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Enough Winter Already [Jan. 31st, 2007|09:47 am]
Tony Grist
I nearly used the phrase "long winter days". Technically wrong, emotionally right. The greyness and the wetness just go on and on and on- and  there aren't any Christmas baubles hanging around  to make up for the lack of colour.

February is sacred to Juno Februa- Goddess of fevers and sexual desire. I find this a cheering thought.

Ailz went for a fasting blood test this morning. And- it being in the air- she got talking to the nurse about Harry Potter. The nurse said she and her kids can't be doing with Rowling. They find her "too fanciful".  Erm, right....

Nowhere did it say in any of the literature we read when we got them that what rabbits really like to eat is telephone directories.
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[User Picture]From: zephyrcrow
2007-01-31 11:55 am (UTC)
Oooooh, Valentine's Day is coming up! Any excuse to be effusively romantic and gushy and sexy is really nice, after such a drab winter. (I doubt you'll ever come here, but just so you know, Humboldt County has two seasons: foggy/raining, and summer. Winter takes a long time to go away!) Hey, that reminds me - the Kabbalah says that what one is supposed to do on a rainy day is stay indoors and have sex all day long. If only that were feasible!

Also, you forgot to mention that rabbits especially like to eat important papers. Money, phone bills and to-do lists just taste better than rubbish, you know. My ex-roommate had a rabbit and it had a knack for finding the most crucial papers and turning them into rabbit pellets. Curse him.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-01-31 04:58 pm (UTC)
Heh- that helpful advice from the kabbalah comes about fifteen years too late for me.

The rabbits have eaten a lot of books in the past- including several I really wish they hadn't- but by laying the directories out on the floor where they can access them easily we seem to have weaned them away from richer fare.
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[User Picture]From: momof2girls
2007-01-31 01:32 pm (UTC)
Um, fantasy is too fanciful?

Rabbits are also partial to electrical cords. My late rabbit, Harvey, destroyed many cords in his day.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-01-31 04:59 pm (UTC)
Our little rabbit has nipped through quite a few telephone wires in his time.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2007-01-31 02:40 pm (UTC)
February here in southern Spain is the month of growth and promise. I think it must be somewhat similar in England. We always take a quick trip to London in February and the daffodils are almost always in bloom in the parks and Kew is just beginning to wake up with the crocus carpets. You´re further north but February is always transition month in my mind.

Your bunnies eat phone directories?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-01-31 05:05 pm (UTC)
That's a good way of viewing february. And, yes, these past few years the Spring flowers seem to have been coming through earlier and earlier.

On the news today we were told that this January has been the warmest since 1916.

Yup, the bunnies eat telephone directories. And, indeed, anything else that's made of paper, cardboard or wood. We've given them the directories in the hope that they'll leave other- more valuable- items alone.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-01-31 07:10 pm (UTC)

reading matter

Nothing to do with bunnies or Potter....but can you recommend a good classic Russian novel to make a start with. I'm attracted to Tolstoy but he might be too long? Was also hearing about The Seagull - Chechov (I hope)but I'm not keen on reading plays...??? Any ideas? I feel lacking by not having seen many Russian plays or having read any novels.
Hope you are both well
Jenny
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-02-01 10:04 am (UTC)

Re: reading matter

It's a long time since I was into Russian novelists- and the things I liked as a teen I might not like now- but here are a couple of suggestions- both short.

Turgenev- Torrents of Spring
Dostoevsky- The Gambler

Or you might like to have a go at Chekhov's short stories. He's the best.


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[User Picture]From: ibid
2007-01-31 10:17 pm (UTC)
Bah! What are kids coming to if they don't like fanciful things!

February I can live with. the days are drawing out and the spring flowers start to come out. And it's not January which for me is the pits.
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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2007-02-01 08:34 am (UTC)
Right? That's what I'm thinking! Poor kids!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-02-01 10:08 am (UTC)
It makes you wonder what they do like to read.
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[User Picture]From: ibid
2007-02-01 12:31 pm (UTC)
I shudder to think! they probably like soap operas as well. Urrrgh!
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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2007-02-01 08:33 am (UTC)
Oh, tsh. And even if it is all fancy, what's wrong with that?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-02-01 10:08 am (UTC)
A little of what you fancy does you good.
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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2007-02-01 11:23 pm (UTC)
It helps the medicine go down, yo!
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