Movies: Should they be factual?


I’m not sure how many people here have seen the movie “Rio” which is a children’s movie that involves a macaw. I have never seen it. Most times when there is a movie I think Jasper might like I position the tv so he can view it and if it looks he is enjoying it I will dvr it next time it is on.

When this movie started on Saturday morning I went through this process for my bird. I sat down to watch the first few minutes while waiting for my husband to get is shoes on for we were heading out. Within the first five minutes of the show I was spitting bullets. For they showed the owner placing a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows and a few chocolate chips on the plate for Blue to enjoy.

Birds are not able to handle chocolate, and if you proceed to give your bird this delicacy it will kill them. The reason being their body temperature is lower than humans so they are not able to melt the chocolate hence causing them to choke on it. Even my husband said it had to be coffee. It couldn’t possibly be cocoa. But it was.

I know this is a kid’s movie but seriously? What if people viewing the movie thought it was okay to give this to birds in the wild or their own? Jasper was staring carefully as he watched Blue eat the cookie and then he looked at me. Even he was wondering what was up.

To me this was very irresponsible and I feared what might or could occur because of this scene. Just because it is meant for a younger audience does not mean it shouldn’t be accurate. A fact I home in on repeatedly when I write my own children’s book and the amount of research I do per volume.

Am I reacting to much? I don’t believe so. I just truly hope no birds were hurt due to this gross oversight on the people who made this film. Facts need to be checked for all genres and all ages. Something I strive for when I write.


Twopiece: My first bird



Monday was a rough morning. My first bird ever, Twopiece, was at the bottom of the cage. He scared me enough that hubby dug a hole in the back next to where his mate is buried.

Twopiece came home with me in 1998 and is roughly 17-18 years old. I always told myself when he is no longer with us I would be okay for he has had a long life. I was wrong, that was a lie. I am not ready for my little man to go just yet.

The problem with birds is by the time you notice they are not well they are almost always on their way to being gone. They hide their sickness which is a trait they learn in the wild. What is amazing is how my other birds were there supporting him, all of them as they try to cheer him on.

The next few days we will see how it goes. I just don’t want him in pain, and there is little I can do to help him if he is except bring him to the vet.

I was in denial the entire day as I hoped this was just as scare . For anyone who think birds can’t be as loving as a dog or cat has never been around a bird before for any great amount of time.

Since 1998 I have had a hell of a lot of surgeries, procedures, in and out-patient procedures and each time Twopiece has sat on my shoulder either grooming my hair or singing in my ear as he helped me forget the pain I was feeling. They all do this for me.

But TP is special since he is my first bird ever. The average life of a cockatiel is 15-20 years though some do live longer. Twopiece is in his golden years so I know the time could be close. The scary part is the rest of my tiels are all a year apart and in their middle years as well.

I am not ready yet and I hope he isn’t either. The crappy part of being a pet owner. Though I don’t consider any of mybirds pets but more the line as my feathery friends.


Twopiece is doing better as of today. He is eating, drinking and grooming himself. These are all good signs. I will be watching him carefully. But I think it is time I cover up the hole that my husband dug up on Monday before the little guy gets any idea of using it.



Happy Birthday To Me




Today is my birthday. WOOT. It has already been a great one so far. Last Friday my son took me out for lunch and then to see the new Captain America movie. We had a good time and had some mom and son bonding.

I have received some lovely cards and money to boot. More WOOT here. My husband took me out to eat on Sunday to a place of my choice. On Monday my friend Adrianne took me out for lunch. I have received the book “ Wired For Story” from my good friend John. And a really good thing is I joined the IHOP birthday club so this means I received an email for a free meal at IHOP. And my husband just surprised me a few minutes ago with a transformer computer. These are the ones that are a tablet and laptop in one. WOOT WOOT WOOT

All of this has happened before today even made its way. It has been a good few days. The last two years I have spent my birthday the same way. I have gone to a local nature park with some cameras, sketch book, a reading book and some good sneakers.

It looks like it will be raining today like it did yesterday so I might not be able to do anything more than walking and taking pictures in the rain but I am down with that. It is a chance for me to stay away from the computer and electronics, though will keep my phone with me, and just enjoy the day to do things I love to do. Granted I can do this just about any time of the year but we all know life has a way of getting in the way.

For my birthday I am able to shed those to the side and just contract on some distracted hours and not feel guilty about it. I expect to have a blast, I tend to when I give my mind and body a break from the stress of events going on around me.

I have more to look forward to. Tomorrow a friend is feeding me lunch for my birthday and later on this week my ladies from my writers group will partake in a meal with me as we celebrate my birthday.

Fun times ahead. I prescribe this for everyone. It is good for the soul.