Good Bye Oliver

Rest In Peace Oliver
You were the BEST Guinea Pig ever!
We will never forget you!
One of our guinea pigs that we have had since birth passed away on Thursday. It was a sad day for us all including his cage buddy Reese
The day you were born – May 31, 2008 (Ollie has the all white head 2nd from left)
Two weeks old
We got Reese a new cage buddy today. His name is Beau. They hit it off right away (which is not always the case particularly with male pigs). Reese is no longer alone and Beau has an awesome new home! He is all black one with one foot and one nail one another foot that is not black!
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Camera Critters #72- Oliver the Guinea Pig

I just realized I have never featured Oliver our Guinea Pig in Camera Critters, so this will be his week.

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I’m including this in Pet Pride this week too!

Oliver was born into our family. He was one of a litter of four born to Minnie and Mickey our two guinea pigs. At time of purchase, we were told Mickey was a girl. I took the word of the “experts” and paid no attention to their “privates” until Minnie appeared to be getting FAT!

Here are Oliver and his “siblings” just a few hours old! Oliver is the one with the big white head! If you are not familiar with guinea pigs, they came out “ready made”, hair, eyes open, etc. The female is pregnant for a little over 2 months.

Princess has LOVED the “piggies” from day one, and has been very protective of them. When we would put them in the grass, she would help “herd” them, keeping them from wandering off!

The whole family outside.

Unfortunately we were not able to keep them all, we found good homes for them all. It was fun for a time having SIX guinea pigs, but a great deal of work keeping the home clean!
Oliver is an AWESOME guinea pig. We spend about an hour each day where he has free roaming time. Had I known when Tara was younger, what I know now about guinea pigs, we would never had tried hamsters (three of them!)

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Camera Critters #72- Oliver the Guinea Pig

I just realized I have never featured Oliver our Guinea Pig in Camera Critters, so this will be his week.

Click on the button to visit other Camera Critter entries!
I’m including this in Pet Pride this week too!

Oliver was born into our family. He was one of a litter of four born to Minnie and Mickey our two guinea pigs. At time of purchase, we were told Mickey was a girl. I took the word of the “experts” and paid no attention to their “privates” until Minnie appeared to be getting FAT!

Here are Oliver and his “siblings” just a few hours old! Oliver is the one with the big white head! If you are not familiar with guinea pigs, they came out “ready made”, hair, eyes open, etc. The female is pregnant for a little over 2 months.

Princess has LOVED the “piggies” from day one, and has been very protective of them. When we would put them in the grass, she would help “herd” them, keeping them from wandering off!

The whole family outside.

Unfortunately we were not able to keep them all, we found good homes for them all. It was fun for a time having SIX guinea pigs, but a great deal of work keeping the home clean!
Oliver is an AWESOME guinea pig. We spend about an hour each day where he has free roaming time. Had I known when Tara was younger, what I know now about guinea pigs, we would never had tried hamsters (three of them!)

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25 Christmas Questions

Boy is is quiet in the house with only two guinea pigs. We definitely kept the quiet two. When they all were here, and you rustled a grocery bag (or any plastic type bag) they would squeal, as they related that noise to getting their fresh veggies treats. Recently when we had been out and came home, they would squeal. Never figured out if they were “guard piggies” or just happy for us to be home. I am sadder than I thought at giving them away, but know it was the right thing to do, it would have only been harder.

On this day in 1945, my parents were married. I wish Dad were still here for them to celebrate 63 years. To this day, my Mom still wears her wedding band that is almost worn away from the years of love for him and commitment to their marriage.

Since I blogged twice yesterday, and today is Monday, when I doubt anything good will happen! I will use today to post this list of Christmas questions. I would love to see your answers!
I know in this house Christmas is going to be more about doing than receiving. Tara’s list is fairly short this year, she’s in between “toys” and teenage stuff. She also gets it that there is not a whole lot of extra this year. I did “splurge” on 4 day Disney passes for each of us, and this is the best Christmas gift I could have. We have two days left for EPCOT and another day at Magic Kingdom. (I feel like I blogged that already!) I also have a few other things in mind that we can do.

1, Wrapping paper or gift bag? I like wrapping paper better, but bags are just SO Easy.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial

3. When do you put up the tree? Thanksgiving weekend

4. When do you take the tree down? New Year’s Day

5. Do you like eggnog? yes

6. Favorite gift received as a child? I don’t really remember a favorite gift. I think going to New Hampshire for a surprise vacation the day after has to be one of the best memories

7. Hardest person to buy for? My sister

9. Do you have a nativity scene? yes

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Both

11a. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I guess nothing so awful that I still remember!

11b. Worst Christmas Ever? That would have to be 1985, when my Dad was in the hospital after having had a stroke a few days before.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? I love Christmas movies, the old “Miracle on 34th Street”, I guess would top the list

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? In December

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Egg Nog and Pizzelles

16. Lights on the tree? Traditionally white

17. Favorite Christmas song? Oh Holy Night

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Most of the time stay home

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer’s? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer,
Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and of course, Rudolph

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star
21. Open the presents Christmas eve or Christmas day? Tara likes to open one on Christmas Eve.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Not having enough money!

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Since living in FL, I like “tropical” ornaments. Would like to have a whole tropical theme tree along with traditional tree willl all our Hallmark ornaments from over the years that my mom gives us

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Ham, pineapple casserole, etc

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? A gift certificate for a day at a spa – mainly haircut and color (a pedicure and manicure would be nice!)

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Bye Bye Piggies

Mickey above and babies below (Oliver is 2nd from the left) on the day they were born

Today, we decreased our pet population from twelve to eight. We gave up four of our guinea pigs to a rescue. Six were just too much in one house. We were only SUPPOSED to have two guinea pigs to begin with, being told they were both females when they were not. I have to admit it was fun watching them grow, and I really did love each of their little personalities, but in the end it was just too much, they are 6 months old. We kept Mickey, the daddy, and Oliver one of the boys. I bonded with Mickey nursing a skin condition he had with benedryl and some other medication, and Oliver who is calico like, has the sweetest most innocent face. It was hard walking away from the rescue with our “piggies” left behind, but I feel confident that they will find good homes. The ladies that run the rescue are great, and are dedicated to animals. They have been around at leat 5 1/2 years, since that is the rescue where we got Princess.
Other than that, our weekend has been quiet. Tara played with her friends most of the day yesterday, and when she was not playing with them she was either playing Wii Music or Wii Animal Crossing City Folk. Today, she is playing Smash Brothers or something like that.

I need to do laundry, put away groceries and do some more cleaning. What fun! I need to do Christmas cards, only I keep forgetting to buy more! Christmas is coming quickly, and my mom will be here in only 10 days YEAH!

I can’t believe Monday is almost here. I am ready for Christmas break for Tara. She has from the Saturday Dec 20th – Sunday Jan 4th off and I have Dec 19th (for some Mom and I time while Tara is still in school!), 24th, 25th, 26th, the 30th, 31st, Jan 1st and 2nd off. I don’t know what all we will do while Mom is visiting, but we do plan on going to see ICE at the Gaylord Palms. It is a huge display of ice sculptures/creations. The temp is around 9 degrees inside. We tried to go last year, but did not buy advanced tickets, and there was NO parking to be found when we got there. I am looking forward to this new adventure.
Well, I suppose I have rambled on enough today.

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