Monday, December 12, 2016

That Wascally Wabbit

The old neighborhoods in Chicagoland usually have the houses very close together.  Especially the bungalows.  But whoever built Mom and Dad's house in 1915 bought another 1/2 of a lot on the south side of the house, and their neighbor bought the other half as those two homes were built, so they have a space on one side of the house and a nice little space on the other side, which make it seem like you're not in the city, especially as the house is set back from the road on a very deep lot.

But two  of the 100-year-old Spruces are sick, and one had to be cut down, with another one, likely to die  in the next 5- 10 years.  So two summers ago, Dad planted baby spruces, which grew during the summer.

Only to be eaten by rabbits during the harsher days of last winter.  

So THIS year, after replanting the trees yet again, Dad built up little cages for them to protect them. Here are three of them.  There are more behind the house.
This morning Mr. Rabbit hopped down the driveway and then sat up on his hind legs looking at them with a WTD expression and I could almost picture the thought in his head "but they were so TASTY last winter!"

But Mom doesn't like to see small animals starve, so she went online to Chewy after her commute into the city to work.

OK, this really wasn't her commute but that WAS Mom on the dog sled 87 years ago.

They have rabbit pellets~!

We just have a couple of bunnies that live under the evergreen porch behind the house.  Mom will see them in the yard, and they scoot back under the bush if they sense anyone approaching.  The fence keeps out larger predators like coyotes (we're near a huge city park system, where there are KINDS of animals)  so they like it out there, and since we don't keep a garden (Mom trades homemade bread for fresh produce that friends in the country grow) they don't bother anything, quietly nibbling the grass in the early morning and late evening hours.

So every year the lawn service guy comes by and offers to  make her lawn look actually presentable, but she says no as she doesn't want poison on the grass the animals eat in order to kill the weeds.  She says "I'm a redheaded grandma with a gun on my hip that lives in a house with a husband half my age. I give the neighbors enough to talk about without worrying about my weedy lawn!"

When her Chewy order arrives (they are SO speedy with delivery), Mom will put out some bunny pellets underneath the edge of the big evergreen bush they live under where I can't get at them.   That way, when everything is frozen over and it's minus 10 (which it is supposed to be this week) they will have something to eat along with some fresh carrots and spinach.
She ordered two bags.

Mom likes to pretend she's a big, tough federal agent  like on TV, but I think Mom is just a big softy.

Abby Lab

14 comments:

  1. We got bunnies here too - mainly dey just eat our clover.

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  2. Your mom is very sweet to take care of all creatures great and small

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  3. We never have rabbits in the yard...Dachshund on duty here! Haha, love your momma's description of herself!

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    1. Mom had a wiener
      dog named Pepper growing up. No rabbits there either!

      Abby

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  4. We think your Mom is great!!! Lightning is a bunny chaser (and catcher). We just wish they would stay outside our fence:)

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

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  5. Hari om
    ...yes, and then the two becomes twenty. Pawpare yourself Abby! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xx

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    1. There were no baby bunnies last spring so Mom things these are juvenile bunnies and maybe two boys who haven't found a girl bunny yet.
      Abby

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  6. That's so nice to feed the wild bunnies!

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  7. ...She's feeding BUNNIES?! Giving shelter to the enemy is TREASON!

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    1. If I don't they will eat all of my pretty plants. :-(

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  8. Maybe they will like the pellets more than the trees!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  9. Ah yes, rabbits... There were 3-4 bounding around the yard earlier this year. All gone to ground now. And good luck with the Spruces!!!

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  10. Abby that is so nice of your mom to feed the bunny's.
    We don't have bunny's so my dad feeds old bread to
    the tree rats around here.
    xo Astro

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  11. That's very nice of your Mom to get food for the bunnies. Ghostwriter would rather have the bunnies stay away from my yard, because, of course, I think they're squeaky toys. I have no idea why they'd come into my back yard anyway. It has a fence all around and smells like 20 years of doggie pee! Ghostwriter also agrees about the lawn stuff. She doesn't allow any pesticides, and is rethinking the weed killer this year too. Remember when lawns were full of clover and violets and other little flowers along with the grass? I wonder if you can buy seeds for a lawn like that???

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