Stuff with Lida and Diana

I post with some infrequency about some of the things we do with friends Lida and Diana.
This past Wednesday was Lida’s 3rd 29th birthday.
So I made a special lunch and had them over;

they also brought with them their friend Vanessa who owns a ScrapBook Crafts Store here in Merida. Scrapbooking and Crafting are passions for Lida and Diana, as are their rescue pets. You can read a great story about their rescue pets at  And you can check out their own blog about the animals here.

So, back to my story – There is a big crafts fair at the convention center this weekend; Lida and Diana are working there at Vanessa’s booth for her store ScrapBook It. We went to see them on Friday morning. L y D also have a corner of their cat and dog theme crafts available for sale to help them with the expenses of all their beloved beasties. Of course I picked up a few things.

We strolled around a bit and then on our way out we noticed another fair in another of the big salas and stepped in. There were items from states all over Mexico. I was drawn to a display of absolutely gorgeous tropical birds.
And just couldn’t help myself – I now have 2 pairs of Zebra Finches.  
We have a large cage that we used in a display on the patio; it is now being made bird ready so for a day they will need to live in this little jaulita, which by the way resides in the trunk of the car, because you just never know when you might need to transport a bird or 2 or 4.

While living in Colorado I always had finches and canaries.  Tom would build me fabulous flight cages and I would breed and sell the birds.   I see a new project for Tom in the very near future.   I already have a few ideas for small flight cages; 

What do you think of this?  I could be sure it is wide enough to wheel inside in case of storm/tormento/huricane…

About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends. Then in 2016 I moved to Richmond, Virginia, USA. Culture shock continues.
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4 Responses to Stuff with Lida and Diana

  1. Tom and Debi says:

    Billie – Thanks, I love the whimsical look of it. And with the size I could put ALL the birds together without crowding.

    Lida – It was so fun to have you here, as always. We'll have to make a date for you to see the birdies up close!

    ADO – you are correct, I don't condone the illegal trade in Wild Birds in ANY country. When I spoke with the people, all part of the family that raise these birds they indicated that thy raise all their birds, now where did their first breeding pairs come from???? I don't know. My little finches are Australian, so maybe they obtained them through a trade…I just don't know. You bring up many good points and I do admit to being negligent in my research on these breeders. I did not think through all these possibilities when I was standing there. I guess, as my husband points out frequently, I just trust in people!


  2. ADO says:

    Hmm… can't quite figure out your posting. I see you ARE aware of “rescuing” pets others are abandoning.

    Please tell me that you are not condoning the illegal trade in wild birds in Mexico!!

    You show a poster from a lady who most likely is obtaining her birds from those catching wild birds (most of whom wind up dead in the process of commercialization). Correct me if I'm wrong, and if she actually raises her birds from breeding them, from the egg.

    Ripping off wild animals, including birds, is a common practice in Mexico, however illegal it may be. (Who is there to enforce the conservation laws?)

  3. Lida says:

    What an awesome birthday celebration at your place I had a blast!! And we were so super happy to see you at the fair, your birdies look sooo pretty!!!

  4. Billie says:

    The little carriage would be a great bird cage. Great idea.

    Our two little birds are on the patio and we never walk by them that we don't stop and talk to them a bit. I just love hearing them chatter during the day.

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