Are You Creating?

Hulusi Tabs for Happy Birthday
Art from the video game Five Nights at Freddies. American graphic design.
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Chinese animation. Super hero and kung fu master, Shen Long. He arrives in Dragon World to teach dragons protection and self defines.
Betty White
Betty White and friends.

The students I teach are a range from Kindergarten to 5th grade.  The 3rd graders enjoy “torturing” me with scary video games and their personal art.  I find it important to encourage their exploration of topics Asian in their own personal interest life.  For many that includes drawing, colouring and video games.  Some of them have been bringing me drawings and pictures and I have been attempting to turn it into some sort of scroll-like art.  As of yet, I have failed to reach a finishing point.  Just like real life, art is about knowing when something is finished.  Finishing the product can be called success in my classroom.

Perhaps I should explain.  I am a teacher.  I teach Mandarin Chinese.  No, I am not Chinese.  Long story.  For those of you who love animation and all things in the Mandarin language check out this awesome Chinese animation feature film.  The name is Xi Yang Yang.  That means Happy Sheep.  Sit back, relax, grab some yummy Chinese noodles, and enjoy the show.


Time to recover.  Time to rest, time to eat right, and time to make better decisions about essentials and nonessentials.  “May you live in interesting times.”  A famous old Chinese curse.  How can we NOT live in interesting times?  When society is at war citizens are in grief and turmoil  When society is in peace for long enough, we forget.

I often think of the non-problem problems we have in the circles I swirl in.  Most of these irritants are due to a lack of clarity about essential and nonessentials.

Take time to rest, play, and trim out essentials.  Peace.

All My Pigeons

January 10, 2015

I truly never dreamed my little flock of pigeons would be so sweet and demanding at the same time.  Diablo, the rock pigeon, has truly stolen my heart and a little mountain dove named Hansel flies in every morning and evening to boss me into feeding her.  My neighbour, retired artist and nature lover, brought Manu to my flock.  Manu is a white man bird.  He has the authority of a king and once ignored by this human, can be quite independent.














This is Billy, he is the kind of our school farm. He is a chubby boy! One thing on this guy’s mind. His stomach!

This is Hansel. She was released about three weeks ago and has declared me to be her servant. She flies in morning and afternoon to be fed then off she goes until she is ready for me to wait on her again. I oblige her whims of fancy. Better to be the save of a little mountain dove than…well, you get my point.

Goats. The best description I have for these dear animals is “head up-tail down-eating”. Goats love to eat.


My lily pond.

Pigeons are delightful, if not very funny and loveable pets. And quiet! Pigeons are quiet. Your neighbours will not be complaining about loud parrots next-door.




I Love Pigeons

Pigeons make wonderful pets.   I have four darling pigeons who are forever keeping me entertained and a treat to come home to every day.

The basic needs of pigeons are as follows:

1. Housing: A good size for four pigeons would be at least 6 feet long by 4 feet deep and 6 feet high. It should be vermin and predator proof. The aviary floor should be cleaned once a day (pigeons spend a lot of time on the ground) and the entire aviary (perches and other surfaces) should be cleaned once a week to keep the pigeons healthy.

2. Fresh water (change it twice a day if it gets dirty quickly). Bathing: Once or twice a week cover the floor with a shower curtain, put out a tub with water, and watch the fun.

3. Pigeon food: A good racing pigeon mix from a feed supply is best. Snacks: Some snacks that pigeons enjoy are raw unsalted peanuts (small, NOT roasted), safflower, sunflower hearts, hemp, sesame seeds (raw), fruits and veggies: Mine especially like papaya (with the seeds) and sprouts.
**Avoid Avocado as it’s toxic to all birds. **Avoid Veggies like Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.

4. Red grit, if you can find it. It contains crushed oyster shells which is a good source of calcium. Feed is so fresh nowadays that many feed stores do not carry grit. Do offer calcium.

5. Supplements:

a. Pigeons kept indoors without exposure to direct sunlight will need a vitamin supplement because they do not produce their own vitamin D3, so build your aviary on the lanai or outside and let your birds enjoy the morning sun.

b. Adding a little Apple cider vinegar to the water once a week, helps keep their system acidic to prevent diseases like coccidiosis, canker and crop candida. The dose is 1 tbsp per gallon of fresh water.

c. Mixing probiotic powder (from the human health-food shelf) or a dollop of Greek yogurt with a few drops of sunflower oil, garlic oil, or corn oil, into the seed ration for the day will help maintain good bacteria in their gut.

d. Grating a tiny bit of garlic in the water bowls will keep feathers looking nice and internal parasites away.


These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

TreeWithBird2014 is headed out the door.  What happened?  Well, most recently I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor.  During the time of the diagnosis I caught a terrible cough.  Coughing with a horrible headache.  Not my idea of perfect health.  Time to kick up the ever popular New Year Resolution “pay better attention to my health”.

I visited China twice.  Both times I left China with a heavy heart.  It always tears me up to leave.  Half of my heart is China.  Always has been-since I was a little girl.  Always will be.  I learned to play the Hulusi flute.  Once my headaches grew worse it was very painful to play.  So I have set my flute aside until the headaches are under control.

I learned more and dove deeper into wildlife rescue.  The students and one of the teachers and I helped quite a few animals on our school campus.  We rescued and adopted out an entire family of cats dumped on our campus.  We help countless feral chickens and roosters, and have become better at helping baby birds.  I still have so much to learn!  App

My Life With the Birds

December 19, 2014

Most days I feel like I want to do everything, learn everything, and basically experience everything. What do I want to be when I grow up? Everything. And my life is probably more than half way over. Now what? Easy. Do more.

A few days ago I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful wild bird rehabilitation enthusiast. She was certainly the best health care provider I have met. I found myself wishing she was my health care provider. A little pigeo with a broken leg brought me to her doorstep and I immediately knew I was standing in front of someone very special. She showed me a tumor she took out of another rock pigeon’s wing and I dared not wench with yuck in front of her. But she was certainly ok if I did.

It got me to thinking about my own frailities. Among the largest of my patholigies is the fear of anything medical. And with little bird friends coming to me for various reasons (orphans, broken legs and wings, and generally needing a good meal) I think it high time to look deeper. Look deeper. Now isn’t that a mouthful.

I have been practicing Transendental Meditation now. It is a strangly successful practice that seems to have opened up space in my time managemnt calendar. Still the idea of 20 minutes seemed a bit daunting. I decided a few days ago to go with 10 minutes for now. I certainly hope this is not a TM cardinal sin. Even if it is, I’m still doing it this way until something breaks and I no longer do it this way. As is the plan with most of my life. Including my “five year plan”.

For my little bird friends I have decided to knit a few adorable nests. Here is the pattern. Don’t take it too seriously and adjust however you need to.
Needle size: anything US 5 to US9
Use two strands of easy to wash yarn
CO 54 sts
Knit until you have 3 to 4 inches.
Purl one row.
Begin Decrease:
Row 1: *K7, k2tog* to end.
Row 2: *K6, k2tog* to end.
Row 3: *K5, k2tog* to end.
Row 4: *K4, k2tog* to end.
Row 5: *K3, k2tog* to end.
Thread yarn with darning needle and run through stitches.