Golda's 2007 Winter Migration

On Dec 18th, Olga, Bud & Golda will fly to Florida to visit Bud's mom for Christmas

Golda's 2007 Winter Migration Sycamore Pool
Bidwell Park is an enormous recreation area in Chico, California. The Sycamore Pool is a concrete swimming pool built into Big Chico Creek.

Last minute Christmas cards

December 17th, 2007 · No Comments

Here we are the, almost the entire family, rushing to get our Christmas cards finished. Golda is on the table, trying to help as best she can with no arms; and Dinkel is observing from the Armoire. On the right side you can even see our tiny twinkling Christmas tree.  Only the parakeets and I are missing.

Olga is checking on some missing addresses. In just a few minutes she will be on her way to the Post Office at the airport so that we can might have some hope of getting these cards to where they’re supposed to be by Christmas.

Family Christmas Cards

Golda Christmas Cards

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December 16th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I am informed that the scaly pattern on a bird’s feet is unique, and that any bird can be positively identified this way. So, with that thought in mind, I have included here a couple of pictures of Golda’s feet. What purpose this might ever serve boggles my imagination.

Right Profile

Left Profile


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Flight plan.

December 16th, 2007 · 1 Comment

These are our scheduled flights and times for Tuesday, December 18th:

8:10am – Delta flight 68 from SFO – Arrive Atlanta at 3:45pm
5:19pm – Delta flight 1744 from Atlanta – Arrive JAX at 6:29pm

We will be staying at 115 Eight Avenue North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 a house we rented at the beach. We will have our cell phones with us, and will be checking our e-mail and this blog for greetings, announcements or other comments. See you in Jacksonville!

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Going to the vet.

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Today Golda went to the All Pets Hospital on South Van Ness. The very nice Alex Herman, DVM examined her. Dr. Herman asked a lot of questions about what we were feeding her and whether we had had any problems or noticed any changes in her appearance or behavior. She looked at her eyes and her ears, her nostrils, her crop and whateve you call the area that everything comes out of. She checked her weight, listened to her heart and concluded that she appeared to be perfectly healthy and was happy to present us with the health certificate that the Feds say she needs for interstate travel.

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Swimming with the Manatees

December 10th, 2007 · No Comments

This may or may not happen. Our original booking with Sunshine River Tours was abruptly and unilaterally canceled by “Captain Mike” after we inquired about a discount offer that he posted on his website one week after we had booked our tour. You don’t question Capt. Mike, apparently.

This could still happen, though. It looks like there are quite a few other choices around. We will probably wait until we get in the Crystal River/Homosassa area before we decide on another operator. At worst we could rent a canoe and go look for the manatees ourselves.

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December 10th, 2007 · No Comments

We wil be a my Mom’s to celebrate.

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Golda’s Health Certificate Exam

December 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Golda goes to All Pets Animal Hospital for her Health Certificate. This certificate is required by the airlines to be issued within ten days of the date of travel.

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December 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Today we fly to Jacksonville.

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Quite a week

December 8th, 2007 · No Comments

The last time I wrote was last Sunday, and it’s been quite a week. On Monday afternoon the Water Department switched our supply over to a different main that has a higher pressure. Unfortunately, the higher pressure blew out our water heater. It was already 18 years old, and this was the last straw, or drop, so to speak.


Early the next day, Tuesday, I began disconnecting the old heater. The supply valve was leaking beyond any hope of repair so I had to turn off water to the entire house. Then my friend Marshall came over and gave me a ride in his pickup down to the Home Depot where I bought a replacement. The water heater is expensive enough, but it takes another couple of hundred dollars worth of stuff to get it in.

On Wednesday I cut the old valve out and installed a new one so that at least we would have water to the rest of the house, even if it was only cold. Because the new heater is five inches taller than the old one, I had to construct a new platform for it. Code calls for an 18″ platform, but there just wasn’t enough headroom. The manfacturer claims that the new (taller) water heaters are designed so that they don’t need to be raised off the floor anymore, and that building codes have not yet caught up to that fact. So it seems that my new platform is neither legal nor necessary; and yet, there it is.


On Thursday I actually got the new heater into place with new, flexible water connections and new gas connections; but again, because of the height, the exhaust vent connections did not line up, and they had to be rebuilt as well.

Finally, Friday morning, I fired it up and took a shower. Whooweee! It was great. Hot water, and lots of pressure. Later, I found two tiny leaks in some of the old plumbing; however, replacement would be just too daunting for me to tackle right now. A proper fix is going to involve opening up walls and maybe even some flooring as well. For now some rubber and hose clamps are doing the job.

So, with any luck at all, that will be it for awhile.

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Checking In

December 2nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

Today, Sunday, we drove with Golda down to the airport. We are trying our best to ensure that everything will go smoothly when we actually travel on the 18th. We took the carrier to the Delta counter and showed it to a young woman named Carmen. She said it was OK; but I was a little uncomfortable with the fact that she had only been working the counter for two weeks. So we called in a supervisor named Ana Esquivel.

Golda with the lid open.

Ms. Esquivel was very nice. She too thought that the carrier would be OK. She did a lot of typing into the computer. Actually she did a LOT of typing into the computer. I think she changed our seats so that we would be the only occupants of a two seat wide section, among other things. She said that the plane would be rather empty for our return on New Year’s Eve, and then we could spread out a little more. She said that she would be on duty the day we depart in case there is any problem.

Golda in her little travelling cage.

We paid them $150 for “excess baggage” (as Golda will hereafter be known). Now the only other thing that we need for her trip is a health certificate. I’m going try to make an appointment for that tomorrow.

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