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Saturday, September 30, 2017

X-Plus Bun - One with the void - pt. 1 of 3

My eyes bugged out. Something almost imperceptible jarred me out of slumber, and I tried to sit up, frozen stiff with anxiety. Somehow, Abby had slipped out of her sleeping bag and was free floating in our compartment, paws stretched out, drifting toward me. I watched as she slowly closed in, her ear brushed against my eye, and her head bonked my nose. Then, Abby started floating slowly back in the other direction. Once she had gotten away far enough to clear my paws, I pulled up the communications console. There is something very unnerving in this environment about unfamiliar sensations. We were changing our trajectory, and our cargo bay was empty!
As soon as I could sneak out of the sleeping pod without disturbing Abby, I headed for the flight deck.
I became more worried. Ava and Molly were hanging onto the consoles, whispering about something. I slowly floated in next to Ava on her right.
"Sorry, Major, we didn't mean to wake you up," said Molly quietly. She continued, "We got an order to change the trajectory and do an emergency rendezvous with some disabled freighter. We still don't know why. The funny thing is the Center had not declared an emergency, but they instructed us to proceed as if they had. I had to drop the cargo. We put a couple of beacons on it, so somebun else can retrieve it later. I didn't want to wake any bunny up because we still have..." Molly paused as she tried to find the new trajectory data and the rendezvous timeline projections.
"... there; about a day and a half before we even get close to it."
Molly & Pancake
After a while, it dawned on me that it was the gentle cargo drop that had rattled me a few minutes ago because back then, it had made no sense. I knew I couldn't go back to sleep now, so I stayed with Molly and Ava. Information trickled in slowly, and only after we prodded the Center intensely. As the rest of our crew woke up and we switched shifts, the exchanges between Abby, Pancake, and the Center became very abrasive. The Center insisted that all we had to do was to change the disabled ship's trajectory to a set of new parameters and we would be done. The official reason for this maneuver stated that if the craft continued on its present course, it would collide with one of the repair hubs, and then, most likely, it would collide with Earth.
Well, of course, we wanted to be heroes. Who wouldn't want to save their grandma back on Earth from an inevitable disaster? It all sounded good until Pancake had Joey plotted that new trajectory of the drifter. Joey checked the numbers twice because they made no sense. The new path would set up the ship to burn up in the sun. If that wasn't odd enough, we plotted the craft's current trajectory and discovered that it would only slingshot around the sun and eventually leave the solar system. It would never hit the repair hub, and it would remain well clear of Earth. Mind you, we weren't supposed to make any contact with it, or board it, or try to figure out what had happened to it. The Center didn't want us to try to fire the ship's orbital maneuvering engines either. They just wanted us to bump it a little and give it more speed.
Molly, "Center said what?"
Once the stench of the situation became untenable, we got a hold of Freddie onboard the Morsel and asked him for help sorting all of it out.
Freddie came up empty-pawed. There was no trace of that ship anywhere in any of the public records. The best we could do now was to wait until we came into visual contact with the drifter. Somehow, we got caught up in discussing Freddie's upcoming art installation and other fun stuff. We killed more time prepping for a possible EBA. That was Joey's idea. In his opinion, EBAs make for a better life. If he could, Joey would do an EBA a day to keep the V.E.T. bots at bay.
When we finally established visual contact with the freighter, our anxiety over the assignment went up a notch. The thing in front of us was tumbling very slowly around all three of its axes. There was no way we could or would attempt to dock with it. We raised Freddie again and put him on the intercom. As our brainstorming session went on and on, I started to feel that fate might be playing us like a yo-yo. If we didn't care about this ship before, now we were becoming hell-bent on taking it apart, screw by screw, just because it would be almost impossible.
Mr. Toes
Pancake suggested that we turn one of our cutting probes into an umbilical probe. Maybe we could troubleshoot the ship's attitude control system. If we could stabilize the thing, we could probably dock with it. Molly, on the other paw, wanted to cut the ship into pieces first and then inspect every cubic centimeter of it. After all, our Buzzard was a salvage vessel, and if there's one thing we are always ready for, it is carving up things.

Friday, September 29, 2017


Yes, of course, we're going to the Hoptons for the weekend. Now, step on it, hoomin, will ya?

- Thank you, Melissa!

PS: Follow Cinamon and Jake on their FB page at Jake & Cinamon!

Thursday, September 28, 2017


You know what I want, why aren't you doing it?

- Thank you, Monica!

PS: Follow Peaches on her FB page at https://www.facebook.com/peachesyoknis/

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Cat, you can't say I didn't warn you. 3 .... 2 ....

- Thank you, Sue!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


What you mean to say is that you're going to get more veg, right?

- Thank you, Kayla!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Momo and Zoe

Momo, we don't negotiate with M*nd*ys, remember?

Thank you, Heike!

PS: Follow the Rabbitgang on FB at https://www.facebook.com/TheRabbitgang

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Charlie, Latte and Espresso Update

He was late with the salaaaad again. Charlie grabbed a piece of carrot or something and ran off. That's OK; we couldn't clean up the plate in one sitting anyway. All three of us re-convened later on and had another go at that plate like proper, civilized bunns. Yum!

- Espresso

Saturday, September 23, 2017

X-Plus Bun - Bun Fiction Update

We had another hold in the countdown at the story assembly building. There was a severe flare up at the near buy tar pits, oozing nasty fumes for days. We had to secure the building to protect the idea pumps from becoming corroded.
The good news is, we have a three-part story on the pad. The first one is in editing, and the remaining two are on paper. A couple more stories are in the pondering lab.
This getting back to normal stuff is harder and slower than we had thought, but we are leveling off finally.
- Pancake

Friday, September 22, 2017

Gilbert and Tilly

All that disapproving really wore her out, hoomin. Better get her breakfast salaaad ready and make it crispeh!

- Thank you, Mike!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Winston and Lucky

Forgot the nutriberries again.

- Thank you RabbitsGuy!

PS: RabbitsGuy says, "(...) long deceased Winston and Lucky from the House of Rabbits doing what they most enjoyed!!!"

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Well, well, well, hoomin. Were you trying to say something? Your mouf is on the floor. You know, my nanerini won't get here by itself!

- Thank you, Ken and Kaci!

PS: Ken says, "From the Desert Warren hops Adare. All of Dublin’s litter are cuddle bunnies in training, some are further along than others. Let's say Adare
 is trying."

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


The V.E.T. said so, I can haz double carrotinis!! He did, he did!

- Thank you, Victoria!

PS: Jax suffered a broken foot and recovered completely since then. He's doing well.

Monday, September 18, 2017


Did you make that M*nd*y thing disappear? No? I'm not coming out until you do.

- Thank you, Emily!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Espresso, Latte and Charlie Update

Greetings, Every Bunny!

That's how we can do dinner salaaaad since we came back home. Tonight we had kale, cilantro, parsley, red cabbage, and dill. The whole thing was topped off with raspberries, blueberries, a few bits of fresh apple and some digestive treats for croƻtons.

We have the entire house to ourselves since yesterday afternoon. Now we can run and binky as we please and when we have had enough of bun another, we can get away to whatever corner we like. We had no major regressions. Espresso, always the prankster, still likes to give chase when Charlie steps into his ever-changing, imaginary airspace. Other than that, we are getting along!

Charlie no longer has to be kept in a pen and is even getting chummy with Latte.

A couple more storms and we'll start a drum circle!

We'll keep you posted,

- Espresso

Saturday, September 16, 2017

X-Plus Bun - Bun Fiction Update

Pancake and Molly returned to the office in the late afternoon. News from the Story Assembly Building was encouraging. The power was on, and the fallen trees and branches were moved aside for now. They would properly deal with those later. Most severe damages occurred to the psyches of everybun that went through the storm. For now, they needed to address a bigger problem of depleted and still leaking morale.
"Molly, let's see if we can finish that story we've been working on for ... How long has it been?" asked Pancake.
"Three weeks; I lost count." said Molly as she sat in a chair and started noming a dried carrot.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Espresso, Latte and Charlie Update - Back Home

Hello Everybun!

Here we are, Wednesday morning, getting ready to head home. We had a lot more room on the way back home. The drive took close to eight hours, but we did well. Our home was still without power. The good news is there was no damage to the house! We didn't even have water seeping into the bedrooms, so maybe that hoomin of ours did something right when patched up the cracking walls.

We got power in the house late Thursday afternoon.

Now we have a small room at our disposal since we are still sharing the house with a very pretty, little black feline. She and her hoomin are our guests until the power at their place gets restored.

The bonding we underwent during the trip stayed with us at least to some degree. Charlie does not have to be surrounded by a pen. There chases and lunges, yet we are about a parsec or two away from our pre-storm animosities.

As a side note, we are very low on disapproval, so if anybun could pitch in, that would be great :-)

- Espresso

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mr. Beans and Friends

Woof?! Who do you think I am hoomin?? Unacceptable!

- Thank you, Kaitlen!

PS: Follow Mr. Beans on FB at Mr. Beans and Friends

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Hoomin, how's my carrotini maker coming along?

- Thank you, Mackenzie!

PS: Carrot is a rescue! Thank you Mackenzie for giving bun a chance <3

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Espresso, Latte, and Charlie Update - The Refugees

Charlie enjoying her stretch.

Espresso, all energy and rambunctiousness.

Espresso, racing and chasing.

Latte enjoying her morning break.

Greetings, Everybun!

We settled into our new routine of living in a strange place. The first day and night were trying. We had regressed a bit the situation became tense. We are not used to spending so much time in a pen, so it grated on our nerves. We were scared the first night and thumped a lot until our hoomin turned on the light in the room and settled down to sleep on the floor next to us.

Next day we had a nice, long "stretch your legs" break and it did wonders for every bunny involved. After that, we started to get along splendidly and made it all work as share the small pen space. We nose to nose most of the time, like the prime crew that we are!

This morning we did tons of binkies, sampled a bit of the base board. But most of the time we just raced around the room as if the place was ours. Our pellets are nice and big, we eat and drink and have plenty of fresh greens.

We will spend another night with our host and will most likely head back home tomorrow. Hoomins are very worried about that part since there are wide spread power outages back home.

As long as we can gas up for the trip, we'll use the Prius "module" as a life boat to get a break from the heat and humidity ;-) Hopefully, we'll get through this.

- Espresso

Monday, September 11, 2017


And now for something completely normal, "Hoomin, I don't know what you did, but you probably messed it up!"

- Thank you, Ken and Kaci!

PS: We're cautiously optimistic that the worst is over. The area back home faired better than expected. Some folks lost power; some didn't. It's very likely we'll be heading back home tomorrow.
We'll keep you posted.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Binky Free, Mikey

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye dear Mikey. Friday night he had lost his battle with the infection.

We are keeping Gabrielle and Mikey in our thoughts and prayers.

Binky free, Mikey, Mr. Bun will keep an eye out for you.

- Espresso, Latte, and Charlie

Espresso Latte and Charlie Update - Thump Everything and Run!

Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
Somewhere in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere.

Fresh greens, some pellets and no privacy in our friend's house, thump!

Greetings, Every Bun!

We evacuated at the last minute, and we are safe to ride out the rest of the storm. We set out driving at about midnight on got our friend's house in NW Florida 9 AM EST. The hoomins put us in a clothes basket. At the bottom of it was a comfy pad wrapped in 4 pee pads. Our servant would take one out once we soiled it, so we stayed dry and fresh the whole drive.

The long drive was the longest bonding session we have ever had, and I think we are a proper, bonded, prime crew! We didn't have one fight or scuffle.

Espresso performed one EBA to inspect the back of the Prius, deemed it satisfactory and ingressed back into the command module.

We had a little bit of hay in the basket, and we all snacked on it a little.

We are now set up in a temporary station with breaks to run about and stretch our paws. We are getting along very well.

Now the plan is to ride it out and see what happens next. The house in St. Pete is as border up as it could be and we will find out if any of those home improvement projects were worth a thump. It would be fantastic if the roof stayed on and everything else would be gravy.

We are counting out blessing, chillaxing and getting some rest.

We'll keep you posted.

- Espresso

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Bun Fiction Update

Bunstronauts on orbit at the Cleo Weather Observatory looking over Irma. (NASA photo in the background). We're taking care of business with Irma here and will fill you in all the stuff when conditions improve and allow. Expect some LOS (Loss of Signal) in the next day or two. We'll get through this, safe and sound, we promise you.

- Espresso, Pancake and the rest of the crew, immediate and extended.

PS: Thank you Ken for the idea of evacuating to orbit for the storm, LOL. The two observers definitely have the best view of the situation.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Belinda, the Spokesbun at Small Pet Select

Yes, hoomin. When I have to, I disapprove as well, somebunny has to.

- Thank you, Belinda and her hoomin assistant, Jessica!

PS: We have a soft spot for Small Pet Select since their hay is the only one Mr. Bun would eat. He managed to nom through a couple of big boxes of the good stuff. He had a bum leg, but his belleh remained healthy to the end.

The announcement about Belinda is here, and Jessica says she'll make sure Belinda will get her messages through support@smallpetselect.zendesk.com.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cross your paws for Mikey

I'm working on it, hoomin, I'm working on it.
Mikey got an unexpected visit to the emergency vet. I was running a very high fever, and the V.E.T. found the source of the infection - and cut behind his front molars.

He's on antibiotics and critical care.

We're keeping our paws crossed for him and Gabrielle.

- Espresso

Rubi and Kooma


What do you mean there's no backyard break today...or the next day???

- Thank you, Isandra!

PS: On Wednesday we remember that Isandra and her warren live right in the path of Irma. They still had power around 11 AM EST but were expecting "Loss Of Signal" at any time. We're keeping them in our thoughts, and we're keeping our paws crossed for all the critters (lagomorph and otherwise) facing this monster.

Radar image captured at about 11:30 PM EST on 6th of Sept.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Irma Update and Bunn Supply Evacuation Checklist

Adding 2 items to the checklist: Pet Rescue Remedy and  litter box, along with whatever you use as litter.
Bunn people are the best!  One of our friends, Shana Abe, send us a supply checklist if we need to run:

  1. Hay
  2. Food pellets
  3. Drinkable water
  4. Bowls for food and water
  5. Any meds the buns require plus applicators
  6. Lots of fresh, clean towels or blankets
    1.     (you will need to replace them as the buns pee on them)
  7. Favorite toys
  8. Treats
  9. Carriers
    1.     and, if there is room, cages or Xpens in case there is no rabbit-friendly area where you end up, and you don't want them spending days and days inside their carriers. 
  10.  Pet Rescue Remedy
  11.  Litter box, along with whatever you use as litter
I would make sure to bring more hay, food, and water than you think you'll need, just in case.

Also trash bags (for storing the dirty blankets/towels) and paper towels, which are just generally useful.

Simply having a checklist like this helps a lot.

So far we are preparing to ride it out. If we have to run, we will. We'll know more, and we'll keep you posted.

- Thank you, Shana!

PS: Latest track:

6th of Sept., around midnight. The track looks a bit better for us in Tampa Bay. Trouble is, at 8 PM on Sunday it's still supposed to be Category 4 system.

11 AM on the 6th of Sept.

5 AM on the 6th of Sept.

11 PM on the 5 of Sept.