Thursday, February 23, 2012

Re: Birds of Prey Amaze me!

Hello Readers,
I couldn't wait to get out my notes this morning, the little fun tidbits I had written the other day while attending a volunteer training @ the Audubon Society. A workshop has never been this much fun and the people made it so special! Starting with the history of the society, the land, the building, took us down a century ago in black and white photographs of early settlers, innovators, and real estate developers. Not to bore with a history lesson but just learning that a fully destroyed forest land has in fact regrown itself to a beautiful rain forest a few decades later almost to the point of no recognition, makes me wonder at the self restorative property of nature. Nature is so mysteriously powerful! so brilliant...
Enjoyed learning about birds, specifically birds of prey, owls (fell head over heels in love with Hazel, the white spotted northern owl), amazed at the binocular vision of the hawks! Did you know that hawks can literally see a tiny rabbit amidst tall green grass from a distance of nearly 2 miles?? I am sure that leaves them never hungry huh! And that vultures open their wings wide on hitting the sun's rays to kill bacteria on them? and they sure have a great sense of smell too, that works in a 2 miles radius. I can barely smell a burnt pan on the stove till minutes later and by then my DH is yelling his lungs out:)!
I wish to go back and pitch in a few hours every week as I get to spend time with nature, birds, and children teaching them how to spot bird species and explore their habitat.

I gave myself a pat on the back when I scored 10/23 on a bird id quiz at the end of the day, should have done better but the yumm veggie pizza with artichoke made me fuzzy brained and all I could gather was a mere 10, well nobody ever saw or need to know so its all cool:)....

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Re: New hair do, new skill, new life!

Good Morning,
Its amazing sometimes how small things can impact your mood and overall feeling of well being, that lil something to get your groove back on. I have been a bit under the weather lately thinking about a bunch of things and  decided to get a new haircut and also learn a new skill. And bam! It worked or what? It has surely reset a few things for me. A new hair do (provided your stylist did her job well:) does change how you feel about yourself, changes your perspective and adds to your sense of self. I walked out 6-7 inches shorter on my tresses and all that much lighter too! My steps had bounce in them as I cheerily walked out in the mist making my way home uphill. I had a feeling I left behind something I dint need, cut out some noise.

I also took an hour private lesson with a jewelry maker and learnt how to string beads and crimp and wrap wire to make basic necklaces and earrings, an addition to my hand painted jewelry line. It made my day when I came home to see my creation in class, a beaded necklace with a hand painted pendant! Wow, did I really do it all? A great feeling......Here it is! What do ya think?

Hoping to work on some blue pearls and a butterfly pendant, soon in my etsy shop!
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