Which comes first the chicken or the egg…..or in this case the rabbit! What a weekend I’ve had. This post was supposed to be up Saturday. I had the time carved out…things were peaceful, my 3 yr old Leah was napping. I ran out to greet my hubby & girls at the patio gate so they wouldn’t disturb wake Leah when they came in. That’s when my oldest daughter met me and was wildly exclaiming that daddy had bought a rabbit. Nah…he’s a practical jokester, and so is she. I knew they were pulling my leg. I open the gate only to spy hubby holding this…
Yep…a large cage containing a rabbit!! OH no, no, no I say…..he has got to be kidding. It is NOT coming in the house. A few seconds later….while I am steaming mad…hands shaking…I step aside as they carry it into the house. I honestly can’t remember the last time I felt like this. Stunned, shocked, and as a good friend said on Facebook, “words fail me.” My oldest spent her birthday money on it. I sent them to her room (all of them…rabbit, cage, hubby and ALL), and stated that it didn’t mean the rabbit was staying. I just had to get it out of my sight!! Before I blew a gasket.
Turns out my hubby talked HER into it…HE wanted the rabbit!! And if you follow me on Twitter…you saw the alert go out Saturday afternoon for HELP. This was not a discussed and mutually agreed on purchase or pet. And before you think I’m heartless…we live in a 1285 square feet home (all 5 of us!), we don’t live on acreage or even have a real yard…just a large fenced in patio…no grass. A rabbit just doesn’t seem practical. Not to mention, we just got a hamster last month. Pixie was supposed to fill the furry critter quota. Oh my…poor Pixie. She just got demoted.
And though my husband can be impulsive, he has never done this to me before. I’ve had friends suggesting maybe he wants another baby. Uh…no!! Or that they had some recipes for me (as in rabbit). Uh…no!! But he is completely adorable with the rabbit….really it’s a bunny. She’s young and cute…but Ruby is on “probation.” I just know in a couple short months….attention will turn to another hobby. Right now it is pets….2 fish tanks containing 28 fish (13 of them baby fantail guppies which we are breeding!!), Pixie the hamster and now Ruby the rabbit. I am not allowing myself to get attached…it’s just not practical to keep this rabbit. When they lose interest, I’ll be more than happy to help find a nice home for Ruby! Any takers??
Now back to the eggs….free-range, farm fresh eggs. If you’re looking to find your very own local free-range eggs, I have a couple online sources for you. Both of these websites have locators for you to plug in your location, and find farms & suppliers near you.
Eat Wild ~ Quoted directly from their website, “Eatwild’s Directory of Farms lists more than 1,300 pasture-based farms, with more farms being added each week. It is the most comprehensive source for grass-fed meat and dairy products in the United States and Canada. Producers listed on Eatwild certify that they meet our exacting criteria, assuring that their animals and the land are well-treated, that their products are exceptionally high in nutrition and free of antibiotics and added hormones. Products include: Beef, Pork, Lamb, Veal, Goat, Elk, Venison, Yak, Chickens, Ducks, Rabbits, Turkeys, Eggs, Milk, Cheeses, Produce, Nuts, Berries, Wild-Caught Salmon and more!”
Local Harvest ~ Quoted directly from their website, “Real food, real farmers, real community. The best organic food is what’s grown closest to you. Use our website to find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.”
*After part one of this post last week, I had a reader contact me on Twitter to inquire of where I purchase my eggs. I was able to direct her to these two sources, and am happy to report she found fresh local eggs in her area…success!! That’s really what this post is all about…we all want to feed our family the freshest and best quality food.
We all start out on the REAL FOOD journey at the beginning. Taking baby steps away from processed and premade convenience foods and toward food full of nutrients and vitamins…food eaten the way it was created. And when I began my journey 5 years ago, I needed help…the information out there is overwhelming. Try to keep it simple. Start out by adding more fruit and vegetables into your meal plan, and cutting out processed where you can. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. I still use some convenience items, but I read the ingredient list for items I can’t pronounce. But that’s a post for another day.
I’m sorry for the delay in getting this post up. I’m sure after reading about my weekend it makes total sense why my ready-to-write mood was totally obliterated by the “rabbit chaos” that took over my weekend. I wish I were making it up since Easter is around the corner or that it were an early April Fool’s joke, but that’s just not the case. The rabbit fodder also created a 30-plus comment long status on my Facebook account, which was TOTALLY funny. Heck, it IS funny, especially if it wasn’t happening to me. I read them all to hubby last night, and we had a good laugh about it. And we can do that because he DID apologize…and he IS super cute cuddling HIS rabbit.
This post is linked up with Hearth and Soul Hop, Delectable Tuesday, Works for Me Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Thrilling Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Fresh, Clean & Pure Friday, Fun with Food Friday, Food Trip Friday, Fight Back Friday, Monday Mania, Made by You Monday & Homemaker Monday.