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Happy Halloween from Melody & Cypress!

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Happy Halloween!
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I made a silly little witch hat for my bunny, Cypress, and thought I’d take some pictures to share with you on Halloween Day.  I made the hat from black card stock, a scrap of ribbon, and a vintage button.

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I left the hat open in the back so her ears would go through easily, so it’s not a full and enclosed cone on the top.  Doesn’t she look festive and funny?  Cypress was a pretty good sport about being photographed. What a “treat” from my bun bun.  :]

I’m dressing up as artist/painter Frida Kahlo for our Halloween celebration at work today.  I originally wore this costume back in 2006, but since I’m now in a new office/at a new company, I thought I’d reprise the costume because I love it so much.  Are you dressing up today?  What are you dressing up as?

Again, Happy Halloween!  I hope you all have a safe and fun holiday.

Warm regards,
Melody

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Easter Bonnets + Bunnies = cute & funny!

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Well, technically they’re hats – not bonnets, but “Easter bonnets” sounds so much cuter!

Yep, my bunnies have Easter hats.  We won’t be taking them to any egg hunts this weekend, but they’d look super cute if we did!  You probably think I’ve gone completely round the bend, and I suppose it’s possible.  But perhaps you’ll change your mind about having me committed when I tell you that these hats were gifts from my dear friend, Debbie.

She’s an artsy-craftsy gal, and is a bit mischievous, so when the idea of bonnets for bunnies came up in one of our emails exchanges I guess she just couldn’t resist.  Within a week a package arrived at my home, and I had no idea what she was sending me.  This is what I found in the box:

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Not only did she send the cute little hats for Cypress & Pinto, she included a darling card and a vintage bunny cookie cutter.  So sweet!  I laughed and laughed when I opened up this box – it made my day.  I couldn’t stop laughing, and every time I look at these pictures of the bunnies in their hats I laugh, too!

So, with much laughter and gratitude, I dedicate this post to Debbie.  Thank you for the darling bonnet and hat, and for the FAB Easter package!

FIRST UP: PINTO!

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“This hat is delicious!”

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“You want me to wear this on my head?!  Pppfftt!”

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“The camera loves me!  Bask in my bunny glory.”

AND NOW, MISS CYPRESS…

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“You’ll pay for this, Mother.  You’d better sleep with one eye open.”

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“Tie ribbons are better to chew on and to cut with my teeth than to tie anything on with.”

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“Hey, whatever works.  I look cute no matter what!”

I hope you’ve enjoyed these silly pictures of our bun buns.  And whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope you have a wonderful and beautiful weekend!

Warm regards,
Melody (and Cypress & Pinto!)

 

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Celebrating Spring with a Gift for the Birdies…

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Spring is officially here, and I decided I’d celebrate by leaving some nest-making supplies out for the birds!

I figure they’ve got plenty of twigs, mud, and pine needles at their disposal, but thought they might enjoy using some bunny fur to make their nest soft and cuddly.  I saved some of the fur from the last brushings we gave Cypress and Pinto, and amassed a few handfuls of fur.*

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White and brown fur from our male bunny, Pinto
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White fur from our female bunny, Cypress (sprinkled with a few of Pinto’s brown hairs)
Doesn’t it look comfy?
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I decided some yarn and thread bits might also be nice for the birdies to use, so I gathered some scrap pieces of the sari yarns I used on some of the necklaces I posted on Etsy and pulled them apart.  I also added some turquoise fibers from my stash.
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It makes me giddy to think of precious little nests lined with our bunnies’ fur and/or with these beautiful fibers.  I know I’ll never actually see the nests these offerings make it into, but I have a great imagination and love the image I’ve created in my mind’s eye.  :]
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I left my offerings near our home. There’s a pond across the way, where froggies croak at night (their ribbety chorus fills me with glee!), and I left the “warm and fuzzies” along the path by the pond where I’ve seen birds flit about, back a bit in the bushes.  I know they don’t need my offerings, but I still hope they’ll make use of them and enjoy them…
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Happy Spring, everyone!  What are you doing to celebrate the new season?
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Warm regards,
Melody
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Haiku: The Excavator

 

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Are you digging to China?
You’re cute and messy…

As you can see, our white, female rabbit – Cypress – loves to dig.  Because our rabbits are “house rabbits” they don’t have a yard to dig in, but they do spend their daylight hours on our covered and walled patio. Hubby was inspired to get some dirt from his father’s garden (we knew it would be pesticide and poison free) and let the rabbits have at it, and Cypress is quite the digger.  Pinto doesn’t dig nearly as much.  In fact, he seems most adept at getting dirt showers from Cypress and sitting there looking all spotted and cute!

The bunnies nearly always have us laughing, and digging is just one of the things they do that makes us laugh.  What do your pets do that crack you up?  I hope you’ll comment and share their antics!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Pumpkins – and Bunnies?!

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Yes, it’s true – I’m a devoted “bunny mother”.  Hubby and I adopted two adult rabbits from a local shelter in the spring of 2010, and we’ve been enjoying our furry little “bunnies” ever since.  I try not to post about them too much, but thought it might be fun to do a fall/spring mash-up and photograph our bunnies with the pumpkins we purchased during our trip to the pumpkin patch a few weeks ago.

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Bunnies and rabbits are most often associated with Easter and spring, but don’t they look cute posing with the bright orange pumpkins?  Cypress, our female rabbit is the all-white rabbit, and Pinto, our boy, is wearing the spots.

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In case you’re wondering, yes – it IS hard to get our bun buns to sit still for a photo shoot.  Hubby was my bunny wrangler, and we bribed them with small pieces of carrots and banana – two of their favorite treats!

Halloween will be here before we know it, so I’ll take this moment to wish you all a Happy Halloween from our little family – bunnies and humans alike!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Missing My Kitty, Bubba…

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We adopted this kitty when I was seven years old, and she was my first real pet.  She was adorable, sweet, and had a lot of personality.  Though her official name was Fluffy, we started calling her Bubba early on and the name stuck.  Kinda sounds like a name for a big ol’ hillbilly man instead of a small orange and white cat – poor Bubba!

As is often the case, my mom handled of much of her day-to-day care, but I like to think that she loved me best. Bubba was an indoor/outdoor cat, and sometimes my mom would try, unsuccessfully, to call her in.  I’d go out, do my special kitty call (rapid kissy-ish sounds), and Bubba would come running. Such a good girl.

Bubba liked to play with my beads, ribbon, and string, and would sometimes roll from side to side in pursuit of the object she was trying to capture.  This was incredibly cute, partly because the fur on her tummy was white and curly.  Her unique culinary “likes” included corn, peanut butter, and licking the back of postage stamps.  I guess these are fairly normal things for a young girl to offer a cat – except maybe the stamp!

I was twelve years old, and Bubba was five, when I saw her for the last time.  My mom, brother and I had to move in a life-changing “get out of a perilous situation” kind of way, and the folks that were kind enough to help us move and to take us in were allergic to cats.  They also lived in a canyon inhabited by kitty-eating coyotes, so taking Bubba with us on this move was not an option.  She was given to family friends who lived far from our new home, and I never saw her again.

The stress of the overall situation and the move was heightened by the loss of Bubba. And though a kind and wonderful family had adopted her, I was sad about Bubba.  It was a very difficult time, but at least I understood why the change was necessary.  I was worried that she didn’t understand and just felt abandoned.

It seems a little bit of that worry and sadness has stayed with me all these years, because I got teary-eyed when I recently came across this photo of Bubba and reflected back on her and on the events that pulled us apart. I hope my kitty somehow knew that we still loved her and missed her.  I hope I’ll get to see her again someday, and will be able to pet her, scratch her head, and scratch her chin to her heart’s content.

If there’s a heaven, I hope I make it there – and I hope Bubba is there to greet me…

Warm regards,
Melody

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Haiku: Our Bunnies

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Cute little bunnies,
you bring much laughter and joy.
Love your fluffy tails!

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Happy Thursday, dear readers!  I hope your week is going well.  Friendly reminder: I’ll be announcing the three giveaway winners on Tuesday, so please enter today if you haven’t already!

Warm regards,
Melody

p.s. Do you recognize the image up top as an Instagram photo?  I used the Walden filter…

 

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Greetings from Our Live-In Easter Bunny!

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It’s fun having two real, live Easter Bunnies living with us year-round.  As you may know, we adopted a bonded pair of rabbits – Cypress & Pinto – in March of last year, and have been drowning in their cuteness ever since!  They have their mischievous moments, to be sure, but they’re so completely adorable that any “bad” behavior is quickly neutralized by their darling faces, their wiggling noses, and their fluffy little tails.

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Did I mention their oh-so-soft fur and their playful bunny antics?  Well, they slay us with those things, too.  Their fur is super soft, and when they’re out and about the bunnies almost always have time to stop and get pet – they love being pampered!  The hopping, jumping, running, and exploring they do keeps us in stitches.  And though they’ve lived with us for a while now, I still gently elbow hubby from time to time and say, “Look – we have bunnies in our living room!”  They’re such a sweet and funny sight to see.

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With Easter coming up this weekend, I thought it only fitting that I post some Easter Bunny pictures featuring our white female bunny, Cypress.  Pinto posed for Year of the Rabbit pictures a few months ago, and Cypress deserves equal camera time.  Isn’t she a cutie?  She’s bigger and plumper than her sweetie, Pinto, and we call her Plumpy about as often as we call her Cypress.  (The nickname Plumpy was taken from the movie Love Actually).

Hubby, Cypress, Pinto and I wish you a very Happy Easter, whether you celebrate with chocolate, celebrate religiously, or both!

Warm regards,
Melody

P.S. We’re getting closer to the drawing for SIX giveaway winners – the drawing will be held this Tuesday, April 26th!  Have you entered both ways yet?  Join in the fun!

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Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit!

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Today is the first day of the Year of the Rabbit, and I welcome you.  Having two pet rabbits, Cypress and Pinto, this particular Chinese New Year is especially close to my heart.  I love our furry little ones, and hope I’ll look back on this year with love and affection, too.  Some years are more challenging than others, and though 2011 has gotten off to an extremely rocky start, I hope this Year of the Rabbit will have been a good one when it’s done.

A Bit About the Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional holidays celebrated by the Chinese.  Preparations begin well before the big day arrives, and the celebration and related activities can last as long as fifteen days.  As the New Year approaches homes are thoroughly cleaned, to clear out any bad luck and to make ready for good luck.

New Year’s Eve is celebrated with an elaborate meal, and families share dishes such as chicken, fish, dumplings, and noodles.  They also enjoy sweets, including cakes and oranges.  Firecrackers are often set off at midnight.

New Year’s Day is commonly spent visiting family members, and red is the color.  Important at New Year’s and in Chinese culture overall, red decorations reign supreme and red clothes are frequently chosen for New Year’s.  New clothes and a fresh haircut symbolize a new beginning.

Gifts are also exchanged.  The most common gift is that of money, which is given in red envelops, and the money is given in even denominations for good luck.  (Whether a number is even or odd is determined by the first digit in the number, so the number 25 would actually be even.)

How Often do Rabbits Get Their Own Year?

The Chinese follow a 12-year cycle, and each of those 12 years is attributed to an animal.  Therefore it’s the Year of the Rabbit every 12 years.  I can’t begin to imagine what my life will be like when the next Year of the Rabbit rolls around, and won’t even try.  Instead I’ll content myself with giving my rabbits an extra baby carrot or two to celebrate “their year”.  After all, they’d just try to chew and eat a cash-filled red envelope!

Warm regards,
Melody

Photo above: Pinto, our male rabbit.  Doesn’t he look adorable in the red basket?

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Cutest Bunnies Ever!

They’re small. They’re soft and furry.  They’re fruit and vegetable-eating machines.  They are lagomorphs – not rodents – and we’re wrapped around their little bunny paws!  José and I have finally become pet people, and we’re so glad to have Cypress (our girl – white) and Pinto (our boy – spotted) hopping around our home.  They’ve only been with us since March of this year but they’re definitely full-fledged members of the family.  We adopted them from the Irvine Animal Care Center, and are so glad we did!

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First things first:  The Irvine Animal Care Center is incredible – I highly recommend it if you live in Orange County and are looking to adopt a pet. Kay McCarley, who I affectionately think of as “The Bunny Master” because she’s so well versed in all things rabbit, is the driving force behind the rabbit program there.  She’s been an incredible resource for us – especially as first-time rabbit owners.  I’d like to thank Kay for all the time she’s taken answering our questions because she’s gone above and beyond to ensure that our adopted rabbits are healthy and happy in their new home.

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Second: No, our rabbits will not be multiplying rapidly, as rabbits are well known for.  All the animals offered for adoption from the IACC have been fixed (or “altered”), which is a wonderful thing.  No need to worry about the expense and hassle of taking your pet in later on (or helping them with their post-surgery recovery).  They’re already good to go when you adopt, and won’t surprise you with a pregnancy before you can get them fixed!

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Third: In case you didn’t know, rabbits make excellent house pets!  If you think you should keep rabbits outside in a hutch, please think again.  Our rabbits are litter box trained, and live with us inside our apartment.  If you can give them enough space in an exercise pen or cage indoors, and are willing to bunny-proof at least a section of your home, you can have a happy little bun bun (or two) as house pets, too.

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*If you’re interested in having pet rabbits, please adopt instead of buying from a pet store.  And since bunnies and rabbits require pretty specific care and conditions, please be sure to do research on what’s involved before you adopt.  The House Rabbit Society at www.rabbit.org is a great resource!

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Though we did a lot of research on rabbits before we signed the adoption papers, we didn’t know exactly what to expect.  It’s been six months and we’ve been delighted with their personalities, bowled over by their utter cuteness, and they definitely keep us entertained and laughing.  The hopping, running, jumping, flopping, yawning, and chewing is so cute when coming from a 5 or 6 pound ball of fur.  It’s official: we’re hooked on these little buggers.  Welcome to the family, Cypress and Pinto!

Please feel free to post a comment telling me how completely adorable our bunnies are.  As a devoted “bunny parent”, I’ll eat it up!

Warm regards,
Melody

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