Thursday, February 28, 2013


By Becca

 Mom was on a cleaning spree and found a scrap of yellow paper in her closet.
It was a poem.
It didn't have a name or date on it, but from the handwriting, she knew it was mine.
She put the paper on the dining room table where Beth and I where doing our schoolwork.
I picked it up, happy for a distraction, and read it.
Some parts where silly and bad spelling dotted the paper, but a few lines weren't that bad.
Later I rewrote it, keeping the first stanza, chucking the last, and altering the middle ones.
Anyhow, something I started when I was a little kid somehow found its way to our blog :)

The delicate lace of Sky's blue gown
Danced across endless space
The breath of the wind whirled it around
Starting the merriest chase

While Sky changed to her evening dress
The frills turned purple, pink
The stars peek out behind the darkness
Piercing the heavens as black as ink

As the velvet night began fading away
The silver moon still shone it's light
Sky slipped into her bright new today
But all still remembered the night

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Corn Muffins

By Bethany

   This is a recipe I found on the Food Network website, but I've done some tweaking to it.
So here's my version! The original recipe said it made a dozen muffins, but I usually get around 18.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rosie's Countdown, Day 33?

         Sorry we didn't post yesterday, but you didn't miss anything. 
Yesterday morning we cautiously peeked into the nest box, only to find flattened straw. This morning Rosie was sitting on top of her nest box, preventing us from opening the lid. She wouldn't budge, as Becca gave her a gentle shove, as if to say "Nothing to see here!"
  No babies means this was a false alarm. But she had us fooled. She even thought she was pregnant!

Oh well… no Easter bunnies to sell this year. Tomorrow we'll try again with Rosie+Simon and Stormy+Steve. If all goes well they will be due around Easter time, but the kids won't be ready to go until the end of April.
  Rosie's Countdown, Day 28…29… 30… 31… 32... 33!?
"Houston we have a problem" : )

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Rosie's Countdown, Day 31

        No babies yet, sigh…… It's hard to wait! Some of the kids at church were putting in orders for rabbits already. It was mostly wishful thinking on their part. I don't know if their parents would have agreed :)

"I want a black one, or a gray one…" One boy said.
"I want a spotted one, with black spots!!" His little brother exclaimed.
 "I want a boy, or a girl… do girl rabbits have more babies then boys do?"

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Rosie's Countdown, Day 30

Just one more day to go!
We're expecting the babies to be born tomorrow night, so we should have exciting news to share on Monday.
Still not much of a nest, but there's a little time yet, maybe Rosie is more of a last minute kinda gal : )

The Call

Beth and I had hadn't heard this song for a few years,
 but I heard it on the radio two days ago and then I couldn't get it out of my head :)
I was humming it all day, which of course got it stuck it Beth's head too.
I figured the song out on the keyboard and she found the guitar cords online. 

We hope you enjoy!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Rosie's Countdown, Day 29

Nothing has really happened since yesterday… As you can see Rosie is hard at work, thinking about the nice nest she is going to build (hopefully).  :)
It has been getting warmer out though, which is great and means we can stop crocheting little sweaters for each of the kits (just kidding).

Just two more days to go!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Rosie's Countdown, Day 28

     Countdown to Rosie's Due Date!

           It's only three more days away, and excitement is building! Rosie started pulling out fur for her nest two weeks ago… but we hadn't given her the nest box yet, so it fell through the floor of her hutch and has now mostly blown away :(   She'll have to pull out more, or her little babies will be chilly! (Temps have been in the negative, and even though they are in our garage, it's not heated)
  The first litter of the year is always so fun, and means Spring is on it's way!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Musings of Mama Rabbit

And there was Mother Rabbit
Sitting all alone
Life for her was quieter since
The little ones had grown
They all had gone to new homes now.
Her life seemed like a bore
"Well, maybe" she smiled to her herself
"I'll have a dozen more"

                     -Becca Canaan

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Meet Stormy

By Bethany

Stormy, our black, Mini Rex Doe

          This is Stormy, our oldest doe. This spring will be her 4th birthday, so in rabbit years, that's about late thirties.  :)   Officially she is my rabbit (Becca and I share the bucks, Steve and Simon), but we share the profits from all the litters. 
Stormy is very sweet and laid back. She's content to bask in the sun, or run around the pen and help Steve with the construction of their various holes about the pen, which she enjoys very much.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Gadget Finds A Home (a story)

                                                               By Bethany Canaan

   The dusty, black, model T pulled up in front of an old house. It was rather imposing looking, with its three stories towering over the front lawn, and the grand looking columns that held up both the front porch and second story balcony. David Conroy got out of the automobile, followed by his wife, Gloria, and two teenaged children, Alistair and Mildred. It had been a long, hot drive from Chicago. The only possessions they had brought along were in trunks, strapped to the back of their vehicle. They had been told that the house was fully furnished, and they had no need of their own furniture, which would have only filled a small portion of the huge house since they had lived in an apartment in the city.
   The man removed his bowler hat and wiped the sweat from his brow. “Well, here we are!” he said, forcing a cheerful smile.
   His wife smiled genuinely in return. “It’s beautiful David! It just needs a little tender loving care”
   “…And a machete for the front weeds. I can’t even tell where the walk way is to the porch!”
  “Alistair!” the girl glared at her brother.
  “Hey! Don’t look at me! I’m just making the observation. Dad, if your uncle could afford a house like this, don’t you think he could have at least hired a gardener?”

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Meet Rosie

By Becca

    Out of all our rabbits ( I guess we do only have four )Rosie is my favorite, well... my favorite doe, for many reasons.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Collecting Jadeite, By Beth

   Recently, my (Bethany's) favorite thing to hunt for in antique stores is vintage Fire-King Jadeite. It is just such an adorable color, and it's very durable. Mainly produced in the 30's through the 60's, it was sold in department stores,  given away at gas stations, and in boxes of oatmeal. That would be a fun find, wouldn't it? Today, it's a little more expensive. Ever since Martha Stewart announced she had a jadeite collection, the prices have really went up. What did she have to do that for?  :)
My collection is small, but growing. I received most of the pieces as gifts, and they are not all vintage. In the picture below, the mixing bowl set, the scalloped cream and sugar set w/ tray, and the measuring cups are all reproductions. But that's fine, because I'm planning on using them all in my future kitchen some day, and with a genuine 1930's measuring cup set costing almost $200, I'm content with my $30 set. I think I would be too freaked out to use valuable antiques for everyday baking anyway.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Frosty Foggy February

The faint outlines of trees in the morning mist

This morning I (Becca) went outside with my camera hanging around my neck.
Last night the air was heavy with spring fog and it laced the trees in thick frost.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Altering a Vintage Dress

Here is a dress I (Beth) found in a vintage/costume area of a local thrift store. Pretty cute, don't you think? I thought so too. I loved the light blue color, the daisy print, and the collar and sleeve cuffs with the lace.

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