I'm on my last month of wildlife rescue volunteering - the woman who runs it has been winding down the summer babies, so she can break away for a few days in August for family reasons. I took this as my cue - I'll do 3 more weeks, and help as I can, but I've been thinking about how I need to refocus and this is a
I left with a turtle in a pet carrier, and released it in the lake near my house. As I pulled in to the parking area near the lake, a convoy of little boys on bicycles approached, and they stopped to ask what was in the carrier and watch the release of the turtle. I picked it up and put it at the water's edge, and it plunged in and vanished into the grassy, silty water. Turtles do not give fond backward glances of gratitude.
Unlike Blue Jays. While we were cleaning outdoor pens today, a Jay started hanging out, and even flew into one of the open, empty pens. It watched us intently, and when I held a hand out to it, it opened its mouth like a baby bird, waiting to be fed. This was one of the kids who keeps going back to the school to hang around with the teachers. We put out a pan of food, bird buffet style, but sorry honey, you are a big, healthy full-grown bird now, and you obviously can eat for yourself. You aren't allowed to hang out and make a mess and eat all the food and watch TV.
Possums vary - some are very independent, and others are happy to be carried around as babies and aren't so keen on living on their own, and there's one big baby now that I swear I would keep as a pet if I didn't have other plans. He's soft as a bunny rabbit and clings to my shirt and hands, and wants to be bottle fed forever, and this would be really cute and adorable to me if I hadn't smelled 'possum shit up close and personal on a hot day. Oh. My. God. That's a smell that gets into your sinuses and lingers. Next time you are cleaning a stinky cat box just repeat to yourself: "Thank you for not being a 'possum."
I ripped a sweater I'd abandoned years ago, recovering about 3 skeins of Patons Wool in olive green, and found two sweaters in nearly finished condition that I WILL still finish. Purple sweater is finished, save weaving in ends, and I'm not sure I love it. The dropped sleeves look odd. I mean, they look like drop sleeves, but I'm not sure I like them for anything but walking the dogs. I think a nice blocking will help, but blocking an oversized seamless sweater, in a humid climate? Sigh.
Things are moving along. Randomly and irregularly, but yes, moving along.