Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Reach Out and Bite Someone

Sometimes no matter what you do – or how cute you are – life simply refuses to do what you tell it to do. You say “scratch neck feathers.” It gives you a shower. You say “bring waffles.” It brings spinach. You say “spring migration.” It brings you instructions for sheltering in place. Sheesh. IfContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Reach Out and Bite Someone”

Happy Day O’ Independence from Love & Feathers & Shells

When you are just a chick and your bullying flockmates bite off your left wing tip and three of your eight powerful sharp curved talons, independence becomes kind of a thing. You had it when you were born. But now you don’t have it. You can’t fly like the other birds. You need help toContinue reading “Happy Day O’ Independence from Love & Feathers & Shells”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Love Makes the World Go Round

This world serves up so many lessons even on a daily basis. It can feel unrealistic – at best – to expect to learn them all. Here, the best strategy is to just concentrate on the most important lessons. For example: “round is good.” This is an easy one. Round is clearly the best shape,Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Love Makes the World Go Round”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Strike While the Waffle Iron Is Hot

The large featherless beings can have some very strange ideas about things. Take the word “waffling,” for instance. Your large featherless assistant uses this word in all kinds of odd ways. She seems to think it means “not being able to make up your mind.” You can tell because she frequently struggles from this veryContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Strike While the Waffle Iron Is Hot”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Going All In

If there is one thing in life that is certain, it is uncertainty. This is certainly not a comforting fact. And yet what can be comforting is knowing you’ve got what it takes – whatever life hands you, you are going to make something fabulous from it. You are going to find the gem, theContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Going All In”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Extra Fluffy

When you have 21 and a half years of life in an interspecies flock under your feathers, you have learned there are days when “fluffy” will do. And then there are the days when “fluffy” simply won’t cut it. Some days call for “extra fluffy.” If not for yourself (because let’s face it, you alreadyContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Extra Fluffy”

Happy Birthday to Our Small Chef!

Once each year a very special day arrives. It is the day when a certain flock-wide Small Chef turns one year younger. And wiser. And even more special. It doesn’t matter what species you are – a Grandma’s love is a Grandma’s love. When you know you are loved and cared for and doted uponContinue reading “Happy Birthday to Our Small Chef!”

Happy Father’s & Mother’s & Grandparents Day!

Being a Dad or a Mom is a pretty big deal, for sure. But being a grandbirdparent – now that is something special. And being a grandturtleparent – how many beings on this small round blue planet can add that singular honor to their lifetime resume? At first glance, it might seem like your largeContinue reading “Happy Father’s & Mother’s & Grandparents Day!”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be the Cuteness

There are some days you may wake up, take a glance out at the current events unfolding on our small round blue planet and quite justifiably decide it’s a great day to go back to bed. No matter where your eyes may fall or what your ears may hear, it can seem there is noContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Be the Cuteness”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Make Mine Mashed

When you’ve been out of the egg for 21-and-a-half consecutive nesting seasons, you have had ample opportunity to learn that expecting things to stay the same is both optimistic and unlikely. On the one hand – positivity. You’ve got it. (And what ladybird doesn’t love positivity?) On the other hand – reality. The food chainContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Make Mine Mashed”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Put a Heart On It

In large featherless circles, when you like something – or someone – you’re supposed to put a ring on it. What the large featherless beings don’t know is that a heart can work just as well. For example, let’s say you are having a bit of a bum day. The news from the large rectangularContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Put a Heart On It”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Do Not Disturb Bird

Stress is nobody’s bestie. Whether it comes from unauthorized (at least from you) visits to the large featherless beings in the unattractive white lab coats or something awful called “social distancing” that means you are supposed to stay far away from the ladybirds during nesting season (as if), stress is a bona fide party killer.Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Do Not Disturb Bird”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Big Bird Bite

Biting may not be considered the most socially appropriate response in certain circles. Sad but true. The longer you spend living in an interspecies flock, the more you are likely to notice how frequently your flock mates prefer to waffle around the important issues rather than tackle them head-on. Their loss. Whether the threat isContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Big Bird Bite”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Drop It Like It’s Sparkly

if there is such a thing as too much of a good thing (which is totally debatable when you’re covered in feathers), there is bound to be too much of a bad thing, too. Like too much stay-at-homing. Or too much soapy hand washing. Or too much of that clear slimy bottled goo that makesContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Drop It Like It’s Sparkly”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Atta Bird

If there is one fact you can count on in the greater food chain o’ life, it is this: every day is going to be different than the day before it. Sometimes, this is a good thing. For example, perhaps one morning you open your adorable round black eyes and spy a line of singleContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Atta Bird”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fling It Now, Ask Questions Later

Back in the days of ye olde Wild West, gunslingers knew just what to do when someone or something annoyed them and wouldn’t go away. Shoot it now. Ask questions later. When you have feathers, you know that while the West was undoubtedly wild, it was still no big deal compared to the food chainContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Fling It Now, Ask Questions Later”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Box Full of Feathers

Sometimes you just want to curl up in something comfy. You might feel like this when not one, but two! shelled beings move into your household and then simply refuse to leave. Or you could feel like this when your large featherless scheduling coordinator makes an appointment for you with the scary large featherless beingContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: A Box Full of Feathers”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Keep Calm and Molt On

Being born with feathers automatically makes you very brave. Need proof? You just keep waking up every morning. You don’t know what you will find. Maybe for 21 straight years full of months and days, everything has been just fine. But that doesn’t mean it always will be. One morning, you might wake up toContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Keep Calm and Molt On”

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