Penelope and Tiny

The weather in the Pacific Northwest has always been a bit of a roller coaster for me, but I think this year has probably been the worst one I’ve experienced. The sky is always varying shades of gray… Very rarely blue. And when it is blue, and we see the sun, it comes with an intense sense of anxiety. Like I have to drop everything and go outside NOW because I don’t know if the sun will ever come back again.

I am so very grateful for the sun when we do get it, but I’m having trouble surviving on such short stretches of it. Growing up in the desert of El Paso, Texas, I had no idea what an important resource the sunshine was. I’d get tired of it being hot and dry, and I loved it when it rained. Water was the scarce resource there. 

I guess there is no one perfect place to live. There will be pros and cons everywhere you go. The trick is figuring out which pros outweigh which cons for you. I never thought I’d see the day, but I’ve actually been missing the desert lately.

My columbine are in bloom! I’m not gonna lie, these are not my favorite variety. I’m thinking about pulling them up and trying again.

Updates in the Rabbitry

I finally got my watering system built! I was really intimidated by the idea of putting it together, but it was much easier than I thought it would be. The blog post I was following for instructions ended up using a bunch of parts that I found to be excessive, so I just left them off and it works great! The rabbits figured it out pretty quickly too. It’s been soooo nice to not have to worry about filling their water bottles every day.

Penelope and Tiny

This is Penelope and her daughter Tiny! They are my new Rex does. Natalie didn’t like Harli, and she refused to make babies with him. But Penelope loves him, and is very cooperative! Harli is 4 years old now, so I’m really hoping he can still make babies. I’d love to get at least one litter out of him. He’s a beautiful and sweet boy!

The Boys This Week

Mason has gotten over his fear of bees, and now he loves to come outside with me and help me with the rabbits. We’ve been working on teaching the kids that bees are our friends, and there is nothing to be scared of. Rhett is still deathly afraid of them (he hates the loud buzzing when they get too close, and he thinks they are chasing him), but he is starting to spend more time outside when we get the occasional sunshine.

Mason helping me take feed out to our tractor bunnies

Playing in the little oat field we planted beside the rabbit shed.

I love how he poses for pictures ❤️

Kender caught a snake, and enjoyed playing with it for a while. Did you know snakes can jump? I don’t know if it’s technically “jumping” since they don’t have legs, but this guy was able to hoist himself up and out of the box!

Rhett and Mason have been playing really well together lately. Unfortunately, they love to play things that include explosions and destruction. So my house looks like a permanent disaster.

Last week Kender got some sort of virus - he had a fever and a cough and was really tired. Ryan had a bit of a sore throat and a cough too. The rest of us just felt super tired. Mason took a nap, which never happens. And he still went to bed on time. We’re pretty much over it now aside from Kender’s lingering cough.

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