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The New Years  2014 started out with catching the worse “BUG” ever in my life. My ribs feel so bruised from coughing non stop for days. It is a nasty one.

Thought you might enjoy some photos until my energy levels come back and I am in writing mode once again.


China above the Cupboards


China almost Three


Minnie and Shy Guy


Maze, Haze, Itty Blu and Bitty Blu

A neighbor gave me two more so now I have six. I call the new ones CoCo and Chico.

Photos soon.


Turn On Your Light~Let IT Shine


My Starry Starfish


Betta Indigo (Almost 2)


Jack and KK

I also rescued a little Hamster that was left at the dumpster. I call him Hempy Hipster Hamster from the Dumpster.

Will post pictures soon.

All photographs

©2014 Cynthia Martz

Nina The Parakeet

Check it out , the amazing story. Just makes you smile.

You can smile knowing that someone — your ruckus-causing parakeet — is feeling pretty good at the moment.


A heart warming story.


My granddaughter has not had very much good fortune in keeping pets. She has had many, parakeets, sugar gliders, baby rats.
She is working full time as a nursing assistant and going to college to get her RN Nursing degree.
She is in love. He’s a Keeper.

All her friends are having babies. Her babies are parakeets. They acquired Nina and Raspberry as their first ones back in August 2013. The cage is a beautiful, clean castle.


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© Cynthia Martz 2013

A few days ago she posted a video of Nina and Raspberry loving on each other and said Nina was a good bird, she will be missed.
Then I found out Nina didn’t die, she flew away. She had recently gotten her wing feathers.

The door was opened slightly, the birds were free flying and out she flew.


She said the bird flew so far and then she saw it again in the trees in the back.  Her dad, boyfriend went to get her, determined and armed with nets, whistles, bells and anything they thought would get Nina’s attention.

Darkness came and they had to sadly give up. The next day at work she was just getting ready to print out a memory of Nina. Her boyfriend called and said “She’s back, we got her. “
Actually he said they put the cage with Raspberry and the two new birds they had just gotten (Miley and Cianna) out on the balcony and Nina flew right to it. Those two were mates, always kissing and preening each other.

I guess Nina had the experience of her life. Flying free and then back safe and sound with her mate. Too think of her being out in the darkness, alone all night. Hungry, scared of the wide world consisting of the other animals looking for something to feast on.

But, she survived.

Of course she is wondering who in the heck  these other birds that look just like us are.

The Quads


Funny thing though I think one is a bat bird. Cianna hangs upside down all the time.




Her boyfriend said he wasn’t giving up and he was bringing their baby home.

Like I said A Keeper.

Manic China

My cat China (10 months) is driving me bonkers.

She is so hyper. She bounces off walls, climbs everything, eats all the time and totally makes me think she may be possessed.
She loves any and all bugs and small lizards that may get under the front door.

I did not sleep well last night. She burrows under my covers and attacks my feet, but mostly enjoys nibbling my toes and licking and suckling my hair.
She will not allow me too cut her nails and this seems to be a major insult too her if I should so much as pull the clippers out.

Everyone says “Welcome to the Kitty stage, before long she will be napping all day and night.”

I have an older cat also. Her name is Minnie and I got her from a shelter. She has been golden and well-behaved since the moment I brought her home. She was 11 months old when I adopted her in 2004.

Needless too say they did not like each other at the onset. They barely tolerate each other now but things have calmed down a bit. There were moments when I thought there were two wild animals living under my roof.

My main concern was my birds. I have 2 Cockatiels and 3 parakeets. They have separate large cages. China terrorizes them on a daily basis and I have to keep a keen eye on that drama. Then there are the Beta’s.

China and the birds

Sage the yellow one on the left died last March from foot lameness. Then Sand, the other yellow one got the same ailment but seems to be hanging in there. He is almost 9 years old. A long life for a parakeet. After Sage died I got another pair (Buttons and Bows).

I regrettably gave them a bit of avocado not realizing the dangers of that and Buttons had a massive heart attack at 3 months of age.

China had Bows for a snack and I darn near opened the front door and said “Outta Here”

I started out with 4 teils. Raine was 15 when he passed and dear Jesse was almost 11.


Now there is Baby K (almost 10) and Jesse’s mate Jack, who is close too 18.

Jack and Baby Kae

I started out with 12 parakeets 🙂

The Dozen