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Last night we were awakened by a furious sqwaking and flapping coming from the bird’s cage which sits on my dresser in our bedroom. This has happened a couple of other times before, but usually it was due to a disturbance such as my hand knocking the cage as I changed into my pjs or one of us suddenly turned on a light. This time we didn’t know what was going on and they sounded really freaked out and it took several minutes for them to settle down. I was hoping not to find a dead bird lying on the bottom of the cage in the morning, they were that stressed!

The only thing we could think of was that Matt had gotten a new pair of rubber boots in the mail yesterday and they smelled strongly of rubber. Perhaps the poor birds were going batty from the fumes? Matt removed the boots to the living room and we tried to go back to sleep.

This morning we found out there was an earthquake in southern Illinois right about the time our birds woke us up! Around 4:20am or so. Matt spoke to several of his co workers who also were woken up by pets in the early hours.

I did not feel anything, but apparently our birds did. I have to admit I will be much more attentive to the actions of my pets in the future. You never know.

Here are the noisy fellows:


Here are a few photos from our Christmas holiday. I used a different camera for most of my pictures and haven’t gotten them developed yet. Click on the thumbnails to see larger pictures.

hawiian-dinner2007.jpgSitting down to a tropical Christmas dinner. Sushi made with Spam, shrimp cocktail, sweet potato-pineapple-bannana-macadamia nut casserole(wow, was this good!), and fruit punch to drink. It was a lot of fun.

kidstable.jpg Patiently waiting for FOOD!

hula-girls-and-fire-dancers.jpg After dinner entertainment! Matt played his Uke and we sang Mele Kalikimaka as the hula girls and fire dancers did their thing. They were so cute, this was purely spontaneous and unrehersed, and totally fun.

huladance2.jpg Very serious dancers. 🙂

missyfireeater.jpgMissy joined in as a fire eater!



barbiefurniture.jpgBarbie furniture (lots of little pieces!) from Gram.

hotwheels.jpgHotwheels from Grandad!

icestorm2007.jpgWe’re iced in, nice and cosy so far.

Our Hawaiian decorations 🙂


Christmas gerbils!!!!



Check this out! I knew there was a reason we have pets and want more! 🙂

It is being proven that more exposure to animals at an early age can prevent allergies or lessen them. This is why my son who used to break out in hives when near dogs and then when he touched them, now may have some sneezing and itchy eyes, but no hives or rashes. It is why some friends of mine refused to keep thier allergic kids away from animals and as far as I know they are doing fine.

Here is a quote from another article from a humane society page:

Many of us enjoy the companionship of pets. In fact, according to a 2002 survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, 62 percent of American households include pets. These animals don’t ask for much—just a short list of basics such as food, shelter, veterinary care, and, of course, our companionship. Pets offer far more in return, teaching us about love, improving our emotional and physical health, and providing us with unconditional affection and friendship.

Do pets make good teachers?

Companion animals are natural teachers. They help people of all ages learn about responsibility, loyalty, empathy, sharing, and unconditional love—qualities particularly essential to a child’s healthy development.

Through helping to care for a pet, children also learn to care for their fellow human beings. There is an established link between how people treat animals and how they treat each other. Kindness to animals is a lesson that benefits people, too.

You can check out the rest of the article here.

Here are some pics of my dog, Missy and our two guinea pigs. I let the piggies out to play and the dog was very attentive! Read the rest of this entry »

Well, we are two cats less now. I called city hall and asked if they could come take these two stray cats away. Ugh. I hated to do it, but last month they both got very sick with some kind of respiratory infection. I wasn’t sure they were going to make it. I was fearful for my pets and my children. I didn’t want them to get sick and I had no idea what if was. I just can’t afford to take care of more animals right now. All the shots and the female should be spayed. It costs a lot. I guess I won’t be feeding any more strays after this.

The male was approchable and I was able to pick him up and wrap him in a towel (so he would not scratch me). The female we had to trap with a live trap the city provided. I felt so bad! Poor kitties. They were pretty freaked out. The police officer reassured me by telling me that they take them to a horse farm somewhere and let them loose, the owners feed them and take care of them. This made me feel much better. I wasn’t sure what they were going to do with them and was afraid to ask.

Now I can let my cat, Pippin, out of the basement to get some fresh air. I don’t think he will miss the strays, they were a bit more pushy at feeding time and took over Pippins bed and favorite spot, the window box. Now he can have them all to himself. We won’t miss all the cat fights right outside our window either.

I made a mistake by tricking one of our stray cats into the house this weekend. If any of you have had any experience with cats you might be able to imagine what happened. This cat will not let you near enough to touch it normally, it is a stray.

Cristofer, my 7 year old, was so impressed by the incedent that he decided to write a story about it that I thought I would post here.

The Crazy Cat.

Once upon a time there lived a cat named Nermal. One day that cat got crazy! He jumped on the curtain and then… he lept to the wall, and then he was in my sister’s room. But… that’s not all, HE CLIMED THE WALL!!!!
But Mom settled him down. Then he was out.
The End.

That poor cat went absolutely berserk! It really did climb the walls. My poor kids were screaming their heads off and running everywhere. Things were knocked off shelves, walls, and miraculously no one got hurt including the cat. Whew….what an experience.

Speaking of berserk cats, check out this video of a poor cat in a pet washing machine. Now imagine that running around crazy in my house. Ooops sorry the video is outdated now and you can’t veiw it for free now.

christmas piggies
Aren’t they cute! This was last years Christmas gift for the girls.

This is Christmas, Aria’s guinea pig.

This is Zoom, Samantha’s piggy.

The middle one we named and claimed. The one on the right is being fed and sort of has a name. The one on the left keeps coming back even after being chased away with a noisy plastic bag and a spray bottle of water! Arg! What are we to do, we’ll soon be over run!