Cutest Baby Animals- video

Here is a video of some cute baby animals! Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.

Wow, what a turn-out this morning, just look at all the countries enjoying the blog! (Click on the image to see a bigger picture.)

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I am surrounded by cats, I have always loved them and they have always kept me sane (in as much as I can say I am sane!). Here is the 411 on the Cat as your animal totem.

 

 

“Domestic felines are all about communication and their messages almost always have to do with your ability to communicate with those around you or with the spirit and astral realms. The mystery of the cat and its secretive ways has always been intriguing. Many believe that these slinky creatures are in constant communication with the spirit world and are the bridge between the realm of the unseen and the seen. Most certainly when the cat comes into your life – someone or something is trying to tell you something. Listen carefully! Trust your intuition.

 

Alternatively, this feline can also be letting you know that you have the power and magic to create anything you want out of your life right now. All you need to do is believe in yourself and trust that you have all the tools and skills necessary to accomplish what you desire in life. Don’t hesitate! The time to focus on your dreams is NOW!

 

 

People with Cat as their totem are always extremely psychic and creative people. Often they are independent, unpredictable and more often than not highly astute in all situations. There is always a sense of mystery that surrounds them. They are also highly selective in choosing their friends and will rarely cave to peer pressure. They choose their own way in life but have to be careful not to become too reclusive.”

Source: Spirit Animal Totems website at http://www.spirit-animals.com/cat/

Flightless Birds- Meet the Kakapo

Meet the kakapo, also known as an “owl parrot” is also a native of New Zealand. This nocturnal parrot has an owl’s face, penguin’s stance, and duck’s gait. It is truly a strange bird—but also a beautiful one, with bright green-brown feathers. It can grow up to 2 feet in length, and is the world’s heaviest parrot. The males make a distinctive booming call that sounds like a one-bird jug band, which can be heard up to half a mile away!

Source: https://www.britannica.com/list/8-birds-that-cant-fly

I saw a seagull flying far from home

seagull1I live in Pasadena, so it’s surprising to me to see so many shore birds in the city. Near the Panera Restaurant where I like to have breakfast there are a group of seagulls that inhabit the parking lot, so I thought I’d find out what animal medicine these birds are attributed with. Here’s what I found:

“Seagulls are spiritual messengers that demonstrate that a higher communication with guides is taking place. He shows how to see above situations with a higher clarity and teaches that there are many perspectives to consider.

seagulls1Seagull shows a sense friendship and community and the cooperation that is needed for the whole to operate successfully. He teaches how to ride the currents of the mental, emotional and physical worlds. Are you going with the flow or fighting it? Are you cooperating with others? Are you open to your guides? Seagull can teach you many lessons of looking, living and being. It is time to listen and watch for the nuances and timing of action.”  Source: http://www.starstuffs.com/animal_totems/dictionary_of_birds.html

 

Don’t eat that angletwitch

earthwormAn angletwitch is an earthworm, the word originated in 14th century Merry Olde England from: Middle English angeltwicche, angeltwacche, from Old English angeltwæcce, angeltwicce, from angel hook + -twæcce, -twicce (from twiccian to pluck, catch hold of). Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/angletwitch

 

weird-and-wonderful-words-book-coverThis word was found in the wonderful and often hilarious book: Weird and Wonderful Words, edited by Erin McKean

 

What weird and wonderful words do you have to share today? Please post them in the comments section with their meanings!!

Squirrel away food for the future

oak tree-exI have 17 large trees surrounding my property, from oak and eucalyptus, to pine and peach and avocado, they attract and support many forms of wildlife. My yard is filled with birdsong and the chattering of the extensive squirrel family who live in the oaks. Squirrels are playful, as well as industrious, gathering the acorns from the oaks and divesting the pine trees of pine cones for their seeds.

 

 

Accordinsquirrel-eating-an-acorng to the Animal Medicine cards, Squirrel teaches humans to plan ahead for the winter, to store or “squirrel away” food for the time when food will become scarce. This idea can be expanded to mean one should be prepared for what the future may bring. (1)

 

 

squirrel-familySquirrels prepare for the future by storing acorns and sharing the bounty with the scurry (a group/family of squirrels is called a scurry). The term “dray” is specifically used to refer to a mother squirrel and her young. (2)

So, if squirrel has leapt playfully into your life today, remember to put some of your earnings and other resources aside for a rainy day!

 

medicine-card-bookSources cited:

(1) From the book “Medicine Cards” by Jamie Sams and David Carson-http://jamiesamsbooks.com/medicinecards.cfm

(2) https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/group-squirrels-called-69e09eb7aba12ffc