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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

RIP Ol贸rin

Yesterday I found Ol贸rin curled up in his nest in his forever sleep.  He seemed so old last week as he slowly meandered around while I cleaned his aquarium.  He sometimes would squeak at me while I cleaned to tell me how annoyed he was to be disturbed, but he was very kind and never bit me.  I noticed before I went in to clean yesterday that he hadn't touched his food, so I suspected his time had come.  He looked so incredible peaceful.  馃挋

I adopted Ol贸rin from The Pipsqueakery in August of last year.  I met a Pipsqueakery volunteer who lives in Indy who went there to pick a hamster out for me so I wouldn't have to drive as far.  It was fun getting a mystery hamster!  I was told when I got him that he was already around a year old and from the beginning I could tell he was likely past the prime of his life.  He was such a quiet ham who didn't like to be seen.  Since I didn't see him much, I didn't interact with him much, so I never got to bond with him the way I have with my previous hamsters.  He tolerated me getting him out for pictures because I provided treats, but he seemed to prefer to just be left alone.  The first two pictures were taken shortly after I brought him home.  The rest were taken just three weeks ago.  I'm used to having hamsters for much longer than 6 months and while I hoped for more time with him, he was already older when I got him so I tried to spoil him from the beginning.  Despite the fact that he was a grumpy old ham, he was always so sweet to me and I will miss him. 馃挋

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Cat Bed

I'm already missing the warmth and sunshine we had yesterday.  But I'm trying to use the gloom today to motivate me to just focus on my to do list and get a lot of things marked off.  I'll admit I'm getting distracted by the birds outside.  They are trying to eat from our window feeder while Arien crouches on the desk next to me waiting for them to land so she can pop up and pounce against the window, making them fly away.  No amount of scolding Arien seems to make a difference.

Glorfindel is doing well and is such a precious little guy!  I often catch him awake in the mornings when I get up.  He's also occasionally awake before I go to bed.  It's been so nice seeing him more and more.  He definitely knows that I am the giver of treats and stands on his hind legs to reach as far up the sides of the aquarium as he can when he hears me.  It's utterly adorable.  馃挆

Ol贸rin is my ghost ham.  I don't know exactly how old he is, and my estimate is that he's actually about the same age as Glorfindel which is about 1 year and 5 months old.  However, while Glorfindel doesn't seem to be slowing down at all, on the rare times that I do see Ol贸rin, he's acting more and more like an old guy just puttering around.  I don't know if he's actually much older than Glorfindel or if his genetics are just way worse.  I suspect that Ol贸rin won't have a long lifespan like I've had with most of my other hams.  But he is getting spoiled.  And even if he doesn't recognize that I'm the one spoiling him, I still love him.  馃槉


Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Shoe Rack

Last year we got a shoe rack to sit in the corner by our garage door (which is where we normally go in and out of our house).  I am always happy to find a way to be a bit more organized, but I truly didn't expect to love it as much as I do.  It's so perfect!  One shelf is for Joe and one shelf is for me.  I have a big peace lily on top which despite the crispy tip you can see in these pictures is actually quite a happy plant that blooms regularly.  馃槉

I love how silky and shinny Glorfindel's hair is!  He is such a pretty boy.  馃挆

Ol贸rin is quite reclusive, but such a sweet guy.  I still wish I saw him more often, but I know he's content so I try not to bother him too much.


Thursday, December 21, 2023

Santa's coming to town!

Today is my annual baking day with my mom.  There's lots to do to finish preparing for Christmas.  I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and is able to focus on the reason for celebrating.  馃挆

It's been a while since I have dressed up the hams.  I got out my Santa outfit for them and let them explore our Christmas village.  Glorfindel tried to eat the cow which is just rude.  But he looked so very cute with the hat on that I didn't even care!

Ol贸rin was very interested in seeing the whole Christmas village.  I was unable to keep the hat on his head.  Maybe next year I'll add straps to it so it can stay on better.

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Jars of Leftover Resin

In January, Joe and I got a letter stating that the city would be working on replacing the water mains near us and that our house would be among those getting switched to the new lines.  Nothing happened so we forgot about the letter for a very long time.  A couple of weeks ago, I noticed yellow and blue flags dotting our street and wondered if our time was near (they had already been working on the next street over).  I dug through our stack of important papers and found the letter.  I had concerns about our plans to host Christmas this year if it would be in the midst of this project, so I sent an email with some questions I had.  I received a very prompt reply that confirmed they were ready for our street and put my mind at ease about our Christmas plans.  Unfortunately something went wrong yesterday, so we were without water for about 6 hours.  But even after it was dark out, the crew just set up lights and continued working diligently until the problem was fixed and we all had running water again.

Glrofindel is such a nice ham.  He knows I'm the one that gives him all the treats so he happily comes out of his nest whenever I bother him.  馃挆

Ol贸rin hasn't quite realized that I am the giver of treats so he still tends to avoid me.  He is surprisingly good at slipping out of my hands if I am trying to pick him up.  But eventually I normally succeed in holding him and even if he doesn't want to be held, he's always so calm and has never bitten me.  He is so sweet.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Lil' Pumpkins

These pictures were taken over a month ago, but I think they are too cute to not post, so despite that we are clearly fully in Christmas season, I hope you can enjoy these cute lil' pumpkins.  馃槉  I am officially all caught up on client galleries which feels amazing!  I still have a lot of personal pictures to get through, but they'll get done eventually.  I also only have one last step to do before the end of the year for the major project of switching church management systems that I've been working on since like August I think.  The last few months have been a blur...  But I'm feeling better every day!  I can't say that I'm ready for Christmas though...  I have begun to plan out all the baking I do, but that's about it.  Normally I'd be almost done shopping by now, but I haven't started that.  馃槓  But it's all good.  I work well under pressure.  Haha!  馃槄

The last couple weeks I've realized that my boys are getting old.  They are probably both around 15 months old and while I'd love for them to both live to be at least 2 years old, I know they didn't have the best start to life which could affect their lifespan.  I don't spend nearly as much time with them as I'd like since I avoid waking them up and they aren't generally awake when I am.  But they are both such sweet boys and I love them.  馃挆  

Ol贸rin is fairly shy and prefers to be left alone, but he tolerates me holding him.  I make sure he is well compensated in treats.  馃槉

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Candy Corn

Happy Halloween!  I can't believe how fast September and October went.  I've been feeling a bit bummed recently that I wasn't able to make new hamster Halloween costumes this year.  I really love the whole process of coming up with ideas, making the costumes, creating the sets, and photographing the hamsters.  So on a whim this morning, I decided I would grab a couple of costumes from previous years and take pictures.  The truth is, I really have way more important things to do that I'm not wanting to do, so that's why I was suddenly so eager to do these pictures instead.  馃榿馃槄  And you can see how unprepared I was for this as I don't have any actual candy corn or other candy to add to the bowl.  Oh well.  The hams did great, so even though these are fairly lackluster compared to previous years, I still wanted to share them.

I thought Glorfindel did a lovely job of showing off the costume.  He's a great little model for me.  馃挆

I probably have mentioned this before, but in case I haven't, y'all should know that I'm obsessed with Ol贸rin's giant ears.  I mean, just look at them!  He could probably pass as the easter bunny.  馃槀