Farewell wee friend

With sad hearts and tears rolling down our cheeks we said goodbye to our sweet little rat Stanley this morning. Yes a rat. He was the friendliest rat I’ve ever come across and he lived well beyond the life expectancy of an average of 1-2 years. Stanley was almost 3 years old. When we got him, he was so tiny – only a couple weeks old. He was brought into our classroom one day by one of our classmates looking to give him to someone to feed to a reptile. Both Steve and I fell in love with him so he became the very first pet that we got together. We had our own pets already but Stanley was the first “joint” pet. We were still in our first year of EATM, then the next year Stanley’s photo was on one of the tables at our wedding for the table number card, and he made the long cross country journey with us to our new home. He has also made many appearances in our animal shows, and he’s put a lot of smiles on people’s faces. I hope that he has made lots of people realize just how sweet rats can be.

Stanley-man, you will be dearly missed. He has left behind 8 daughters though for us to love and remember him by. Hopefully they will be as sweet as their daddy and delight people as much as he did. The girls are 3 months old now so we will start them in shows soon. 8 daughters and table #8 was Stanley’s table at the wedding. 🙂


In other news, my online classes will be starting in the next couple weeks. If you’d like to join please email me. I have gotten many many emails and I have not responded to all yet, so if you haven’t yet heard from me, you will! I promise! Things have just been very hectic around here.


We have all been sick, on and off. There always seems to be something around here. It seems there is an endless amount of cleaning, dishes and laundry that has to be done. Something is wrong with our dryer so we’ve been without for almost 2 months now. There are more important things (like bills) that take priority over that so fixing the dryer will just have to wait for now. It is afterall more of a luxury as the clothes will dry on their own if they are hung up. I have to admit I do not miss the dryer as much as I thought I would. I’m even looking forward to the nicer weather so we can put up a small clothesline in our backyard.

We mostly use cloth diapers for Ava and we use cloth wipes for everything. Those are the best things ever! We now have a small supply of them in every room as they come in handy for everything. But since we have a lot of them, it means a lot of them in the laundry and I’m running out of places to hang them to dry. So they get hung all over the place, thankfully they dry quite quick. Here is a tutorial I did on how to make these awesome cloth wipes here. We have gone papertowel-less now in the house too. I’m so happy we did this as it was such a huge waste of money and waste in general using paper towels. It’s SO much better for the environment to not use paper towels too. We use larger cloth wipes and crocheted dish cloths in the kitchen now.

Hope everyone is having a great week!