Saturday, January 31, 2009

rabbit health

Is it possible my rabbit has something? She drinks all the time. Especially in the evenings. No, not whisky, though that would be funny if true. She drinks lots of water. Also, no matter how much papaya and vegetables (not lettuce) she eats, she still has small poo. (that's just what you wanted to read about while eating breakfast, wasn't it? I aim to please.) Every few days she gets in a mood where she sits in a corner and dosen't want to do anything or eat anything (even treats). Then, a few hours later, she is her excited, hyper-energetic self again begging for affection and treats. Is this serious enough to ask a vet about? How does one even go about finding a vet? 95% of the time she's happy, healthy looking, bright eyed, and bushy tailed. Just extreemly thirsty.

Any thoughts? Do I have a bi-polar, diabetic rabbit?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Help me remember

Hi,

On the 8th of February, will someone remind me that I need to take my red bike from downstairs. This is very important so I know I'll forget it in all the confusion.

Thank you,
me.

PS. Do you think it is odd that we have been saving up our compost for the last few weeks to take to the new house? I don't. But I was wondering if it's because my brain is Lyme-fried or if it really isn't all that strange.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The 93 beautiful blogs

I read 93 different blogs on a regular basis. That doesn't include alerts I get when someone posts about knitting and Lyme in the same blog. 93 individual blogs averages about 40 to 100 posts per day. Yes, I don't always read these posts the day they are posted, but I get around to it at least once a week. Given that I read so many posts per week, I find it interesting that I very seldom comment. I, maybe, at best, comment on one post per week. I wonder why I'm like this. I love getting comments on my blog. It's just that I never know the right thing to say to others. I mean, how many times can one write, "looks great, keep up the good work." and still mean it?

Anyway. Here is an excuse to comment on a blog post. I'll even tell you what to say.

Tell me, how many blogs do you read, how often do you comment? What's the weather like today? Tell me something completely irrevilant about your day. Have fun with it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Are you you when you dream?

My dreams have been very vivid lately and it got me thinking. What point of view do people usually experience in their dreams? Are you always you? That is as in the you that you feel you are when you are awake. Are you you but a different you? Are you some one completely different from the awake you? For example, are you a different gender than your waking self? Are you more adventurous or more timid? Are you an observer? Or, perhaps, are you all the people, witnessing the dream from every one's point of view at the same time?

What kind of person is the dream you?

Monday, January 26, 2009

potatoes



Speaking about food. The potatoes are starting to grow.








Time to put them in the sun so they don't grow too much before it's time to plant them.








You can do this with potatoes you get from the shop. Perhaps you put them in the back of the cupboard and forgot about them and now they are starting to grow. Put them in the sun, preferably on a cool windowsill, and leave them for a month or so (when most of the frost has passed). Here, we start planting potatoes about mid February, but not all of them in-case there is a late snow which will stunt the 'taters, and when it melts, will encourage them to rot. Plant a row or two ever one to two weeks until late spring.

Food waste

Here is a video in three parts (Waste: Why is So Much Food Wasted?: one, two, and three) about how food is wasted in our society.

It's interesting because if you read household manuals from the second world war and before, they make a distinction between food waste and food refuge. Refuge is things that are simply garbage, like rhubarb leaves but waste are things like carrot peals or spoiled food that could have been used to make something to eat (peals are good for broth). It's nice to see people looking at this issue again.

See also, Wasted Food.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Packing






I'm a bit worried that Ginger, my new rabbit, is a bit too smart for a rabbit. She has a rather large comprehension of English and is more than able to communicate her desires. She is fairly obedient, especially now I know what she likes, but, I still think she is too smart for a rabbit. I like a pet to be intelligent, but not too much. My first cat was this way - too smart. I was never certain who owned who. My second cat was far too dumb to begin with and when she slipped into senility, well that was almost intolerable. She became paranoid of string, food, shadows, carpet, paper, and several other things. Cute, but overall, a VERY stupid cat. I'm still not certain how I feel about Ginger being too smart. I do enjoy having a pet that can learn. I don't think she would do very well as an outdoor pet. She's too dependent on social interaction for that. She seems to need constant petting and if you haven't pet her enough lately, she lets you know.









In other news, we've been packing for the upcoming move. Well, Dad's been packing. I'm not allowed to. Too much dust which would make me ill.






He's packed most of my stuff. All my yarn, many of my yarn related supplies, including my carder.






I wanted some yarn for something the other day, but dad wouldn't unpack it, so I went to Knotty by Nature and Stephanie showed me how to blend some fibre for spinning. It turned out really great. It made me happy.





Vancouver Island Wool, carbonized bamboo, t-silk, some cordial, some Blue Face Lester, and bits of other things laying around. I'm totally in love with spinning this kind of thing and I think I might stop by again in the next day or so for some more blending.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

rabbit training

Ginger, my new rabbit, and I have been getting to know each other.

I think that the training goes both ways. She's been training me on how to do things like fill her watter bottle properly and how not to hold her, and I've been teaching her that this is a gentle house and that we respect her. Also, I've been reminding her how to sit still when I'm brushing her. I think she already knew this, but was just a bit nervous about her new home.

Yesterday, in two sessions totalling about an hour and a half, I managed to remove two ounces of fibre from her. Sadly, it's not spinable. It's all matted, smells like smoke and has lots of fecal matter in it. But at least now she is beginning to look like a fuzzy rabbit and not a messy tribble. The fir around her legs was completely tangled up so that she couldn't move her back legs properly. Her legs were matted to her body. It was rather gross. I've managed to untangle and clip away most of the fir that was causing this trouble. I think that is why the skin around her hips hurts. At least she's not big on being touched there. I can tell because her muscles get tense and she tries to direct my hand back so that I pet her head and her back. She also won't let me touch under her chin under any condition. I don't know if this is because it hurts or because she doesn't want me to eat her. Hopefully in a few days she will be more use to me and let me brush under there.

All in all, I'm almost half way towards making Ginger tangle free. It's taking far longer than I had hoped, but each day she seems more alert and content.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Alpacas in Seattle




Every time we travel to Seattle, we drive past this farm...






Yep, it's an alpaca farm. If you look real close you can sort of make out the alpaca shaped blurs in this photo. It's hard to take a good shot of alpacas when you are travelling at 70+mph.






This time there was a new sign outside the farm...






Nope, I didn't bring any home with me. I wanted too, but my family room is too full of boxes and a bunny for it to be a good idea. Besides, I don't know what customs is like for importing Alpacas.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Ginger








This rabbit seems to be exceptionally social. Every time someone does something in the next room, she hops over to see what's happening. Once she got use to me, she was willing to let me sit her down and comb her for almost an hour. She is definitely an indoor rabbit.






I'm a little worried about her because the house where she lived before had several avid smokers in it. It was a very impressive amount of tobacco. I worry that Ginger may be addicted to nicotine. I hope she doesn't go into withdrawal. Can rabbits become addicts?

Anyone have any tips on how to care for a long haired rabbit? I've read all sorts of things online, but I would still like to hear more. I'm use to the independent kind of wabbit that lives in a cage out in the yard and eats all our veggie peals, turning them into compost. I've never had such a social pet before.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Angora?


Her name is Ginger.

I thought, what the heck, when am I going to have another chance at getting a free Angora rabbit? It's curious though, I've never seen a photo of an angora with loped ears. I think she might be a Fuzzy Lop, but I don't know enough about wabbits to be certain.

So, I went to the shop and bought a comb, some nail clippers (clipping the nails totally freak me out, but then again, I hate clipping my own nails, I almost always get the quick. So, I've asked dad to clip the rabbit's nails), and some food. The fir looks fine from the outside, but once you get below the thin layer of guard hairs, the fur is a mess. It's so matted together that I'm not certain if I will ever get it sorted out. I'm going to do this gently over the next few days using a comb and some scissors. I would sheer the bunny, but my hands shake and I think I might hurt her. Looking at the fir, I think it would be lovely to spin. The staple length is about two to two and a half inches long. Maybe longer once the matts get out. It's so fine, more so than the sample of angora fibre I got ages ago. It has crimp like Mariano.

Anyway, the rabbit will live in our too full apartment until we move. Tomorrow we give the cage a good cleaning and hopefully make the adorable rabbit smell better.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Crazy idea

I just had a crazy thought. Would anyone like to care for a wabbit for me for three weeks? See, I told you it was crazy.

On the way to Seattle




Here are a few views from the Ferry to Vancouver:














As you can see, the fog is just starting to settle. It's been on the islands here most of the week. The weather here is like that, it gets all comfortable and settles in.











I also saw one of the new ferries. Apparently it was made in Germany, is much faster than the old ones because it doesn't have to turn around, and it visited London. I haven't been on one yet, but these people certainly seem excited about the Olympics.










More fog










and a guy asking for spare change










The trip down took far less time than I thought it would, but driving that far in one day is a bit trying. See here if you are curious how it went with my Lyme specialist.

I wish I had an Angora Wabbit

This is terrible news: there is an advertisement for a free Angora Rabbit with cage, food dish, et cetteria. What's so terrible? I have no where to put this apparently friendly bunny until I move into my new home in about three weeks. I have a feeling that the bunny will find a new home by then. Sigh. I'm certain there will be other free angoras out there eventually... oh well.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Away

I'm away from the Internet for most of this week. Be back soon.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Distaff day

Today is not Saint Distaff's day (there is a little bit about it here, but you have to scroll down and also Knotty by Nature did a great post about it here); however, today is the day that locals celebrate the return to spinning after the holidays.



There is a celebration in the Cowichan Valley where I am told that a huge number of people gather together and spend a day spinning. I'm not going this year due to health concerns. It's over an hour's drive each way with considerable change in elevation (that bit of road always reminds me of a high mountain pass and as far as my ears and joints are concerned, it might as well be).



I'm actually extremely disappointed in myself for not being able to attend this year's celebration, especially because I've never been before. I've spent a lot of this last week being disappointed in myself for not being physically able to do the things I want and need to get done. It's like my mind and my body are at war with each other. The more my body makes me rest, the more my mind dreams of things that it wants to do.



I once read a philosophical paper that stated that unhappiness is only the disparity between wants and haves. If we can modify our wants; make them somehow closer to what we already have, then we are closer to happy. I wonder though, how do we learn to do this? We have a commodity based economy that pushes us to want more every day. Advertisements that demands that we are never satisfied with what we have so that we will buy more stuff. How do we step back from the wants of our modern, Western world and step closer to what we already have? Am I going to start getting all Agnostic and say that this is the lesson that the universe wants me to learn?



I didn't mean this to be a sad post. So, I'm going to do what I have always done when I start feeling this way; I'm going to look at where I'm at and try to find out what is in my power to make better.


Knotty by Nature is having a little celebration of Distaff Day at their shop today. I think that after lunch, I'll stroll down there with my spindle and maybe some knitting and hang out there for an hour or so. I was there the other day, but I didn't get a chance to see the Wrist Distaff that Stephanie made. The shop was too busy which made me happy.


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Grapple

I saw my first Grapple in the supermarket yesterday.



This just goes to show you what amazing things can be accomplished with science and chemistry these days. Infusing an apple with natural and artificial flavouring makes an apt metaphor for modern society, don't you think?

(image is from their homepage)

Monday, January 05, 2009

Still here, just busy

I'm still around, just busy. Talk to you all soon.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

The Fiber Baristas

Oh wow, have a look at this: The Fiber Baristas. If things were different, I would be all over this. However, my thumb insists on saving me money by reducing the time I spend knitting to bumpkiss (what's the correct spelling of that word, anyway?) and thus the amount of money I spend on yarn. Thank you thumb.

I can still imagine what it would be like and if anyone decides to participate, let me know so I can live vicariously through your knitting.