Tuesday, April 22, 2014
It's already Tuesday?
We've had some gorgeous days up here since we last spoke on Friday.
But my craft table looks the same. Notice--for the T Stands for Tuesday crowd--this red thermal cup has seemed to become my tea cup these days. I do love a pretty cup, but for daily use my practical side comes out...because I like my coffee and tea hot. ;)
Miss Karma likes her sunbathing hot. It's been warm enough to have the porch door cracked open...
...or wide open to the sun.
Karma was so delighted she was rubbing and petting her head on the door frame--LOL!
I snuck up on her...
...so, of course, she quit.
Paused to do some intense sun worshiping...but I didn't go away.
She threw me a look!
I left her to snooze in the sunlight...undisturbed. ;)
What have I done since I saw you last?
Well, I had a kind of fish emergency.
As some of you may recall, I have just been waiting for my last fish to die in the ten gallon aquarium in my bedroom so I could tear it down and put it away in the garage...maybe forever. It is getting difficult for me to haul buckets and tanks about anymore. I cannot flush live fish...and just had a couple sleepless nights over snails, for goodness sakes.
Okay, after I finished blogging on Friday I noticed the light had burned out on the fish tank. Well, I did not want to put more money into an aquarium that I want to store in the garage, right? I am incapable of flushing, as previously noted...so I made a trip to the garage to bring in the 2-gallon bowl that I have normally used for a betta. I rinsed all the dust out of it, partially filled it, and set it out overnight to aerate and become room temperature. (Oh, and the heater died months ago, so room temp is what they are used to--LOL!)
I had a mass of live plants floating on the top of the tank...grew so crazy well that they covered the surface till the planted parts below got no light and died...and the mass of floating plants made it dark on the bottom half of the tank, even with the light on. I had only ever seen the two ottocinclus (smaller algae eaters) and one tetra who would sit in the front until it saw me coming. So, I figured three fish.
Meanwhile, I got out the misting box or spray box again. (Told you my art table had been calling to me--however briefly--LOL!)
Miss Karma hung out by the box for some time. Anything new, you know. And, yes--she tried to lay inside of it but I shooed her out. Which made the box even more intriguing, of course. (I'm sure she laid in it during the night, but it would have been long dry by that time.)
No plan at all. Just wanted to play with the Dylusions sprays--so I just grabbed bottle after bottle and misted about! What fun!
On Saturday I took the plants out of the ten gallon and sorted, pruned, and planted enough to fill the 2-gallon bowl. There weren't as many as I thought. Kind of like unwrapping an old philodendron...there were a lot of stems. I hope they survive being torn apart and planted.
When it was time to catch fish (with a flashlight and net because I had no light) I discovered I was chasing two tetras! For the life of me I can't remember the name of these, but they are bright and quite handsome.
That was a far as my body would let me go on Saturday with the fish project. But I did spray some more. Since one of the 52Journal challenges (I am way behind again) is about a garden or flowers or something, I grabbed a crumpled paper towel to block and kind of sprayed in green ground and a blue sky...with doodling in mind.
I also decided it was finally time to get rid of the two vases of old dried Mother's Day roses from several years past. But I can't throw away dead things, either, apparently. I took the flowers off the stems and am going to save them to add to paper pulp when I make paper this summer. [Yes, that is a cat litter pan--LOL! Never used. I have two of them that were too small, but I didn't return them and saved them for crafts. Amazing how handy a litter pan can be.]
They'll only be flecks in the blender...but loved and appreciated flecks. I will know.
Sunday I went to siphon the water from the ten gallon...and heard a splash! Yup--there was actually one more tetra! It must have been hiding behind the slate rocks. I'm shocked that out of the four or five I bought years ago that three are still alive!
It was "the loner" who tricked me. There had always been this one tetra who didn't like to school with the others all the time. He must have been the one hanging by himself in the front of the tank...which he still manages to do quite often in the 2 gallon bowl--LOL!
Anyways, I siphoned the water down as far as I could--hauling buckets--but the tank was way too heavy for me to move. I had extra gravel in the bottom for the live plants--like maybe 3 inches. So, I scooped out gravel...enough to fill this ice cream pail you see below. Also cleaned the main part of the cover...
...and then finally carried the tank to the kitchen on my hip with my good arm. Scary, but I made it! There was still a lot of gravel in there, let me tell you! Then I quickly picked off all the snails that were on the sides of the tank--well, all the ones large enough to pick up without crushing...and my body said it was done for the day. Well, I still rescued snails the rest of the night...got all the bigger ones out and many smaller ones.
Turns out my body was, in fact, actually done for two days--LOL! All I managed to do yesterday was scrub off the rocks you see in the sink...and rescue more snails.
I feel so very badly for the snails! They came in with the live plants and are such cute little things. The adults are only about 1/8 of an inch...the babies are anywhere from a speck in size...and I have trouble saving anyone smaller than about a third of adult size. And there were eggs all over the glass and gravel...and sometimes you try to save an itty-bitty one and crush it by accident!! Or it drops back into the water and that dark gravel and is lost...but you know it is still there somewhere...alive...just struggling to survive. Where there is life there is hope!
I can't walk past the tank without staring and searching for snails. I saved another dozen or so little ones yesterday. But today, I'll have to bite the bullet. The plan is to scoop out the rest of the gravel and clean the tank--if my body is feeling cooperative. I'll have to be satisfied that I saved as many snails as I could...after one last long search, of course.
The snails will haunt me for a while.
But everybody is looking good in the bowl. I thought they'd go into shock with all the light they have now...especially the old and timid tetras...but they are doing well so far. And when the fish finally die...do you think I will be able to kill the plants and the snails? Doubtful. But if the plants die, the snails probably wouldn't survive long. So would I buy more plants just for the snails? Dilemmas, eh?
Now you know why I am, obviously, not a fish flusher.
But I am happy that the bowl inhabitants look content and nobody has jumped or crawled out or keeled over. Nice!!
Funny--this project would have taken me a few hours in the past but has already taken me five days...and I'm not done yet--LOL! It is amazing to me how many projects can be broken down into small pieces and finished over time. My body has taught me patience and perseverance I never thought I had. And that's a very good thing. :)
But that is why I am running so late today. Took me longer to thaw out this morning. LOL! ;) I am off to the garage to find another ice cream pail. Oh, and I will wrap and tie the pails up with plastic bags before they go into the dumpster so the gravel doesn't get spilled all over in there. I am not even cleaning the gravel this time since I know that would really put my body right over the brink (it's almost over now) and I am not sure I'll ever set the tank up again. It might just have to go off with somebody on freecycle...if I can part with it. I've never gone long without fish...since I was nine. But I still have the bowls. (I also have a one-gallon bowl in the garage.) It might be time to get rid of my last aquarium!
Anyways, that's what I've been doing since Friday folks! Fretting over fish and snails.
Hope you are having a good week.
Keep smiling!! :):)
"Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force."