It’s been non-stop since we got back from our holiday.
Paris & Rome
Jetlagged, we had to pick up the bunnies from the sitter, get all their areas set up and ensure they were settling down ok. I thank God that I ordered food and hay before we left for hols.
The only problem was Rome was particularly skinny and both bunnies were very stressed. Paris settled down within 24 hours and was jumping around and happy. Rome however decided to give me a 3 day strop. I suppose it’s to teach me a lesson for leaving him.
I should have known he would be like this. He is, after all, the one that nips you on the ankles if you decide to pat Paris before him. Except I didn’t know and I couldn’t tell if his behaviour and weight loss was due to anger and stress or if he was actually sick.
He was eating and drinking lots of water though so I just fed him extra to fatten him up, watched him closely and by the 3rd day, he’d returned to his normal happy self.
How do I know he was angry and not sick? Because he completely tore apart a grass ball he’s only occasionally played with since getting it in March 2017. Within 3 days he turned it from a ball into a few bits of tangled grass. He bit and dug at it with fervour.
The nail in the coffin was when he jumped onto my head via my face while I was lying down on the floor. He has always been mindful and respectful of our heads and faces and has never put his claws near them, opting instead to jump on our backs, tummies, legs, shoulders etc. As soon as his claws dug into my face and scalp when he could have just walked around, I knew there was something wrong. He went back to normal after that which is how I knew he did it out of anger.
How else would a non-verbal animal show you how much you hurt and upset them? As soon as he saw how much it hurt me, the anger stopped and he returned to normal. Cheeky little bugger.
I’ve also spent a whole day researching vets and trying to find one that is
a) close to us and easier to get to (our original vet required a very long walk from the train station or hiring a car every time we needed to take them)
b) rabbit friendly/savvy – rabbits, although the 3rd most kept pets (after dogs and cats), are still considered exotic and unfortunately not many vets know anything about them.
c) competent – after looking up reviews on google and facebook I’ve realised now that there are many vets who misdiagnose or will only diagnose after you’ve agreed to very expensive blood tests etc. Money before welfare? Take in a patient even though you don’t know how to deal with them? Doesn’t fly with me.
I’ve found a new vet. Fingers crossed they’re good. They were recommended by the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and booked both bunnies in for vaccination tomorrow. I wasn’t expecting them to be available at such short notice. Our old vets said they didn’t have availability until next week (Sat). Being able to register and book them in within 24 hrs is a good sign.
Oh these bunnies are gonna love me. Not even a week home and already we’re taking them to get injections!! I wonder if Rome will decide to jump on my head again.
No time for resolutions because our boiler wasn’t working as soon as we arrived and coming from the Philippines (which was 30’C) and Hong Kong (which was 20’C) to freezing cold (-5’C – 0’C) London was a shock to the system. Can you imagine 0’C and we had no hot water or heating?
I actually turned on the oven and started boiling water on the stove so we could wash dishes (no fun washing dishes in icy cold water) and to warm up the lounge a bit. We both went to bed without having a shower.
We actually both curled up under the covers while wearing our thermals and socks. I was still wearing my down feather jacket. All I could think was this is what a homeless person trying to keep warm in a nook with a cardboard box would feel like. It just wasn’t happening – you just can’t get warm!!!
After a whole day of being cold and jetlagged, I pretty much got angry and told Tones to work it out and sort it. He finally got it sorted and we had heating and hot water again after a day. If that didn’t work I would have called a gas engineer.
The only reason why I didn’t call one straight away was because we knew it was a simple fix. Re-pressurising a boiler is something everyone can do, it’s just the method that usually worked, wasn’t working and it took me getting really angry and telling him to look it up and sort it for Tones to do anything about it. Why didn’t I do it? Because even on the ladder, I can’t actually reach the filling loop – yes, I’m too short.
To top this off, our washing machine pump stopped working just before we left for holiday which meant clothes we used and were unable to wash before the holiday were still dirty and we had to add to it a pile of dirty holiday clothes.
Tones and I spent some time trying to work out how to clean out the pump, remove water from the machine etc. etc. but nothing we did fixed it and I had to call someone to come and sort it.
However, nobody can turn up until next week meaning our washing is just piling up like crazy. I have now been attempting to do the laundry using the machine but manually (as in, catching water with a bucket and pouring it into the sink) emptying it out every time it’s required, which is about 3-4 times per wash cycle, approx. 3 buckets each time. I know, laborious.
It’s taking me 3 hrs to do a wash that would normally take 1.5hrs but I feel this is easier than carrying a whole bunch of washing 10-15 mins walk away, sitting there and waiting for the whole wash cycle to finish and then carrying all those wet clothes back. Come to think of it, it would take the same amount of time but at least I don’t have to carry it all. I’ve done it before. Wet clothes are really heavy!
At least, I’m still slowly getting through the huge pile of dirty clothes. Clean socks and undies are important!! Anyway, next time you so casually do a load of laundry like it ain’t no thang… spare a thought for me. I tell you, I appreciate washing machines a hell of a lot more these days!
Joy & Tones
Tones is back to the daily grind and has been stroppy because he’s been tired. He’s been tired due to lack of sleep. He’s not sleeping well because the neighbours are noisy sometimes and I’ve been snoring. I’m still sick from holidays. Other than that, he’s been well.
I’ve reopened the online store and had to deal with so many enquiries including someone who kept saying they didn’t receive their item until I sent them a screenshot of the tracking to say that not only was it delivered but that they signed for it. I’ve been waiting for a response and got none. Seriously…. if there’s one thing I hate, it’s people wasting my time.
I’ve also had to book in a cervical screening for myself. I’ve already done one last year but it came back inconclusive and they’ve requested I do another one. This isn’t the best news. Normally it’s just straight out positive or negative.
This hazy area could mean there’s something else wrong with me but it could explain why I’ve been getting sick a lot in the past year, feeling lethargic and why I’ve had to give up going to yoga too. I was bleeding after every yoga class, to the same degree as the intensity of the class. The more intense the class, the more I’d bleed, so I stopped going altogether and low and behold, the bleeding stopped too. Still…. moment of truth this one…. cervical screening is next week. I just hope the time out did the trick.
In other news, I’m working out how to eliminate mammals from my diet. I’ve been yo-yoing around this issue of meat-eating out of habit and my own pleasure vs the life-long suffering and long, drawn-out and painful deaths of animals, for years. It’s an internal struggle. My love for food vs my love for animals. There’s much more to be said but I’ll leave it for another time.
I’d tell you about our holiday but this blog is already very long. So it’ll have to wait until next time too 🙂
See you next week x