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I met Snowflake next door to me.We bonded so fast that my neighbor gave her to me.She has been part of our family for 10 years.And we love every thing about her.She is a girl with an attitude!!!

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Hi! My name is Snowflake's married to Apache...GO PILGRIMS...

I am a Pied Mutation Cockatiel from Perris, CA.

Snowball,Snow girl.

12 years old   F

Pied Mutation Cockatiel

My favorite treats are spray millets,seed sticks and cherrios.

My favorite hang out spots are on top of my cage.And the bird farm.And my mommies makeup box.

I love to dance and rock and rule the dance floor.I model for my family,I LOVE LOTS OF KISSES.I also love road trips.

My family takes good care of me and they love, me for who I am.And I love them too.Im the only girl tiel,and thats a big plus!!!

I do not like sitting on fingers because I have a broken wing and I have a hard time staying in balance..

Spoil your self.You deserve it !!!.

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  Hi Snowflake,
Stopping by to leave you a vote. Hope you enjoyed
your Thanksgiving holiday!! Have a good weekend!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

11/28/2014 12:34.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Awwwwwwwww, your just too sweet to me.

Come visit me, JeTTa.

11/28/2014 01:24.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
We're still looking for the pies, ha ha ha. Squak

Come visit me, Tweet & Squak.

11/28/2014 12:32.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
We too are very thankful for our dear BC friends.
Wishing you and your family and flock a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Hope your day is filled with happiness and good food, enjoy. I sure had a greyt dinner tonight, yum.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

11/27/2014 09:33.13 PM Report This Comment  
  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
Wishing you and your family a happy holiday!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!! Left a vote for you.

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

11/27/2014 10:38.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Thanksgiving Snowflake
V4U today. We're flying by to wish you and your family a wonderful and a very Happy Thanksgiving. :) Mom's busy in the kitchen, Dad's busy reading the paper. LOL :) Everyone will be coming to our house for Thanksgiving lunch today. Our flock has been told that we will get some of the food, too. :) Mom is sorry that she has not been blogging lately. Along with being busy, our oldest dog just had a cancerous tumor removed. So mom has been preoccupied with that. Thank you for your friendship, and have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving. :) From, Mayo

Come visit me, Mayo, Dandy & Marigold.

11/27/2014 06:08.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
We always have new toys. Pops either makes us new one's, or fixes the broken one's.

Protect your eyes. It got a little on the cool side last night, and pops is sitting at the puter, in a robe, and his bunny slippers. A sight you sure don't want to see, ha ha ha. Happy turkey day.

Come visit me, JeTTa.

11/27/2014 02:11.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi snowflake
Mom made two pumpkin pies, and they are in hiding from the pops, otherwise, she wouldn't get any. Squak.

Come visit me, Tweet & Squak.

11/27/2014 01:03.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Thanks for the heating pad ... sure feels greyt!
That is funny ... you have a snow name and live in the sunny state of CA! Hey, anytime come on over but dress warm.
Looks like Thursday will be snow with a high of 25 and a low of 14. That's ok cause I get to enjoy a special dinner with my parronts!
Wishing all of you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

11/26/2014 10:32.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake,

Wow doesn't our home look fabulous? I just love being here with my Wife in our beautiful home with my Sister, Cheyenne and my Brother In Law, Jedi. So are you & my Sister okay with the Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow? It will be so nice to share with our Families. They so deserve our first Holiday dinner with us. We are so Thankful for both sides of our Family. Mine are so close, they're just waiting til early tomorrow to come and help with whatever needs helping with LOL. You know your whole Family is welcome to come over anytime. There is plenty of room for my In Laws to stay as long as they want "Too". I'm just so lucky to have such great Families on both sides. Okay, Babe if there's anything you need me and/or Jedi to do, just let us know. We already did get the Beer, Soda and Wine and it's chilling in the extra Fridge in the Garage. I love my Snowflake so much. Here's a vote for you, Hon.

Love Always & Forever,
Your Husband, Apache

Come visit me, PARKER, SILVER, APACHE MARRIED HIS LOVE SNOWFLAKE ON 09/20/14, OZ (MY MOMMY'S DREAM BIRD) & CHEYENNE MARRIED HER JEDI ON 09/20/14.

11/26/2014 11:35.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Snowflake~
I hope you are having a great day! We got to talk to dad this morning. He is in Iowa now and it's snowing there! He is at a truck stop and is going to stay there for the day. Truck drivers are only allowed to drive a certain amount of hours a day and if dad is on a road where there is an accident and he gets stuck, he will run out of hours. If he takes a break right now he gains more hours and won't have to worry about running out. He's on his way to Oklahoma. He actually told mom that the snow looked pretty! Dad usually hates snow!
We are getting things ready for mom to start her workweek tonight and for Ian who starts his tomorrow. Hopefully Black Friday won't be too crazy. Mom just hopes everyone has a good time.
I hope your Thanksgiving is just perfect! I am thankful for your friendship and know how very blessed I am to have found such excellent friends here on the BC!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo & The Calendar Page~November birthstone is Topaz.

11/26/2014 11:29.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning!!
HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!

Left you a vote.
Enjoy your day!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

11/26/2014 05:21.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
I'm standing here before you, because I'm not behind you.

I know you've all heard it before, but I just had to let you know that our second favorite bird show is this Sunday, over in Plant City, also known as the Strawberry Capital of the world.

This is the show that's held outdoors, under a gazillion old oak trees on 4-5 acres. Out in the middle of no where. But it is by far well worth the drive, and we know good stuff will be coming our way. Mom said it's time for a new cage for me, so I might get a BIG present. Then we have to wait until January for our next show over in Orlando, near Goofy World.

Come visit me, JeTTa.

11/26/2014 01:26.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Snowflake
Well old buddy, we're ready to feast on that turkey, and pumpkin pie is on the TO DO list for this afternoon. I sure do like this time of year. Squak

Come visit me, Tweet & Squak.

11/26/2014 12:15.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Thanks for the beak stick, I needed it. Oh yes, that sounds wonderful, hot chocolate, and a warm blanket to snuggle in and a movie. We can see the big TV really good from my condo.
This morning I woke to see the winter wonderland. Everything was white with lots of snow for dad to plow again ... hehehe. We got another 9 inches over night. Along with the cold, we will have daily snow starting on Thanksgiving morning. I have 2 new snow pics up for those who like it. I think I'll just go back to my perch for the day under the extra blankets.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

11/25/2014 10:19.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning!!
Stopping by early with a vote. Our week started off good. The weather has been warm for the last few days. Hope you are having a good week too. Enjoy your day!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

11/25/2014 05:29.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi snowflake
We're in a serious countdown mode. In just under a month, our favorite Aunt is coming to visit, and we so look forward to her arrival. She is so much fun, and I get to play on the floor with her. If I ever had to pick another Mom, it sure would be her.

Come visit me, JeTTa.

11/25/2014 01:17.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Sounds like you are having a huge Thanksgiving feast! I know you will enjoy it. We are having a small one as usual ... just my parronts, skinsis and her boyfriend and me!
Yes, we had 2 days of melting but now, we are back freezing with snow.
Sorry every birdie ... couldn't get on the BC yesterday. We had 42 degrees with rain again today. It was nice to watch snow melt. We lost almost 1/3 of our snow. But, on Tuesday we will be back to 32 degrees with snow. I guess I have to put that extra blanket back on the perch tonight. How about sharing some hot chocolate with me? OOPS ... it's snowing already tonight!
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

11/24/2014 10:33.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Oh Boy!
Sounds like Thanksgiving Day is gonna be an exciting one at your house. I think things are gonna be pretty quiet here at my house with no company what so ever. I'm okay with that 'cause it means I won't have t'stay in my room a bunch of the time. I like to sit on mom's knee and get a nibble of mashed potatoes off a fork. I usually get a bite of pumpkin pie too! Lookin' forward to that. I'm wishin' you and your family a very happy holiday t'gether.

So you're gonna be a cheerleader at the game. Well that'll make it exciting! I can hear you already, squawkin' like crazy, rootin' them ... I guess I don't know which team you're cheerin' for. I didn't sign up t'play. Wasn't sure I'd be able to attend the game so thought it better t'leave the positions for those who could be at the Milonga. If I get the chance tho, I'll definitely come by and check out the action.

That's awesome that you and Apache are lovin' life t'gether. I'm glad he gets lots of laughs out of you. Laughter's the best thing ever, isn't it.

Well, I'd better get the tail feathers on outta here. You have a good one, and if I don't run into you before Thursday, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

11/24/2014 03:44.28 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Lovely Monday to You
Miss Snowflake!

I do hope that your Saturday and Sunday were full of fun and productivity. I know in my case I had to relinquish Momma’s eggsclusive attention and assistance on my Campaign to be your December Bird of the Month to more pressing parrontal matters around our K Kritter Korral. (The portion of Sunday during which Momma was available to bring me to your page for a visit, the BirdChannel was not cooperating. You might say that their GPS was out of order! **TeeHee**)

You see, Momma and Daddy were informed that they could eggspect a visit from my Grandma from Idaho from later today, to last thru Thursday morning when they all gather at Daddy’s youngest brother’s home about an hour away from us for the first Family Celebration with everyone present since Momma and Daddy have known each other. Grandma was eager to be able to spend time here with Momma and Daddy, and all of us fids of course, before joining the rest of the family for a concurrent Celebration of Thanksgiving and her BirthDay on Thursday! Then she will remain with my Uncle and his family until she returns to her home in Idaho later in the week, while my other Uncle comes to pay us a visit over the long weekend.

So, all of this is to say that my visits may be a bit sporadic from now thru the end of the month, due to Grandma’s visit, the Holiday weekend with my Uncle visiting, and the upcoming Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game. I do apologize in advance for any visits I shall have to forego. But rest assured that I shall continue to do my utmost to bring you the maximum amount of FootBall information in the time we have left together.

And on that note, let us get straight to the information I’ve promised you next about the Offensive Squad on a FootBall team …


Let’s begin our eggsamination of the individual Positions on the Offensive Squad.

QuarterBack – The Player who usually receives the ball from the Center at the start of each play. He informs his TeamMates in the huddle of the play that will be run and then, after the Center snaps* the ball to him, either hands the ball to a Running Back or throws to a Receiver.

Center – The Player who hikes (or snaps) the ball to the QuarterBack at the start of each play. The term comes from the fact that this Player is flanked on either side by a Guard and a Tackle; he’s the “MiddleMan” (or Center) in a contingent of five Offensive LineMen or Blockers. He handles the ball on every play and also snaps the ball to the Punter and Holder.

Guard – There are two Guards on every play, and they line up on either side of the Offensive Center. The Guards protect the QuarterBack from an Inside Rusher; they block Defenders immediately across from them and also swing out, or pull**, and run toward either end [of the line] to block any Defender when the ball carrier runs wide°.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Coaches the Offense.

11/24/2014 12:57.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Tackle – Both Offensive and Defensive, on Offense they are Outside Blockers on the line of scrimmage°°.

Tight End – Serves as a BIG Receiver [Oh MY!] and also a Blocker. Unlike a Wide Receiver, this Player generally lines up beside the Offensive Tackle either to the right or to the left of the QuarterBack. (Also “Strong Side+”)

Wide Receiver – The Player who uses his speed and quickness to elude Defenders and catch the FootBall, but who isn’t primarily a Blocker. Wide Receivers are also known as “pass catchers” [but I-I-I would parrotsonally NOT disparage one so!]. Also called a WideOut.

Running Back – A Player who runs with the FootBall. Running Backs are also referred to as TailBacks and HalfBacks, depending on their exact responsibilities and alignment.

FullBack – A Player who lines up in the Offensive backfield++ and generally is responsible for blocking for the Running Back and pass-blocking to protect the QuarterBack. FullBacks also serve as short-yardage runners.


I would also like to call your attention to a display of several of the basic Offensive Formations which appear in the Gallery at the bottom of my page. (They also appear in my Profile Picture at the top of my page; but they are much clearer and contain eggsplanatory text in the photos in the Gallery.) I hope these are of use to you in recognizing some of what happens on the actual field of play the next time you watch a FootBall Game.

I am also including several definitions of terms used in the above Position Descriptions at the end of this note.

Have a Greyt Day! Perhaps enjoy watching The Jets play The Bills at 7:00 pm on CBS, or The Ravens play at The Saints at 8:30 pm on ESPN. Both times are EST. Remember, it is virtually illegal to watch a FootBall Game quietly. So do what we Avians are most well-known for doing … **S*Q*U*A*W*K** . **I*T** . **U*P** ! ! !

À la prochen frois, mon amie,
[Until next time, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Beongia ♥


*snap—the action in which the ball in handed or hiked by the Center to the QuarterBack, to the Holder on a kick attempt, or to the Punter.
**pull—when a player leaves one area of the field, generally moving back and then over, to block in an area other than his normal position.
°run wide
°°line of scrimmage—the imaginary boundary between the two teams prior to the snap of the ball. The Offense’s and Defense’s scrimmage lines are defined by the tip of the ball closest to them and stretch from sideline to sideline. The Defensive Team usually lines up less than a yard away from where the ball is placed.
+strong side—the side of the Offensive formation where the Tight End aligns. With a right-handed QuarterBack, the strong side is usually to his right side.
++backfield—the group of Offensive Players (the Running Backs and QuarterBack) who line up behind the line of scrimmage (vs the Offensive LineMen and/or Receivers who line up at the line of scrimmage).

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Coaches the Offense.

11/24/2014 12:57.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake,
Thanks for liking my profile pic! We like yours too!!
It is so nice to talk to your mom.

Have a blessed Sunday. Left a vote for you too!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

11/23/2014 11:11.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi SnowFlake
Black Friday is such a waste, as far as I'm concerned, and don't see the need. It's like Christmas around here all the time with all the toys pops makes for us.

Come visit me, JeTTa.

11/23/2014 03:10.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Oh yes, I'm ready. I'm doing a hula right now at the KB.

We enjoyed 38 degrees and lots of melting snow today. It was nice to have rain and fog for a change. Maybe it will get as high as 41 with rain on Sunday! I think I can take one blanket off the perch tonight!
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

11/22/2014 11:04.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Snowflake!
Can I give ya a great big macaw hug? Pretty please?

((((HUG))))!!

You're so sweet, stoppin' by my page and sayin' Hi. I've been missin' for a long time, haven't I. It's such a bummer not to have things like they use t'be around me house. Sometimes change is good, sometimes it ain't. You're bein' a sweetheart hasn't a changed at all tho — you're just as wonderful as ever.

So, how ya likin' married life? I bet that Apache is one great guy t'be bestest friends with. I'm hopin' you two always have lots t'laugh about. Laughter's what seems to make a marriage work the best.

I got t'see all your flockmates all decked out in football helmets but not you. Are you cheerin' or just watchin' the game?

Everything's pretty good here with me and the rest of the motley crowd I live with. We're already bored with the winter routine. I like the summer one better, and the gettin' to go outside a lot. Those days are long gone for sure. Even the wild birds don't look all that thrilled t'be stuck outdoors these days. Brrr!

Thanks a whole bunch for droppin' by. Maybe if I'm lucky, I'll get t'come by for a chat more regularly. I'd like that.

'Nother (((HUG))) for you, Cutie.

Your Buddy, R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

11/22/2014 07:06.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning!!
So glad you like the pictures!! It was nice talking to mom.

We had a cold week. At least we didn't have any snow. Hope you are having a good weekend!! Left you a vote.

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

11/22/2014 07:30.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
I just love little bugs, ha, ha, ha.

Come visit me, JeTTa.

11/22/2014 02:50.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Oh yes, I'm so ready to go some place warm!!!!
Glad your puter is finally working.
The snow stopped falling around noon! But now, we have freezing rain all night thru late morning. Summer, where are you????? Chyna gets some more hot chocolate and puts on her footie pj's.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

11/21/2014 10:40.27 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & OH! MY!! GOODness!!!
Miss Snowflake!

Does anybirdy ELSE realize how much there is to KNOW about FootBall??? Why … I had no idea how much I DIDN’T KNOW until Momma consented to help me learn for the sake of my Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown, and sharing her passion for The Game so that I might understand all of the HoopLa that I hear coming from the area of the television every time she watches a Game!!

HEAVENS to BETSY … and BACK!!!

Well! As promised, we shall begin our investigation into the individual responsibilities of the Players in each Position today. But I fear it will never fit into one day’s note. So we shall simply spread it out over several days so that you, My Featheriend, can take it all in and not fall asleep before you learn what you need to know!

You may recall from our earlier information that the NFL limits active, uniformed Players to 45 per Team on Game Day.

Each FootBall Team has 11 Players per side: 11 on Offense and 11 on Defense. Teams are allowed to play with fewer than 11 Players (and for the LIFE of me I can’t IMAGINE WHY they would WANT to???), but they are penalized for having more than 11 Players on the Field during play. Rarely, a few eggsceptionally talented Players may play both Offense and Defense in the NFL. (And I do believe that we have a few of those eggsceptionally talented Birdie FootBall Players on the Indians and Pilgrims Team Rosters!)

A typical NFL Game Day roster includes three QuarterBacks, a Punter, a PlaceKicker, a Kick Return Specialist, eight Offensive LineMen, four Running Backs, five Receivers, two Tight Ends, seven Defensive LineMen, seven LineBackers, and six Defensive Backs. (The NONSTARTING Players – that is, those who are not among the 22 or so Players who are listed in the Starting LineUp – are considered Reserves, and many of them are Specialists.)

In the NFL, an additional Player can be in uniform, but he must be a QuarterBack and enter the Game only after the other QuarterBacks have been removed from the Game because of injury. When this eggstra QuarterBack, or 46th Player, enters the Game, the other QuarterBacks are deemed ineligible and cannot return to that Game even if they are healthy.

With our very own 3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game approaching in a little over a week, and Players needing and wanting to know how to practice to yield the most effective results, when we next meet I shall delve into the individual Positions on the Offensive Squad.

Before I depart this evening, though, I do wish to thank you, once again, for your wonderful continuing support of my efforts to be your Christmas Queen on BirdChannel. I am truly beginning to feel the eggscitement of the prospect of having my dream realized. You and your featheriendship are appreciated more than you know.

A bientot, mon amie,
[See you soon, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Coaches the Offense.

11/21/2014 05:37.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake
Its sooooo good to see you & the flock back on BC!!
Is Jedi getten ready to be in the booth? He will be there when Santa Bird sets out from the North Pole.

Still Ms BB

Come visit me, Buba, Ms Laka from Pearl City Hawai in the Kissing Booth, Ms BBs page. Gobble,gobble!!!!, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Jesse in the BC Castle for November, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

11/21/2014 03:28.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake,

Isn't it exciting that we're moving into our new Home up here? I told you we would all be in it by Thanksgiving! I'm so happy to be sharing my life with you, my gorgeous Bride! I know Cheyenne and Jedi are very happy also. We just have to tell all the guys bringng in our new furniture that you and Cheyenne picked out, where you two lovely ladies want everything.

We hope your Mommy is doing okay. Did she have her operation, yet? Let us know when you can. My Mommy went and did a dumb thing. She went for the procedure (shots in her spine) in Sept. for her back and was feeling great. Well, what does she go and do? She's moves her heavy pine bedroom furniture to vacuum all the dust behind it before the cleaning girl gets there! Sure enough her back and Spinal Stenosis is killing her!! But hey she said she had to get it done cause the Painter is coming this Mon. AM! Anyway, she's going for another procedure on Mon. afternoon for more shots and she says she's not gonna do that again!! You better not Mom if you know what's good for you LOL! Okay, here's a vote for you Babe. I love you "Too" the Moon and back.

Love Always & Forever,
Your Husband, Apache
Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it Snowflake LOL???

Come visit me, PARKER, SILVER, APACHE MARRIED HIS LOVE SNOWFLAKE ON 09/20/14, OZ (MY MOMMY'S DREAM BIRD) & CHEYENNE MARRIED HER JEDI ON 09/20/14.

11/21/2014 12:28.22 PM Report This Comment  
  SNOWFLAKE!!!!!!
I am so glad you are back! I've been thinking about you! So glad the computer is fixed up and running. We know what a pain they are when they are not working!
So sorry to hear that your mom is not feeling well. We are saying a prayer for her and we hope she feels better very soon. Not much going on around here. Mom still has not bought any food for Thanksgiving but will probably do it today. She and the skin brother are both working on Thanksgiving so they will have dinner on Monday or Tuesday when mom is off. Dad is not coming home since he knew that they were both working.
Mom got to see Mockingjay part 1 last night and really enjoyed it. Now she has to wait a year for the last one!
You enjoy your day and I do hope it's perfect!
Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo & The Calendar Page~November birthstone is Topaz.

11/21/2014 11:55.46 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Good Evening
Miss Snowflake!

I am flitting by this evening for a very short visit to share with you a little bit of the great fun I had this Tuesday past presenting a program with Momma for The Sylvan Seniors at Mt Sylvan United Methodist Church in Durham, where Momma and Daddy attend. (They do not attend the s-e-n-i-o-r-s functions. **TeeHee** They attend CHURCH there.)

Momma and I were given half an hour to address the group, to share what Life with a Parrot is like, for most of them had never had an eggsperience with a companion parrot; particularly not one of my size! When we have a program like that, Momma usually starts out by eggsplaining how she and Daddy came to start a flock like the K Kritter Korral, and how it grew; and then, through sheer human curiosity, we have a wonderful conversation about what all is entailed in living with a parrot (or parrotS). Of course, I-I-I contribute greatly to program content; this time including a stroll back and forth in front of the front row at one point, for emphasis of the subject matter at hand. (At just the right point in time I climbed down off my play stand and let Momma know I had something to add. **GRiN**)

When our time for the presentation was over, the group had some lunch together. I was given my fill of some lovely white grapes by a number of brave ladies and gentlemen, and then several of them wanted to have their picture taken with me. In my Gallery at the bottom of my page you can see just a couple of the lovely folks I visited with parrotsonally.

I shall return with those promised eggsplanations of the positions of the players on a FootBall team when next I visit.

Toutes alors, mon amie,
[Until then, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Coaches the Offense.

11/20/2014 06:14.15 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ ** TODAY is THE DAY ! ! ! **
Miss Snowflake! Today we introduce the Teams who will be playing each other in the 2014-3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game!!! The Indians, led by Senegal Parrot Kiddo of Simi Valley, California, will face off against The Pilgrims, led by Citron-Crested Cockatoo, Taz of the Proctor Flock in a contest that has come to be one of THE most attended sporting events on BirdChannel. The Game will be played on BirdChannel Profile Page #165848. Kick-off is set for 8:00 pm, Eastern on Saturday, November 29th.

Before we meet the Teams, however, I would like to ask a parrotsonal favor of you. The very first new Birdy Featheriend I made upon moving to North Carolina is a v-e-r-y handsome young Blue-Throated Macaw Fellow, Mr Rylan. If it would not be too much of a bother, would you please stop by his page and bid him a warm BirdChannel Flockily **Welcome**? I would be forever in your debt. His Page number is 273853.


Without further ado, here is each Team’s Roster …

The Indians:

KIDDO – Captain/Wide Receiver (Page #7592)
DIXIE – Tight End (Page #61444)
KALLIE – Cornerback (Page #195234)
PEEPERS – Guard/Tackle (Page #161001)
LITTLE ANGEL – Wide Receiver (Page #224909)
JENNY LYNN – Quarterback (Page #50146)
LALO – Running Back (Page #195198)
ZIGGY – Guard/Tackle, both Defensive and Offensive (Page #255570)
KAJI – Defensive End (Page #43005)
SWEETPEPPER – Running Back (Page 9015)
KACEY – Cornerback (Page #9043)
MIKEY – Cornerback (Page #61671)
ZIPPY – Halfback/Kicker (Page #187855)
SCOOBER – Center (Page #204968)
CHICA – Fullback (Page #204081)
HULK – Guard/Tackle, both Defensive and Offensive (Page #149144)
SAM-I-AM – Linebacker, both Defensive and Offensive (Page #185466)
PEARL – Free Safety (Page #187354)
SILVER – Strong Safety (Page #187354)

The Pilgrims:
TAZ – Captain/Wide Receiver (Page #204517)
RAFFI – Fullback (Page #200563)
WILLIE – Running Back (Page #176463)
PEPPINO – Tight End (Page #262561)
SKY – Quarterback (Page #224183)
COOKIE – Defensive end (Page #195216)
CHIPPER – Halfback (Page #257319)
SIMON – Wide Receiver (Page #203934)
NAPOLEON – Center (Page #204652)
CORI – Fullback (Page #162513)
PADDY – Guard/Tackle (Page #256665)
PICABO – Linebacker, both Defensive and Offensive (Page #15043)
SCION – Strong Safety (Page #28420)
PANTHER – Cornerback (Page #245623)
TWEETY – Guard/Tackle, both Defensive and Offensive (Page #245629)
JEDI – Cornerback (Page #254730)
SQUEAKY – Safety (Page #28415)
POOKIE – Free Safety (Page #160973)
ROSIE – Running Back (Page #204066)

And there you have the names, teams, positions, and page numbers of all the birdies who will be PLAYING in the Bowl Game at the Thanksgiving Milonga this year. I encourage you to visit your teammates, AND your opponents if you so choose, to get to know each other better and to strategize as much as possible between now and The Big Game!

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Coaches the Offense.

11/19/2014 07:02.38 PM Report This Comment  
  But we mustn’t forget the lovely CheerLeading Squads who will also be putting their all into the evening’s Sporting Event. They are …

Indians:
CHYNA – Squad Leader (Page #221660)
POLLY (Page #172126)
BOO BOO (Page #162724)
PIDDY GIRL (Page #256665)
SUZI Q (Page #204930)

Pilgrims:
FALCO – Squad Leader (Page #146315)
JEWELS (Page #204969)
CHLOE (Page #204716)
SNOWFLAKe (Page #245631)
LAKA (Page #259145)

It would be so thoughtful of you to visit these Lovely LadyBirds as well, to offer your appreciation for their efforts to make this Event even more special.


Next time we shall take the opportunity to review what each position’s responsibility is and perhaps add a few more definitions to our FootBall Speak.

Toutes alors, mon amie,
[Until then, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Coaches the Offense.

11/19/2014 07:02.17 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings and Welcome to This Week’s
Edition of “Monday Morning QuarterBack”, Miss Snowflake, with Yours Truly hosting after the final day of Week 11 of the 2014 NFL Regular Season Play. Before we move along to today’s topic of discussion, here is an overview of the Standings in The League after the first 11 weeks …

AFC East Team
New England Patriots – 8/2/0
Miami Dolphins – 6/4/0
Buffalo Bills – 5/5/0
New York Jets – 2/8/0

AFC North Team
Cincinnati Bengals – 6/3/1
Baltimore Ravens – 6/4/0
Pittsburgh Steelers – 6/4/0
Cleveland Browns – 6/4/0

AFC South Team
Indianapolis Colts – 6/4/0
Houston Texans – 5/5/0
Tennessee Titans – 2/7/0
Jacksonville Jaguars – 1/9/0

AFC West Team
Denver Broncos – 7/3/0
Kansas City Chiefs – 7/3/0
San Diego Chargers – 6/4/0
Oakland Raiders 0/10/0

NFC East Team
Philadelphia Eagles – 7/3/0
Dallas Cowboys – 7/3/0
New York Giants – 3/7/0
Washington Redskins – 3/7/0

NFC North Team
Detroit Lions – 7/3/0
Green Bay Packers – 7/3/0
Chicago Bears – 4/6/0
Minnesota Vikings – 4/6/0

NFC South Team
Atlanta Falcons – 4/6/0
New Orleans Saints – 4/6/0
Carolina Panthers – 3/7/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 2/8/0

NFC West Team
Arizona Cardinals – 9/1/0
San Francisco 49ers – 6/4/0
Seattle Sea Hawks – 6/4/0
St Louis Rams – 4/6/0

[Remember that Pittsburgh traveled to Tennessee for their Week 11 Game last night, the results of which are not reflected in the standings above. Pittsburgh edged out Tennessee, 27-24.]


And now, in keeping with our intention of building for you a firm foundation of knowledge of the background of America’s Most Popular Sport, today we present …

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Coaches the Offense.

11/18/2014 07:18.01 PM Report This Comment  
  SEASON AND PLAYOFF DEVELOPMENT
From 1920 to 1934, the NFL did not have a set number of games for teams to play, instead setting a minimum. The league mandated a 12-game regular season for each team beginning in 1935, later shortening this to 11 games in 1937 and 10 games in 1943, mainly due to World War II. After the war ended, the number of games returned to 11 games in1946 and to 12 in 1947. The NFL went to a 14-game schedule in 1961, which it retained until switching to the current 16-game schedule in 1978. Proposals to increase the regular season to 18 games have been made, but have been rejected in labor negotiations with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).

The NFL operated in a two-conference system from 1933 to 1966, where the champions of each conference would meet in the NFL Championship Game. If two teams tied for the conference lead, they would meet in a one-game playoff to determine the conference champion. In 1967, the NFL expanded from 15 teams to 16 teams. Instead of just evening out the conferences by adding the expansion New Orleans Saints to the seven-member Western Conference, the NFL realigned the conferences and split each into two four-team divisions. The four conference champions would meet in the NFL playoffs, a two-round playoff. The NFL also operated the Playoff Bowl (officially the Bert Bell Benefit Bowl) from 1960 to 1969. Effectively a third-place game, pitting the two conference runners-up against each other, the league considers Playoff Bowls to have been exhibitions rather than playoff games. The league discontinued the Playoff Bowl in 1970 due to its perception as a game for losers.

Following the addition of the former AFL teams into the NFL in 1970, the NFL split into two conferences with three divisions each. The expanded league, now with twenty-six teams, would also feature an expanded eight-team eight-game playoff, the participants being the three division champions from each conference as well as one 'wild card' team (the team with the best win percentage) from each conference. In 1978, the league added a second wild card team from each conference, bringing the total number of playoff teams to ten, and a further two wild card teams were added in 1990 to bring the total to twelve. When the NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002, the league realigned, changing the division structure from three divisions in each conference to four divisions in each conference. As each division champion gets a playoff bid, the number of wild card teams from each conference dropped from three to two.


Next time, I shall be pleased to present The Players who will be participating in the upcoming 3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game, as well as the CheerLeading Squads! Be sure to tune in to find out which birdies will be playing in which positions and on which squad. In the coming days we shall investigate the distinctions between the positions!

Toutes alors, mon amie
[Until then, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Coaches the Offense.

11/18/2014 07:17.53 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Happy Sunday
Miss Snowflake!

It would seem that most of North America is in the middle of an early onset of Winter, wouldn’t it? There are those FootBall Fans who would call this REAL FootBall Weather! And in view of the “chill” in the air, I am bringing mugs of Hot Cocoa (with marshmallows, if you like) for us to enjoy during my visit today. But this is what I would like to inquire of you: Is this weather inspiring everybirdy to prepare for the upcoming 3rd ANNUAL MILONGA THANKSGIVING BOWL GAME??? **Tee Hee**


Today I am deviating a bit from the previous path of information about the NFL in order to address two questions that were presented by several birdies regarding my last note.

First, a number of you asked if the entire building at 345 Park Avenue in New York City was occupied by the offices of the NFL. Well … no. For an inside look at the Ted Moudis Associates designed NFL headquarters, home to the employees that help power our favorite sport, I direct your attention to the Gallery at the bottom of my Profile Page. The modern, multi-level office space is located, as I mentioned in my last note, at 345 Park Avenue in Lower Manhattan, and was designed by TMA with the goal to “carry its strong brand identity throughout the design.” The office includes a League Room for the owners of our favorite franchises to hold meetings, employee cafeteria complete with kitchen along with an employee store, fitness center for staying in shape with lockers and showers, and a whole lot more. The 4 main floors of the office building were designed to represent the “Four Pillars” of the National Football League, which include The Game, The Teams, The Fans, and of course The Innovation. The 5th floor of the building houses the Officiating Command Center, and the 6th floor includes multiple outdoor terrace areas.

Other current tenants include The Blackstone Group, Consulate General of Ireland, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Capital Trust, Deutsche Bank, KPMG, and Piper Jaffray.


Secondly, several birdies were curious about who the three “pre-NFL/AFL-merger” teams were. As nearly as I can discern, those teams were the AAFC Teams the Cleveland Browns, the San Francisco 49ers, and the original version of the Baltimore Colts.

Since its inception in 1920, the NFL fended off several rival leagues. Before 1960, the most important rival was the All-America Football Conference (AAFC), which began play in 1946. The AAFC differed from the NFL in several ways, and the AAFC's perennial champions—the Cleveland Browns—were considered to be one of the best teams in professional football during that time. However, due to the AAFC's poor financial situation, the league disbanded after the 1949 season.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Coaches the Offense.

11/16/2014 08:30.04 PM Report This Comment  
  I do hope I am providing you with interesting and accurate information that satisfies your curiosity about American FootBall, its history and its structure. I am finding the details of my research quite entertaining. Are you?

I am very happy to report than Momma’s hand is much improved! While there is still a bit of swelling and light bruising on the back of her hand, she is now able to fully use her fingers with only minimal hindrance and no discomfort. Thank you so very much for your thoughts and prayers, good wishes and concern. (I believe she and Daddy have plans to purchase a new NylaBone for Mr Tyson; one that he cannot fit through his crate to deposit on the floor and cause more accidents!!!)

When I continue with the background information of American FootBall, we shall be moving along to Season and Playoff Development. I am looking forward to sharing what I have learned in that area with you.

Toutes alors, mon amie
[Until then, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Coaches the Offense.

11/16/2014 08:29.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Snowflake,
There are a few pics of Tweety that I left for you on my gallery!

Enjoy!!!!!

Your friend,
Chipper

P.S. Voted!

Come visit me, Chipper-HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

11/16/2014 03:53.19 AM Report This Comment  
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