Sunday, April 29, 2012

Petstagram / Instapet.

The last time I checked, Instagram was only for the iPhone.  Well, I recently read something about it being available for Andriods so I downloaded the app.  It's such a simple app that just puts filters on your photo and crops it to a square, but I really like it!  I like squares. LOL  If you would like to follow me on Instagram, I go by the same username as this blog:  BirdsFTW.  :)

Anyway, just thought I'd share some photos I've been posting on the account:

"Hudson" setting/filter
"Lo-Fi" setting/filter
"Brannan" setting/filter
I'm enjoying this app so much that I'll probably continue using it to post my photos on here... at least until I learn how to use my real camera this summer.  I hope.  >_<

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Dream purchase - a Java tree.

I have wanted a Java tree for I don't know how many years.  I never got one for two reasons:  1. I didn't have space in the previous places I've lived and 2. it was just a bit too pricey with the cost of shipping.  Another reason, though a minor one, is because I had never come across a tree with branch placement I really liked.  I wasn't going to spend hundreds of dollars on something I felt mediocre about.  

My "dream" Java tree belongs to Natacha - (last photo).  No tree has ever come close to hers.  I love her tree for several reasons:  1. the branches are multi-level, 2. the branch placement looks fairly "even" to where the tree looks balanced, and 3. it has a straight trunk.  I never expected to find a tree that looks exactly like hers, but I wanted a tree that had those three criteria.  Because no two trees ever grow alike, in my experience and YEARS of searching for "the" tree, I had never found one worth purchasing...  until now.

There was a tree I had been eyeing up on Bird Paradise for several months.  The tree had multi-level branches, the branch placement looked balanced, and it had a straight trunk.  Quite frankly, I was surprised it hadn't been sold a long time ago.  Then the store had an online sale - it was my chance!  I wanted to pick it up during the sale because I knew we'd have space for it when we move to the house next year.  I bought the tree I thought I would never have - even though the shipping cost more than the tree itself. >_<  It was a (bird) dream come true.  :)  I was very happy and excited for this purchase.  Then...

Something went wrong.  My tree ended up getting sold to someone else by accident.  I have to admit I was really sad over this because I had waited years and years and years for my tree.  Kathy, the owner of Bird Paradise, is such a wonderful woman to work with and she took it upon herself to personally make this right.  She went to her warehouse, keeping my criteria in mind, and sent me pics of some trees she thought I would like and were not on the website.  Out of the pics she sent me, one jumped out at me even more than the original tree I had bought.  This tree was amazing!!  I loved this tree even more and it made me happy that my original tree had been sold - otherwise I would never have known about this one!  Kathy did an excellent job of making her customer happy. :)  My tree was on its way to me when...

Something else went wrong! LOL  The tracking showed the package had reached Honolulu and then nothing.  Days and days went by without delivery.  Kathy had UPS put a tracer on the tracking number to find out what happened.  More than a week passed without any word from UPS so I had begun to lose hope.  It turns out my package somehow got rerouted back to the mainland!  So after a long journey of back and forth, it arrived this past Friday.  I could not be happier with the tree.  I love it - just as much as I love Natacha's. 

The new Java tree!

Raptor exploring.

He loves boings.

Nom nom nom.

Lots of play space!

Now, I'm on the lookout for one more Java tabletop stand and I will be done.  I'm constantly keeping my eye out for one with branch placement I like. :)

Saturday, April 14, 2012


I was given a papaya from a hybrid tree by a co-worker.  I had never eaten this kind of papaya before and it was sooooooo delicious!  The shape of the papaya is completely different than what I normally buy, the color of the meat is a different shade of orange, AND it is hollow - no seeds!!  O_O  This papaya grows on a very short tree so you don't need picking tools to get to the fruit.  I plan on planting at least one of these trees when we move to our house next year!

I shared the papaya with Raptor, of course, since it is one of his favorite fresh foods.  He ate a good chunk out of it and allowed me to have the leftovers.  ;)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Easter Bunny is here!

The Easter Bunny is here, the Easter Bunny is here!!  ;)  Yes, Easter-themed toys from Things for Wings - my FAVORITE shreddables site!  I got two Fresh Picked Carrots, two Bunny Dingles, a Beak and Baubles, and some wicker parts!  Oh, and some leather parts that I forgot to include.  Look how cute everything is!  I love it all...  <3

Mika has his Fresh Picked Carrots and Bunny Dingle in his cage - and they will remain untouched for the duration they are in there.  Anything shreddable I put in his cage is just pure decoration.  LOL  Raptor has his Bunny Dingle in his cage and the Fresh Picked Carrots on his Java stand.  I was actually surprised that he played around with the bunny for a bit while in his cage!!  

With Raptor's Fresh Picked Carrots, I stuffed the basket and carrots with yummy treats to forage for.  As soon as I put him on his stand he went bananas trying to get to the food!!  I had the hardest time getting any clear photos of him because he and the basket kept moving around from his tugging and chewing.  These are the only shots that came out decent (with my phone, as usual - I promise I'll learn to use my camera this summer!!  Or at least read the manual...  >_< ):

MY basket!  Stay away!

Ooooh...  what's inside??

I'll get you, you yummy almond!

Shhhh!!  What was that?!

Quit taking pics so I can continue foraging, please.