National Guinea Pigs Are Friends Not Food Day- spread the word!

We all love our guinea pigs right? They’re sweet lovable, popular pets  so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that people would want to celebrate them, right? I took to the internet to discover if there was such a day and discovered that there is indeed a National Guinea Pig day … of sorts…

Celebrated mostly in Peru, National Guinea Pig day promotes the eating of Guinea Pigs.

Not quite what I was looking for …

Obviously it’s time to take this into my own hands!

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I declare November 16 National Guinea Pigs Are Friends Not Food Day! Spread the word and show these little fuzzy potatoes some love!

I took the liberty of creating a schedule for NGPAFNF Day:

8:00 AM-Feed Guinea Pigs

9:00 Thanks-Guinea Pig Day Parade (Still waiting to hear back from NBC about this)

11:00 Feed Guinea Pigs

11:30 Feed Them Again

…and so on and so forth.

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Spread the word, it’s time guinea pigs got there due!

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Ode Of The Ten Guinea Pigs

I pause my sewing to bring you this peek into my every day life. Presenting …

THE ODE OF THE TEN GUINEA PIGS.

                 Squeak squeak squeak squeak, SQUAWK,                                             Squeak squeaky squeak, Squeak,                                           

                squeak SQUAWK squeak.

              Squeak squeak squeak, squeak squeaky,                                                   SQUAWK SQUAWK, squeak squeak.

                Squeak, squeaky, squeak squeak.

BY: Meatlug (Meala), Hiccup, Valka, Ruffnut, Astrid, The Screaming Earless, Stoick the Squawker, Tuffnut, Blind Bjorn, and Sonic the Zippleback (Zipple).

If you’ve been following our Saga of the Guinea Pigs you’re probably wondering when the last one showed up. Well, his owners have fallen onto some difficulties and so this little guy ended up joining of horde, leaving us with a staggering ten guinea pigs.

 

Introducing the guinea pig with the mohawk.

Introducing the guinea pig with the mohawk.

When one squeaks they all squeak. And they squeak whenever they hear the fridge open, someone walks by, someone walks down the stairs (seriously), and whenever their bowls are empty (which is frequently, they’re making up for their earlier malnutrition with gusto).

     Well, at least the turtle’s quiet.

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone! I may be a week late but I’ve been wonderfully busy sewing, writing, and refurnishing an antique sewing table (which I forgot to take pictures of so that will have to wait for another post).

I don’t put much stock into New Year’s resolutions but I do always make the same one: That this is the year I will publish. I’ve been saying it for years but that doesn’t wear me down, I feel closer than ever to publishing with my new writing project! You know, after I finish it, edit it, edit it, edit it, write a half way decent query and synopsis then edit everything again … But again this doesn’t discourage me, I know I’ll get there and I feel like I learned so much last year. I can’t wait to see where this goes.

Christmas was a quiet affair, just the way my family likes it. We start our morning with stockings then a huge Scottish Breakfast, by the time we got to presents the morning was over!

Naughty list contenders.

Naughty list contenders.

I had picked out my present back in June; A Dixon Trad Low Whistle.

For those who aren’t familiar with tin whistles there are high whistles and low whistles, the low whistles being larger and of a lower octave. A Low D is the largest and lowest.

I vacillated for several months between a Low D and a Low G but finally picked the Low G. I’m really glad I did because even this smaller whistle is a bit of a challenge for my hands. I love the sound, this is my second Dixon Trad and they’re really great whistles for me.

 

Dixon Trad Low G Whistle

 Maybe next year I’ll move up to a Low D, once I’ve mastered this darn pipers grip!
 
Regarding guinea pigs, the babies will be three weeks old this friday but we’ve already separated the boy from his mother and sister. This is sadly necessary since he was starting to discovery his …maleness.
My little puffballs before they were sepperated.

My little puffballs before they were separated.

  Now that the Holidays are over I should be having some exciting things coming up! St. Patrick’s day is on the way which sets my heart to treble reelin’. A pirate fest is coming up at the end of this month which I hope to make an appearance at and in the meantime here is a sneak peek of my current project. 

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Hope everyone’s year is off to a happy and productive start!

Introducing …

Our babies are about five days old today but you wouldn’t know it from the way they’re tearing around their cage. Thank goodness there are only two because they are like a pack of piranhas when we feed them.

After the spotting scare Valka is perfectly healthy, though clearly fed up with her youngsters climbing on her.

In light of their trouble-making, LOUD personalities, there really was only one option to name them.

Introducing Ruffnut (white) and Tuffnut (brown).

Aren't they well behaved?

Aren’t they well behaved?

Nope, nevermind, Escape!!

Nope, nevermind, Escape!!

For those outside the How To Train Your Dragon universe, Ruff and Tuff our twins whose main goal in life is to make as much chaos on the island as possible. I’m sure these two will do their best to live up to their legacy.

Ruff and Tuff stealing their Mum's lettuce. Valka was shocked the first time but now she holds her own against them.

Ruff and Tuff stealing their Mum’s lettuce. Valka was shocked the first time but now she holds her own against them.

Babies!

Well,  I predicted that she was close, I was right! Valka delivered two healthy babies around 2 pm yesterday afternoon. There were signs of a third that was stillborn/unformed but we are just thankful that Valka is safe and healthy.

Though we’d been checking on her constantly she managed to give birth to both before we realized what was going on. So they’re a few minutes old at least in the first photos.

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 We had a small scare last night when we realized that Valka was still bleeding sporadically, neither of our previous mother spotted after birth. However she remained alert and eating and there has been no more blood today.

These babies are noisy little things! They’ve been running around nibbling on everything in the cage (pellets, brocoli, the plastic side of the cage, each other…) and Valka keeps looking at us expectantly as though asking, “You’re taking these things away now, right?’

Names and more pictures to follow, I’m going to go stare at my beautiful babies.

Close!

Bursting at the seems, but no babies yet! I think she likes being in the living room, she’s taken to sitting on her haunches and peering out the bars at us.

And begging.

Standing up and begging.

Standing up and begging.

The watch continues but it can’t be long now! Here’s to a safe birth and healthy mother and babies.

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Oireachtas Manuscripts and Guinea Pigs, Oh My!

Well, the Oireachtas has come and gone. I was hoping that my four hand team would recall. We didn’t. It was a bit disappointing because we danced amazingly and it sucks when you know you did your best and it wasn’t enough. But as bummed as I was I’ve bounced back and I’m ready to go again (let’s face it, I’m used to rejections and disappointment, I’m a writer!).

While our team might not have placed, I’m still proud of how we danced and of our school! We came away with two World qualifiers ( 3rd in girls U12 and 4rth in boys U12!!!) and a National qualifier. Not too bad for our young school!

 

Last month I mentioned that while I wasn’t competing in NaNoWriMo I was going to use the month to focus on my writing and get back on track. I didn’t write an entire novel in a month but I did do something better. I fell in love with a new project! Now I have something to engage my imagination while I put my other manuscript aside to figure out what’s wrong with the darn thing.

I think one of the hardest thing for a writer is to admit that ‘this’ novel may not be the first one you publish. We get our hearts set on them and to put them aside feels like giving up. Well, there’s no way I’m giving up and I live for the day I get to see it in print but I’ve admitted that this might not happen immedietely and now I have another project to fall back on. And I can’t wait to see where this one goes!

 

And, finally, the baby watch is under way!

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Valka has been moved to her own cage now and resides in a place of honor in the living room where we can monitor for babies all day (and shower the mommy-to-be with various delicacies …). Since we don’t know how far along she was when we got her we don’t know how close she is. Guinea pigs gestate for around 60 to 70 days. It could happen in a few days or two weeks. Either way, we’re ready.   

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P.S. Spell check is trying to tell me that ‘gestate’ is not a word. Spell check, thou art worthless.