New Bunny Tractors

Forest, my DIL, and I are raising bunnies and we needed some new tractors. My sweetie built a couple for two soon-to-be mommas.

They’re 3’x5′, made with 1″x2″ galvanized wire. The holes are large enough for the bunnies to munch on the grass but small enough any babies can’t tumble out. There is one wooden end, so we could attach a kindling box and give each bunny a shelf to enjoy.

I took a rabbit feed bag (the white liner) to make most of the covering waterproof and then laid a larger piece of shade cloth over that. I “sewed” it all down with wire and stapled the edge to the wooden end. I’m hoping the bunnies don’t get it into their heads to chew on it. I’m motivated to keep them in food and chew toys.

Here’s the backside with a door into the kindling box. When babies arrive it’s good to be able to check on them and it makes it easier to catch the little boogers when it’s time to move them out.

Thank you Grandpa for all your hard work.

I’m on the Hunt

We’re just starting to see mushroom weather – rain then sunshine then rain then sunshine. The other day I went out to see what I could find.

I ran across some white trillium (also known as wake robin). Not a mushroom, but an encouraging sight because it’s an early spring flower.

Then I saw a “rock” and another one.

I’m trying to learn to identify mushrooms so a took a couple home.

I should have washed them off before taking a picture, but here is a good picture of a cross-section.

I think it’s a baby bolete mushroom. The veil hasn’t torn away from the cap and I think those are developing tubes hiding in there.

There are a bazillion kinds of bolete mushrooms and most of them are edible, but because I’m a newbie and I’m not sure …

Rule #1: Don’t eat it unless you are sure.

It’s not a part of my dinner, just a fun educational experience.

Sweet Potatoes

So I decided to grow some sweet potatoes. I’ve got them started in little glasses and they have roots already. When the leaves start showing up I’ll pot the slips and eventually move them out into grow bags when the weather allows.

Can’t wait to have my own sweet potatoes. Yum.

More and More Bunnies

The weather has slowly become Springlike. Temperatures are warmer and we’ve had a bit of rain. More and more of our bunnies are in tractors in the bunny meadow (we have nine adults, six females, two males, and M1’s male pet). The teens are still in the bunny barn because nighttime temperatures are a bit low. I have sixteen and my DIL has eleven. Twenty-seven teenagers! That actually sounds a bit daunting. 🙂

This is one of my favorites. He friendly,
curious, and really quite brave for a bunny.

And we’re looking forward to several new litters in a couple of weeks.

Feathers in the round

This month’s zendala template from LonettA’s CreA(R)Tive’s is lovely. I went with a monotangle using youger (a new-to-me pattern). The finished drawing looks a bit like a mess of feathers. Very fun.

pattern: youger
materials: printer paper, micron, and pencil

Honk, Honk

The other morning, we had a pair of Canada geese and a pair of ducks (I’m not sure what kind) in our little pond.

My neighbor managed to get a picture of the geese, but the ducks turned shy on us and flew away.

I’d say it’s officially Spring. 🙂

Image credit © Sarah Saffer

He is Risen!

My sweetie and I watched our church service by YouTube streaming today. I don’t do “sit still” very well, so I did a little tangling as I listened to the resurrection story.

patterns: quare and vano
materials: 6″ tile, micron, and pencil

He is risen indeed!

Willow’s Corner – Kits

Well, we’ve had quite the baby bunny adventure here on the property. I had four kits and Licorice had three. These are small litters, but I think winter played a part in that. My little ones are a bit wild (the winter cage in the bunny barn doesn’t make it easy to catch and handle them).

I hear that Cedar had nine kits (she’s in another barn, we had to spread out a bit when we all started having litters). Some moms and litters ended up in large bins in Forest’s house. She’s a good bunny mommy and when her bunnies needed a bit more room and warmth she moved them inside.

We’re still having freezing temperatures here at night, so we’re in the barns for a little while longer. I look forward to outdoor cages and all the clover I can eat.

I have another week or so before my little ones don’t need me anymore. Not sure where we will all go until we get better weather, but I’m sure the bunny mommies will figure something out.

Willow

Back At It

The last few weeks have been a little crazy with sickness (not the coronavirus) and work responsibilities. I managed to eke out a couple of Zendalas and a Dingbatz or two, but all in all, this was a tough season for art.

Well, I’m back at it and working on the Zen-Untangled 2020 challenge.

Zen-Untangled 2020 – Week 8
patterns: amaze, gust, and floo
materials: sketchbook, micron, & pencil

Knock, Knock

Early one morning I heard the strangest sound. It was a knocking sound, but it was a bit metallic. I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from because it was so intermittent.

When my sweetie got up the sound had stopped, but later that morning it started up again and my husband solved the mystery.

Turns out its mating season for woodpeckers. The males are showing off by making a lot of racket to draw attention to themselves. One ambitious woodpecker had found the metal ladder set up next to our house (hence the metallic sound).

I hope he finds a girlfriend soon.