Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
I have started volunteering at a wonderful Wildlife Rehab Center. It's an amazing place and I very much enjoy being a part of their team. So, busy over the spring and summer as you can imagine with birds, baby birds, mammals and on and on. The last time I was in, I was cleaning out the avery of a Bushtit. This little bird had originally come in with 2 other siblings. Babies that lost their Mom to most likely a cat. This little fellow has been there for about 2 months now and is doing very well. Not the little fellow that you see above but one that looks very close to it.
These sweet little birds are very very social and while I was cleaning out his aviary he would virtually land on my hand talking away to me. So delicate and tiny and me so big and scary! He kept lightly touching his beak to my wedding band.. pecking curiously at the little diamonds in it all the while cheeping cheerfully. This bird has flown straight into the very darkest depths of my heart.. I had little tears of love welling up in my eyes.. I was so blown away by his courageous heart. I would move the little curtain over and peek at him and he would immediatly peek back at me talking all the while. lol For something so tiny, the joyful power of healing the heart they have is tremendous!
They have a beautiful voice! See here Birdnote and press play on the little button to hear their sound.
They eat tiny insects, spiders and will nibble on some berries and seeds. They also tend to love Suet feeders.
Their nests are impressive, woven, hanging baskets with a hole high up on the side of the nest and a passageway to the nest chamber at the bottom. They can be up to a foot long, and is generally built of spider webs, moss, lichen, and other plant material. Inside, the nest is lined with plant down, fur, and feathers.
They are very social birds, keeping in groups of 40+.
Another interesting thing about Bushtit's is that they are even very social with other birds.. to the point where other birds will even help feed the Bushtit's fledglings for them!
Bushtit's are only about 11cm or 3.5 inchs in length and only weigh about 5 grams.
When feeding they often hang upside down to get at the underside of leaves.
They reside from extreme southwestern British Columbia, southern Idaho, southwestern Wyoming, and the Oklahoma panhandle southward.
Well, that's about it.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Awesome cranberries in our neighborhood.
How did they just get so far ahead of me!!!
Now this house.. used to be a most beautiful pink with darker pink trim. Whenever I would drive by I couldn't help but smile. I wonder I do.. what made them paint it new?
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Sunday, August 17, 2008
Why don't we?
This is Winnie. She's the kind of pig the doesn't need to be mauled and pet and goo-gagaed over and will give you the feeling that sais.. hey.. I'm busy here! But, her and my daughter seemed to hit it off really well. Maybe Winnie just prefers the company of children?
Janice gets no government funding and rely's soley on the help of volunteers. She's a gift and a blessing in their world and our world to have someone like her in it. Her heart is bigger then anyone's I have ever come across without a word of exaggeration! All her pigs get wonderful medical care when they need it and most of all positive energy and lots of love.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Burning joss sticks lit as an offering in shrines and temples fill the air with cancer-causing toxins that are every bit as deadly as traffic fumes and cigarette smoke, says Dr Manoon Leechawengwong.
Dr Manoon, who has just completed a two-year study of temple workers tasked with clearing the smouldering sticks, found the cocktail of chemicals in the smoke put them at risk of leukaemia, lung, blood and bladder cancers.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008
These are wild strawberries! Don't they look wonderful? Wild strawberries are deliriously sweet, tasty and tiny. My mom-in-law used to camp in the same area and would gather bucket loads of them also with wild blueberries. They would then make wild strawberry and wild blueberry jam. I'm not sure anything tastes as good as wild strawberry and wild blueberries!
We had a lovely nap on our favorite rocks in the shade.
We enjoyed some great fishing.. even though we didn't catch anything and those smart lil trout only nibble the worm off the hook! :D And, then we watched the sunset before some yummy smores and a snuggle down for happy camping dreams. :)
I hope that you had a terrific week so far as well! Happy Wednesday!
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Friday, August 8, 2008
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Thursday, August 7, 2008
Starting from the top left I see:
SproutingOxygen with her Red Floral Fabric Blank Notebook
PaperLion with her Handbound Notebook - Maps
thisisit with her Peace is Possible Ecofriendly notebook
dameling with a hardcover handbound journal - half letter size - blue with colourful pages
secretstache with a Transportation Journal A5
kreativelink with a Golden Moments, Painted journal
LunarPersuasion with a Colourful Mod Circles and Hand Drawn Flower Journal
Omaha with a Hutchinson primitive eco-journal
meowstro with a Creepy Sea Creature Mini Book with original illustration
inlerah with a Fabric covered Handbound Journal in Black and Purple Flocked Brocade
suebleiweiss with a Flower power fabric journal
kateblack SUNSHINE PLASTER . Keyhole Bound Album or Sketchbook with Hand Painted Covers.
And, there we have it!
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008
This is a short story on my experience with a sweet American Mink. At first I thought this beautiful jet black creature was a ferret.. then maybe a weasel. Mink crossed my mind for only for a moment.
The day was a crazy one from the moment I woke and suffice to say we certainly need to trust the process of life. Resistance only leads to more problems. But this day I wonder if it was resistance or a perfect part of the process with perfect timing.
I had planned to take the children to a fun sand castle building contest that was about a hour or more away. Much humming and hawing delayed our scheduled start time. They didn't know I was planning on this as I wasn't even sure myself I was going to go. I ended up going after all and must tell you that after we got in the car we said a little prayer to the highest good that we are open to the adventure that today will bring no matter what may happen. I knew something was off but couldn't quite place it. Less then halfway there my seatbelt malfunctioned. We have a strange little car where the seatbelts do up when you close the door. At this point I took it as a sure and clear sign to turn around and go home.
On our way home I saw this beautiful shiny black creature kicking at the side of the road. This was in the middle of the day already. I skidded to a stop like some stunt driver in the parking lot beside the Mink and spent about 10 minutes watching and trying to figure out what to do. A security guard came over and asked what the problem was. I showed her and then suggested she grab a couple of shovels from the back of the truck in the lot adjacent. I carefully moved this little creature off the side of the road to a cool long patch of grass. I then drove home and told my husband I needed his help. My big strong brave husband grabbed some gloves and headed to the place of interest with me. He gently gathered this beautiful, vulnerable and trusting Mink up and carefully placed her in a box in the back of our car. I should tell you that by now... after I started the car again to head home for a box and my big strong husband.. my seatbelt worked again. I don't need to say how I feel there was a higher purpose at work here.
The children and I quickly drove this little Mink to Wildlife Rescue Association where they were incredibly kind and patient and a genuine care for the animals is evident. They left me with a case number and a call back number if I wanted to check up on the animal they would happily give me a report.
Today, I called to check up on this precious animal and was informed that it was an American Mink! She was born last fall they suspect as she was not quite full grown. She had no signs of lactation so no babies! Yay to no abandoned babies! She had a head injury and they were actually quite surprised and very happy with her recovery as she was on death's door when she came in. Had she not been brought in, she wouldn't have survived. She is doing so well in fact that they have moved her to an outdoor pen where she is running around and playing and will be thinking of releasing her in a few days! I'm so happy about this I can't even express it.
After I did a search on the American Mink.. alot of reminders came up about how these poor animals are kept and slaughtered for fur coats and for mink oil. It's heart wrenching and I hate to add a downer but in seeing this sweet animal so close and being a part of rescuing it.. it's stunning in my mind how someone would kill them just to where their coats on their backs. A hefty reminder that is all. Fur-Free Campaign I took the fur free pledge. It's easy peasy.
Interesting facts about the American Mink you ask? Why sure!!
1. They are related to weasels, otters, European Mink, wolverines, and fishers.
2. Mating occurs during winter; males and females may have more than one partner. (Frisky little mates.. now I understand why my Mom's nickname from my Dad was Minkies growing up! lol)
3. Females give birth to 3 or 4 young during early spring..
4. They can be found in wooded areas and fields near streams and lakes.
5. They are excellent swimmers.
6. Mink are semi-aquatic predators able to hunt both aquatic and terrestrial prey.
7. Like their cousins, the otters, mink are very playful. They are very inquisitive, highly intelligent animals.
8. The animals were tested on their ability to remember different shapes. The order of ability of remembering these different shapes were from best to worst; mink, ferrets, skunks and cats.
9. Mink were in fact found to be more intelligent than certain groups of primates. After considerable training, mink were also found to learn after only one trial. This is a phenomenon usually only observed in higher primates.
10. Their long slim body is covered in glossy, thick dark brown fur with a white patch under the chin and slightly bushy tail. Their fur is usually used for its softness and uniqueness. Their numbers have been reduced because of this reason.
11.. Their numbers have been reduced due to loss of habitat and the effects of pollution on their aquatic food supply. They are usually solitary animals.
That's about all I got for you. :)
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008
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1. The robin is one of the birds that starts the dawn chorus and one of the last to stop singing at night.
2. The robin egg is about the size of a quarter.
3. Once the eggs are laid, it takes 11 to 14 days to hatch
5. The Robin is my daughter's favorite bird.
6. The American Robin is called “Merle d’ Amerique” in French and “Mirlo Primavera” in Spanish.
7. This Robin was depicted in the 1986 $2 note of Canada.
8. Only about 25% Robins survive their first year.
9. Earthworms are a favorite food of American robins. Other soft-bodied invertebrates they eat include caterpillars, beetles and grasshoppers.
10. Fruits and berries account for 60 percent of robins’ diet.
I'd take more pictures but will all the excitement I accidentally left my camera out all night. Yes.. it was raining. Right now it's resting in a bed of rice. I heard once that if you don't touch it or rub it or anything and just put it in a bed of rice, the rice will soak up all the water and all will be good as new. Crossing my fingers!
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Friday, August 1, 2008
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After much delay, I have finally added come new items to my shop! A couple of photographs with more to come. A custom listing and this set you see above!
I've been quite taken with the Hamsa Hands. Even tho there is alot of information on them out there on the world wide web I still feel like they are quite a mystery. I know they are a part of many old cultures but I can't seem to get feeling that The Eye of Horas from Egypt and the Hamsa Healing Hands are somehow connected. I may very well be completely off base here. As a Reiki practitioner I also feel the significance of Universal Life Force Energy within them.
In Arabic the word Hamsa means five, referring to the five fingers on the hand.
You will see some with a eye in the center. This eye is intended to look back at evil eyes and provide protection from jealousy and envy. In India the eye is more important then the hands themselves and is considered the Compassionate Eye or the Eye of God.
You will also often see it as the spiral (as above!). The Sacred Spiral has been around for many many ancient years.
Symbolism of the SPIRAL: Linked to the circle. Ancient symbol of the goddess, the womb, fertility, feminine serpent force, continual change, and the evolution of the universe.
When the Spiral is drawn clockwise, it's said to bring things towards you, and when drawn anti-clockwise, it pushes negative energies away from you. The Spirals with my Hands will go either/both ways. Wearing the pendant one way will draw the Spiral clockwise while wearing the pendant the other way will draw the Spiral counter-clockwise!
Well, that's about it for now.
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