Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Team Lean On Me and Magpie's Trick

My friend Kit shared some of the lovely creations from my team, Team Lean On Me.  After getting all but crucified more then a handful of times on the open boards on Etsy I felt it was a need for the community.  I had quite a few people who had messaged me not only stunned and horrified at the things that were said to me over innocent postings but terrified to post themselves.  I myself really had a genuine need to find other like minded individuals like myself.  What I found that most of these types were too scared to share.  Those that did were very cautious with their words for fear of backlash.  When Etsy created teams to replace the old forums many didn't like the idea, myself included.  Hey I was always one of the last kids picked to be on any teams.  I am not what you would call a "team player".  After awhile I gave in and tried the team thing.  The createability team for individuals with disabilities was very supportive.  But for the most part I found either there were tumbleweeds blowing through or the teams were very cliquey.  You could post and no one would even respond.  It was like "mic check, is this thing on?", not welcoming!  I wanted to create a place where people would be supportive of one another and could voice their thoughts without fear.  Etsy is a big place and while a select few do exceedingly well many of us struggle.  And there is more to life then Etsy.  We are real people with real lives and real problems.  I wanted to create an online family.  I have been absolutely blessed to find a genuinely kind, caring, supportive bunch of amazing people.  And I am so happy that we all have a home.  

Kit and her husband Derek are Magpie's Trick.  Please check out their Etsy shop and read the blog post here:

Luminous - Moonstone and Sterling Silver Heart Necklace

Their Etsy Shop:

And for those who are interested in joining Team Lean On Me:

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hummingbird Rescue

This past winter it was a rather harsh winter in the desert.  We had below freezing temperatures for long stretches which is not common.  So cold in fact that our hummingbird feeders repeatedly iced over.  These tiny, fragile little guys must eat frequently and with temperatures so cold a frozen feeder and no flowers can mean death.  By nature they are territorial and you wouldn't realize how much so until they are literally fighting for their lives.  A larger ruby throated hummingbird had made it impossible for the smaller Ana's to feed.
One morning I awoke and looked outside to see a lifeless hummingbird about the size of a large cottonball being pummeled by a larger rubythroat.  The ruby would fly into the air and over and over smash into the little one.  I ran outside shooing the ruby away.  There lay the lifeless body of my little Ana.  I gently picked him up unable to believe how light his little body was.  It was as if I was trying to hold air.  I cradled him in my hand hoping he would stir.  Gently he opened and then closed his eyes.  He was freezing, he was starving, and he was badly beaten.  

I felt as if my heart would break.  So tiny and helpless.  I held him in my hands for what seemed forever, but was probably an hour.  I began gathering a box, a heating pad and warming up some nectar for him.  The entire time I did this one handed while holding him in the other.  When he warmed enough to move I put him into the box with the warm heating pad and nectar.  He immediately began to drink but he was still in shock.  He was in a form of semi hibernation.  He would stick his beak into the nectar but was too weak to pull it back out so I would gently pull him back from time to time and he would sit on the perch until he was ready to drink again.  As he started to warm and get sugar back in his system he began to drink normally.  After about 6 hours he was ready to make his return outside.  I brought the box outside and we sat until it was time to fly.  As he gathered his energy in one fell swoop he popped out of the box and flew away.  He would come to visit me during the day and when I was outside he would come up to me and hover and peep, peep, peep.  This is a day I will never forget.  One of the greatest honors to be able to help and hold a precious hummingbird.

These photos are not the best because I took them with my camera phone, but this is my little patient. 

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