Moving the Herd

Not Mr. VCA! but another great guy I heart.

At this very moment Mr. VCA! is driving the rest of our herd up to the country. Rest = 2 out-of-control-cute rabbits (who dislike to be to near to one another) and the most amazing cockatiel ever. Last week we brought up the 2 cats and other 2 birds. Next week we claim full time ownership of Ruka the Wonder Dog, rounding out our herd (for now).

Through all the planning for the move the hardest part for me has been making sure the animals were going to be healthy and happy in their new digs. New! Improved! cages were purchased, customized name tags were engraved, land areas were surveyed, a dead tree (nick named "the widow maker") was removed, treats were stocked... We still have to build a predator proof run-around area for the rabbits. For now our little Rabbit Troop will have to party in their super duper hutches.

Rabbit Troop!
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I can't wait to get up there this weekend to be with everyone. I'm sure Mr. VCA! will do a great job settling everyone in.

Moving Day Draws Near!

Found this amazing printable at The Graphics Fairy (one of my favorite sites!)
Check them out daily for amazing free graphics (duh), printables and inspiration.

Now on to our real post...

In just a few short weeks we will be (basically) full time residents of our cabin. Much packing, carting, giving away, dusting, sneezing, insulating, heater updating, number crunching, animal adoption, etc. has brought us to this point.

We are super excited to live in a place we love and doing our best to prepare for the unexpected (bears!, loss of electricity!, sourcing vegan cheese!). I look forward to coming back to these beginning posts a year from now to see how we've grown, what we've learned and who's come to visit :)

Thinking about: Hyssop for the Garden

Watched an episode of Gardening by the Yard that discussed the wonders of Hyssop. Great for upping the butterfly and hummingbird activity.  I like those activities A LOT!

This type, Agastache rupestris, with it's tube-like flowers are great for the humming birds

and Anise Hyssop - Agastache foeniculum is great for the butterflies. AND you can eat it and make tea with the leaves.  Super good! I heart anise.
There are some "blue" varieties that are especially alluring to me and some with a bit of orange that Mr. VCA will enjoy.

Oh, and they said the deer don't like them.  Win!
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