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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

6 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.

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  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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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12/07/2014 07:54.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Thanks so much for your support and votes.
Today we are going downtown to see another green space in the city. It's Point State Park, and it's located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, right at the mouth of the Ohio River. It's a small park, but it contains Fort Pitt, after which Pittsburgh is named. There is a neat fountain right at the point which can shoot high into the air, or be a nice calm little fountain, depending on the weather and time of day. In my 5th pic, the fountain looks pink, doesn't it? That's because it is! They make it pink for October, breast cancer awareness month. The first pic is the giant rubber ducky who visited here last summer. Since we are all birds, I thought you'd enjoy seeing it, even though it isn't part of the park. It stayed on the river until late in the summer, then left for parts unknown, or at least unknown to mom, heehee. At Point State Park, they do summer concerts and lots of other fun activities throughout the year. It's also the headquarters for the Pittsburgh Arts Festival in June, and the 3 Rivers Regatta around the 4th of July.
I hope you are enjoying the green parts of our city as much as we do. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Peppino

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12/06/2014 08:22.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Thanks to Sam and Aunt Robin for the pic of me with the tree. I am finding time to decorate, after all.
Thanks for your support today and every day. I posted some of the Nationality room pics in my gallery, as well as some of Schenley Park.
Today, we are still in Oakland, home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and Carlow Universities, as well as the museum where mom works, and lots of other good things.
I want to talk about the green spaces in Pittsburgh today. The city has several large parks, Frick in the East End, Mellon Park also in the east, Schenley Park in Oakland and others. Pittsburgh can be proud of its green spaces, where lots of people make use of the paths, the playgrounds, the tennis courts, the swimming pools, and the dog 'parks' within the parks. The pics in my gallery show Schenley which is near both Carnegie Mellon and Pitt. The sky view in one of them shows the Cathedral of Learning as well as the rest of the Oakland skyline. The city has a lot of things to be proud of, and we think the parks are right up there at the top of the list. See you tomorrow, hope you are having a good day today. Hugs, Peppino

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12/05/2014 11:40.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Thanks so much for your support.
Today I want to go back to the higher education facilities in Pittsburgh, but just to the University of Pittsburgh.
The Cathedral of Learning, Pitt's main building on campus, is a special place. It's a skyscraper of a building, but the first 2 floors are what you want to see. If you are interested in Pittsburgh's ethnic heritage, they have Nationality rooms. We can go into who settled here in a later blog, but on these floors of the cathedral, each ethnic group has decorated a classroom with things that are particular to its culture. Mom took Italian classes in the Italian room, and it's gorgeous, with dark wood paneling, lots of cultural references to the artists, composers, poets, etc. that Italy has produced. Other rooms include those from Eastern Europe, the Philippine Islands, Vietnam, China, Japan, Western Europe, and the Caribbean. They have added Latin American rooms lately as well. It's truly spectacular this time of year, with all the Nationality Rooms decorated for Christmas. If you come to Pittsburgh for Christmas, this is a must see!
I hope you are having a great day. Hugs, Peppino

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12/04/2014 09:04.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
It's wonderful to see you again, we were afraid you were lost at sea, heehee. I know your mom and dad enjoyed the cruise, though, and 2 weeks really isn't that long.
Thanks for your vote, and thanks to Aunt Rose, Dixie's mom, for our beautiful and seasonally appropriate pics.
I decided I'd feature Pittsburgh for at least a few days, without getting tedious.
Lots of people have the wrong idea of Pittsburgh, they still think of it like it was in the '50s, Hell with the Lid Off, because of all the mills and pollution. The mills are long gone, the riverfronts have been developed, and it's a great place to visit or to live.
We actually have a beautiful clear skyline today, with lots of tall buildings. But today I want to stress the academic climate here. Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas are home to many colleges and universities. Let's start from where I live and go towards town. There's Chatham College, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, Duquesne University, Point Park College, Robert Morris, and LaRoche. Isn't that a lot of higher education? Mom has a particular fondness for Carlow, where she attended undergrad school on a working scholarship, and the University of Pittsburgh, where she got her Masters degree. Okay, so now you know where the eggheads in Pittsburgh are!
Thanks for your vote, see you again tomorrow, I hope! Hope also that you are having a great day. Hugs, Peppino

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12/03/2014 08:34.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Carter and flockily !
We had a great Thanksgiving and ate too much as always. Heeheehee

But it's all good. :). We miss you guys too!

We're all doing okay, how about you guys?

Hope you don't get too much snow and storms and stuff.

Thank you. :). Mom was wondering why every birdie was congratulating me on being BOTD.

She didnt see the side panel of her phone which had me on it. Hahahaha!!

Come and join me for some great food, fun and frolic in the Castle!

See you there! And bring the flockily too!

Here's a vote for you.

Hugs,

King Pookie

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12/03/2014 07:32.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Carter
Just look at how pretty you are sitting in all those fall apples!Oh was I ever naughty and I just couldn't help it,I don't want anyone messing with my beak,Dixie can have his beak done I don't need mine done so I just let Mom know that I wasn't none too pleased about it and I kept sticking my tongue out as far as I could get it and it was pretty far at that!I actually got her to quit bugging me with that horrid dremmel,I even pulled the dremmel bit out so she couldn't use it either!Oh my!I think you've got Aunt Jeanne turned into the bestest birdie Momma ever now,now she will know what its like to be missing a fid for a longer period of time!Now how is that Angel doing there with you?Is he missing his Momma as much as she is missing him?We are all soo relieved to know that your sweet Momma is feeling much better,we always get so worried when we hear that she's not feeling well!Mom keeps putting her name in the special intentions book at church each week along with your sweet daddy's name too for prayers for healing and peace and comfort from pain!
Mom will make sure she's here on time tomorrow so she doesn't miss your wonderful Momma's phone call,she so looks forward to her visits with her!!
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses for my sweet fister,Loving you always and forever,Kallie

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

09/23/2014 05:06.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
Thanks for helping me celebrate BOTD! I was so surprised to see myself staring out on the main page. It was a great party in the castle, too, hope you were able to attend and get some of that great cake.
Sorry I didn't get here earlier. Mom just got back from the vet. The Doctor was actually pleased with the healing on Falco's leg, but the wound in her side was not there before. It hadn't bled that mom could see. When her leg got hurt, she bled all over the cage. This new wound might be from her picking at her side, we just don't know. Anyway, she is on oral antibiotics for 2 weeks, and they will go back for a follow up next week. Mom is also putting some aloe vera healing balm on the leg and side for now, as well. The gook news is that her gram stain was normal and she has gained 5 grams, bringing her weight back to where it should be.
I hope you are having a good day and getting lots of hugs. Here's one from me, too. Hugs, Peppino

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

09/17/2014 01:22.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
I hope your mom gets a good report about her eyes, too. It's wonderful to be able to see, mom says. I know your mom feels the same. I've been working on my list for Parrot Palooza, have you? Mom is so excited about going! She wishes your mom could come back here after and see the National Aviary, the museum, the wildlife center. Well, maybe some day. She is hoping that Aunt Rose and Nana can get here as well.
Italian pastry shop? Mom bought sfogliatelle, pasticiotti, and napoleoni. She shared with a neighbor, of course. Her sister got canolli, sfogliatelle, and something else that mom forgot. It's a wonderful place, expensive, but worth the money. The calories are a different story, though! She doesn't go there very often, but when she does, she buys. They do the best rum cakes, and some of the prettiest cakes and cookies you've ever seen. Mom says none of it is for us birds, though.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of love, sweet Aunt Samantha. Hugs, your Peppino

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

09/10/2014 10:36.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Samantha Carter,
Thanks so much for stopping by. Yes, mom is planning on going to the Palooza this year. Looking forward to meeting you.

Have a good day!! Leaving you a vote.

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper.

09/10/2014 10:20.52 AM Report This Comment  
  KAJI FOR 10K CLUB VOTE PG# 43005
MOM ENDED UP HAVING MINOR SURGERY ON BOTH EARS TODAY AND THEY ARE NOW HURTING. SO MOM TOOK A PAIN PILL. SHE WILL CATCH UP ON BLOGGING TOMORROW.

MOM HAD AN INFECTION IN THE RIGHT EAR PLUS THE NEW TUBE WAS ALL CLOGGED UP. SO THE DR HAD TO PULL THE TUBE AND CLEAN OUT THE EAR AND SUCK ALL THE CRAP FROM THE MIDDLE EAR. THE SUCKING MACHINE IS LIKE A SUPER VACUM AND MOM SAYS IT HURTS THE WORST. AFTER ALL THAT THE DR PUT A NEW TUBE IN BUT IN A DIFFERENT SPOT AND HOPES THE OTHER HOLE HEALS UP. THEN HE CHECKED THE LEFT EAR AND THAT TUBE WAS ALSO CLOGGED UP SO HE PULLED IT AND CLEANED OUT THE EAR AND TRIED TO CLEAN OUT THE MIDDLE EAR. WHEN HE WENT TO INSERT A NEW TUBE, IT WOULDN'T WORK. THE EAR DRUMM HAS BECOME SO INFLAMED AND THICKENED THAT THE TUBE WASN'T LONG ENOUGH TO PASS THRU. SO MOM HAS TO USE CIPRODEX EAR DROPS TWICE A DAY IN HER EARS FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS. THEN SHE GOES BACK TO SEE THE ENT TO GET EARS RECHECKED. HE WILL THEN SEE IF HE CAN INSERT A NEW TUBE INTO THE LEFT EAR. DON'T KNOW WHAT HE WILL DO IF IT DOESN'T WORK. SO BOTH TUBES ONLY LASTED 5 MONTHS. MOM IS NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY IF SHE HAS TO HAVE THIS DONE EVERY 5-6 MOS. IF SHE DOESN'T GET THE TUBES IN HER EARS THEN SHE SUFFERS SEVERE PRESSURE BUILDUP AND THEN THE EARDRUMS WILL RUPTURE. SHE HAS EUSTACHIAN TUB DYSFUNCTION-SHE CAN'T REGULATE THE PRESSURE IN HER EARS. SO MOM WILL HAVE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN 3 WEEKS.

I HOPE YOU AND YOUR MOM LOVE THE HAWAIAN CHICKEN IN THE CROCKPOT.

SWEETPEPPER

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

09/09/2014 08:49.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Carter!
Boy you sure got a lot of them apples there, ate you gonna sit on them or eat um??

Heeheehee nah just kidding around!!

How ya been?? How's the flock been, and the kin folk??

Guess you seen my bath video huh?? Mom caught me in the act, for shame I tell ya!!

No privacy these days!! How can a bird can get any privacy I tells ya!!!

Any who, gots ta go as me typist is at work so wee's chat wit ya later on.

Have a great big birdie day and say hey to the flock and kin folk!!

Big hugs and beaky kisses!!

Pookie and Laka

Come visit me, Angel Sallykins says Happy Holidays !!! :), Pookie says Happy Holidays Every Birdie !! & Laka says Happy Holidays !!! :).

09/09/2014 06:54.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Aunt Samantha
What a wonderful new pic of you! I love your crown pic too, and am happy that you won.
I guess you didn't hear about mom's last retina appointment. She went in expecting to get a shot. Instead, they took pictures again, and told mom it's under control, so she didn't need a shot this month. Boy, was she ever happy! She treated her sister to lunch (normal on those days when sis drives her around), then took her to an Italian pastry shop where she bought treats for everyone, sis and brother in law, our neighbor who gives us produce, and of course, herself. This week she has an appointment with her usual eye doc, and should get a prescription for her new glasses that will actually work! She is so grateful for the prayers and well wishes, and can't wait to read for more than 20 minutes at a time. How are your mom's eyes coming along? We hope you have good news!
Today there is a bird show but mom isn't going, since it will be too much of a rush to get to work on time if she does. That, and the last time she went to this particular show, she was underwhelmed, to say the least. They used to take up the whole fire hall, even moved the trucks outside for the event, but last time, they fit into one room and there were not very many vendors. Plus, Parrot Palooza is in a month!
Mom did her job yesterday, but there were no people for the rocks and minerals tour that she did at noon, so she walked through the hall and talked to people who were already there, giving them fun facts and answering questions. She started the dinosaur tour with 2 people only, but ended up with about 12. They kept joining as she walked and talked her way through dinosaur hall. One problem with not having been there for a month was that the mini tour turned out to be not so mini after all. She spent an hour with the group, when she is supposed to do the public tours in 30 to 40 minutes. Nobody left, though, so they must have been interested. Today she has 2 tours in dinosaur hall, both public, so she may be able to hone the tour to a shorter time, heehee. I'm laughing, because I know how mom gets carried away in that hall!
Today is another gorgeous day outside, it's sunny, warm, and just beautiful. Hope you are also enjoying some late summer fantastic weather, and getting lots of cuddles too. Hugs, Peppino

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

09/07/2014 08:24.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Carter
I'm happy that you had a very nice BOTD. That's always fun.
Hugs
Chyna

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09/06/2014 10:05.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Carter!
You are so welcome sweetie! I love your picture!! You look so pretty! Thanks for cheering for me and Pumbaa at the Milonga !! We had so much fun!
Hope you had an awesome day sweetie !
Much love,
Raffikki

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09/06/2014 06:40.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi sweet Ms Carter, from Jenny & Ziggy Man
...hey missy, I don't want to hear any crap about my sweet Elvis, those would be fighting words, LOL! Where I come from, he is a real treasure, do not tread on the Zon boy, LOL! How is my sweet aunt Tanya doing, and the very special Colonel Stark! Just like rich cream, some things rise to the top, and they have both reached the pinnacle of greatness in this family, we love you guys! We should all enjoy this last blast of warm weather, the nasty cold and blow will be on us soon enough! We woke up to 54 degree, and it will warm to the low 70's, that suits us just fine! Dad wants to get to the store to get a roast or something like that for our slow cooker, we like cooking on Sunday, it makes our home smell so nice and homey! Well we better get our day stated, have a great Saturday, and give my love to all in your hugging circle, see ya tomorrow...

Forever love to my BC & FB fiends, Jenny, Ziggy, Angel Christy, & the Dallas family

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

09/06/2014 04:31.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Queen Carter
Congratulations on botd.I hope you had a good day at the castle and in the spotlight. Have a good night.

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

08/29/2014 09:28.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Carter
Oh just look at you with your crown on your sweet head!What a beautiful girl you really are!How precious is that pic of you or what?Now that snipping of the power cord is what Nana does to her cord as she is trying to trim the hedges with her hedge trimmers!She's done it twice already and then whenever she does it she knocks out the power to her garage and freezer there!Now that is really cool that your sweet daddy doesn't get mad at your sweet Momma for doing things like that,even the garage door!I think you might've heard my dad all the way from here to there if that happened and it did,Mom had just had our garage doors done brand new just a week old and skin bro backed into Mom's garage door too close when he was parking his car and the way dad was carrying on you'd think someone died!You could hear him yelling on and on about the door that was smashed in and it wasn't even his side it was Mom's side!I'll say our parronts sure are strange!I'm coming with all the flock to the party!We are going to have a greyt time tonight!
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses!Loving you always and forever,my sweet fister,Love,Kallie

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

08/29/2014 09:12.56 PM Report This Comment  
  KAJI FOR 10K CLUB VOTE PG# 43005
HEY CARTER, CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING OUR BOTD. HOPE YOU AND YOUR FLOCK ARE ENJOYING YOUR STAY IN THE ROYAL CASTLE.

SWEETPEPPER & KACEY

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

08/29/2014 08:27.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Dear Queen Carter
Congratulations for winning BOTD today! Here's a basket with a few drink boxes of orange juice for you to let your dad serve you. We also included some oranges for him to squeese you fresh juice! Hope you have a greyt day at the castle with Queen Zeena!
Luv, BonBon and Spot♥
PS. let me know if you're dad won't serve you your juice! I'll come over and bite him till he gives in! Luv, BonBon

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!!, Spot: Merry Christmas! Peppino for BOTM! & BonBon,Vote 262561,Peppino for BOTM!.

08/29/2014 07:35.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Carter!
Congrats on BOTD!!
Left you a vote.

Ronnie Lee, Charlotte, NC.

08/29/2014 04:54.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Carter
Congratulations on winning botd and enjoy it to the fullest
For the day at the castle sure goes fast for some reason!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

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08/29/2014 04:43.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations!!
Congrats on winning BOTD. Left a vote for you!
Hope you enjoyed your special day in the spotlight!!

Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper.

08/29/2014 02:47.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations
on BOTD!Carter!Were we ever so delighted to see your sweet face in the spotlight page late this afternoon when Mom finally got to turn the computer on!We are absolutely so happy for you to see you as our new Queen of the day!We are all wishing you a greyt day in the castle with Queen Zeena for a day filled with fun,food,friends and family!Loving you always and forever,our sweet fister,Love,Kallie,Dixie and Peepers,Candida and Trixie II and Bella and flock!

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

08/29/2014 02:19.51 PM Report This Comment  
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