Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Big Pancake Day

It is hard to keep a big-picture perspective sometimes. Especially when you wake up one day and discover you just got a heaping helping of very bad things delivered right to your doorstep. In times like these, it isn’t much comfort to know that everyone else got the same (awful, infectious, unwelcome) delivery. You justContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Big Pancake Day”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Nap Fiercely

Just as the small round blue and green planet you share with so many other beings has seasons, you also have seasons. It could even be said that “seasons happen.” Some seasons are cold and others are hot. Some seasons are long and some are short. Some seasons are for growing and some are forContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Nap Fiercely”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Molti-tasking

When you are a card-carrying member of the food chain o’ life, multi-tasking is just one of your many super powers. “Staying alive” is, of course, your number one super power. But this is not to steal limelight from your many other super powers, such as sleeping with one eye open, shrieking up to 123Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Molti-tasking”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Taking a Stand

Interspecies relationships can be complicated. There are lots of reasons why. One reason is the all-too-common tendency towards using labels. “Cutest.” “Hungriest.” “Loudest.” “Fiercest.” “Snooziest.” Sure, maybe you are the cutest flock member (this being self-evident, since you are also the only flock member who is covered in soft downy feathers). But this doesn’t mean youContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Taking a Stand”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: The Waffle Watcher

When you live in an interspecies flock, and you are all cooped up together because some (alleged) infectious particles have gotten loose and are on the lam, it is nice to find some hobbies you can all enjoy doing together. Take “watching,” for example. Many different species have something they enjoy watching. So you canContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: The Waffle Watcher”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Calling for Backup

Sometimes – and no matter how cute you might be – life just happens. You specifically ordered your day to go one way. It goes someplace else. As the flock “alpha,” of course you are not going to stand for this type of behavior. So you run after it. Shriek loudly at it. Give itContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Calling for Backup”

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”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Cute By Association

When you are born with a face (and a body, and wings, and a tail) that loves the limelight, it just makes sense that small rectangular flashing devices everywhere would want to be near you. After all, there’s nothing more comforting than looking really cute. When really tough stuff goes down on the small roundContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Cute By Association”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Waffle Power

Sometimes when you have a lot of stress (and also when you don’t have a lot of stress) you might find yourself craving waffles. It is easy to assume this is just because waffles taste so good. Which, of course, they do. But did you ever stop to think how cute you look consuming waffles?Continue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Waffle Power”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Corralling the C Gang

Since time immemorial, “black ops” agents (regardless of size or species) have used two main tactical strategies to conduct missions: overt and covert. An example of an overt strategy might be adopting a cover identity and going out to conduct field surveillance by tailing the suspects all day. An example of a covert strategy mightContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Corralling the C Gang”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Cockatiel Molting

Anyone who thinks “sheltering in place” can’t be cute clearly doesn’t have any feathers in their family tree. But for those who do, spending extended time at home in the company of a flock member lucky enough to have feathers may also give rise to, well, envy. Luckily, this issue is easily remedied. Just startContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Cockatiel Molting”

Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Cockatiel Napping

Masks. Gloves. Microscopic germs. Grumpy large featherless paparazzi issuing dire-sounding predictions about shortages of something deeply uninteresting called “hand sanitizer” (now if it was called “wing and talon sanitizer,” that might be something actually newsworthy). These are strange, scary times indeed that we are living through. It is hard to find comfort when life asContinue reading “Cuteness for Comfort with Pearl: Cockatiel Napping”

Cute Birb Lasagna Takeover

The best delicacies combine two essential (um) ingredients: tastiness + trajectory. In other words, overall deliciousness makes up just half the rating system when you’re an expert food critic with feathers. The other half of your rating system is flingability (a technical term). Flingability refers to how far your beak buildup flies when you shakeContinue reading “Cute Birb Lasagna Takeover”

Happy Cockatiel With New Foraging Box

As all feathered beings know, foraging is fantastic. Foraging is fun. Invigorating. Exciting, even. You never know what you might find. Or who. Heck, if you dig down deep enough you might even discover a fetching and feathery ladybird who sees your foraging box for what it truly is – a nesting box with greatContinue reading “Happy Cockatiel With New Foraging Box”

Cockatiel Forages a Wild Corn Muffin

Just because you are petite doesn’t mean you don’t make for a ferocious hunter. Pint-sized and powerful, this is the Cockatiel Way. It doesn’t hurt to have your own personal Small Chef who just happens to make the best corn muffins (aka aspiring birdie bread) on the planet.

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