Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit

It is the first of the month and my sister Tina was the first person to start the texting this morning. I don’t remember when we started, but it was years and years ago.  As kids, on the first of the month, “Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit” had to be the first words each of us uttered in order to have good luck all month long. It was a disappointment to forget and then hear a sister utter the words.  I would think, dang it – it is the first of the month.  We are not a superstitious bunch but we did this regularly.  Now that we are grown and living far from each other, it has become tradition to text it first thing in the morning.  I love family traditions.  This morning I looked up the whole “Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit” superstition and while I didn’t find a solid explanation, I did learn it dates back as far as a 1909 edition of the quarterly scholarly journal Notes and Queries and was also mentioned in A Dictionary of English Folklore.  Next I found an article on NPR stating Franklin Delano Roosevelt not only carried a rabbit’s foot for good luck but also uttered “Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit” on the first of the month.  So, my family is in good company.  Do any of you keep this tradition at your house?  Or, did you when you were growing up?

We are home from our Vermont trip. It was such a wonderful week.  We enjoyed nice weather and did a few days of exploring in both Vermont and Montreal. It turns out my grand daughter is the cutest little girl.  Truly, the cutest.  I am sorry to disappoint you if you thought it was your grand child that was the cutest because, nope, mine is.  Haha.

Napping with Grammy

I loved spending time with her and could easily pack my bags and move to Vermont tomorrow. Problem is my daughter in law is doing her residency as a radiologist there and who knows where she will land once she is done.  They hope to stay in Vermont but one never knows what the situation will be when she is ready to apply for positions.  For the time being we will have to keep flying out there to have our Grammy and Grandpa time.

All washed and crinkled!

Before we left, I made a doll quilt to bring to my grand baby.  I was still in doll quilt mode from the Spread the Love event in February. This time I thought I would do something with lots of color. It is an around the world type of block that I made with two inch squares (which finished at 1.5 inches.) I love the colorful look of it and I can imagine playing with her, asking her to show Grammy a blue square or a pink square, etc.  Sort of an I-Spy color game.

The backing is a cute unicorn print whose history is unknown to me.  I kind of think I got it in a box of one yard cuts I bought on sale at Craftsy a while back. The binding is a polka dot from my stash and the batting was scraps stitched together – a quilt made completely from stash and scraps!  Win for me.  🙂

Open the gift? Why? Much more fun to climb on it.

The bigger win was watching her open it up.  She is hardly old enough to understand opening a gift and preferred sitting on the package instead.

Once we got the paper off, she immediately went into her peek-a-boo mode.

We also brought a baby doll to get her started on the inevitable collection of a billion dolls that most little girls acquire. The doll came with a tiny bottle and she clearly knew what to do with it. (I know! She is brilliant.)

A little for you and some for me?

Yes, it was an awesome week.  We are going on vacation with the family in July so that took the sting out of leaving.  I am happy to know I will get to see her in a few months. But now I am back home and it was unseasonably warm last week which means the weeds are fierce.  I am off to pull enough weeds to earn me some time at the sewing machine this afternoon.  I know March is over but I haven’t quite finished my green RSC18 projects.  I need to catch up!!   So, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit to all of you. I hope April brings you spring time, green leaves, much joy, and as much time at your sewing machine as possible.

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35 thoughts on “Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Kathleen. I love it too and need to print a copy to have out. She is such a sweetheart. Take care and have a wonderful week!

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  1. Wendy

    Oh goodness, Bernie, she is just adorable and, yes, brilliant! What a lovely, fun post! I’ve never heard of the rabbit, rabbit, rabbit thing, so that was new to me! Haha. The picture of you and your granddaughter is priceless, definitely a keeper!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Wendy – I thought someone would be familiar with the rabbit rabbit rabbit thing but so far no takers. Interesting.
      Maybe if lots more people say it on the first of each month some of these awful things that happen in society will cease! Hmmm……..
      Hope all is well with you!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Haha! I am glad to hear you agree with me. I am crazy about babies in general though. They all warm your heart and make you smile. Hope you are enjoying the weekend Louise!

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  2. Barb Neiwert

    Ah, since I don’t have any grandkiddos yet, I can agree with you that she is the cutest of them all! Very special times to spend with your family. Maybe you can get a jump on your sister next month, Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks Barb. Somehow I suspect your opinion will change when you have a grandchild. Each one is perfect in its own way. I loved having six whole days with her tho. Can’t wait for the next time we see them!

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  3. JanineMarie

    This is delightful!! I have never heard of Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit. I love the pictures of your cutest granddaughter. (She has some stiff competition, but I’ll it go this time.) I love the pictures of her on the box and playing peekaboo. And feeding the dolly—oh, my heart! I’m glad to hear you had such a wonderful time. Cherish that napping picture!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      She was so much fun Janine. Not terribly shy around us and after a short time, was happy with any of us. What a treat. I was very surprised to see the connection between dolly and bottle. Though I didn’t pull it out the next day to see if she still made that connection. One day she was teething and sort of fussy (mom and dad were at work) so I enjoyed rocking her and then letting her nap with me. When she is at her normal self, she is very busy and not one to cuddle very much. It was a treat!

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  4. Beth Stanfield

    Such a precious little grand with a huge smile. Blessings like that are so special! Cute Quilt too. Four of our grands arrive tomorrow. Happy day!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Then your grands must have spring break after Easter? My daughter goes back to school tomorrow. It was a wonderful week though. She is so special to us. As I am sure the next one and the next one will be! I am really liking this whole grammy role. Have fun with the kids! 🙂

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  5. Mari

    She is such a cutie! (I can say that because she’s older than my own granddaughter!) Look at those teeth, and the peek a boo game is too cute. And feeding her baby doll? Darling! I’m so glad you had such a great visit and got home safe. I’ve never heard of the rabbit thing, either, but maybe some of your family ran with the Roosevelts earlier in life? Happy Easter!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi – I guess not many people are terribly concerned about their upcoming luck each month because no one seems to be uttering rabbit, rabbit, rabbit like my crazy family! I thought someone would know what I was talking about! Ah well, we are unique I suppose. It was a great trip, travel went smoothly and we had lots of awesome baby time. We are back home, in our routine now and counting down the days to July!!

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  6. Roseanne

    Hi Bernie,
    What an absolute delight your granddaughter is! Those pictures – one better than the next. The first one with the two of you – I can just SEE your heart expanding with all the love you have for her. Then, yes, let’s sit on the box and play peek-a-boo. Adorable! No question, she is the cutest one. I agree. I happen to have the cutest great-nephew, so no competition at all. I hope when her residency is up and they are in her forever, fabulous job it is much closer. July can’t come soon enough huh?! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Roseanne, Thanks so much for the sweet note. She is a delight – for sure! I certainly hope that at some point I will live on the same coast as my kids. They are currently scattered about but the goal is for us to work on living in closer proximity at some point. I look forward to that!

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  7. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

    I’m so glad to hear the trip was won wonderful. I’ve not heard of rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, but I do understand fun family traditions and I like how it has evolved to texting for you! 🙂 And what a sweet gift for your granddaughter, it looks like she’s going to enjoy some great play time until she sees you next.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I remember when cell phones came out and my kids were texting all the time. I thought it was weird and slightly annoying. Now I love that ease of communication with my sisters and parents. It is like we are visiting constantly and one can join in or not depending on how busy we are at the moment. It is the best since we don’t all live close by each other. Have a good week Yvonne!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Your niece must live close by? I see pictures of her on IG and it seems like you get to spend time with her fairly often. You are a lucky one Anja!

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  8. Linda

    Bernie she is beautiful! She is getting big – how old is she now? I love the peekaboo game – there is nothing as special a baby being funny. 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip – priceless memories.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      She is just about 13 months so walking and has a few words. Her parents have taught her some sign language which is really cool to see. She can sign words like hungry, all done, more and milk. I am sure by the time we see her in July she will have lots more words. I loved having the week with her!

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  9. Lisa

    She truly is beautiful and I love all the great pictures of her. I’ll let you get away with saying she is the cutest girl because I have the cutest boys!

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  10. Sue

    I love your humor and your granddaughter is adorable. I have 2 granddaughter and 1 grandson, so I’m partial to mine. Hope to see you at the quild meeting.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hello Sue! Thanks so much for the note. Grandchildren are the best. We had so much fun with her. See you tomorrow night. 🙂

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  11. Val Reynolds

    I was hoping you’d post about her….isn’t she at that fun “squishy” age. Love that she napped with you and totally know what ya know about boxes and such! Oh I’m just glad you got to go for a visit. Thanks for sharing with us and love the pics with her quilt.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Haha! Squishy is exactly what she is. I am thankful for the week with her, lots of grand baby time! How is your newest doing? He is probably getting chunky and starting to smile by now?

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  12. Carie @ Space for the Butterflies

    Oh that is so cute!! she has the most adorable smile.
    My family would always say “white rabbits” on the first of the month and my husband’s family (from the other end of the UK) say it too so it’s certainly fairly common over here.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Interesting Carie. You are the first person who had heard of this. Fun that your version is ‘white rabbits’. Wishing you much luck for the month of April!

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  13. Diane

    Do you ever listen to the podcast “A Way With Words”? I bet they could help you with the origins of “rabbit, rabbit, rabbit”. I am from NC and I have never heard it.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks Kathryn. It sort of reminds me of rainbows and since I was doing a colorful rainbow quilt, it fits. Have a lovely day!

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