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Hi! My name is Arwen

I am an English Type Budgie from Chesterfield Twp., MI.

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Behind book cases.

Not being able to see my people at all times.

I get to fly around all day long.

I am WAY too curious about what is behind bookcases. It doesn't matter how many times I fall down behind them, I keep looking..

Book cases are fun..

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  Hello Arwen
i think your one of the prettiest birds ive ever seen but i think all budgies are gorgeous! anyway i gave you a vote! Happy HOlidays! i can be your budgie friend if you want! fly by to visit me anytime

Come visit me, Prettybird.

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10/29/2008 10:20.43 AM  
  I got TWO new budgie boys! Storm is a dominant pied cobalt- very pretty. I picked him because he was flirting with all the girl-birds at PSP. He's still young, he has a pink cere, but he has so much white on him that it might stay pink. I got Fog today- what a beauty! He's a dark violet opaline. Wind is totally enamored of him- as soon as she saw him she flew down to his perch and sidled up to him. He was a little freaked out at first, but he didn't fly away, so that's a good sign. She and Storm don't get along that well, but at least they don't fight. I'm hoping that Fog will hook up with Wind (a good combination for slate babies!) and yet be a friend for Storm. Speaking of babies- ten wow! Have you pulled them for handfeeding yet? You are going to have your hands full for a while! How many homes do you have lined up so far? Your Gov't teacher is a hoot! I'm having trouble staying above water in my physics class, but I'm getting caught up (learning triganometry...). The rest of my classes are fine. My drawing teacher and my sculpture teacher both love my stuff, so no problems there... I'll get pictures of the boys in a few days- I want to give them time to settle in. Oh yes, I almost bought an English budgie, if she weren't a girl I would have! She was at PSP, there was a lovebird in the bin next to theirs and she REALLY liked the lovebird! She kept trying to chew through the glass, then she'd roll over onto her back. She was SO adorable, but I thought that she and Wind would probably fight, plus, she'd miss that lovebird so much!

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

10/03/2007 03:24.38 PM Report This Comment  
  The rest of the gang is going great, except Windy is pining for companionship. She's a LOT more vocal- especially when she hears anything resembling a parakeet on tv! Sam has suddenly rejected his pellets, but I think it's a phase (he's holding out for nutri-berries, but he won't get any until he eats his pellets!), in the meantime he's eating lots of fresh food and seed, which is pretty good. Last week and the week before I was sick with some powerful virus so I missed three and a half days of classes. Now I'm paying for it! I'd missed Thurs and Tues in a row, so when I asked for (and got) art history notes last Wed, my classmates said "Hope this helps, good luck on the test tomorrow" !?!!? So I had a test with NO time to prepare, but actually I think I did fine on the essay portion- certainly not worse than a C (which is really bad for me, but what can I expect, I missed 2/3 of the lectures!). In my physics class he expects us to know triginomitry and calculus (which I DON'T), but I think I'll be able to bluff my way through it. In my sculpture class we're doing hands- boring!- out of clay that we'll cast in plaster. I missed a day, but I work fast so I'm caught up with everyone else (almost finished, just have to work on the knuckles of one hand). OOOh, I'd JUST finished with the knuchles of the right hand when my teacher told me that the fingers on that hand were too thin- I almost died! Fortunately it wasn't that hard to fix and he was right, it's much better now. For my drawing class I have to make a portfolio of ten to twelve drawings "in the style of but not copying" Grant Wood. Fine. That's great that you have your brother in Government with you! Your teacher sounds like a total nut! There's a former US Senator teaching Gov't at Washtenaw but I didn't have her, the woman I had was VERY smart and very normal (thank goodness!) she didn't voice her opinions about politics during class. What a crazy photography teacher you have! Is she going through a bad divorce? I feel bad for any men taking her class!! How are your birds, sitting well on their eggs? I'm hoping to get at least one English budgie. One of the local pet stores has some, but they're normal green or sky blue (hate to say it, but - boring!), I want something more special, you know.

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

09/23/2007 08:44.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey there Arwen
Got your message! Thanks for stopping on by and seeing the gang. You are definitely right that Frodo and Arwen look very similar. I was somewhat shocked when you called him by his type of recessive pied, I'm quite familiar with all the types, I just hear so few people that know and mention this. I had actually started research budgies about a year before I got one, well I should say when one got me. When I got Frodo I was quite confused at age and sex because his traits were all mixed up, one would suggest male and the other female. It wasn't until I figured out the different types that I understood what he was. People still call him a baby because of the all black and then they are shocked when I tell them he is about 9 years old. Your Arwen is a very beautiful bird and lucky to have such an owner. I'm curious to go look at some more recessive pieds to see if there is a noticeable difference in the different sexes head shape. Some species of birds will have slightly different shapes for each sex and I'm curious if this is a trait of budgies/recessive pieds. Well, very pleased to meet you and the feathered friends. Best wishes and have a great week.

Come visit me, Shelby, Frodo, SamWise & Scooter.

09/13/2007 02:48.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Oh, Heidi, my sweet Skybird died this morning! He had a little bacterial infection so I was treating both he and Wind (just in case) and he was getting better but still puffy and a little sleepier than normal. Apparently this upset Wind because this morning I found Sky on the bottom of the cage with a big, bloody wound on his head! Wind must have done it sometime in the night and by the time I found him he'd gone into shock and was very cold. I put him in a nice, warm hospital cage (with the heat on), but it was too late... My mom once saw a bird fly into a window and another bird pecked and pulled at it until it recovered and flew away, we think Windy was trying to do the same thing. She called to him until I showed his body to her, then she was very quiet. So this morning before class (I don't have class until 1 on Wednesdays) I took EVERYTHING out of their cage and soaked it in bleach water and Nolvisan, then scrubbed everything clean, scrubbed the pan and the whole cage (NOT and easy task- the cage is HUGE), added fresh branches etc. and put Wind back in. I'm going to wait a week and if she's not sick I'll get her a playmate or maybe three. I think one of the reasons Sky got sick was stress from being bullied by Wind (she wanted to mate, he didn't...) if I get three birds she might distribute her bullying more evenly -or better yet, find a mate among them. Hooray for you eggs, though! That's really great- I bet the people on your waiting list will be thrilled! I'm taking Sculpture, Drawing 3, 19th century Art History, and Art in Physics. I was supposed to take Life Drawing 2 also, but the class was full when I registered. I'm actually really glad because I think that would have been too much for me to handle! I also bought an open studio pass for the ceramics studio (guess what everybody's getting for Christmas this year!). What classes are you taking? Do you like this college better? What do you think about going to the Antique's Fair? It's September 15th&16th- it costs about $7- to get in, but there's a LOT to see...

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

09/05/2007 01:34.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey, how have you been?! I start school again next Tuesday (along with a lot of other Michiganders), but until then I'm FREE! I went up north with my sister and mom, we had a lot of fun shopping and eating... It was really windy (BIG waves!) but the temperature was lovely and the wind died down when you got away from the shore. My mom bought me a retro porch glider for my birthday (which is in November) at the grocery store up there- luckily it fit in the trunk! The birds were fine but very happy to see me when I got home, the cats had mixed feelings, because I'd stopped by Zoe's summer home and picked her up on the way home! I haven't checked in in a while because I've been spending time beefing up my myspace page (myspace.com/autumnrainstudio). I put a lot of my graphic design projects in my "portfolio" photo album, there's another album for my pet portraits (which you've seen), and one of my cats and birds. Oh, speaking of graphic design- get this: the last day of my poster class I asked my teacher if he'd look at my book to see if I could get credit for some of the graphic design classes I took at Washtenaw... He said that I should transfer my major to graphic design because I was more talented than his graphic design students! Hah! So I'm thinking about a dual major- fine art and graphec design- it depends on how many extra classes I'd have to take... Ok, I still want to get together with you if you're willing, maybe we can go on a book store tour or something...

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

08/27/2007 06:28.45 AM Report This Comment  
  I can't wait- I'm finished dog-sitting tomorrow, then I can go back to a normal life-- hooray! This project was to pick a font designed within the last ten years and make (silkscreen) a 18x24 poster to advertise the font. We also had to write a paper on the designer- or if you coudn't find out who the designer was, a paper defending your choice of the font. I found an amazing website called Font Diner, filled with really cool retro fonts by Stuart Sandler. I really love his stuff and chose Black Widow font because the name was so versital. I ended up doing a very simple poster with a spider suspended from the source information and "will you come into my parlour...?" with the name at the bottom of the poster (like the spider is going to land on the type). I'm fine (asthma-wise) I get little attacks and I have a reascue inhaler with me all the time. It did help me to get out of that building, though. Oh the bird show! I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to afford a bird, but I'm keeping my options open. I would like to get some destructable toys for the keets and other supplies if the prices are right... Usually you can get really good deals. I'm going to take my camera to take reference photos, too- you can see birds there that you've only seen pictures of before, oh, and sometimes color mutations that you didn't know existed! I have to drop in on one of my clients from 11-12 that Sunday, so I will be there about 1 o'clock. Are you going? Do you want to meet up there?

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

07/20/2007 06:07.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Oh my god- you are SO funny!!! I laughed so hard when I read about your "protest"- maybe you'll get into the paper! Seriously, that is the funniest thing I've heard in a long time! No new pet-sitting yet, but I've been very busy with my old clients anyway: this week I've been getting up at 5:30, going to work, go to school from work at 9, school until 6:30 (I'm supposed to get out at 5:30 but we have a project due tomorrow...), back to work, then home around 9. I don't like it. I talked to one of my regular client's next-door neighbor about sitting their four animals (a dog, two cats, and a rabbit), and when I told them it was $30-/day they said "Well we heard you charge $25..." Give me a break!!! The going rate for professional pet-sitters in Ann Arbor is $75-/day and that's just for an hour and a half a day(three half-hour visits), I spend at least four to six hours a day with my charges! Not to mention the grooming, treats, and toys I provide for free or the fact that I don't charge extra for getting their mail or watering plants... (Can you tell I'm a little insulted?). My teacher's softened up quite a bit now that he's seen some of my work (which blows away most of the other class- because I'm better trained, NOT nessisarily more talented!). I had an asthma attack yesterday while cleaning up my silkscreen and he made me go home, saying he'd get someone else to clean it for me- I couldn't beleive it! I was also thrilled, because it was already 6:20 and I had to get back to let Nina-dog out to pee! Lucy-goose is dooing great- she's a little devil-cat (not really...), windy is very nesty- she goes in and out of the nest box a lot, and tries to get Sky to mount her (she CHASES him around the cage!). I don't know if she's laid any eggs, I don't want to upset her by peeking.Yes I'm going to the bird show- it's 10-4 I usually go at 10- once I missed out on getting a lineolated parakeet because the person in front of me bought them all (you snooze, you lose), but I'm thinking of I go later in the day I might get better deals from desperate vendors... What time would you go?

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

07/18/2007 12:53.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Come to the show!
I can't write much now (I'm in class- tee hee!) But I wanted you to know that the Ann Arbor bird club's show is a Weber's Inn on July 29th- you've GOT to go! If there's any kind of bird you're looking for, it will probably be there- including English budgies!

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

07/16/2007 11:59.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Sarah's horses are andalusians- used mostly for fantasy and mideaval-type movies because of their pretty faces and flowing hair, but they could probably be in anything. They do dressage-type stuff, shake hands, bow, and rear up on command. that's so cool that you work at the driving stable! How did you get the job? Oh- I found a beautiful little budgie at the pet store- violet opaline with the prettiest violet stripes on his head! So very tempting... I know how you feel about pet stores, but both Pet Supplies Plus' in Ann Arbor have english budgies for sale. They're supposedly hand-fed and look like really good stock- nice and bulky but still very active and chatty. These stores are privately owned (I used to work at one, so I know the owners), and the birds are well taken care of. Sorry about Angel, anything that can be done? Two of my cats have arthritus, so I mix liquid glucoscomine/condroiten in their dry food- it helps a LOT and me vet is happy with the results. What is up with CCS?! Do they think they can be all snarky one minute and nice the next and you'll come back? Not that the reason you left was personal, I know, but still! So strange, it's like you're in a high school club or something! Ok, I'm going to check out the website of where you work now, talk to you later!

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

07/08/2007 02:18.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi and sorry! Nothing wrong, I've just been really distracted I guess. I took my second ceramics class and totally loved it, I've been doing a whole boatload of pet sitting, and now I'm back at EMU for the summer term- whew! I'm taking astronomy and poster design. I really like my astronomy class, the poster design class is tough because I'm the only one in there who's not a graphic design major and who hasn't had a class with this teacher before. We're making a poster/ad to sell a font (of our chioce, but it has to be less than ten years old), right? and the teacher says, "Man, I should stop saying that you're trying to sell this font, it's so commercial." Of course I had to open my stupid mouth and say,"But isn't what all of us are going to be doing, selling things?" He has a mini-tantrum and said that HE wasn't selling anything and HE was a graphic designer... Ok, so now I understant the difference in "philosophy" between WCC and EMU: WCC trains graphic designers so they can get jobs and make a living, while EMU trains them to be precious little artists who should think of making a living with you Art as selling out. Plus they are trained badly; their stuff totally sucks and it's not from lack of talent. Anyway... The birds are all doing great- no new ones. I keep thinking the right keet for Windy will show up. She and Sky are good friends, but there's no sign they'll ever be anything more. I've been interviewing with several potential new clients- some actually have birds! One woman has horses, dogs, cats, and a sun conure. She's training the horses for film work! This the the coolest part (I think), she lives in a subdivision that's horse-friendly: there's a neighborhood stable for boarding, riding trails, and pastures for the horses. I've heard about them, but I didn't know there were any in Dexter! Another has six birds (sun conure, blue-headed conure, moustache parakeet, and three 'tiels). The others are dog people, which is fine. This is my busy season for pet-sitting and if all goes well I'll be booked through August! I love that you're setting up a site to sell your work! My business name and DBA have expired and I've decided to change my business name to either Autumn Rain Creations or Autumn Rain Studio (heck, maybe I'll register both, it's only about five bucks!). Oh, Lucy's still chugging along, she's back on her medication and the vet is astonished that she's still alive, considering her "monster thyroid". Now that her thyroid's calmed down a bit, her apetite is better and she's not quite as picky- but she's still only eating canned food. I'm very glad that the horse didn't choke to death- what an awful way to go! Is there something wrong with it's throat, that it's prone to choking? Maybe if I get this dog-sitting gig in August I'll get another bourke's- it would be a new client and it would mean about $700-, I'd be able to make three car payments and have a little left over!

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

07/04/2007 05:12.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hmmmm, the bourkes are still there, huh? Are they still $150? I got to get a job, that's all there is to it. Lucycat is fine- still skinny and lately she's been a royal pain in the butt. She's suddenly decided that she should be extra spoiled- she won't drink water, only skim milk, she won't eat her dry food- canned only, please!, and she only eats about half of the can, then she howls and complains and tries to lure you over to her dish so she can have another flavor! I refuse to open a second can and leave it there until one of the boys finishes it off. Hey, I ended up selling that black seagull, but it was at our yard sale so it wasn't for big bucks or anything. I sold it to the mom of an old co-worker of mine (sort of a friend, but one of those people who push the friendship too quickly, you know?). The yard sale was a LOT of work and only a moderate success, but it paid off my latest dentist bill! I tried to throw a couple of birdhouses in open studio today, but they turned out crooked (not the the birds care...). I have found that if I'm not concentrating just right, if I try to push the clay rather than work with it, it doesn't work at all. We're making drums in class- the teacher threw the forms for us and we decorated them, then we'll sew on the goat skins (yuck). I'm giving mine to my brother next year when we to to Ireland. Oh yeah, we're all going next spring (April I think); me, my mom, my sister and her family, and my other brother and his fiance. I'm pretty sure my mom and sister are paying my way as an early graduation present. Oh, I didn't go to honors- my mom was sick and I got a last-minute dog gig, so we decided to stay home (we also ditched out on my nephew's concert later that evening). I guess whatever certificate I was supposed to get will come in the mail, I'll let you know when I get it. I'm glad you're set for Wayne State, there's always so much to do. I just sent off a packet of forms to EMU- hopefully the last for a while! Wow, there are so many wild birds here this year! A pair of chickadees beat out our usual house wrens to the house in the back yard, but the wrens found a nesting pocket that I put out so they're ok. There are at least three pairs of oriels hanging around, too. Well, I hope you do sell at least one of your paintings, what ones are they interested in?

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

05/24/2007 04:33.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Brushes
I haven't found out how to make brushes yet, but she's teaching us other tools. The one she gave me has a corkscrew willow handle (my favorite wood for perches- soft and beautiful), and fox fur bristles.

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

05/12/2007 06:13.17 AM Report This Comment  
  whooboy! Suddenly all my time is all about the cats. Lucy had an operation last Monday, it was totally unexpected. She's been hyperthyroid for years- she had one removed, then the other one became overactive so she was on medication for it. Unfortunately, the medication didn't seem to be working anymore despite upping the dose so I took her in and my vet said she wanted to operate and she could do it that day. I totally trust my vet- she's amazing, so we did it (cost over $600-, but my mom payed). Left alone, an overactive thyroid will cause the cat (or person or whatever) to slowly starve to death no matter how much they eat- really awful. Since then I've been giving a lot of energy to her to cheer her up- she's fifteen this year, so she's not a kid anymore. Ahh, religion... I think that people should be able to believe whatever suits them (they do anyway). Acting on those beliefs is another matter entirely. I do want another bird- actually I want four more birds (another budgie, a female bourkes, a female green-cheek conure, and a handfed lovebird), we'll see... I missed the Kentucky Derby, but I'm going to watch the equestrian World Cup Saturday on Animal Planet. I prefer standerdbred racing too, I also like steeplechase and harness racing- especially pacers, I like the way they move. I'm back to reading my old mysteries- good, but I've read them before... Actually you might like Rita Mae Brown's mysteries (the early ones, her last few have totally sucked). Too bad you're getting flack about dropping out, it reminds me of the time I quit band in high school, I got several lectures, like "Your mom really wants you to stay in band" she didn't care less. Oh this is wierd, I got an invitation to WCC's honors (where I graduated from last year), I'm going just out of curiosity, I'll keep you posted. It sucks to be busy.

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

05/08/2007 03:25.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Sorry if I offended you...
I hope I didn't offend you with my rant on religion, sometimes I go too far. When is your semester over? How do your parents feel about your leaving CCS? Have you decided to let the birds have a second clutch? I always did, because they do in the wild- but no more than two. Of course I wouldn't have allowed two if the girls were showing any signs of fatigue or ill health, but they never did. Now I'm torn (again) about getting another boy (you're brobably sick of hearing about this...); my mom pointed out that I might be moving to another state (or even another country) when I graduate- wherever my job is. In that case I don't know what my living situation will be- it would probably be best not to add any more birds to my family until that's more certain- especially if I'm moving to another country! Budgies, I know, are not on the CITES list, but moving any animal overseas can be complicated, and at the very least stressful. It's only for another year or so... We'll see how I feel next time I encounter a really tame handfed lovebird for sale, I'll probably sing another tune then! I'm SO happy I was able to sign up for another ceramics class! My teacher is great- she knows a lot about glazes and she's a very enthusiastic teacher. On our first day of class she gave us each a handmade brush (mine's corkscrew willow with fox bristles) and she's going to teach us how to make our own brushes. She's going to teach me how to make a birdhouse on the wheel, too.

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

04/30/2007 06:05.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Earth Day
The thing about Mary is, she reprisents motherhood to the Christian faith, therefore, how you feel about Mary as a Christian reflects how you feel about women. Of course she wasn't part of the old religion- Jesus wasn't part of it either- but seriously, Mary was always important (don't let the men fool you, they're stupid, remember?). Ah yes, Muslims... I have a very hard time understanding why a woman would want to become a Muslim. I heard this news story about how there's nothing in the Koran about making women wear viels (whatever they're called), but that if you ask any women why they're wearing it they'll tell you that the Koran commands it. Brainwashing. Speaking of which, I wonder how those silly girls in your school made out- do you think they're all married to men in their fifties now (I hope not!)? I agree that kids really need a parent at home, mom or dad- or if that won't work, a grandparent or other close relative. My sister is the breadwinner in her family, but my brother-in-law chose to work anyway; my niece in particular had a LOT of issues, then my in-law was fired and within weeks my neice was happy and well-adjusted (total personality change!). I have read some of those Year's Best books, it's a great way to find new authors. Have you read the White Thorn, BLack Rose-type books? Short-stories by different authors where they take classic fairy taled and rewrite them (turning them into faerie tales...). SOme are just awful, but some are really good. How are your birdies? I'm still looking for a new budgie boy, but the only ones I've seen are green or green pied (or female). There was a English budgie that caught my eye, like a paler Prince Caspian with a much blockier head, but its cere hasn't changed yet.

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

04/21/2007 08:36.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Well I had my last ceramics class today... I'm a little sad, and a little frustrated- most of my stuff hasn't come out of the kiln yet! It's ok, though, because I can pick them up in a week and a half (earlier if I can sneak in!). My crow is finished, but it looks like a black seagull! My cat pitcher turned our really cool- the glaze I put on over the slip turned out streaky-tan and brown. The rest I did in weathered green or weathered blue, which look like aged copper. So what are you working on lately? When's your term over? Are you slacking off a little since you won't be coming back?- just kidding!

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

04/09/2007 03:10.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Wow!!!
No more CCS? I think it'll be good for you, you can go to a normal school and relax a little bit (hopefully). Will it be as long a commute for you at Wayne? Plus, it'll probably be fun going to school with your brother. I had my advising appointment we mapped out my schedule for the next three semesters: I'll be taking drawing 3, poster design, drawing today (NO idea what that means), sculpture, life drawing 2, portrature, plus basic math, the universe (astronomy), some health class (I have a PE requirement) and minorities in society. I have to start keeping a couple of books in my car for when I'm stuck waiting for others. I think some books of short-stories would be good... My favorite Tanith Lee was Drinking Saphire Wine (could be because of the title- I don't remember!). I have been known to buy clothes just because they have pockets big enough for books (just coats- I know you won't judge me too harshly!). No, I don't think the culture in general is mysogonistic, just certain aspects of today's popular religion (not naming names)- the trend for downplaying the Virgin Mary's role/importance in Christianity, for instance. Not to mention the emphasis placed on traditional families ("family values"), which seems to be a backhanded attempt of putting women back into the role of housewives and mothers (not a bad role at all, but one which is notoriously devalued in our society- "only a housewife"), at the very least making them feel guilty for wanting to balance a career with family. I for one would love to be a housewife (although I don't have any desire for kids and I'd need a housekeeper to come in at least twice a month!), but for that I'd need a husband, and for that I'd need to date, and that's not going so well (awwww, poor me!). Anyway I really think that your choice in dropping CCS will take a lot of stress out of your life- good for you!

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

04/07/2007 01:52.56 PM Report This Comment  
  This is only (very) slightly bird related, but I just had to tell someone about the great present my friend gave me! It's a little vintage wooden corner shelf, the sides are shaped like owls sitting on crescent moons. Ok, now, when she described it to me I pictured funky (kind of ugly) 70's-style stylised owls, but they are fantastic realistic-looking great-horned owl silouetts. It was painted white so naturally I painted it black. It doesn't have mounting hardware, but once I put that on it's going in my bedroom in the corner by my bed (we have SO many windows on our house, and the door takes up the third corner, that it's literally the only place to put it!). Now I have to figure out what to put on it... I have a vintage vase/planter that's shaped like an owl on a moon, but I don't know if that would be too cute. I wish I had a site just to show off things like this! It would look really spectacular if the walls were orange, but that'll have to wait until I get my own house- I'm planning on having an orange dining room, if I have a dining room... So tomorrow's the last class for jewelry. I would have enjoyed it a lot more if we'd started out making jewelry and hadn't wasted so many classes on those stupid boxes, but se la vie. How are your classes going? When's the semester over? I'm meeting my advisor at EMU on Wednesday to line up my classes for spring, summer, and fall semesters. I have NO idea what or how many classes I need to graduate now, so we're going to figure that out (hopefully....). Are your babies all better and gone yet? When will you begin breeding again?

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

04/02/2007 06:36.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Yeah the elegant is in his own cage, luckily it's a double-sized one. He has a lovely call that one of the cockatiels has learned so they talk back and forth, which is nice. He is pretty, just not flashy, you know. And I bet 90% of the people who go in there have never heard of an elegant parakeet, maybe more. Not like a sun conure or quaker. Hmmm, I'll have to think about the bourkes. I paid 75 for Tedi, but he wasn't hand-fed or even tame and it was at a show. I've got to make more money is what I've got to do! Whinny is such a hoot- what a little troublemaker! At least life is never dull with her around! Thank goodness she lives with you and not confined in some tiny cage somewhere being ignored! Last night I went to go to bed and there was a big toad on my bedroom threshold (is that supposed to be good luck?)! I'm really glad I didn't step on it... Either it came in on its own, maybe to get away from the storm, or one of the cats brough it in, but it was unharmed. I just scooped it up and put it outside. Do you take books with you to places? If I have to sit though one of my niece or nephew's sports thing or sometimes visiting the family (anywhere I'll just be sitting around) I take a book along. I know it's a crutch, but that's ok with me. We cut back our cable a year ago so I don't get the sci-fi channel anymore, I still miss it! I don't complain, though, I don't pay the bill. As soon as I get a job, I'll pay the cable bill again and get back all the channels. I liked Firefly a lot- loved the theme song. I also liked the Outer Limits, also reruns of Amazing Tales and the original Night Stalker (the remake missed the point entirely). I liked Wolf Lake a lot, but unfortunately didn't "discover" it until late in the game. I tried to watch the pilot of Supernatural, but quit within the first five minutes- way too violent. James Blaylock is that steampunk/fabulist author I've talked about before, don't worry, very few people have heard of him. I think I read Sheep Look Up many, many years ago, but not Gather the Wolves. Have you read any Tanith Lee? I read her in high school and really liked her stuff. I think you'd like The Handmaid's Tale by Margerite Atwood, it's a classic. THAT I could see happening- the combination of what's going on with the environment and the infusion of ultra-conservative (and let's face it- mysogonistic) religion into politics... How's school goin? My Mom was just saying the other day that with Michigan's economy the was it is and the redistrubution of the auto industry, CCS is either going to have to remake itself of it may not exist much longer. What do you think?

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

03/28/2007 06:17.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Whinny is SUCH a funny bird! I wonder how she got her legs stuck between the cage bars- what was she thinking?! The poor parakeet at the store is an elegant- that's his problem, he was hand-fed but who knows how tame he is now, he can't talk, and he's not at all colorful (he's also $275- down from $375- which I think is way too much). How much are those bourkes at your vet's store? My birds are great, little angels (thank goodness!). Wind has been going into the nest box to play I think, she never goes in when I'm in the room, but I often find carefresh bedding that's been knocked out of the box on the floor of the cage. I've given up hope for those two, though. I was all set to buy another male when I cracked a filling- now the dentist bill comes first. Luckily he gave me a huge price break... Oh yeah, hobo signs are (or at least were) real. I think they were very common during the depression, it was a whole language. They even talked about them on The Simpsons once. I have no idea what I'm going to do with all the stuff I'm making. I'm going to keep the lamp and the pitcher. My friend's uncle has set up an arts/crafts website for selling stuff and she's been hounding me to sign up, so I guess I'll be selling though there. I've been re-reading stuff since I haven't been able to go fiction book shopping in a while. I read every day- it's like a cumpulsion. Right now I'm reading a british mystery, Landscape with Dead Dons, but I usually read James Blaylock when there's nothing else, I think I've read each of his books at least ten times, some over fifteen. I have trouble just sitting and reading non-fiction, I find myself just skimming or skipping around and quickly lose interest; I mostly use them for reference. The weather has been great lately, hasn't it? There are tons of wild birds around- both returning ones and others just passing through, and I heard spring peepers yesterday! I know this is Michigan and there's a good chance that it will get cold and snow again, but I'll enjoy it while it's here!

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

03/25/2007 09:19.29 AM Report This Comment  
  I know what you mean, it's always sad when the babies go to their homes but at the same time it's kind of a relief, too. Yeah, last week was pretty strange for me and the kritters... I don't think I'll have Zoe again until April- part of me is sad, another part of me says YAY! I have to say, though, she's good for the cats. They're all getting on in age (well into their teens) and since we have three we can't get a kitten (well, I'd get one but my mom would probably kick me out!), so this young dog keeps them on their toes. I patina'd the leaf- it looks really great! I cut a primitive cat form out of brass (it's an old hobo sign meaning "kind-hearted woman")- I'm planning on making it into a pin for my mom's friend who works in a soup kitchen once a week. I don't know what I'm going to do with my silver yet- it's a good-sized piece- enough to make five big rings or a couple of bracelets, or lots of earrings... I went to open studio this morning and slipped all the little critters, they're on the shelf for firing, and glazed a pile of sad little bowls (all the same- weathered green), so hopefully next week I'll have a bunch of finished pieces. I also made that crow lamp base Monday- it will be a bedside lamp if it turns out (I hope it does!)I need to buy a lamp kit to see what size the hole needs to be. I can't wait until it's finished (everything takes so long!). This weekend I want to go into open studio again (I always plan to, but it never works out...)- I have a half a box of clay left and Monday is the last day for wetwork, so I gotta get moving! I haven't had a chance to look for a new boy yet- I've gone to that same pet store but they haven't gotten any new birds and probably won't for a while (the beautiful lovebird is gone too). They have a grass parakeet there that's so lonely- he's been there for nearly two years now (still can't afford it even though they reduced the price).

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

03/22/2007 11:14.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Wow!
03/20/2007 06:05.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Great to hear from you! That's so cool that the babies are flying- it's amazing how fast they grow. I bet Whinny makes terrific babies- what a personality! Plus she'll probably become a better mother with experience, they usually do. I'm sorry about school. It sounds like your teachers are TERRIBLY immature, and for the tuition you're paying you should be getting a really excellent education. It's important to set goals, sure, but there are short-term goals, which are specific, and long-term goals, which should be very general I think because as you said, the future NEVER works out exactly the way we plan. That sucks that you had to give away your lovebird, and your horse! Can you get your horse back if your situation changes or is it a done deal? I made a crow in ceramics Monday- but it looks a little aneamic. I fugure once it's glazed everyone will know what it is (black bird= crow). My teacher suggested I make a bunch of little crows so we can test different glazing techniques on them, so I took some clay home and made five, then I had some clay left over so I made toothpick holders in the shape of an owl, a cat, and a puffin, and a dish shaped like a leaf with a tiny squirrel on the edge. None of them are great works of art, but they were fun. Oh, I also made a wine stopper in the shape of a witch's hat (I am a halloween freak). My jewelry class has suddenly gotten better because I decided not to finish the f*&%ing box and move on to other things. I made a brass keychain in the shape of a leaf and I'm desiging a silver bracelet. I think I would like casting a lot better than metalwork. I'm taking care of Zoe while her owner's in Japan, she's coming home today and I have to pick her up from the airport. It was mostly good, but Tuesday I had the doors open because the weather was so nice and when I yelled at her for something she took off! I ended up chasing her a half a mile before she got scared and came crawling to me, covered in urine and feces (gross dog). That and she peed on the couch one night so now I crate her at night. Oh, my cat Klawed got stuck in the furnace yesterday! My mom left the cover off one of her vents and apparently he went in after mice or something... Anyway he ended up INSIDE the furnace (thank goodness it was a warm day and the heat was turned off!)- I was freaking out (my mom was gone I didn't know where) so I called my brother, who told me to turn off the furnace- good move- and call our handyman. The hanyman was able to uncrimp the ductwork and Klawed hopped out- VERY scared kitty! Of course when I had another vent cover off and was trying to coax Klawed to the vent my cat Lucy jumped in and ran before I could stop her, but she had enough after ten minutes or so and came when I called her so I could pull her out. All's well than ends well, right?

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

03/15/2007 10:11.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey, how are the babies coming along? I finally got back to the pet store Friday and the budgie I liked was gone. There was a blue opaline, but she was a hen. I think Sam has spring fever, he's been acting so nutty lately! He wants to come out of the cage and chase Zoe dog! OF course that would probably end up in his accidental death... One of the books I got at the Colorado book store was a collection of victorian ghost stories- I bought it for my friend, but when I started reading it I wished I'd bought it for myself! I'll have to get my own copy, I guess. I love the way they wrote- the cadence of speech and the turn of phraze. They were so formal, though, I don't think I could handle it. I think most of our manners are atrocious, don't get me wrong, but I think there's got to be a balance between the rigid formality of the victorian era and the sloppy casualness of today, and that we should strive for it. So that's my rant for today. I've been reading the Brownie books by Palmer Cox (more victoriana!). I guess I'm reverting to childhood- just call it market research. I'd like to write a book similar to them, but with a different kind of farie (flower faries are out, too!), one that doesn't rhyme, though. How are YOUR classes? Any exciting projects? I made a cat-shaped pitcher Thursday (I've always wanted one, so I figured why not make one?), I hope it turns out ok. I might go in tonight for free studio (I have a cold, so we'll see if I have the energy) and make something shaped like a crow. I also saw where this woman made a rain fountain that looked like tree fungus, it was more beautiful than it sounds!, and I want to copy it.

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

03/11/2007 06:03.50 AM Report This Comment  
  I have some kind of a bug so I didn't get to the pet store yesterday. It's probably for the best because I tend to want to take home almost every bird I see! I'm caring for Zoe right now, for two weeks while her owner goes to Japan. I have to admit it's started off prettly rocky- yesterday it was so cold she refused to pee outside (despite numerous attempts on my part) and this morning she wet on the couch. This meant that she got in BIG trouble and a bath and now I'm going to have to put her in a crate at night. She's used to it, because she's crated at home (WAY too much), but neither of us are happy about it. I had been just shutting her in the family room with the birds (and the cats have a "secret entrance" so they can visit her too). She also steals things off the coffee table when I'm gone for more than an hour (shredded a drawing and chewed my pencil sharpener yesterday). I leave her with wonderful treats to chew and lots of toys, so it's not boredom (the books insist that dogs don't feel spite, but what do they know?). We'll work it out- I put an upside-down mouse trap on the table and she sprung it, but that doesn't mean she learned her lesson! When I'm with her she's the most delighful dog- so affectionate and smart and eager to please... but the minute I turn my back she turns into a pain in the butt!

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

03/07/2007 04:36.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Things are going pretty well for me, classes are plugging along. I've been inspired to try to make a lamp base- figure I'll get my money's worth for these classes, right? A nearby store used to sell a lamp that was a ceramic crow for $350-, it was one of those things I used to fantasize about buying (other things like rent and food came first!), then it was sold out. Now, though, I can make my own (or at least TRY). I can't think of a thing to do for my jewelry class to make it pay off, though. Hey, speaking of classes, I guess I made the Dean's list last semester at EMU. My friend who's taking teaching classes there did NOT make the list and is SO jelous! I doesn't help that he thinks that he's a lot smarter than me (he's not, but it's a silly thing to argue about). I'll be visiting the pet store tomorrow, so we'll see if that cutie budgie is there still. Sounds like your little Jess is going to be a real daredevil! Is that Whinny's baby?

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

03/05/2007 01:27.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey I'm back (finally!)! I had a really great trip just hanging out in Boulder an taking care of the doogs (they have a foxhound and Bibo) and shopping. They have a terrific book store called the Book Worm, I had a hard time leaving there without a huge stack of books, but I had to stick with what would fit in my suitcase! I got a very old bird identification book, Peterson's guide to Western birds (next to impossible to get East of the rockies!), and a book on Mynas (and some mysteries to read on the plane). Getting there was a day from hell (three flights and LOTS of delays), but my niece and nephew were real troopers and my mom's a seasoned traveler so we got through it ok.
I visited you new babies' page, they're adorable! In the pictures, two of them look violet, are they? I probably will get that boy if he's still there. All of their birds are very healthy and active, which is a good sign. They're getting overwelmed with collared doves there- they started out with two... I think they've had three clutches and haven't sold any! I love them, but I'm not living in the right situation to keep them right now. Speaking with too many birds, my uncle built a HUGE aviary and put some keets in it, they bred and soon he had more than thirty! My sweet older cousin called me out of concern and asked where she could get them spayed- I reminded her they were BIRDS, and told her to take down the nestboxes! Stephen Fry wrote an interesting book on time travel called "Making History"- a what would happen if Hitler were never born book (he's jewish and gay and british). It's also placed on a college campus. I've not read the others you mentioned, though. I guess I'm going back to my brother's in August to dog-sit (wierd).

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

03/02/2007 07:42.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi
I'm just ckecking out you and your beautiful flock! You're all getting a vote!

Christina, Brampton, Ont., AE.

02/27/2007 07:53.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Well I'm off to Colorado tomorrow... I'm a little jittery, but that's how I get when I travel. Yesterday I checked out the budgies at a local pet store (doesn't hurt to just look, right?) and a little boy caught my eye. He's a pale blue greywing pied spangeline- kind of Whinny's color but greywing and more blue on his wings and back. I don't know, if he's there when I get back and still as adorable I may have to get a new bird. There was also a beautiful single-factor violet peachfaced lovebird there (with its four cobalt siblings) that was really tempting, but it wasn't a baby and not particularly tame, so no. I hope you're getting enough sleep now!

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

02/21/2007 11:05.33 AM Report This Comment  
  My turn to rant
Oh, you were saying about modern sci fi being a little gross... my nephew reads a LOT of sci fi books and I just with that they had a rating system or something- it could be totally voluntary. I read the last book in a trilogy he's read and I was appauled! It was chock full of sexual references and tons of graphic violence, but what really got to me were the heroes names: Saetan, Lucifer, and Daemon, and the "darker" you were, the more powerful. I'm not saying that these books are going to lead to Satan worship (I'd be the LAST person to do that!), but I think that the author had some really serious issues and I don't know if I want my nephew reading someone else's dirty laundry. Plus, it was really poorly written.

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

02/18/2007 01:20.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Well, there are five used bookstores that I know of, but there used to be well over a dozen... I've read everything by Ray Bradbury, except some of his poetry. I have all but, I think, two of his books, including the british version of "S is for Space"- called "The Silver Locusts"- and one called "The Day it Rained Forever". Now in the day of Alibris and eBay anyone can find these, but I got mine in London. I like going back and re-reading them, seeing how my reaction to the stories is different than back when I was in high school. For instance, I used to think that a lot of the women in his stories were shrewish harpys (like the wife in "the Happiness Machine" who points out that his machine is awful), now I see them as long-suffering and practical- maybe they want to build spaceships in the backyard, too, but someone has to make sure the kids are taken care of and the bills are paid... I suspect these wmoen are a metaphor for his own wife, who had to raise the children and pay the bills while he wrote fantasy stories. the Piers Anthony books I really liked were the ones with the centaurs and other mythical creatures- I can't remember the titles it's been so long. Have you read any Anne MacCaffry's (sp?) "Dragonsinger" books? I think you'd really like them. Andre Norton is a great writer, one of the best- very smart. I like Larry Niven's "Ringworld" books. Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey edited the "Thieves World" books together (short stories by assorted authors set in the same city with the same characters- great books, you should check them out!) and it turns out that all the while they were having an affair. He screwed his wife over in the divorce and dumped his kids. Oh, yeah, he's a porn addict too. Steampunk is a fantasy genre that's set in Victorian times with science that never happened (H G Wells was the first Steampunk author), and Urban Fantasy is set in modern time with regular people, but with a twist- Charles De Lint as another good example, and there's a terrific book called "Neverworld"- I can't remember who wrote it. Another good example is the "Borribles" series where children who are mistreated and run away become Borribles- pointy-eared small people who never grow up and fight giant rats (Not really rats, they fight with swords and wear clothes) in the London underground. Sorry about Whinny not being a good mother, she's a good candidate for fostering the eggs out. Wind is getting frustrated with Sky, luckily she takes it out on the nest box.

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

02/18/2007 10:02.44 AM Report This Comment  
  I checked out the Squirreled Away Book's site, it looks like a great store, the kind of place that Ann Arbor USED to have tons of, but most have gone out of business due to outrageous rent *sigh*.

Come visit me, Tedi, Sam, Sky *RIP* & Wind.

02/17/2007 09:22.24 AM Report This Comment  
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