January 24, 2014 @ 5:00 PM
It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and penned a blog. The reason for the sabbatical is because of the recent illness and consequential death of my husband. I won’t dwell on the series of events that lead to the diagnosis of 4thstage lung cancer. There were weeks of anxiety as we waited to see specialists all the while his pain and level of dysfunction was intensifying. There was a misdiagnosis that ultimately delayed treatment that perhaps would have given him a less painful road he was forced to travel.
It seems most everyone has had someone they love or someone close to them affected by the cancer. Stories can be both heart wrenching and heartwarming. What I’d like to ......
July 22, 2013 @ 2:00 PM
Road Trip to Colorado!
Getting back into the daily grind of work and having the chance to reflect on our vacation trip to Colorado, I’m not sure I would advocate driving the 18+ hours each way rather than hopping on a plane. Although, having never trekked further than Saint Louis by land, it was interesting and worthwhile to see America’s geography in all its uniqueness.
The path west was mostly uneventful in itself…just painstakingly long. A brief downpour in Saint Louis, a group of kids dangerously stopping interstate traffic with “bike stunting” in Kansas City, and blazing through 104 degree heat in a town called Hays, which we aptly renamed Hades! To our surprise, the plains of ...
January 31, 2013 @ 6:00 PM
Gonzo’s legacy, before he became ill, was to teach a little trick to my Blue and Gold Macaw. After many years in our home, Gonzo decided it was great fun to sneak out of the food and water bowl doors of his cage. He would wait until I removed them for cleaning or filling and then proceed to squeeze out and climb up to the top of the cage. With him, that wasn’t a problem. He was happy to sit quietly on the outside of his cage…his world…to supervise the household comings and goings. What I soon came to realize, was Buckley, the B&G Macaw was watching and learning from Gonzo’s ploy.
Our Buckley is not the brightest bird in the flock so I was ......
October 16, 2012 @ 11:00 AM
In Gonzo’s memory
Our African Grey
Gonzo was born in the wild. He was captured 26 years ago, banded and brought to the US. His first mom chose him from a cage full of surviving young, scared African Greys at a local pet store. She immediately set about the task of taming him. I can only imagine the difficulty of socializing a frightened baby bird that had been ripped from its homeland and natural habitat. I understand the two of them spent many frustrating hours closeted in the bathroom…she would equip herself with a towel and treats and attempt to coax Gonzo into allowing a human’s touch.
Although I have little details of Gonzo’s early days, apparently bird and owner drew...
June 5, 2012 @ 3:00 PM
Feathers in Costa Rica
I sit down to write on the next to last day of our journey to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Trips like this are always bittersweet. I miss my flock and know they miss me as well. However, I am fortunate to have a good friend that is caregiver while I’m away. She loves them well and will spend time interacting with them as she attends their daily needs.
My husband and I are avid animal lovers and have a fascination with the flora, fauna, animals and the birds of Costa Rica. The scenery is a vast deviation from the Midwest and we enjoy the multiplicity of its people as well.
Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals. While the country has...
April 26, 2012 @ 11:05 AM
Tale of the Sulfur-Crested Cockatoo
I recently purchased a beautiful full-size Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo hand puppet from Folkmanis Puppets. The intention is to use it at various shows and fairs along with my display of My Feathered Family and Critter Car-toon decals. I want to share with you the adorable folk tale that is on the tag of the puppet. It’s an Australian tale of how the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo received his yellow head feathers. The credit for the tale is listed as Madeleine Scott.
Today, the island of Australia is a sunny place, but there was a time, long ago, when Sun became tired and decided to take a nap. This is what happened to the cockatoos, who were plain brown birds ...
March 16, 2012 @ 12:00 PM
Spring is near. The snowdrops have flowered, the crocuses have poked their bright green heads above the ground and I awake to the trilling sounds of the outdoor birds. Their melodies are livelier, louder…pretty-little sing- song tunes to attract their future mates and define their territories. Geese have paired, chosen their nests and are feeling the inherent urge to procreate.
This spring fervor spills over to my indoor birds as well. When I arrive home, the flock calls are revved up, their need for individual attention rises and they are…well…a little nippy! You know the signs!
Indian Ringneck and Amazon
Skylar and Andy are proving to......
February 14, 2012 @ 4:00 PM
Like many people, goals are set with the onset of the new year. One of my goals was to begin, in earnest, a blog for My Feathered Family web site. So here I am, jotting down observations, focusing on my flock. Few days go by without one or several of our parrots and birds doing something odd, funny or entertaining.
My Feathered Family
If you haven’t already clicked on “Our Flock” take a look at the gang…from one of the smallest companion parrots (Parrotlet) to one of the larger species (Macaw). We have adopted all but one from owners or interveners for a variety of reasons and concerns…nevertheless, all looking to place their birds......