I'm posting this hear because if I don't, I'm going to throw a fit of rage at my family, and I don't want to do that, because I've been living under their roof as a temporary arrangement (though I do pay rent) and although I will be moving out soon, I do respect them and I need to continue being on their good side. So I am NOT going to leave an angry voicemail... I'm just going to vent here because I feel that you all will understand my frustration!!! A few weeks ago I'd gone for a walk in the woods and found some BEAUTIFUL beech branches that looked as though they had recently fallen from a tree. They were large, tall enough to make a beautiful play tree. The branches were the perfect shape, perfect thickness, everything. I'd attempted to make a play tree for my birds in the past and failed horribly, but seeing these branches inspired me to try again! So I spent at least two, maybe two and a half hours going back and forth gathering these branches. Even drove the (short) distance home to get so I could get the exact part of the branch I wanted (and fit it in my car). I felt so accomplished. I was so excited to make this nice lovely thing for my birds. I had them sitting on a table on the back deck under an alcove so they wouldn't get rained on but could still catch some afternoon rays and dry. Today the freaking mosquito pesticide crew came and sprayed the whole yard with anti-mosquito pesticides... My beautiful branches are RUINED. There is no way I would consider risking the life of my birds with branches that were in any sort of proximity to pesticides. I am SO angry and disappointed! At the same time though, thank God I noticed - the only clue was a little advertising flier on our door - because that would have been a DISASTER if I gave this pesticide contaminated branches to my birds. Or worse, what if the windows had been open? I'm so grateful my flock is safe, but I hate to think that they were so close to such a risk... I'm so mad that my family didn't think to tell me the pesticide people were going to be here today. I could have moved the branches to my room for the day or something. But now they are ruined. I can't even return them to the woods where I found them because of these pesticides! I'm so, so close to signing the lease for my own place again. I need to get my flock out of here! Even though I've been trying to save money for essentials in the new apartment, at this point, I'm considering paying the $300 or so dollars for a freaking Java tree. Thank you for listening, all. I'm glad I got that out of my system.