It’s snowing here in Connecticut today, but Cosette and Coco are happily oblivious on their blanket.
Living with house rabbits over the years has shown me that rabbits are full of surprises.
They can be clumsy and clunky at times. In fact, often, their jumps off the coffee table remind me of this:
But then they go on to exhibit feats of acrobatic brilliance. Their binkies and Bunny 500s, with their exuberant choreography, are thrilling to watch.
They can be extremely cautious and timid, tiptoeing and bowing their heads as they slowly inch forward to investigate a new sight or smell. Yet there are times of sheer audacity when they balance precariously on an unstable stack of boxes or the back of the couch.
Sometimes they make their presence known with thunderous gnawing on their cardboard castles and wooden toys, uncannily timing it for when you’re in the middle of an important phone call.
And yet, they have their moments of ninja-like skill. You go to toss something in the trash can and realize your rabbits are flopped by your feet. How long have they been there? you wonder. Minutes? Hours?
Contrasts like these are well-known to bunny people, and they’re a large part of why we love them!
Here at My House Rabbit headquarters, we’re taking part in Apartment Therapy’s The January Cure. The idea is to spend a little time each day this month decluttering and organizing various rooms in our home. Of course, we had to include the bunny space on our list.
We started by recycling some of their overly-renovated cardboard castles and removing some of our underused items from the area. We then took the opportunity to tend to the flooring. After a thorough vacuuming, we shampooed the carpet with eco-friendly carpet detergent and a steam vac. What a difference!
With the space now clean and decluttered, the fun began! We rearranged the bunnies’ remaining cardboard castles and tunnels, which is always a delight for them. The change in scenery equates to a whole new playground for them.
Here they are enjoying their “new” space:
After Hurricane Sandy swept through My House Rabbit headquarters in New London, CT, some structural damage did occur.
Ok actually, that wasn’t caused by the storm. The bunnies happily continued on their normal business of renovating their cardboard castle as the hurricane raged outside. They don’t seem to pay attention to keeping the structural supports.
But in all seriousness, our area did sustain some pretty serious flooding and strong winds which caused a lot of destruction. We consider ourselves pretty lucky that we live pretty high up on a hill so we were safe from the coastal floods caused by the converging weather systems and the presence of a full moon.
We lost power yesterday afternoon (and continue to be powerless). We also had several big branches fall down, and we wondered if the tree was going to get uprooted and tip onto our house. The pavement by the roots looked cracked like the tree was trying to tilt.
But all in all, we made out pretty well considering. Hope everyone else on the east coast fared as well or better!
Here in coastal Connecticut, Hurricane Irene wreaked a fair amount of havoc, damaging trees and property, causing flooding, and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power (including us).
But through all that, Coco and Cosette were happily oblivious to the storm. (Apparently bunnies aren’t that bothered when they don’t have lights or internet access.) Their veggies stayed cold enough in the fridge and there were still cardboard castles to renovate.
Yesterday, while we were still without power, we spent a very pleasant, sunny day cleaning up the yard and gardens. It was the perfect opportunity to plant some fall crops as well! We planted bok choy, romaine lettuce, and spinach.
For those of you also affected by the hurricane, how are you and your bunnies faring now?
Coco and Cosette were treated to a few homegrown Paris Market carrots.
“What?? No more carrots?”
Time to groom. (View from the cardboard castle)
Coco joins in.
We plucked our first head of lettuce from our garden and, after a thorough washing, gave it to Coco and Cosette. A few investigative sniffs led to a full on eating contest between the two. I’d have to say our homegrown lettuce was a hit.