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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Not Your Mama's Gift Guide! ~ Unique Gifts by Theme ~ #Wicca #SteamPunk #420 #Novelty #Gadgets #HGG

Not Your Mama's Gift Guide!
Unique Gifts by Theme

Wicca Gift Ideas
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Unique 420 Gifts
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Why I have a love hate relationship with Religion.. #Random #Ramblings

Before I even start, I am fully aware that there will be many people from every spectrum that will completely disagree with everything I say. I am okay with that. I don't change my views based on anther's opinion of my views and I never will. I could and have changed it based on facts given to me or a different perspective. However, with that being said, I am in my mid 30's and there isn't much anyone can say to me anymore to change my views. Although my thoughts on issues change sometimes on a daily basis, my moral core to all issues, stays grounded and sound!

How I view religion.

I believe the bible is one of the longest living legends known to man. A book that has been changed and modified numerous times by many different people from many different backgrounds and lifestyles. One persons interpretation of another persons interpretation of another persons interpretations of... etc etc of the original person's view.

Let's go back to grade school where were all sitting in a circle and one person wispers a word to the next and on down the line it goes, by the time it gets to the last person, the word is not even close to the original. Those are usually one word or phrase. The bible is thousands of words and phrases. Let that sink in.

But there are people who use the bible as a tool to help them in their life when they are facing hard decisions and struggles, use it as a sign of hope and strength when facing tragedy, use it for happiness and faith when conquering new goals and obstacles. These are all great attributes to take away, as a "tool" a guide. Meaning don't take it all to heart. Take the knowledge and stories and really understand the outcomes. Sometimes it's not always good. Some things are better left alone.

The whole world has changed over the many many years since the biblical creation of life. The way pioneers and our ancestors did things compared to the way they are done today, from giving birth, medical treatment, technology, pretty much every aspect of a person life and lifestyles has changed and evolved in one way or another. We have learned as a people that somethings just do not work while others can never be improved.

So I don't understand how someone can look at the bible as "gospel" and in there own eyes live and breath it. But not really. Some of these people are complete hypocrites. Actually I believe most "religious" people are. (See I told you I'd make some mad)

Picking and choosing what you want to follow and or not follow is not really living and breathing the bible. It's no different than someone who claims to be atheist or agnostic. (I don't claim to be anything, there is no label for me and never will be)

WHAT?!?! A christian and atheist are the same thing?!? Yep, that's kind of what I said.

Now what I mean is, both live ways of the bible in the sense of do unto others, etc. Both can live completely same exact lifestyles and disagree on one thing. Creation. Both follow and disregard the way the bible says you should live. For instance, in the bible some men had many wives. Most people in society do not live that way. Even those who "live and breath" the "holy word" (But then again, there are other groups of people who do believe full heartedly in this part of the bible and have even chosen to make whole religions around certain aspects of the bible and totally ignore the other aspects)

So who am I to say any religion is right or wrong? Nobody. But it does make me question it more.

Many different versions of many different religions. So how is religion any different than a cult? Are they both not a group of people who come and join together based on their beliefs and moral core? Do they both not have "leaders"? Do they both not have set goals, views, consequences? Do people not choose which church or worship center to go to based on the people and ideas there? People congregate with people who agree with them and their views.

Now I did title this why I have a love hate relationship with religion and so far I have mostly written some of the reasons I hate it. But, I do honestly have a small love and admiration for religion, as well as a jealous sort of respect for it. (don't try to understand me, I don't lol)

I am just going to come out and say I do not believe there is a "God" I never have and never will. That is a whole other topic of discussion and maybe one day I will write it. But, just to give you an idea of where my head is with that, I also do not believe in the "big bang theory" I believe nobody alive today will ever know how "what is" became "what is" Scientist are as big of hypocrites as religious leaders. You can't say you don't believe a "God" created something out of nothing, but you believe a burst, of scientific something or other, can make something out of nothing.. Um.. Okay?

What I love about religion is the way it helps some people have faith and strength when faced with negativity. The peace that comes over people from a simple prayer,being able to live in calm "knowing" your going to "heaven" because you lived some kind of way. FAITH.

People who have faith awe me. I have faith in nothing. I wish I did or I could. I wish I was able to believe that just by living a morally sound life I could go to a "heaven" But my head does not work that way.

How do you know there is a heaven? What exactly is it? Why would I want to go to this "heaven" ran by this "God" who inspired this "Book" full of things I don't believe. Why would I want to go there? Well because the alternative is "Hell" Well what is "Hell"? Oh it's the place people go who don't believe in religion. It's for murderers, thieves, etc etc You know the bad people.

Okay wait.. So I'm confused. If I believe in "God" I go to heaven? If I don't, I go to "Hell" BUT!! If' I believe in God but murder someone then I'm going to "Hell"? Well no, because you believe in him, he'll still let you in to "heaven",  you just have to say your sorry. Oh. Well I don't believe in "God" But, I've never done nothing wrong in my whole life, and never murdered anyone. Oh well, to "Hell" you go! Guess you should have "believed" and had FAITH!!

So there you have it. I'm going to "Hell" But I'm okay with that. Why?

Because I don't believe "Hell" really exist. But even if I did, I'd rather go to a place full of people who made up their own mind instead of idly following someone else. Because if such a place exist, then "God" must have the biggest ego for expecting people to follow his every word. What a jerk. You can have your own opinion and make your own choices but if you disagree then you must repent and ask forgiveness to be allowed access into my kingdom. Wow.  (Ooops I went back on the hate side...)

See where my head goes. I questions everything. I can't have faith in something I don't know, see, hear, feel, witness, etc etc. My brain doesn't work that way. Someone once asked me, "You have faith the sun will come up tomorrow right? What's the difference?" A LOT! I have seen the sun rise and fall for 30+ years, I have been a witness to it more than once.
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Random Ramblings ~ ISIS Manipulates Thoughts Without You Knowing! Psychological Warfare..

ISIS plays on America's heart strings. Trying to cause chaos and distrust in our Country and with our government. It makes it hard to understand why the government and military take the actions they do or why they don't take the actions we think they should.

Americans full of pride and ready to fight. Defending our nation against those who threaten our civilization and ways of life. It's not a secret that America is land of the free and home of the brave.

ISIS knows we will want to fight back. Knows it will anger some and awaken resentments and pull those evil thoughts through from a few.

They are fighting a mental war with devastation, torture and fear, while the military is fighting a physical battle against them.

Don't let ISIS win.

They get in your head and manipulate your thoughts by showing you people who in your head look just like you, could be your neighbor, friend, family... It causes hate, resentment and fear to your very core. But what do you do with that aggression building up inside of you?

You can't take it out on ISIS because they are not here, they know that and what they are hoping in their psychological warfare is that you will become so consumed by your hatred for them and their actions that you will blame the only obvious person you can at the moment.

Your own government.

Why? Well because it is their duty to protect us and shelter us from these militants. They're right there. In the middle of a field. Fly over, drop a bomb and kill them!! What are you waiting for?

Am I right?

But... When they are not bombing, were mad because they're not doing anything. When they are bombing were mad because they could have injured an innocent bystander. Again psychological warfare.

Don't give them the satisfaction of getting into your head. The journalist who travel over there know they are putting their life at risk, as do the activist and aid workers. I am  not saying it's their fault they are being kidnapped and beheaded, just that they were aware of the dangers and still chose of their own free will to go anyways.

While their torture and death is repulsing to us and the anger, hatred and fear we all feel for them and about them is completely justified and appropriate, don't let it take you so far down into the abyss that you can't find your way back to the surface.

It's not the governments fault. It's not the military's fault. It's jihad John and his cowardly sheeple who are committing these crimes. It is not Islam. It is not Muslims. It is the coward who covers his face, jihad John and his cowardly sheeples behind the video camera who are to blame!

Let me put this the best way I can...

These are extremely intelligent, socially knowledgeable, radical thinkers who have an ability to manipulate your thoughts which in essence affects your actions. The more you throw blame at everyone else the less you are looking at them. They know this and hope you never figure it out.

Don't let them deflect their part in these crimes while your busy blaming everyone else.

They're just people.
People with irrational thoughts.
Murderers.
Cowards who won't even show their face!

Don't let them in your head!
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Friday, October 3, 2014

What if Ebola hits your town or community?

~EBOLA~

Ebola is becoming an everyday topic within my circle of friends and family. The general consensus seems to be that there hasn't been enough information given freely.

I realize the health professionals are trying to figure out all the details and sort through the constant on pouring of facts and fiction, as well as set up a process to help keep this disease at bay. I realize it's probably just as (if not more so) stressful for them as the rest of us watching from the outside.

BUT... they didn't start out very open with details. I personally feel if they would have come out and said. The flight #, name of schools and businesses etc that the first patient had visited or may have left forms of contamination, there may not have been an onslaught of angry citizens and reporters demanding answers. Perhaps more patient confidentiality could have been awarded. They didn't want to cause mass hysteria, but ironically, are close to doing just that.

It seems to me that people just want the truth. Good, bad or indifferent, the truth is always the best route. It's hard to watch the news channels and see different professionals come on and argue, disagree, correct one another and figure out what's what. What is an average citizen to do when all the information seems like a bunch of jumbled up facts mixed in with propaganda and fear mongering. And for anyone who says there is no fear mongering, your out of your mind. Every time they talk about isolation or an extreme outbreak, there happens to be commercials for prepper sites, food storage, etc etc Every time!

While I don't really get why they have to make everything seem so drastic, I do like to know what's going on and the news although sometimes blatantly throwing things out of proportion on occasion, they are at least (or seem to me) more open and honest than the Medical Professionals and Government agencies in charge of this particular outbreak. For that I thank them. But how do you prepare for something most don't even understand?

It's times like this that we need to take control of our own personal safety.
Do you and your family have a plan in place if Ebola hits your town?

The very first thing people need to do in order to prepare for a city wide pandemic is get educated! Research Ebola and learn exactly what it is. How it is transmitted, the signs, symptoms, images, stories, etc. Don't rely on one site to give you all the information you need. Research means you utilize many tools to find information and gain knowledge. Keep common sense in mind, if it doesn't sound right, ask questions, research some more. Do this until you have a great understanding of what this disease is and how it can effect you and your family. Without having this knowledge you will not completely understand the possible severity of such an event. Without that knowledge you will not be completely open to doing certain things you need to do. Such as isolation.

If you found out you had been in contact with someone who had Ebola, how would you react? Would you be able to abide by the 21 day isolation period. What if you were alone, no family or friends? I personally would have an extremely hard time with this. Especially if I couldn't be with my children. Although, if there were a chance I could have contracted a horrible, deadly disease, you bet I'd make sure my kids weren't anywhere near me in anyway shape or form. BUT.... If it were my child who had to be isolated and me not with them... Oh I can't even think about that..

Here are a few things I have been thinking about. Some seem like common sense, but, when your not used to doing something on a daily basis and it's not a part of your normal routine, you can tend to forget or ignore important details.

~ Time to postpone overseas trips. The last place I would want to be is in an airport where people are coming and going from so many different places. Especially if it was in your town already. Not happening.

~ Maintain a cautious awareness when in a public area. Look for signs of sickness. Don't shake people hands. It's not rude when your trying to keep yourself and your family safe!

~ Keep Hand Sanitizer on hand at all times. The little ones fit in your pocket!

~ Avoid crowded areas with close contact flow of traffic. If you must go to a store don't use a cart, or keep anti bacterial wipes on hand, wear gloves.

~ Avoid high contact machines such as ATM's, vending machines, water fountains etc etc.. especially in hospitals and doctors offices. People are there because they are not feeling well, take that into consideration when determining where and when to go.

~ Handle health issues at the first signs of illness.

~ Keep stocked up on staples and other necessary medical supplies in case of an isolation. Most likely it would not be a complete city on lock down, but don't assume there will be someone to bring you food and other needed supplies.

The most important tip as I said above is get educated, the next or maybe tied for first is don't panic. Proper sanitation, grooming, cautious awareness and common sense can go a long way. Don't be ignorant of the situations in the world. Stay up to date with current events so you'll know when and if you need to act.

~ my two cents of the day ~
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Well it's official.. 18 and Life to go.... #ANoteToMyChild

18 and Life...

As I sit and watch you struggle with turning into an adult, wondering what this means for your future and having anxiety over what the next chapter of your life will bring you, I can't help but smile because I know you got this! You think I have to say these things, you think I am just being positive, you think because I am your mother it is my duty. You are wrong.

For 18 years I got to watch you grown into the woman you are today. I have seen smiles and tears, struggles and accomplishments. You have seen hard times and have overcome demons most people have never or will never encounter. You have what some would consider physical limitations that you do not allow to limit you. You have a compassion for all living things, love unconditionally, forgive in a heartbeat, crave knowledge and learning, listen with intensity, rejoice in positives, change negatives, grow daily and most importantly face adversity with a smile on your face and determination in your heart. You are everything I ever wanted you to be and so much more. You make me want to be a better person and I think I am because of you.

Life does not get harder because you become an adult, It doesn't change you because all of a sudden your 18, life is still just life. You still wake up with a smile on your face and take it day by day. You still have goals and figuring out how to accomplish them is just another part of life you take day by day. Don't make it something it's not because you feel you have to have something.

The one thing above all else that you taught me as my first born is that life changes. You can do and be anything you want and when your done with that you have the right to change your mind. Every day is a new day. You don't have to plan your life. You don't have to have all the answers. The only thing I can tell you is you will figure it out. You got this. You are strong, well rounded, intelligent, have a heart of gold and a lot of ambition. Your whole life is ahead of you waiting to be explored.

You think I don't understand or I'm just blowing it off. I'm not.

Your first 18 years were mine. My chance to teach you life lessons and all the other crazy things us parents think you ought to know. Now it's your turn. You get to take the world on in your own way. Just because I am not there to lead you, does not mean I'm not beside you, always. It's your turn to lead and branch off into your own path. But just remember this branch is not broken, it's roots are tangled in mine and together we'll flourish and grow. Each taking different paths, but always connected.

I can not wait to see where you are five years from now and at the same time, I wish you were still five.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Utopia ~ What I would have done differently... @utopiatvusa @FOXTV

Utopia..


As I was sitting here watching the show Utopia, last night being the second episode, I am already completely in love with this show. I already have favorites and those I dislike and I have honestly changed them more than once! lol

Have you ever felt dissatisfied with the society you're living in?
Do you have what it takes to create a better one?

During this episode (2) they have finally gotten the electric hooked up and are able to use the phones to contact the outside world and order supplies and food. Of course there is a conflict on how the money is being spent and a couple of guys take it upon themselves to take what they believe to be "their fair share" or % of cash. The other Utopians pretty much let this slide with annoyance and very little conflict. I personally feel it was a selfish move and would consider it a personal isolation from the group. 
As I sat there watching I couldn't help but think, how would I have handled it, (or at least try to handle it). Well so far the one thing I do agree with is allowing the chef to create a menu and purchase the food based on how well he can stretch their dollar, since he would have experience in this department. They also needed to purchase a refrigerator which they all agreed upon, as well as any furnishings and supplies they would need.

They were told they would have $5000 dollars for the whole group and once that money was gone they were on their own to either sell, barter etc to make their UTOPIA sustainable. The one thing I have noticed it how they do not look to the future at all. Most of the decisions they are making are based on the here and now, including food, waste, water etc. The very first thing I would have done with the money would have been to split it up into 12 equal piles. One for each month of the year. The next thing I would have done is figured out the price of the refrigerator and other common use products. Meaning items that the whole group will use and benefit from. Stove, water heater, filter etc etc. I would add up the price of all and divide by 12. I would take that amount out of each months amount. 
For example:
$5000 / 12 months = $416 (per month)

Common Goods (I have no idea what they actually ordered, this is just an example)
Fridge = $400 
Cooking Utensils? and Other Supplies = $500
Other = $300
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Total = 1200 (nice round number lol)

1200 / 12 (months) = 100

I would take $100 from each of the 12 original piles and purchase the common goods and supplies. 

That now leaves $316 per month. There are 14 members (soon to be 15), BUT!!! They were also told that monthly one person would leave and a new person would be integrated into the group. So there for I believe EACH month's money should be separated after each integration and change instead of right up front. There was $5000 to be used for the whole year, therefore it should be split equally the whole year, with EVERYONE who comes now and in the future. 

So since this is the first month and there are 14 residents, it should be spit up between them.
$316 / 14 = $22.57 per person, per month. That's about $5 a week for food.   

Doesn't seem like much now that I broke it down, but this is where they would have to think about sustainability. It would give them a clearer understanding of what they are going to be facing and perhaps they wouldn't be so hard on the eccentric prepper lady Bella. Although she is a bit much to watch at times, it's completely obvious to me as well as her own statement that she is completely 100% passionate about self sufficiency and could be a great asset to the group if they would let her talk..

FOX’s new unscripted social experiment series “UTOPIA” is searching for candidates to build a whole new world -- just the way they want it!

“UTOPIA” follows 15 inhabitants as they leave their everyday lives to move to an isolated and undeveloped location, for up to an entire year, where they'll create their own world. The series offers imaginative people from across America the chance to be part of a groundbreaking social experiment, the pioneers will make every decision about how they will live, work, and what the rules and laws of “UTOPIA” will be.

Casting is searching for candidates who are passionate, great at what they do, and also have the problem-solving skills needed for starting up a new society. If you think you have what is takes to create Utopia, then Apply!
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Have you been watching?
Is there anything you would do differently?
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Random Ramblings! ~ Are we being told the truth? ~ #ISIS #ISIL #IS

Random Ramblings
Are We Being Told The Truth?

It is what it is, Except when it isn't and
Your an idiot if you think I believe what did, didn't!
I have heard many debates over the years about the US Government and cover ups and control over our media. With the recent events happening in Ferguson and the Micheal Brown shooting, I have been glued to the news and top stories. During this time, the US is also having conflict overseas with a group of Islamic Terrorist who seem to change their name every couple days. First they were being called ISIS then ISIL, now they have shortened it to IS meaning Islamic State.

Before I go any further, I am going to add a little disclaimer here. I am an average American, trying to piece together all the information and news I have been fed by our media. This post is completely my opinion and interpretations of what I have heard and seen with my own eyes and ears in the media. Now with that being said, remember the title of this post is "Random Ramblings" on one little piece of the world issues.

Back to my post. Last night I got into a discussion with a friend of mine over the media and how much we as American actually know, about what is going on in the world around us. How much information are we actually being told. To me it feels overwhelming and yet inconsistent at the same time. Like there's to much information being given, while at the same time, no where near the truth.

Without going into all the details of what is happening around the world, mainly because I only believe half of what I hear and see, and partly because it's up to us as Americans to know what is going on in our country, I can't help but wonder why? Why is this information not on regular news channels and when it is, it's such a short little blurb.

I realize the US government does not want to alarm Americans for fear of a chaotic response, riots or vigilante acts due to fear of impending doom, however don't we have a right to know its there. I mean come on! I realize Obama doesn't feel ISIS, ISIL, IS or whatever they are being called today is an immediate threat to the US, but just because you feel that way doesn't make it truth or gospel. It's your opinion. An opinion, I feel is based on ego. The terrorist are on the offensive, striking at us with action and death, the US government responds with threats and surveillance. Ummm.... really... If you do this.. we'll do this.. Another threat. The terrorist act...  hmm obviously not scared yet... We'll get you this time, now were not only doing all of these above, were also going to.....

WHAT Obama? What are we going to do?
Oh.. That's right
"We Don't Have A Strategy Yet"

We as Americans deserve to be told the truth. Not your opinion. If our land is being threatened, we have a right to know. Not be told its not an issue. We deserve the chance to change what may need changed, learn what needs to be learned and more importantly have the right to prepare for impending doom if that were to happen. Yet, the media and government would like us to believe these extremely experienced, well funded terrorist are not a threat to us on our land.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!

You can't even keep our borders closed from people who come here with nothing but the clothes on their backs, how in the hell do you expect anyone to believe you can stop people who are recruiting an army of men, woman and children from every country on a daily basis, have more financial funding than any terrorist group we've come across.. on a side note, just to give you an example, ISIS is worth billions of dollars, while the terrorist who were able to enter our country and cause as much devastation as they did on 9/11, did  NOT EVEN have a 4th of the funding or weaponry that the Islamic State has shown they have, let alone what they claim they have. People who will look you in the eyes while they slit your throat and not even wince as your blood squirts across their face and drips down their hands.

YOUR BLOOD on THEIR HANDS!

In this video below titled "James O’Keefe as Osama Bin Laden crosses border from Mexico to US" he shows just how UNPROTECTED our borders are.


Then in this next video titled "Osama Crossing The Border' Stunt Flops" pretty much scoffing at the idea. Saying anyone could make a fake video, could have gotten permission, filmed a place that nobody as ever crossed, etc etc.


What's Your Opinion? Do You Feel Safe?

Honestly I go back and forth with my opinions and feelings on this topic on a daily sometimes hourly basis. But to answer the questions I mentioned above... No, I do not feel our borders are safe. If they did get permission, well that alone is an unsafe practice. Why would you let someone make a video of how easy it is or is not to get across the border.? Why? Second, if they did choose a spot that no other immigrant has EVER tried to cross, I say GOOD! Those would be the same area I would test too! If I was a terrorist trying to cross the border into a country where I don't want to be seen or spotted, of course I'm going to try and find a spot of least worry. Even the big news channels were making fun of this video, explaining it away. This is a serious issue, not because of immigrants trying to come to our country, but because of extremely smart, determined men full of anger and hate who want to come terrorize and take over America...

Seriously Disgusted...

Anyways, this is just a teeny tiny segment of this situation, and it got me thinking.. What would we do? We as in my children, husband and I. Not to mention my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews. How to hell would my gram be able to protect herself if some deranged lunatics started shooting up her town and community. It's a scary thought. We have a fire emergency plan and even a plan if a robber were to show up at our home, but an army of deranged blood thirsty militants. NOTHING.

Just like Obama, we don't have a strategy

How about you? Let that sink in just for a moment. Not to mention how many different strategies you would need. Middle of the night, day time while at work or your kids are at school, middle of grocery shopping. Do you have a plan? Do your kids know where to go if something like this were to happen? What about a back up plan. Do they know who to ask for help. Do you trust the people you leave your children with to protect them when you can't? It's overwhelming. It's paranoia, It's impossible and will not happen to me, us, my family.

Thoughts of devastation and doom are to much for people to absorb. They don't have time to think about the what ifs. They have to get dinner done, drive to soccer practice, pay bills etc etc the lists are long and extensive. The ideas and thoughts of all of this is to far from reality.

But is it?
Or is that what we're being fed by mainstream media??
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Baby Robin Eggs Hatched ~ Tragedy Follows...

Baby Robin Eggs & Hatchlings
~ Part 2 ~ 

Well just as I expected, the baby Robins hatched and then disappeared. I have a feeling the Starlings heard the new babies and in less than 6 hours they were gone. All that was left in the nest was one little pretty solitary blue Robin egg. Plenty of family members told me I need to eliminate the Starling hatchlings so this doesn't continue. I can not do that. One I feel it's interfering in the natural ways of life and the life cycle of the birds, and the other reason is, they are babies too. They may grow up to be complete A-holes, but when I look at them now, although kind of ugly, they are cute little baby birds, innocent of their parents actions.


The picture above is after two of the Robin babies hatched. About 5 hours later, my husband went to check on them to see if anymore hatched, but what we saw was a single solitary egg left in the nest. It was so disappointing I forgot to even take a pic. The next day, we checked on the nest to see if the last egg was still there, had hatched or if it had also met it's doom. We saw a little tiny baby Robin, just barely hatched with a tiny piece of the shell still on it's little body.



We continued to check on it every couple hours and into the next day. Mama came and went, and there seemed to be no issues. Why or how this little one managed to be able to stay safe for so long we don't know. However, unfortunately, this morning we took a peek to see how all was going and we found an empty nest.

The Starling babies however are thriving very well and a couple have even ventured from their nest...
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