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495th Friday Blog Roundup

We’ve had a pair of bunnies living in our backyard for a while.  I noticed the first one about a year ago, right after Cozy died.  And then another one showed up this spring.  We’ve seen the two of them hopping through the neighbourhood, but they keep returning to hang out under a bush in the backyard.

This week, I noticed a new bunny, a tiny one about five inches long.  It was wobbling around, trying to hop.  I went outside and left him some carrots. (I’m against feeding wild animals UNLESS you are going to be crazy enough to keep feeding them indefinitely, and I am that sort of poor thinker.)

He ignored them for a bit, but I saw him creep up to them while I was doing yoga and start chowing down.



Pure love.  I hope he stays.


Last weekend, we went to a wedding in Boston.  On our way home, we swung off the highway to stop in Tarrytown.  The twins had just read Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, and they wanted to see Mouse Ellis’s house where Washington Irving once slept.  We wove our way through the town, musing on locations where Sheila Tubman may have walked, and finally found ourselves on a winding road, traveling to Sunnyside.

Or, more accurately, the locked gates of Sunnyside.  It isn’t open on Mondays.

A lot of the town doesn’t seem to be open on Mondays.

So it’s now on our to-do list: hot vacation in Tarrytown.  I want to do the cemetery tour at night and freak ourselves out reading about the Headless Horseman while in Sleepy Hollow.  I love literary vacations.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

Searching for Our Silver Lining has a post about milestones, starting with her twins but then extending that to the milestones we are anxious to hit as adults, or how hitting milestones too early can affect us as well.  She writes, “In a strange way, infertility has prepared us for the unknowns that come with parenthood. Sure, we knew it would be hard and there was no way to predict how, but the one thing we learned is how to survive moments of uncertainty and hardship. To find joy when it would be tempted to focus solely on the negative.”  Gorgeous, right?

Edenland made me smile with a post about teaching kids how to write.  She writes, “We all wondered aloud, where DO ideas actually come from? I said maybe all the ideas were floating around in the air and they just had to reach out and grab one.”  She manages to capture the wonder, the open-to-possibilities, the excitement of being a kid with a story.  Sometimes, as adults with stories, we need to remember how it felt to be a kid with a story: content just to tell it and not thinking so hard on how it is received and recognized.

Lastly, Bereaved and Blessed writes frankly about mental illness.  I love this post, walking you through the questions you may have about her diagnosis while admitting she shared a lot of these questions too.  It is a must-read post for… everyone.  Everyone who has been diagnosed or who knows someone diagnosed or who just wants to better understand what life is like with mental illness.

The roundup to the Roundup: The new bunny in our yard.  Love a good literary vacation.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between May 16th and May 23nd) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 a { 05.23.14 at 9:10 am }

Sure, bunnies are cute. Until they eat all the flowers off your petunias and lilies. And then dig up the bulbs to eat those too. Then there’s the part where, when you go out walking early in the morning, they take a fright and go tearing through the foliage, making enough noise to wake the dead and scaring the crap out of you. Bunnies! Grrr!

2 Deejay { 05.23.14 at 9:50 am }

Ah, good ‘ol Judy Blume. A literary vacation eh? Where do I sign up? I’ve always wanted to go to Prince Edward Island because of that redhead Anne Shirley.

3 Shelby { 05.23.14 at 11:01 am }

I’ve never understood small towns being closed on Mondays. Having grown up in a city of a million where everything was open all the time, I was confused when I moved to my current town (of 25,000) about 6 years ago. Quite frankly, it still drives me nuts.

Also, I totally want yard bunnies and yes, I would absolutely feed them indefinitely. I also lack that judgment.

4 Jen { 05.23.14 at 2:03 pm }

That’s fun that you visited Tarrytown! Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great was my absolute favourite book when I was a kid. I used to read it a couple of times a year. I had forgotten about that… I think I’ll read it again.

5 Kathy { 05.23.14 at 8:50 pm }

The bunny is adorable and why am I not surprised that you feel attached already. You have such a big heart, Mel.

I love that you and your family take literary vacations. In a parallel or another life I would love to be your child, I love hearing about the awesome things you do with your kids.

Thank you so much for featuring my post about my experience with mental illness. I am feel touched, honored and humbled by your words about mine. It wasn’t easy for me to share, but I felt compelled to do it, after I had time to get used to my new normal. xoxo

6 deathstar { 05.24.14 at 1:48 pm }

My friend gave me a bunny once, named Peaches. I almost forgot about that. She had long claws cause I had no idea of how hard it was to catch a rabbit to cut its nails. I went away to school when I was in my early 20s and left her in the care of my mum. You know how the story ends. My friend still likes pets (rats,lizards,hamsters) in cages. Me? Not so much. I prefer to see them run wild, enjoying themselves.

7 A. { 05.25.14 at 11:38 am }

We went to Tarrytown for my 30th birthday and had an incredible farm-to-table meal @ Blue Hill. It’s such a pretty spot, and I love thinking about the Headless Horseman wandering the night-time 😉

8 Northern Star { 05.26.14 at 10:42 pm }

Love this one from Shelley – amazing how far this little family has come since I started reading her blog.


Thank you for pointing out Cristy’s post too – that one really struck a nerve last week.

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