Sunday, May 30, 2010

So Long Dear Friend

My old bunny Dexter passed away last week. I haven't really felt like posting much since then. The start of my blog (the original and then leading to this) started at just about the same time I found him - hence the name. So many of my posts have been written with him running around my feet. We are all very sad.

He has seen me through a lot of life changes over the last 8 years. I found him at a scrappy yard sale when he was about a year old and I was planning on giving him to a shelter when I fell in love and he fell in love with my roommates cat. He used to have free reign of my room in every apartment I had while he was with me.

Eliot learned how to stand using his cage for leverage. Eliot's first word was "Dexter".

He spent a lot of time running around under the tables and tickling feet. We had regular bunny hunts and bunny round ups. It would get pretty comical at times. Even in his last days he could out run us.

This was a pre-Eliot picture I found where he had just figured out he could climb into the box spring of my bed. That lead to all kinds of reconfiguring of my room. He was a determined little fellow.

Eliot was the the only other person Dexter would let put a hand in his cage to feed him. They have always been good buddies. Eliot has been asking for him quite a lot. Explaining death and dying has been a hard thing to do.

We will miss you old friend.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Bottom of the Basket

I can see the bottom of the basket! This means my 2nd rug is almost done. The rounds are nearly completed and next will be the assembly. I was hoping to get it done last weekend but I am aiming for the end of the week. This one took a little longer but it is also a bit bigger. The prospect of finishing a project is uplifting.

I found a few more sweaters at the thrift store last week including this lovely cashmere sweater for 2$. They usually mark them up pretty significantly but I got lucky this time. Now I have to decide what to do with is too soft and pretty for a rug.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sewing a Blouse

This is the blouse I am working on. It is coming together pretty easily but I need some advice about the front placket. I am going to take it over to my Mothers house for some advice. The fabric is a tad light but I think with a camisole underneath it will be fine.

I like the gathers at the seams and the box pleats. It makes it so easy not to make any mistakes! It is nice to get back into a sewing groove again.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Trip to the Sea

We are starting to take advantage of our state parks pass already. With our failed trip to the aquarium under our belt we took a trip to Two Lights state park to see some tide pools. We didn't find much this trip except tourists getting insanely close to the water (think extremely rocky and big waves) with flip flops, toddler and dog in tow. We were taking bets as to who was going to have to rescue them. Eliot got an earful about water safety.

On a more relaxing note it is beautiful to sit and watch the waves go in and out into the tide pools with the rhythm of the tide.

Ice cream is always the best way to end an afternoon exploring the seaside.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Beautiful Rugs

Eliot, my mother and I all went for a trip up to Boothbay Harbor this weekend that didn't exactly pan out as planned. We were headed for the Maine State Aquarium which turned out to be closed. It was a lengthy trip of about an hour and I felt so bad about it! I misread the website, but we made the best of it. Thankfully Eliot didn't really know what he was missing. Although, he is still talking about the shark touch tank even though he hasn't seen it yet.

We drove back through Wiscasset and found this interesting rug shop. The owner is extremely knowledgeable about antique rugs and had no problem with Eliot exploring the place and driving his cars along all of the 'roads'.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


It is a good night. Chicken on the grill, artichokes steaming and an occupied child. We have been exploring new out door spots and came across a large group of lady slippers. I haven't seen one in a long time. I also found a large group of wild blueberries that we can hopefully find again later this summer.

When I go out foraging I usually have two books in tow. I take the Audubon guide to do my initial look up and then try to find it using the flower name in the Peterson's Guide to Edible Wild Plants. So far that has been the best book for the job. It is very thorough and has many categories for looking up plants like habitat and season.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Catching Up much for keeping up with my posts! Here are some catch up pictures.

A few new(ish) tank citizens.

Eliot looking out at the ocean, checking out the Lobstermen.

Eliot's new little cousin Sasha. He is enamored! He talks about her everyday and tells us about all of the things he is going to teach her like how to lift heavy things and how to talk. He is now daily asking me for a little sister.

Standing up for our friends.
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