Sunday, March 25, 2012


On Friday I caught this glimpse of the sun peeking through a hole in the clouds.
We've had a lot of rain off and on lately. Today is a sunny day but it's cooled off up here the last couple days. Only 39 degrees right now in the afternoon.
Before I forget, I wanted to tell you a fish story. These are the two tetras that are left in my little ten gallon tank. Their tails do have some red to them, even if it doesn't show much here. Black tips on the upper and lower fins and a hint of gold stripe under the top black tip. Do not remember what kind they are. If you know, please tell me. :)
Anyways, there used to be five of these in the tank...a runt and four larger ones. The runt (on the left) was always shunned by the bigger gang, so it mostly hung around on its own in the tank all these years. Would try to hang with the big guys, but they blatantly ignored the little one. When the great heat wave killed off half the fish in the tank, surprisingly, little Runt survived. Only four fish left, but still the larger one chose to try to follow around the two bigger black tetras rather than hang with Runt. So, poor Runt was still alone while the other three were in their little clique.
Well, as you know, the two black tetras both croaked. One in the bucket while the tank was being cleaned and the other one shortly after discovering in the newly cleaned tank that his cohort was gone and there was nobody left but this odd tetra who had been trying to be their friend. Not any real company substitute for that last black tetra who was apparently much more devoted to his own kind. He freaked out and died.
Well, now that there are only the two tetras left--guess who suddenly looks like a good hanging buddy? Yes! Runt finally has a friend! For the first time in his long, lonely aquarium life, Runt has somebody to hang with. Makes me so happy. I am stopping in all the time to watch them. (Well, and to check to see if Runt has been abandoned.) Silly, but I am just so dang happy for Runt!! I don't think I'll buy any more tetras for Traitor to decide to hang with.
Funny. They never officially had names till now. Runt and Traitor. LOL! So, that's the fish story.
Meanwhile, Karma's new batch of grass started sprouting on the porch. I moved it inside because it was too short and Karma was pulling up the grass seedlings right and left.
Caught her sneaking up on the table to chomp and pull... I pulled the chair away. One thing about having a fat cat--they're too fat to jump from the floor to the table top--LOL! All I have to do is move the chairs away at night and she is handily thwarted. ;)
She fell asleep...pouting...hung over the arm of the chair.
This was the following morning! Talk about shooting up! Grew an inch or two overnight! (You can see I have been busy writing cards and letters.)
Karma catching some rays while it was still warm enough to have the door open.
Okay, I also did get out the watercolors and attempt to paint the church. *sigh*
Looks a little better from farther away--LOL!
Just was one of those days where nothing worked right at all. I could still have tried to mess with it some more to fix the trees or something, but it was already overworked and--truth--I was sick and tired of it, to be honest. Done! Just supposed to be a sketch. I need to move on to lesson three.
This morning...Karma has her grass to eat. She's happy. And it's inside because it could have frozen last night. (Crazy weather!)
My dear friend, Ruby, is driving up next Wednesday on my birthday to stay for a couple of days!! Dagan and Leah will be by, too. We are going to order dinner and visit...on my actual birthday...whoohoo!! I'll be 61...and counting!
Smile! Hug somebody! Laugh!
Have a great day!
"We're all just walking each other home."
Ram Dass


TexWisGirl said...

well happy birthday week to you! karma, hug your mom for me! :)

glad the tetras are finally friends! i'd so be the same way - i'd refuse to add any more since they're finally hanging out together! poor little runt!

Beth said...

I think your church turned out very nice. You did a great job on it.

Poor Karma thwarted trying to get a little chomp of grass. ;-)

Intense Guy said...

I dunno, that Church still looks pretty to me!!

I think Runt (and Traitor) is a Serpae Tetra. I'm so glad he/she finally had the respect he/she deserved!!

Your grass looks really good! So nice and green!!

Crazy Life of a Writing Mom said...

The church is GORGEOUS! You are so talented :0)

I loved that story about Runt. It really touched me today.

betty said...

I like your fish story, Rita! I would have been rooting for Runt too! Glad he finally found a friend! I like your church! I think you did very godo on it and it came out great!!

So glad you will have a dear friend to celebrate your birthday with you!


Teresa Evangeline said...

I love your story of Runt and Traitor. I'm so happy for Runt! A fish I've never even met!

And that photo of Karma slumped over the arm of the chair made me laugh out loud. Dear thwarted Karma. I'm glad her grass has grown so long and green for her.

Have a wonderful birthday!

P.S. I Love that Ram Dass quote. And I so understand about the commenting. :)

Queenie Jeannie said...

I LOVE your painting - seriously!!! I have zero talent and am always so inspired when others have it!!! You did great! But I many times I'm "over" a card or project, long before I'm actually finished with it, lol!

Karma pouting - too cute! She really is, isn't she??? So glad her grass decided to grow so fast! That's pretty amazing.

Yay for fun company!!! That's awesome, and should make for a super birthday! Have fun!!!!

ChicagoLady said...

Cute story about Runt and Traitor! I'm not much of a fish person, but I do enjoy watching them when I visit my aunt who has had fish for many years.

I like your church just fine. Much better than anything I could do.

Happy Birthday early, and I hope you're keeping warm.

DJan said...

That's a good fish story, Rita. I have to laugh at Karma, she's definitely pouting. Your church is not so bad, I think you are being too hard on yourself. :-)

Dee Ready said...

Dear Rita, . . . the fish story ended happily and that's how I like my stories! Thank you.

I think the church watercolor has a serenity to it that reaches out to the viewer.

I'm glad Karma has more grass. I still haven't started any for the three cats with whom I live.

Within the next few days, I'll have a birthday also. You'll be 61 and I'll be 76. And at 76 I'm still encouraging you--when you have the time and stamina--to tell more stories about when you were in your rebel days! I'd find them so interesting.


Gwen said...

Many happy returns for your upcoming birthday....enjoy your celebratory meal.
The fish story was very interesting...I always cheer for the underdog or in your case underfish. Glad Runt now has a friend for his much-craved companionship.
My cat is on a diet....we decided that he is healthier if he is is not easy as he demands food with a very annoying cry just like a naughty child, but we are working through it.

I think he will be happier in the long run.

I like your church painting.
Have fun

Gwen said...

Forgot to say how appealing to me your sky is...I need rain!
I will probably make an envelope book and abandon the huge book idea:):)

AliceKay said...

I had to chuckle at your fish story. I'm glad Runt finally has a friend. (cool

I think your church painting is very nice. It reminds me of the little church that's down the street from me.

I'm glad the grass grew for Karma to munch on. We did germination tests on the oats we cleaned for seed last week, and they grew very well. I have another small baggie here to send to you whenever you need more. (just a small snack bag) I had Terri get me some when he was cleaning the oats last week.

Our warm weather has turned into March again. We had snow and sleet pellets in the air for awhile today. I had to take Terri to an appointment at the hospital in Towanda this morning, and we got into quite a squall. (will explain about the appointment whenever i get time to blog)

Right now it's time for me to get supper started. I hope you're having a good day today. *hugs*

Toriz said...

I'm so happy for Runt! A happy ending for a very lonely fish!

LOL @ Karma pouting!

You know what they say, practice makes perfect. You can't expect your first attempt to be awesome. I bet you'll be doing better and better as you go through the course. :)

YAY for company on your birthday!

Far Side of Fifty said...

So glad Runt finally has a friend...I loved the story would make a great kids could illustrate it too because I see you have some talent with watercolors:) Boy you sure grow great grass for Karma! Happy Birthday a day early!! That wind was awful last night..I thought of your dryer vent:(