Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Rigging up something


Looks mighty pretty here this morning, and a little like spring...



and by the way, that lanky little tree there in the center, well, that's one of our pear trees. Wonder if it should be cut off there near the top at the crook? Sitting here at the computer, it looks to me like it should. Maybe that would cause it to branch out? What do you think?



Ahhh, have I shown you BunBun lately? He is the REAL Easter bunny, you know.



On pretty days, we still make that trip from BunBun's cage down to his special play pen in the old dog lot by the pond.

Sure wish I could start over with BunBun. When BunBun was given to me, almost two years ago, I had no idea he was a young bunny....sure, he was rather small, but maybe he was just a small rabbit. I was afraid to pick him up. Seriously! Can you imagine that!  How ignorant of me! Neither did I know that he was part Angora and would need brushing every single day. What a mess that turned out to be...as some of you know. It cost me $200.00 to get BunBun shaved last year. It's a wonder BunBun or my marriage survived that one!

Anyhow, I am still struggling to find a way to brush and groom BunBun, without holding him in my lap. At this point, he will not sit in my lap. I love BunBun. I have been sitting him inside his small cage, then sitting the small cage on top of this wrought iron bar. I then reach inside and brush him, but there is no elbow room. Then, a brain storm hit me! 



Could I build a fence around the top of the bar? Something easy to take down. I can put BunBun inside, then stand in front of the opening and have plenty of room to brush and groom. This bar is about waist high...perfect! Necessity is the mother of invention, by cracky!! :) We shall see how this works this afternoon.


Smokey goes along with BunBun and me...




there's something interesting at the other end of the dam.



Hard to imagine just how green this spot will be in a couple of months.



Still picking up sticks and twigs from those last storms that blew through. Also managed to haul away two more big piles of leaves today...slowly but surely. 

Andee tells me she saw a pretty pink, yes pink, wheelbarrow for sale somewhere. I'm due a new wheelbarrow, don't you think...why, there is no telling how many miles this one has rolled since 1999.  

Okay, I'm off to eat a baked sweet potato. Hope to be back real soon.

Love,
Henny 

51 comments:

  1. I understand your fear of rabbits. I think a lot of people question picking them up because they don't know enough about them. I looked after two through my cat-sitting business (a favor for a friend) and one would be sweet and friendly and the other would bite as soon as you tried to pick it up. So, it took time to get to know them. You are so far ahead of us with all the dry ground. I'd love to be walking around our property but there is still 3 ft. of snow everywhere. And, a snow-storm on it's way. But, hopefully, that will be it. No one finds this funny anymore. ugh! Smokey looks so happy strollin' around. Love that guy. I have no advice for the pear tree. I'm still learning...

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    1. That's right, some rabbits do bite and that scares me. I love rabbits though and want another baby to raise. Deb, I am wishing for warm spring weather for you especially. I know how much you want to get out on your new property. I remember that feeling!

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  2. I love when you are able to rig something up with the supplies on hand. I think your grooming table will be perfect! Bunbun's fur makes me think of our cat Nelson's fur. He has the softest undercoat that seems to fall out in clumps, everywhere. A can of pink paint might be just the thing for your wheelbarrow;-) Love seeing the sunshine, it is a very wet, windy, raw day here.

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    1. Hey Karen! I could buy pink paint, but Poppy put one of those solid wheels on the wheelbarrow and that made it terribly heavy. It is hard to push even empty...or maybe it's my age now. :)

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  3. Yes, as Karen says, it is rather unpleasant outside. Not too cold but who wants to be out in this? I wonder if this means March is coming in as a lion or as a lamb? Kind of in between.

    I think your invention just might work. You are very resourceful. Bun Bun is a very big bunny. I should take a picture of my grandchildren's bunny and show you how big she is.

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    1. I think we all are in need of spring now. Yesterday was pretty, but rain and colder temperatures came in last night. I sure enjoyed seeing Clover in your last post. :)

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  4. You might be on to something with your new invention. "Henny Penny's Grooming Table" ! You'll make your fortune and can pay someone else to groom him!

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    1. Now wouldn't that be wonderful! Maybe I can get on "Shark Tank" with my grooming cage. Can you imagine!

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  5. BunBun should be honored to sit on your lap! She just doesn't know how good he's got it. You may have hit on an excellent idea for grooming.

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  6. I sure don't know anything about raising rabbits. It looks like your new invention will work. Have a gorgeous spring day!

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    1. Thank you Terri! I need to know more about rabbits! :)

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  7. I sure don't know anything about raising rabbits. It looks like your new invention will work. Have a gorgeous spring day!

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  8. You certainly have a way of inventing things to suit the needs of your wonderful animals. Hope it works out and yes I do think a pink wheelbarrow would be perfect. Looks like a great day.

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  9. Bunbun needs to meet my angora Vivian........ She's an only (rabbit) child too. I love spinning her fuzz into yarn though, makes the nicest hallo and so soft and warm.

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    1. Oh that would be nice! :) I would love to know how to spin BunBun's fur. Maybe I should start saving it. I have one of those hand spindle (forgot exactly what it's called) that I ordered from "Punkin's Patch". Thank you!

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  10. I had bunnies on our farm but they weren't Angoras just regular and floppy ears . I had a favorite one as a pet his name was Thumper he was a large bunny and a sandy colour he was such a sweet bunny ! We don't even pay that much for a day at the spa for our dog Miggs and she gets the full package WOW ! that's a lot of money for a rabbit ! I do like your invention hope all works out well . I like collecting all the fallen sticks in my wheelbarrow from the ground and having a camp fire with them . You are definitely in spring I can see Daffodils in the center garden well above ground . Thanks for sharing . have a good day !

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    1. Aren't bunnies beautiful! I know! Two hundred dollars was outrageous! The vet said it took her and three helpers more than three hours to shave BunBun.

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  11. The most important thing is that you rescued BunBun and gave him a home.

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    1. That's true. I need to remember that!

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  12. Oh BunBun is beautiful. Hope your invention worked and you were able to groom BunBun easily.

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  13. A much as I love my snowy state (and get tired of the complaints) I am just a tad jealous of your weather. We're getting dumped with about 5" of snow as I write this. Sigh...

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    1. Oh my goodness. Five more inches! That pretty weather here yesterday changed overnight to a cold rain and wind. Maybe we all will have spring weather soon.

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  14. BunBun is so cute...I wish you had know he was young, too, because I bet it would have made a big difference now with the grooming.

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    1. It sure would have. Oh if he would just lay in my lap it would be so easy. Thank you Rose.

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  15. Bun Bun is so pretty! You love him and he knows that ! Love you!

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  16. I love my two wheeled wheelbarrow. It has saved so much effort.

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    1. I think that is the kind I want...something easier to push, or pull.

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  17. Bun Bun is a sweetie. We have three pet rabbits. Rex, Fuzz Buzz and Balin. We have a run for them too. It is fun to put them in it Spring,Summer and Autumn. In the winter they are in the rabbit hutch. They have warm beds and a smaller run.
    We love having rabbits and the boys have enjoyed having them as pets.
    Keep us posted on the wheelbarrow. ;-)
    Carla

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    1. Hey Carla! I love your bunnies's names. Bunnies really are fun to keep.

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  18. Whoever gave you Bun Bun should have explained to you what was needed. I imagine they didn't, in expectation you would refuse. Check around. There are people who use the fur to make thread and yarn. You may find someone who would be willing to help in exchange for the fur!
    Have a blessed week!

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    1. Hey Linda! Actually, she didn't know any more that I did. She stopped by and offered the bunny to me and when she picked him up by his ears, I knew I needed to keep him and take care of him. That is a good idea. Wish I had been saving his fur. I'm going to start keeping it. Thank you Linda.

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  19. Sounds like you have a solution to your problem and Bun Bun will look so pretty! Nancy

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    1. Well, I hope it solves my problem. I'm afraid BunBun already has knot that I can't brush out. :( Thank you Nancy.

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  20. I hope your plan for grooming BunBun works.
    We're going to have lots more sticks to pick up too, after today's roaring like a lion wind and rain storms.

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    1. Thank you Linda! I don't know how so many sticks can fall every time we have a storm! A never ending job. :)

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  21. Bun Bun and Smokey seem to be an odd pair. They look cute together. If you get a new wheelbarrow, don't forget to keep the old one. Put some holes in the bottom for drainage and some rocks and the soil for flowers. I had an old $10 wheelbarrow that I planted full of hanging vines and flowers and had in my backyard. Only thing I wish I had kept and taken with me.

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    1. Hey Sharon! I've seen flowers planted in old wheelbarrows before and it is pretty. Bet your's was pretty with the vines hanging over, and the flowers. I'll do that.

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  22. Hi Henny! I realized that I had left you off my blog roll when I took it down and put it back up! I'm so sorry! I missed some posts! That rabbit is adorable and of course the kitty pics are always appreciated. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you! I am always doing things like that. :) Hope you are having a good day!

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  23. Beautiful bunny, we had one years ago--P.Rab.--who was a seal point and looked like a Siamese cat.

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    1. Thank you! I'll have to look up the seal point rabbit. I've never heard of one.

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  24. I have 14 rabbits and most are skittish. The friendliest would sit in my lap, but they are so big it is hard for me to lift them! They are easy to love, so much sweetness in their furry bodies!

    I linked over from PomPom's Ponderings. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed reading your post.

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    1. Thank you Marcie. I would love to have 14 rabbits! I am going to visit your blog now. Would love to see your rabbits.

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  25. I really like that bunny but indeed that seems like a lot of work unless you are a spinner and want to knit from bunny's fur.

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  26. We had angoras for many years and I harvested their wool to spin, knit, sell, etc. Dont give up on holding him. Rabbits are jumpy little beings. The best way I found to hold mine was on my lap with a couple thick towels under them and their heads tucked under my left arm so I could comb with my right. Having their eyes covered and feeling secure calms them. Also, grooming them a little at a time and rewarding with sunflower seeds is good, too. Sometimes you just have to hold on tight and Do It!
    Wow, that's a lot of sticks. We have the big winds today and I will be picking up limbs tomorrow.

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  27. Angora Rabbits need that everyday grooming, I use to have two of them, I didn't save the fur, I hope you begin to save it! He sure is a beauty:)

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  28. The real Easter bunny!!!!!!!!!!

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