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April 1, 2011 - PICO IS A GIRL.....LAYED AN EGG ~
April 4, 2011 - PICO LAID A SECOND EGG ~
April 8, 2011 - PICO LAID A THIRD EGG ~

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One day I went to visit the bird store where I usually bought Skittles toys and saw Pico. I wasn't there to find a bird, just to get my "bird fix" since I lost Skittles. Anyway, he caught my attention, so I did what anyone would've done and asked if I could see him out of his cage. He was so sweet & full of kisses that something just tugged at my heart. I knew then I was ready for another bird ~ What a way to celebrate July 4th!
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Hi! My name is Pico

I am a White-Bellied Caique from Houston, TX.

Peex, P, PP & Pico Boo..... ..........

MY HATCH DAY: MARCH 6, 2007

JOINED BC: JUNE 27, 2007


7 years old   F

White-Bellied Caique

Yogurt Dips is one of my favorites! Another favorite is Nutriberries. My favorite fruit is black berries. My favorite veggies is corn & carrots. Another big favorite is a chicken wing bone. And, I also love the Golden Feast! That's yummy! What can I say.. I love to eat!!

My favorite hang out spot is with my mom whether it be on her shoulder or on top of her head! Next would be on my playground which is also fun.

Having to stay on on my playtop. ...would rather run around on the floor!

I love her because I know she loves me. She's always kissing on me, talking to me, & buying me new toys. She also lets me preen her hair!

Mom tells me I'm the messiest eater she's ever seen! I get food all over my beak, feet, and even my tummy sometimes. Another quirky & bad habit is that I climb down my cage & walk around like I own the place..

"Play like there's no tomorrow ~"


JULY 4, 2007 - ARRIVED AT MY NEW HOME

February 2, 2009 BIRD OF THE WEEK

March 19, 2010 BIRD OF THE DAY

September 2010 BIRD OF THE MONTH

June 28, 2011 BIRD OF THE DAY

June 30, 2012 BIRD OF THE DAY

June 14, 2013 BIRD OF THE DAY
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  Hi Peeks
Thanks for stopping by again! I appreciate each blog and vote, and of course, all the hugs, too.
Today we're going to do everything Heinz! You may have noticed that Pittsburgh has some recurring names to things, Carnegie, Frick, Mellon, Heinz...
So the Heinz family built the Heinz plant on the North Side of the city, and they made 57 varieties of things, including Heinz Ketchup. (They also gave PA a great senator, John Heinz, who passed away at a young age.) Anyway, they have given a lot back to the city, so going from the last new pics (5&6) to the first they are 2 shots of Heinz Chapel. This is a nondenominational church located on the University of Pittsburgh campus, very close to the Cathedral of Learning (and the museum). One of mom's nieces got married there, it's a very popular place for weddings.
There are both exterior and interior views. The next 2 pics(3&4) are at Heinz field, the Great Hall. This is where the several Vince Lombardi trophies and super bowl rings, as well as lots of other Steeler memorabilia, are shown. It's like its own museum. The first 2 pics are the Heinz plant and the pickle pin!
When mom was young, Heinz plant tours were popular for kids. Her class toured the plant, and each kid was given a pickle pin at the end of the tour. They must have given out millions of pickle pins in their time here. Today the plant is owned by DelMonte, and lots of the stuff isn't made here any more, but the building still stands.
And we've seen Heinz Field and the Heinz History Museum already. So that's all things Heinz in our area! Thanks for reading, and hope you have a lovely day, and get lots of attention.
BTW, did you see the parrots singing carols on the new newsletter? They are really fun to watch. Hugs, Peppino

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

12/16/2014 11:42.20 Report This Comment  
  Hi Peeks
We're staying at the aquarium today, because mom found pics of the penguins, a good one of the polar bear, and a SEA DRAGON, Yay! The aquarium takes up a couple of levels, the shark tank takes up all the levels, though. It goes from top to bottom of the aquarium, with sharks and other fish swimming in the whole thing. The penguins are out walking in our pic, the zoo people take them for a walk through the zoo at least every week. They live at the aquarium, though. They have one big corner enclosure where they can be on ice or in the water.
Do you love the sea dragon? Mom thinks they are really beautiful fish, and like sea horses, the male keeps the eggs safe in a pouch on his belly. They blend right in with the leaves on the plants and when you go to the aquarium, sometimes it takes awhile to spot them because they are so well camouflaged.
I hope you are having a good day today and I thank you for your ongoing support! Hugs, Peppino

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

12/11/2014 08:05.09 Report This Comment  
  Hi Peeks
Thanks for the kind thoughts, I hope you will go over to the other Gizmo's page and congratulate her on BOTD today, though. Hugs, Angel Gizmo

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

12/07/2014 07:38.06 Report This Comment  
  Hi Peeks
Thanks to Sam and Aunt Robin for the pic of me with the tree. I am finding time to decorate, after all.
Thanks for your support today and every day. I posted some of the Nationality room pics in my gallery, as well as some of Schenley Park.
Today, we are still in Oakland, home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and Carlow Universities, as well as the museum where mom works, and lots of other good things.
I want to talk about the green spaces in Pittsburgh today. The city has several large parks, Frick in the East End, Mellon Park also in the east, Schenley Park in Oakland and others. Pittsburgh can be proud of its green spaces, where lots of people make use of the paths, the playgrounds, the tennis courts, the swimming pools, and the dog 'parks' within the parks. The pics in my gallery show Schenley which is near both Carnegie Mellon and Pitt. The sky view in one of them shows the Cathedral of Learning as well as the rest of the Oakland skyline. The city has a lot of things to be proud of, and we think the parks are right up there at the top of the list. See you tomorrow, hope you are having a good day today. Hugs, Peppino

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

12/05/2014 11:48.12 Report This Comment  
  Hi Peeks
What a pretty pic!
Thanks for your vote, and thanks to Aunt Rose, Dixie's mom, for our beautiful and seasonally appropriate pics.
I decided I'd feature Pittsburgh for at least a few days, without getting tedious.
Lots of people have the wrong idea of Pittsburgh, they still think of it like it was in the '50s, Hell with the Lid Off, because of all the mills and pollution. The mills are long gone, the riverfronts have been developed, and it's a great place to visit or to live.
We actually have a beautiful clear skyline today, with lots of tall buildings. But today I want to stress the academic climate here. Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas are home to many colleges and universities. Let's start from where I live and go towards town. There's Chatham College, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, Duquesne University, Point Park College, Robert Morris, and LaRoche. Isn't that a lot of higher education? Mom has a particular fondness for Carlow, where she attended undergrad school on a working scholarship, and the University of Pittsburgh, where she got her Masters degree. Okay, so now you know where the eggheads in Pittsburgh are!
Thanks for your vote, see you again tomorrow, I hope! Hope also that you are having a great day. Hugs, Peppino

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

12/03/2014 08:39.41 Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Are you ready for some FOOT~BALL???
A 3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game of … FOOT~BALL???

This evening … to be played on the Milonga Page (#165848)

8:00 pm Eastern
7:00 pm Central
6:00 pm Mountain
5:00 pm Pacific
4:00 pm Aleutian

Jake <Ö) may have been a “BAD Parrot”, but he says it well: “Be there or BE SQUARE!!!”


Well, the Defense still needs to know their jobs, so without any further delay, let’s get started with the Job Descriptions, Miss Pico and Miss Poco!

Strong Safety – Generally lines up in the secondary*, but often aligns close to the line of scrimmage In most Defenses this Player lines up over the Tight End and is responsible for both playing the pass and supporting the run.

Free Safety – Lines up deepest in the secondary. He defends the deep middle of the field and seldom has man-to-man** responsibilities. A coach wants this Player free to read the QuarterBack and take the proper angle to break up or intercept any forward pass thrown over the middle or deep to the sidelines.

Defensive Back – A member of the Defensive secondary. Defensive Backs form the line of Defense whose job is to prevent Receivers from making catches and then gaining lots of yards after the catch.

CornerBack – Lines up on one of the wide sides of the field, usually opposite an offensive Receiver. Called a CornerBack because he is isolated on the “corner” edge of the Defensive alignment.

Defensive End – Lines up at the end of the Defensive line. The job of the Defensive End is to contain the Running Back on running plays to the outside, and rush the QuarterBack*** on passing plays.

Defensive Tackle – Lines up on the interior of the Defensive line. The duties of a Defensive Tackle include stopping the Running Back on running plays, getting pressure up the middle on passing plays, and occupying Blockers so the LineBackers can roam free.

LineBacker – Lines up behind the Defensive linemen and in front of the Defensive backfield. The LineBackers are a Team's second line of Defense. Each Team has two outside LineBackers.

Nose Tackle – a Defensive Tackle who lines up directly across from the Center. Also known as the Nose Guard, the primary responsibilities of the Nose Tackle are to stop the run and occupy the Offensive lineman to keep them from blocking the LineBackers.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/29/2014 04:34.43 PM Report This Comment  
  It seems to me that it is MUCH more complicated to try to understand Defense than it is Offense! (But then again, I am a simple GRITS GirlBird, and unaccustomed to such strategizing. We are more frequently seen serving snacks and refreshments during FootBall Games. **TeeHee**) The drawings I have to support today’s information on the Defense eggsplain more of where Defensive Players can line up. The eggsecution of Defensive plays is much more involved than I could ever hope to delve into in this format. I suppose that means that the Defensive Players on the Teams in the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl have a lot of improvising to look forward to during the Game!

It is my sincere desire that the information on both the Offensive and Defensive Squads has served to make your spectator participation in the Game of FootBall more enjoyable, and that it has been a help in preparing the Players for the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl. It has been an honor and a privilege to research and present what I could find to give you more pleasure in The Game.


À la prochen frois, mes amies,
[Until next time, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥


*secondary—the Defensive players who line up behind the LineBackers and wide on the corners of the field opposite the receivers and defend the pass. These defensive players, who are called Defensive Backs, are separated into Safeties, CornerBacks, and, occasionally, Nickel Backs (an eggstra Defensive Back who is used in some Defensive Formations).

**man-to-man [coverage]—pass coverage in which every potential Offensive Receiver is assigned to a particular Defender Each Defensive Player must stick to his Receiver like glue and make sure he doesn’t catch a pass thrown in his direction.

***rush the QuarterBack—use whatever moves the Player has to get a sack, or disrupt the throw.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/29/2014 04:34.35 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Happy Day After
Thanksgiving to you Miss Pico and Miss Poco! I do hope your Thanksgiving was one of contemplation and appreciation for all the blessings you share with your flockily, as well as loving time together to celebrate all of those blessings.

As I mentioned several days ago, my momma and daddy were blessed with not only the very first Holiday Celebration (or celebration of any event or holiday) with EVERYone in daddy’s family being present, but also a several day long visit with my Grandma beforehand, and a couple of days to come still with my Uncle.

As a result, I have not been able to visit as regularly as I otherwise would have. But parrotsonally, I did use the contemplations of the Holiday to count the many featheriendship blessings that I’ve had in the process of this Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown that I’ve been on this month, AND the love and support you’ve all shown me in that effort. And I eggstend my most heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you.

For today I thought I would lighten the spirit of the Campaign and share a funny story. We will, however, finish up with our FootBall information before the month is out.

This is a story that I “made up” about my frother Jake. The originally disguised parrot’s identity was changed to reveal Jake’s NON-innocence. **GiGGle**


BAD Jake <Ö)

Jake joined The K Kritter Korral as the first Blue-and-Gold Macaw after fister Rosalie made her Journey to The Rainbow Bridge. He had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.

Every word out of his beak was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. Momma tried and tried to change his attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else she could think of to clean up his vocabulary.

Finally, Momma was fed up and she yelled at Jake <Ö). Jake <Ö), of course, yelled back. Momma shook him and he got angrier and even more rude. In desperation, Momma threw up her hands, grabbed Jake <Ö) and put him in the freezer.

For a few minutes Jake <Ö) squawked and kicked and screamed. (And Jake <Ö) screams LIKE A GIRL! **TeeHee**.) Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a sound was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that she had hurt him, Momma quickly opened the door to the freezer. Jake <Ö) calmly stepped out onto Momma’s outstretched hand and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I am sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

Momma was absolutely stunned at the change in Jake’s <Ö) attitude.

As she was about to ask Jake <Ö) what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, he spoke up, very softly, and asked … "May I ask what the turkey did?"


`Ü´ Big Beaky **GRiN** `Ü´

A bientot, mes amies
[See you soon, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/28/2014 06:47.02 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Lovely Monday to You
Miss Pico and Miss Poco!

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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/24/2014 01:42.05 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, mes amies,
[Until next time, My Featheriends]
`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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/24/2014 01:41.53 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & OH! MY!! GOODness!!!
Miss Pico and Miss Poco!

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 Featheriends, 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, mes amies,
[See you soon, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/21/2014 07:29.21 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Good Evening
Miss Pico and Miss Poco!

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, mes amies,
[Until then, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/20/2014 08:29.07 PM Report This Comment  
  THERE WILL BE PRACTICE FOR OUR SAN ANTONIO SPURS TEAM ON

THURSDAY,NOVEMBER 20,2014 AT 7:00PM EASTERN TIME AT THE SAN

ANTONIO SPURS STADIUM PAGE 263180

PLEASE BE THERE TO SUPPORT YOUR TEAM FOR THE PRACTICE FOR

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS GAMES!

SEE YOU THERE! COACH JEDI AND COACH DIXIE

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

11/19/2014 09:48.09 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ ** TODAY is THE DAY ! ! ! **
Miss Pico and Miss Poco! 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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/19/2014 01:44.43 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, mes amies,
[Until then, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/19/2014 01:44.33 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Happy Sunday
Miss Pico and Miss Poco!

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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/16/2014 09:08.35 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, mes amies
[Until then, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/16/2014 09:08.23 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Welcome to Week 11 …
of the 2014 NFL Season! The week “kicked off” (**TeeHee** … if you will pardon the pun) last night with the Buffalo Bills traveling to play the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won handily, 22-9. I do hope that you were able to enjoy some Stitch’s Spicy PopCorn with the Game!

It was so lovely to receive your visit, Miss Pico and Miss Poco, and I thank you so very much for your vote that raises the tally toward my Quest for the BOTM Crown. And it is, once again, with apologies that I am a day late returning the kindness. For those of you who did not see the note on my page, Momma had a bit of an accident which prohibited her being able to assist me in visiting you. It involved a little mishap with a dog toy on which Momma slipped and, in the attempt to catch herself and prevent falling, she injured her hand on the door frame. It is very sore yet today, so I will not be able to leave any parrotsonal comments on my visit as I prefer doing, but will be resolved to using the copy and paste method of delivery for the time being, until Momma’s had is less sore. (It seems that she can click on the left side of the mouse without too much discomfort. The right button is a bit painful. And typing is one key at a time; not conducive to individualizing each note.) Be that as it may, she is determined to keep in step with my FootBall information for you.


Now, let’s pick up where we left off, completing the Founding and History of the NFL before we move on to Season and Playoff Development next.


UNTIL THE 1960s, the NFL was the dominant professional football league and faced little competition. Rival leagues included three separate American Football Leagues and the All-America Football Conference (AAFC), none of which lasted for more than four seasons (although several teams from the AAFC joined the NFL after the league dissolved in 1949). A new professional league, the fourth American Football League (AFL), began play in 1960. The upstart AFL began to challenge the established NFL in popularity, gaining lucrative television contracts and engaging in a bidding war with the NFL for free agents and draft picks. The two leagues announced a merger on June 8, 1966, to take full effect in 1970. In the meantime, the leagues would hold a common draft and championship game. The game, the Super Bowl, was held four times before the merger, with the NFL winning Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II, and the AFL winning Super Bowl III and Super Bowl IV. After the league merged, it was split into two conferences: the National Football Conference (NFC), consisting of most of the pre-merger NFL teams, and the American Football Conference (AFC), consisting of all of the AFL teams as well as three pre-merger NFL teams.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/14/2014 06:32.27 PM Report This Comment  
  TODAY, THE NFL is considered the most popular sports league in North America; much of its growth is attributed to former Commissioner Pete Rozelle, who led the league from 1960 to 1989. Overall annual attendance increased from three million at the beginning of his tenure to seventeen million by the end of his tenure, and 400 million viewers watched 1989's Super Bowl XXIII. The NFL established NFL Properties in 1963. The league's licensing wing, NFL Properties earns the league billions of dollars annually; Rozelle's tenure also marked the creation of NFL Charities and a national partnership with United Way. Paul Tagliabue was elected as commissioner to succeed Rozelle; his seventeen-year tenure, which ended in 2006, was marked by large increases in television contracts and the addition of four expansion teams, as well as the introduction of league initiatives to increase the number of minorities in league and team management roles. The league's current Commissioner, Roger Goodell, has focused on reducing the number of illegal hits and making the sport safer, mainly through fining or suspending players who break rules. These actions are one of many the NFL is taking to reduce concussions and improve player safety.

I hope having a more complete image of the beginnings of American FootBall will be of some help in adding to your enjoyment of the Sport.

Toutes alors, mes amies
[Until then, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/14/2014 06:32.17 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings Miss Pico and Miss Poco!
I do hope you were able to locate and read the posting Momma and I put together for Veteran’s Day yesterday. I apologize for both of us that we did not visit anybirdy yesterday. Momma had made an appointment for both me and Caique frother Sammy to have nail and beak trims with Dr Burkett, the BirdVet [and if you look him up on the internet, that is how you will find him listed **TeeHee**] in the afternoon, after she finished up with all of her other responsibilities, and during the time when we would normally have begun our visits. The greater complication arose when I became very agitated and overwhelmed during my beak trim. Dr Burkett even stopped his work before he finished all that he wanted to do because he told Momma it was not worth stressing me out further. Momma was VERY concerned because I was breathing so very hard, as was Dr Burkett.

At any rate, once we got home, and after Momma stayed with me for a long time to make sure that I was completely restored to normal, she herself was so stressed out that she was unable to settle herself down so that we could go to work delivering my note to everybirdy. Daddy and I both insisted that she just take the evening to calm herself and regain her composure before trying to go to sleep at bedtime so that she COULD get a good night’s rest, knowing full well that she would not be able to focus enough to be efficient while working on the computer and would therefore likely be up all night (being stubborn as she is) to complete the task.

What was so important that Momma would have scheduled an appointment with Dr Burkett for something as basic as a nail and beak trim right in the middle of the heightened activity of my Quest for the Crown? Well, I have a Public Appearance scheduled with the Seniors Group at Momma and Daddy’s church this coming Monday, and Momma wanted to be sure that my nails and beak would not be off-putting when they wanted to hold me. (And everybirdy ALWAYS wants to hold me! **GiGGle**) Besides, I-I-I always insist on looking my best when I have an appearance in front of the public.

It is so kind of you, Miss Pico and Miss Poco, to come to call yesterday morning. I do so appreciate your visits and your Vote #11614. And thank you so much for the lovely compliment on my Veteran's Day picture. You are very sweet.

I shall look forward to visiting again tomorrow when we shall complete our Founding and History of American FootBall, and then move on to Season and Playoff Development the next time.

Toutes alors, mes amies
[Until then, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/12/2014 04:14.19 PM Report This Comment  
  REMINDER OF PRACTICE GAME AT THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS STADIUM ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 13,2014 AT 7:00PM EASTERN TIME.SHOW YOUR TEAM SPIRIT AND SHOW UP FOR PRACTICE,IF YOU CAN'T GET THERE HAVE YOUR PARRONT DROP YOU OFF EARLY,LAST WEEK WE ONLY HAD THREE SHOW UP TO PRACTICE,ANGEL,PEPPER AND KALLIE! THEY ALL SHOWED THEIR TEAM SPIRIT!IF YOU WANT OUR TEAM TO STAND A CHANCE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS YEAR,YOU HAVE TO AT LEAST COME TO PRACTICE EACH WEEK!
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE TO SUPPORT YOUR TEAM ON THURSDAY!
COACH DIXIE AND COACH JEDI

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

11/12/2014 06:03.30 Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings, Miss Pico and Miss Poco ...
and Welcome to “Monday Morning QuarterBack”, the show that brings you interviews, highlights, and FuN and informative tidbits of information on everything from The History of FootBall to each play and position on a Team. Actually, Monday will not be the only day we broadcast (nor will it always be seen in the morning), but it’s a catchy title for the program, is it not? **GiGGle** [OoPs! That wasn’t very professional. Well, moving right along … ] On today’s program, we pick up where left off last week in our discussion of the beginnings of American FootBall.


FOUNDING AND HISTORY
On August 20, 1920, a meeting was held by representatives of the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, and Dayton Triangles at the Jordan and Hupmobile auto showroom in Canton, Ohio. This meeting resulted in the formation of the American Professional Football Conference (APFC), a group who, according to the Canton Evening Repository, intended to "raise the standard of professional football in every way possible, to eliminate bidding for players between rival clubs and to secure cooperation in the formation of schedules". Another meeting held on September 17, 1920 resulted in the renaming of the league to the American Professional Football Association (APFA). The league hired Jim Thorpe as their first president, and consisted of 14 teams. Only two of these teams, the Decatur Staleys (now the Chicago Bears) and the Chicago Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals), remain.


The Akron Pros won the first

APFA (NFL) Championship. [Y-a-a-a-Y Akron! Momma’s HomeTown!!!]
Although the league did not maintain official standings for their 1920 inaugural season and teams played schedules that included non-league opponents, the APFA awarded the Akron Pros the championship by virtue of their 8–0–3 (8 wins, 0 losses, and 3 ties) record. The following season resulted in the Chicago Staleys controversially winning the title* over the Buffalo All-Americans. In 1922, the APFA changed its name to the National Football League (NFL).


* The 1921 NFL Championship controversy, known among Buffalo sports historians and fans as the Staley Swindle, is a dispute in which the Buffalo All-Americans unintentionally surrendered the 1921 APFA Championship title to the Chicago. The controversy began at the conclusion of the 1921 season, when the All-Americans finished the season with the best record in the American Professional Football Association. However, after losing what the All-Americans owner had intended to be an exhibition game to the Staleys on December 4, 1921, the All-Americans lost their title to Chicago on a tiebreaker.


And that’s where we will have to leave you for today’s program, FootBall Fans. Be sure to tune in again for our next program where we pick up the conversation on the Founding and History of American FootBall.

Toutes alors, mes amies [Until then, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/10/2014 07:04.09 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ (@)-->-->------------------
Returning your kind visit and vote Miss Pico and Miss Poco, I am leaving this rose to bless you on this Sunday evening, with many thanks for your ongoing support.

We are doing quite well here at The Korral, thank you so much for asking Miss Pico! We are anxiously awaiting the popping sounds of tonight's batch of Stitch's Spicy PopCorn for consumption during the Chicago vs Green Bay FootBall Game! We can hear Momma when she takes the popper out of the cupboard and we begin eggspressing our anticipation and appreciation from then until we each have our serving placed in our bowl. **TeeHee**

Momma showed me the pictures of you, Miss Pico, out and about with your momma. You looked simply stunning in your new attire! And it was more than evident that you were enjoying yourself. Good for you, My Little Featheriend! Just wait until YOUR flight suit is ready for you, Miss Poco and you can join your momma and fister on one of their outings. THOSE are pictures I shall look forward to seeing. **GRiN**

A bientot, mes amies [See you soon, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/09/2014 04:26.26 PM Report This Comment  
  HI PICO MY FRIEND
JUST HAD TO STOP BY AND SAY HI. HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A GREAT WEEKEND.

ITS COLD HERE TODAY, NOT THE 50 DEGREES WE WERE TOLD. ITS ALSO WINDY.

KACEY & SWEETPEPPER

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

11/09/2014 04:14.26 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Happy Weekend Miss Pico
and Miss Poco!

And how are you faring on this lovely Saturday evening, My Featheriends? In my last post, I alluded to the familiar saying, “Man [and LadyBirds and their mommas] plan, and God laughs!” Well, Father God is having a BELLY LAUGH today on The K Kritter Korral!!!

The first thing this morning, on a day that Momma was absolutely certain would be a day in which we could easily visit each of my featheriends at a leisurely pace, she needed to phone our Kittys’ Veterinary Hospital once a-g-a-i-n and make an appointment for a DIFFERENT KITTY from last week’s visit to be seen immediately. This morning it was Mr Larry Kitty who was having difficulties and throwing up multiple times; and it concerned Momma greatly. Momma and Daddy took him to see Dr Ken at the kitties’ new Triangle Clinic in Durham and once again Dr Ken gave our kitty an injection to make him feel better. It does seem to be working, and Momma is more at ease about the situation now. But the whole turn of events has, once a-g-a-i-n, set us behind schedule.

The flock and I are doing quite well, Miss Pico; thank you so much for asking! And thank you so much for visiting today and leaving Vote #11,520. I was unsure if I would see you and your fister over the weekend or not with your momma and daddy off on their motorcycle adventure. And I am simply delighted that you were able to call.

Now, without further ado, I shall move immediately to Part II of “The History of the NFL”. Yesterday we talked a bit about how the League was born, and how it reached its current structure. Today we shall take a brief look at how the Teams are regulated and Championship Records from previous Seasons.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/08/2014 08:46.08 PM Report This Comment  
  EACH TEAM IS ALLOWED
to have up to 53 players during the regular season, but only 46 can be active (eligible to play) on game days. Teams are given exclusive rights to sign free agents* that have three or fewer seasons in the league, but free agents that have been in the league at least four years can sign with any team of their choosing. Each team is subject to a salary cap**.

The champions of the most recent season, the 2013 season, are the Seattle Seahawks, who defeated the Denver Broncos by a score of 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. The team with the most championships is the Green Bay Packers, who have won 13 championships. The team that currently has the second most Super Bowl championships is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have won six.

In an earnest effort to keep my notes to a minimum, I shall bring this portion of our investigation into FootBall to a close for today. I hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit of the foundation of America’s BIGGEST Sport. I most certainly have enjoyed bringing it to you.

Have a lovely day. A bientot, mes amies [See you soon, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥


PS: Momma says that we will most likely be taking a break from visiting my Featheriends on Sunday. Rest assured, however, that just as you are so kind and loyal as to stop by and at least cast your vote to assist in my Quest for the Crown, I shall also return the kindness and drop off a vote for you. It is my pleasure to do so!


DEFINITIONS:

*free agent – A player who is eligible to sign with any club or franchise, i.e. not under contract to any specific team. The term is also used in reference to a player who is under contract at present, but who is allowed to solicit contract offers from other teams. In some circumstances, the free agent's options are limited by league rules. (The term came into wider use after the league stopped using a "reserve clause", which provided a repetitive option for a club to renew the contract for one or more years but did not allow the player to terminate it.)

**salary cap – An agreement or rule that places a limit on the amount of money that a team can spend on player salaries. The limit exists as a per-player limit or a total limit for the team's roster, or both. (The league implemented salary caps both as a method of keeping overall costs down and to ensure parity between teams so wealthy teams cannot entrench dominance by signing many more top players than their rivals.)

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/08/2014 08:45.54 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Heavenly Father must be laughing
Himself silly today!


Greetings & Good Friday Morning, Miss Pico and Miss Poco.

Once again, what Momma and I had planned for today’s note has been foiled by circumstance! However, THIS time, it is a HAPPY circumstance. Let me eggsplain. The first thing I had intended to do was to eggstend my parrotsonal invitation to you to hurry over to The Milonga Page (#165848) to sign up to be either a Member of one of the Teams to play in this year’s 3rd Annual Birdie FootBall Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl, or to participate as a CheerLeader for this year’s Game. WELL!!! As of Mr Kiddo’s visit Wednesday evening, I was informed that there had already been 31 Birdies sign up to be Players, and 10 to be CheerLeaders! So, at this point in time, with the deadline to sign up having been midnight YESTERDAY (Thursday, November 6) what there is to do now is to BE SURE to mark the date on your calendar, November 29th, to attend this wonderful Annual Event and root for your favorite Team to win; either the Pilgrims or the Indians. As my frother, (Ö> Jake would be prone to say here, “Be there, or be SQUARE!!!” **TeeHee**

Thank you so very much, My Featheriends, for your visits and your Vote #11442. It is so comforting to know that I can count on seeing your lovely faces on my page each day. I truly appreciate all your support.

I understand that the weather is much improved today. And I also understand that you may be without your momma for at least part of the weekend. I wish you an enjoyable time with your BirdSitter, and much FuN and safety to your momma and daddy as they travel this weekend.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/07/2014 06:02.41 Report This Comment  
  Now, moving on …
to today’s planned History of the National FootBall League, this may serve to give us all a clearer picture of our American FootBall Heritage.


The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league that constitutes one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America. It is composed of 32 teams divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The highest professional level of the sport in the world, the NFL runs a 17-week regular season from the week after Labor Day to the week after Christmas, with each team playing sixteen games and having one bye week* each season. Out of the league's 32 teams, six (four division winners and two wild-card teams**) from each conference compete in the NFL playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, played between the champions of the NFC and AFC. The champions of the Super Bowl are awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Various other awards exist to recognize individual players and coaches. Most games are played on Sunday afternoons; some games are also played on Mondays and Thursdays during the regular season. There are games on Saturdays during the first two playoff weekends. Sometimes, there are also Saturday games during the last few weeks of the regular season.

The NFL was formed on August 20, 1920, as the American Professional Football Conference; the league changed its name to the American Professional Football Association (APFA) on September 17, 1920, and changed its name to the National Football League on June 24, 1922, after spending the 1920 and 1921 seasons as the APFA. Following the NFL's merger with the All-America Football Conference at the end of 1949, the league adopted the name National-American Football League, but reverted back to National Football League three months later. In 1966, the NFL agreed to merge with the rival American Football League (AFL), effective 1970; THE FIRST SUPER BOWL WAS HELD at the end of that same season IN JANUARY 1967. Today, the NFL has the highest average attendance (67,591) of any professional sports league in the world and is the most popular sports league in the United States. The Super Bowl is among the biggest club sporting events in the world and individual Super Bowl games account for many of the most-watched television programs in American history. At the corporate level, the NFL is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) association. The NFL's executive officer is the commissioner, who has broad authority in governing the league.


At this point, I shall conclude my History Lesson for the day. I shall pick up with the balance of the lesson with my next note.

Have a lovely day. À la prochen frois, mes amies [Until next time, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/07/2014 06:02.32 Report This Comment  
  DEFINITIONS
*bye week – Refers to any week during the regular season in which a team does not play a game. Each NFL team has one "bye week" during a normal season; this is placed on the schedule between Week 4 and Week 12.

**wild-card team – In general, a tournament or playoff berth awarded to a team that has not qualified through normal play. The wild-card teams constitute the two teams in each conference – after the division winners – with the best overall records.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/07/2014 06:02.22 Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ *Ruby perches with Miss Pico & Miss Poco.
Her head slightly lowered in humility.*

I am so sorry, My Dear Featheriend, that I did not make it here yesterday for a visit! Tuesday was not a day of plans fulfilled at The K Kritter Korral. I have no eggscuse. But I would very much like to offer my humble eggsplanation, if you will allow it.

Here Momma and I sat down and composed my note for yesterday (which you will find posted below) by way of request for your patience and understanding for a somewhat diminished Campaign for my Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown … and then we were not even able to fulfill THAT!!! I do, most humbly, apologize. **BLuSh**

You see, by the time Momma and I had everything set and ready for me to strike out on The Campaign Trail (as it were), anything and everything that could possibly interfere … DID. Daddy is still at home from work with his illness, making his best effort to recover before returning to work so that he does not have a relapse, and he needed Momma to take care of some eggstra tasks that he would normally have handled himself. And then there was our oldest furry feline, Mr Taggart, who DID have a relapse in his vomiting that Momma and Daddy had him treated for last Saturday. This will require another trip to his Dr Kitty Vet, probably today. Momma was very concerned and felt that she needed to keep a close eye on him after several episodes of vomiting and therefore had her attentions diverted from our project here on the BirdChannel.

I am beginning to feel very much like the broken record, having to ask once again for your forgiveness for my neglect. I do hope you will understand. And I absolutely appreciate your kind indulgence of our flockily’s circumstances.

SO … All that being said, Momma and I are attempting to get an early start on my visits today in order to be sure that, no matter what the interruptions may be, we will be able to see everybirdy today!

Thank you so very much, LadyBirds, for your visit and your Vote # 11382 on Tuesday, and your visit and Hump Day Vote today! It is so very kind of you to continue to support me in my Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown when I have been unable to return the kindness on a more timely basis. Your loyalty and featheriendship is appreciated far more than you can know!

And now, here we go! Wish us luck!!

`Ü´ Your Featheriend,
Ruby Francesca Begonia

PS: The note that follows this one is what I had intended to leave for you yesterday, had I been able to visit as I had planned.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/05/2014 05:15.55 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Happy Tuesday [before Threesday]!
Hello Miss Pico & Miss Poco!

I know you must be anxiously awaiting the “Kick Off” of the FootBall themed blogs that I have promised to carry us through this month on my Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown. And Momma and I have been embroiled in deep research to “Get this party started!”. However, it is already becoming painfully (and I make that statement quite literally) obvious that composing a new blog and creating a new picture for each day of the month is far more than Momma is going to be available to help me with. As you can already tell, we in The K Kritter Korral are hard put to understand the concept of a “short” blog. It is a very time consuming process for me to dictate to Momma all that I wish to communicate to each of you every day, not to mention an equal amount of time to create a picture to compliment my blog; and even more time consuming to return the kind visits you make to my page to cast your wonderful votes to support me, all of which is above and beyond my fondest dreams.

But I have convinced Momma that it is far too much to fit into every single day in addition to being available to take care of all of us, our home, our daddy, and all of her other responsibilities. So she and I have reached a compromise. We will continue to work diligently to bring you the planned Information and FuN we fully intended from the very beginning of launching my Campaign, however that type of blog will be produced only about every other day. On the off days, such as today, she and I will give it all of our available time and energy to simply return your kind visit with a Thank YOU Vote, and [hopefully] a short blog to return your lovely comments from the day before. I do hope that I am not disappointing you too very much. But I have the feeling that you understand our situation completely, and that you will not be upset, but will be willing to continue your daily support. And I will, as you already know, be MORE than thankful for your efforts!

And with that lengthy eggsplanation, I shall bid you Adieu for today, and tell you that with tomorrow, we shall begin to eggsplore the first days of The National FootBall League.

Toutes alors, mes amies [Until then, My Featheriends] ...`Ü´ Ruby ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/05/2014 05:15.44 PM Report This Comment  
  THERE WILL BE PRACTICE FOR OUR SAN ANTONIO SPURS TEAM ON

THURSDAY,NOVEMBER 6,2014 AT 7:00PM EASTERN TIME AT THE SAN

ANTONIO SPURS STADIUM PAGE 263180

PLEASE BE THERE TO SUPPORT YOUR TEAM FOR THE PRACTICE FOR

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS GAMES!

SEE YOU THERE! COACH JEDI AND COACH DIXIE

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

11/05/2014 05:10.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pico, Poco, & aunt Cindy-from Jenny & flock
Happy ToosDay everybody, don't forget to vote today, whether you want change or more of the status quo! We have learned not to reveal our political policies on BC, in the interest of friendship, diplomacy is best! We had plumbers come yesterday to install a new kitchen faucet assembly and make the toilet work better! I hope you all have a wonderful day, and give my love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love always from Jenny & our family

Come visit me, Ziggy Claus is coming to town-My 2nd Christmas!!, Jenny Lynn~with a precious Christmas memory--, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~I love all the special things..., Ms LaLo~Merry Christmas my friends-I love you!! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

11/04/2014 06:57.39 Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Happy FootBall Sunday to You!!!
(That is, it WAS Sunday when Momma and I started answering my notes for the day. **TeeHee** But with Daddy still not feeling well, much work fell to Momma yesterday and we got a late start with my visiting, she became weary, and I insisted that she go to bed! I do apologize for not returning your kind note promptly. And I appreciate your visit and vote more than I can say. We shall make every effort to regain our good standing with my correspondence today. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. I love you for it. ♥

I do hope that you have been able to enjoy watching a game or two today. Which Team is your favorite? Momma and I just LIVE to watch Peyton Manning and The Denver Broncos each week during the FootBall Season! (Parrotsonally, I think Momma has a big *CRuSh* on Mr Peyton. **GiGGle**)

Of course, we Fids of The K Kritter Korral are actually much more interested in what Sunday afternoon FootBall games mean for US …

I’m sure you’ve heard at least one of us mention our flockily’s favorite, Delicious Stitch’s Spicy PopCorn once or twice in the past. I thought today I would share the recipe for this bird safe treat with you and your flock so that we might ALL be able to enjoy it during the rest of this 2014 FootBall Season.

To give you just a little background on where the recipe comes from, Miss Stitch was one of the first birdies to befriend my Rainbow Bridge Fister, (~> Rosalie Hale Bopp, nearly 7-1/2 years ago. (Miss Stitch is on page #15308, if you would like to stop by later and say “Thank you!” for this wonderful concoction.) At any rate, Miss Rose and Miss Stitch were in conversation one day, and Miss Stitch happened to mention that she had enjoyed some of her momma’s Special Recipe PopCorn while watching a FootBall game. Well, OF COURSE, Miss Rosalie jumped right on the opportunity to inquire about this lovely sounding treat, and Miss Stitch was very happy to oblige with the recipe. After Momma and Daddy searched for a PopCorn popper that could be dedicated to the recipe (you will understand why after you actually read the recipe!), they made a batch and shared it with Miss Rose and Mr TidBit, the only other parrot in The K Kritter Korral at the time. From there, the size of the batch of PopCorn that Momma and Daddy prepare has blossomed as the size of The K Kritter Korral has grown. Currently, it takes THREE PopCorn poppers to accommodate The Flock AND Momma and Daddy for a game! **GiGGle**

And now, without further ado, I give you the recipe; which I hope you will enjoy at least as much as my Flock and I do!

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/03/2014 11:48.48 Report This Comment  
  STITCH’S SPICY POPCORN
(In Her Own Words)

“There are a few different ways to make it but first off I have my own popcorn pot. Mommy has a couple of them; one for me and one for the family. Mine is seasoned just right. (Once you put the oil with pepper in the pan the next thing you cook is going to be spicy too! That is why I have my own pot!) She puts pepper flakes or diced peppers in the pot with some oil. [Momma and Daddy just use pepper flakes here at The Korral.] You can use "popcorn" oil or you can use regular corn oil. Mom likes to use corn oil as there is a bunch of yucky stuff in the "popcorn" oil. You know ... additives and weird stuff like that. Mommy does not like me to have that. So she just uses the corn oil and puts the pepper right in it and lets it "sizzle". Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Sometimes she puts in a dash of chili pepper too. Then she puts in the popcorn. [Daddy always puts just a single kernel of popcorn in at first, and waits until it pops before adding the rest of the popcorn. That way he knows that the oil is hot enough.] She sprinkles some Parmesan cheese over the top after it’s popped. But no salt...not good for us.

‘YUMMY!! Let me know how you like it! Aloha! Love Stitch ~:)”

[When Momma and Daddy make the PopCorn for us, Daddy dumps the popped corn from the popper into a paper grocery bag while Momma holds it open for him. Momma shakes the parmesan cheese onto it in the bag, folds the top of the bag down, and shakes it up to make sure the topping gets on all the pieces. Then she gives us each some from the bag. THEN she can add the salt for her and Daddy’s share.]


And there you have it, My Featheriend! The recipe for the Treat that we in The K Kritter Korral love the best!! I do hope that you will be able to convince your parronts to make you some; perhaps for Monday Night FootBall this week!? I hope you enjoy it at least half as much as we all do.

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

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/03/2014 11:48.40 Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings and Happy Halloween, Miss Pico!
And Miss Poco too!

It is I, Ruby Francesca Begonia; the GirlBird who is dreaming of being voted the Bird of the Month for December. I don’t suppose you remember me now … Dooooo You? *GRiN*

I have been a member of this BirdChannel Community since August the 2nd of 2007. I am actually the Official Flock Leader of The K Kritter Korral; not that loud beaked frother of mine, (Ö> CR Jake, as HE would have everybirdy believe. It is understandable, though, that everybirdy would think that, since he does seem to have more to say than any of the rest of us in the flock.

I am just stopping by today to say “Hello” and to introduce myself (or Reintroduce, as the case may be) to everybirdy before my “Run for the Roses” commences tomorrow. And I am also inviting you to stop by my page (#35469) each day during the month of November to see what Momma and I have been able to come up with to entertain you and make it worth your while to cast your invaluable vote to help me attain my goal. Because, as everybirdy knows, this coveted Award does not just fall out of the sky each month. It takes work. And a desire to have a LARGE AMOUNT of FUN to make it happen.

And FUN is precisely what I intend to conjure up for everybirdy, as much as a GRITS GirlBird can. **TeeHee** I say that because, you may have noticed that my way of speaking may seem just a bit odd to you. That is because a “GRITS” GirlBird stands for a GirlBird Raised In The South, as I was; and as you may well know, we Southerners have a distinct way of speaking. I hope I will not be too formal for your tastes, and that we will all be able to have a great time … even if it does take a bit of getting used to. I shall try my hardest to give you all a good time!

Also by way of introduction, you may or may not recognize me as a partner with Miss Alex of the La Habra Flock in The Pretty Rose Flower Shop (Page #188440). If in no other way, you may recognize who I am from your having placed an order or received a Floral Gift from our Shop at some point. If that is how we have met, I do hope we have served you well and that you will give us many more opportunities to do so again in the future.

But I ramble on. Suffice it to say that I hope what Momma and I have planned for you for the month will be both fun and interesting. And, at this point, I also wish to thank Mr Jesse, the October candidate for November Bird of the Month, for his kind invitation for all of you to come play with me during his reign.

À la prochen frois, mes amies [Until next time, My Featheriends]

PS: Miss Pico, what an absolutely LOVELY picture of you!! Why, I can even see your birdie eyelashes! **TeeHee**

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

10/31/2014 08:48.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pico
It's been a really long time since we spoke, and I was thinking of you today and decided to fly by to say HELLO. I hope you and your family are all well. Have a wonderful Friday, and I hope we hear from you soon.
love JESSE

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho wishing all a Merry Christmas, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, Angel Sassy, Till I see you again,, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, AMANDO, SKY, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, Little Angel, broken wings, broken promises, casey, KING JESSE, Thank you friends for BOTM, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, Santa Birdie is Coming Soon, SARAH LITTLE BIRD,Thank you for BOTD, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, zeena, thanks for august botm & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

10/24/2014 07:49.25 Report This Comment  
  Hi Pico
we are so sorry we couldn't come by and congratulate you on winning BOTD. the bird channel site has been down for 8 days and we are so happy it is finally back up and running. hope your day was super fun while you celebrated your special honor at the castle .

loveCori and Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE PEPPINO BOTM 262561.

10/10/2014 05:03.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Queen Pico
I love your picture. Congratulations on botd.I hope your having a great day at the castle and in the spotlight. Have a good afternoon.

Come visit me, Hulk Vote Peppino(262561) BOTM.

10/06/2014 01:30.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pico!
What a beautiful girl you are! Congratulations on being chosen as BOTD! I hope that you enjoy your special day!

Susan, Boiling Springs, SC.

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