Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Blogging and Henry the VIII

Well hellooooooooo my friends! Did you think I ran away? Well, I kinda did. I was exhausted from all the goings on in November and traveling to Houston and well, life in general. I needed some time to sit and just "be." Sometimes, as a creative person with a creative business that has to wear many hats and keep up with everything, I simply need to take a break.

I must say that the break did me some good. My world has become so go, go, go with all this social media stuff. It can be exhausting. I have found that I miss the old days of blogging. It was so much fun to hop in and visit with friends, peer into their worlds, read their stories and share their adventures. It was one of my most favorite hobbies.

Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest... they have all become a flash of information overload. I feel like everything is just coming at me at once and it's overwhelming trying to keep up. Now, while I enjoy visiting with friends there, and I enjoy being able to share things instantly on my pages, I find that I miss the slowness, calmness and peacefulness of blogging. So, starting today, I am going to return to posting on this little old blog every Wednesday. If you would like to follow along, you can sign up (on the right sidebar) to receive my posts in your inbox.

Ok now that I have said that, I want to share something really exciting with you! I would like to introduce my newest family member here at Bayfield Cottage, Henry the VIII.



I named him this as he is my 8th adopted rescue rabbit.


"Henry the VII? Does this mean I'm royalty?"


For a while now I have been thinking about getting another bunny so that Hannah bunny would have company when I travel with teaching. David is wonderful about taking care of her and Sabrina, but they are my babies and he doesn't dote on them like I do. Plus, it has been 3 1/2 years since I lost Harrington and while I will always miss him and could never replace him, my heart was ready to love and give a forever home to a bunny in need.

"Mama, I'm lonely when you go away for work."


Here's Henry's story:

During hurricane Florence in September, Henry was found running lose in a neighborhood. A lady found him and kept him for a while trying to find his owner. After several weeks and no luck finding his owner, she took him to the animal shelter. Here he sat and again nobody came to claim him.



My local rabbit rescue, The New Hanover County Rabbit Rescue, went to the shelter to get him as they didn't want him to be euthanized. Henry was a mess. His legs and belly had urine scald from him being kept in a small nasty cage. I feel like he was probably kept in a wire bottomed hutch in someones back yard and was left there during the hurricane. Poor little lass.



There was just something about him that made me fall in love with him instantly. Maybe it was his wonky ear, which reminded me of my beloved Harrington, or maybe it was his story after thinking about him outside during that horrific hurricane. I just knew I had to contact my rescue and inquire about him.



Well, he was neutered two weeks ago and last Wednesday I brought him home. I was going to just "foster" him for a while to see how he did with Hannah. The rescue said they thought he was around 6 years old and I thought that would be good with my 9 to 11 year old gal. Well, he's totally not even close to being 6. He runs around and gets into everything like a toddler! LOL!!! He makes me laugh so hard. I honestly think he was a typical Easter bunny child gift that got tossed out in a pen in the back yard when the child got bored with him. Grrrrrr..... Anyway, I think he definitely not more than 3 years old and maybe younger. Vets can never really tell with bunnies who are between a year and six years old.

One loaf of bun.

Needless to say, by Saturday, three days after I thought I would foster him, I knew I would never let him go and I officially adopted him. Yep, I'm a sucker for super cute, fuzziness!

"What's that you say? I'm super cute and I get to stay? Yaaaaaay!"



He and Hannah are both the sweetest bunnies and there has been no fighting or stomping. They will eventually share the same playpen, but for now, it is supervised play dates as he still has some "testosterone" in him and I don't want him jumping on Hannah's back and hurting her.



"Tell him to stop with the humping already! Geesh!"



This is a painting that my friend Val painted and gave to me three years ago. It's called "Sir Henry in the Garden." I think it is rather perfect hanging here in the forever home of Henry the VIII.



I'm looking forward to sharing more stories about the bunnies, Sabrina kitty, Bayfield Cottage and lots of creative adventures here in my little place in the crazy social media world. A place where we can all just visit for a bit and really connect with one another like we use to do.



We'll see ya back here next Wednesday. Until then, have a peaceful and Very Hoppy Christmas!

"That's right Henry. You got it. This is called the 'mush your face to the floor and look super cute look.' Mama can't resist it. She will stop everything to pet us and give us a treat."


Hugs and friends,
Michelle and the fuzzy ones

40 comments:

gracie said...

Oh so handsome

Beach Quilter said...

Looking forward to reading more of your adventures. Merry Christmas and Hoppy New Year!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

There are just too many medias today and it all gets lost in the rush. I FB only for our shop and blogger is my only real quilty contact. I will be happy to reconnnect with your world. I was wondering when a new fuzzy would enter your world - a real cutie that we will look forward to reading about. Merry Christmas and a super New Year.

almtsbb said...

Henry the VIII is such a super cute bunny. Cannot imagine him being dumped outside in a hurricane. He is one lucky bunny to have found such a great forever home. Looking forward to hearing about Hannah, Sabrina kitty and him on your blog.

Shirley said...

You have always had a soft spot for your rabbits and I like hearing the adventures of your bunnies. I still like to read blogs because there are certain things that I don't say on FB. You don't know where all it goes. I just need to get myself in gear and join you with posting on my blog again. I am like you I needed a break. I will be reading you again. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Hugs and prayers from your Missouri Friend Shirley

Natascha Rieper said...

So happy you will be blogging more again! I really missed seeing your posts as frequently!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Well as we say out here in the vast Pacific NW - Keep Clam. Life and news can become over hectic for sure.

I had heard about Henry VIII via the Facebook person here and so now great to see the boy and the whole story. Just bringing him home and cleaning him up and giving a safe place earns you 22 stars or so!!

He does not look so world-weary as our Baxter did but has same markings. Baxter "wore a slouch hat, smoked smelly cigars and drank whiskey" so good that Henry takes a different path!!!

Stephanie Kluk said...

I too have missed your blog posts!

quiltmom anna said...

Great post Michelle! I didn't realize that its over 3 years since you had lost your beloved Harrington
I love your blog- i have a abandoned mine but perhaps i will return to it. For quite awhile life was too full to blog. Since retiring , i have more time.. in the meantime , i will continue to check out my blogging friends.��

Paddestoelengek said...

Happy to read your blog and story with happy ending about Henry the VIIIth.

Frog Quilter said...

I love reading your chronicles. Congrats on giving a home to a new bunny. I'm sure you are their heaven. Merry Christmas and hugs.

Lana said...

I already love him too!!! He looks so happy! Glad you’re back... inspiring me to come back and post too! You’re right... sometimes instant media is overwhelming!

Melody A. said...

Love blogs and still read them the most! so it is lovely you will be sharing on this platform again, thank you Merry Christmas from Iowa !

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Such a handsome Henry the VIII. Enjoy.

Kristy said...

ohh! He is so sweet! I am so glad you want to blog again each week. I miss you blogging. I love to hear about your adventures and your furry friends. I am glad you got some time off. Welcome back. K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Henry is gorgeous. So happy he came to you and Hannah. I look forward to reading about their escapades ��
Merry christmas to you all.

Karen said...

What a sweetie!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

"I'm Henry the VIIIth I am, Henry the VIIIth, I am, I AM!" teeheeeee

OK, this bunster is LUCKY and cute and every joy-inducing thing all rolled up into one fluffy ball! SHELL! I LOVE HIM! I especially love when the bunnies make their paws disappear and look like a huge loaf of bread. tteeheheheeeee

Happy holidays to you dearest. I hear ya about slowing down. My creativity I have to say, has been squashed by the demands of work. I am so tired and I have grieved the loss of Blogging; though I'm on Instagram and enjoy sharing my work and creating a gallery, the culture there is way to competitive and fast-paced. Oh how I miss blogging...

Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle
So glad you are going back to blogging. I have a facebook account account, as well, I check maybe twice a year. I don't need to see what someone is eating, they're bored, or airing their "dirty laundry" for the world to see.
I agree, blogging is so much calmer. I've missed your blog.
Congrats on the new fur baby. He's a love. Hannah will have company again.
May you and David and fur family have a very merry holiday season.
Faith in TX

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Jules Woolford said...

YES! You know!xxx

Pat said...

Welcome back! So happy to read about Henry the VIII, but as I read on all I could think of was the movie "Sabrina". Wasn't his name Henry too? Great love story with a happy ending.

So glad Henry has found a place to be loved. May you all have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy happy New Year.

KaHolly said...

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! He’s so happy to have a real home, poor little guy!

Createology said...

Henry the VIII is now saved and safe. Shell you are the most caring Bunny Lover E.V.E.R. I agree about Social Media getting way too frantic and busy. I also miss blogging and am so glad to have you back weekly. If Blogger would post comments correctly I would love to get back to my blog and post. Hoppy Holidays Dear to you and David and Hannah and Henry and Sabrina. xo

Loris said...

Yay! I love reading about all your doings and your sweet creatures as well as seeing all the wonderful pictures of them. Welcome to the fam Henry! He is beautiful. I hope he gives Hannah some cozy companionship. She deserves lots of love. Merry Christmas Michelle! Love to your family, bunnies and =^..^= Sabrina

Margie Crewse said...

Always did enjoy your blog and Am looking forward to reading it again. Don't often comment but I enjoy the bunnies.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I am so excited that you will be back more often in the blog world--
I do have a facebook page now--but like you said--it is unpersonable to me-
but much rather read blog posts ---
Have a very Merry Christmas--
love, diane

KittyAnn said...

Lovely post Michelle... love those buns!!! GAHHHH! If I didn't have kitties I'd have bunnies!! LOVE THEM! So happy Henry *found* you... :) Hugs, Ani

Debi Minter said...

I loved hearing Henry’s story❣️Absolutely loving your photography too! You’ve been missed❣️

Dawn said...

So pleased that you will be back on the Blog, and look forward reading all about the bunnies....and Sabrina.Terrible to read how poor Henry got urine scald but he's going to have a wonderful life now and so loved. I fostered a Continental giant one Easter and he too didn't go back.You do "just know".Henry is a handsome little guy.

sadie said...

I am so so happy to hear this, Michelle! Best of luck to you and Hannah on a smooth bonding.

Jeanette said...

oh my. i'm in love with the loaf bun. Henry looks so darn cute. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures & seeing photo's of the bun's & Sabrina. Hoppy Christmas to you all Hugs,xx

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

Oh Michelle

Henry is adorable.
Love reading your stories.

Be back soon.
Debra

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Michelle,

So lovely to see a blog post from you dear friend and to meet your latest precious little member to your family.
Henry is adorable and looks so cuddly.
Happy Christmas to you and your family and best wishes for 2019.
Sending hugs
Carolyn

Lucy said...

So happy for you, Henry and Hannah. Looking forward to reading all about their antics. Can't believe it's 3 1/2 years since Harrington passed.

Merry Christmas to you all!

Butterfliesandfaeries said...

Beautiful bunny and lovely post. I like blogs best, too. I have to start blogging again!

Susan said...

He is cute and so lucky to have you! I'm glad you will blog more as I have missed it but also glad you took a break when needed. I don't Facebook, Twitter, etc but do still read blogs. Thank you for continuing to blog and for having a kind and loving heart to adopt!

Janice said...

I think Henry the VIII has had his luck change now he has found his forever home with your family. What a cute. I’m sure Hannah will enjoy the company. I’m glad you are going to be blogging more again. Merry Christmas to you all.

Lori Ann Corelis said...

So happy to see you back to blogging as well Michelle. I think we all need to slow down and savor again. Other social media moves too fast. I loved reading about your new furry one - what a lucky bunny to have found you! ;-) Have a most wonderful 2019! L

Jindi's Cottage said...

Aw he is very cute...i didn't believe that "foster" idea for even a nano-second, as if he wouldn't be staying furever! I hear you about missing blogging, I've not blogged, read or commented much at all this year and I think it is time to rectify that...