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Hi! My name is Mithrandir

I am a Cockatiel from Mastic Beach, NY.

Mithi, baby

7 years old   M

Cockatiel

Popcorn,Wheat thins and cheez its

On the computer my person's hair

My person's husband interrupting our private time

She whistles a lot of songs all the time.

I like to imitate typing on the computer keyboard, the phone ringing, and people coughing... who knows what's next..

Just whistle a happy tune....

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  Mithrandir
Just wanted to say "HI" to you and let you know I was thinking of you today.

GROVER

Come visit me, Grover of the McFlock.

02/16/2013 01:43.25 PM Report This Comment  
  ~•Happy Thanksgiving•~
... to you and your family, Mithrandir

Your friend,
GROVER <")

Come visit me, Grover of the McFlock.

11/21/2011 01:34.14 PM Report This Comment  
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08/03/2010 10:33.11 AM  
  Well, YaHOO and Wooo-Whoo!!
Great to hear from you, Mithrandir. Glad to know all is well in your world. Congrats on having mom at home more often. If that don't make a bird happy, I don't know what does. Sounds like she's busy enough even without the day job.


Congrats to you on your successful educating of Harry and his speech classes. I've heard budgies can be quite vocal (in an amusingly tiny voice) so you may started something. Having found his voice, Harry may be unstoppable now! Good thing you kept a few tricks for yourself.

Nothing out of the norm here today. The weather's perfect so I'm out in my front aviary gettin' some sun. Mom's hauled out my blue harness again. I take it that means she has this wild idea that I'm going to let that thing lasso me around the neck. If only I could relax when in that halter; I could go outside of the aviary and sit with mom in the yard. It about makes me short of breath just to think about doing that! What a chicken, huh?

Again, great to hear from you. Thanks for flyin' by with an update on my long-time friend from NY.
G <")

Come visit me, Grover of the McFlock.

06/28/2010 08:32.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Mithrandir!
It's Grover!! How ARE YOU?? It's been ages since I had myself a decent day of BC blogging but I thought since I was lucky enough to find myself with some rare time for pecking out a note, I'd come by and leave you one so you'd know you were thought of today.

All's well with me these days. I'm living out in my fair-weather home now, a place I affectionately call the Bird Barn. Over the years the space available for me and my flock has increased greatly out here. When we were first given a flight area, it was about three feet wide by about ten feet long. After one change and then another, the whole building was made into a flight zone for the flock (a flock that has grown in size considerably since you and I last chatted. I live with about 20 parakeets now!) Today I took advantage of the front aviary and the rain that was falling out there. I'd been stretching out one wing and then another when suddenly Mother Nature turned the faucet wide opened about knocked me off the perch with the downpour. It didn't take me long to hustle back inside though that's a challenge when you're soaking wet, as you well know.

I'm hoping all is good with you, your parronts and the pooches you share your home with. I hope someday you happen by and see this note. I miss the days we used to chat often. It was always interesting hearing about your days.

Hope today's been a good one.
G <")

Come visit me, Grover of the McFlock.

06/12/2010 03:45.08 PM Report This Comment  
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01/27/2010 01:01.16 PM  
  'TIS THE SEASON...
... to be wishing my friends a very Merry Christmas. I hope this finds you and your family, the furry ones included, happy and health and ready for the holidays. Wishing you JoY... G <")

Come visit me, Grover of the McFlock.

12/22/2009 10:00.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Thanksgiving, Mithrandir
It's a week early but I'd like to take this opportunity (while I've got the computer at my disposal) to wish to you and your family and fur-friends a very pleasant weekend of thankful and family time.

From my home to yours- Joyful Greetings. G <")

Come visit me, Grover of the McFlock.

11/19/2009 08:53.33 AM Report This Comment  
  The workshop Mommy attended this last weekend
10/20/2009 10:44.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Mithrandir
Long time no chat. Looks like life is keeping your parronts busy-busy. I wonder how your dad and his knee are doing. All is well here. I'm back indoors now seeing as it's freezing cold at night and none too warm in the daytime. It was a great summer out there in the Bird Barn. Looking forward to returning there next spring. For now though, I'm happy with being close to the heater!

Hoping all is good with you. G <")

Come visit me, Grover of the McFlock.

10/18/2009 11:00.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Mom had a run-in with a gull!
07/08/2009 06:37.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, from the Strongsville Flock!
06/05/2009 06:48.22 AM Report This Comment  
  It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!
A little windy. Oh, alright, A LOT windy! But at least the air is warm, the sun is shining and the two inches of rain that thundered from the sky yesterday afternoon is slowly drying up. I've not moved to the Bird Barn yet; nights are yet too cool for that but one of these weeks I'll get to stretch me wings in the sunshine, snooze in the shade in when the afternoons grow hot, play in the rain when it comes again. Looking forward to that. Trusting all is tops with you still. G <")

Come visit me, Grover of the McFlock.

04/24/2009 10:48.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Mithrandir
"Hi" backatcha! I am indeed having a beautiful day; the sun's shining, the wind has reduced itself to a mere breeze instead of a gale force wind as has been the norm lately.

You noted the cap... that's my baseball cap! The BC Tiels have formed a baseball team and joined the league. We won our first game yesterday against the Pois. This is the second year there's been a baseball series on the Bird Channel. With some mathetical calculations I don't understand in the least, a game is "played" using numbers we each pick at the beginning of the season. There's a page devoted entirely to baseball news, reports and comments (123746). Being on a team has given us motivation to get to know and stay in touch with a whole new set of friends. Some human does a lot of work in writing up the play-by-play report... bless their heart.

Hope all continues to be marvelous at your place; your dad's knee, your mom's clasess, the health and happiness of all the critters, dogs and birds included. Good to chat with you. G <")

Come visit me, Grover of the McFlock.

04/08/2009 11:42.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Grover here!
How's the Yogo poses comin' along? Bet you've enjoyed the show so far. Say, are those new photos of you? For the life of me, I don't remember seeing that one of you on top of your cage nor the one of you on the cacti perch. I'm nuts tho, aren't I. They've been there all along, haven't they. Nah... I say they haven't! Nothing to new or exciting here. Well, that's not entirely true; I'm on the BC after a three week absence. The parronts went on a skiing vacation a couple of weeks back which of course kills the blogging time and as vacations do nothing but cause extra work at home, there's not been much computer since their return. Seems to me they'd just stay home and vacation; sounds easier to me. Hope life is treatin' you kindly. G <")

Come visit me, Grover of the McFlock.

03/10/2009 05:11.00 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ SO-oo-oo … It would seem …
… that most everybirdy would like to SEE the sketch that Rio Feather Duster drew of Ruby Francesca Begonia in the sitting room of Suite B-52/56 aboard Titanic. ~~ Well, after a great deal of urging, plying, pressuring, promoting, cajoling, coaxing, beseeching, and finally begging, **Ruby draws in a fresh supply of air** Momma has consented to allowing Mr Rio’s work of art to be posted on my page. H-o-w-e-v-e-r … you will need to take the journey to the very bottom of the page to view his masterpiece, in my Photo Gallery there. (Momma seems to think that it may take some time, if indeed ever, before Daddy will find it there!) ~~ I have been having the time of my life aboard Titanic, meeting Mr Rio Feather Duster, finding true love and romance, and simply being together with him for oodles of time! Although, to be truthful Mr Mithrandir, by now I can barely wait until our adventure is concluded and I may return home, to my very own page, and notes from my very own featheriends, so I can get back to visiting with each and every one parrotsonally! But that will have to wait, for a short time yet anyway. Even I-I-I do not know where this adventure will lead. Only ‘The Momma’ knows for sure! ~~ Remember, if you have not experienced the entire adventure with us as it has unfolded (or if you desire to relive any portion of it), Momma has typed instructions in the area of my page where “My motto:” is, to direct you to the BirdChannel Forums, where she has also posted each chapter of the story we have already lived through. ~~ I can now promise you though that the end of this adventure will be only a beginning for My Mr Rio ® and I. You may need to forgive us however, if we do not include y’all as intimately as we have thus far in our continuing adventures! I will take my leave for today then, Mr Mithrandir, depositing a Vote of Gratitude for your company on this adventure. And I shall be ‘round again soon with the concluding chapters. Toutes alors, mon ami [Until then, My Featheriend] ...`Ü´ ♥’s ®

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

02/25/2009 07:37.40 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings, Mr Mithrandir!
Thank you so very much for taking the time to visit my page after not having been among you BirdChannel featheriends for a time. I consider it quite the privilege that you would have chosen to spend some time with me. ~~ How do Momma and I tell you how very much it means to the both of us that you have seen fit to honor me as a Bird of the Week, here where we feel like flockily, on the BirdChannel. Words are so totally inadequate. **Ruby now whispering, so that her Momma will not overhear** Momma has long yearned for me to be as loved and revered here in the bird pages as was my Rainbow Bridge Fister, Rosalie Hale Bopp. I can only believe that it is because of her (Miss Rosalie) that I now have so very many wonderful featheriends who would be so kind and accepting as to grace me with the same honor and recognition as she once held. I dedicate this award to her memory, as well as to My Mr Rio ®, without whose love and generosity this might never have happened. Thank you so very much. ~~~~ Momma? …Do you need a Kleenex, Momma? ~~~~ Thank you for your Congratulations, Mr Mithrandir. And thank you for being A Featheriend. I leave you with my Vote of Appreciation. Please stop by again soon. Toutes alors, mon amie...`Ü´ ♥’s ® [Until then, My Featheriend]

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

02/19/2009 03:48.09 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings [Again], Mr Mithrandir!
It seems as though forEVER and A DAY has passed since My Mr Rio ® [AKA Rio Feather Duster] handed me `Ü´ [AKA Ruby Francesca Begonia] the note that said, “Make it count. Meet me at the clock.” Well GLORY BE! Was this GRITS Girl surely surprised later that evening to see so many BirdChannel Featheriends gathered on Titanic’s main staircase with My Mr Rio standing at the very top, next to the clock, of course! All in attendance for the “Feel the Love on the BirdChannel” Valentines’ Dance, hosted by our very own Mr Djimo Beaumont Teasdale and HIS very own Miss CoCoPuff. A good time was most definitely had by all!!! ~~ Then the very next thing I know, on Monday morning, Mr Rio is telling everybirdy, “® Rio’s ♥ beats 4 Ruby `Ü´ Proud of MY Girl!” Well, My Dearest Mr Rio, I am very proud of YOU as well! As I’ve told you… “I have long counted myself as holding the honor or Bird of YOUR Week. That you would step aside from the coveted honor of BirdChannel Bird of the Week in order to make the way for my receiving it exceeds this BirdGirl’s ability to comprehend!” For that reason, My Darling Mr Rio, I am not wearing a crown this week, but the “Heart of the BirdChannel” necklace, an icon of the Titanic story, to acknowledge and honor you throughout this week as well. ~~ And OF COURSE, I cannot be spending this week in a castle somewhere. We Are Aboard TITANIC! And the Adventure continues! ~~ Please be reminded, Mr Mithrandir, that Momma has created a Topic Blog in the BirdChannel Forums… “For all our Dearest Featheriends, if you are just joining our Titanic Adventure and would like to see how it all came about and all that has transpired since our embarking on it, or if you would like to see The Story in its entirety to the present, you may visit the BirdChannel’s ‘Bird Community’. [Link on the left of any BirdChannel page.] Once there, click on ‘Log In to the Forums’. [Next to the picture of those two lovely canaries, in the box tabbed ‘Bird Message Board’, located in the middle of the page as it comes up.] In the second box with bright green and yellow stripes at the top on that page, look for the fifth topic, ‘Pictures of Your Birds” and click on that. Look for ‘Ruby and Rio’s Titanic Adventure’. And once you click on that title…VOILA! You will find every little detail of our adventure and how it came about. ~~ We shall be weighing anchor on the morrow. Leaving you with a Vote of Anticipation. Toutes alors, mon amie...`Ü´ ♥’s ® [Until then, My Featheriend]

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

02/19/2009 03:48.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Mith
Happy to see your note. You funny bird, you; your descriptions of your mom's various poses are a hoot! "Crashing Duck"- good one! Your mention of the railroad has my mom whistling some repetitive tune now... I like it. I had an interesting moment this morning; my feathered dad is guarding a nest that has a couple of eggs (ones I already know he won't be keeping for much longer). He's gotten so violent on a numer of occasion, comin' at mom's face and biting her. I'm talking about a bird who normally loves everybody. Mom decided after the last attack that it was time to confine him in a cage to prevent damage to her eyes. She turned to get the net, turned around and captured him where she'd seen him sitting last and put him in the cage. As she stood there analyzing the situation, because something didn't seem right, she got attacked again on top of the head.... the WRONG bird had been netted and caged; ME! (I look a lot like my birddad and nothing like my human dad!) After many apologies and a hug I was returned to the branch where I was mistakenly id'd as the crazy one in the bunch right now. Here's hoping something less traumatic can be offered as entertainment the next time. Good luck learning that new song. G <")

Come visit me, Grover of the McFlock.

02/17/2009 09:17.01 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ TITANIC ~~ An Invitation for You!
Mr Mithrandir, I do hope that, even without my bringing another installment of “A Voyage of Love and Romance” to your page this afternoon, that you will be sure to stop by my page at least once during the day today and see what My Mr Rio and I have accomplished. We have persuaded our fellow voyagers, Mr Rane de Bozio (My Mr Rio’s good featheriend and travelling companion), Mrs Asha Diva StubbMeister (a society lady whose acquaintance we have made on our Adventure), and Mr Romeo of the Tennessee Mountain Williams (my [UGH!] fiancé), to allow us to post one picture each with them in it. How eggciting! Now you have the opportunity to see what they all look like!! ~~~~ I also have one other goal to accopmplish in coming to you today while taking a day’s break in our storytelling. I am certain that by now you have heard of the upcoming “Feel the Love on the BirdChannel” Valentine’s Day Dance, being hosted by the bird pages’ very own Mr Djimo Beaumont Teasdale and his lovely Miss CoCoPuff, to be held this Sunday evening, February 15, beginning at 6:30 pm EST! My Mr Rio and I had been so looking forward to being able to attend The Dance! It has been since before my frother Jake and I ‘escaped’ to Antarctica that My Love and I have been in each other’s wings, captivated by a romantic pas de deux… And I’m sure you understand Mr Mithrandir, how having embarked on our Titanic Voyage could have interfered with our being able to be in attendance at the dance! It is for that reason, and because there are few MORE romantic settings for a Valentine’s Day celebration than at sea on a luxury liner such as RMS Titanic, that My Mr Rio and I have invited Mr DJ and his wonderful Miss CoCo to hold the Valentine’s festivities aboard Titanic! And they have accepted!! Isn’t that just the most luscious idea?! I DO declare!!! ~~ Therefore, it is with the utmost pride, pleasure and gratitude that I convey the following information to you regarding the “FEEL THE LOVE ON THE BIRDCHANNEL” VALENTINE’S DANCE. The Gala will be held aboard HMS TITANIC. Access to the affair will be through the host DJ’s page (No. 44753). ~~ If your plans should happen to bring you to my page on Sunday, en route to this wonderful soiree, Mr DJ (in the form of his Avatar) will be in ‘`Ü´ Ruby’s Rose Garden of Friends’ (My Aviary). You will be able to be transported to the location of The Dance (i.e. Mr DJ’s page) by clicking on his Avatar, if you so desire. ~~ And now Mr Mithrandir, Dearest Featheriend, “The sea is lovely dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep.” For myself, I truly hope to be seeing you long before Sunday evening at The Dance! Until then…`Ü´ ♥’s ®

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

02/13/2009 07:25.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Bud
Great to hear from you! Thrilled your dad's leg is finally getting better. This has been a long process for him. I'l bet he'll be darn happy to be back on his feet, sans crutches. As if your mom didn't have enough going on, she's gonna become a Yoga teacher, huh? Just think, she'll be learning to do the Flying Crow pose... I wonder if there's one called the Contented Cockatiel pose. She'll have the perfect case study right there on her shoulder. Wishes you peace and happiness. And a Happy Valentine's Day as well, in case our paths don't cross again before the weekend. G <")

Come visit me, Grover of the McFlock.

02/11/2009 08:51.08 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Ruby & Her Mr Rio ® on a Titanic Adventure
(You may wish to read the information my momma has posted in the “How we met:” section before continuing.) THE CHARACTERS: RUBY FRANCESCA BEGONIA—Born to one of the very best flockilys in Charleston, South Carolina, a mere 2 2/3 years old when she became engaged to Romeo of the Tennessee Mountain Williams. Intelligent, poised, and beautiful (a true GRITS Girl), Ruby had been schooled since clutch-hood to be everything a young BirdWoman of society was expected to be. Ruby’s betrothal to Romeo, heir to a Tennessee Avian Dynasty, was considered an admirable catch, a perfect pairing of wealth and social position. Yet her spirit rebelled against the rigid confines and expectations of Parrot society controlling her destiny. ~~ RIO FEATHER DUSTER—was an 8-year-old artiste from Hanover, Pennsylvania. Ejected from Woody’s Bird Farm at only a few months of age, he worked a variety of jobs. After a stint as a wood carver, he came to Santa Monica, California where he created portraits using his laptop and Photo Shop Elements 7 on the pier in exchange for bird seed. Working his way from place to place on tramp steamers and similar accommodations, he went to Paris where he studied art. Subsequently, he found himself able to return to the land of his hatching in the grandest style possible for a bird with no money: sailing on the Titanic on a ticket he won in a poker game. ** ** ** ** `Ü´ THE STORY: The Titanic was called “The Ship of Dreams”. Ruby, however, was more inclined t view it as a slave ship, taking her back to America in chains. ~~~~ Just a few blocks away from where Titanic was moored, in a Southampton pub, Rio and his good featheriend Rane de Bozio, are in a hurried game of poker in which the stakes include two 3rd class tickets for Titanic. Just as his featheriend is threatening Rio with “Ma va fa’n culo testa di cazzo—“, Rio hops onto his back and says, “Sorry, you’re not gonna see your mama again for a long time…. ‘Cause you’re goin’ to America! We’re a couple o’ swells!! We’re gall darned Royalty!!! Full house boys! ~~~~

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

02/10/2009 06:21.51 PM Report This Comment  
  ~~~~ On Titanic, Ruby, her mother, and Romeo were settling into their Parlor Suite Rooms 52, 54, and 56. Ruby was redecorating the sitting room with some recently purchased paintings. When Romeo comments on the “mud puddles”, Ruby retorts to her mother, “The difference between Romeo’s taste in art and mine is that I HAVE some.” ~~~~ The Captain orders his first officer to take Titanic to sea. “Let’s stretch her legs!” Rio and RaneBozio take to the bow, and marvel that the race is on between Titanic and several dolphins. There is a luncheon for the 1st class passengers, ship’s officers and company men responsible for the ship’s design. ~~ Romeo orders for himself and Ruby without the slightest consideration for her parrotsonal preferences. The feisty young LadyBird comments to the Captain and ship’s designers how Dr. Freud would have interpreted their choice of the name “Titanic” as representing something quite different than the size, stability, and power of the SHIP. After Ruby leaves the table in disgust, another passenger seated with them says to Romeo, “She’s a pistol, Romey. I hope you can handle her.” ~~ Rio has settled in to do some sketching on the third class deck, and spies Ruby above him, on the 1st class deck to which she escaped from her boorish luncheon partners. And Ruby spies Rio spying on her. ~~~~ Later that evening, Ruby has reached the limit of her insufferable engagement to Romeo and his compulsion to absolutely control her very way of being. She rushes from the dinner table, and escapes to the aft deck of Titanic, with every intention of throwing herself from the railing. ~~ As fate would have it, Rio is on deck as Ruby rushes by. He cautiously follows her broken-hearted cries, shocked to discover her unthinkable intention. He approaches her slowly, as she is now perched on the outside of the railing. And quite simply he says, “Don’t do it.” After some very subtle parrot psychology, Rio successfully coaxes Ruby to climb back over the railing to safety and LIFE. But just as Ruby releases the grip of one foot to swing it back over the railing, she accidentally snaps off a talon on the other foot and is very nearly lost to the sea. Rio flaps to the top of the railing and in a flash grabs onto the loose foot as he says, “Listen! I’ve GOT you. I WON’T LET GO.”

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

02/10/2009 06:21.43 PM Report This Comment  
  }·> Hi My Friend
I am flying by to say Sorry it been so long since I stop by your page and to kick the vote off of your page He He He. There has been a lot of thing going on here so I have not been able to get to the computer. The K-Kritter-Korral flock would like to invite you and your flock to go on a cruse with Ruby and Rio on the Titanic this week. The cruse starts today and each day there will new things happen on board. The cruse will take place on Ruby's page (35469) Well See Ya Later my FRIEND}·> TidBit

Come visit me, © Corkus Turquoisius Maximus [aka Corky!] & {•> TidBit ... Just TidBit.

02/08/2009 06:40.27 PM Report This Comment  
  It's Tuesday Again...
... my turn at the computer to let you know I'm still thinkin' of you! Wishing you warm sunshine and happy thoughts. G <")

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02/03/2009 11:30.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning Mithrandir
Just comin' by to say "hi", let you know I'm thinkin' of ya. G <")

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01/28/2009 03:43.10 AM Report This Comment  
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01/27/2009 04:02.27 PM  
  `Ü´ Mr Mithrandir, We’re Going Home! <Ö)
`Ü´ And now I suppose that Jake is going to be running around telling everybirdy that he is a ‘World Traveler’, a ‘Man of the Road’, an ‘International Jet Setter’! And I .,. I am still (Ö> CR Jake’s little fister! He will say he made a bold escape. I can tell you who opened the door. He will claim he led us to the safety of the perfect hiding place, where no one would find us; where we could rest and gather ourselves. I will tell you how difficult it is keeping up with a Blue-And-Gold Macaw in a dead run. That nobirdy found us in our perfect hiding place because nobirdy is silly enough to go to the South Pole ON PURPOSE!! But I will give him the point that our first stop allowed, and even caused, us to gather ourselves … IN ORDER TO STAY WARM! He will say he orchestrated the perfect exit and transport to a true safe house. I will tell you that had it not been for you, Mr Mithrandir, and all of our BirdChannel featheriends, we might never have been able to wiggle our toes again! (Let alone fly—or for that matter hear anybirdy laugh at one of Jake’s jokes!!) ~~ But there is at least one point on which we have come to total agreement. And that is that THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME! And possibly that there’s nobirdy and nothing more important than flockily! Even though I still hold that Jake’s sense of humor (for want of a better term) is somewhat lacking, leaning more to the (and please forgive this un-genteel term) DORKY, I do believe that his jokes are always well intentioned and never uttered with any degree of malice. He is, indeed, Jokie Jakie. (Perhaps it is kinder to not tell him that the joke is often ON HIM.) ~~~~ (Ö> CR Jake here. I’ve gotta give it to the Little Girl. Sometimes that Goody Ruby Shoes act has its advantages. I got a real good idea now that when she’s just sittin’ there, bein’ all quiet and ‘demure’, she’s got her eagle eyes focused and her ears are tuned into everything that’s goin’ on. And she’s doggone good at puttin’ it to use! Truth be told, whenever we got into trouble on this trip, she already knew how to get us out. And she’s brave too! (She can afford to be as much bigger ’n me as she is.) And she’s sweet. That GRITS thing she’s got goin’ on is no front. She’s a Girl Raised In The South through and through. ~~ And now, ONE MORE TIME, it’s her wing power getting’ us home! I don’t fly, so Rubes carried the weight o’ the both of us this entire trip. Now, don’t nobirdy tell her I said this—‘cause I’ll deny it!—but she’s an A-OK Fid by me. Don’t mean I’m gonna be any nicer to her. But now I know that it’s the ridiculousness o’ the joke that makes it funny, not the ridicule. ~~~~ `Ü´ So, here we are on final approach to the K Kritter Korral, and I think I see Momma on the front porch! Oh…Jake, there’s NO place like home!!! ~~ Momma—We’re ba-aa-ack! `Ü´ & <Ö)

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

01/22/2009 03:10.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Mithrandi!
Grover here... wondering how you're doing these days. It's been awhile since I got the chance to fly around to all the friends on my BC list but as today seems to be my lucky day, I'm here to let you know that all is well here in the Midwest! Tho it's been dreadfully cold outside (I've been told. Thank goodness I'M not the one who has to take out the trash or head off to work!), it's been toasty warm indoors where I've been busy doing all the usual things that us 'tiels do; eat, shread paper, make confetti, eat some more, make a mess, play in the water, make a mess... You know, I'm sure you're busy doing all the same things too. Hopin' you're having one happy day after another. G <")

Come visit me, Grover of the McFlock.

01/22/2009 09:24.11 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Bless You! Our Loyal Featheriend <Ö)
Oh my gracious goodness! We are so truly blessed to have a featheriend like you Mr Mithrandir to whom to turn in our time of need!! We are unspeakably thankful!!! Your help in deciphering the instructions of the local parrotsonnel has proven invaluable in enabling us to take advantage of what would seem to be the only available path AWAY from this frozen wilderness, TOWARD the warmth and love of our flockily and home. ~~ As you may have reasoned for yourself, there are occasional flights in and out of Antarctica for the purpose of delivering and retrieving *scientists* [tsieicest] and/or *supplies* [plussie…and YES, Frother Jake did not accurately spell the Antarctican word for supplies; but thankfully, your keen sense of logic allowed for its appropriate translation anyway]. As a matter of fact, the *airstrip* [iipatrsr] is very nearby, where we have learned there is a *departure*[utarpeder] of a *cargo plane* [enlpa oargc] scheduled for Friday* [rydifa]. The *penguins* [guinespn] know that it will arrive at *midnight* [timdinhg] tonight from *New Zealand* [wenzaldena]. However, nobirdy can tell us when it will leave or what its destination will be, so we must immediately *stowaway* [yawawots] upon its arrival. ~~ Obviously, we will be in a communications blackout once this message is sent and we have tripped your vote counter. We will post any and all new information on my page as soon as it becomes available and we again have access to the BirdChannel. We will consider it a parrotsonal favor if you will be so kind as to check there periodically for the next 24 hours, until we can once again establish contact. Until then… `Ü´ & <Ö) PS: Does ANYbirdy know where airplanes go FROM Antarctica?!

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

01/17/2009 09:19.26 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Hello from the F-R-I-G-I-D SOUTH! <Ö)
Everybirdy urged and invited us to “Head South…Escape SOUTH!”. But, my Dearest featheriends, you must remember that our escape route is being mapped by my impetuous frother Jake! The very same (Ö> CR Jake who has given us all pause with his ‘squawk first, think it through later’ style of humor and, it would seem to be apparent from our current location, his ‘hear the first part, go back and finish listening later’ style of taking information in. It might have been wiser to say, “It is lovely and warm here where we are in FLORIDA or SOUTH CAROLINA or GEORGIA. We will hide you and keep you and Ruby safe until this whole situation can be resolved.” But no…NO-o-o. You all said ‘South’. And ‘South’ was all Jake heard! I think he was so scared that he set his Avian GPS for ‘South’ and just WENT SOUTH…until there was no more south left!!! So here we are — I have no idea where — cold and hungry and LOST, with no idea what to do next! ~~ My Dearest Mr Mithrandir, we are in dire need of your immediate help. Please…PLeASe…PLEASE…I BEG OF YOU…Can you suggest somewhere, a bit more specifically, that two parrot fiblings might be able to hide themselves whilst we endeavor to sort ourselves out?! Obviously, the only direction we can go from where we find ourselves at this moment is…UP!!! Since we are already at the bottom of the world, I am begging you, help us find some direction! ~~ We have been able to procure shelter and some provisions which will allow us to remain here (wherever it is that we are) for a day or two. By grace, we have also made the acquaintance of a most hospitable gentleman who was erecting the directional sign you see in the picture on my page today. He quite generously has offered us the use of his laptop computer while we remain in the area, thus allowing us a method of communication with you who have shown such concern and caring for us. Would you be so kind as to share with us any SPECIFIC suggestion you may have for our next move? (Please include City, Country, Continent…and Hemisphere might be helpful as well!) We can see no other way out of our current dilemma without your help. ~~ We will be monitoring my BirdChannel page 24/7, hoping to discover our first step homeward. We look forward to hearing from each and every one of our Featheriends VERY soon. Until then…`Ü´ & <Ö) PS: We have heard through the Avian Grapevine that our Momma was taken rather ill yesterday…to the point of fainting (more that ONCE)! I just KNOW that it is because she is without us. Please, HURRY!!! PSS: As we currently have access to the internet, this message will automatically register one vote per parrot receiving it.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

01/13/2009 08:59.36 PM Report This Comment  
  hello there
Hi mithrandir I hope your going very well, mum is still feeling sick, I'm sure your going well and everything is going ok. Lots of love yoogoos

Come visit me, Yoogoos - RIP 17/04/10 my baby Oog, Umberto - in Memory of - & Percy - I miss my brother.

01/13/2009 12:48.45 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ ! JAILBREAK ! <Ö)
WANTED: Grounded or Flighted — 2 Avians ~~ One Male Blue-and-Gold Macaw. Name: Charles Riley Jake <Ö) (aka CR Jake, Jake the Birdy, Jake-A-Roo-Ba-Doo, and AaaaaAA!!) * Height: [Varies, depending on posture] 8”-32” * Weight: 970 grams * Eye Color: White * Feathering: Blue, Gold, Green, and Black * Distinguishing Features: Screams like a Banshee; Barks like a dog; Fancies himself to be a Jokester Eggstraordinaire ~~ Known to be traveling with One Female Green-Winged Macaw. Name: Ruby Francesca Begonia `Ü´ (aka Ruby, Rubes, The Rubicube, Boo Boo, and Trouble) * Height: Unknown [Taller than the Jake character] * Weight: 1162 grams (WOW! Big Girl!) * Eye Color: White * Feathering: Mostly Red with Green and Blue on wings * Distinguishing features: WOW! Big Girl! and one talon missing on right foot ~~~~ If you have seen these two Avians, or have any information on their whereabouts, please contact their parronts through the link below. Please do not approach or attempt to engage directly…. Unless you are a member of the Elite Flock known as BirdChannel eClub. In which case, approach with ABANDONE. Throw caution to the wind and immediately ( HUG ) and/or < KISS > one or both fugitives, and tell them “WE’RE STILL WORKING ON THE BAIL!” [PS: Our instructions were to leave a vote with this notice. Now, if I can just figure out where to leave it….]

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

01/10/2009 10:15.00 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings, Mr Mithrandir!
“Now is the time for all good Featheriends to come to the aid of Jokester Jake.” ~~ As you know, Momma has sentenced my frother, CR Jake<Ö) [Self-proclaimed ‘Funny Bird’], to an indeterminate length of time in Solitary Confinement as punishment for his completely insensitive remarks about his little fister—ME!—at a party. However, in his pleading for support to secure his release from his confinement, you (his loyal featheriends) have rushed to assure me of the innocence of his comments, the love and affections with which he truly holds me, and the importance of forgiveness in flockilys, particularly between fiblings. Momma has also tried to use the situation as an opportunity to practice forgiveness and unconditional love. And I am willing to submit to her assignations…TO A POINT. ~~ Here’s the deal fids: I will be overjoyed to restore my frother’s freedom on the condition that I can see, through the willingness of his Featheriends to participate in his redemption by meeting a challenge of my design (with Momma’s approval, of course) that his offense truly was not intended to inflict parrotsonal damage and that, no matter how poorly executed, his conversation was meant only as banter, holding no portion of malice. ~~ All this is to say that if you all, as his dearest Featheriends, are willing to stand for his innocence by suffering the slings and arrows of a thousand questions (not really, but I’m feeling poetic at the moment), then I shall be convinced that I have misunderstood completely and will likewise forgive him completely…and RELEASE HIM IMMEDIATELY. ~~ Here’s all you have to do: Each day, I will pose a question about “a day in the life of Ruby and Jake.” The answer is already somewhere here in the bird pages. Momma will determine a point value for correctly answering each question, each day. All birdies who answer any question will be credited the point value. All points, from all birdies, every day, will go toward Jake’s ‘bail’. When enough points are accumulated, Jake’s bail will be paid, and he well be set free to accost us all with Jake’s Jests once more. ~~ Your successfully answering these questions will prove to me that you, his dearest Featheriends, know This Bird at least as well as I. And if you know that he meant no harm, then I should have seen this as well. ~~ READY? SET?! Then show up on my page first thing tomorrow morning. Look for the question and any clues in the ‘My motto:’ section. Loads of Luck to You in your search. And stop back any time to tell me the answers. I leave you with a vote of appreciation. Momma and I will keep you posted as the ‘Tot. Board’ rises! Until then…`Ü´

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

01/07/2009 08:03.18 PM Report This Comment  
  (Ö> Hiya Mithrandir :(
[That’s the ‘Shortcut Key’ for a frown, don’tcha know? Mom didn’t! She had to look it up!!] ~~ I’m a not-so-very jovial fid today. (Hence the frown.) Got m’self in BIG TROUBLE at a party Saturday night. Somebirdy was squawkin’ about bein’ happy to get away from some ‘furry four-leggers’ (felines, don’tcha know). Didn’t wanna hafta spend time with ‘em at a social event too. But I figured it might be more like home for ‘em if’n I offered the use of one or two of our NINE at the party. But, just in case that idea wasn’t received very well, I offered an alternative too—nice guy ain’t I?! ~~ I reasoned that, since fids are really the ideal comp’ny for fids, maybe my Fister (`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia) would make a better companion. THAT’S WHERE I GOT M’SELF IN DEEP DOO-DOO!!! ~~ Well…SOMEHOW my remarks got back to my very own, sweet little pain-in-the- … … my Fister, and she got all hurt ‘n’ embarrassed and ev’rything. And tho’ she never said anything to ‘Her Momma’, Mom decided I had pushed it just a little too far this time, and I’d hafta make it up to Rubes. ~~ So now I’ve gotta see if’n I can redeem myself in both Ruby’s AND Mom’s eyes. So here’s what I’m askin’ all my featheriends to do: Whether you were at the party or not, you know me well enough to know what a jokester I am. Could ya do a pal a favor and stop by Ruby’s page (and I even broke down and put her Avatar in my ‘CR Jake’s Jungle o’ Jokers’ Aviary for easy access!) and give me a good recommend? It’d sure help me out. (This solitary confinement cage Mom’s got me in ‘til I can make it up to the Rubester ain’t exactly COMFORTABLE…if ya know what I mean!) Ya don’t hafta worry about sendin’ me a note. I’ll know ya love me by seein’ your glowin’ reports on Ruby’s page. Just convince The Rubicube to love me too! ~~ By the way, Mom’s also promised “Boo Boo” (…what a name! YUCK!!) that she’ll be doin’ somethin’ special with her to help smooth her ruffled feathers too. Keep an eye out for that. I’m sure it’ll work in my favor as well. AaaaaAA!! Oh yeah, and if’n your ‘Vote Button’ is missin’, I hid it on Ruby’s page. You can pick it up there when ya go to ‘talk me up’ to her! Scream at ya again soon! CR Jake <Ö)

Come visit me, (Ö> Charles Riley Jake ~ AaaaaAA! & ..

01/05/2009 07:10.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Merry Christmas Mithrandir!!!
Thanks for thinking of me on Xmas!!!Hope all your wishes came true!!!Love Buddy and the gang

Come visit me, Buddy !!!, Little Bird & Gracie*.

12/25/2008 06:08.22 PM Report This Comment  
  *8*8*HAPPY HOLIDAY*8*8*
Grover here to wish you a wonderful holiday weekend, Mithrandir. Know that your friendship has been a real gift to me in the year gone by. Merry Christmas! G <")

Come visit me, Grover of the McFlock.

12/24/2008 09:16.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mithrandir!!
My Aunt got Mom a neck massager/heating pad for Xmas so hopefully that will help!!She must be feeling better because here I am again blogging..its been too long!!I am now in a room with Lil Bird and Gracie..Gracie is very loud and I have to yell at her to shut up now and then..Mom appreciates my 'noise control".We're getting really for Xmas..stockings are hung on our fireplace..ca't wait to see what I get!!Here's a vote!! Buddy

Come visit me, Buddy !!!, Little Bird & Gracie*.

12/19/2008 04:05.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mithrandir!!
Surprise!!It's me!!! I know I have been gone for a long time..last time I was here I dropped in on Indy's party but Mom has been doing so much that she just isn't on anymore..and her poor neck still hurts her so she is trying to be nice to it so it doesn't get agravated at her. But this is my favorite season and I wanted to send many happy wishes from Mom, Gracie and Lil Bird to you.Have a wonderful holiday and New YEARS AND REMEMBER ALL YOUR OLD FRIENDS..like the Jersey flock!!!Kisses and a vote to you!! Buddy

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12/16/2008 08:31.36 PM Report This Comment  
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