Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I have a new addition to the family. Just when I was going to be able to sleep through the night because Annie was old enough to go the full eight hours I have another infant mouth to feed who will need every couple of hours feedings. It's okay though, she's adorable. White body like Annie, but lots of color on her head and legs. I haven't decided on a name just yet, but am leaning toward Zena.
Monday, February 26, 2007
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Sunday, February 25, 2007
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Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
I've been promising pictures of Annie so here she is in all her glory at 3 days old--now happy, bright, and very active.
She's just full of mischief as you can tell by the look in her eyes. For more follow up on Annie's progress, come on over to Itty Bitty Fins, and Itty Bitty Hooves where I'll be keeping you all updated on Annie's progress.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Changing the filter media is a necessary part of tank care, but it can be tricky if you're not paying attention, as I wasn't the other day having just begun to recover from a new bought of bronchitis. I pulled out the old charcol filter and replaced it. I did the normal soaking of the new pack in retrived aquarium water and putting it in, but I jostled the fiber of the sponge part of the filter and must have released a large number of the bacteria, because right after the change I had a huge spike in Amonia and Nitrites in my tank system. Now I'm stuck having to recycle a tank so it can build up the bacteria only it has a full load of fish in it. I did re-locate a few of them to a different tank for the process but it's much harder with six fish in a ten gallon tank than it is with only one or two. Just goes to show, you can never let your guard down when it comes to swimming with fishes.
Goat kids have a cry that is astoundingly similar to a human baby. She's just so cute though. I'm so sorry I haven't gotten that picture yet. Yesterday was a long, long trial in syringe feeding and praying that she would finally get the strength to suck on the bottle. At her ten pm feeding she finally did!
I was so happy I was calling everyone to tell them. I called my friend who is the owner of the momma goat and Annie's sister who is doing fine with mom. I called my husband to cry via long-distance on his shoulder at my relief. It's amazing how quickly you can become so attached to such a little creature. She's so personable. Today she's been tooling around my kitchen at every feeding time (in between she stays in a huge great dane sized wire dog crate where she can still see out, but is deeply bedded in hay and straw. But she sees me coming and either gets up and jumps around the cage to be let out, or if in the kitchen while I'm prepping the bottle (yep, same way, warming it in hot water on the stove just like a human baby bottle) she is following me around like a little dog nudging my leg, hopping on my feet, and just playing in general. She's so strong compared to yesterday it's wonderful to see.
I WILL get a picture at the next feeding and post it. Just pray for me getting through the next few nights of feedings. Luckily, unlike human babies, kid goats only need a few nights of feedings before they can make it til morning. Hurray.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Let me recap for a second. I used to breed/raise/and show dairy goats. Carpel tunnel made milking a very painful chore as much as I loved it though, and a milking machine wasn't a real viable alternative back then. It wasn't as easy to find single small machines, most were made for big commercial dairies, so I cut back, and just let the remaining goats live out their lives with us as pets. A very, very good friend of mine who lives a few miles away started raising goats just a couple years ago but last year had the opprotunity to breed a couple of her Alpine dairy goats to a purebred Boer (meat goat). She jumped at the chance to make her offspring more useful if she weren't going to keep them and yesterday the first of the two nannies delivered two absolutely beautiful baby girls. Well the girls are not usually in much danger of seeing the inside of a freezer--and these two were definately keepers. She called me up so excited, I had to come see them. Well, I was just getting over being really sick over the weekend so I said I'd come over this morning.
I went to see them this morning, and what adorable cuties they were. Both pure white, one without a mark on her, and the other with little red smudge marks on her head and neck--just a few, but otherwise completely white. Her name is Annie. It became quickly apparent though that Annie wasn't as strong as her sister Frannie, and wasn't nursing. She was trying but never quite latching on so we wisked the baby into the house and my friend milked out mom and we tried to bottle feed the little darling. Turns out Annie is not too bright. LOL She's not getting the idea for latching on and sucking, so it was a quick switch to syringe feeding. We managed to get a few ounces in her and she got much brighter... still not quite as strong as I'd like to see her though.
Anyway, bottle (or syringe) feeding means every two hours for a week or so, and my friend oh so sweetly looked at me with big doe eyes and said, 'if anyone can nurse this baby to health it's you'. Well, yes, I have had a great deal of luck in the past, but what a way to get me hooked. Before I'd left the house with baby goat in tow it was quite plain that I was in love with little Smudge Pot Annie (her new name), and if she makes it, she is mine for keeps.
I'll get a picture this afternoon and post it for you all to see.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
I thought I was going to go with half black yellows for my next fish, but I am sorely tempted to change my mind, and my trigger finger is really itchy right now.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007
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He's got a great body, and terrific color. His tail should be about twice the size it is, but he's very young yet (about 4 months) so it should grow considerably more in the next few months. I'm hoping he passes a lot of his great traits on to his off-spring. Mamma in this case (guppy female 2) has great color and body size, but could do better in depth, and the length of her caudal and dorsal fins while well colored, could be a lot longer. Still, I hope to keep a couple of females, and at least one male out of this batch to possibly show in the future.
Meanwhile, fry (baby guppy) batch #1 is now three weeks old. It's easy to forget how small they were and since they're still very very small (about 1/4 inch long) they seem so little, but now with the new fry in the brooder box in that tank, the older ones look HUGE.
That first batch are from an unknown sire (female was pregnant when I brought her home) but if it was the male she was in the tank with when I got her, he's very nice too. She has GREAT body size and shape, but isn't as good in color either on the body, or the finage. Still, I can't wait to see how the babies grow and color out. Hoping for a few keepers in that group too. Whatever ones I don't want to keep from that batch already have homes to go to locally so that makes me happy.
Oh--and Brad--no, you can't eat them. hahaha Bob (my hubby) said they'd make a nice meal... sort of like smelt. I don't think so. As small as smelt are, guppies don't even come close in size--plus I don't raise smelt. I raised these little bitty fishies. :)
I said I can dream. :)
Monday, February 12, 2007
Finding out that the area I'm in is supposed to get about eleven inches tonight (yeah, at one time, that wasn't a misprint, and we still have a good six inches on the ground at the moment left from the last two storms) I find myself running through the lists in my head. Enough food--check, firewood (surprisingly since I haven't used the fireplace in years) check, water storage--none, I'm going to have to fill some buckets. The very idea of having buckets of water brings to mind the lesson learned over eleven years ago when we first moved in here, a young couple with two young children 8 and 9 years old. That very first spring just as winter seemed to have blown its worst our way, and it hadn't been bad at all, it dumped a foot of snow overnight on us and there was no power, and that meant no water. I remember well sending the kids out with kettles to fill and melting the snow on the stove top (luckily we still had gas, just no electricity to run the pumps). It takes a surprising amount of snow to make any amount of water at all.
Now I know better than to take electricity for granted--I'll have a water supply on hand should the power be cut for any length of time. If you don't hear from me at all over the next day or so, you'll know I'm buried under over a foot of accumulated snow. Keep warm, and make sure you're prepared for Mother Nature's worst as she blows her hardest this week... spring is just around the corner. At least that's what that stupid groundhog said.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
The rules are: Once you have been tagged you can't be re-tagged, you have to write a blog with 10 weird random things, facts, or habits about yourself. At the end, you chose 10 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you are tagged" on their profile and tell them to read your latest blog.
1. I'm going to cheat here and use -- The first movie I remember watching is My Friend Flicka starring Roddy McDowell.
2. I started smoking when I was about thirteen (don't roll your eyes, lol, I know it was bad) and have quit several times. Once for about two years, but it never seems to stick. One thing is for sure, I can definately say that what they say about starting up again at exactly the same place is true. The level doesn't go down just because you haven't smoked in years.
3. My favorite book when I was in High School was "Johnatan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach.
4. Yes, I was a virgin when I got married. (Cheating using some of Jose's ideas -- not the same answers though -- is tougher than I thought. Who really wants to know this? haha, only a guy would even care to put that in there in the first place.)
5. Contrary to American custom, I have no favorite sport.
6. I started studying the Russian language at 24 because I loved Mikhail Baryshnikov.
7. I graduated from High School in 1980! (I knew I shouldn't be using his examples... okay, now you can figure out how ancient I am.)
8. The first book I read for pleasure was 'The Black Stallion' by Walter Farley.
9. I've always been interested in the entertainment industry and have several novels built around that world.
Am I done yet? Nope, one more.
10. My first job was working in a dog boarding kennel when I was 16.
The inductees into the tag are: (Dang Jose you picked several of mine... and hey, I just noticed you spelled my name wrong in yours, I could have gotten out of this by a technicality!) I am going to by-pass selecting the other meme'ers. If you guys want to do it, feel free and leave a link in the comment section here so I can visit your blog. Sorry, Jose, but I think I've just now decided that I really prefer meme's like Colleen's. (See an example of it here on my MissWrite blog). They're voluntary and you don't have to rope anyone else into them afterwards.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Chapters that are too long get tiresome to read. A good chapter gives a reader room to breathe. Reading 50 and 60 page chapters can feel like a marathon at times. Chapters should also provide a rhythm for the book. A feeling of ebb and tide as it were. With 50 page chapters you can't get in to much of a thythm when most novels today range from 250 to 300 pages. They should also have a beginning, a middle, and an end, just like the book itself. That gives each chapter a purpose. A really good chapter will also have a 'black moment' and even end in a 'cliffhanger' sort of feel, a reason to turn the page and go on to the next chapter. There are a lot of things to consider in chapter writing. It's a mini version of what there is to consider in novel writing as a whole--and it's just as exasperating.
Now I can see the shower, especially on over seas flights, but are we really so bored, so incapable of providing our own entertainment for a few hours that we need flying casinos? Do we REALLY need to shop so badly that we need stores ON the airplanes? Airports the world over already bust with duty free stores, how spend-happy are we that we need to have them on the planes too?
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
One really good, very to the point commercial wasn't for a company at all. It was the one showing people cheering for their teams, young and old all together in a room watching the game on tv and someone asks 'who's winning', then on the screen the caption was 'we all are'... it's not even about the game, it's about the wonderful time spent with family and friends gathered around cheering and joking. That's what it was for me last night. Gathered with family, cheering and joking, grandkids in my lap, daughter and her boyfriend in their house watching and bantering back and forth about who would win--we won.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
So I joined the IFGA (yep there's an associaition for Fancy Guppy owners). And dreamed of buying some of the high priced (oh boy some of them are) purebred strains of fish to start my very own line. Some trios (one male, two females) go for as much as seventy five dollars, although the average is between twenty and thirty. I found two pair (I would have rather had a trio, but two pair is good too) of red cobra which is one of the varieties I had come to favor and won the bid at eighteen dollars. Yeah, I just spent eighteen dollars on four fish. The kicker isn't the cost of the fish though. Whether you spend eighteen or eighty you still have to get the fish to you and if you don't live nearby (yeah as if) you have to have them shipped... some breeders charge as much as thirty dollars for shipping on top of the cost of the fish. This one charges twenty six... yeah I spent that too. Kind of useless to buy the fish but not be able to get them.
So here's a picture of what my fish will look like when they get here.
My next two favorite colors are called half black pastel. They're a half silver/half black bodied fish with pure white top fin (dorsal) and tail (caudal), or half black (same type body) yellow -- yellow dorsal and caudal fins. I'll post a picture of them if I ever get crazy enough to buy some. :)
If you ask me they should have just asked any homeowner who has ever cooked fish (okay, that was just being silly, but)... better yet any person who owns a fish tank. What did the scientists find? Bacteria caused by the gases in the water (same as a fish tank) only because most fish owners have fresh water not salt water the smell is a bit different, if someone owned a salt-water tank the effect would be similar to an ocean breeze. Hum.... maybe it's time for a trip to the store.
Check out the link to the 'crazy fish' pictures they have though. Some of them are awesome, some are just plain hilarious.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Water EVERYHWERE! And I don't mean in the tank. The filter, it turns out, had a small hole in the bottom. A bad molding job in the casing. It was shooting out water alright, but in the wrong place. Always check all new supplies for things like holes over a sink or tub BEFORE you put in on your tank--in your living room--sitting on things that do not like water being sprayed all over them. :)
I'll post a picture of the tank later, when it finally is set up.