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After mom and dad got Tango, my Citron-Crested Cockatoo sister, they wanted another parrot so they came to look at Marc Marrone's birds again. I cried and wailed and stepped over the other greys to get them to see me. That was it. They were sold. I had them.
I could barely walk and had very few feathers. I had to come home in an aquarium tank and mom and dad hand-fed me for a few weeks.

Next came Bumbles,a Rose-Breasted Cockatoo, who was rescued from a man who couldn't bring Bumbles with him to his new condo in Florida. You can see pictures of him below, with me. He now lives with Dad. I miss him a lot but he is happy and I get to see him sometimes.

Mom strongly encourages people to get a rescue bird. So many abandoned birds need a home with someone who will give them tons of love and care. And they have so much to give in return!
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Hi! My name is Kahlua

I am an African Grey from Wappingers Falls, NY.

Lu, Lu-Lu Bird, Louie, Grey-Grey (she gave herself), Beautiful

9 years old   F

African Grey

Sun Seed Sesame Rounds (but only the peanut ones and only the peanut inside), anything mom eats (although I don't get everything I want), Chex cereal, cashews, pine nuts, almonds, and walnuts. I like apples and grapes and blueberries too. I try to drink the juice out of the grapes! I would eat candy, like jelly beans or Skittles if only mom would let me. I don't understand why I can't have those things!

I love to sit on the chair or a pillow next to mom, on her knee when she reads, under a blanket when I'm tired, my green curvy perch, and on mom's laptop while she works. Of course I like to be in the highest place I can be. I love rope swings too and spiral hanging ropes but our apartment ceiling where we live now doesn't hold any type of hook. The ceiling just crumbles and the rope falls down. :-(

I hate loud or unfamiliar noises and I try to hide under the table, bed, or even a pillow.

I shake my head if I don't like something -- a song, a noise, a TV show. I'll keep shaking until it stops.

I like to cuddle on mom's chest at a certain time of night and will intentionally try to disrupt any activity she's doing if it gets too late.

I hate to see myself on video shake my head to "no" to tell mom to turn it off.

Also I will not do stuff in front of the camera. I will stop whatever I'm doing. Mom has to hide the camera to get me on video.

I don't like the word "bye" or "good-bye". I refuse to say it or acknowledge it if someone says it to me. When mom goes out and I have to go to my cage, I go on one of my perches and I sulk. I won't play or do anything until mom comes back home.

I am not happy that mom and dad are not together anymore. Dad has my old friend, Bumbles, the Rose-Breasted Cockatoos you see in my photos, and the parakeets. Bumbles was my partner in crime. He was adopted by mom and dad and he got in lots of trouble all the time. He used to teach me all these bad habits!

Mom acts silly and sings and dances with me.
She buys me my favorite treats and cuddles with me on my own terms.

She teaches me cool words and phrases and songs.

She bought me fish to watch swim when she isn't home.

She laughs at me and let's
me watch my favorite TV shows.

She knows I don't like to be pet all the the time so she shakes my hand and gives me high-fives.

She lets me "help" her around the house. She tells me how much she loves me.

I love to bite my nails.

I shake my head from side to side before I eat a piece of food.

I want you to rub my head but then I pull away.

I have to be with mom all the time, but don't want to be pet. I just want to sit close. I also have to be with mom anywhere she goes in the house -- not because I don't want to be alone but because I want to know what's going on.

I know when mom is about to cry and I make the same crying noises too.

And I laugh and cry while watching TV shows before the audience even gets a chance to laugh.

I love Judge Judy and will do the intro song to Judge Judy at 4pm if mom doesn't have it on when she's home. Mom thinks I probably do it even when she isn't here!

I'll also do the PC Richards Jingle at 4PM because they used to sponsor the time and temperature message that came on right before Judge Judy. I do that jingle all the time too.

I used to do the Jeopardy jingle at exactly 7pm when mom used to watch that.

I like to "help" feed the fish mom got. If she doesn't feed them at the right time, I go to the end of the bed and bop my head "yes" and call to mom to remind her it's time.

I love to imitate the noise they use to bleep out bad words on TV programs.

I hate pooping in my cage. I will hold it in all night until I get up and out of my cage in the morning. During the day, I like to go in Tango's cage. Why mess up my cage?

Sometimes, when I see a picture of my old friend, Bumbles, or if he comes to see me, which is not often, I often start doing all those things I'm not supposed to do that Bumbles taught me.

I'm a cool grey! (I taught myself that phrase.).

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  Hi Kahlua
Mom is more into fiction, she's a learner too, but she's been doing online free courses through, so she's reading more junk than real books. That doctor was wrong, patient confidentiality is real, and he shouldn't be sharing info with anyone but your mom unless she expressly designates someone else.
I think fall is officially here. The yard looked so nice on Monday when the guys finished, but now it looks like it hasn't been touched, maybe for years! Mom is ankle deep in leaves on the driveway as well.
Today mom had a tour in animal adaptations. Normally this is a fun tour, but these little ones were 5, and home schooled, so they had no social skills at all, and couldn't stay still in front of some of the exhibits. Mom did her best, and thinks at least some of them got something out of the tour. They touched a bunch of animal skins and did some hunting in the dioramas to find little or unusual things.
After the tour mom stopped at Trader Joe's to pick up a little lunch, and did more than that. They had some pretty good things at good prices, though. Now she's ours for the day! Of course, since garbage goes out tonight, she will do another cage scrub, but other than that, we will have her to play on for the day. Hope you are having a fun day yourself, and getting lots of scritches and cuddles. Hugs, Falco

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10/30/2014 11:20.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Kahlua
Mom'll babysit Fri afternoon while skinsis is teaching a class. Skinsis hubby business is after school science based classes and the teacher he'd lined up for Fri had a conflict so skinsis has to fill in. She was not happy about it but after this Fri only has to fill in for one more. BTW, baby's name is Jade.

Supposed to be cool for our Halloween too. Might rain but we hope it holds off or isn't too heavy. Mom remembers a couple of Halloweens with skinsis having to hold an umbrella and know there's been cold ones and warm ones too. It was warm yesterday, low 80s so had the front door open and let the fresh air in thru the metal screen door.

The candy around here is hidden so dad doesn't get into it. Mom also buys partly types no one like so less likely to eat it. Skinsis says that her candy stash is a lil less too but they don't anticipate many visits since they are in an apartment complex.

Parronts always tell us not to wall chew. Something about paint not being food. Good your mom is being vigilant and taking precautions to keep Gpas house safe from beaks.

Okay, if that was a mellow Tango can only imagine her more animated and vocal.

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

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10/30/2014 06:54.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua... TiPaul here
Mom finally got around to giving me some computer time and here I am, thanking every birdy for helping me get to that 9000 vote and more! I am so excited - I might just make that 10K mark this year. That would be so amazing, but even if it is next year, it would be good too. I won't be around for Halloween but Mom got me dressed up too. I have a big bag of nutriberries to share with all my birdy friends. See you soon! Hugs from TiPaul.

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10/29/2014 10:44.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua
Mom is an eclectic reader, so if we know what kinds of books your mom reads, maybe we can send a few her way. Mom is always glad to share. She doesn't read sci fi often, and never reads romances, so they're out, but others? Let us know!
Yesterday mom went out with her sister to Barnes and Noble, she got 2 ebooks for $6.99 each, including the new Anne Rice! She also bought other books, of course, because it's never enough with her! They had sandwiches instead of whole dinners, then came home where we had mom for the rest of the night. Today she's going to get a haircut, then pick up that lamp. Remember that lamp? Well, it isn't the cord, the store called and said they can't repair it. She will talk to the guy today and see what's wrong. If it's a matter of finding a lamp repair place, she will give it a shot, because it's an Ott light, not cheap!
It's gotten a lot cooler and really cloudy today, temps are going to be in the 50s. Yesterday it was around 80 and gorgeous. Oh well, it IS fall, after all.
I hope you are having a good day and getting snuggles and kisses. Hugs, Falco

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10/29/2014 08:11.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Kahlua
Our mom needs to call her sis to ask about seeing those pics. Skinsis needs to get her hubby to nudge his gpa for those pics. Mom spent a lil bit of time with the grand yesterday after skinsis called and asked her to come over so the laundry and dishes could be caught upon. Furball was quite eggcited to see her but eventually calmed down.

Hmmmm, wonder if Cookie is just a more 'manly' bird despite his size? We know other 'tiels love to chew up toys but like you we prefer paper or softer things. (We have chewed on wood, mom's armoire for one - not our fault! Our birdhouse was pushed too close and we leaned over and...Fortunately, we never had opportunity to peck anything our dad made in his woodshop, whew!)

Funny how parronts think they can fool us like your mom giving you the empty highlighters.

Think we saw the video on FB on one rare occasion we went there. Think she was on the bed tossing toys out of the box and so many of 'em too! Could tell how much fun it was but always fun to fling things around.

Have to agree that number one should be us fids but know that parronts have other things to do occasionally. Awesome to have the window open.

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

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10/29/2014 07:27.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua
Mom does the same thing with TV, she records it all, then watches it later. That way she can FF through commercials, boring parts, etc, and can see an hour show in about 40 minutes. Not that there's much worth watching.
Mom loves bats, isn't scared at all of them, and knows how important they are to the environment, but she still can't figure out how they stuff so much food into such a tiny body.
It's a beautiful day today, when mom walked the dogs she got too warm in her jeans and came home to change into shorts. She is still wearing her squirrel whisperer tee, though, in honor of squirrels this month. Later today, mom will go out with her sister for a late lunch and a little shopping. Both of them got Barnes and Noble coupons in the mail, and since that's one of their favorite stores, they will go there, and maybe a few other places as well.
We need to have our cages scrubbed today, according to mom, so that means we'll be spending time rearranging things to our liking.
Mom got a pomegranate and cut into it today. It's too bad I won't eat it, Willie, Maxine, and Peppino dove right into their portions! (That's one of the reasons for the scrub down today, heehee.)
I hope you are enjoying some good weather today, and getting lots of scritches and cuddles, too. Hugs, Falco

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10/28/2014 08:47.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Kahlua
Skinsis was the same as your mom. Didn't really care if there was a ceremony or not but he wanted it. Think they put it together in a couple or three months time. Lots of stuff was down to the wire, but it all came together though still need to see all the pics others took. A week or two before the big day mom and skinsis were shopping at Target and mom asked what the baby was wearing and they found something there. Not sure if anyone took a pic of the baby but certainly everyone wanted to hold her!

Think your mom sharing her life with you and Tango is good. Be different if she was all alone and just looking for someone for all the wrong reasons.

Sometimes mom'll have a bit of tissue or piece of paper nearby for us to 'discover' and play with. We aren't big on toys like you bigger birds but do love to peck at magazines, newspaper, paperbacks from the library (that's a no-no by the way and we only did it a couple of times, honest! Was on the back so not as noticeable...) and dropping things on the floor is always fun. Think mom saw a video of one of you playing and tossing toys around. Maybe it was rummaging in the toybox, maybe it was another fid, not sure but it was a 'too or a grey!

Think the Milongas are always on Sat. Other events could be on other days and times.

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

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10/28/2014 05:00.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua
Sorry you missed the milonga. They are always on Saturdays, I think. Hope your mom gets a resolution, that's ridiculous!
What a football game yesterday! It was a real quarterback battle, and the Steelers tried to give it away in the second half, but they ultimately prevailed. Mom doesn't remember seeing such a high scoring pro game ever.
Today at the center, mom did all the RVS animals, because she was the only RVS person on the schedule for the day. She cleaned the outdoor raccoon cages, then went in to find the bat. At first she didn't see it, she peeked under the towels hanging from the sides of its terrarium and it wasn't there. Then she took out the tiny lid that was in the bottom of the cage with water in it. She was a little worried that the bat had escaped at this point. When she removed the water, she noticed a tiny lump in the towel at the bottom of the cage. She lifted it carefully, and the bat was there. It was laying directly on the heating pad, so the poor little one must have been cold last night. There was a frost here, but the furnace at the center usually kicks on. Maybe the heat didn't extend into the RVS room, or the bat just needed some extra heat. Anyway, it took a bit of effort to get it to start eating, but once it got started, it ate 20 mealworms. It's hard to imagine, but mom thinks with 20 mealworms you could probably construct a whole bat, so she doesn't know where the bat puts all that food. Maybe they have hollow legs or something, heehee.
If you think we birds eat a lot, you haven't seen bats eat.
After the center, mom mailed a package, then got gas and went shopping for a little lunch. Now she's home with us, and we get to blog. It's another beautiful day here, crisp and cool, but sunny. The lawn guys came today and cleaned up all the leaves, so the lawn looks as nice as the gardens do now.
I hope you are having a good day, getting some sunshine and cuddles. Hugs, Falco

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10/27/2014 11:01.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Kahlua
Skinsis and hubby did all the wedding planning themselves. They aren't affiliated with a church so it was a greyt idea to have it outdoors. They asked their friend to officiate since he's part of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. He wore his kilt and combat boots. The location apparently has lots of weddings and they were advised that thru Oct weather would be good but Nov or later is iffy so it was a lil sooner than they wanted so had to scramble a bit to get everything done. The baby behaved wonderfully well for a 3 month old. Of course, someone was holding her the entire time. Skinsis was having trouble keep track of where her baby was.

Our mom got married in a Jan. Although in CA it was sunny, but breezy so probably strapless wouldn't have been good though wasn't the fashion 25 years ago either.

There's someone out there for your mom. And that will adore you fids. It'll be when she isn't looking. Hear about people finding love at all ages. From teens into their 80s and 90s. Just never know when one will find it.

We enjoy just sitting with mom. We'll groom ourselves or wander over the couch arm or climb to the top. Sometimes if she's not looking we'll jump to the floor, but always get retrieved before we can do much.

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

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10/27/2014 04:50.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Kahlua
Skinsis wedding was at a state park in the mountains with lots of redwoods. Weather was perfect even though everyone had to endure an hours drive on windy roads to get there! Mom's sis took pics but haven't seen 'em yet. Groom's gpa also took pics but haven't seen those either.

We understand about being gluten free. Mom's family has allergy issues. Her brother can only have corn and rye as far as grains go, no wheat, no rice. The thing with cupcakes is they tend to disappear a lot faster than they can go bad, heehee.

The parronts are thrilled skinsis finally got married (baby is almost 4 months old now) and she's working and new hubby is working and finally found a place they can have furball live with 'em.

All the weather gals seems to always be very attractive. Always fun to see wedding dresses but the whole strapless trend is not something our mom would've ever worn!

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

PS: Your Halloween pic is adorable! Tango's too!

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10/26/2014 05:00.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua
Don't you look adorable in your costume! Wow, mom sure has a run with the docs, that's too bad. It's awful when the doc doesn't do right with the codes, either, it's just another way to stress out the patient!
Wow, that was an expensive shipment, for that they should have driven the phone to mom. We were under the impression the hotel was taking care of everything, didn't know they were billing your mom. Of course, we should have thought that would happen. I bet mom and Aunt Jane could have given it to Donna or Therese to mail priority and it would have been much cheaper. That's terrible! For that amount of money they could have hired a messenger. Okay, enough ranting. Mom is really upset because she just knows they could have done it another way, especially since it was not done overnight like the hotel said it would be.
I hope you, Tango, and mom can make it to the milonga tonight, it should be a lot of fun. Hugs, Falco

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10/25/2014 12:42.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Kahlua~
I hope you are having a wonderful day!
The new computer is up and running. Dad put Window 8 on it so mom is scrolling around like a lost puppy!! She has pretty much figured our how to get to where she wants to go so that is all that matters. The living room still looks like we've been robbed but mom and I will be working on that today. At least we now have a computer that will not keep shutting down and I can get around the BC more!
I left the room when dad was building it because there was just too much stuff and I was getting very upset! He shoved the old computer and monitor in front of my playcage!! That was the last straw so I went to climb around my night cage and clear the dresser off for mom! I even shoved my Hello Kitty lunch boxes off! I know it was a big help!
Mom's uncle does Ancestry research and someone sent him pictures of the graves of mom's Great Grandma and Grandpa. They are in upstate New York by Medina. Mom went there when she was a little kid but doesn't really remember much. It was very cool to see it now though.
We hope your mom is doing well! We sure did enjoy seeing the pictures from the Palooza! Your mom is so pretty and it's very cool that she got to meet all those CBL's! Sure wish we could have gone!
I hope you enjoy your day! I'm off to help clean the living room up! We can't even turn the fireplace on at the moment because of all the stuff that is in front of it! It has gotten colder here in the last few days so we might actually need it!!
Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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10/25/2014 10:17.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Kahlua and Tango
So wonderful to see you!

Haven't heard of any fid being allowed on the puter by themselves. Too bad as wouldn't have to wait for parronts to get home from work or finish chores or whatever they do when they aren't playing with us.

Not much going on with us but skinsis got married. She and mom made the cupcakes themselves and they turned out looking really good. (Both pics in our gallery.)

Thanks for liking the profile pic. Aunt Denise made it for us a couple of Halloween Milongas ago.

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

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10/25/2014 05:11.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua
Mom did the RVS room today, but there was only a bat in there. The raccoons were moved outside, where mom cleaned their cages and fed them. They are much easier to deal with outside since the staff decided the best way to handle them indoors was to scruff them to move them. They said it's more sanitary than using a towel. Mom doesn't feel comfortable scruffing large raccoons, so doing the RVS room the past couple of times has been trying. However, they are easy to deal with outdoors, because they don't have to be moved, mom can clean around them.
After leaving the center, mom went to Radio Shack to buy a new phone, as her present one isn't holding a charge for long. Long story short, Virgin Mobile wanted her pin, which she had no idea about, so she had to come home for a few hours. They locked her account, and she can't get into it. She gave them all the other info, and they changed her pin to something she'll remember, but wouldn't let her in to transfer data from the old phone to the new one. She will be making a second trip today to do that. The nice young man at Radio Shack told her to come back in a couple of hours.
Yesterday, mom got all the peony bushes cut back, and one of the roses pruned. There is more work to do on the roses, which might happen today. She is borrowing a wheelbarrow from a neighbor to haul the cut greens to the hillside. She will toss it all down the cliff and let it compost there. It might provide hide spaces for some critters, too.
I hope you are having a good day today, getting some sunshine and lots of love. Hugs, Falco

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10/24/2014 11:12.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua
We certainly support your mom and you, too. It's funny how you love Bumbles, and Tango doesn't much like him at all. That happens in flocks, I guess. I used to go to Peppino's cage and stare in at him when he first came, but now I'm okay with him being here. Mom thought it was because he was in Gizmo's cage, and I was looking for Giz.
Yesterday after mom did some of that yard cleanup, she played with us and did a light cleaning of the cages. Today is a major scrub down, though, so we will all have to rearrange our stuff after she's done. I didn't stay with mom for long yesterday, I was more interested in cuddling with the rope wreath on top of my cage. Willie won the prize for being the most clingy yesterday. He stayed with mom a long time, trying to decorate her tee by making it lacy, then trying out her shirt buttons, too. He preened her hair for awhile then he got bored and went back to his pinata. Peppino is being shy again, so mom isn't forcing him to come with her, but because of past experience, she knows he'll be with her before long. We are all thinking that Bree will be by to trim our nails before long, at least that's what mom is saying.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of scritchies and cuddles. Hugs, Falco

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10/23/2014 08:16.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua
It's tough when changes occur, both for birds and people. I know you miss Bumbles, too. It has to be as hard on him, as I bet he misses you as well.
Mom is young, and has some options open. Moving would probably be a last resort, though. We wish we could do something to help out.
Today is a pretty lazy day for all of us. Mom got her nails done, then came home to be with us. She carried in the African violets a while back because of the weather, so today she's closing the fountain, bringing in the rest of the house plants, and maybe planting the amaryllis and paper whites her friend left for her. There is still a Boston fern outside, as well as a succulent dish garden. We hope they have both survived the chilly nights lately. If not, well, there's always the nursery next year.
I hope you are having a good day today, and getting lots of sun, cuddles, and kisses. Hugs, Falco

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10/21/2014 11:27.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua
Make sure to spend lots of time with mom today, as she is going to be missing Bumbles. It's too bad he had to go.
The opera gala last night was wonderful, too bad it couldn't have lasted longer. Mom did hear lots of arias, duets, and ensembles that she loves, and they did a bit of operetta as well.
Mom's tour with college students turned out to be fun yesterday, and they wanted Dinosaur hall, which she loves. Today mom has 2 tours at the museum with West Virginia University students. Do you think she's trying to avoid the football game? I sure do. She got very upset with the team's loss last week, even though she didn't see the game.
I hope you are having a good day, lots of sun and warmer temps than we have here. Get lots of scritchies and cuddles today. Hugs, Falco

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10/19/2014 07:53.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua
Bumbles and you look like you're having too much fun! Mom loved meeting everyone, too, and hopes to do it again next year. We don't know if Aunt Jane will want to make that drive again, though. Mom says she's glad the phone finally got back to your mom, but they said at the hotel they would overnight it, so we thought it should have been back on Monday!
Mom put away most of the stuff from Parrot Palooza. She gave each of us a new toy, and Maxine got a new perch, but the rest of the stuff got put up. I suspect we'll see it a little at a time. Mom was pleased to find greeting cards there with birds, too.
Yesterday after mom planted all the bulbs, the irises, and the rudbeckia, she thought she was done. Later, when she went out to get the mail, she noticed that our neighbor Jeff had left more things to plant on the shelf by the door! It was all indoor stuff, though, 2 amaryllis bulbs and some narcissus.
Today at the center, mom went into the RVS room and saw a cage standing open. She went to get Bree, and they looked all over the room for the missing raccoon. They couldn't find him, so mom took his chart to the front, entered today as his self release day into the computer, and put the chart in a drawer for filing. She then helped a new person catch a squirrel who had gotten loose. When she went back to the RVS room the raccoon was on the bank of cages staring at her! She got Bree, and the two of them captured the little bugger and put him in a carrier until his cage was done. Mom put a carabiner on the cage to prevent him from opening it again. There were other raccoons and a bat in there today, so it took the rest of her time to clean them, feed them, and finally she emptied the dryer, reloaded it, loaded up the washer, and started a load. Now she's ours for the day! I think she's still catching up with some reading on the Nook, before she starts another real book. Tomorrow is the museum, the opera, and dinner out, so we have to take advantage of today.
I hope you are having a fine fall day, not too cold and rainy. I also hope you are getting lots of scritchies and kisses today. Hugs, Falco

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10/17/2014 10:22.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua
Mom taught mostly 4 and 5, but was certified K to 8. Her last couple of years, except for the last one, were in 3. She often taught science when the district departmentalized 4 to 6 every few years, but mostly was self contained.
It was such a pleasure to meet your mom! Mine said it was so much fun.
Last week Aunt Jane drove here from Michigan and picked up mom and off they went! Bree stayed with us and did a great job.
Now mom is back from New Jersey and Parrot Palooza. She had a great time, meeting all the bird moms and having a lot of time to visit and talk with them, although at times, it was kind of like the milonga, she couldn't get a word in edgewise, heehee. It was super to see a lot of the folks we just talk with online. The only thing that would have made it better would have been for us parrots to go to Parrot Palooza!
Mom carried a bag with parrots painted on it, and wore all her parrot jewelry. They shopped on Friday and more on Saturday. They saw a parrot show on Saturday, mom won a prize in one of the penguin races, and made a toy for us as well. Sunday was a quieter day. Aunts Donna and Therese invited everyone for brunch, and they made a day of it, visiting and talking, then went out to dinner together, too. Sheesh, you'd think they'd have had enough, right? But no, mom loved every minute of it, and wished it could have lasted longer.
In my pics you can see the loot in 3 pics! The one with the bird mom tee is Aunt Jane's pile, the other 2 piles are ours. The other pics show a sign welcoming BC people to the Palooza (WOW) and a group shot in back of the sign. On Willie's page are a Java tree stand with carved parrots on it, a different group shot, and mom with a Moluccan 'too named Pearl. On Peppino's page there are some pics of Aunts Therese, Eva, and Donna; Robin, Jane, Deb, and Eva; and Cindy with her new tiel. She is also getting a new timneh grey, but mom didn't get a good shot of Myles. Hope you love the pics. I also hope you are having a fantastic day today, and getting lots of hugs and kisses. Hugs, Falco

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10/14/2014 08:31.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Kahlua~
I hope you are having a great day! We got the car back this morning! YAY! New transmission and an oil change and he is in great shape. Mom is going to have to remember she doesn't have to go really, really slow until he grabs 1st gear now! Felt a bit strange but we are so happy to have it done!
We got the linen closet all cleaned out and made room to store the huge package of paper towels and toilet paper. Mom also got a few cases of bottled water she is keeping in there too. There was an e-coli contamination out on Mercer Island and it closed down all the restaurants for days and everyone had to boil their water. We use a Brita filter but mom doesn't think that it will filter e-coli. She has decided to give me, Mandy and Merlin bottle water to drink just to be safe. They have no idea where the contamination came from and mom doesn't want to take the chance it might happen here. Maybe she is just being too paranoid but she would rather be safe than sorry!
Kaji is only 11 away from his 10K so he will be there very soon. The 10k page is ready for a party so please stop on by tomorrow and congratulate him and grab some food!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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10/01/2014 06:11.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua
YOu have to reassure mom that you will be fine without her for a couple of days, Gpa will take care of you. My mom has Bree from the center here to house sit for her and take care of us and the dogs. But she will try to make Bree's life as easy as possible by making our food portions in advance, and freezing them in little baggies, so all she has to do is thaw them overnight. In the afternoon, she can give us a dry mix, like Goldenfeast Madagascar mix or even pellets. I'm the only one she'll have to prepare fresh for each day, because I'm the picky one in the flock. I only eat fresh apple slices and red grapes, and those can't be frozen.
Mom's younger granddaughter has an MA in teaching, and she is struggling to find work here, too.
Mom got to do the RVS room today, and it's really emptying out. There are only 3 raccoons in there. The one was super friendly, and kept trying to touch mom, then when she didn't respond, he started screaming. It brought 2 staff members and 3 volunteers to the door to make sure everything was okay. Mom laughed, and said she was pinching him from 4 cages away! (She was cleaning out his old cage when he started to make all that noise.) Since she finished that room so quickly, she did some dishes, folded some laundry, then went into the office to file charts. She had done some on Monday, but the basket of things to be filed was full again.
After the center she went to the bank to deposit a property tax refund. She wasn't sure if it would come this year, or if they would take it off next year's taxes, but she was sure happy to see it.
Yesterday mom got some sewing done, and today she will do more, if there is time. She is thrilled to be able to do that again!
I hope you are having a wonderful day, getting sunshine, scritches, and lots of love. Hugs, Falco

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09/26/2014 10:49.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua
We didn't know your mom was a teacher, that's really neat! Is she coming to Parrot Palooza? Mom is anxious to meet all the parronts!
It's another gorgeous day here in Verona, with the sun shining, no rain in sight, and predictions of 70s today. I went to the vet for my follow up appointment this morning. My leg has no more scab on it, and my side is healing. There are even some new feathers growing in! And I've gained 5 more grams, so I'm back to 130g, like I should be. Mom was really pleased, and so was I. She is now going to make well bird appointments with this vet for Willie and Peppino, so she can get some base lines on them, but probably not until she gets back from Parrot Palooza.
Happy birthday to Jim Henson in memoriam today, we LOVE the muppets! Mom's favorite line from Miss Piggy was, What do you think has more calories, this lighter than air eclair or this 5 pound head of cabbage?
I hope you are having a fantastic day and getting lots of love and sunshine. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Happy Halloween!, Peppino, Happy Halloween!, Divo & Falco, Happy Halloween.

09/24/2014 09:01.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua
Mom is actually a retired educator. She taught for 33 years. Now she works part time at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History as a docent, and she volunteers at the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center. She volunteers with the wild animals, because she is afraid of getting too attached to the dogs, cats, bunnies, etc, at the shelter. It's a great second life!
This morning mom took care of the bunny room at the center. You can tell things are winding down for the fall, as there were only 6 occupied cages, and only one of them contained infants. Bunnies in the other cages are eating bunny salad, and are well on their way to release. It's kind of funny, but bunnies get released on the property at the center. The center has many release sites, but the bunnies would get too stressed riding in cars to go elsewhere, so they get released into the pet cemetery there. There are lots of woods around too, so they can always move on, through the woods.
Mom hasn't made bunny salad in a long long time! It was a good day for her, because she hasn't been in the bunny room all summer long. Of course, she was glad not to be, as the room contained up to 20 cages with multiple bunnies in each one during peak baby season. Today was a piece of cake.
I hope you are having a good day and getting some love. It's very cool here, either high 50s or low 60s all day long. Mom might have to change into jeans soon, as her legs are getting a bit cold, heehee. Hugs, Falco, still on meds

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09/22/2014 11:05.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Guys
Kahlua and Tango, Thanks for the well wishes. My side doesn't feel as hard to mom, so maybe that's a good sign. I am still giving her a hard time with the meds, though.
I feel good enough to be dancing at the wedding today. It's at 4 eastern, hope to see you there.
Mom had a training type tour this morning to help the people who work in the halls. She took them through cenozoic and mesozoic halls and gave them some background on the exhibits. It was fun, different from any tour she's ever done. Then she had a tour in mammal hall for the general public. It was one of those mini tours, and she finished in 35 minutes, YAY. That's supposed to be the time frame for those.
I hope you are getting lots of good weather today, we sure are! May your day be filled with sunshine and cuddles. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Happy Halloween!, Peppino, Happy Halloween!, Divo & Falco, Happy Halloween.

09/20/2014 11:58.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Kahlua~
I hope you had a wonderful day! I'm doing just fine. It's dark and cloudy on one side of the hose and very sunny on the other side! It looks so cool!
We are still struggling with the computer so it limits our time during mom's workweek! I hope you don't think I haven't been thinking about you, because I have! It can take us an hour just to get 3 notes out and when mom has to work that night, we just run out of time! I don't think it will be too long before dad can get it fixed up.
I am watching the Mikado with the skin sister! It's got lots of music and for some reason it is making me giggle! I don't usually like operas but this one seems to be funny!
I do hope you enjoy your evening!!
Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

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09/18/2014 07:27.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua & Tango
I want to thank everybirdy for their prayers! Mila's family is truly grateful! We all know the power of prayer is a powerful thing...but we are all in shock over little Mila's progress. She had brain surgery 7:30am on Friday. When the surgeons went in, they discovered that some of what was tumor, was actually scar tissue from her surgery lastyyear, & sort of made a pocket that the larger tumor was sitting in. They were able to ENTIRELY remove BOTH tumors! On Saturday, she was moved to a regular room & they had her up walking! On Sunday, less than 48hrs upon completion of her surgery, MILA WAS SENT HOME...TRULY A MIRACLE!!!
Mila's family would still appreciate ur prayers. Since this cancer came back so quickly & aggressively, doctors are going to treat it very aggressively with chemo & radiation. Mila is doing wonderfullly! She has to take it easy, but she's up & playing with all of her princess toys! She'll walk up to u, give u a hug & tell u that she has a boo-boo & that herhhead hurts. It's truly amazing & miraculous! All things are possible with God!
Love from
TiaMaria & Mom Sandy

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09/08/2014 03:52.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Dearest Kahlua & Tango, from Angel Christy & us
When Dad mentioned to Little Girl about his Scottish ancestry, she wanted to know which Clan the Dallas' originated from! Dad's son researched our family background and found out the we are from the Clan MacIntosh, (that name has various spellings)! We don't know the Tartan colors, but they first settled here during the pre-Civil War era! Have a great Monday dear friends, our Bears lost, ho-hum, we'll have to get used to that this year! Give my love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love from Ange McChristy, Jenny, & the McDallas Clan

PS~We read your note on Sugar's page, enjoy what you can, we love all 3 of you guys!!

Come visit me, Ziggy & my Spider~Happy Halloween friends..., Jenny & Alfie~Trick or Treat from Al & I, BOOO!!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~It is coming very soon, a boo to you, Witchy LaLo~Ready for Halloween, trick or treat... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

09/08/2014 07:58.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Kahlua~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's very pretty here today and I've been enjoying myself.
Nothing exciting going on unless you find laundry exciting. I don't! I do like climbing into the basket of towels and assisting mom in folding them. I'm actually very good at it! For some reason everyone thinks I should stay away from their clothes! I think they think I am going to chew them up!
We are still having computer problems but it's not the new stuff that got installed the other day. Mom is still trying to figure it all out but so far today we have had to restart 4 times. It is not easy to get notes out when the thing keeps freezing up but I do want you to know that I think about you everyday and I hope to be able to spend more time on notes when the computer is cooperating!
Enjoy the day and I hope it's just perfect!
Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar

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09/05/2014 03:57.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kahlua & Tango
Hi everybirdy!
Tia here, sorry I haven't been around in quite awhile, sooooo much has been going on, I'll let u know all about it. Mom FINALLY unpacked the box that contained her notebook that has everybirdy's page #s! Today, mom & I ask for ur prayers.

A good friend of mom's has an adorable 4 yr old daughter, Mila. The past 14 months have been a horrific nightmare for Dawn, Mila's mother. Mila was born with Li Fraumeni Syndrome, which is an EXTREMELY RARE genetic condition. Certain receptors shut off & leaves that person very prone to cancer. Last summer, Mila began acting strangely...bobbing her head around, running into things, suddenly falling down & grabbing her head & screaming. Her pediatrician immediately ordered a brain MRI. Dawnh& Neil were devastated to learn that their precious 3 yr old daughter had Choroid Plexus Carcinoma, an EXTREMELY RARE & very aggressive brain cancer. Mila had brain surgery 3 days later. It was touch & go for the 1st week, they had to restart her heart 4 times. Miraculously, she made it thru, although she spent 3 months in intensive care. She was released fromthe hospital 2 days before Christmas...a true Christmas miracle...Mila had ABSOLUTELY NO mental deficit! Since then, she must have an MRI every 3 months. All of them had been perfectly spotless - until her MRI last week.

Mila now has 2 aggressive tumors - the larger one, the size of a small navel orange, & the other is a bit larger than a golfball. The larger one is in the same spot as the one removed last year, but it is tangled in her nerves & has been deemed inoperable. She will once again have to endure chemotherapy & this time start radiation. The smaller tumor will be removed. I just spoke to her mom Dawn, they will be leaving for Children's Hosp in Pittsburgh in a couple hrs. Mila will be having brain surgery tomorrow morning at 7:30am. to remove the smaller tumor & hopefully be able to remove part at least part of the larger one. We are all heartbroken that this precious little girl hasto go thru tthis again. I hope all our dear friends will say a special prayer for Mila, that God in Heaven will once again restore her health! Thank you my dear friends & God Bless u all.
TiaMaria & mom Sandy

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09/04/2014 08:56.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Kahlua~
I hope you are all having a great day! I hope it much more peaceful today!
They keep hospitals cold because bacteria grows quickly in warm temps and not cold. It's sort of like a movie theather! Even if it's 100 outside you have to bring a jacket with you!
We are glad all went well with your grandpa. I know your mom would rather have her own place but it is a good thing that your grandpa is not alone right now. Sometime things happen the way the are suppose to even if it's not what we think we want.
Mom sister take thyroid meds and they always are suppose to start off small and work up from there. When they get it right your mom will feel so much better.
I hope that today is a day of quiet and rest for all of you!! I did get the corn bread and some banana bread too! I love it when the skin sister buys too many bananas!hahahahahaha
Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo ready to celebrate Halloween!!BOO & The Calendar Page~October Birthstone is the Opal.

08/15/2014 11:35.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Kahlua~
I hope you are having a great day! Everything is fine here at my nest. I'm having some playtime with mom and soon I will head off to the play cage for my apple.
We have lots of chores to get done today and I think mom is going over to the market to get a few things. It's only at the end of our driveway so she won't be gone long. Later on we will be getting some cooking done. My beans and grains for my mash are soaking and mom will cook those tonight. I am hoping that some corn bread will be on the menu too! A little corn bread to go with my mash sounds like an excellent idea to me!
Hope your mom and grandpa are both doing well! You guys are in our thoughts and prayers every single day!!
I do hope you enjoy your day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
With love ~ Sugar

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo ready to celebrate Halloween!!BOO & The Calendar Page~October Birthstone is the Opal.

08/14/2014 12:14.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Kahlua~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's still very pretty here and I am enjoying this last month of summer!

Today is the little niece Maddie 2nd birthday! Time flies! The picture in my gallery is from this morning! She is going to have a party today but I don't get to go. I guess one little kid around is okay but a whole bunch of them would be too much for me to take! I'll get to see her soon!

Merlin is shedding, Mandy is shedding and I am molting! That evil vacuum has been out way too much! mom tries to move us to different rooms when she uses it but she has had to use it so much in the past few days that one of us is always around! Merlin doesn't really care about it but it kind of freaks Mandy out! I go into Monster Bird mode and stomp around! Mom thinks it's funny when I do that! A little respect for the zon attitude is needed!!!!

Enjoy the day and I do hope it's just perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo ready to celebrate Halloween!!BOO & The Calendar Page~October Birthstone is the Opal.

08/09/2014 12:27.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Kahlua~
I hope you are having a great day! It's still very summery up here and we are enjoying it. It hasn't been too hot at all! It's been nice to have so much sunshine!
It's been a nice quiet day so far. I like the quiet ones!
When mom is working, she keeps her cell phone in the pocket of her apron. When she went on break last night she shoved her wallet into the pocket with the cell phone and accidentally dialed Aunt Theresa!! Mom goes on break at 1am so it was 4am at Aunt Theresa's house! Luckily Aunt Theresa was awake. She told mom that my Ceasaur and Cheeta are both doing well. If you didn't know, they were both bitten by one of their macaw fiblings who had escaped their cage! Ceasaur got his foot hurt and Cheeta ended up with a broken wing. They are both healing and will be just fine! That made me very happy and worth mom being embarrassed about calling at an ungodly hour! I keep telling you all that mom is such a dork!hahahahahahaha
I hope you enjoy the day! Leaving a vote and sending hugs your way!
Love you ~ Sugar

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08/04/2014 02:12.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Kahlua~
Congratulations to Mikey 61671 who has made it to the
10K Hall of Fame Club!!

Please stop by to congratulate him and enjoy the party we've put together for him! Page #197082

Thank you ~ Sugar

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08/03/2014 11:00.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Dear Kalua and Tango
Thank you for your generous welcome to BC! I'm so glad to be in my forever home! Looking forward to meeting lots of new freinds! Please call me BonBon!
Luv, Lemon Le'BonBon♥

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07/20/2014 10:39.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Everybirdy!
We just wanted to post a quick note to thank all of you for making me BOTD on July 17th. That is my Grandpa's B-day. I got lucky because we had a small celebration that night and a slighter larger one today!

Thank you all for voting for me and for stopping by to congratulate me. It was a nice surprise and a very special day for me. Mom is getting around to helping me write back to each of you personally, but in the meantime I wanted to send a general message of thanks. Thanks again! Love you all!

Love and Grey wing hugs,

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07/20/2014 05:10.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Kahlua
Think most of us on BC have sent ourselves blogs that were meant for another. Know we have and also called birds by the wrong name or gender on occasion. Good thing when we fly to a page have to scroll past all previous blogs to send a new one.

It was so awesome to see you in the spotlight yesterday. Hmmm, that love boat pic of you and Pepper, is that the same Pepper that is our BOTM king? Know you and Tango had a blast at the Castle yesterday.

Another humid day for us, but since temps were only in the upper 70s wasn't bad. Mom took skinsis and lil one to get a few baby things since the greatgrandparronts (mom's parronts) gave skinsis some $$.

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

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07/18/2014 04:57.22 AM Report This Comment  
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07/17/2014 10:16.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Queen Kahlua
Congratulations on botd.I hope you had a good day at the castle and in the spotlight. Have a good night.

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07/17/2014 09:20.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Kahlua!
Congrats on being BOTD and! You area beautiful Queen! Have a great day at the castle today!

Come visit me, RAFFI AND PUMBAA LOVE CYDNEY!!!!!!!!.

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