tar-melkorwitchy asked: Do you live in OK? I've been trying to figure out how to find out if it's okay to pick up roadkill? And I have no clue how to google that. :P
First off, the usual caveats:
Gloves, masks, buckets/bins (LIDDED!) truck bed with a plastic tarpaulin. Washy washy scrub-scrub, shower-to-end-all-showers.
Don’t mess with Raptors, or birds of ANY kind. It’s UBER-Illegal.
Be really goddamned careful because people are reckless bastards and will swerve to “Scare” you… and I’ve had a fucker run himself into the ditch and nearly hit me trying to be a wise ass.
That said: I do live in OK. Here, it’s… complex. Technically speaking roadkill belongs to ODOT, since it’s on ‘their’ property and is ‘their’ problem. Usually cleanup crews come and cart off larger animals very quickly. HOWEVER, fresh deer strikes are often field dressed by the very people who hit them, and taken home for food, so it’s kinda a mixed bag of whether or not someone will raise a stink.
My careful explanations are:
“I’m learning Taxidermy/Home Tanning.”
“I’m learning to do Euro Mounts/bone cleaning - y’know the bare skulls/that place up in OKC that was on Dirty Jobs?”
“I’m moving it back off of the road/into the woods/taking it somewhere to bury it so that other animals don’t end up this way.”
If they say “No” - back off. Make peace. GTFO. If they say it’s fine, thank them for their time and the service they provide to the community, go about your business succinctly and with utter cleanliness. If they’re not there make it quick, clean, and get out of there for all of the “traffic safety” reasons you can possibly imagine.
The tragedy in Moore has made me want to get to know a deity or spirit of wind and storms.
Ironically, one of the ones I work most closely with is exactly that - Thor. While I certainly ask for protection and strength during a storm from him (some day I’ll post my storm candle for y’all),…
I asked Thor and the Jotunn to, if they would, cease their hostilities for a while. That, no offense to either of them, but knock that shit the fuck off, because ain’t nobody got time for their pissing contest.
Years and years ago when I tried doing the ‘tru thing I got on particularly well with Thor, so I didn’t feel too uncouth for asking.
Beyond that one of the local spirits I work with I call a “Land giant”, something old and slow, and probably what some Tradwitches call “Land Serpents” or “Serpent energy” - they seem to be “In charge” and I will ask (when it’s do or die) for their aid with the promise of heaped offerings, and a bit of the red.
The town of Moore in Oklahoma just got hit today by an F5 tornado, more damaging than the one that hit in 1999. Many residential areas are leveled. If anyone can send some energy their way to help rescue efforts and healing, it would be extremely appreciated.
The storm is still going, so ongoing safety would also be helpful.
Here is a link to a story on it and some images.
Please, please, please… do what you can. If you haven’t got the money? Try housing someone’s pet for them until they can find a place to stay. Donate old clothing. Push your sleeves up and help dig through rubble and cut branches. Make some sandwiches, or something and hand ‘em out to workers. Fill jugs from your tap and take ‘em up there to hand out.
Doesn’t take money, just takes doing.
Incense, candles, crystals, jewelry, tarot and junk oracle readings, herbs, music, ecofriendly…
This shop, located in OKC is currently accepting any and all donations of books and supplies for witches and pagans who have lost their things in the tornado, as well as setting up an altar for well wishing/healing.
I’ve never been to it, personally, and don’t know anyone who has (just found it through a friend of a friend of a friend who shared their status), but they’re the first shop I’ve seen in the area who is asking for donations. And I think that’s a superawesomemegafoxycool thing for a shop/anyone to do.
This is a good time to dispose of any old books, or books you no longer find relevant AND to know that they’ll be put to good use.
If you want to send books or supplies here are their addresses:
Store address: 3124 N Classen OKC 73118 (if you live in state and would like to drop something off)
Mailing addy: 3102 N Classen #123 OKC 73118 (if you’re out of state and mailing)
The shop facebook page said to leave a note with all donations, and that any unclaimed supplies will be held for further tragedies. Which is good because we’re really not even partway through the season yet, and it’s already starting fantastically.
Sounds like a good way for me to unload a lot of these old books. Thank you!
Degreasing, by Ms. Graveyard Dirt
#15 is a roadkill rarity - a buck with undamaged antlers. He was practically tissue-free when I found him, his two-toned skull naturally stained by the environment he decomposed in. During yesterday’s inspection I noticed that some of his cranial sutures had been partially colonized by lint-sized tufts of moss. — Spring’s Seasonal Schedule
A cloudy pool of free-floating fat waiting to be skimmed off the surface of #15’s degreasing water.
DISCLAIMER: If you decide to reblog any of my roadkill pictures please keep all of the relevant information (i.e., name, title and Flickr link) with the image. (Why?)
What do you use to degrease? 90% of mine haven’t needed it, but I usually see Ammonia, acetone, etc. being touted and my ass says “No” to that shit.
I’ve always been interested in learning about stones, gems, and metals, particularly the energies within them. An interest never really translated into a talent for being able to pick up on them until recently, and that’s only been a very specific few. A pink carnelian stone I found at the last…
Lodestones are used a lot in Southern Rootwork and Conjure. Anything “Newagey” on ‘em I tend to find hard to stomach. If you’re looking for one I suggest Nature’s Treasures in MWC, or Sandalwood and Sage in Norman.
The Clay-pounding has begun. People are not very pleased with me right now. “TH-th-th-th-thump”, “CRUNCHCRUNCHGRINDCRUNCH”.
Meet the Bog Turtle. This is NOT an “awww baby turtle” guys. It is a full grown adult turtle & the smallest North America turtle species. Because of the illegal pet trade & loss of habitat they are critically endangered. Leave wild animals wild friends. Every living thing in nature connects & the extinction of even the smallest creature has a big impact. You can find conservation info about this federally threatened species at @usinterior
Bog Turtles reach about 4” at adulthood, so this IS a baby turtle.
Mini Musk Turtles are a viable option in the pet trade, being extensively captive-bred, and readily available. They’re about the same size as Bog Turtles.