Monday, August 11, 2008

Enjoy Responsibly

Weird bunny stuff.

Removed some sort of tumor from Kelly Bob's back today. The growth appeared suddenly and I thought it was fly larva. The barn bunnies so not suffer from fly problems and I was puzzled. As I cleaned it, a pea sized part of the nasty thing broke off. Hey. Wait a minnitt... This ain't no larva! A snip with some very sharp scissors to a thin connective stem and it was gone. Some minor bleeding but the patient never seemed to feel a thing. Saved the fatty mass in a jar full alcohol - just in case. I've never seen anything like this.

At tonight's feeding, I saw that Big Sister (Brokeback Mama's older daughter) hadn't eaten her morning carrot. Not good. I examined her poop tray and it was full of poop. And blood. Sooo not good. I brought her inside for examination and placed her in a cage while I tried to find something on the interwebs. Fifteen minutes later, she was already gone. WTF? Her coat was not very good, so I didn't save the pelt, but the autopsy showed a pale interior. She'd bled to death and I don't know why.

That's two of the 6 bunnies I bought this spring dead. Not good!

Some bunnies take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. Poor ol' Anna Nicole for one, who suffered from a myriad of maladies yet still lived four placid years. There's Groovy who, in spite of wry neck since the winter, is still hippy hoppin' with a fine appetite and nice fur, too.

Other lapins seem to keel over with no notice. Fine, fine, fine. Dead. Candy. Hippy. Salty. RIP

Hello. Let us move on.

On a brighter note, went to the Friendship Spinners meeting Saturday at the Bernheim Arboretum. What a nice place and what a beautiful day it was! Mid-80s and breezy.

(As an aside, I'd like to comment on the good weather we've had this year. Here it is, August, and I am still having to mow each week. Everything is still green and growing. We've had enough rain all year long without temperature extremes.)

So. Lot's of folks were there. Here's Jean modeling the Meditation Shawl from her handspun. The pattern is a variation of Old Shale.

Jean, cut that out!!!

Blue Acorn brought her tapestry loom. She may have a little showing in New Orleans and is furiously working on several pieces. I want to see her knitted masks.

Last week I counted thirteen outside bunnies and here are four I found at Good Neighbor Nancy's place.


Knitting Linguist said...

I'm sorry about the two bunnies - that's tough all at once. I'm also envious of your rain, we could really use some here. And I love the pictures from your meeting, especially that prayer shawl -- gorgeous.

zippiknits said...

Wow, how mysterious, the polyp-like thing on one bunny and that strange internal bleeding for your unfortunate bunny. Maybe an aneurysm in the stomach or intestinal or uterine wall caused it? I'm sorry about your bunnies. The four white ones on the neighbor's lawn are cute. They may be domestic but they sure love being out on the grasses.

Lovely, lovely shawl and cute how the maker hid behind it at first. Glad that you had a great time at the meetup. And rain, Girlfriend, you are really lucky to have that but you already know it.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

PS. Thanks for your comment on Zknits. I really need to get out more, methinks. Running out of flowers here! hehe