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Monday, 28 March 2005
Another Knit A Long
Mood:  on fire
Now Playing: U2 "With or Without You"

I've decided to set up a sister blog to this one, only the new blog is dedicated to a Knit A Long for Lisa Lloyd's Basketweave Gansey Cardigan. If I start now, I should have a nice warm sweater to wear by fall. ;-)

If you'd like to join me, please contact me at Baycolonyfarm@aol.com, and give me your e-mail address, and blog address if you have one. Your name (and blog link if applicable) will be added to the BGC blog. We can discuss any questions you have about the pattern, and Lisa has even offered to help trouble shoot for those of us that need it.

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 3:14 PM EST
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Sunday, 27 March 2005
Hoppy Easter!
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Hall and Oates "Family Man"
The obligatory bunny picture:



This isn't a current litter, but Annie's litter from last Fall. I still have three of these cuties here; all does. I'm keeping one, and selling the other two, which are 87.5% new import blood lines.

Sorry about the title. I usually despise it when people try to get all cute with stuff like this. I refuse to give my rabbits cutesy names like "Hop A Long Bunny" or "Bunnella" (you get the picture). But today is a fun day for kids, and my boys have already found their Easter baskets. They are happily munching on chocolate and not eating breakfast. It's the only day of the year that I let them do something like this, so they enjoy it.

Later today I'm going to visit my Dad, and I'll take my knitting with me. It's time to get cracking on the Basketweave Gansey Cardigan. Anyone want to join me in a Knit A Long?

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 9:38 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 27 March 2005 9:41 AM EST
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Saturday, 26 March 2005
Stash reduction
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Four Tops "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got"

Marcy and I were discussing stash reduction via e-mail earlier today. I was telling her about my purchase from Elann. I said "So much for stash reduction" and Marcy responded (And I quote) "Personally, I think the phrase is an oxymoron. "

I think she's right. There. I feel much better. :)

BTW, the Tiger Opal yarn sold for $41.00. That helps to pay for my stash enhancement this morning.

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 11:22 AM EST
Shameless Self Promotion
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Gin Blossoms "Allison Road"
I forgot to mention this earlier. I have now started a Yahoogroups for Bay Colony Farm. On the site, we'll introduce the latest tools, fiber and rabbits from the farm. To join, send an e-mail to BayColonyFarm-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or go to Bay Colony Farm website, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and there is a link to subscribe.

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 7:17 AM EST
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Let's blame Dharia
Mood:  mischievious
Now Playing: Jon Secada "If You Go"

Yes, it is her fault. That and the fact that I have No Will Power this morning.

Dharia is in charge of the Ribby Cardi KAL. I've managed to ignore this until this morning. Maybe waking up at 5 a.m., with a completely silent house (everyone else was asleep) was a bad thing. So blog cruising I go. And I find that Dharia has been in charge of this wonderful KAL for this cute little cardigan. And if you go to Ribby Cardi KAL you'll see all the cute sweaters that participants have made, PLUS find out that the yarn is available from Elann at a very cheap price. Yes, I lemminged again. This time buying enough yarn for two of these projects. (Helen bows her head in shame......; well, not really). I had managed to go to Webs yesterday and not spend any money. So instead I buy enough yarn for two sweaters this morning, completely dismissing the fact that I have enough yarn here to knit myself into the next century. Oh well, I'm not all that upset about it. Getting yarn is fun, and I can always sell it at a later date.

And speaking of selling yarn, the last skein of Tiger Opal yarn is up to over $26 on eBay right now. The sale ends in less than 3 hours. I guess I did o.k. buying three skeins several years ago. :)

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 7:00 AM EST
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The Dyson vs. everything else
Mood:  cool
Now Playing: Christopher Cross "Sailing"

There is nothing like some nice, calm music with which to start your day.

After a lot of false starts, we finally got Sears last night and purchased a new vacuum cleaner. I have to say that the Dyson came in a very close second to the one I chose, but it seemed heavy and a bit bulky, especially after trying out a canister vac by Kenmore. But, boy, does that machine SUCK (and I mean in a good way). It was able to pull up all kinds of stuff from the carpet. I guess you always go back to what is familiar, and for me, I grew up using a canister vac at my parents home, and find them to be easier to use. Plus, I like the little feature that tells you that the carpet is clean or not. :)

In preparation for Easter, I spent the afternoon yesterday visiting various grocery stores, buying our Easter ham, Easter Kielbasa, strawberries (for strawberry shortcake) and asparagus. I'm cooking dinner tomorrow as my Mom is still recovering from the flu. Yes, she is well enough to cook, but I'm happy to do it here.

And on the fiber front; I've been unable to card anything while my family room is still empty. I doubt we'll get it painted this weekend, and the furniture arrives on Wednesday. But it sure will be nice to be able to sit down and watch tv again. I miss my "Law and Order; SVU".

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 5:50 AM EST
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Friday, 25 March 2005
Keeping a closed rabbitry
Mood:  special
Now Playing: KC and the Sunshine Band "Please Don't Go"
Topic: Rabbit Talk
The rabbits are all doing well. This burst of semi-Spring like temps has them hopping around with a bit more bounce in their step so to speak. :)

One thing bothers me though. I get a lot of e-mails for people asking about rabbit care, and wanting to come see the rabbits. I keep a closed rabbitry. I do this for the security and safety of the rabbits. When people see rabbits, they tend to want to touch them. Of course, because rabbits are cute, cuddly and adorable creatures. BUT, humans are carriers of many germs. Including those that can make a rabbit sick, like pasturella, and various other germs. I can count on one hand the amount of people that have entered my rabbitry in the past 22 months. I have one person who takes care of my herd while I'm gone; she has no rabbits of her own. My two kids and husband occasionally enter, but rarely, as they aren't that interested in the rabbits. And I've allowed my friend Leslie Samson to enter the rabbitry, as she knows and understands about keeping a closed rabbitry. I even have special barn shoes/boots that I wear when I go out to the barn, that aren't worn outside of my property. Breeders and owners can say that they want a healthy herd. Part of that is not allowing just anyone into your rabbitry. If you want a healthy herd, you need good animals. Some animals will be more resistant to germs than others. THOSE are the animals that you want. Germs will always be a part of any farm; heck, anywhere we live will have germs in it. But you can keep your animals from potentially being made ill by keeping prying hands out of the rabbitry. That is why I keep a closed rabbitry and I hope by this explanation, people will understand why I don't invite them into the rabbitry.

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 9:21 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 25 March 2005 9:24 AM EST
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A fun little test
Mood:  energetic







Bourbon
Congratulations! You're 123 proof, with specific scores in beer (80) , wine (116), and liquor (69).
Screw all that namby-pamby chick stuff, you're going straight for the bottle and a shot glass! It'll take more than a few shots of Wild Turkey or 99 Bananas before you start seeing pink elephants. You know how to handle your alcohol, and yourself at parties.







My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:



















You scored higher than 44% on proof





You scored higher than 93% on beer index





You scored higher than 91% on wine index





You scored higher than 89% on liquor index
Link: The Alcohol Knowledge Test written by hoppersplit on Ok Cupid

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 8:22 AM EST
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Thursday, 24 March 2005
Love that new carpet smell!
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Marc Cohn "Walking in Memphis"

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.



Posted by baycolonyfarm at 10:19 AM EST
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Wednesday, 23 March 2005
It's a whole new room!
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams"
The carpet is in! Now the walls look like crap, but maybe we'll paint them this weekend. DH has Friday off for Good Friday, and the kids have school, so we'll have time where we aren't worrying too much about little kiddos running around.

I'll post pictures tomorrow. Right now I have to get ready to go to a meeting for 7 p.m.

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 6:21 PM EST
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