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Our New Life In Texas

Hi, everybody! It’s Speckles again. Miss Holly asked me to tell you how things are going. After several nights in our new house, with nothing in it, some big guys came and brought in everything they had taken out. It seems kind of silly to me. Why not just leave it there? Anyway, they made a lot of noise but Miss Holly had taken us outside for grass before they got there. We like to to outside and we looooove our new back yard! Miss Holly just let us run around out there and then let Nibbles run around when she took us in, so we wouldn’t have any more babies.
The first day, we only ran around on the porch. We didn’t even see the grass-then Anna took us out to the grass and wow! We munched and munched and munched some more. The second day, Layla decided to go to the grass by herself but I didn’t go as far as she did. She ran over to the fence and crawled under-Anna tricked her back under.
The third day, I decided that since Layla didn’t get eaten by scary monsters, I would follow her over by the fence. There is a concrete area by the fence, where this big machine is, that is nice and cool to lay on. All was going well until the machine turned on and made a big noise. (Miss Holly says its an air conditioner.). Layla took off running and made it back into the cage on the porch. I was not so lucky. I ran after her but I ran into something, and as I was trying to get away from that, Miss Holly’s broom hit me and then I didn’t know what to do! I was panicking but Miss Holly calmed me down and helped me back to my cage. Whew! That was close. And she was laughing; I didn’t think it was very funny.
After the big guys came, our playpen was put in the back yard, so all three of us can be outside at the same time. Nibbles doesn’t run under the fence; he just eats grass around the playpen and lays down next to it. He wants to be with us.
Everything has gone well since then, when we go outside for grass and exploring-except for last Saturday, when I was kind of naughty and broke out of the playpen to be with Nibbles. The family doesn’t know if we mated or not because everyone was inside getting dressed. (That’s my little secret.) Stephanie was the tattle-tale who told Anna and she ran out and grabbed me as Nibbles was chasing me.
We are not getting as much attention as we used to because the family got another pet, who Anna likes better. She spends more time with it than with us, but Miss Holly makes sure we are not ignored. She does like the new pet, too. I don’t know why-it’s just a baby that has to be taken care of all the time. Miss Holly was spending all of her mornings outside with us but now she goes back and forth, letting the new pet out, too. I’m not allowed to say what it is-that’s for next time.
Until then, don’t forget about me-like Anna has. Well that’s not totally true-Anna does feed us during the day. OK, that’s all for now. Bye!
Here’s a picture of me eating grass in our new yard.

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Getting Ready To Go

It’s been a while but I wanted to give an update on our moving situation. Anna is doing better about moving. It will take a while but she’s coming around.
I have been through every room in the house-deciding what to keep, throw away or sell. It feels really good to get rid of stuff-and since we won’t have room for everything we need to get rid of it anyway.
I thought I was done when I remembered the linen closet. D’Oh! Oh well! It’s just one closet.
We have also been selling stuff on eBay and Craigslist. Woo hoo!
I took Nibbles to the Vet again and he has a lesion on his heart or lung-the Vet couldn’t tell. Nibbles is on his third round of antibiotics-a human one this time, and Lasix. He has improved. His breathing is a little faster and easier. His appetite has picked up and he is more jumpy, like a normal guinea pig should be.
We found a home for Theo and Herbie. The couple was sweet and they couldn’t stop smiling.
We are still trying to find a home for Taylor. And now, I’m not sure what to do because I think she might be pregnant. I don’t know how-Anna’s got some ‘splaining to do. Is anyone going to want a pregnant guinea pig? Will I be able to see the babies before we give her away?
Only time will tell. 🙂

U Is For Up The Stairs

Welcome to another day of the A to Z Blogging Challenge.    Today’s letter is “U” and I am still alive, barely.  My post today is a little different, in that it is a video of 2  of our guinea pigs-Speckles and Taylor- racing up the stairs.  They can go up an entire flight but for some reason, they stopped at the halfway point.  We had to coax them the rest of the way but decided to edit that part out because it was slow.

So here is the video-or half of the video:

E Is For Exercise

Guinea pigs need regular exercise, just like other animals, and I let them out of the cage to run around. The problem is, I have to clean the carpet soon after. I haven’t managed to train them to go to the bathroom only in their cage.
Nibbles, while still in the same cage with Layla, used to run laps, galloping up and down a short hall off of the playroom. Now, he just goes to Layla’s cage and tries to woo her. He does end up wandering around some. The others love to run around on the floor. I can only have girls out or boys out because they will mate if I have them out together. That’s OK, though.
Below is a video of Layla and Taylor, when she was just a few months old, running around the room. Taylor is galloping and jumping in some of it. She is squeaking because she is having fun.
I apologize beforehand, I did not think to clean the cages before filming this video, so you might see guinea pig droppings around. Anyway, here we go.

5 minute friday-Trust

Whew! I’m late posting this, but I still wanted to get it in for today. On Fridays, I join a woman named Lisa Jo, who’s in South Africa, if I remember correctly, for a little thing she likes to call 5 minute friday. You basically write for 5 minutes without stopping to edit or check if it’s right. She gives a prompt, and whoever wants can link up to her blog through her Linky tool. That means YOU!! :). Anyone can join. I’ve never even met the woman and I join her whenever I can. If you don’t know how, just put your post in my comments box and I’ll send it to her. You meet lots of nice people-partly because she asks you to read the post before yours and leave nice thoughts. Last week, I had about 7 comments from other 5 minute friday participants. It was so fun, I wanted to do it again. So here goes… (more…)

Fewer Words Thursday

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It’s Thursday, once again; time for a little thing called “Fewer Words Thursday”. I join a friend named Andrea Hutchinson, who hosts this prompt, in an attempt to speak her mind in as few words as possible. Just click on the picture and you can join in the fun, too.

I did not take part in this prompt last Thursday. I was a bit overwhelmed. If you have seen my postings on Facebook, then you know why. If you haven’t, peek at the picture above.

I had been concerned lately because my youngest daughter, Anna’s female guinea pig was pregnant. Last time she was pregnant, she had the babies early and they all died. We were out of town and did not see what happened but had heardn them but I am not sure whether the mother did not clean them off, since they were dead or they died because he got to them. Anyway, we separated her from him the last few days to make sure that did not happen again.

So last Thursday, I woke up early and decided to check on Layla, the mother, because I could not go back to sleep. She had four babies during the night, which happens often, my friend told me, so when they are in the wild, they can be ready to move on if they need to; a brilliant way that God designed them. They are animals of prey, so they need to be on the alert all the time.

Three of the babies survived and are healthy and the other one looked as if it were not totally developed. I had to take care of disposing of it because Terry was out of town. He had handled it last time. I have to admit, God was taking care of me because I handled the whole thing pretty well on my own.

God was taking care of me in another way, in that a week or two after my oldest child leaves for college, I am preoccupied with new babies. How exciting!

It was like Christmas morning every morning, going into Anna’s room to see if Layla had given birth, yet. And then, finally, it was Christmas morning last Thursday. I told Anna as we were sitting there, watching Layla with her babies and she said, “Yeah. Last Christmas, I got two guinea pigs, this Christmas, I got three.”

A few minutes later, I said it again and she said, “You said that mom.”

I said, “I know but I’m still feeling it.”

A few days later, we took these pictures.

Lagging In Posting

I know it’s been a while since I have posted on here. Terry and I have been sick with what we suspect is food poisoning. It hasn’t been fun. Something else happened this week, making things around here kind of crazy. Here’s why:

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Thursday morning, I came into Anna’s room, where we had Layla separated from Nibbles, the father. Anna had her set up in a drawer, which she didn’t seem to mind. We had bought a basket that could double as an igloo and Layla liked to sleep under it.
Layla made the little rumbling noise that guinea pigs make when they are scared. She would made it every time I entered the room, so at first, I thought things were the same. When I lifted up the basket, I thought she was still pregnant because it was dark but then I saw movement. I looked closer and saw three babies poking out from under her.
“Oh, Layla,” I said.
She looked at me like, “Please don’t hurt my babies.”
Layla had the babies sometime during the night, which happens a lot. She had already cleaned them off, so we missed that part. One baby was dead-it looked as though it was not fully developed. That is all right because we still have three healthy babies that Layla is feeding and taking care of.
Those photos were taken a few hours after we discovered the babies, so they were still in their first day of life. Guinea pig babies are born with eyes open, fur, teeth and the ability to walk. They follow her everywhere. One always lags behind, the runt, I think. The second day, it kept getting separated from it’s mother and would start squeaking really loud. Sometimes, Anna, my daughter, would pick it up and put it back in line with the others. They actually move in a single-file line. It is so cute!
So, please forgive the lagging in posting. Having babies is truly life-changing.

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