The Art Of Caring For A Cottage Bunny & Musings

Friday, December 14, 2018
My dear friends,
I wanted to share an updated version of how I care for Oliver and bits about what's been plaguing my mind over the last few weeks. I have been choosing to share most of what is deeply in my thoughts here on my blog because I tend to be such a long-winded church lady. I'll link the older post about Oliver here so you can read his full story. I share Oliver's story and how he became my cottage bunny.

Now that I have had Oliver for almost three years, I've learned so much more about having a rabbit as a pet. When Oliver came home with me, I knew forever more I'd always have bunnies as pets. The idea had come to me to have a bunny when I was around 20 years old. I had my first son Carter, and i was always reading to him the tales of Beatrix Potter. I think those little darling real-life intertwined with animation movies had come out around that time, so I constantly had those on the tv. I loved the idea that Beatrix had little pets in her home that she drew, especially rabbits. I decided in my mind straight away, I wanted a rabbit as a pet too. Even back when I was a young girl I loved Beatrix Potter.

We were constantly on the move, at that time with my then husband being in television that we would forego decades of having any type of pet. I wrote in my Beatrix Potter journal when I was 19 and newly married that my wish was to have a little rabbit one day and I would name him Oliver. I would always bring it up to my then-husband, but he would scoff at the idea and say it was nonsensical to have such a pet. {Im making it sound eloquent with a slant}When I speak about my ex, I in no way mean to sound hateful towards him, I am just sharing my version of how our lives were according to my subjective viewpoint at that time. I just wanted to state I am in a much better place now {resentment gone} and I know I created all that I was vibrationally feeling most of those years. I also know that I wouldn't be where I am today had it not been for such an awful lot of contrast with him. The Law of Attraction states that you know what you do want more clearly when you've had what you don't want. Our contrast/adversity is what helps us clarify more greatly our truest desires. Think about that. How would we know we want someone that's hygiene friendly unless we've had someone that wasn't. Or how would we know we wanted someone very faithful in a partnership if we wouldn't have had someone that cheated on us constantly. Do you not agree?

I line a basket with paper towels, underneath, on sides and inside the plastic Tupperware. I then lay hay inside over a thin layer of paper cat litter. I have to be truthful, I don't always use the pine cat litter as it seems to be more of a pain to use than just hay.

I only use purified water for Oliver and drop some essential oils into it so Oliver won't get sick because I don't take Oliver to the vet. I care for my pets holistically and they've always lived long happy healthy lives.

This is the hay I buy for Oliver. He loves it and it's only $6.97 for a large bag at Walmart.
My dream of having a pet rabbit came true after 20 plus years. I am very determined in what I want in life nowadays, and that is because for so long I felt quite restricted and without my freedoms. I met my ex when I was 14 years old, so I believe that my beliefs and the way I was raised stems from a very old school southern mentality.

No disrespect, as I know my parents did the most wonderful job of raising me and my siblings, but I was a very sheltered girl. I really felt as though I was more of a child and had to ask for permission to do or have things. It felt like I  wasn't very much in control of my own life, at least for most of those married years. I really tolerated many things in my previous marriage that I would NEVER tolerate again in my life now.
 This is a darling book about pets and extra sweet if you like the Victorian era.
A little painting for a friend as a memoriam for her dog "Happy."

My friend Lyndsay's daughters reading The Tale of MerryMaid Scarlette Rose. Aren't they precious? I think all little girls love mermaid fairy tales.
I hope this is the first time with me showing you this pallet of colours. It's the new branding colours for my business. I love them. I even posted paint swatches in these colours on my 2018 vision board. I'm so tickled the new year is around the corner, are you?

I found this lovely chandelier on Offer Up for $10. I think it looks ever so nice in my treasure room. 
 I have so many projects to do at the cottage and at times I'm a bit overwhelmed. I mentioned to you in my last post that I've really been wanting to sell the cottage and find our new/old forever home. I am very much satisfied with my home now, but I would like to begin anew. Tomorrow my beloved and I are going to look at a cottage bungalow in the little country town. We're doing it for fun, so I'll report back and let you know what I thought. Jeffrey found it and fell in love with it. I'm rather excited to see it.
I can't take my mind off of this old home. Courtesy of Pinterest.
I hope you are well, and I shall write again soon.

Most affably yours til my next swim, Raquelxxx


  1. I love your new colors, they are perfect. It will be intriguing to see the next bends in the path of your story!


    1. Kimberly, Thank you sweetie. I'm so happy you like them. I'm excited to see what's going to happen too. You're so sweet for stopping by. I so appreciate you.

  2. Kimberly, Thank you sweetie. I'm so happy you like them. I'm excited to see what's going to happen too. You're so sweet for stopping by. I so appreciate you.