If this is a garble, it'll be because I'll probably have to write in little spurts. There are beaks and tiny mouths to feed, and I won't even begin to talk about cleaning house and the laundry that is slowly piling up again...
Two days ago I got in a dead American Black Duck, a banded mom who had been killed by a speeding car as she tried to cross a state highway with her ducklings. Two young women witnessed the accident and stopped to rescue the animals. The mother duck died in their arms within minutes, the ducklings were scattered all over the place and eventually ran underneath the guard rail into the median and disappeared into the thick bush, but he women were able to catch one baby which they brought to me.
Upon arrival at the accident site, we had barely stopped in the breakdown lane when state police arrived and a trooper said that he had been called by EPO "because of some ducks crossing the road". I explained the situation to him and said that we just have to get over to the median and hopefully will be able to round up the siblings.
The trooper said no, no way are we going to cross this busy highway, he can't allow us to do that. Loud peeping from behind the guard rail urged us on to try and change his mind, but he would not budge and even told us that if we tried anyway he'd have no choice but arrest us. EPO arrived and said the same, adding that if a biologist wants to come out and do something he can coordinate with state police and the highway department and they would be the ones to section off the area.
I wasn't about to give up that easily. A friend told me to contact FoxNews Tip Line but I must have mis-dialed because I got a direct connection with a desk reporter. Who happened to know somebody at the Animal Rescue League (ARL) who might be able to help. When I called him back later that night he gave me that contact's email and said that this person expected to hear from me.
Much later that night, after the duckling was set up and fed and all my other animals had been taken care of, I wrote the emails and posts and finally crawled into bed at 5:30am.
The phone rang at 10:00 am , ARL, they were headed out to the accident site. I should stay put, they'd contact me again. They spent the afternoon searching the area in the pouring rain but came up empty-handed. Can't win them all...
The Lionhead bunnies are giving me a terrible time. I'm down to two survivors who are going strong, a third one just died this afternoon. It suddenly refused to drink and that was that, and it's been driving me crazy. I know that none of them would be alive without my intervention, but after having put in so much time and loving care it has been incredibly hard to lose even one.
Now on to my crafts: first, I'll post the remainder of the release Darlene at www.dutchpapercrafts.blogspot.com just put out, where I worked with 8 embossing folders.
Here is yet another shadow box I finished the other night. I wanted to recreate the clematis that are currently blooming in our back yard, and I have to say, I came pretty close. The blue spikes in the front consist of a gazillion tiny flowers I had to punch out, shape, and glue in place. This shadowbox is airy and beautiful, and it is also sprayed with a preservative so nothing in there wilts or loses its shape. The price is again $39.95, which is a steal if you consider that the box alone cost me $10 and I even hand-wove the background.