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Love Me, Love My Bird

      For many of us the significant people in our lives, whether that is a partner, family, or close friends, don’t quite get our love of parrots. And as someone involved in rescue, I don’t even particularly think they should be in homes. But here they are, part of the pet trade industry, and captive bred birds can not easily have either their bond to humans broken or be taught how to survive in the wild. Recently I posted a bird shaming video’ on my Facebook page. Of course it is meant to be funny but it is the reality of having a parrot in your home. In fact, it doesn’t even fully portray the destructive nature of birds, or touch on other behaviors such as biting and screaming that may also be part of keeping essentially a wild animal in your home.

Make homemade focaccia with my gourmet mix

     I am always thinking about fun and creative ways to support the rescue, as well as make amends for bringing birds into our home. I decided to put together a gourmet pasta basket so my fellow bird lovers can prepare an easy meal for their friends or family. It features my gourmet pasta sauce, and also includes a focaccia/ breadstick mix (you can make either with it), and a dessert mix as well as a few other goodies. Everything is easy to make, although you do need to allow enough time for the bread to rise and the cookies to bake, and you need some basic kitchen appliances and supplies. I design my mixes for the novice cook, although experienced foodies will enjoy them too. I am only making a limited number of baskets, and you can place an order for one here. They will be ready for pick up on March 26th at our social which will be from 11 am to 2 pm at 960 Mahtomedi Ave. in Mahtomedi, MN. I will also have individual jars of homemade pasta sauce for sale as well as my focaccia mix and more soup! Come and sample my pasta sauce with either organic pasta or a gluten free substitute!

     Our first social for the rescue was a big success so we decided it would be fun to try and host one a month. I will be featuring different food products and offering items for sale, with proceeds supporting Parrot Rescue Services.  It is  also a great time to meet other parrot lovers and talk to people who have dedicated their lives to caring for parrots who are looking for a place to call home.

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Groundhog Day

     I tend to wake up at the same time every morning without ever setting an alarm. I have always been an early riser, but I think I tend to wake up because I have so much creative energy and often I have an idea I want to work on. Making things keeps me sane, and helps balance out the inevitable chaos from caring for over 50 birds every day. Frequently I think of the movie Groundhog Day, as I feel I am reliving the same day over and over.  This is not so much because I am trying to get it right, but because it takes less than 24 hours for all my work to get undone. Without making things, it is easy for me to spend the day feeling I haven’t actually accomplished much, since in little time what I spend hours cleaning is quickly undone. Having young children can be equally exhausting, and I remember hearing the advice when my son was young to every day do something that can’t be undone. I loved that advice then, and I think it holds true for me now. Whether or not you are a parent of young children, there are so many times in life when it may feel that you are simply existing only to get up the next day and do the same mundane tasks.   Continue reading Groundhog Day

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Just For Fun

     Lately things have been a bit stressful where the rescue is involved, and although running my non profit is a huge part of my life it is not my entire life. I try not to let it consume all my time and energy. While in the midst of the farmer’s market season I don’t have time to work on a big studio project, I do like to do a little crafting. I thought I would share a project idea some of you may enjoy, especially if you have kids in your life. But even if you don’t, it is always fun to engage your imagination. Awhile ago I saw these tiny pots for sale and bought a lot of them, without any particular project in mind. But they were just too cute to pass up. Continue reading Just For Fun

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Balancing Act

     Birds are a part of my life. Although I haven’t always been involved in helping companion birds in need, I have had my own companion birds for decades. My real avocation in life, and my schooling, was in fine art. Drawing and painting was something I did from the time I was 6 or 7 and I have never stopped creating things. For a time I couldn’t decide between a career in veterinary medicine or art but it was art I pursued, thinking at some point I might go back to school and earn another degree, this time in animal care. And then the opportunity to run Avalon Parrots, which at that time mostly sold food, toys, and other supplies, came along and thoughts of going back to college quickly faded. Continue reading Balancing Act