Ducky Tales Part 4 – Leaving The Crib

Day 15 update – no, he did not “leave” the crib, as in flying away free.  He was starting to get really active, flapping his wings, and quickly outgrowing the original cardboard box he called home.  So, here is his toddler bunk beds, if you will……

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Ducky’s new room!

There was no adjustment period at all.  We got his cage ready, put him in there, and he made himself at home!

So, there’s really not much to update, as he is continuing to grow and really getting a personality.  I know.  Go ahead and roll your eyes.  He just gets so excited to see us when it’s feeding time.  Even if we’re on the screened porch for other reasons, he get’s very feisty and vocal if we don’t give him attention or let him out.  We are still struggling to keep him clean from his baby bird formula feedings.  We are getting better at it, as he is now using a much larger syringe to eat from, and we have fashioned a “bib” from paper towels to put under his beak.  He has also started preening himself like a big boy.

We actually had a major breakthrough that will help with the formula gunk on his face and chest…..

HE BEGAN EATING SEEDS!!!!

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Ducky in his seed feeder.

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Ducky in his seed feeder.

Doves are seed eaters, so we are relieved he has started eating what he is supposed to.  We still supplement with the baby formula, but he is taking more and more to eating seeds.  We have also started adding grit into his food to help with the digestion of his new diet.

The puppies have been so curious about the new visitor staying on the screened porch.  After letting Ducky get acclimated to his new room for a couple of days, we let him meet the puppies.

They love each other!!

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Fiona and Ducky

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Fiona and Ducky

Sheldon has met Ducky as well, but I couldn’t get any good photos of him being still.  Ducky is just as curious about the dogs as they are of him.

Please don’t ask if the cats will be allowed to meet Ducky.  The answer is absolutely, positively NOT.

Thank you all for your interest and support in our little endeavor to save this little bird.  He has proved to be a little fighter.  Despite our lack of knowledge and the mistakes we made initially, he has just hung in there, and is doing great.  Proud birdie parents we are!!!

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo

Here are the posts for part 1, part 2 and part 3.

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Ducky Tales Part 3 – Feeding Time!

Welcome to day 9 of the continuing saga of our attempt to raise a baby dove!  My last post covered how we learned to feed him.  We now have an educated guess that he is about 14 days old. Against all odds, and the humans that didn’t quite know what to do, he has flourished and beaten the odds to LIVE.  I really believe he was spared for a reason.

Thanks to the internet and YouTube, I have learned new techniques to feed him, as he is eating faster than the Ziploc bag way we were doing before.

It involves a syringe, a latex glove, and a rubber band……(no, we haven’t become heroin addicts)….

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Syringe feeding technique for wild baby dove

We went to our local Walgreens, got a 10cc and 5cc syringe (which they have available for dispensing children’s liquid medication), snapped the tip off, enclosed the end with the finger of a latex glove, held it in place with a rubber band, poked a teeny hole, and let Ducky go to town….(sorry the photos are a bit blurry – he is growing, and feeding time involves a lot of wing flapping/moving around that he wasn’t able to do when he was smaller – so it’s hard to get a good picture).  All signs that he is healthy and digging his feeding time!  But I’m trying to give you the gist of how the feeding goes down…

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Feeding Wild Baby Dove

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Feeding Wild Baby Dove

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Feeding Wild Baby Dove

He still gets very messy, and I do my best to clean him off, but some of the gunk was from when we first took him in, and unfortunately, has become cement on his newly-emerging feathers.  I’m hoping once he learns how to preen himself/new feathers come in, it won’t be an issue (fingers crossed!).

I used to think birds weren’t very smart – hey, their brains couldn’t be more than the size of a pea, right?  I now stand corrected.  This little bird recognizes the sound of our voices, and also the bright blue latex that covers his source of food…..we give him a “breather” in between his big gulps of food, and in this shot, he had eaten all 15 CC’s of his food….but he waddled over to the syringes and was trying to get some food action….

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Feeding Wild Baby Dove

Now, he is happy and fed with a full crop….(looking kind of ratchet with his goopy food).  I am a bit embarrassed…..

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Feeding Wild Baby Dove

And getting love from his Daddy….

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Feeding Wild Baby Dove

This is the food that has saved his life…for any of you that are faced with trying to help rescue a baby bird, this is what you definitely must have!

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Feeding Wild Baby Dove

Remember that nice lady that I was referred to by Wild Birds Unlimited in my initial post?  She has been such a blessing in my endeavor to raise this baby.  I called her after my last post, and she again gave me invaluable information on the next steps to take with this baby.

I don’t even know how to begin talking about her.  She alone gave me the confidence, knowledge, and mentoring support to think I could even do this.  It is because of her that I have kept this baby alive and get the joy of watching him blossom before my eyes.  I really think she is an Angel!

She shared with me her story of taking in a baby chick that had no hope in hell of surviving.  All the odds were against him.  He was blind on one eye and had a severe defect in his beak that didn’t allow him to eat.  That didn’t stop Anna.  She took him in, loved and nurtured him, and he became   Sista Eddie.  Please go to their website and read his story (and how “He” is a Sista!).

It is more than a love story between a Lady and her Rooster.  It is an inspiring story of accepting people for who they are, the differences that make us all human, rising above adversity to fulfill your destiny, and that above all else, HOPE is so important.   Whether you are a Rooster or a Human, Sista Eddie’s story will touch your heart.  He visited the elderly in nursing homes,  young children in school, and made quite a name for himself in our area.

Anna also wrote a book about Sista Eddie to encompass all the concepts I mentioned in the above paragraph.  She was kind enough to drop a copy off at my house.  That book just makes me feel so good every time I read it.  It will be a gift I give to every Mom with young children, as I think it carries such a great message.

Thanks to Ducky and Anna, this girl feels truly blessed.

Anna, I cannot even begin to thank you enough for your kindness and your sweet heart.  It is a privilege to know you!!!

Here is Anna’s beautiful book (available on her website):

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“Hold On To Hope” by Sista Eddie

Please check out Sista Eddie’s story.  It will touch your heart.  Hope is so important.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Puppies at Sea Island, GA

These photos are from a trip we took to Sea Island, GA in early May with our Standard Poodle, Sheldon, and Australian Shepherd, Fiona.  Sea Island is a gated resort community south of Savannah, right outside of Saint Simons Island, GA.  We stayed at The Cloister.  It was our first visit, and they are 100% dog-friendly.  Unfortunately, the weather did not really cooperate, as we have had an extremely wet spring.  From the looks of things, the April showers are carrying over into our early summer as well!  As I am writing this, the skies have darkened and a huge thunderhead is forming.  Oh well…..

This was their first foray to the beach.  The both just turned a year old this past week.  We are looking forward to a sunnier day when we can all go for a swim together!

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Cloister Beach Club, Sea Island

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Cloister Beach Club, Sea Island

There is a giant sunroom at the Cloister that houses a pair of love birds.  Puppies’ first encounter with a feathered friend.  They were utterly fascinated, as was the little birdie!

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Sunroom at The Cloister, Love birds, Sheldon

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Sunroom at The Cloister, love birds, Fiona

We had lunch on the outdoor patio at the “sit down” restaurant at the Beach Club.  Being that it is right on the ocean, you can imagine how many birds are loitering about, waiting to pounce on whatever was left on the plates of diners after they’ve left their table.  Fear not!  The place is staffed by a genuine falconer!

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Falconer, Cloister Beach Club, Sea Island

Can you see the little hood on the falcon?  I had never seen or heard of this practice!  But the handler would just mosey about the perimeter of the dining area, and any unwelcome birds that got even the slightest glimpse of this mighty creature would make tracks and get out of dodge!  It was really cool.

We had a great stay in Sea Island.  We love traveling with the dogs, and are always on the lookout for pet friendly accommodations.  Will keep you updated on any new places we discover.

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo

Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel Little Pretty

Hello lovelies!  Boy howdy, we had a pretty big storm come through around midnight that knocked my power out for over an hour!  Luckily all the survival tools were easy to find since we had a three day outage in February due to an ice storm.  Which means that everything battery operated had fresh batteries.  That is usually not the case around here.  Naturally, as I went from room to room, what did I do?  Flip on the light switch of course!  Aarrghh!!!

Anyways, let’s talk about purple.  I have a deep love for purple lipstick.  I want to share with you my review of the Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel “”Little Pretty”.  This was sold out at Sephora forever.  I just realized I didn’t write it up earlier when I got it.  Better late than never!  Plus, any season is the right season for purple!!!!

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Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Little Pretty

I love the packaging of these lipsticks.  It is magnetized, so there is no danger of the lid coming off even if it’s just thrown into your purse.  And the color!!!!  It is described as a “shimmering berry purple”.  On me, it is more berry (boo!).  But I still love it.

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Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Little Pretty

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Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Little Pretty

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Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Little Pretty

That looks pretty eggplant, doesn’t it?

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Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Little Pretty Swatch

You wouldn’t think the swatch would look like that, would you?  If you look closely, you can see bits of shimmer.  I believe that is why it isn’t a “vampy” purple.  You cannot see it when applied to your lips.  It does have a nice, shiny finish.

This is the second Marc Jacobs lipstick I own.  This one, like the first, did not disappoint.  At first swipe, it was rather light, but built up nicely.  The formula is not drying at all, and very smooth to apply.  I get 3-4 hours wear with no eating/drinking.  It has a very light vanilla scent.  Not at all overwhelming.

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Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Little Pretty Closeup

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Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Little Pretty

The gorgeous owl bracelet was lovingly handmade by one of my besties, Amie, for my birthday this year with amethyst and glass beads.  She is a super talented jewelry designer who always creates the coolest things for me and all of her peeps.  Lucky us!

If you have any favorite purple lippies, please share!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Ducky Tales Part 2 – Newborn Update

Welcome to Ducky Tales part 2.  This is our newborn update.  Part one of this saga is here.

We have made it to day 5!  We now know, thanks to our super smart niece Carol, that our beloved Ducky is a Mourning Dove.  After much research on the internet/YouTube, I have discovered that baby doves do not “gape” for food with their mouths open like most songbirds.  They are actually fed by both the Mother and Father, who regurgitate “crop milk” which is like infant formula. The baby doves then put their heads into their parent’s mouth to feed, sort of like a hummingbird feeding on a flower to get the nectar.  That explains why he wasn’t opening his mouth when we attempted to feed him with a syringe!

So, how to feed this baby? Believe it or not, they make a hand feeding formula for baby birds (more on that on my next post).  We decided on the ziploc method.  It is similar to hand piping cake decorations and Spritz cookies.  You chuck the formula into a ziploc, snip the corner of the baggie, place the bird’s beak into the opening, and “pipe” away!!

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Feeding baby mourning dove

Honestly, he LOVES it.  He understands it.  He stomps his little feet, flaps his little wings, and chirps with delight as he’s eating it.  You see his little beak opening up inside that ziploc.

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Feeding baby dove.

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Feeding baby dove.

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Feeding baby dove.

It does get a bit messy.  We also learned that the food needs to be between 103 degrees and 105 degrees prior to feeding.  So we are making formula, checking the temp, reheating when necessary, and checking the temp again with our Thermapen.  Who would’ve thought this would be the best thing we’ve ever used that Thermapen for!!!  Overdone pork chops – who cares??

He does look like a mess after feeding time, but he loves when I wipe the excess off with a warm paper towel.  He just sits there and lets me clean him up.  So, he no longer looks like he has a flesh eating bacteria like the last post.

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baby dove collage

This has been such a rewarding experience.  Indeed we have grown very attached to this little baby dove.  I am so grateful to everyone who has helped us figure out the right thing to do with this little bird.  The people who posted videos of their experience on YouTube.  The bloggers who have detailed their labor of love to save a little life.  I have reached out to all of those folks to let them know what a blessing they have been to us in our little endeavor.  My hope is that someone later on down the line, who comes across a helpless baby bird, will be helped by my contribution.  I believe the next installment will be a blog post, but we absolutely need to put a video on YouTube to help others.

Do I need to say more?

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Baby dove

Snuggling with his Daddy.

 

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Baby dove

How his wing span has grown.

I thank you all for your thoughts/prayers for our little warrior.  I am confident now that he’s made it 5 days he will be okay!!!  Next update in 2 days!

Again, really THANK YOU for reading!!! kxoxo

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Dyson Digital Slim D35 Cordless Vacuum Review

Whaaaat?  Yes, this is indeed a household appliance post (not sponsored).  I really wanted to share my Dyson Digital Slim D35 Cordless Vacuum Review because it is such a time saver that really helps you keep your house clean.  Makes life really simple.  Who doesn’t need a bit of that?

As many of you know, I share my house with a bunch of pets.  Fortunately, my 78 pound fur baby (the largest) does not shed, since he is a poodle.  But everyone else produces enough fluff to make several sweaters.  Per day.  My house sometimes looks like a set from an old time Western ghost town movie with all the fur “tumbleweeds” that roll about.  Keeping my floors clean is practically a part-time job.  So whether you’ve got pets, children, busy career, or all of the above, this baby is a lifesaver.

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Dyson Digital Slim D35 Cordless Vacuum

If you’re not familiar with Dyson products, they make everything foolproof.  All the components click together seamlessly and everything is clearly marked.  Another plus is that it is easy to disassemble and clean.  So no icky smells carrying over each time you fire up the machine.

At the heart of this unit is the “motor” itself.

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Dyson Digital Slim D35 Cordless Vacuum Motor

As you can see, there is a place to attach all the components, an easy to use empty button, and the power button you press while doing the vacuuming (the blue section houses the filter, which has easy access and is easy to clean).

At the back of the unit/handle, there is a “boost” button to give you exta oomph if needed.

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Dyson DC 35 Digital Slim Cordless Vaccum Boost Button

I couldn’t take a full picture of the above unit with the extension rod in place (as shown on the box in the first photo).  But you snap it on at the attachment nozzle.  It allows you to use it more or less as a floor vacuum, or to reach high corners of your house to suck up cobwebs or anything else lurking higher up.  Again, my trusty model Murphy is helping.  One of the culprits of me needing this in the first place.

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Dyson Extension Tool

The first attachment is the motorized floor tool.  It can be used on carpet or any surface.

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Dyson D35 Motorized Floor Tool

It also comes with a charging station, combination tool, and crevice tool (that easily snaps into the attachment nozzle).

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Dyson Charging Station, Crevice Tool, Combination Tool

You an also use it as a hand vac, as all the accessories fit directly into the attachment nozzle.

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Dyson Hand Vacuum

It is cordless, and when not in use, you should keep it charging (I haven’t mounted my charging station yet!).  It lasts between 15 minutes to 6 minutes, depending which tools you use and if you use the boost button.  No matter what I do, it lasts long enough for me to get the cat/dog fur up.  The suction is so powerful it even picks up any sand/dirt.  And it is very lightweight!

I love that you can use it as a floor/high area vacuum, as well as a handheld.  Beats the crap out of the Dustbuster from the days of old!  You can use this to easily clean your stairs inside as well as your car outside!

Nothing beats a good ‘ol full size vacuum and mop for cleaning floors, but this supplements my in between cleanings fantastically!  My “real” vacuum is a Dyson as well.

It is rather pricey at $299.  I purchased mine during Black Friday when Dyson was offering 20% off, and Ebates had a deal.  Keep an eye out for other retailers that sell this for deals (Target, Sears, Bed, Bath, & Beyond).  It really is a great cordless vac!  The specs of all the scientific details that I don’t understand are on the Dyson website. For bunny lover, also check the best indoor & outdoor rabbit hutch reviews!

Again, thanks for reading! kxoxo

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I Have A Newborn!!

Yes, it’s true.  This past Thursday, August 1, we got a baby.

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Wild Baby Bird

Ha ha!  I didn’t say what kind of baby,  However, he is a newborn.  Here’s the scoop:

We were on our way out the door to a friend’s house for a Texas Hold ‘Em game when the hubs says, “Look at that baby bird just hobbling around in the yard.”  And hobbling he was.  I was worried he was injured, so he went to take a closer look.  I’ll be damned if that little bird didn’t just hop right up to him, totally fearless.  It appeared he wasn’t injured, but he was very young.  After much debate, we decided to put him in a box (I put a makeshift nest in there) and keep him in the garage, where he would be protected from predators, until the next day.  He actually followed us to our front door.  It reminded me of a book I read as a child, where a baby bird gets lost and is searching for his Mom called, “Are You My Mother?”  He goes up to a bulldozer, fire hydrant, etc, asking if it is his Mother.  OK, on with the story…… (Also for cat lovers, let’s check my friend’s reviews on best outdoor cat house and shelter)

Fortunately, my vet’s office is open late on Thursdays.  I called them for advice, and they told me there was a veterinary clinic in town that did wild bird rehabilitation.  So, my task was to just keep him alive until the next day (much like when I babysit the nieces and nephews).  Just fourteen hours. Fourteen little hours.

We still went on to our friend’s house.  I posted the pics I took on  Facebook and asked people for advice.  I texted one of my besties, Tiffany, for help.  A good friend of hers rehabbed (I speak the lingo now) Chimney Swifts, and they gave me great advice.  Won’t bore you with all those details.

Now for some background.  I really try to not jabber on incessantly get to the point on stories.  We   had 3 old, dead trees cut down the day before.  I was concerned there were bird/squirrel nests in the trees.  I believe there was indeed a nest that was destroyed, and this little baby somehow made it.  The Mama bird came back and realized her nest was gone and flew away, not knowing there was a sole survivor.  I’ve just not dwelled on thinking about the other little babies.

Fast forward to Friday….he’s ALIVE!!!

Before I go any further, I have to tell you I am a koo-koo crazy animal lover.  Total sucker for helpless, orphaned animals especially.

I got up every hour to feed him.  So, no sleep for me Thursday night.  Totally sleep deprived, I called the clinic with the rehabbers.  GOOD GRIEF.  Long story short, they would not take him until the next day,  They wanted me to put him back in the yard where he was found.  They insisted the Mama bird was around, and she would feed him and protect him from cats/dogs/snakes (like how she protected him from two gigantic humans that picked him up and put him in their dwelling).  I explained all of the above to them.  NOPE.  Can’t bring him until the next day.  Just to let you know, I did put him back into the yard, and watched vigilantly for two hours.  No Mama bird.  So I continued on with my bestie’s rehabber friend’s advice.  And I planned to take him to the rehabbers Saturday, which is today.

I went to get the necessary supplies to feed him.  Like meal worms.  They are actually in a container in my refrigerator now.  Note the “koo-koo crazy” mention above.  I am someone who usually will not take “No” for an answer.  I always try to figure out an alternative.  So, I called Wild Birds Unlimited.  They put me in touch with the sweetest, most helpful lady who has successfully rehabbed wild birds and released them into the wild.   We talked for a long time, and she agreed to assist me in raising this baby, with the ultimate goal being to release him into the wild once he’s matured.  I feel like Joy Adamson in “Born Free”!  I also learned that the Mama birds only hunt from dusk til dawn.  At night, they snuggle up with their babies, so I don’t have to get up with him during the night.  Whew!  Side note:  I will not be snuggling with him in the garage, in case you were wondering.

Of course, I’ve named him.  He’s Ducky!  Like Lucky Ducky, which I hope he is.  He’s made it for 2 whole days.  He seems to be getting stronger every day.  I got a bird “baby food” formula that I feed him from a syringe every hour during the day.  Once he can open up his mouth and gape for food, he’ll get the meal worms and other foods that will help him grow.

Initially, we thought he was a mockingbird.  I’ve Googled images, and he doesn’t really look like a mockingbird.  So maybe a woodpecker?  We have a lot of them in the neighborhood, and I believe they nest inside trees.  If any of you have a clue as to what he might be, please comment.  I’m sure we’ll know in a few days when all of his little feathers come in.

It is a labor of love.  He was spared for some reason, so he’d better make it.  I’m sure I will become very attached to him, and will be sad when it’s time for him to literally fly from the nest.  But I will be more overjoyed to see him be able to take flight and leave his first home and be free.  Fly on little wing!

These were taken today.  No, he doesn’t have some sort of flesh eating bacteria on his face.  His human Mommy is not good at feeding him, and he gets the food all over him.  I will attempt to clean him up.  If you’re interested, stay tuned for updates on my little Ducky.

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Wild baby bird

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Wild baby bird

Please send thoughts/prayers his way.  He is a little fighter! Update 2, Update 3, andUpdate 4, Update 5, Update 6.  

This blog helped me immensely when we first found the baby: http://www.thegardeningblog.co.za/tag/baby-dove/page/2/

***Update 09/09/2013 – Ducky has been with us for one month and nine days now.  He is doing extremely well.***

Thanks for reading!

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Ducky Tales – Part 8

Hey Everyone!  It’s hard to believe Ducky has been with us since August 1.  He’s been a bit under the weather unfortunately.  He is favoring his left wing, and is not flying very well.  Almost like it hurts.  When he is out of his cage, he just goes into a corner of the porch and stays there.  So he’s been in his cage for the past few days.  He is drinking and eating, but not as much as he usually does.  He is a big eater, and actually picks through his seed cup, munching up his favorites and leaving the ones he doesn’t particularly care for.

The only thing we can think of that might have affected him is some construction that’s been going on around here.  They are fixing all the manhole covers in our neighborhood, and they started jackhammer-ing very early one morning.  I’m talking several jackhammers at once.  When they got to our street, our dogs and cats scrambled for cover.  We heard Ducky outside flying around panicked in his cage.  We calmed him down and put extra covers on his cage.  He seemed to relax.  I’m thinking maybe while he was flapping around in the confines of his cage, he might have injured his wing.  Don’t laugh, but if he isn’t better by Monday, he will be going to the vet.  The construction drama happened this past Tuesday.

Anyways, here are some pics of my pretty boy, before he started feeling bad.  He perched on the bar of the screened porch, and spread all of his wings out for me to see.  He has done a full molt, and all his big boy/winter feathers have come in.  I could’ve made a couple of pillows with the fallout!  This was before his full tail feathers came in.  It seemed to happen overnight.

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Ducky’s pretty feathers

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This was taken today

Do you see the purple/pink area of his neck?  NO, it isn’t blood!!  I had always commented to Joey about how Ducky had this beautiful iridescent pink area on his neck/throat.  It’s hard to capture on film.  I can really see it when he’s in the sun.  Well, those signs point to him being a boy!  All my research points to males having a dark/almost blue tinged head, with pink/rose feathers around the neck/throat area.  Of course, the females are more of a “dull” uniform color, minus the pretty feathers.

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His pretty tail feathers!

One more quick story.  Several weeks ago, we had outdoor accent lighting installed for the front of our house.  The guy was strictly working on the front of the house, and the only access he needed to the backyard was the crawl space.  So, he’s working away.  I happened to have the blinds completely drawn up since we had the windows open.  I was in the kitchen, and out of the corner of my eye, I see him go up to the screened porch, prop the door open, and start walking in.  I drop everything, and open the door, thinking he might have needed to be on the porch for some reason?  He says, “Ma’am, there’s a wild bird on your porch!  I’m trying to get him out.”  I say, “Oh, no!  He is our pet!”  He was very sorry, and said, “Well ma’am, I’m glad you were here, because I was on a mission to shoo that bird off your porch”.  Another reason I think Ducky was meant to live, and live with us.

If you haven’t read my post about our trip to New Orleans for Joey’s birthday, we just seem to have an affinity for doves!!!

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Could this be Ducky’s cousin?

Thank you all for your support and concern for our little dove.  When I see the graphic of his picture for this series, it just blows my mind that he is doing so well.  The start of our journey is here. You can also check my friend’s reviews on outdoor hutchs for rabbit, chicken and dove!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Sunshine Award!

My blog is almost four months old!  While I totally enjoy blogging, an unexpected plus was the many wonderful fellow blogger-ettes I have met along the way.  I am both amazed and inspired by the creativity/beauty of my blogging sisterhood.  I was so touched when I was nominated for the Sunshine Award by a blogger I admire:  Kait, of chickadeesays.com .  You will just have to visit her to see how amazing she is.  She is quite the adorable chickadee indeed, but her crowning jewel is her sidekick, Tink.  Go visit and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

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The award is “given to those who inspire us and bring ‘sunshine’ into our lives”.  Wow.

There are a few simple rules for the Sunshine Award:

  • Include the award logo in a post or on your blog
  • Link to the person who nominated you
  • Answer ten questions about yourself
  • Nominate ten bloggers to receive the award

Kait’s questions were:

1)  What are your top three workout essentials?

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I am a runner, so good running shoes, my ipod, and proper attire is key.  Also, I need to chew gum no matter what workout I’m doing.

2)  Favorite dessert food?

I’m not much on sweets (I prefer potato chips and Cheetos), but if I do indulge, I would say warm oatmeal raisin cookies.

3)  What is your favorite accessory for fall?

I live in Georgia, so we don’t really have a fall season.  In fact, I’m still wearing flip-flops.  We go from hot, to warm, to cold.  So I would have to say boots.  I love knee high, flat heeled boots with skinny jeans tucked in.

4)  Do you have a pet?  If so, post pics.  If not, what would you like to have?

Um, yes.  I have a house full of pets.  Two dogs – a Standard Parti-Colored Red/White Poodle, Sheldon, and an Australian Shepherd, Fiona.  I also have seven cats (all indoors) that consist of a couple of Ragdolls, Maine Coons, and rescues.  I also have a wild baby dove I rescued late summer that will probably be a permanent resident on Planet KP.  In the interest of space, here are the puppies.  I have yet to successfully gather all the kitties together for a group photo.  The dogs and cats get along very well and play together.  Really! I’m also gonna have 2 rabbits, and buy an indoor rabbit hutch or cage too. I hope they can get along well ^^

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Fiona and Sheldon

5)  Favorite Vegetarian Recipe

I adore British chef Nigella Lawson.  I have all of her cookbooks.  One of my quickie go-to- recipes is her version of Mattar Paneer.  If you can’t find paneer (a non-melting Indian cheese) you can substitute firm tofu.

6)  What social media are you most obsessed with?

I still adore Facebook.  It’s a great way to keep up with friends I don’t see very often, as well as my cousins who live in Texas.  If it wasn’t for FB, I don’t know if we would know what was going on in each other’s lives.

7)  If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

Growing up as an Army brat, I have lived all over the world.  My husband and I love to travel, so we have been to many fantastic places.  I wish I was blogging back then so I could share some of the cool destinations we’ve visited.  However, the one place I would LOVE to visit is Bora Bora.  I’d love to stay in one of those tiki huts on the turquoise water.

8)  What song do you have on repeat right now?

I just have to say, I think the song of the summer was “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, and I played it a lot.  Right now, my repeat song is “Supersoaker” by Kings of Leon.  I LOVE them.

9)  What’s your favorite cocktail (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)?

I am a 100% red wine drinker.  I did discover wonderful cocktails made with cucumber infused vodka this summer that I really enjoyed.  Kait has a great one on her blog.

10)  Favorite thing about blogging?

My favorite thing is writing, and coming up with creative ideas.  I thought that would be all blogging consisted of.  Was I wrong!  I’ve had to learn about photography, blog design, so many things I never thought of.  I love anything that challenges me to learn something new.  Also, as I said initially, the wonderful women I have met through blogging.

My nominees (in no particular order) are:

  • Megan from Little Miss Average – www.littlemissaverage.com/
  • Etta from Etta’s Threads – ettasthreads.wordpress.com/
  • Daphne from Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life – peanutbutterandchocolatelife.blogspot.com
  • Carmen from ShuGar Love – shugarlove.com/
  • Kristy from Taupe & Pearl – www.taupeandpearl.com/
  • Heidi from The Inside Out Beauty – www.theinsideoutbeauty.com/
  • Wendy from fashionable heart – www.fashionableheart.com/
  • Julie & Ashley from 20/30 Glam – www.twentythirtyglam.blogspot.com/
  • Rosie from a red lip and nude shoe – aredlipandanudeshoe.wordpress.com/
  • Valerie from oohval – ohhval.blogspot.com/

My ten questions:

  1. The 3 things you would never leave home without.
  2. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world (living or dead), who would it be?  And why?
  3. If you had a fairy Godmother who could wave a magic wand and change ONE thing about yourself, what would it be?
  4. What is your favorite comfort food?  If you have a recipe, please share!
  5. What do you do to keep fit?  Is there a fitness trend you would like to try?
  6. What do you drink first thing in the morning?
  7. Top three favorite songs/artists?
  8. Mac or PC?
  9. Who is your girl crush?
  10. What made you decide to start blogging?

I would love to hear your answers as well!!

Much love to all my blogger friends.

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BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation

Hi everyone!  I know you’re probably rolling your eyes from all of my beauty sample posts of late, but hey!  I always try them out, so I thought why not share my reviews with you.  I received a free sample of BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation in my Sephora order (order paid for by me).  I selected the “medium” range.

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BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation Medium sample shades

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BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation Medium shades

I was really excited to try a foundation from BECCA, as one of my Holy Grail products is from them.  It did not disappoint!  As a matter of fact, I am now going to try more from this line, as everything I have tried so far is amazing!

The sample was extremely well packaged.  There was a blister pack of every shade, perforated, so you could try each color individually without compromising the rest of the samples.

This review is for the “Tan” shade (full size $42.00).  I tried “Noisette” and “Bamboo”, but “Tan” matched my complexion best.

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BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation in Tan

The sample was about the size of a penny (and 1/4 inch deep), but it was more than enough to do my whole face.  As I mentioned earlier, I tried other shades as well.  As with all BECCA products, a little goes a long way.

It is a medium coverage foundation.  Very creamy and easy to apply.  No fragrance at all (though I love the scent of the skin perfector!).  I did use a color corrector to hide the red on my face, but this foundation came through!  I did not have to go back over my red areas with concealer.  It made my face look flawless.  All three colors I tried lasted all day.  It did not settle into fine lines at all.  It pretty much looked the same as when I put it on when I washed it off.

I did apply with the Beauty Blender sponge.  No powder after application.  LOVE!

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BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation in Tan

I will definitely purchase the full size.

Again, thank you for reading!  kxoxo

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Ducky Tales Part 7 – Teen Angst.

I know it’s been a while since the last update on my little Ducky.  He has just been doing so well, and growing like a weed.  And I must say, he is quite the handsome young dove!

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Ducky

He has been with us for two months and 5 days now.  I always think he’s gotten to be such a big boy, then I see the other full grown doves that visit our backyard.  He’s about half their size.

We put a small glass pyrex baking dish full of water on the porch for him to bathe in.  He loves it.  I’ve tried to take photos, but they turn out to be nothing but a big blur.  If this warm weather holds out, I will take a Vine video to include in my next update.

The reason I named this update “Teen Angst” is that he is prone to moodiness.  Most days, he is very loving, and wants to hang out with us.  Other days, he is very standoff-ish, and will run from us.  He has full reign of the screened porch during the day, but when the dogs have to go out, we put him back in his cage.  Usually, no problem.  But sometimes, he will run away (and his little dove legs can MOVE when he wants), and hide under the furniture.  Then keep running.

Also, he spends a lot of time preening/grooming himself.

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Ducky puffed up

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Ducky making sure he looks good from any angle

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Really checking his look!

 

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Doing his weird stretching routine?

His mourning dove “coo” is becoming more pronounced.  It is very noticeable in the morning.  Once, I was sitting outside with him, and he started making this odd sound.  So odd I thought he was choking on something and I needed to take him to the vet.  Then it stopped.  It does happen every now and then, still.  Guess he’s figuring out his vocal ability.

Y’all know I’ve been referring to him as a boy.  I need to do more research on Google as to when doves lay eggs.  From what I understand, they lay eggs without a partner (if they are female).  Time will tell I reckon!

Thank you all for asking about Ducky and your interest in him.  If you are new to our story, the first part of our journey is here. Also check the new hutch I just bought for my dove, this outdoor hutch can be used for rabbit, chicken, duck and dove, check the reviews at www.kidfriendlyhome.com/best-outdoor-indoor-rabbit-hutch/

See y’all in our next update!  Coo-cooooooo!

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Coo-coo!

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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NARS Cheek Palette Soulshine Review

I have worshiped at the altar of NARS’ “Orgasm” for a long time.  I was ready for a change, so when NARS released some limited edition blush palettes, I decided I would invest in one.  Boy, am I happy I did!

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NARS Cheek Palette in Soulshine

 

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NARS Cheek Palette in Soulshine

I must admit, the logo mosaic in the palette is what drew me to it.  I ordered mine fromSephora.

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NARS Cheek Palette in Soulshine

This palette was available in another color, “Realm of the Senses”.  I felt that one would be too light for me, so I opted for “Soulshine” ($41.00).  It is a combination of a peachy pink, apricot, and rose, with a gold shimmer.  The gold is what makes up the “letters”.  It is very shimmery, so if you aren’t a fan of shimmer blushes, definitely stay away from this collection!  I happen to like shimmer blushes.  I think matte blushes make me look one-dimensional, and I end up using a highlighter anyways.  This covers all bases!

Initially, I was afraid the color combo was too light and wouldn’t show up on my olive complexion.  Was I pleasantly surprised!  It gave me a healthy glow along with a flush of color.  I think it would be universally flattering to all complexions, much like “Orgasm”.

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NARS Cheek Palette Soulshine swatch

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NARS Cheek Palette Soulshine swatch

This was a great addition to my makeup collection.  I think I will be reaching for this blush many times!  And it is so pretty to look at.

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Ducky Tales Part 6 – Teenager!

My baby dove is growing up!  He has now been with us for one month and 8 days!

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My boy being charming!

He is very much used to the camera, since I’ve been documenting his progress on my little blog.  He actually poses!  And you will be happy to note, his icky baby food globs are no longer on his little person, as he’s grown new feathers.  He is looking rather spiffy!!!

First, he is now completely off of the baby formula.  He is a big boy eating seeds, fruits, and his favorite treat, millet spray.

Second, he is completely spoiled.  We went out of town this past weekend to see our beloved Georgia Bulldogs play the Carolina Gamecocks in Athens (post to follow!).  So my boy was left alone for the first time.  I made sure he had enough seed, water, etc.

When we got home, he pouted.  Really.  He ran away from me when I tried to take him out of his cage.  Once I got him out, he flew into a corner and wouldn’t come to me.  One of the milestones we reached was him flying out of his cage when his door was open to see us.  He came around eventually.  But he did pout.

His story in photos:

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til you love me, papa, paparazzi!

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I’m puffing my feathers to look handsome!

He is growing up.  He is starting to make the sweet mourning dove “coo coo” sounds.  He no longer makes the little baby “chirp chirp” sounds he made when we were hand-feeding him (I must admit, I miss that).  He has learned to preen his feathers, and makes quite a show of grooming himself:

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Gotta look nice for the ladies!

I am so happy that he has progressed so well.  He still has to work on his flying skills.  His cage is on our screened porch, and during the day, we leave him out and let him have free reign.  But his flying is not so good.  I’m hoping it will improve in the days to come!

And my baby says, “Goodnight my friends!”:

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Night Night!

**I really hope that he is a boy.**

The start of our journey begins here.

I was so touched today to see a comment on my blog from another person who found a baby dove, saying my feeding method helped them feed their baby.  If you are someone finding this random post on the internet, and need help with a baby dove, please e-mail me at kpsayswhat@gmail.com.  I will be happy to help in any way I can.  Lord knows, I had a lot of help. >> Also check the top outdoor cat shelter reviews on my friend’s blog!

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Ducky Tales Part 5 – Visitors!

We have made it to day 25!  Things have been going quite smoothly.  Ducky continues to grow and become more coordinated with his flying ability.  He is mostly eating seeds now, but we continue to supplement his diet with the baby formula.  (also check outdoor cat house reviews on my friend’s blog)

Below is a picture taken on day one and one taken today:

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Ducky then and now.

Yes, he still has those dried on bits of food on him that we cannot seem to get rid of.  He is getting new feathers daily, so hopefully those will fall off to reveal beautiful, clean feathers!

One of my dearest friends who I hadn’t seen in a long time came to spend a Sunday afternoon with me, bringing her two adorable little girls in tow!  They live a couple of hours away, so it was a wonderful treat to be able to catch up with her and spend time with her precious daughters.  They were both enthralled with Ducky, especially his feeding routine.

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Look at the intent look on Little A’s face!

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Big sister A and Ducky.

Big sis A. Ducky showing of his wing flap!

Big sis A. Ducky showing of his wing flap!

Ducky enjoyed meeting these two sweethearts, and put on quite a show for them.

I’m noticing a little line of blue feathers on his underbelly, right under his wings.

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Who’s a handsome dove boy?

This photo taken from my new Android phone.  Was messing around with the camera/effects.  I think it turned out quite nice!

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Immersed in sepia.

This concludes the current episode of Ducky Tales.  If you’re new to our series, you can catch up here.  Thanks to everyone for their support and interest in our baby dove.  I guess he’s kind of a teen dove now.

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo & DUCKY (peep-peep).

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