feeling more rested. today she bought 3 yellow twig dogwoods to plant. they re good for -40F and don't require much sun.

Bad Paddy Cake was at it again and landed on top of the curtains in the bedroom and took off with the silk poop protector mom made to cover the curtains. its about 12 feet long and when Cori saw that thing dropping down to the carpet , panicked, and ran into the cat carrier for safety and wouldn't come out until mom had it draped over the top of the curtains again.

I saw it falling first and had already hoped to the other end of the bedroom before Cori even knew what was happening.

HAPPY TGIF DAY

Love Boo Boo

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04/29/2016 10:41.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
Mom's sister drove her to the eye surgeon yesterday, and in spite of messed up directions from MapQuest, they managed to find the place. The directions told them to do a U turn and go back up the same road, but the place was to their right where the U turn was indicated! Anyway, the doctor did the laser procedure in her right eye, and said he didn't think the left one needed it at all, and maybe never would. Wouldn't that be great? So she has to put in prednisone drops for 5 days, and see her regular eye doc next week for a follow up. She's already seeing better, though. Mom went to dinner with her sister while they waited for the prescription drops to be ready.
This morning mom had the bunny room to clean. She cleaned about 22 cages, with about 40 or so bunnies. There was another person in there weighing them, so that was a huge help. In the middle of cleaning the bunnies, the director came in and asked mom to tube feed 6 possum babies, so she left to do that, too. The babies were in an incubator in the mammal nursery, in a Christmas stocking. Cute, right? They didn't want to go back in there after they were fed, so mom just covered them with a soft blanket and left the stocking in with them. Possums are so cute when they are that little, and they are pretty easy to intubate. Of course, mom clogged one of the feeding tubes, and squirted possum milk all over the place, including her glasses and face. It all worked out though. She managed to get them all done. The staff was complaining about tubes clogging when she went back to the bunny room, so she was glad it wasn't just her.
Now mom is ours for the rest of the day. She needs to do some laundry, but other than that, she's ours, all ours.
It's still pretty cool here, in the low 50s with cloud cover, so it doesn't look too good outside. I hope you are getting better weather, and lots of cuddles and scritches today. Hugs, Peppino

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04/29/2016 11:28.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
Here's Falco's update from the vet visit: I had another visit with Dr. Pleban yesterday afternoon, and she says I'm healing quite nicely. All my meds are done, and she said I don't need any more. I have several feathers growing in, the scab on the inside of my leg is gone, and the big one on the outside is looking good. She says everything is moving right along. She left my little turtleneck collar on, and wants to see me next week. She made the appointment, to make sure her staff knows that when she says one week, that's what she means.
My appointment yesterday was at 3:30, which put us in the middle of rush hour traffic again, but mom chose a different route home, so the trip home only took 40 minutes, not 80 like last week. Next week my appointment is 2:40, so we shouldn't hit any traffic there or back except for school buses. Hugs, Falco
Today it's raining hard out there, but of course the dogs still wanted a walk. It's funny, because they hide under the overhang on the deck when mom puts them out in the rain, but they'll walk on leads right out in the rain! Mom got wet, too, even though she was carrying an umbrella. It's a spring rain, though, so it will be good for the flowers. Temps are mid 50s, it feels like.
Mom is getting that laser treatment on her eyes today, we think. She doesn't know if he'll do both eyes today or not, but we're kind of hoping he does, just to get it over with.
I hope you are having a good day, getting lots of sunshine, cuddles, and scritches. Hugs, Peppino

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04/28/2016 08:57.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Thursday Flitzer
Hello. cool morning in Buffalo.

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Dad busy cleaning, moving things, and getting things changed so men can measure front windows for much-needed replacement. The windows don't open and it gets oppressively hot here in the Summertime.
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Those Quadruple-Berry Muffins were wonderful the other day. Dad knows how to make me happy from beak to tail.
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I was very good for Aunt Maria on grooming day. I did flit across the room for a moment and landed in a plant [yeah - they laughed at me], but after that, I was still and patient for the grooming.
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Make it a wonderful day
~Wings Up~

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04/28/2016 03:50.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
mom limped down and picked up the last bag of leaves on hillside 2. then she had to buy a sheppards hook because when dad cut down the blue spruce last fall mom had moved a birdhouse from it to where she always hangs the hummingbird feeder. birds have made a nest in the bird house so mom had to hang the hummingbird feeder in new spot. after getting it in the ground and then getting the hummingbird feeder hung up a branch from the shrub smacked mom in the eye. mom didn't pay much attention at the time but now it is seeping and itchy and quite sickening. mom is loading both eyes up with eye drops and hopes it will feel better tomorrow.tomorrow she has to drive dad to have more intensive testing done on his eyeballs and he won't be able to see afterwards and its 35 mies away.

HAPPY HUMPDAY

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04/27/2016 10:40.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
Here's Falco's update: Today is my vet appointment, I hope she says I'm healing and maybe can take off the collar. If not, maybe next time. I have 2 new feathers that mom can see on my chest, but the rest is still bald. Anyone know how long it takes? Hugs, Falco
Mom had 2 tours this morning with first grades. They all wanted dinosaurs and friends, and both groups had booked a pterosaur time after their tour, so mom knows they will have a great time. One of the little guys kept trying to correct mom when she said pterosaur! He kept saying pterodactyl, so she finally told him that pterodactyl names one animal in the group, but pterosaur is the name for the whole group. He was very cute!
I hope your weather is better than ours today. It's 62 and cloudy, looks like rain any second. We are hoping the rain doesn't come until mom is back from the vet's office. I hope that you are getting lots of attention, cuddles and scritches today. Hugs, Peppino

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04/27/2016 11:08.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
well mom over did it yesterday. she started on the 2nd hillside. she got 7 50lbs bag full of leaves. that wasn't the hard part. it was dragging the leaves up the hill that did her in. she slipped and ripped open her shin on a rock. she was so exhausted from dragging the leaves up the hillside she never finished the last bag. the blood on her shin dried and her stuck her jeans to her leg. the good news is their was no tear on her jeans. she was so exhausted she didn't even wash up afterwards. she just got dad his dinner and watched tv all night. Cori spent the evening pulling all the sticks and leaves out of moms hair. it was a dirty job but somebody had to help her.

mom was pretty sore when she started to blog for us. she did Coris first and just as she was about to blog for me a muscle spasm shot down her whole leg. she has had them in her foot and calf but never the whole leg. mom had to stand up and try and walk it off. today she is so sore she can barely move. then she was hanging the sheet on the bed and because her leg hurts she shifted her weight wrong and her a pop in her side which means she hurt another muscle which feels similar to a broken rib but is quicker to heal. then mom hd to go to the bank and try and set up a checking account for g-ma so mom can write her checks and the bank said their law department had to approve that. mom had all her papers proving she is power of attorney. she thinks the woman she talked to didn't know what she is doing. after that mom bought super giant bandaids with extra padding and struggled getting them unwrapped so she could cover her seeping shin after she washed it well poured hydrogen peroxide on it and then covered it in neosporin mainly hoping that might prevent scaring.

Paddy Cake has been leaving me alone lately and i was surprised that Piddy Girl flew over numerous times to visit me tonight and was doing her hop skip walk/

love Boo Boo

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04/26/2016 09:25.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
Today mom did the presentation of Hopi and ancient Egyptian animals for the new docent class. It was a little scary, because mom didn't find a lot of information on the Hopi animals, but she managed. She showed the class some of the things that lived or live today in the southwest, like jaguars, pronghorns, etc. She also stopped at the deer and elk cases, even though those particular deer and elk aren't from the southwest. They also stopped at the coyote.
Egypt was a lot easier to research and present. Mom presented the animals and the gods with whom they were associated. It was fun, because not only did they wander all over the second floor, looking at the African dioramas, they also got to see the dung beetles from the resource room.
On the third floor, mom did Bird Hall, but told them they were doing both Egyptian and Hopi, so they had to keep separate notes for them. They paid particular attention to vultures and falcons for Egypt, golden eagles for Hopi, then further down the hall, they stopped at the turkey (Hopi raise wild ones for food), quail, ibis, and a few others. The last 2 stops were in the cultural halls. Mom showed them the mummified animals in Egypt, and where to see the golden eagle in the Hopi area. All in all, it took the full 2 hours which mom didn't expect, but they seemed to get a lot out of it.
On the way home, mom stopped at Trader Joe's (always a mistake when you are hungry), and picked up some beet hummus, Mediterranean hummus, curried chicken salad, sushi, well, you get the picture. She went in there for broccoli and blueberries for us. Oh yes, she got them, too.
That meant coming straight home, though, because it's warm out and some of the things she bought had to be frozen or refrigerated. So she didn't stop to vote, but will go later, as she's not going to miss today's primary.
It rained here this morning, and apparently while mom was lecturing at the museum. It looks like it might rain again, but in between, the sun is really hot. It's in the mid 70s here. I hope you are having a great spring day and getting lots of cuddles and scritches, too. Hugs, Peppino

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04/26/2016 11:57.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Monday from Flitzer
"There's Nothin' in the Bowl, Dad"
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Dad says that bowl was for mixing our Quadruple-Berry Muffins. We love those!
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Hope you had a great weekend. Nice here -Dad was busy in and out, but we got some time together. Cool mornings but warm afternoons here. Dad never knows which jacket to grab.

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Today I'm visiting Aunt Maria for my "Day of Beauty" aka wings and claws day.
Dad holds me without the towel [hate the towel], so it's not so bad.
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~Wings Up~

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04/25/2016 03:14.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
gma's hubby turned 100 yesterday and the family had a giant bash for him at the assisted living facility. g-pa was super happy whether he could remember who you were or not. his family made a movie collage of all the memorable times in g-pas life, people got up and made speeches, the historical society of oakmont gave hime a award for all his service to the community over the years, the author of a series of books on the history of oakmont talked about what a great man he was, the people living in the residence came in and told stories and congratulated g=pa. one guy said g-pa had just beaten him in a game of ping pong the day before. they served horsedouvres, wine,beer, lemonade, chicken,beef tips,potatoes,green beans,portabello mushrooms, salad,rolls,baked salmon, and then a giant birthday cake afterwards and g-pa asked for ice cream. all the tables had pictures in frames of g-pa and different family members which everyone was encouraged to take home afterwards it was a big event. by the time mom got home she was too tired to blog.

today mom worked outside and got 4 bags of leaves from the side of the house. 2 more sides to go.

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04/24/2016 10:06.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
It's a bit warmer today than it was yesterday. It's around 70 and sunny right now. Mom went to the bird show this morning, and it was pretty good. She bought some new sea grass mats with toys on them, some poop off, many other toys (of course), and a huge bag of fresh chop. The chop was being sold fresh to benefit a parrot rescue group, so mom was happy to contribute. The lady making it made an immense plastic bin full! She put in more things than mom cuts up every day, so we're going to try it with Maxine and we boys. Mom might give Falco some too, to see if she'll eat it.
She got to see 2 presentations at the bird show, one on how to make chop, and one about the new rescue in our area. They had lots of birds with them, including 2 adorable nandays and a galah that mom was really admiring. I have to say that she came home with lots of stuff, but no new birds. This place offers foster opportunities though, so she's thinking about that. There were the usual raffles going on, as well as a huge raffle for an outdoor aviary. Mom did not buy tickets for that one, though! She'd never get it put up outside.
When she left the show, she stopped at Moio's, a local Italian bakery, to take some goodies to Aunt Ginny who is recovering from pneumonia. Mom was her first company, although her adult kids have been with her every day and evening for the past 2 weeks. They had a nice visit, then mom came back here and divided the chop into some smaller containers for the freezer. It's supposed to be good frozen for 3 months. She is really hoping we'll eat it.
Here's Falco's update: The vet called yesterday and changed my appointment to this week. She had wanted to see me in a week, but the front desk made the appointment for 2 weeks instead, due to availability (mom's and the vet's). So, I'm going in this Wednesday at 3:30, which means another trip in rush hour traffic to return home, but it's all good. Mom says as long as I'm getting better, that's what counts. We can sing in the car on the way home. Hugs, Falco
I hope you are having a great day, getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Peppino

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04/24/2016 01:11.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
It got a lot cooler overnight, it's around 53 right now. We were getting spoiled with those really warm sunny days. The rain was needed, even though we didn't get much, but the cooler temps are more normal for this time of year.
Falco only has until Tuesday with the antibiotic, and the pain med was done yesterday. Mom can see some new feathers!
Mom is off today! What a treat that is for all of us. She will be able to spend a lot of time with us, and she'll get some yard work done, too. Our neighbor Jeff gave mom 2 dahlias and an amaryllis. Mom found space for the amaryllis on the windowsill, but the dahlias are outside the front door right now. It's way too soon to plant them, even though they are growing. Mom is leaving them outside to harden off, but if it gets too cold, she'll bring them into the kitchen. I guess it's time to look at all the geraniums, dahlias, and tuberous begonias she put in the garage last fall, to see if any survived the winter. We'll let you know.
Tomorrow is a bird show, new to our area! It's being run by a different sponsor, and looks interesting, with presentations and even a movie or 2. Someone will be there talking about chop, there looks to be a lot going on. I'll tell you what mom brings home tomorrow, since we'll be blogging later in the day.
I hope you are having a great day today, enjoying a good Saturday with family, and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Don't forget to vote in the ladies' and gents' hat contests on the milonga page. Hugs, Peppino

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04/23/2016 08:54.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Saturday Flitzer
Hello.
A nice week here in Buffalo - warmer, with a little rain. Now it's going to be cooler, but not too bad.
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Dad is making preparations for his May trip to see Grandma in Kentucky. He will be there for Mother's Day and on Derby Day as well. [I'm suggesting a flowered hat, but he doesn't like the idea].
When Grandma calls on Sunday I call to her, sometimes making their conversation hard to hear.
"I'm here, Grandma, it's me, Flitzer". She often wonders how Dad can live with me. Ha-Ha.
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Aunt Kathy, the bird-sitter will be checking in on me, while Dad is away.
Last time, we were both miserable to each other. Dad is asking me to PLEASE TRY and be good. We shall see...
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~Wings Up~

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04/23/2016 01:57.56 AM Report This Comment  
  HI Oki
today was earth day and here are some memorable quotes to celebrate it.

"Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance."— Theodore Roosevelt

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."— Jane Goodall

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together … all things connect."— Chief Seattle

"It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living."— DavidAttenborough

"The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share."— Lady Bird Johnson

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed."
— Mahatma Gandhi

"Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans."— Evo Morales

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04/22/2016 09:59.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
Mom's eye is still a little sensitive today, still watering, too. It should be better soon, though. She had to wait forever yesterday: her appointment was at 9:40, and they didn't leave the doctor's office until nearly noon. She hasn't had a shot for 12 weeks, though, so that's good.
Mom went to traffic court last evening. She left here early and battled the downtown traffic, but it was worth it. Her original ticket, which she never saw on the car, was for $25. By the time they wrote to her, the fine had increased to $48, and was set to go to $63 in 2 days from when she opened the letter! Of course, she tossed the original parking receipt when she changed purses to travel to FL, so she didn't have that. The magistrate lowered the fine to $10, though, so between that and the $6 parking fee, she still came out ahead by $47. That made it worth the trip. The magistrate said her time ran out at 3:52, and the ticket was issued at 3:53! The meter person must have been standing there just waiting. Mom was back at the car by 4.
Today mom cleaned the RVS room. There are 3 carriers with raccoons in them, plus 3 baby red foxes in a larger cage in there. All the babies are adorable, and she loved being in there today. Keep that in mind when she complains about it in a few weeks, when there will be probably 20 cages full of RVS animals, and the room is packed! Mom also did dishes and laundry while she was up there today, so it was a pretty good day at the center.
I hope you are voting in the hat contest every day.
It's a gloomy looking day here today; we had rain overnight and it's supposed to rain later today as well. The good news is that we need the rain, it's a spring rain, so nice for the plants, and the overnight rain was gentle, too, no storms.
I bet you are having a good spring day too, complete with lots of cuddles and scritches for you, a good birdie! Hugs, Peppino

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04/22/2016 11:37.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
its taken Cori 2 days to get over hertrauma of grooming. today she is almost acting like her old self. it only took me 1 day to bounce back.

mom has a raven in the yard. he doesn't seem bothered by mom. mom noticed he was at the birdbath an so she decided to clean it out and refill it. Guess what? the raven must have found the body and legs of the bird. remember mom first found the wings buried under leaves, then the head floating in another birdbath. well today the raven must have been eating it delicious find. anyway it made the water rancid so mom threw it in the grass and cleaned out the birdbath. conclusion to the deceased bird is that a cat must have gotten it and pulled its wings off and then its head because nothing on the bird had been eaten although the intestine was hanging out and that must have been the raven. the raven is beautiful and very big and isn't afraid of mom which worries mom since some yahoo might see this beautiful bird and shoot it.

love Boo Boo

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04/21/2016 10:00.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
BC has left email on everyone's computer saying they have blogs again. They haven't done that for a couple of months. Also, in the past 3 days there have been 3 different birds of the day. That's what we were talking about.
Sorry to mislead you, Sugar told us that Lumina IS i5.

I'm just writing a very short note today because mom had to get a shot in her eye this morning and can't see to type. She has a court date tonight for traffic court, too, so we're hoping the dilation has worn off by then and she can see to drive downtown. She's fighting a parking ticket which was issued for a ridiculous reason. It's getting cloudy outside, but the temps are still nice and warm. Hope you are having a good day and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Peppino

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04/21/2016 11:01.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
Here's an update from Falco: I went back to the vet yesterday. The appointment was for 3:30, so mom left super early, thinking she'd run into a lot of school buses. She ran into 2, so we got there before 3 o'clock. Mom had something to read, though, so we were fine. The vet looked at my booboo, and said the inside of my leg had a beautiful scab on it, so it's healing nicely. The outside, after she cleaned it off a little, looked much better too. It got hard, which means it's on a healing path. The edges are curling in, which is a good sign, according to the doctor. And there are some new feathers coming in. I have to stay on my meds: pain relief through Friday, and antibiotic for the full 14 days. She wanted to see me next week, but there are no times when she and mom are both available. Mom made an appointment for May 4, and called off from the museum that day. She also told them at the vet's office that if they have a cancellation next week, to call her and get her in sooner. They said they would. When we left the doctor's office, we ran into rush hour traffic, as mom thought. We were fine until we crossed the Allegheny River. There was traffic on that road until we turned off for home. We were about 20 minutes getting to the vet, and about an hour and 20 minutes getting home. Hugs, Falco
Today mom had 2 tours at the museum with second grade children. It was an animal tour, so she started both of the groups in bird hall. They all had questions about the birds! The funny thing was that the first group was all boys, and the second was all girls. They were okay for second grade, not quite as bad as mom thought they'd be.
Did you notice on the parrot newsletter that it's not i5publishing any more? It said Lumina, formerly i5 in the credits. Maybe that's why BC is doing better for the past 2 days.
I hope you are having another beautiful day. We sure are! It's cooler than it was yesterday, only in the 70s today, but it's sunny and pretty out. I hope also that you are getting lots of attention, cuddles, and scritches today. Hugs, Peppino

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04/20/2016 11:49.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
i had my beak and nails done today. mom said i was much better behaved than Cori who screamed the whole time like a little baby.

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04/19/2016 05:38.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
It was so nice to get a notice in email that we had blogs today, then we came to BC and found Coconut in the BOTD spot!!! We were thrilled, which goes to show that it doesn't take much to make us happy, hahaha.
Mom did her 2+ hours presentation on animals in the Arctic today. They finished up by going to the Polar World touchable things in the resource room, so the new docent class could touch various furs, kiviut, and whale baleen, as well as caribou bone. Mom thinks it was pretty successful. One of the new things this year was a great contrast to last year: the dioramas that used to be in the 'dark hall' are now cleaned up and brightly lit! They didn't have to try to find the raven, the eider duck, or the snow geese in the dark with flashlights! What a great change that was. Anyway, mom had fun, and she thinks since everyone was busy taking notes, that they learned some new things. They filmed it, and recorded it to put on the Trello site, so present docents can access it, too.
Next week she's going to do the same with animals of Ancient Egypt and the modern Hopi Indians. She's been finding a lot of resources for Egypt, not so many for the Hopi animals, but there's still a week to do the research.
I hope you are having a good day, getting lots of cuddles and scritches as well as great weather! It's 80 here again and sunny, with samaras (Maple seeds or helicopters) flying around in the sky! Guess what mom will be pulling out of the ground in a couple of weeks? Hahaha. Hugs, Peppino

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04/19/2016 03:26.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
we are having gorgeous weather today. it hit 83 and sunny all day. mom was outside working trying to straighten up her gardens and the yard. the work will not end until november until all the leaves that haven't even come out yet will fall down and be raked up. remember the other day when we told you mom found a pair of bird wings buried under the leaves in the fountain with no head. today mom was cleaning out the outdoor birdbath and saw these 2 big eyes looking at her. at first she thought some kid must have dropped a toy in the birdbath. upon closer inspection and with rubber gloves mom picked it up. it was the missing birds head. it really upset mom. she hopes its not a bad omen.

mom just checked out omens and her interpretation from what she read is finding the wings might mean its now time for mom to soar on to better things and then finding the birds head with the eye looking at her might mean that someone is watching and waiting for mom to soar. she hopes that doesn't mean someone wants her to jump off a bridge! lol

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04/18/2016 10:40.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Oki
I hope you had an awesome weekend.
Mommy does not blog for me at times cause she does not feel well.She still has to get adjusted to those strong meds her doctor is administrating to her.I want you to know that those days she can't make it on BC my heart,thoughts and love are with you.But I'm still going to come back no matter what!!!You can't get rid of this Wild Thing heehee!!!

Love your buddy
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04/18/2016 10:18.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Monday
Hi. A perfectly wonderful weekend here in Buffalo.
Dad took me outside in the Travel Cage both Saturday and Sunday.
It was great seeing the outdoors and feeling the sun. We took a walk and visited friends in the neighborhood.
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The Spring Milonga was fun, but Dad had to step away before the end, that's why I seemed silent for a while.

~Wings Up~

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04/18/2016 04:41.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
This morning Falco was captured easily by mom. She's now plotting a new strategy for tonight, so mom can't catch her so fast.
Thanks to any birds who are considering going to the kissing booth for a two week stay. It's a great place to play! We've all been there multiple times, so even if you've been there before, go back and have more fun.
The milonga last night was fun. There were lots of friends there, and the pics were fantastic. Thanks to the milonga team for another great party.
Today mom put on shorts! It's around 60 right now, but it's going up into the 70s today, and she's planning to be outside for at least part of the day, getting the garden spaces cleaned up. The leaves are already blown off them, so she has to do some preliminary weeding, and maybe she'll even toss some milkweed and larkspur seeds onto the empty spaces. I know it's early, but they should be hardy.
I hope you are having a fantastic day today, getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Peppino

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04/17/2016 08:09.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
mom was cleaning our cages today and Paddy and Piddy escaped and the first thing thy=ey did was fly over to my cage and all i could see was their Oh Oh's when i looked up. it was not a pretty sight. mom ignored them since chasing them never works and finished cleaning the cages and then put a super huge sprig of millet in their cage and after about 1/2 an hour they went right back in.

later mom was outside working today trying to get the yard cleaned up. it was a beautiful sunny 76 outside. while dad was in the back blowing leaves into a pile for mom to put in bags, mom decided to get the fountain cleaned out. she started pulling all the leaves out of it and found a dead bird inside. it had no head or body just it wings. from the color of the wings it appeared to be a female cardinal. at first mom thought it might have hit a window and crawled into the fountain for safety but if that happened then where did its head go? mom now thinking maybe a cat killed it, ate the head and body and buried the wings under the leaves in the fountain. all the feathers on the wings were still attached and didn't looked broken or anything. maybe it did crawl int the fountain and died and then the head and body were eaten by bugs and critters. very sad and strange.

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04/16/2016 09:52.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
Here's an update: Last night and this morning, mom was able to get me in a towel to take my meds. She opened just the top half of my door and reached in that way. I couldn't escape! Mom thinks my leg is looking a bit better. I sure hope so, I don't want the collar on for a long time. Hugs, Falco
Mom had a tour in 3 cultures with a group of people this morning. Many of them had little English, but the ones mom took around seemed to do okay. They asked questions that showed they were understanding what mom talked about. They were from different parts of Asia, some Arabs, Chinese, Korean, etc. It was a challenging tour, but mom had fun, and they did too.
It's beautiful, low 70s today, and sunny! Mom loves this weather. I think she'll be working outside to get the yard ready for spring both today and tomorrow. Tonight is the milonga though, so we hope to see you there! Have a fun day today. Hugs, Peppino

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04/16/2016 10:23.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Oki
Have a happy saturday.

Love your buddy
Panther

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04/16/2016 09:16.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Saturday from Flitzer's Dad
Flitzer's Dad here with the tale [tale] of an (almost) lost bird
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The house got quiet - and I couldn't locate Flitzer. I looked everywhere, calling his name.
No sound. No response
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I know he had been in the video cabinet - as my DVD Sleeve for "THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA" was shredded all over the place.

He did not make any sounds when I called, nor when I rattled the DVDS.

After searching the rest of the house - I started taking out DVDs from the cabinet. For sure he was hiding back there. Keeping perfectly still.

Thank Goodness he's OK - Sometimes it's tough being a Dad!
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~Wings Up!~

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04/16/2016 03:07.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
mom says my beak is getting way too long and she is going to trim it tomorrow.

HAPPY TGIF DAY

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04/15/2016 10:44.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Oki
Thank you for your prayers for mommy.She's really tough and nothing gets her down.Mommy never gives up on anything with out a fight. So far she has won every fight even with me heehee!!!

We had a nice week of cool weather and today the temps are going up again to 79 degrees's.Over here it gets hotter by the day.I'm not looking forward to that.

Other then that not much to report.I do know one thing I want an icecream!!!

Love your buddy
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04/15/2016 09:32.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
Falco went to the vet yesterday at 5:30. They had a cancellation, so mom was able to get her in right away. The Doctor gave her a shot of Baytril, did a gram stain, which was good, weighed her, and said she hasn't lost any weight and has a good blood supply to the injury site. These are all good signs. She sent mom home with an antibiotic and a pain killer. Falco has to take the meds twice a day for 2 weeks. She has an appointment again next Tuesday to see if she's getting better. She put a foam collar on her neck so she can't reach the spot on her leg. The doctor thought it was already beginning to heal, though. Falco acted like she was dying! When doctor put her back in the carrier, she laid on the floor and closed her eyes. Mom got scared, but the doctor said a lot of birds act like that with the collar. It would take a few minutes for her to get used to it, then she'd perch. Well, she was right. By the time they got home, Falco was hanging onto the door of her wingabago, ready to get out of there. Today mom gave her the morning meds without incident. She's hoping it'll be that easy the rest of the time, hahaha! Riiiight!
Mom had a preschool group in dinosaur hall today. One of the kids didn't speak English, and kept wandering away. The rest didn't have that excuse, they just wandered away, haha. Most of them had a parent or grandparent with them, so they got to chase the little dears. Mom gave them the 45 minute tour, which was still too long.
I hope you are having a great day today, getting lots of cuddles and scritches, and enjoying some spring weather. It's in the mid 60s here, according to mom's car thermometer, and nice and sunny. Hugs, Peppino

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04/14/2016 10:45.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
mom went to the grocery store to buy a boneless , skinless chicken breast in the meat deli. mom told the butcher she wanted the chicken breast and pointed out which one she wanted. the butcher then picked up the chicken breast and cut it in half. mom said i didn't want it cut in half i wanted the whole chicken breast. the butcher said most people don't know this is a whole chicken breast. mom said i don't care what most people want i want the whole chicken breast. the butcher said well its buy one chicken breast and get one free. mom said fine but actually you are selling me 1/2 a chicken breast and giving me the other half free so how am i saving any money. the butcher said i will give you another breast and mom said no just give me the whole chicken breast. then when mom got home and was cutting up thepieces of chicken tonight with cutlery scissors and accidently also cut one of her fingers. she immediately washed it off and then poured hydrogen peroxide on it and tried to stem the blood flow with a napkin while trying to get the dumb bandaid out of the package. it was almost impossible to get the bandaid out. there was blood everywhere. what is the purpose of having bandaids so tightly packaged you almost have to cut them in half just to remove them from the packaging. mom finally got it out and dried the blood off of her finger and quickly put it on. its a good thing. the cut is in a place where overtime mom moves her finger it starts bleeding again. anyway the chicken is cut up cooked and frozen and then will be thawed out as needed for us and the cats mom is grateful Cori didn't see the band aid and attack moms finger this evening. Cori doesn't like things like that.

HAPPY HUMPDAY

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04/13/2016 09:59.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Oki
The last few days have been awesome!!!We got lots of rain and cooler weather.Love it while it lasted!!!

It's time to come clean and let you know whats going on here. Mommy went to go see the medicine man and he gave her a very strong message.He told mommy that she has won the battle but now she has to be strong and win the war.

Mommy went for her routine appointment and found out she has cancer and it can be cured with stem cell surgery which is really rough.Where the cancer is located they won't do radiation treatment's on her so she does not have to worry about losing hair and feeling the burn.But they are using her own DNA to get rid of it.She just has to be strong and hang on.She won't die if she does what she's supposed to do.

What my mommy needs are strong prayers and the will to fight.It can be cured.Mommy asks that you don't send her symphony
But strong prayers of being cured and being able to endure her final war.

Other than that us birds over here are doing fine and we give mommy lots of attention.Tweety somehow knows where mommy's cancer spot is.He sits on it so he can comfort mommy. He's a mommys boy heehee!!!

Have an awesome day
Love your buddy
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04/13/2016 12:09.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
Falco has been plucking at her right leg, yikes! Mom thinks it was stress because she was away, but she's managed to poke a huge hole in her leg. Mom is calling the vet today, so we guess she'll be on some meds or cream until she stops. Her chest feathers have started to grow back, but yesterday mom didn't see them getting any bigger, so she's worried about that too.
Mom had 2 groups of second grade kids in Dinosaur hall today. Her usual reference to herding cats is not appropriate here, though. These groups were well prepared, excited, and full of curiosity. One little guy had to be disappointed because he wanted to see Spinosaurus, and we don't have it! It was a fun time for mom, though, since the children seemed attentive and inquisitive.
Now mom is with us for the rest of the day, YAY! Thast means we get lots of out of cage time with her, and we'll get tons of attention, too. I hope you are having a nice sunny day like we are. It's still chilly, but it looks beautiful out there. Get lots of attention, cuddles and scritches today. Hugs, Peppino

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04/13/2016 11:24.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Oki
Today mom had a doctor appointment at 8:40 and a meeting at the museum at 9:30. She was late for the meeting, of course, but she didn't want to reschedule the appointment, as it's been rescheduled twice now. Anyway, it's over and that's good. The meeting was interesting: there was a speaker from the annex (where lots of things are stored) who spoke about repatriation of Native American artifacts and remains. Some of the questions were not on topic, however. One of the docents asked where the shrunken heads had gone. Mom remembers them from when she was a child! They have been off display for probably 50 years. We still get people who ask about them, though. Mom found out that the annex houses over two million things from the collection! The museum sure has a lot of stuff. The shrunken heads, by the way, are in a closet in the annex which houses religious and sensitive artifacts. This closet never gets opened unless absolutely necessary.
It's a sunny but cool day here. It's great to see the sun, though! I hope you are having a nice day today, getting lots of attention and cuddles. Hugs, Peppino

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