Saturday, February 06, 2010

"Looking Out My Back Door" [Blizzard of 2010]




This afternoon, Becky and I got all bundled up and took a trek around our back yard where the boys (Ryan, Sean, and Kyle) would run and play. In many places the snow was up past our knees. We enjoyed exploring the deep, white snow drifts right in our own backyard.


Thursday, February 04, 2010

"And Your Bird Can Sing"


"This Bird Has Flown"

Freckles, our beautiful and personable cockatiel, passed away last night or early this morning.

Sad day. However, as she was pretty old in bird years (approx 14 years), this was not so unexpected. Really, she gave us so much pleasure and joy over the years. While sad, I have such fond memories of how fun, loving, and yes, sometimes ornery, she was. (Well, she was not that ornery with Becky!) She was so sweet (at times), so teeny tiny, delicate, and with SUCH personality!

The past night or two, she spent some extra fun time boxing a leather toy Becky gave her -- and ringing the little bell connected to it. Over the past couple days and nights, she seemed to spend some extra time sitting on the floor of her cage resting. In years past, this meant she was getting ready to lay some eggs. Not this time.

When I opened her cage today, she was sitting peacefully there on the floor of her cage, with her head elegantly dipped down, and her chin gently tucked under just a bit. (I knew right away this was not good. I called her name 2-3 times. Well. Perhaps 5-6 times. A couple times just a bit louder – perhaps I could wake her in case she was just in a deep sleep.)

Well, that is all. Don’t want to go on for too long. The lump in my throat has changed to a warm smile on my face and in my heart. (Oops, and now again reverting a bit back into a lump in my throat.) “Freckles, we’ll miss you.”

With much love to you all!*

Scott/Dad/Grandpa

P.S. Dang. Time moves on. (Doesn’t it.) [smiles]

*As much as we loved this bird, we treasure our dear family and friends infinitely more. Love to you all. Wish we were closer and could spend more time lots more often with you all.