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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rain, Rabbit, Rules

A to Z, another rant from me

R - Rain, rabbit, rules

I much prefer sunny and warm to cool and rainy, but obviously, I know we need the rain.  I kind of like the benefits we get from the rain, water to shower with, wash clothes with, drink, etc.

Around our housing community there are quite a few rabbits. Can you see the one by the bush?  The most rabbits I've seen together were four in our yard area.  I scare them (and they scare me) when I go out walking.  They are usually close to the front door and they scamper away when I open the door.  I have to remember they are just bunnies, but they cause me to look twice.




Remember back in H - Home, when I wrote we would be moving again at the end of our lease?  Here's the rest of the explanation why we'll be relocating later this year.

Currently we live in a home owner's association community.  As in most homeowner associations, there are rules, which I get and will respect, but both hubby and me have trouble with the "no outside lights" unless it is one they approve of (low lighting). They don't want to take away from the beauty of the Prescott night sky. I get that and it really is pretty, however, you can take the girl out of Southern California, but you can't take Southern California out of the girl. There they encourage you to have lots of lights for safety reasons. Here, no front porch or back porch lights.  Both hubby and me feel just a bit unsafe with it (though we do live in a gated community, LOL). So we'll be looking outside of a homeowner's association when our lease expires come December.  (By the way, when we rented the house we knew it was in a homeowner's association, we just didn't know all the rules. When we found out this one, even the property management people were surprised about it. Lesson learned to us; next time we rent in a homeowner's association, we'll look at the rules first before we commit).

Another rabbit that visited this past weekend :)




Are you a rainy day person or a sunny day person?

50 comments:

Dixie@dcrelief said...

I love rabbits, and you have some cute ones. I have a big brown who travels with five deer, going from yard to yard.

Eileen T said...

I think it should just rain through the night and be dry during the day! I don't necessarily want it to be hot and sunny, just dry - I hate getting wet when I have to go out.

blogoratti said...

Lovely home and photos!

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

Awwww, bunnies :) I love rabbits. I love sunny days so I can open the back door and let the fresh air through the house, but I also love rain. My ankles don't like rain, my there is something so powerful about a good rain storm :).
Tasha
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I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I know that it is important for us to have rain, but I'm definitely a sunny day person. We have a definite lack of sunshine here for over half the year. Way too many days of cloud cover so when the sun comes out and the weather improves I often feel like a new person. We don't have rabbits here at my house but I know many that have a problem with them in their gardens. They do love tender young plants to eat. Knowing the rules is important. Hope you find a place where you'll be happy.

TARYTERRE said...

The bunnies are sweet. We had a nest of them in our yard a few years ago. I think those rules about the lights are absurd. SAFETY should come first, no matter what.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I am definitely a sunny day person. And like you, we've got lots of rabbits hanging around. They eat up quite a bit of my garden, too.

Those rules about the lights would be an issue for me, too. Safety first.

lyndagrace said...

We live in a ruled community also. The one about the lights, though, wow.
I prefer sun, but like a rainy day every once in a while. Our winter was not a sunny one this year. We are only just now getting some sunny days. Mother nature is being pretty stingy with them so far.

Bijoux said...

I'll have to ask my parents if their HOA has a light rule! Those bunnies are cute. I've only ever seen one at this house, last summer. Saw them more often as a kid.

Pat Hatt said...

I'd never want to live in a place with rules like that. Bunnies hopping all over the cat would enjoy watching I bet

live and learn said...

When I lived in Houston, the schools in our district had no lights on at night (unless there was an activity). They said that the numbers showed that there was less crime when they were totally dark than when they were partially lighted. i've never quite adapted their policy, but I found it very interesting.

Visiting from A-Z.

Maria Zannini said...

I could never live under an HOA. When we were house hunting that was the number one 'perk' we deleted from our searches.

Re: rain or shine?
I need both. Balance is always good.

Stephanie Faris said...

We live in a neighborhood without a good HOA now and our neighbors are idiots. Broken-down cars parked on the street in front of houses for years, people not mowing their yards, people using aluminum foil for curtains... We pay $9 a month and it just pays for the common areas and a president that pretends she does something. The house we're moving to is on a main street and not part of a neighborhood... We're surrounded by half-million-dollar homes (which is expensive for Nashville), although ours isn't nearly that expensive. I think an HOA protects property values because otherwise your neighbors could cause your own property to drop...but it's important to make sure they have reasonable rules. The "no lights" rule does seem silly.

Intense Guy said...

Sunny day and rabbit person! Not a HOA person!

Joanne Noragon said...

Sunshine, yes. Silly rules, no. Wabbits--not so much.

Wendy said...

Sunny day person. I have a friend who lives in a HOA community that doesn't allow garden flags or bird feeders.

Lynn Proctor said...

You know-I rarely see rabbits -I get really excited when I do -oh no question-I'm a sunshine gal!

jack69 said...

I've been working around the rain, but I certainly refer the sun, BUT I do not prefer HOA's. It always comes down to being TOLD what you can do on property you have purchased. I understand it if you purchase knowing what is in place. I too would honor the 'rules' but the majority (or vocal minority) can change and add too, there in is the problem to me.)

I know it is about 'R'. It finally found the first rabbit. (smile)

Chrys Fey said...

Aw! I want to see bunnies around my home. :)

joeh said...

Lots of bunnies, I like them.

We have rules in our town home community also. Sometimes they can be annoying.

Linda said...

Homes and communities researched, yet can still find out little surprises once you actually live there.

Prefer a nice balance of sun and rain. Sunny and 70-80 last week, garden centers busy. Out my window right now, rain/snow mix!

Cute rabbits!

Danielle L Zecher said...

I'm definitely a sunny day person.

We're seeing fewer and fewer rabbits around our house since Duke seems to think they're tasty snacks.

The no lights thing seems pretty strange to me. That just seems like such a safety issue and annoying from a practical standpoint, too. Do they not allow Christmas lights?

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I remember when we were moving into our community and they listed only certain plants you could plant in the front yard. I was furious, I told Mark no one is going to tell me what I can to at my house! Good question??? I don't think I am a rainy day kind of person but if it is really sunny I don't want to see dust on things. My mom always liked rainy days and Amber does too.
Debby

S. L. Hennessy said...

Some days I do actually prefer rainy weather. Love a good thunderstorm.

Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!
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Sharon said...

Sunny days, chasing the clouds away...

I am most definitely a sunny day person. And this is one thing I do love about living in the mountains. Even when it's cold, we get a lot of sun! Actually, even when we get rain or snow, it's OK. It doesn't seem to last long, and it's so much more enjoyable with a warm fire going in the fireplace.

What I don't miss are the long, gray days of the *marine layer* we used to get. Blah.

Homeowner's associations - don't even get me started!!

SweetMarie said...

the rule about the lights would bother me a lot! we've noticed that here in Cary there aren't as many lights in the neighborhoods as there were in Orlando. I feel safer with lights.
we do have bunnies here, but I've only seen a couple in our front yard at night. they're so cute!
It's sunny here today and I love it!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

We've had over three inches of rain in the last few days. And so much snow this winter. I'm hoping for a little drying time. Homeowners' associations can be really strict. I hope to never live in one.

Sophie Duncan said...

I don't like too much heat, but I do like bright days - it's one of those today, a slight spring chill in the air, but lovely bright sunshine, perfect :)

I love bunnies - most I've seen in one field were too many to count ;P
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Birgit said...

I could never live in one of those communities because I would willingly want to break the rules and stir up trouble. As for the rabbits-they are cute. We owned a sawmill and one day, my dad was wondering why the mill was not started up right away. He went out to give a earful to the men. After a while my mom noticed the mill still did not start operations so she went to find out and I tagged along. The big men who swore and were rough and tumble did not start up the mill because a rabbit gave birth to 5 little ones in the sawmill near the tail saw. They did not want to disturb them. My dad didn't know what to do..my mom thought they were crazy. They figured out how to protect them and they brought in carrots and lettuce and we had bunnies around the mill for a while:)

Marian Allen said...

I do love a rainy day, if I can stay home and sleep and not drive in it! I love sunny days more, though. --Oh, heck, I like both!

Liz A. said...

I love a good rainy day.

My college had a rabbit population. They were everywhere.

Cindi said...

luv the Sunshine, but the rainy afternoons are nice to cool things down a bit too... guess I'm a lil 'wishy' washy....lol

Sunni said...

I'm definitely a sunny day person, although we do need rain once in a while.

We have LOTS of rabbits where I live including big jackrabbits. They are about as high as my knees (when they're sitting down.)

Always read the rules first when in an association. We have one near us that won't permit outside lighting either, or any lamps that show through the windows at night.

Sunni

http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

Paula Kaye said...

Lots of rabbits at my house too! One of them has been named DeadMeat. Richard said that is what he'll be if he doesn't stay out of the garden. I am sure the original DeadMeat is no longer around but we always call one of them DeadMeat on behalf of Richard! That is a crazy HOA rule. I need my lights too

Jerralea said...

No lights near your front door or back door! How do you see to unlock your door then? That seems silly and unsafe to me.

I just saw a rabbit running away from the road the other day but I haven't seen one in my yard in a long time.

Nick Wilford said...

Definitely prefer the sun. So do our dogs and so much of our lives revolve around them these days. They hate going out in the rain!

Megan Whitson Lee said...

I love the pictures of the rabbits! I don't blame you. I like lights for safety sakes, too. Although I truly enjoy sunny days, I love rainy days for writing.

J E Oneil said...

How cute! I love rabbits. I saw one outside my window just a few hours ago :)

I wouldn't like all those rules either. Just a few more months for you to deal with them, then you're free.

EcoCatLady said...

Ha! We should trade. My neighborhood is sooo lit up at night and I totally hate it. There's a big streetlamp in my front yard, and several of the neighbors have giant lights that fill their entire backyards and more. The funny thing is that I used to be the kind of person who left lights on all night long - porch lights, security lights, even indoor lights. I guess in my old age I've developed a "what will be will be" attitude and prefer the darkness.

Anyhow, I love bunnies. We have a lot of them along our greenways, but they do sometimes dart out in front of the bike, which can be a bit nerve wracking!

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

I see bunnies all the time crossing the driveway into work. I appreciate rain but prefer sunny days. Though rainy days are the perfect excuse to stay home and catching up on some sewing projects.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

Mevely317 said...

Seriously!?! I've never heard of those kinds of restrictions on outdoor lighting. Sure doesn't sound very safe, does it? When I lived in Florida, my townhome's garage was separate from the unit itself - so I had a motion detector/flood light installed. It only stayed on long enough to allow me to get inside safely. Suppose that would be permissible?

PS - No, I'm not fond of rainy days either. My mood just plummets.

DMS said...

How fun that you have rabbits all over the place! Better than skunks! :)

What an interesting rule about the lights. I can see why that would make you feel unsafe.
~Jess

Rhonda Albom said...

I prefer warm sunny days too. Here they poison the wild bunnies, as they are pests..

Veronica Lee said...

I am totally a sunny day person!
Just wondering, with all those rabbits hopping around, don't you have a problem with their poop?

Carol Noren Johnson said...

I wonder if my new apartment complex will accept lights in the window. Currently windows across the front of my house have lights on the window sill.

Sandy said...

I am most definitely NOT a rainy day person. Dark and gloomy, and I do think about the homeless and how hard that is on them. Rabbits...wish we could get rid of ours, they eat my flowers, errrrrrrr. I scare them off, but does no good they come back. I think they live under the shed out back and under our deck and sometimes they scare me when I'm not expecting them. In the winter months sometimes you can see a dozen out at night parteeying...lol...I wouldn't like not being able to have a light either. Lights do discourage crime.

Sandy at Bridge and Beyond....playing catch up withi visits, too many work hours.

Marie Gr├╝nberg said...

I am a rainy day person through and through :) I do like spring and summer, but not the hot days, when one can't leave the house without getting sunburned after 5 seconds...

Ruff Talk said...

I think I'll go with sunny - I love taking walks with my dogs. & we have lots of bunnies in the Midwest this time of year. Love when they just hang out in the yard (until they see my dogs!) Great blog! Have fun with the rest of your A to Z Challenge.

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

As long as it's not stormy, I'm ok with the rain. We have rabbits in my neighborhood, too. And squirrels.

The lighting situation? I would not do well. I have lights on everywhere all the time. Back of the house, spotlights are always on at night, and in the front of the house, motion detectors will put the spotlights on.

I never did like the dark.

Christy said...

I'm catching up with your blog and have to say the front porch/back porch rule has to be the dumbest rule I've ever heard in my life! We live in a small town, and I feel more than safe, but I still want the front porch light, so when we are out late, I can see to unlock the door. I do have a flashlight on my phone, but sometimes getting my phone out, when I have the baby in my arms, and toddlers pulling on me, or groceries, etc., it's just nice to have that porch light on so I can see.
I have told Chad, we will NEVER live in a house that's part of a HOA, because it just seems so often it's sad little people who make up the board, who are power hungry and want to tell other people how to live their lives. I'm all for keeping your lawn looking good, but if we are too busy to mow our lawn for a couple weeks, I do not want a nasty note or a fine for it.