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Catching Up…

March 18th, 2009

I have to admit, things have been hectic around here lately. Work has been very busy (which is a good thing), and so I haven’t had as much time to write on here as I would like to. I will give you a little “catch up” on what has been going on around here lately…

First, it appears that spring is finally hitting us full blast.  It has been toying with us for several weeks, having a warm day here and there, and then getting blasted with another winter storm.  I am hoping, at least, that the cold weather is over.  I am sure we will still have a few cold snaps, and some frosts, but hopefully the real winter weather is now gone.  Spring gets me thinking about two things:  fishing and gardening.  I am hoping to get the garden plot tilled up soon, so that it will be ready for planting.  I got so busy last fall that I never got it tilled up…we still have corn stalks standing in the front yard!  Hopefully in the next few days I will be able to clear it out, and get it ready for planting.  I have a pile of rabbit manure and compost to pile in there for fertilizer.  I guess I will be “organic” by default…cheaper than buying fertilizer if I am going to raise the rabbits anyway!

Speaking of the rabbits, I have my first litter ready to sell as pets.  They are weaned, and doing very well.  Any that do not sell as pets will eventually be food.  I know that is a hard thing for many to understand, but rabbits are very nutritious, and it is always better (at least in my mind) to see where your meat comes from.  There is no telling what is in the meat that is sold at the grocery stores!  Yes, I still buy meat, but I figure the more meat I provide (either through raising it, or through hunting) the healthier my family will be!

My second litter did not do nearly as well as my first.  My doe only had 3 kits, and 2 of them died within a few days.  The first one died on the first day.  The second one only lived about 2 or 3 days.  I knew that they looked scrawny and unhealthy, so I was not surprised.  The one surviving kit is getting huge.  I guess since he is the only one getting the milk, he can be extremely healthy.

I currently have 2 of my does bred.  I hope to have 2 more good litters in April.  I already had to expand the rabbitry, adding 3 more 30 inch cages.  This time I decided to buy cage wire, and build the cages from scratch.  They turned out pretty well, but I am now going to order supplies from Bass Equipment so that I can get more specialized parts.  I think that will make it much easier, and it will also be cheaper in the long run.  Before long, I am going to have to expand to outdoor hutches, as my shed is at about its full capacity.  I think I would enjoy having a large rabbitry, raising several hundred rabbits.  The facilities would be very expensive to get started, but you all can make donations if you want to!

Part of the reason I have not had time to write on here as much is that I have been writing on a new blog that I started for the members of the church where I preach (and for anyone else who is interested).  Basically, The Higher Rock is a blog designed to help encourage people to read their Bibles daily.  Each day a new reading is posted, and I make a few comments about the previous day’s reading.  I have been able to keep up with this project thus far, but it can be time consuming.  This, along with a couple of other writing projects, have made it hard to squeeze in more writing here!  This blog, however, is my “relaxation” blog, and I need to make some more time to write about my pastimes.

Today is my niece, Cheyenne’sbirthday.  If you remember, she was born under very difficult circumstances.  My sister in law was in the hospital for about 7 weeks before she was born.  Cheyenne had a rough start to life, spending several days in the NICU in Pittsburgh.  Today, she is doing amazingly well.  Be sure to pop over to her blog and catch up with her!  I can’t help but think of how powerful prayer is when looking at Cheyenne, and I can’t help but think of how gracious people are.  So many people helped Cheyenne and her parents through difficult times, even when they did not know them!  Many of the readers of this blog fit in that wonderful category.  Here are a couple of pictures of Cheyenne now:

 

Well, I think that is about all for now.  Hopefully, I will have more to say soon.  I know there are a lot of things going on in the world around us, much of which will affect our outdoor lifestyles.  Here it to hoping that we will have something left to share with our little ones!

4 Responses to “Catching Up…”

  1. Glad to see you back posting, Kris. It does sound you are a busy guy, but in this economy, I would consider that a blessing.

    The rabbit project sounds like it is coming along nicely. You are a braver man than me, but it sounds like you’re having fun with it.

    And those pictures of Cheyenne are great. I’m glad to see that everyone’s prayers were answered. She is such a little cutie.

  2. Never get so busy that you don’t have time to relax!

  3. Wow, Cheyenne is a year old! That happened fast. Looks like she’s growing up healthy and strong. I’m so pleased.

  4. Wow, I should hope you don’t have to explain eating rabbits to THIS audience! I raised rabbits in 4-H, and we ate a LOT of rabbit. I even sold it to the local grocery stores. I love rabbit.

    And that niece, she is ADORABLE. Happy birthday to Cheyenne!

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