Archive for June, 2017

It’s Been a Long, Long Time

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Colorful Lorikeet at the Pittsburgh National Aviary

Lorikeet. Pittsburgh National Aviary

It’s been a long, long time since my last post. Years!


So many thing have happened (or course), that I don’t even know where to begin. So, instead of reviewing the past, let’s instead look at the present, and the future.


It’s a beautiful summer day. Solstice, so it’s the first day of summer today. I can hear the birds singing their summer songs. There was a family of cats that turned up last week, but I haven’t seen them since the weekend. A mama cat and her five kittens. I was planning to buy a live trap to catch them and take them to a (no-kill) facility, but they haven’t been around since I got back on Sunday from my trip to Ikea. I wish them well.


I love Ikea, but not as much as before. It feels as if they’ve cheapened out, somehow. Which is weird, because it also seems their prices have increased rather steadily. I’m not sure why, but ever since they changed their store design a couple of years ago, it’s not as much fun to visit. And, the quality doesn’t seem too awesome anymore. Maybe I’m just spinning a tale of the “good old days”, or maybe I’m resistant to change, but I feel as if there must have been a significant management or vision change in the last several years, and I don’t really care for it.


Condor Grooming at the Pittsburgh National Aviary

Condor Grooming

My friend and I also went to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Wow, that was an experience! I hadn’t even known it existed, but my traveling companion loves birds, so we stopped by. We fed lorikeets (such colorful birds), watched as beautiful birds strutted right past us, admired the colorful and the plain feathered friends, and glimpsed condors and eagles.

Swimming Penguin at the Pittsburgh National Aviary

Swimming Penguin

The most fun were the penguins. You could crawl into a low room and then pop your head into a plastic enclosure to get a close look at  nearby penguins. My favorite, however, was watching them swim. They’re so graceful when they swim!


When you’re in Pittsburgh, I highly recommend the National Aviary.