I have not published a blog post in almost two years. I offer my sincerest apologies to those of you who have missed it. I am not finished with it and you will see new posts this year, as well as updated ones from the past. That is my promise to you.
However, at the moment I find myself with yet one more huge hurdle to cross. I have not published blog posts or newsletters for just about two years. Why? The past two years have just about brought me to my knees. The pandemic triggered childhood trauma in a way that I still don’t understand. In addition, I dealt with a string of misfortunes that left me without energy for much else. The last was a cancer diagnosis that required two surgeries. And, now I am forced to relocate because my landlord has other plans for my home.
I offer this explanation because I know that I am not alone in having had a very rough time during this pandemic. It has changed life for us all, some more profoundly than others.
I have looked for a place to live in Oregon and my desire for a small place where I might keep a few parrots was quickly met with harsh reality. The most affordable place I found was a 500 sq. ft. studio apartment in a run-down building for $900 with a “no pets” decree. Insane.
I have made the rather bold decision to move to Indiana. I’ve always lived on the West Coast, but the cost of living is impossible now. I have loving friends in Indiana, so now I just have to figure out how to get myself there. I will be 69 years old in May and the thought of moving my household across the country is a daunting proposition.
I’m afraid that I must ask for your help. I do not have the resources to get there. Thus, I have set up a GoFundMe campaign. This is the link to contribute if you are moved to do so.
I want my readers to know that the past two years have not been those of wasted effort. They gave me a chance to pause and rethink some fundamental aspects of parrot keeping and you will hear about these this year in new posts. I have come to some conclusions that have not to date been discussed in the “parrot world.”
Relocation will require that I place some of my 10 parrots. This task is one that I can barely confront, but I know that there are great homes out there and have decided to just do the footwork and remain unattached to the outcome. I will be writing more about the parrots who need new homes in my newsletter.
I hope that you will support me in making this move. Please help.