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Hi! My name is Cu-Bird -Thank You BOTD 6/28/16-Justice for Ozzi

I am a Timneh African Grey from Newton, NJ.

Pippin, Perfect Little Pippin, Peeps, Cute Bird, Crouton, Junior, Mini Me and Brat Bird, African Princess . My full name is Cuchulain, a mythical Irish warrior is my given name by my former owners. Mom thinks Cu Bird is short for "Cute Bird"-can't argue that!

13 years old   F

Timneh African Grey

Papaya, turkey breast, watermelon, pizza crust.

Anyone's shoulder, I'm a social climber and on that T stand! I also like to snuggle and cuddle with mom.

I hate to be left out of all the fun! My frother Blue--gets real nosey and comes over on my cage. Now that I have moved, I am Elvis's neighbor, so much happier now!

I get to go all over the place with mom. I also get to sit on Aunt Jeanne's shoulder when she visits. I love the formation of the African Delegation here with my fister Miranda and my frother Boomer who moved in with Meiko's flock. It is much fun with culture, history and music. And we get to watch movies with the family at night!

I would rather escape from my cage and hang out on the T stand. I now have mastered the art of getting on the bottom of my cage and chasing the mop when mom does the floor. I was rescues as a boy and on 12/31/13 I laid an egg!.

"I'm NOT Miranda!" "And, I'm definitely NOT a Paterson grey pigeon!".

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  Hi CuBird
Mom just loves using that skull to demonstrate that not all dinosaurs were huge. Mom's daughter returned to work yesterday, and when she got home, she fell into bed and slept the night away. Hopefully that means she's healing.
Your place sounds like so much fun, with birds loosening screws, you and Miranda confusing Kookie, etc. Glad to hear that Carter's feathers are coming back in so well.
The kissing booth field trip at Yellowstone should wrap up today, so stop by and see what other adventures we have in store. Yogi Bear and Jellystone park, anyone?
What a difference a day makes! Yesterday and the day before were oppressively humid and hot, and today it's not even 70 and cloudy. The guys said 74 and partly sunny today, so it's warming slowly. It's not raining though and we could use some again.
Last night mom and her sister went to Red Lobster for dinner. Neither of them could finish the meal, and neither of them would take shrimp home. It's never the same warmed over, is it? The funny thing was they were looking at a berry dessert and talking about splitting it before they ordered. Of course, not being members of the clean plate club, not to mention stuffed, they didn't get the dessert.
It's not going to be a very interesting day today, but that's fine with us. It means when mom gets home from the pool, she'll be ours for the rest of the day, and by then, we'll have rearranged our cages to our liking as well.
I hope you are having a great summer day, and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

06/29/2016 07:45.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
I did good and now I'm back home.
I'm back! I had my 5 sleeps at vet-camp. The report was a well behaved bird. Mom came around the corner and when I saw her, I was all eggcited and called out to her. I was so happy to see my parronts. Mom held me while dad packed my stuff. So good to be home. My skinsis is married now and the wedding was beautiful. There were two other flower girls but, I know that I did a very good job. Even Luna (Jess's corgi) walked down the aisle. She went crazy at rehearsal trying to get to Jess (my skinsis) but was perfect during the wedding. When everyone clapped for Jess & Jeff, she barked her congrats one time. We are all trying to catch up on our sleep.
Hugs
Chyna

PS Please say hi to my friend Blue

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

06/27/2016 11:20.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
Mom's daughter has cellulitis. Her leg was painfully swollen, but she's out of the hospital now, and on oral antibiotics for a few more days. She goes back to work on Tuesday, so hopefully the infection will be gone by then.
So, what adventures have you, Miranda, and the rest of the flock gotten up to?
Thanks to Kaji's wonderful mom, we got that pic in a jpg format so mom put it on all our pages for a few days. Aunt DJ is a genius! The skull she's holding is archaeopteryx, and she loves showing it, as it's the first known bird.
Today mom cleaned the recovery room, which has a variety of turtles, a snake, and some ducks. The hybrid domestic duck she checked in last week is in the center part of the building, but mom couldn't see if she was still on eggs or not. The ducks in the recovery room were all doing quite nicely, and the turtle with the nail polish is getting cleaner and cleaner, YAY! There is a little painted turtle in there too. When mom took its food out she laughed, because whoever fed them yesterday must have thought this turtle was a giant. There was more food in the cage than turtle. He's a pretty active little one, too, but not using a back leg, so mom is hoping for the best for him.
The snake is very cool! It's a water snake, so it's in an aquarium with a lid.
It was reasonably sunny, so mom went to the pool after the center. Her friend Gene is in from Germany, so he met her there and stayed to swim for an hour or so.
Now mom is ours for the rest of the evening! She will clean our cages, but it's fun time for the birdies now.
I hope you are having a great day today, getting lots of summery weather, cuddles and scritches all for you. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

06/24/2016 12:44.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
You were close, that's a nighthawk, and there's a hairy woodpecker, a baby kestrel, and Cecelia and her foster barred owl, too.
Mom got the pic of her with the skull at the museum. It came via email today, but it's a pdf file and mom doesn't know how to convert it to jpg to put it in my gallery for a day or 2. We will welcome all suggestions.
This morning mom got her mani/pedi. She had the owner of the salon, so she was out of there in under 2 hours. Wasn't that great? She was happy to have them done finally. After she got home, she went to the pool for the afternoon. It was kind of gray and cloudy looking, but hot. She predicted that the sun would come out when she was ready to leave, and it did, of course.
Anyway now we have mom for the rest of the day, which is just fine with us! Mom's daughter is still in the hospital, so we ask for prayers for her healing. The swelling has gone up, but the redness has faded a bit.
I hope you are having a great day today, getting lots of great weather, as well as cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

06/22/2016 12:44.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cu-Bird
Oh, it's not a birdie camp on the BC. My skinsis is getting married this Friday and I'm getting boarding at my vets .... hence vet-camp.
I have my bag packed with lots of toys.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

06/21/2016 10:15.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Cu-Bird!
You are most welcome!
Glad you had a great celebration!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffi Gone Fishing!!!!.

06/21/2016 04:22.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Cu-Bird!
You are most welcome!
Glad you had a great celebration!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffi Gone Fishing!!!!.

06/21/2016 04:22.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Congrats on BOTD yesterday!
Here's a vote.

Officer Sequoia

Come visit me, Mr. Flathead the Rooster, Tomato Candy the Rooster, Echo RIP, Rainbow Rosie the Hen_Vote Kacey and Mikey BOTM, The Buffys, Officer Sequoia the Button Quail, Supersonic, Zebra the Hen, Popcorn the Button Quail, Apple Cider RIP, Brownie the Hen_Vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM, Sky Guy Echos Manakin the Bird, Cutie "Creepy" Creature the Button Quail, Lastaloo the Hen, Sawdust the Rooster, Zipper the Button Quail Thanks for BOTD 6/10/16!, Secret the Hen Thanks for BOTD 5-17-2016!!!, Bock Bock Bockie the Hen, Whitey the hen, Squeakers RIP & Buttons the Button Quail.

06/19/2016 10:26.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
Happy Father's Day to the bird dads out there.
After a wonderful pool day yesterday, mom came home and spent the rest of the afternoon and evening with us. We love it when she does that, it means we all get lots of attention. This morning mom walked the girls, then watered all the plants in containers. They were starting to dry out after the 4 inches of rain they got on Thursday. The ones in the garden are still okay. Mom also weeded a little, but they are really getting ahead of her. It's tough to keep up with them.
I hope you are having a great day full of sunshine and cuddles and scritches just for you. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

06/19/2016 07:26.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cu-Bird
CONGRATS on winning BOTD! Enjoy your special day.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

06/18/2016 08:56.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Queen Cu Bird
Congratulations on botd. I hope your having fun at the castle and in the spotlight. Have a good night my friend.

Come visit me, Hulk vote Kacey&Mikey (229611) BOTM.

06/18/2016 07:37.52 PM Report This Comment  
  HI CU-BIRD
CONGRATS ON BEING OUR BOTD. HOPE IT WAS A GREAT DAY.

SWEETPEPPER & KACEY

Come visit me, MAY 9,2009 THE WEDDING OF SWEETPEPPER & KIDDO, KACEY & MIKEY'S WEDDING PAGE MARCH 3, 2012, Digger Sept 29, 1998 - June 11, 2005, MAXIMILLIAN AUG 25,1992-MARCH 14,2010 R.I.P., THE PROUD BIRD PIE SHOP, KACEY LUVS HER MIKEY, TIEL TERRORS BASEBALL TEAM PRACTICE FIELD & SWEETPEPPER LUVS KIDDO.

06/18/2016 07:17.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
You look absolutely gorgeous in your royal portrait! Mom decided to look at Peppino's vote count tonight and we spotted you on the main page. So I just had to stop and tell you how beautiful you look. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

06/18/2016 07:07.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Cu-Bird!
Congrats on winning BOTD! Have a great day at the castle today!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffi Gone Fishing!!!!.

06/18/2016 06:46.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cu-Bird
congratulations on being honored as our Bird of the Day. hope you are having a blast celebrating your special honor at the birdy castle today.

love Cori and Boo Boo

Come visit me, PaddyCake&PiddyGirl vote Kacey&MikeyBOTM 229611, CORI vote Kacey & Mikey BOTM 229611 & BOO BOO vote Kacey & Mikey BOTM 229611.

06/18/2016 06:05.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cu-Bird
Congratulations on winning botd and enjoy it to the fullest
For the day at the castle sure goes fast for some reason!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

Come visit me, ~Gus~ & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

06/18/2016 03:59.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cu-Bird,
Sure no problem. :). Just invite all your friends to the Castle and the party begins!

We'll have lots to eat and do too.

Bonfires at night and full buffet 24/7 for every birdie and every taste buds. :)

See you at the party!

Hugs,

Laka

Come visit me, Angel Sallykins getting ready for Prom, Polu Kai, Angel Pookie getting ready for prom . . . & Queen Laka says thank you every birdie! :).

06/18/2016 01:22.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello CuBird~
Congratulations! I am happy for you!!! I hope you have an awesome day at the castle!!
Your royal portrait is now hanging in the gallery on the calendar page for all to admire!!!
Royal Hugs ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar~Get Kacey & Mikey the Badge 229611 & The Calendar Page.

06/18/2016 11:12.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cu bird
Thanks God is Saturday
I'm flying by
your page to stamp U
a votie and to
congratulate U
4 winning BOTD!
Have a greyt weekend
beaky kisses
Your friend, Baby

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K BCWarriors263181/mou- rningChiper257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTM K&Mikey229611/Mourni- ng Gizmo.

06/18/2016 09:00.29 AM Report This Comment  
  CONGRATS on winning BOTD! Enjoy your day.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

06/18/2016 08:53.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations
Hey CuBird, it's great to see a friend in the spotlight! We all hope you have a fabulous day of fame, and enjoy your time in the castle today. Hugs, Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

06/18/2016 07:20.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Queen Cu-Bird
Congratulations on BOTD. Here's a vote in celebration. Have a wonderful day at the Castle with Queen Laka. Wing hugs and beak kisses, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

06/18/2016 05:15.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations !
squawk Moggie and Cookie as they start dragging treats in from the kitchen . . . they hide the raisinets for themselves though . . . once everything is in the bird room the OPEN THE AIRPORT for the BOTD celebration !

Come visit me, Cookie ready for the prom, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

06/18/2016 01:27.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Cu-Bird,
Congrats on being our BOTD.

Hope you have a great time at the Castle.

Here's a vote for you.

Hugs,

Laka

Come visit me, Angel Sallykins getting ready for Prom, Polu Kai, Angel Pookie getting ready for prom . . . & Queen Laka says thank you every birdie! :).

06/18/2016 12:32.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
I suspect that's the way it's supposed to work, don't you? At least Carter is behaving.
Yesterday was a washout pretty much all day long. Mom and her sister went to a new place for dinner, though, and it was very good. They will be going back, and anyone visiting this summer or fall will be taken there, too.
Mom had heard about their limoncello cake from someone at the pool so she bought a piece to eat at home, since she was so full after dinner. It was delicious! Lemon cake with lemon flavored mascarpone icing, just perfect for a warm summer day.
This morning mom had a trainee in the avian nursery, so they got all the cages cleaned in 2 hours! That's amazing, because the nursery is totally full, and there are places where there are cages stacked on top of other cages. They even cleaned out the incubators. The kestrels are growing, as are the baby screech owls and the hairy woodpeckers. There is also an adult cedar waxwing in there that mom suspects won't be there for long, as it was flying well today.
After the center mom went to the pool for a glorious afternoon of sunshine and water. Now she's home, BC is back, and tonight she's entertaining Aunt Ginny and Jessica. They are having dinner and movie night here since mom has that on Demand and Pay per view stuff.
I hope you are having a fantastic day, getting lots of love and scritches, and lots of great summer weather, too. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

06/17/2016 12:46.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
Peppy says thanks for the hatchday wishes, he was BOTM about a year ago, though. Laka is currently in the castle.
It sounds like your house is normal, the girls being good, the boys, not so much...
It's late in the day for us to be blogging, but mom tried earlier to no avail. We have to apologize for yesterday, mom let her inner nerd out to play. The book is good, though.
When we woke up this morning it was raining. Mom delayed taking the dogs for their walk until the rain stopped, but they got their whole walk in that way. It got really nice when the pool opened, so we all know where mom was. Around 2:30 the clouds rolled in again, though, so she came home and tried BC again. It's up and running now, YAY.
Now mom is with us for the rest of the day, but our cleaning lady called off this morning, so I suspect mom will do a little cleaning tonight. I hope you are having a great day, getting lots of cuddles and scritches, and all around good weather. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

06/15/2016 12:27.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
I'm so sorry to hear about Samantha! Hope those feathers grow back soon. Mine are all grown back. When I saw the vet last week, she had to move feathers to try to find my booboo. She took off my collar and said she doesn't want to see me for any emergencies any time soon. (I don't want to see her either, haha.)
Chyna and her folks live in Northport FL, which is just north of Port Charlotte. It's pretty there, mom says.
Mom's tours yesterday were great, she enjoyed each one of them. She had a question on the last one that she didn't answer to the woman's satisfaction, and she really tried to answer it to the best of her ability. The question was very unclear, though, so maybe that was the problem.
We had a lovely time with mom after she got home, though. We all got our cuddles and scritches from her, and she even sang and danced with us.
Those baby woodpeckers that were rescued on Saturday are doing well.
Today mom cleaned the bunny room at the center. She also prepared 3 more cages for incoming patients in the treatment room. It seems that as soon as some bunnies leave, there are others to take their places. Mom also fed the mom possum, the falcon, and the mallard in the recovery room, as well as doing 3 laundry tubs full of dishes. She was going to run out for bird seed but she's tired, so may do it tomorrow instead. It seems the wild birds around here are eating up the suet and seed as soon as it gets put outside!
I hope you're having a great day, getting lots of sunshine and some cuddles and scritches, too. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

05/23/2016 10:08.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
Your folks are going to FL too? Will they be visiting Aunt Jane and Chyna? That's what my mom did and she was gone for a week, just long enough for me to mutilate my leg.
I sure feel better now, with that collar off. I preened my new feathers yesterday after the vet took off my collar. Mom offered me a bath, but I wasn't quite ready yet. I'm thinking maybe today...
It's still chilly here, only 59 at 1:30 today. It's still cloudy, too, so that's part of the reason. Mom had to pick up plants from the deck today. Apparently a squirrel got into one of the pots, upended it, and spilled dirt out of some of the others, too. She's had plants out there hardening off for a few days. She had them all in the kitchen the other night when we had the hard freeze warning, but put them out again yesterday.
On Sunday, mom, her daughter, and Anna went to dinner at a Thai restaurant. Anna surprised them both by picking up the tab! Mom thinks it made her happy to buy for everyone for a change. Mom still left the tip. The food was great, and everyone loved their meals. When mom got home, she made fudge for today's docent meeting and luncheon.
So after the meeting this morning, the docents had their spring pot luck lunch. This means that mom won't have to cook tonight, as she ate a lot for lunch. Mom's fudge is usually a big hit, and today was no exception. Not as many people stayed for lunch, though, so she had to bring some back home.
We're not doing anything special for the rest of the day, just kind of hanging out with mom. That suits us just fine, though. I hope you are having a great day, getting lots of cuddles and scritches, and maybe even some sunshine. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

05/17/2016 10:59.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
The opera was a lot of fun, the sets were whimsical, looked like woodcuts, the music was playful for the most part, and the singers were good. It's always good to have a balanced cast. Mom likes Stravinsky.
My hormones kick in around December or early January, which is why I'm done laying eggs (mom hopes forever) and being my old sweet self again.
My big news: The vet is very pleased with my progress. The scab fell off my booboo when she toweled me yesterday. She examined the wound to make sure it wasn't seeping anywhere, and it wasn't, which made her happy. There is still one tiny hole where it isn't quite healed yet, but it's well on its way. I have a whole bunch of new feathers coming in, both on my chest and on my leg! Even where I tore the skin so far, there are feather follicles still there, so the doctor is pretty sure I'll grow them back. We have another appointment next week, and I still have the collar on, so no baths or spritzes.
Yesterday mom saw a hummingbird on our azalea. She got all excited, and will clean and fill the feeder today. It was a female, which means there might be a nest nearby.
Mom finally planted her larkspur seeds, but it might be too late. Our neighbor, who gave her the seeds, already has plants 4 inches or so high!
Today mom is off, but has some errands to run, so we'll be in lockdown for a couple of hours, until she gets back. It's a beautiful spring day here, kind of cool, but sunny. I hope you are getting some good spring weather there, along with cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

05/04/2016 06:53.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
I need to catch you up: Mom noticed a couple of days after she got home that it wasn't just a brood patch. I had plucked almost all the way up my chest, and while she was gone, I plucked my right leg bare and was mutilating the skin. She got me to the vet right away, who put me on antibiotics and pain meds, and she put a turtle neck collar on too.
I'm going back for my third follow up tomorrow.
Mom talked to about 50 people yesterday about the pterosaurs hanging from the overlook. She spelled it wrong yesterday, for anyone looking them up: It's cycnoramphus, with a y not an i. They have weird mouths, tiny teeth only in the front. There were lots of people using the elevator and the stairs on the overlook, just not that many stopping to look at what mom had to show. She even had a cast of a pterodactyl for folks to touch.
After the museum, mom went to Barnes and Noble to use the coupons she had. As usual, it didn't take her long to find things to read.
Today at the center mom had the avian nursery to do. There are some nestlings there who had to eat every 30 minutes, and she had the timer for them, too. The nestlings were a little fuzzy finch, a Carolina wren, and a baby robin. There were also several mallards in there, 10, at least, in 2 cages with decoy moms and mirrors. There was a baby goose with a decoy mom in its cage, too. There were the usual mourning doves and pigeons, as well as an eastern screech owl, a cardinal, and a pileated woodpecker. Mom also set up a cage for a grey catbird, but didn't see it, as it was still in the treatment room.
She was a few minutes late getting out today; that was a lot of birds, with the baby feedings thrown in.
Now, mom is home with us, hoping to finish a book today, and maybe get some laundry going. Tomorrow I have a follow up appointment with my vet, and she is seeing me before rush hour starts, YAY! She's going to see more than 2 feathers growing in, too. I hope you are having a good day, getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

05/02/2016 10:34.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
We never realized it took so long for the cornea to heal! Hope she gets those other sutures out soon so she'll be seeing really well again. As for me and my eggs, there's still one on my grate. Mom removed 2 of them before she left for FL, and Bree took out one broken one, so there's one left, but I'm so over that now. My feathers are growing back on my belly and chest, and mom was happy to see that!
Mom says it's good to be home. I was a brat with Bree, wouldn't let her clean my grate. She texted mom and was worried, but mom told her to clean what she could, and mom would handle the rest after she got home.
Mom had a wonderful week in FL with Aunt Jane, Uncle Bill, and Chyna. She was flattered that Chyna actually let her play with her and pick her up this time. Mom came home to a broken water heater, though, so we're working on getting that fixed today. The good news is that it happened last night, so Bree and all of us had all the hot water we needed. Mom will give more details about the trip as time goes on, and will post some pics, too.
For today, we're just glad to be back online and happy to see everybirdie. I hope you are having a great day today, getting lots of cuddles and scritches. I'm in the KB for the next 2 weeks, so I hope to see you there! Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

04/06/2016 08:38.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
Were you laying eggs too? I totally surprised mom with 7 eggs this year for the first time ever! I was a real B___ for awhile, but now I'm getting back to my normal self. I had pulled out a bunch of feathers for a brood patch, and mom noticed new feather growth today. She was happy to see that! Your mom must be super busy. Sorry the Tiels had to come back, too. I bet their mom misses them. Did mom get the last stitch out of her cornea? Did it all work out okay?
Mom found a new Easter Bread recipe online and decided to give it a trial run last night. The first loaf didn't raise the way she wanted, but it did raise a little. So she tweaked the recipe a bit for the next 2 loaves, and they turned out perfect! It takes way less eggs, only 9 for the 3 loaves, instead of the 18 she used for 4 loaves before. It seems lighter, and it sure raised faster! She hasn't tasted it yet, but if it tastes as good as it looks, it's going to be the new recipe!
This morning at the center, mom trained a new volunteer in the bunny room and the mammal nursery. The trainee wasn't allowed to do any of the babies because she hasn't attended baby class yet. Mom still showed her how to do the baby carriers, though. She was able to clean after the juvenile rabbits in the bunny room, but again, not the babies. It was an interesting training session. At the end of her shift, mom got to feed 3 of the baby squirrels. She loves doing that, and all 3 were enthusiastic eaters. It's tough to feed them if they aren't interested in sucking.
Today mom is making the Easter Cheese (hard custard) that she usually does, and later meeting her sister and brother in law at their fire hall for fish dinner. They told mom it was pretty good, so she's going to give it a shot. She may get shrimp, if they have it.
We may not make it online tomorrow until the milonga, if then. Tomorrow is Egg Hunt day at the museum, so Mom is working from 10 to 4, and has to make the wedding soup for Sunday dinner. We should be able to get to the milonga, though. We're hoping she has everything done by 7 or so.
We are praying that Uncle Chuck is okay soon and back home with Jenny and the rest of the flock. I hope you are having a fun day today, getting lots of well deserved attention, cuddles, and scritches. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

03/25/2016 10:22.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
Girls night out is at 8 eastern at the pie shop, hope your mom is able to get all the girls in your flock there. Thanks for liking my pic, mom did them all this time.
Mom had the recovery room this morning, and all the turtles needed fresh food. When she was in the kitchen preparing it one of the staff came by and complimented the turtle salads she was making. Mom just laughed and said that presentation was important at this restaurant. She made each turtle a little challenge enrichment item, too. She took old paper towel rolls cut in half and stuffed some colorful chard into each one. Then she put one full half and one empty half roll into each cage. The turtles should have fun with them.
After the center, she went to Labriola's Italian store to buy more slivered almonds for the boys and Maxine. She ended up spending over $30, so you know they had a lot more than almonds that she wanted to buy.
This evening mom will go to the fish fry at St. Bart's, and pick up 2 senior dinners for her and Jeff. She's looking forward to that, since she didn't go last week.
It's 50 outside today! Mom has her winter coat in the wash, but we know it will get cold again. I don't know why she's washing it today. She says it's because she's worn it so often this winter, she's just ready to clean it.
I hope you are having another wonderful day with lots of attention, cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

02/19/2016 10:30.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
That's so sweet, all the grey girls getting together to visit with company. Hope your mom and dad had a perfect day, too. I miss talking to you. We are going to have a girls night out on the 24th, hope you and all the girls in your flock can make it. I think it's going to be the pie shop, and theme will be spring fashions, but I'll let you know where as soon as I hear from Kacey.
We are under a winter weather advisory for ice today. It was very icy when mom walked the dogs this morning, so they got cheated out of a third long walk in as many days. Poor things are going to think around the block is their new walk!
This morning mom went to the wildlife center and didn't have any animal assignments. They are still into spring cleaning mode, so she cleaned out the kitchen refrigerator(which is huge), then scrubbed thoroughly the incubator from the RVS room. It was a mess! Now it's spotless and ready for baby bats, ground hogs, raccoons, or skunks to occupy it.
Now that mom is home, due to the weather advisory, she is going to stay in for the rest of the day. I think she will walk the dogs again if the streets look okay, but other than that, she's ours for the day. Maybe she can get some errands done tomorrow. At least it's not as cold as it was over the weekend. I hope you are having a good day, being your adorable self, and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

02/15/2016 10:36.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
Wow, we are here, and hope we can get all our blogs done before this messes up again. Mom tried twice today to sign on unsuccessfully. This is the third time, maybe it will work now.
Yesterday mom saw nearly 160 people at her station with the archaeopteryx skull and cast of the Berlin fossil. You've probably seen that one in books, it's very famous. After her shift, she went to see the new Pterosaurs exhibit. It's wonderful! There are models hanging above, including Quetzlcoatlus northropi fleshed out. We have one in the T Rex exhibit, a fossil cast, but seeing it 'in the flesh' is just overwhelming. That guy had a wing span the length of a bus. There were also some tiny ones, one fuzzy one with a frog mouth, several that we have on display, and some great pics of their crests. Mom will try for pics next time she's there, but the hall was so crowded yesterday taking pics was impossible. There are also 3 places where you can stand and fly like a pterosaur. When you move your arms, the pterosaur on the screen moves with you! Mom couldn't get close to that, the lines were long. There are some films about fossilization and the work that Dr. Habib did to put this together. By the way he was there in Dinosaur hall answering questions when mom was there with the Archaeopteryx. He was near the T Rex exhibit at a table.
Today mom went out and bought a new sofa and chair for the living room. The sofa we have is getting worn on the arms and seat from mom pulling dog hair off all the time. The wing chair is over 30 years old, so it's time to update a little.
The chair will be here Tuesday, but the sofa will not be ready for at least 8 weeks, possibly 12. Pics will be coming, though!
I hope everyone had a great day today, got lots of cuddles and scritches. We're in bed already, we gave mom a list of things to say. By the way, it was in the 60s today! Felt like spring. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

01/31/2016 07:28.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
Thanks for the compliment! Shredding boxes is fun, do you mind if I bring Maxine along? She absolutely loves shredding boxes!
Mom is working at the museum today for Super Science day and the opening of Pterosaurs. She will finally get to see the exhibit after she finishes her shift in Dinosaur hall with the Archaeopteryx. She thinks both the skull and the cast fossil of the Berlin one will be available for hands on spotlight today.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of playtime, cuddles, and scritches. Hugs, Falco

PS Do you want a valentine pic? Mom is getting brave and wouldn't mind doing one for you.

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

01/30/2016 06:29.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
It's great to see you again, hope your mom's nasty whatever is gone for good, the computer is in working order, and we can chat again. Everything is going well enough here. Mom had her yearly performance review at the museum yesterday, and it was fine. There are hardly any animals at the wildlife center, except for 30 or so education animals and maybe 15 patients, so it's quiet there, too.
The dogs are having a spa day, and mom is washing their bedding so they should smell good for at least a few days, haha. It's really good that they got walked before they went to the spa, because it's cold again, and mom wouldn't want to take them out after they've been shampooed.
Today is going to be a relaxing day; we will listen to some music, play with mom in between her chores, and have a good time until dinner, when we will be put in lockdown mode so mom can go out.
It's good to be indoor birds, for sure. I hope you are having a great day, getting lots of cuddles and scritches, and having fun with toys. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

01/28/2016 07:54.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi CuBird
How are you? I miss you and the flock. We've voted for Samantha's ice sculpture, but haven't really seen you around for awhile. Hope mom is okay.
Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, 20k, let's celebrate!, Peppino, vote Kacey and Mikey for BOTM & Falco, vote Mikey and Kacey, 229611, BOTM.

01/22/2016 10:52.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Cu-Bird and Fibs!
This is it--the last day of 2015! Wishing you good health, good cheer, more love than you could ever imagine, and a safe and Happy New Year! Thank you for your support in voting for me! And a special thank you to Chipper and her Mom for making my festive profile picture!! And now, the final chapter to our story:


The sneeze blasted from the Dragon like a rocket, throwing it back fifty paces, causing a whirlwind of dust and dirt.

"AHHHHH CHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!"

The second blast split open the dry earth, sending explosions of soil and tree roots high into the sky like missiles, and something else too ...

The people heard the sound but couldn't recognize it at first for it had been such a long time since their ears had heard such tinkling melody. As their eyes widened in wonder, their smiles turned into grins and then yahoos and hoorahs.

Water, cold, clear spring water, oozed, then trickled, then roared out of the hole, down the hillside and along the valley floor.

The torrent knocked over a farmer's haystack, but he didn't care.

The river carried away the schoolteacher's bike shed but she cared not a jot. It even demolished the Ladies Bowling Club changing rooms but they howled with laughter and slapped their thighs. When the flood sent pools of water out towards the golf course, filling up sixteen of the nineteen holes, the men just hooted and whistled and threw their caps up in the air.

What used to be a dirty, brown dust bowl, now gleamed and glistened in the sunlight, sending playful waves and ripples across the lake and inviting all to share.

"HMMMMM," sighed the Dragon sleepily, and showing his perfect movie star teeth. "Seeing as I'm awake ..."

And he lumbered forward with surprising grace and style and disappeared into the cool dark water with a small wave of a claw and flick of his tail.

They never saw him again.

After the families had restored and rebuilt the village, and set up sailing clubs for the children, and scuba diving for the grandparents, they erected a bandstand and monument in the spot where the Dragon used to lay. Every year to mark the occasion, they would bring garlands of flowers and herbs and arrange them in a big circle. The children would have the day off school, for it was known as 'Water Dragon Day' and wearing the dragon masks that they had been working on all week, would skip and clap and sing.

The Dragon helped Us
As We said He would Do
Hooray for The Dragon
Achoo, Achoo, ACHOOOO!

And that is the end of the story.

Hope you loved it as much as Lizzie and I did! Wing hugs coming your way!

Lotsa love always from your buddy,
Kaji

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote KACEY & MIKEY BOTM #229611.

12/31/2015 12:31.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Cu-Bird and Fibs!
Thank you for the hugs--nothing better! Thanks so much for getting me to 15K--and maybe even king at the Castle? Double celebrating, and the new year, too! Wow! How cool is that? Had fun chatting with Miss Chyna and her Mom yesterday! Some snow showers earlier and a few more on the way, but nothing of measure (amen!)

Now back to the story!!

Quickly and quietly, they moved invisibly around town, picking and plucking at the fading flowers. With outstretched arms and bouquets up to their chins, they rustled over to where the giant rock lay, as still as ever.

The boys and girls placed bunches of flowers around the Dragon in a big circle. They scattered petals around its head and over its nose, then danced around and around it, skipping and chanting the rhyme that they all knew so well.

In Times of Trouble
The Dragon Will Wake
And Save the Village
By making a Lake.

The searing heat made them dizzy and fuzzy and finally they all fell in a sprawling heap at the bottom of the mound. They looked up at the rock.

Nothing happened.

A dry wind lazily picked up some flower heads and swirled them around. The air was thick with pollen and perfume. A stony grey nostril twitched.

"I saw something," cried the youngest boy.

They stared intently.

An ear swiveled like a periscope.

The ground began to rumble.

"Look out! Run!Run!"

The children scampered in all directions, shrieking and squealing, arms pumping with excitement.

The rumbling grew and grew.

The Dragon raised its sleepy head. It got onto its front feet and sat like a dog. It stood up and stretched, arching its long scaly back like a sleek tabby cat. It blinked and looked around with big kind, long lashed eyes.

And then its nostrils twitched and quivered again.

The older folk were alerted by the screams and shrieks. The ladies held up their long skirts to run and the men rolled their sleeves up and soon the whole town stood together in a tight huddle at the foot of the hill, staring up at the large beast with mouths held open.

"AHHHHH AAHHHHHHHHH!!"

The noise erupted from the Dragon.

"AHHHHH AAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!"

The families gripped each other tighter and shut their eyes.

"AHHHHH CHOOOOOOOOO!!"

Oh dear! A sneezing Dragon! Gosh, multiple sneezes, too--just like Mom! Come back tomorrow for the final chapter!

Wing hugs coming your way,
Your buddy,
Kaji

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote KACEY & MIKEY BOTM #229611.

12/30/2015 01:19.53 PM Report This Comment  
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