Are you okay? ⋒
Think of how often we ask someone 'How are you?' but do you truly pause & listen? Do you ever try to look past the general answer of 'I'm fine' or 'Good'? Never lose the importance of a simple question or a kind listening ear. ✧
Check in on someone you haven't heard from in awhile. It's also okay if you're not okay. And I'm always here with a listening ear for anyone who may need it. Happy Sunday friends! ♡
Wreaths are a great way to add curb appeal when you are staging a home. Staging isn’t just for the inside! ——
I make my own wreaths so that I get the exact look I’m going for. Swipe to see my latest three 👉🏻
Imagine leaving Asia and entering Ice Age North America. You were probably following herds of reindeer or mammoths on land, or hunting seals down the coast. You knew what these animals were, you understood their behavior, and you therefore knew how to interact with them.
But then you make it further south, and you encounter exotic megafauna you've never seen before. This was a reality for the earliest Americans.
I'd imagine some of the strangest, most perplexing animals they encountered were the giant ground sloths. Pictured here is a species known as Eremotherium laurillardi. This species of giant sloth lived in the Southern United States through South America.
Imagine the thoughts of the early American in this painting. Picture yourself wandering through a forest or along a river and encountering this thing slowly crawling on the forest floor, or crossing an open plain.
They clearly aren’t predators, and likely moved slow, but their massive claws and forearms, used for shearing tree trunks, could easily rip you open if you angered it. It also probably made unfamiliar and likely unsettling calls. Not to mention some weighed several tons and stood over 7 ft tall.
Evidence of butchering on sloth bones indicates that humans were hunting these animals at times. And an interesting series of human and sloth footprints found at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico are interpreted as a stalking event that led a heated face off between several humans and a sloth.
Fun fact: Thomas Jefferson had an interest in fossils and was once presented with giant sloth bones found in a cave. Before Lewis and Clark set out on their expedition, TJ was like “Be on the lookout for this sloth thing, my dudes, it might still live out there and could easily rock your world”. Or something like that.