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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy Holidays

Hi Everyone.  It's the last post of the year, wow!
 
Thanks so very much to all who visited and supported me here on my beloved blog this past year.
Being able to share my art & some of my life in this special space is so lovely & important to me.
 
 
Now it's time for some much needed rest & rejuvenation with my honey & bunnies...
and lots of hot cocoas, roaring fires, movies, books, baths, naps, skiing, etc and of course art time.
 
I hope I'll see you here again in the New Year.
Be Well, Be Kind, Be Joyful and Be Inspired.
XXOO Mandy & The Bunnies

P.S.  The Buns have been entered into a draw for the best bunny Xmas card...
JUST CLICK HERE: 
Teela, Yuuji, Flynn, Jaks, Jinny and Frenwyck sure would appreciate your vote
(We're #28).
If they are the winners they get a lovely package of rabbity goodies from the host Buns Boutique

Thursday, December 12, 2013

One Whole Year With Tee-Tee

This past week we celebrated joyously...
For it marked
1 whole year that our Honey Bee Tee-Tee has been with us.
Making our precious orange haired girl just over 2 years old.
 
One year ago on December 8th we were driving a total of 8+ hours and almost 1000kms
in a super duper nasty snowstorm to adopt our Teela from the Toronto Humane Society.
 
 
Every single time I look at her little face my heart just swells.
I just simply can not comprehend how someone can give her away to a shelter...
but in the end I am hugely glad they did because she's finally found her way home!
 
 
She called to my heart & soul as soon as I saw her little face on those adoption pages.
 
 
She was right from the start a balm to my heart
(missing our Ella Luna & during the last difficult months with Roo just 8 months after Ella passed).
She quickly became one of my brightest lights that I can't imagine life without.
 
 
Jonathan says that she & I are soul mates and I believe he is right.
 
 
She is adorably clumsy and so insanely endearing that she melts your heart.
 
 
She is so special. SO sweet, so funny & spunky.
 
 
And oh boy this little one just loves her Yuuji...
I find it sweet that they were across from each other at the shelter for a short spell.
It took awhile to bond them but now they are thick as thieves and so so precious together.
 
 
Jonathan is always saying 'How many different kinds of cute is she..." ha ha.
As naughty as she can get...she has her daddy wrapped around her little paw, ha ha ha!
 
 
and she is a huge foodie...she wants to eat everything! including walls!
The only things she's turned her nose up at so far is pickles, ha ha!
She LOVES her nightly sips of honeyed green tea with us at bedtime...
and buzzes super loud like a honey-bee...hence the nickname.
 
You know me, I could go on & on about my babies!  So I'll end here and just say...
Happy 1 year homecoming to our little Honey-Bee-Tee-Tee.
We can't imagine life without you our little sweet darling. 


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy 38th

It is my handsome & amazing and wonderful guys 38th today...
 

Happy Happy Day my awesome love. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Jinny

Sorry to be so absent these days.  I've not been on my computer nor in my studio much lately.
For we've been stressed....Our beautiful blue-grey Jin got really sick last week.
 
 
A rushed visit to an emergency appointment with x-rays and all the stressful bits
concluded in what looks like pretty serious pneumonia.

 
So we're diligently administering broad spectrum antibiotics twice daily for at least 2 weeks.
Keeping her nice and warm with ample company.
And of course her buddy Jaks is taking pretty good care of his girlie &
as sick as she's been she's still taking care of him!


Lots of fresh Oregano is being had too because apparently it's good to help rabbits fight colds.
 

We're tentatively optimistic that she's looking better than a few days ago BUT we know she's old
& that pneumonia is quite serious in buns, let alone ones that are upwards of 10 years old.
 
SO dear blogging peeps...send us our girl Jinny some healthful wishes and good healing mojo.  

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Blessed

We had two deer grace our court the other night.
We sat and watched them for awhile but then left them alone to munch on the cedars in peace.
 
Such Magnificent Creatures make me Giddy to be ALIVE.
 
 
In the morning we could track their path by the beautiful footprints.
I was practically shaking with excitement just knowing that they walked right by my studio windows and knowing that our trees gave them a much needed snack.
 
 I feel like our house has been blessed. Ahhhh LOVE!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Life In The Yard: A Tour By Rabbits

So the rabbits are taking over today...they are going to be your tour guides for this post.
Game???
Here we go...

Teela says "Hi There.
Can you believe that us 4 shelter bunnies have been here almost a year now.
When mom and dad brought each of us home, they whispered to us grand tales of not only a safe home that would be ours forever but they talked of a beautiful yard...that was ours now too.
Turns out they weren't telling tales...
We spent so much time running free outside with mom and dad keeping us all safe and sound.  Making sure we all got pretty equal turns in the yard probably wasn't always easy.
People think rabbits are cute and easy but truth is that we're very complicated & often difficult.

Our first summer here was so awesome...so much space, so much yummy grass to eat...

 
...SOOO many nice smells & trees to prune...
 
 
...Look, look...this is our gazebo...I never thought I'd have my own gazebo, even though I always truthfully felt like I did indeed deserve one. Being the super awesome bun that I am...
can you believe my first so called 'family' dumped me off at the shelter cause they couldn't be bothered bringing me with them in a move...
ANYHOW I am glad they did cause this is where I am meant to be, with my new mom & dad.
 
 
Oh hold on...I am hogging the show...Yuuji says he wants to show you the inside."
 
 
Yuuji says "Oh come in come in and see....me and Teela love it in here...
so many hidey spots with colourful flowers that danced above our heads....
Dad keeps the grass at just the perfect height...
too low gives us little to munch on, too high makes it harder to zoom and play.
I am even allowed a burrow.  I dig and dig and dig and when I get too deep, mom & dad fill it in so I can start all over again, what bun wouldn't want that.  You should see me dig, I am a pro, like Jinny!
 
 
That's where my mom and dad ate dinner many evenings and where my mom drew during the day...
She says she loves how the heat of the summer warms up the wax in her pencils
and that in the background is my dad's workshop...
he never sits still, he putters in there all summer long.
We got used to all of the sounds of the tools but it took us awhile to do so...me abit longer than Teela.
Dad calls Teela, his 'carpenters bunny'...something about her liking the tools & noise like Ella did?!
 
 
and here's where my mom liked to sit with her green teas that she shares with Teela.

 
...Unfortunately we HAVE to be nice and share the yard with Flynn, even though he's a jerk to us...
 
 
...and that pesky squirrel named 'Almond' whose always bugging my mom for nuts!
Apparently she's going to hang around being a beggar for the whole winter too, ugh!

 
...oh boy, wait...that little thug is coming...
 
 
...he wants his turn to show you something too...
we'll let him show you the hammock."
 
 
Flynn says "Hi Hi Hi Hi....come this way, to the other side of the house....
This is where my mom takes naps when she has a sore head OR a good book to enjoy...
 
 
...sometimes I get to play on this side, but mostly it's Jinny and Jaks yard.
Mom and Dad say that Jinny and Jaks are the oldest in the house & get dibs...NOT fair I say.
Look, there's Jinny running under the hammock like she owns the place or something...jeez!
 
...Oh there's Jaks...he's such a knob...we try to fight a lot but we're not allowed...
I am outta here...he's giving me the stink eye."

 
 
Teela says "Hey you guys....come back over to this side....hurry hurry..."
 
 
Frenwyck says "YEAHHHHH come on you GUYYSSSS...there's more to see on our side...
 
 
...check this out.  I have my own bench...I can gaze down into the pond to my hearts content.
The others are all too chicken to jump up here...that's cause I am so tall and big my mama says...
 
 
...come on come on you guys...
 
 
WOHOO....WOOOHOOOOO...there's more....
 
 
...UP here...UP the stairs..."

 
Teela says "Come on Yuuji...we gotta show these people our deck.
Did you all know that Jinny and Jaks and Flynn share one deck but Fren, Yuuji & I get the BIG one...
 
 
...that's it...come on already...up here...I don't have all day, my mom's gonna bring a snack soon...
 
 
...yuck there's Almond again...I don't like her hanging around with my mama so much...argh...
 
 
...anyhow, look at this...we have SOOO much space to stretch out...AHHHH....

 
....SOOOO many things to jump up on...

 
....and it all smelled so good cause of all the flowers...
The chickadees zoom in and out of here all day long...my mama just LOVES it...

 
...Frenwyck doesn't know how to share the deck nicely yet though....

 
...my mama says maybe next year he'll be best friends with us...we hope so...

 
...my heart belongs to Yuuji, he's my soul-mate BUT I gotta admit, that Fren is one handsome bun...

 
...Anyhow...yeah...look at all our flowers we had.
My mama and daddy had lunch at that white table whiles I zoomed or napped...I am so fast....
 
 
...ha ha...Yuuji says that he could often smell the soy dogs dad cooked on the firepit...
We all love being out under the twinkling stars...summer or winter, it's great.
 
 
...and that there is the corner my mom likes to sit in when it's raining...
she sat here with a book and hot chocolate during many rain storms this past season...
 
 
...We had sooo many nice snacks here on the deck this past summer too, grass & clover & yarrow....
 
 
...well, that's it...
the 4 of us feel so lucky that this is our yard...
and atleast mom and dad made themselves nice spots to hang out in since we stop
them from going anywhere far in the summers...
But they are always saying to us
"we wouldn't trade you guys for a trip around the world".
 
 
...Don't ya think it's the best,
we don't like fall so far so much but playing on the slippery snow is kinda fun...
we dream at night of next summer, we dream of digging & munching & zooming....ahhh.
Okay see ya...BYE from all 6 of us, but especially the 4 shelter buns who were your tour guides"
 
The bunnies just really wanted to show you our yard set up this past season, ha ha.
Everything is put away and covered in ice and snow now...we're already dreaming of next year!