First things first...it is Husband's birthday today. I really am blessed to have the husband I do. He's a wonderful man and makes my live better, in so many ways. We spent some time alone together, thanks to some Grammy and Grampa time for the girls. It was a nice.
This morning, and early afternoon was spent constructing Rabbit housing. I'm working on two separate units that will face each other and create sort of a Pole Barn kind of look. One half is done enough that 4 of the does are in there tonight. It needs a roof, but that can't go one until the other unit is done, so for this evening and maybe the next couple, it has a tarp stapled in place, keeping any rain and sun off. I'm so excited with how it came together, after some discouraging moments. In the end it is sturdy, stable, functional and doesn't look bad either. I am hoping to have the second unit done tomorrow. I'll be using roofing that is repurposed, if the dimensions work out, so I'm going to have to wait a couple days to pick that up. But it's getting there!
I find that housing is a hard thing to construct until you have worked with the given animal that it will house, for at least a little while. Inevitably, I have moments with all of the different housing I've built, that things would be better if I had done something differently. There are tons of plans online, that can give you some ideas, but until you personally work though the process of your husbandry style, the ideas don't guarantee that the structure will work for you.
The problem with making housing after you have spent time with the animals is how to house them while you are getting to know them. The rabbits have been in a couple different spots over the past few months, and while none were ideal none of the animals were suffering discomfort or poor husbandry.
This does tend to add stress to me, however. The constant pull to get something done that is ideal, and the pull to slow down and really think things through so the ideal comes to fruition and I don't end up wishing I had done a bunch of things differently.
Needless to say, I'm feeling a great sense of relief with the end in sight for this project, and am so thankful to have the feeling that the end product will be lovely for them, and lovely for me as I care for them!
A lovely little side benefit to the housing was that I was able to fashion the scrap lumber into a duck food shelter. We have a large dish of food for the ducks. We had a piece of plywood propped on a tree to kind of keep rain and snow out of the food. Now the ducks have a little building that fits over the food and leaves room for several to be eating at the same time, while keeping the food dry!
The camera saga continues. Best Buy took it back, under the service plan, but need to send it out to be analyzed. They can opt to replace the LCD screen that is cracked and the lens that is jammed. I get to wait a few more days to 3 more weeks to find out what they are going to do...fix it or have me head to the store for a comparable camera. Mom said I can borrow her camera to show you the visual things that are taking place around here.
One of the things Husband and I did today was head over to Barnes and Noble. I fell in love with 2 books. Microgreens, which is a simply beautiful book, with amazing photography and easy to access information. I couldn't walk away from it! Homegrown Whole Grains is chock full of information, growing tips and recipes for whole grains you can grow in your home garden. I really want to experiment with such things, and have toyed with buying this book several times. I finally did. Husband recognized the cover art, as being by the same person, Nikki McClure, who illustrated Mini's Book, All in a Day, by Cynthia Rylant. It's a very sweet book that is part of Mini's Summer Book Collection that will be coming out of storage very soon!