baby bunnies

Before we get to the bunnies, let's take a look at our favorite cardinal that hung out in our yard last summer. We named him Conrad. Although our yard needs a lot of work, Conrad begged to differ. He loved our yard and would spend most of the day walking around finding goodies to eat. [Yes, I realized I might not have been seeing the same cardinal, but it makes me feel better that we had one cardinal that loved to come back to our yard daily.]

[Please excuse the semi-poor pictures as they were taken through the window which probably wasn't that clean with a zoom lens that isn't great.]

Bunny time! 

At one point last summer we noticed a large hole in our backyard a couple feet from the patio. It seemed kind of odd. Then one day we saw that a rabbit was digging the hole! 

Fast forward to a couple days later when Eric was sitting on the patio one evening. Two rabbits were running around near the hole. It was a bit strange since normally animals don't get too close to our patio if we are out there. 

One night before supper we finally put it all together. One of the rabbits had been pregnant and gave birth to her babies in the little nest she had dug. However, one of her babies she had on our patio and we witnessed the scene below. It was a little traumatic for us since we didn't know what was going on. Was the baby alive? Why wasn't she taking it back to the rest of her little ones? 

Soon after these pictures, it began to downpour. 

The following morning Eric noticed what he thought was a lifeless baby bunny on our patio. He went outside to move it since it was hard to look at. 

However, the baby was not dead. It was still breathing! Not quite certain what to do, he moved it closer to the hole with the other bunnies so hopefully the mom would take it back. 

We don't know for certain if she ever did but when we returned from work there was no sight of the baby. 

Days after, we would catch the mom coming to feed her little ones. She would squat over the hole to feed them. One night they came out after feeding and just sat there. I may have squealed...BECAUSE LOOK HOW CUTE THEY WERE. 

They soon left the nest and went bouncing around our backyard. Bye bunnies! 

fall in minnesota

In October, Eric and I went to Minnesota for two main reasons: to visit my brother and to see Neko Case in concert. We arrived on a Thursday, the night of the concert.  Eric, my brother, his friend, and I started out the evening by stopping at Element Pizza to pick up supper.  We then took the pizzas to Dangerous Man Brewing Co.  What a great find!  The Brewery doesn't serve food, so they encourage you to bring in food from other places.

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We kind of lost track of time and before we knew it we needed to head over to First Avenue for the concert.  I've wanted to see Neko for a long time, so I'm glad I finally got the opportunity.  Also, it was nice to go to a venue other than the ones we normally attend in Wisconsin.

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Friday morning we headed over to visit the farm my brother is living as well as helping out on.  There's a dog and turkeys and cows and cats and goats…and it's pretty much the best.

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From the farm we drove over to the Carpenter Nature Center.  Minnesota still had some great color - mostly yellows and reds. It was a little chilly, but still a great day for a walk around the little nature trail.

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Thanks for having us Minnesota.  You never disappoint.