Be Forewarned, I am a Fey and Quixotic Creative Writer

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Owls, "Hoot, Hoot!"

A fascinating thing that I recall from my childhood is the owl pellet.  As kids we did a lot of hiking and exploring.  To find a skull or animal bones was the Holy Grail of finds, but to see an owl pellet was a thrill too.  What is an owl pellet?  An owl cannot separate the inedible from the edible parts of it's prey prior to swallowing it.  It swallows a mouse or other little animal then it expectorates the hair and bones after partially digesting it.  Owl Pellet.

When I just started dating the man who became my husband, his father found an owl in a trap or caught in a fence I can't recall which.  The owl grabbed onto his hand.  I don't recall the details but I believe that he needed to be treated with antibiotics.

Owls symbolize wisdom.  In the native american culture, owls symbolize death. Owl totem is explained here.

We would see an occasional owl in our calf barn. (when we were dairying).  One year there was this tiny little screech owl in the rafters  The kids really enjoyed looking at it and it did not seem to be afraid.

I collect miniature owl portraits.  The collection started in 2004 when I bought my second owl.  I was in Assisi, Italy.  I continued to find little owls here and there, garage sales, etc.  I have stopped collecting.  Basta.  The last one of my collection is a Amy Original.

Boyfriend's father gets grabbed by talons.

Cloisonne Owl from Assisi

Amy Original Owl

Owls are very magical and mysterious.  The culture became very excited about owls with the Harry Potter series.  Parents wanted to buy their children their very own pet owls.  Luckily people don't usually keep them as pets.  If you want a pet owl, find a miniature sculpting of one to buy.  Hold it in your hands and imagine it to be alive and flying around you.

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