Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday

I love shopping online. Going to the mall and braving the crowds is NOT on my list of favorite things to do. I'd much rather sit here in the comfort of my own home cruising the internet and have my purchases delivered right to my door. The only thing that makes it better is getting my purchases on sale!

So, in honor of Cyber Monday, I'm having a sale in my Heart of a Cowgirl Etsy and Artfire shops.  (If you wish not to sign up for an Etsy account, you can shop on Artfire without having an account).  Everything is 20% off TODAY ONLY.  This includes Gift Certificates.  Simply enter the Coupon Code 2010CYBER at checkout. Even better - shipping is only $1.50 for your entire order.

Just a few selections from my Etsy shop:

Happy Cyber Shopping!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bunny Sunday

Too much sadness around our house this past week.  Time to lighten up and appreciate the cuteness that surrounds us.  And there surely is plenty of it:

And more where that came from:
And even more yet:
Cuteness abounds at every turn!
I won't lie and say I'm not missing Nutmeg and Patches.  They were a one-of-a-kind pair.  But this cuteness, yeah, it goes a long way in lifting my spirits.

Happy Bunny Sunday!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bunny Devotion

If you've never been lucky enough to see 2 bunnies who are completely bonded, let me just tell you, it is one of the sweetest things ever.

Over the last 5 years that they have been together, we have seen Nutmeg and Patches' devotion to each other daily.  I would go out on a limb to say not a day went by that we didn't see them looking something like this:
Or this:

Or this:

Sadly, our daily dose of bunny devotion has come to an end.  We lost Patches suddenly a week ago.  Nutmeg continued on for 3 days without her, but she was already dealing with some health issues and was barely starting to recover from those and she took a turn for the worse.  We decided to help her across the bridge so she could go be with her Patchy. 

I held both of these sweet bunnies while they took their last breaths.  It's been a rough week around here getting used to them not being here with us.  But, the thing that comforts me is thinking about them together on the other side.  I'm pretty sure they look something like this: 
Best buddies, together forever.  As it should be....

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bunny Sunday

Hug your bunny today:

Or, for that matter, your dog, cat, horse, goat, llama, hamster, donkey, sheep... you get the idea... just hug 'em!

Friday, November 19, 2010

I Dream in Black and Tan...

I have these little monsters on the brain lately.  And the bunnies have been telling me they miss their rottweiler, too.

A "situation" presented itself to me the other day and we might, just might, be adding a new little rottie to our clan in the near future.  Nothing is set in stone yet, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Ahhhh... puppy breath and a wiggly little rottie butt.  I think Angel would approve.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I Love Elmo

And I'm not talking about the tickle-me version...

I'm talking about this guy:
This is my friend Marj's llama.  Isn't he awesome?  I couldn't wait to meet him on my visit to Maine.  I've never seen a llama up close and in person.  (Oh, by the way --- he already had the name Elmo when Marj got him.  I knew she would want you to  know that!)

Llamas are great livestock protectors.  Apparently, Elmo is no exception.  These are his "girls" and he takes his job protecting them seriously.

So much so, that he was a little freaked out by me trying to get close to any of them.  I told Marj, "I'm going to hug him before I leave here".  Her reply: "Yeah, good luck with that one."

And she was right.  No llama hugging occurred.  All I got was this:

And this was as close as he'd let me get.

Maybe next time Elmo?  Yeah, definitely next time.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bunny Sunday

Hi everyone.  Nutty Brown here. 

Mom just snapped this picture of me a few minutes ago.  I'm feeling a whole lot better these days.  It feels good to be up and moving around.  Today I even made it all the way to the refrigerator to beg for a treat.  Well, actually Patches did the begging at the refrigerator and I stayed at the edge of the rug like I always do and waited for my treat to be brought to me.  Today's treat: parsley. favorite.

Thanks everybody for thinking of me while I wasn't doing so great.  Enjoy your Bunny Sunday!  

Thursday, November 11, 2010

We Have Bread!

Thanks to Linda at The 7MSN Ranch for motivating me to make fresh baked bread.  The house is filled with the smell of it right now.  Check out yesterday's post for the recipe.

Here are my loaves ready to go into the oven:

I sprinkled rosemary over the one on the right and will drizzle some olive oil on it when it comes out of the oven...

And the finished product:


Breakfast is served!

Soooo good! And so easy. 

I want to thank everyone for your supportive comments about Nutmeg.  She is doing MUCH better and getting around a lot better.  No doubt due to all your positive thoughts.  :)

And last (but not least) thank a veteran today for the sacrifices they made to help protect our great country!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Baking Bread Together

Linda at The 7MSN Ranch is having an on-line bread baking party.  I love this idea, so thought I would join in.  Today we are mixing up the dough and tomorrow we'll bake and share our results on our blogs (the recipe calls for the dough to sit for 18-24 hours).

Here's the recipe if you'd like to participate.  It is super easy, which makes it even better.  Ahhhh, I can smell the fresh baked bread already...

And a quick update on Nutmeg.  She is doing SO much better.  Today she hopped all the way into the living room.  It must be all the extra attention she is getting...

Have a great day everyone.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bunny Sunday

Nutmeg is an old bunny.  Older than I thought, as it turns out.  We had to make a trip to the vet last week because she seemed to be having problems with her back end and wasn't moving around very well. 

We thought she was maybe 6-7 years old (the people we got her from didn't know how old she was).  We've had her for 5 years now, so that was my best guess.  According to the x-rays, the vet estimated she is at least 8 years old, based on the degenerative changes shown.  Her little body is just sort of giving out now.  :(

For the past week, we've been moving her around to different spots and making sure she has a nice soft place to lie down and rest.  She will sit up but has a hard moving around much.  I'm giving her Metacam (anti-inflammatory) once a day and that has seemed to help some, but not as much as I'd like to see.  I'm also mixing up Critical Care with a little apple-banana baby food and water to give her some extra nutrition (she stopped eating her pellets for a few days but has since started eating a little bit ).  Her appetite is good so I am thankful for that.

I wish there was more I could do for her, though.  We're going back to the vet tomorrow to have some blood work done to see how she is tolerating the Metacam.  Hopefully the vet will have some suggestions about other things I can be doing.  I'd love to hear from you other bunny lovers with any tried and true suggestions.

For now, we're giving her lots of TLC and extra attention.  Her best buddy, Patches, is a little confused about why Nutmeg can't get "upstairs" in the condo to nap with her in their usual spot. 
Most bunnies, if they are well cared for, will live to be about 10 years old.  Sadly, most bunnies won't make it that long.  Nutmeg is hanging in there and we'll just keep giving her the extra care and love she needs. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Playin' with Piper

This is Piper's own little steer.  She likes it because it can't get away from her.  :)

As you can see, she doesn't get too excited about things.  She's completely fine with me swinging a rope around her.  In fact, she's a little TOO calm (read: lazy) most of the time!  We're working on that.  She seems to be a horse that needs a job in order for her to get motivated.