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Hi! My name is Carter-Justice For Ozzi-TY 4 BOTD 8/28/14

I am a Jenday Conure from Newton, NJ.

Samantha, Sam, Colonel Carter

7 years old   F

Jenday Conure

Orange juice served by dad!

On top of our cage or explore the floor (fun to try to pull the used birdie papers out of the trash bag while mom's doing cages)

Being separated from my husbird Captain Darling

Mom has to pick me up and kiss me before putting me back in the cage (and she places me on the food dish first before Captain darling)

Obsessive compulsive over grooming of Captain Darling (sometimes he looks like a "vulture head" instead of a parrot head.

"Gotta chew--that's what we do".

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  Hi, Carter
Happy 7th hatchday. Hope its your best ever. Here's a vote in celebration. May you have lots of treats, toys and attention. Wing hugs and beak kisses, Pearl and Silver.

PS: Hi to Moggie!

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

08/28/2015 04:58.19 AM Report This Comment  
  happy hatchday Carter
squawk Moggie and Cookie as they open the airport to begin the festivities !

Come visit me, Cookie getting ready for Saratoga !, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

08/28/2015 02:52.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Samantha
Mom is excited too, it's going to be so nice to have a roomie, and enjoy the Palooza again! Mom is waiting to hear from Robin about whether she's going. Mary is going to come from NY, too. Cookie's mom is also thinking about coming on Friday.
Today mom cleaned most of the RVS room, where there were another ton of raccoon babies, some ground hogs and skunks. She got most of the cages done, but still had to leave 3 for the staff to finish. There just isn't enough time to do them all in 2 hours, especially with the new disinfection protocol, which requires leaving the bleach solution in each cage for 10 minutes before rinsing.
The pool was next on mom's agenda, and it looked at first like that wasn't going to happen, but the sun did come out and it was a great afternoon. Now it's clouding up again. We heard from the weather guys that there have only been 55 days this year so far without precipitation!
Mom made stuffed zucchini last night, along with corn on the cob for our neighbor, who gave her the zucchini and the sausage for stuffing. He also gave mom the corn! Guess he wanted a home cooked meal, and it worked out okay, but mom wasn't crazy about the stuffed zucchini, it was too watery. Still, they ate it all up.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of sunshine, cuddles, and scritches. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

07/13/2015 01:24.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Mom is so happy to have a roomie! Also, I love hearing from you, and so does Peppino, we miss you a lot.
Thanks for making me BOTD yesterday! I had a great day in the castle with King Jester, he's a lot of fun. I hope you got by for a piece of cake and some of Little Bit's root beer, it was sure a fun party.
Last night mom and her sis ate at El Campesino, and they shared a ceviche appetizer. Mom was shocked that her sister ate it when she tasted the jalapenos in it. Her sis doesn't usually like spicy food. Mom thinks the shrimp in there made up for the peppers, haha. The platter mom ordered had so much food on it, she brought home half of it to eat today.
Mom had the recovery room to do today at the center. She thought she would see the peregrine falcon again, but they moved him into the small flight aviary. If you missed the update on FB, it's a boy! His flights are growing in nicely, and they're still awaiting some of the bloodwork results. He's growing up nicely, it seems.
Meanwhile, mom cleaned and fed about 7 turtles, including a wood turtle, a red eared slider, and several box turtles. She also cleaned and fed a few pigeons and a hen turkey. Mom thought she'd get to the pool today, because the guessers said it would be gorgeous. Guess what? It's raining and now the weather says cloudy and rainy all day AGAIN! It's getting old, you know. We just can't seem to shake the rain.
I hope you are having a great day, getting some good weather, and of course, lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

07/10/2015 10:02.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Samantha Carter!
Thank you so much for voting me Bird of the Day on Friday! I had a fun time hanging out with my friends in the castle! (: Jester, Honey, Pressie and I got dropped off at our Uncle Charlie's house today. I don't get to see mommy again until the 5th of June! ): I don't mind it too much here, I like Uncle Charlie. Grey Bird, Bella and Dobby are staying at our house, and mom's Grandmother is coming over to take care of them, and the dog and cat. At least I'll be let out of my cage here! Have a nice night, I'll talk to you later! Hugs, Peatree

Come visit me, Dobby, Grey Bird, Angel Devynn (RIP), Peatree, Bella, Jester Bean, Honey Belle, Angel Hermione (RIP), Angel Dudley (RIP), Pressie & Angel Weasley & Angel Jacob (RIP).

05/24/2015 07:38.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Carter and flock,
Oh no in fact we are all having a ball up at the Rainbow Bridge. So much adventure and eggcitement. You never know what will happen next. :)

Thank you! :). Please stop by the Castle grounds for the party.

Well have all of my friends and if course all my Angel friends stopping by too.

Come eat and celebrate with us!

We love you!!

See you at the party!

Love & hugs from above, and an Angel vote for you too! :)

Angel Sallykins

Come visit me, Angel Sallykins says its beach time !!! :), Pookie says its time for the beach party !!! :) & Princess Laka says time for the beach party!! :).

05/04/2015 12:43.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Samatha
Your are so beautiful that I wanted to fly by and give you this special vote!

Come visit me, Angel Ozzi, Pepper, Coco, Stormy, Flower Girl, Sky and Crystal, Angel Frodo, Angel Sun Dance, Angel Olivia, Sunflower, Angel Pretty Baby, Angel Kali, Angel Tamica & Angel Grey.

02/23/2015 06:52.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
It's wonderful to hear from you, Auntie! It's been far too long, you know! I think we all had a nice Valentine's day. Mom doesn't really celebrate it, but we got extra treats. It is colder where you live than it is here! Hope Petey is getting better and can function without those teeth.
Yesterday mom baked some biscotti and made a big pot of turkey chili, so she invited our neighbor to come and eat here. He actually walked down the 5 or so houses and didn't freeze to death.
The dogs got another very short walk today, just around the block again. They were okay with it, though, they kept lifting their paws up off the ice while they were walking.
This morning mom cleaned the cages in the RVS room again. There are 2 groundhogs, a raccoon, and now 5 bats in there. She was looking for a way to tell who she fed in the bat cage, so Bree told her to put a dot of white out on them after she fed them. That was a good idea, then mom wasn't trying to feed the same bat twice and leaving someone else to starve.
After the center, mom hit the bank, the gas station, and the supermarket before coming home to be warm and with us the rest of the day. I think it's 4 degrees this afternoon, yippee! That's warmer than yesterday.
Mom will watch the SNL special after we finish our blogs, so we'll get to watch with her. Hope you are having a great day, staying warm, and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

02/16/2015 12:32.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks, Samantha Carter!
I appreciate your flocks' support in making me BOTD today! I feel so special and happy! I enjoyed a lot of treats and scritches today! Thanks for making my day super special! And i'm especially pleased since you're a conure too! Hehehe!
Love, Squeaky
PS Picabo sends a big kiss to Cookie!

Come visit me, Scion Angel- RIP-We will always love you!, Budgies, Kiwi & Button, Limon & Lima, Squeaky, Picabo- Vote Cydney 11356 for BOTM!!! & Angel Alfie (RIP).

02/11/2015 08:20.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Mom loved Selma, it was a good movie. If you go see it, though, remember it's a movie, about 90% accurate. Mom is hearing criticism about it, saying it's not 100% true, but it's not a documentary.
Thanks for joining us for the big games yesterday. That home theater room in the castle is wonderful, isn't it? We are going ice skating today, down at the pond by the kissing booth. If you want to join us you may. Later, we are going to the magic table to eat, so you can think of any food you like or want and the table will provide it for you.
Yesterday's games were good, the first one was spectacular! Both teams played well, and the win in overtime by the Seahawks was really exciting. The second game went as mom predicted, a total rout by the Patriots over the Colts.
Chyna and her parronts got to their vacation home around 2:30pm yesterday. When Chyna texted me, she was already by the pool, enjoying some liquid refreshment. Her mom was still unpacking, though.
Today mom was at the center, and she got to work in the menagerie for a change. The menagerie is where most of the education animals live, and she could talk to all of them today. Irwin was out working, so she couldn't talk to him, but everyone else was home and social. Even Twitch the squirrel let mom hold him for a minute.
After her shift, she went to Better Feeds to buy bird food for our outdoor feeders, and picked up some peanuts for the center. Ray the crow will get his peanuts today.
It's still not bad temperature wise, around 38, which is pleasant for this time of year. Tonight, mom and her family will join Lena at her place for dinner. Lena is making the birthday dinner for her mom and sister. (Mom offered to take everyone out, but she wanted to cook.)
So, we will get mom's attention this afternoon, and maybe later this evening, depending on when she gets home.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, King Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

01/19/2015 11:18.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Mom's birthday was January 4th, we think your mom's is the same day?
Today we are going to the home theater wing of the castle to watch the games. It should be a fun day, there are lots of comfy reclining seats, cup holders, and little snack tables for every birdie to have his or her favorite snacks. The screen is huge, too, so we will be able to see both games in excruciating detail, haha.
We want to thank everyone responsible for the fun milonga last night, especially Kiddo, Sam, and Lizzie. It was a lot of fun!
Mom got a text from Aunt Jane this morning saying they are in Florida. They will be at their rental house soon, we think.
If you haven't welcomed Sherman and Peabody (274945), today would be a good day to tell them HELLO! They are Tooth's family, so you know they will be fun. They added something to the milonga last night, a very cute tablecloth by the time they were done chewing a design into it. We might even be able to make them BOTD if everyone visits them and votes today.
Mom was shopping for fresh foods for us today, so we are well stocked with a red pepper, a new yam, some zucchini, blueberries, as well as the apples, grapes and broccoli.
I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday, let's all root for our favorite teams today in anticipation of the Super Bowl! Hugs, King Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

01/18/2015 10:54.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
How are you? I've missed you lately! Today we are going to explore a wing of the castle that I hadn't noticed before. I looked at it last night, and there were a lot of empty rooms there. One of them, though, has funhouse mirrors in it. I think today we should explore that room and have a good time laughing at ourselves and each other in the funny mirrors. Hope you can come along, it should be fun.
Mom took the buttons to the center today and found out what they will use them for. It's not for the animals at all! They want buttons for craft activities in the education department. The new educator has ideas that kids can do crafts after the programs, so the buttons will be used for things like eyes, decorations, etc. Mom likes the idea of repurposing something that is still useful.
Mom is going to take this Friday off from the center too. A world famous paleontologist, Phil Currie from Alberta, Canada, will give a lecture to the docents on Friday at noon. It will be about Cretaceous dinosaurs, and mom already told them at the center that this is an opportunity she can't miss. Mom took the Coursera course on dinos last year, and Phil Currie was one of the presenters. She had made plans to take a friend to lunch that day, too, but that was easy to reschedule.
Not much going on today, but mom is going to dinner and a movie tonight to celebrate her birthday with Aunt Ginny. They will go to mom's favorite Thai restaurant on that side of town (mom has more than one favorite), then go see Selma.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of warm cuddles and scritches. Hugs, King Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

01/14/2015 09:39.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
I love your new pic! You look great!
Thanks so much for your support this past month. It's meant a lot to me! Please feel free to come by the castle any time and stay for as long as you'd like. I had fun with the campaign, and hope you had fun learning about Pittsburgh, too. Happy New Year! Hugs, King Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

01/01/2015 07:56.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Well, this is it! Tonight at midnight, if I've been good and have enough votes, I'll be moving into the castle for a month. It's so exciting! Thank you for helping me get there!
Today we will finish with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which is where mom works. You have already seen a lot of dinosaur hall (back when Gizmo was running, 2 years ago), so today we will show you what else the museum has to offer. The first pic is the oldest piece of taxidermy in the museum. It's a camel driver battling a lion. This dates from 1865, before the museum was even thought of! The second pic is from the outside of the building, it's a pic of our diplodocus statue welcoming people to the museum. Dippy is famous because casts of this skeleton were made and sent all over the world. The third pic shows the polar bear in Polar World, a great Inuit area. The next pic is from Walton Hall, which depicts ancient Egypt. The next pic is protostega. This is a 9 foot turtle from the Cretaceous seaway, the link between dinosaur hall and the Ice Age mammal display. The last one is Hillman Hall of minerals, and if you have a microscope, you can see the necklace that Aunt Jane and Mom both love, heehee. There is much more in the museum, but time and the end of the month have brought my campaign to a close.
Let's drive awhile, closer to where I live, and stop at the Oakmont Bakery for a snack before we go about our business today. They have everything, so pick what you want! I hope you have a Happy New Year, and a great day today, too. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/31/2014 12:14.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
It's almost over, and it's hard to believe! This month went really fast, and there's still more to see. Thanks for your support, I can't wait to share today and tomorrow with you.
Today we're visiting back in Oakland, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Music Hall. My first 4 pics are the art museum, a piece of art, the grand staircase, the welcome center and sculpture court outdoors, and the Hall of Architecture, where the presepio and trees are set up each year. The Art and Natural history museum overlap territory, as the Halls of Sculpture and Architecture are beyond the entry to Dinosaur Hall.
The next 4 pics are the Music Hall. It's a gem of a hall, in the same building as the art and natural history museums as well as the library. The first view is from the stage to the seats, and the second is from the seats to the stage. The next 2 pics show the foyer, which is made of imported marble, and gilded metalwork.
It's a glorious place to hold graduations as well as concerts.
I'll be back tomorrow with the natural history museum and a stop off at a place that's near where we live, but a little out from the city. Hope you are having a great day. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/30/2014 07:37.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Wow, I can't believe the month is almost over! Thanks so much for your votes and visits every day.
Andrew Carnegie did a lot for Pittsburgh. Yesterday we saw the libraries, but just a couple of them. There are many more in towns around the city. Today we are visiting the Science Center and the Warhol Museum. The first row of my gallery shows shots of the interior, but just 2 of the rooms. The third pic shows the the sign outside.
The museum is full of Warhol art, but mom's favorite room in there is called the cloud room, it's really neat. Warhol was from Pittsburgh, so it's good that we have a museum devoted to him.
The 4th through the 7th pics are the science center. You might recognize the little guy in the 4th pic, that's R2D2 from Star Wars. The next pic shows more of the robo world exhibit. The 6th pic is some of the space exhibit, and the last one shows the Science center from the outside. There is an omnimax theater in there, as well as lots of exhibits on water and the human body. Outside is the Rehnquist, a submarine that people can tour as well. There is a supplementary building for traveling exhibits, which is where mom saw the Titanic stuff a couple of years ago.
Tomorrow we will see Carnegie Music Hall and part of the art museum. Hope you are having a good day! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/29/2014 01:20.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Mom will be happy to show off the Burgh in the spring! Let us know!
Thanks once more for your ongoing support. It's nearly the end of the month and we're still going strong with things to see and do here in Pittsburgh.
Today we are starting what mom will call the Carnegie run. As you already know, Andrew Carnegie was good at giving away things after he accumulated his wealth. One of his most valuable and long lasting gifts is his gift of literacy to a largely blue collar immigrant crowd in his lifetime. He donated libraries to many of the small towns around Pittsburgh, as well as the great library connected to the museum/music hall complex in Oakland. Below are some of the other libraries, in pics 5 and 6, these are in Homestead (a mill town) and Homewood, where a lot of steel workers lived with their families. The third pic is the old library downtown, nestled among the older buildings off Grant Street. The third pic is a newly renovated Carnegie library, and the first two pics show the outside and one of the reading rooms inside the Oakland branch. We are very proud of the Carnegie Library system in our town.
See you tomorrow! Hope you are having a great day. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/28/2014 08:20.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Thanks so much for your ongoing support!
Today we are looking at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. This is located in Oakland, almost right across from the Cathedral of Learning, on the opposite side from the museum. The 3rd and 4th pics show the building, it's pretty impressive! The 2nd pic shows one of the statues outside the door, and the first shows an activity that was going on for Veterans Day. Soldiers and Sailors Hall is the only military museum in the US honoring all branches of service to the country, and in all capacities: active duty, reserves, and guard. The historic building has exhibits covering all conflicts the US has been part of, including a huge area devoted to Gettysburg. There are unique exhibits there displaying personal mementos and stories, military artifacts, and uniforms. The building includes, besides the museum, a concert hall that seats about 2300 people, a ballroom, and the Hall of Valor. As you can see, Pittsburgh has a lot to offer when you come here.
Hope you are having a great day, see you tomorrow. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/27/2014 07:17.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
We'd love to show mom around here, when is she coming?
Thanks for your continuing support! I couldn't do it without your votes.
We are back at Phipps today for the rest of the inside peek at the Christmas flower show and light display. Every year it's different, and mom didn't take pics of the miniature train display that's there as well. But here are some of the decorated hobby horses and some great poinsettia colors. The first pic shows lighted snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, too. There are candlelight tours there during the Christmas season, but we don't have pics of those. I hope if you come to Pittsburgh that you will visit Phipps Conservatory, it's a wonderful place to walk through all year round.
Mom and her family are going back there Monday to see this year's light and flower show. The pics I've shown you are from last year! I know, that's cheating, but mom didn't know when she would get there this year, and we wanted to show off one of the area's best features in its holiday splendor. See you tomorrow, hope you had a great Christmas day! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/26/2014 12:12.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Today we're going across the bridge to the Carnegie Museum where mom works sometimes. They have a Neapolitan Presepio which has statuary in it dating from 1730 to the late 1800s. It's a Pittsburgh tradition that this scene is set up in the Hall of Architecture every year, and people come from all over to see it. Mom was there a couple of weeks ago when tourists from Italy came. She stayed and listened for a few minutes to one of the ladies in the group tell the history of presepi, in Italian, but she had to leave to pick up a tour group. Anyway, the oldest figures are made of painted terra cotta, and the newer ones are like collectible dolls, in that they have porcelain hands, feet, and face, and the rest of them is linen over a wire armature, so they can be posed. In my fifth pic, all the angels are made like that. In the fourth pic is a mix of old and new figurines. The third pic shows a Turkish band, popular in Naples in the mid 1800s. The presepio shows a whole town, with some folks aware of the holy birth and others who are just going about their business. The second pic displays some of that. In the first pic, that is totally Neapolitan! The holy family are in an ancient temple setting, and it always has one broken pillar (as opposed to the traditional setting in a stable). The broken pillar signifies a break with the Old Testament and the start of the new. Mom forgot to get a pic of the sleeping shepherd. He is also important in this scene. He can signify one of 2 things: he's a sleepy shepherd who missed the angel's message, or he represents the rest of humanity that is still sleeping today. If you ever come to Pittsburgh during the Christmas season, be sure to see the presepio, and look for the dove and the fisherman. (The dove is in a different place every year, and the fisherman is one of the original pieces.)
We wish you the Merriest Christmas ever! Thanks for your votes, and see you tomorrow back at Phipps! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/25/2014 11:26.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Thanks for your votes daily. I can't be BOTM without your support.
Today we are going to Phipps Conservatory, which is located in Schenley Park. I wanted to take you there for their Christmas show of lights in the outdoor garden as well as show some indoor spaces. Phipps is a gigantic Victorian greenhouse, with different rooms for different plants. There are the palm room, the fern room, the butterfly room, the orchid room, the desert room, the tropical rainforest room, etc. There are also some gorgeous indoor spaces that people use for weddings. Today though, we are looking at part of their Christmas flower and light show. The first 3 pics are outdoors in the gardens at Phipps. The fourth and fifth pics show 2 of the indoor spaces. I'll try to be back tomorrow with more pics of Phipps, or at least to wish a Merry Christmas to everybirdie. Be good, tonight is the night Santa Bird comes to call! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/24/2014 07:29.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Wow, this month is flying by! Thanks again for your votes.
Today we're going back to the aviary. They do a free flight show with scarlet macaws which is really impressive. They are magnificent in flight! They also have bald eagles in a habitat, right next to the Stellar's Sea eagles. I messed up my shots, the first one is the Stellar's, and the third one is the bald eagle enclosure. They are both outside, with netting on the top of their enclosures. The second pic is a part of the wetlands exhibit. You may notice among the flamingos there is a roseate spoonbill. The wetlands is one of the habitats people can walk through, and the birds are all free flying. You can also pay to have a flamingo encounter, where you can go right to the edge of the water, feed them, and learn about their habits. When mom did that, the guy clapped in a certain way that made the dominant male display and made them all walk and make noises. It was so neat! The aviary has grasslands habitats, as well as tropical forest, and now they've added an endangered room, where you can see some endangered birds, but more importantly, you can learn about what's causing them to be endangered. Yes, there are things we can do about this.
I hope you are having a great day. See you tomorrow! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/23/2014 07:11.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Thanks for your vote every day! I love hearing from you.
Today we are going to visit the National Aviary located right here in Pittsburgh. We will spend at least 2 days here, because it's one of mom's favorite spots. The 4th picture just shows the building, but it's when you get inside that it gets colorful and interesting. The thire picture shows lories, and twice a day they allow the public to enter their enclosure and offer them nectar. It's so neat to have the birds land on you and drink nectar from your container! The second pic shows part of the tropical forest area. Can you guess the bird? It's a pigeon! Isn't it gorgeous? The aviary has many habitats, and the penguin in the first picture is showing one of them. It's a temperate zone penguin, so it can live outdoors all year round here. The aviary has feeding times that people can watch with the penguins too. They have produced chicks last year and this year, as well.
Tomorrow we'll see more of the aviary, its habitats, and learn a bit more about the birds housed there and their programs. See you then, hope you are having a great day! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/22/2014 12:49.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
I thank you so much for your continuing support.
Pittsburgh is a very beautiful place to see for the holidays. We've seen some nice places to visit in the city and today we will see one more. The fourth pic is the US Steel building, and the first three pics are what's displayed in Steel Plaza, right in front of it for the holidays. The Nativity scene is a copy of the one in Vatican City. If you've ever watched the Midnight Mass from the Vatican, every year they show pics from outside on St. Peter's Square, and this is the Nativity scene they show! Pittsburgh has the only replica of this particular Nativity in the US! The statues are life sized, and it's beautifully painted and arranged each year.
I hope you are having a great day, see you tomorrow for another installment of Pittsburgh stuff. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/21/2014 07:55.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Hi, and thanks for your daily visits and votes!
Today we are still downtown, very near the holiday square that we visited yesterday. The buildings and surrounding areas make up PPG Place. The skyscrapers are glass, and pretty impressive, but they have an ice skating rink set up outside right now in the plaza, you can see it with the tree up in my 5th pic. The 6th pic is without the tree, taken later in the winter. The 3rd and 4th pics show the buildings, and the first two pics show an interior space in the main building called the Wintergarden. It's a big, airy open space. Right now there are gingerbread houses in with the plants, but mom's pics are older. They decorate for Christmas every year, too.
I hope you are having a great day, and hope to see you tomorrow! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/20/2014 02:17.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Thanks for your votes every day! I love hearing from you.
Today we are in Market Square, in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. Every Christmas season it turns into a Holiday Marketplace, with booths set up for buying locally made crafts and artworks, food booths and tables for the people brave enough to sit outside and eat, a house for Santa to stay in and see the children, and even a stage where locals can perform music, theater, and dance. It's a fun place to visit during the holidays, and it sure brightens up the downtown area for everyone. It has become a destination for some, along with decorated store windows, and the replica of the Vatican nativity scene on Steel Plaza.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of love. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/19/2014 12:24.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Glad you got him straightened out!
Thanks for your continuing votes! I love hearing from you every day, too.
Today we are taking some public transportation! Not your common bus, subway, or trolley, but the INCLINE! (Pittsburgh does have the trolleys, buses, and a little subway system as well.) For anyone not from around here, the inclines are a way to get from downtown to either Mount Washington or the South Side, depending on which one you take. The first 2 shots are the Duquesne Incline, which goes up from Station Square in town to Mount Washington, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh that offers spectacular views of the downtown area. The next 2 are the Monongahela (or Mon) incline, which goes to the slopes of the South Side of the city. Believe it or not, there used to be public steps every bit as steep as the inclines are, where steelworkers and glassworkers would climb from their jobs to their homes. Imagine going up a couple hundred steps after a long day in the mill!
The inclines were originally used for that same purpose, but today they are mostly a tourist attraction, although some folks still park up there and ride to town because parking is cheaper on the hills. If you are a senior citizen, you ride for free, the same as all the public transportation in the city.
I hope you are having a fun day today and getting some sun. It's cold and kind of snowy here. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/18/2014 11:19.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Oh no, you either have to teach him some manners or evict him. I can't have my beautiful Aunt Samantha even looking at poopy water! That's just not right.
Thanks for your votes and visits daily! I love hearing from everybirdie.
Yesterday we did everything Heinz, today we are moving to Frick. He was one of those robber baron guys, but he gave back some to the city. Not like Andrew Carnegie, who gave back a ton, but still...
Henry Clay Frick gave Pittsburgh Frick Park, a beautiful space in the eastern part of the city with tennis courts, many playgrounds, walking trails, a nature center, a running track, an exercise track, a bowling green, as well as many picnic pavilions. In my pics today, the fifth and sixth ones are of Frick Art museum, right across from the bowling greens of the park. The Museum isn't part of the park, though. It's a small museum with many beautiful paintings. In a neighboring block is Clayton, a Frick city mansion. One of the pics is the garage. A friend of mom's is curator of the cars. The mansion itself is huge, the rooms are incredible, there is great woodwork inside. Right now it's decked out for the holidays. I don't know if you can see it, but one of the pics shows the staircase draped in greens. There are tours conducted there when people request them.
I hope you are still enjoying your tour of Pittsburgh. I'm having fun bringing to you all the great areas of the city. Hope also that you are having a great day! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/17/2014 08:20.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Thanks for stopping by again! I appreciate each blog and vote, and of course, all the hugs, too.
Today we're going to do everything Heinz! You may have noticed that Pittsburgh has some recurring names to things, Carnegie, Frick, Mellon, Heinz...
So the Heinz family built the Heinz plant on the North Side of the city, and they made 57 varieties of things, including Heinz Ketchup. (They also gave PA a great senator, John Heinz, who passed away at a young age.) Anyway, they have given a lot back to the city, so going from the last new pics (5&6) to the first they are 2 shots of Heinz Chapel. This is a nondenominational church located on the University of Pittsburgh campus, very close to the Cathedral of Learning (and the museum). One of mom's nieces got married there, it's a very popular place for weddings.
There are both exterior and interior views. The next 2 pics(3&4) are at Heinz field, the Great Hall. This is where the several Vince Lombardi trophies and super bowl rings, as well as lots of other Steeler memorabilia, are shown. It's like its own museum. The first 2 pics are the Heinz plant and the pickle pin!
When mom was young, Heinz plant tours were popular for kids. Her class toured the plant, and each kid was given a pickle pin at the end of the tour. They must have given out millions of pickle pins in their time here. Today the plant is owned by DelMonte, and lots of the stuff isn't made here any more, but the building still stands.
And we've seen Heinz Field and the Heinz History Museum already. So that's all things Heinz in our area! Thanks for reading, and hope you have a lovely day, and get lots of attention.
BTW, did you see the parrots singing carols on the new newsletter? They are really fun to watch. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/16/2014 11:42.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
I sure hope Teal'C listened to you and you don't have to drink nanday flavored water!
Thanks for the votes every day! I really love hearing from you, too.
Before we leave the Strip, we have to visit St. Stanislaus Church, it's right in the center of things, there on Smallman Street! The first 2 pics in my gallery show one of the oldest churches in Pittsburgh, St. Stanislaus in the Strip. I thought while we were seeing churches, we could go back to Oakland and see St. Paul's Cathedral, the next 2 pics in my gallery. This is the biggest Catholic church in the area. The last 2 new pics are of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, built by the Mellons in the 1800s. The people in Pittsburgh at the time called it Mellon's Fire Escape! Maybe it was, who knows? Today at that church, there are organ recitals every week, and Taize music some evenings. If you don't know the Taize stuff, you should google it and listen to a piece or 2, it's beautiful singing.
So, tomorrow we will go back to Oakland to see other things, including Heinz Chapel.
You may have noted Heinz field, Heinz History museum, and now Heinz chapel; what's that all about? We'll talk more tomorrow! Hope you have a spectacular day. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/15/2014 10:42.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Carter
I have so missed you more than you can imagine!I'm all better now,Mom kept giving me hot foot soaks and lots of massages like my frother Dixie keeps getting and when Mom held me under the warm water I just laid back and enjoyed how good it felt on my sore leg,Mom told me she just couldn't deal with another lame leg in this house,she's busy with me and Mario and she doesn't need any more legs to bathe and massage!Mom is now taking everything that has chains on it out of my cage and playgyms!Now Teal'c is a bird after my own heart,I do that too with Mom when she has all our bowls lined up on the kitchen counter ready with the meds and I too sample all the bowls even the ones with the aspirin in them,I love that stuff and I can see why Dixie and Mario like it,very tasty!I do the same thing sit on Mom's shoulder and scream in her ear and then make her ears ring til she's a bit deaf!You are definitely right that we must give them some encouragement to keep them going in the right direction!LOL!
You have to come to the castle for a day of fun,food,friends and downright partying with me!Can you believe this is my third time here with you this week?Come share in my special day,there are so many things to do at the castle and we can have such a fun time together!It just wouldn't be the same with out you here by my side joining in the celebrations!Sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses! Love Kallie

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12/14/2014 06:50.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Thanks for your ongoing support!
Today I posted one more pic of PennMac, the cheese counter! It is as popular as the meat counter, and always crowded.
Next, while we are in the Strip District, we have to visit the Heinz History Center. It's in the heart of the Strip District, and houses Pittsburgh history, including a trolley. They have traveling exhibits there, too. They are doing a Heinz exhibit right now though, featuring Heinz ketchup and pickles, haha. The first pic is one of an evaluation of antiques they do at the history center each August. From what the people bring in to be assessed, they film 10 to 12 episodes of Hidden Treasures, a TV show kind of like Antiques Roadshow, but with all Pittsburghers and their stuff. Some of it is quite valuable.
We probably should leave the Strip soon, so mom doesn't end up buying a lot of stuff. Some of the stores, like Wholey's fish market, are unique and wonderful to visit!
See you tomorrow with another installment of Pittsburgh stuff. Hope you are having a great day! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/14/2014 07:49.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Haha, that's funny! Falco looks in all the dishes, but doesn't pick from them. We think it's because she's such a fussbudget when it comes to eating.
Thank you for your daily visits and votes!
Today we are visiting another area of Pittsburgh which used to be little known, but now is pretty much known to any tourist who comes here. It's the Strip District. No, people don't strip to go there, it's a strip along the Allegheny River very close to town. It used to be a large warehouse district where greengrocers, butchers, and other merchants went early in the day (think 3AM) to get fresh supplies for their stores. The public could also go there and shop. In mom's family, they went in the fall to get whole pigs for sausages and crates of grapes for wine. Over time, as more of the public went there to shop for goods, it became specialized into ethnic shopping areas. There were stores like the Pennsylvania Macaroni company, catering to Italians, Stamboolis, catering to near eastern groups, Greek and Asian markets, etc. Today, the strip has become more genteel, so to speak. There are no longer hucksters in the streets, and lots of the big warehouses are now art galleries, bars, dance clubs, or broken into groups of smaller shops, like the Pittsburgh Public Market.
The oldest stores, like PennMac (Mom's favorite), Wholey's Fish market, and a few others are still up and thriving, but smaller markets, like the biscotti company are doing well too. They have even started sidewalk cafes in the strip for the summer trade. It retains some of its old flavor, though, which makes it still a great place to walk and shop.
Have a wonderful day, don't forget to give out kissies for those scritches. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/13/2014 08:11.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear the boys were so bad. I'm always an angel, heehee. I hope you were helpful to mom when she cleaned up today.
Thanks for your ongoing support, I appreciate each vote.
Today we are going back downtown to the Cultural District. It's a few blocks of theaters and art galleries in the heart of the city. The 4th and 5th pics in my gallery are mom's favorite site; that's Benedum Center, where mom goes to the opera! The Benedum also houses the Civic Light Opera and the musicals which come here from Broadway. The other shots are other theaters in the area. The first pic is Heinz Hall, where the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater perform. Guess what they're doing right now? That's right, The Nutcracker! They also do 2 Messiah performances during December: One is a singalong where they seat you according to voice and only have soloists on stage; the other is the Mendelssohn choir with soloists performing. Mom likes them both, of course. Right up the block from the theaters is the High School for the Performing Arts, too, so the students are right in the thick of things.
Thanks for visiting the Cultural District with me today. See you tomorrow, here's a vote for you. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/12/2014 10:49.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Aunt Rose does our pics, too. She is a real sweetie!
We're staying at the aquarium today, because mom found pics of the penguins, a good one of the polar bear, and a SEA DRAGON, Yay! The aquarium takes up a couple of levels, the shark tank takes up all the levels, though. It goes from top to bottom of the aquarium, with sharks and other fish swimming in the whole thing. The penguins are out walking in our pic, the zoo people take them for a walk through the zoo at least every week. They live at the aquarium, though. They have one big corner enclosure where they can be on ice or in the water.
Do you love the sea dragon? Mom thinks they are really beautiful fish, and like sea horses, the male keeps the eggs safe in a pouch on his belly. They blend right in with the leaves on the plants and when you go to the aquarium, sometimes it takes awhile to spot them because they are so well camouflaged.
I hope you are having a good day today and I thank you for your ongoing support! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/11/2014 07:49.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Thanks for your daily votes, I love hearing from you each day and returning the favor.
Today we will look at the *PPG Aquarium. It's part of the zoo at Highland Park, but is newer. Mom was looking for pics of the neat sea dragons, but couldn't find any from PPG. Sea dragons are in the sea horse family, but are much more colorful, and they have a neat tank of them at the aquarium. There are mostly what you would expect there, fish, like sharks and things. They have piranhas, too. There is an outdoor part with PA freshwater fish in it, and the polar bears are there as well. They also have a breeding facility. So the aquarium is home to lots of marine and freshwater fish, jellyfish, a huge coral reef, and lots of other things that live underwater. One of mom's favorite parts is that you can walk underneath the polar bears' pool and if they are swimming, it looks really cool. They have a fisherman's village set up beneath the polar bear exhibit, with lots of artifacts, as well as lists of sustainable fish to eat, and those that are not sustainable. When you leave the aquarium, you can either head home or go to the children's zoo. Mom likes going through the whole place, though, so even though she's far too old to be a child, she heads for the children's zoo at the end of the aquarium.
Hope you are having a good day and that I'll see you again tomorrow. Hugs, Peppino
*PPG stands for Pittsburgh Plate Glass, the sponsor of the aquarium.

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/10/2014 11:48.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
What a beautiful picture of you.
Today we will visit the zoo, a small part of Highland Park, but a well known zoo in the US. There is also the PPG aquarium there, but we will look at it later. The zoo is one of the 6 largest in the country and has changed a lot over the years. Mom used to hate to go there when she was small because all the animals were in cages. Now they all have large open areas to live in, and they look much happier. There is an Asian forest section, with neat tigers and other animals, including a komodo dragon; a primate house with large enclosures for gibbons, lemurs, great apes, and many kinds of monkeys; an African savannah with elephants, zebras, giraffes, etc. There are lots of birds there too, waterfowl, flamingos, owls, etc. There is a children's zoo, an education building, a bat house, a reptile house, a large pool with seals. It's a great place to walk around and spend a day. The zoo even invites senior citizens every Wednesday morning before opening to walk around there instead of walking the mall! I bet you'd love to see the zoo!
Hope you are having a good day. Thanks again for supporting me this month, and here's a vote for you too. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/09/2014 09:05.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
I did post the Pirate Parrot and the Penguin, too. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/08/2014 11:07.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
The Pirate mascot is a tall guy in kind of a generic amazon type suit. He looks pretty funny.
No new pics today because we're revisiting the parks momentarily. As I said yesterday Pittsburgh has some rabid sports fans, and there is sports memorabilia for sale in a lot of places in the city. But Pittsburghers also love to participate in sporting events. There are baseball and softball areas in all the parks, as well as tennis courts, some soccer fields, basketball courts, even places to play tetherball. Frick even has a bowling green and leagues that play there all summer long. As well as the ball parklets in the parks, there is an ice skating rink at Schenley Park, and swimming pools at both Schenley and Highland Parks.If a person isn't so sports minded, there are family picnic pavilios, many of the parks offer community gardens, Frick has a nature center with programs, and of course there is the zoo and aquarium at Highland Park. We'll talk more of that tomorrow.
I hope you are having a good day, and maybe even thinking of visiting our city at some point. Mom loves to take folks around. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/08/2014 10:36.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Thanks for your vote, I appreciate each one.
Today we can visit the sports arenas of the city. Pittsburgh has 3 teams, the Pirates (whose mascot is a parrot), the Penguins (whose mascot is a penguin, of course), and the Steelers (whose mascot is creepy!). So, I'm showing 2 pics of the North Shore, where the Pirates play baseball in PNC Park and the Steelers play at Heinz Field. Pitt also plays football at Heinz Field. The hockey arena is my third pic, that's the new Consol Energy Center. Other events are held there as well, the circus, ice shows, the occasional basketball game, concerts, etc. Pittsburgh boasts some rabid sports fans, and there are lots of places in town where a person can buy Pirate, Penguin, or Steeler gear and other memorabilia.
I hope you are having a happy day and whatever team you root for in football wins today. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Peppino & Falco.

12/07/2014 07:54.10 AM Report This Comment  
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