Bug,  Family Matters,  The Zoo

Operation Birthday Birdy

two of a kind

Baby Bug and I have been up to some covert maneuvers. We were sent on a top-secret mission by my Grandmother to buy a canary for my Aunt Keren, for her birthday. It was to be a very big surprise. It’s been in the works for months.

checkin' out the chickens

We took our mission seriously. We looked high and low for just the right bird. Not a chicken, not a duck but a perfectly yellow canary. And of course we found him at the Magnolia Bird Farm—our favorite bird store.

birdies for sale...

A perfectly yellow, very young canary who can’t sing yet and so therefore was half price. Not bad. We got our bird and smuggled him home for the big birthday dinner on Sunday. No, we weren’t going to eat the bird! He was the big surprise birthday present!

the birthday girl

I’m happy to report that our mission was a complete success. Not only was Aunt Keren completely surprised but she fell in love with her new little birdy on the spot. And Pavarotti (his new name) was happy too because he spent the rest of the day tweeting like a proper teenager canary who has not fully developed his singing pipes yet.

getting some fresh air

No stressed-out birdy here. He was very happy. I think he approves of the paint color in the dining room, don’t you?

Jack 'o Lantern and Pumpkin Face

Auntie Keren and Rapunzel

Mom and Gramma

Over and Out.


  • Amanda

    What a beautiful bird! I love his name! I’m glad your mission was a success.

    My kids and I had our own bird adventure this morning at the zoo. We fed the lorries some nectar from a cup. There was a whole lot of squawking going on and absolutely no singing.

  • Gramma

    No longer Pavarotti, but now “Luciano,” Pavarotti’s first name. Now we have Bob, Lil and Lu. He is hanging between the kitchen and dining area in a white and yellow cage, happily throwing seeds and hulls everywhere. He chirps quite a bit. I think he will be a real singer. Keren turns the fountain on for him every morning and he likes that. At night she covers him with a yellow and white striped beach towel. She really loves him. I’m afraid Bobby is jealous..

  • lynne

    Happy birthday to your Aunt Keren. Looks like you had a lovely family gathering. Are those homemade pop overs on the plates? Mmmmm super. Incidentally do you still have your own aviary?

  • sock mom

    what a fabulous present! I love your entries about your family – mine is so far away and so scattered.

    (and was that a red Volo I saw in your last entry? I love ours, it sort of makes me wish I hadn’t bought a big jogger. Although there are times when you have to go over rocks or sand or whatever that the jogger is good for)

  • GenE Shockley

    I always enjoy your posts.

    Please excuse me for going off topic.

    Guard those square corning ware dishes with your life. I went to a corning ware outlet last week looking for some of those exact dishes and was told that corning ware is no longer making them. They had square lids out the wazzoo, but no square dishes.


  • BeachMama

    Oh how fun. Canaries are so beautiful. And your dinner looks delicious, I could stop by for some right now ;).

    Happy Birthday Brenda’s Aunt Keren.

  • kedge

    Of course I had to name him a very big name! I’ll claim the whole thing too! Luciano Pavrotti was the bomb!!! Big man with big voice and big heart/ little birdy with little tweet and teeny tiny heart.

  • Steph

    i want some cake now…sorry, i know that wasn’t the intention of the pic.
    My mom would call it “mexican wedding cake” white (or yellow in a pinch) cake, white frosting & coconut = YUM!