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Posted By Alicia

Believe it or not, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake centered in Illinois early this morning was felt here in Eastern Iowa, about 400 miles from the epicenter. I have always been fascinated with the reported behavior of pets and other animals before earthquakes and natural disasters. However, I slept through it, and none of my pets showed any odd behavior enough to wake me.  We are thankful that it wasn't a big deal! :) After being in a tornado watch last week and having to get the birds set up in travel carriers just in case, there has been a lot of excitement around here. It's a good reminder to have your emergency gear and extra food supplies for your pets all ready for situations when you may need to hurry to safety! I'm glad that my birds love to go into their travel/emergency carriers and seemed to enjoy the few hours spent waiting it out.

Hearing about the earthquake does bring back memories of going through the Mt. Pinatubo volcano eruption in the Philippines in 1991, which was certainly QUITE an event to live through! The house shook, and while we had no structural damage, we had ash damage. Our car,  yard, and the majority of the surface of most objects indoors as well were covered and took days to clean and make livable! But in light of the tremendous losses that were sustained by others, we were incredibly grateful. What an experience!

Posted By Alicia

Maisie recently had a haircut and we took advantage of the lovely day (I think Spring is FINALLY here!) to take some photos. Our friend Pat gave the girls each lovely wool coats for Christmas, and Maisie looks especially adorable in hers!


Click to play Maisie's Pink Coat

Posted By Alicia

The past 6 weeks or so have been really rough. I've dealt with chronic illness since I was a child, but there are times where it is still really hard to cope. Lately, the dysautonomia related to MVPS has been downright horrid. The dizziness, brain fuzz, and swelling in my hands have made it hard to do much sculpting, so I haven't had many updates to post here unfortunately. When flare ups keep me from working for weeks on end, it can be frustrating - not only for my customers waiting for their custom orders, but also for me, since things just don't seem right if I don't have my hands clay every day! :) Thankfully the last few days were a tad bit better and I was really thrilled to be able to get this trio of macaws done!


Macaw Trio

Posted By Alicia

I have just finished this custom ordered chunky bracelet with glass beads, which features 3 Goffin's cockatoos and 3 Congo African Greys, and thought you all might enjoy seeing it as well. I just love making these bracelets, they are such fun to create and each one is so unique! More photos of this set can be seen in my Flickr Album.


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