The Dodgers are beating the Cubs 4-2 in a spring training game, and I’m writing a blog for our Mission Hills Farm website for the first time in a couple of years. Like Dodgers’ pitcher Julio Urias and shortstop and Cory Seager, we have been out of action for awhile and it feels good to get back into the swing of things. With my daughter Micaela’s help, we updated the "Breeding Barn" and "For Sale" pages. Unfortunately, our "For Sale" page looks like holdover from an old Saturday Night Live skit with Mr. Bill, whose animation had to be manipulated by a pair of hands. Our little junior bucks were not interested in posing for the camera, so an off screen hand had to hold them in place. Even though they were camera shy, our bucks are looking nice and will help us make a return to rabbit shows for the first time in a couple of years.
We are anxious to travel through the Sierra snow and revisit Reno and the West Coast Classic. I am always amazed at how a huge convention center room can be turned in to a small city devoted to the rabbit industry. Thank you to all who work so hard to make this show possible. We couldn’t get the rabbits breeding after the hot San Joaquin summer until almost November, consequently, our show string for the AFNZRBA National will only be about twelve weeks old in April, but this is a start. The does are bred; one litter is in the nest box; and two litters are busy growing.
I thought of having a dispersal sale because the rabbits are so much work, but my my wife was right: I’d be lost in retirement without having my rabbits. So I need to dust off the nest boxes, update the website, and get back in the saddle. After the West Coast Classic, it will be on to the ARBA National in October. Then in January, we will return to the Kern County Rabbit Breeders Show at the Kern County Fairgrounds. Next year will be my 36th and last year of teaching high school English; I hope to enter more rabbit shows during retirement.
Come on Dodgers! Now it's tied 4-4.