Some days I'm just so "in my head" that I can't express myself. I've been feeling that a lot lately, so that's my excuse for not writing - I just can't get it out. I wish I had a machine like in Tommyknockers
that would instantly type my thoughts for me.
Still killing snails and pulling egg clutches out. It's getting old. I really should post a new picture to show how much the plants have grown (but I'm at work now, so.....) I'm also going to set up a new lighting system, if Amazon ever sends me my new light
. I'm going to clamp the light onto the cart I use as an aquarium stand and then adjust it accordingly. I already have the plant-growing LED bulb. That way, I can remove the standard light that came with my Spec V
and plant a couple of strawberry plants in the opening of the lid like this guy
. We had a hanging basket of strawberries on our porch that we never took enough care of to get ripe berries this summer. It has runners that are about 4 feet long right now. This is where I'm going to get the plants from. I also have the clay beads, as that's what I'm using for my orchids now. I'm racking my brain to try to figure out how to rig the original light to the side so that some of the lower plants get more light, since the lily I have planted has overtaken the whole tank.
I've finished the baby blanket for my new niece-to-be, but I had to order more yarn to do it (check your gauge carefully, folks!) Unfortunately, the yarn wasn't quite
the same, so the last stripe I did in that color is slightly bigger than the others and has thrown off the shape of the blanket. I'm going to wash and block it and then tell my sis-in-law to use that edge as the top edge, LOL. Now I'm working on a sweater, cap, and booties to go with it. I also ordered yarn to make a sweater for myself because Lionbrand
had an amazing 40% off sale the other week. Last winter I made a simple sweater
for Ethel that turned out gorgeous in Wool-Ease Thick 'N' Quick, so I picked out a pretty aubergine color for myself last week and spent less than $50 on yarn. I can't wait to start it. If I remember correctly, it worked up pretty quickly. I hope I made notes on how I did it, because Thick 'N' Quick is a bit thicker than the yarn they use in the pattern.
It's time to clean bird cages again, and I keep putting it off. The room also now houses our hanging baskets from the front porch - two huge ferns and two mixed begonia/ivy baskets (and the strawberry!) We got a rolling clothing rack to hang them on, with a tarp on the carpet underneath in case the drip baskets slip. I also brought in my yucca plant and put it by the hanging baskets. I'm hoping the greenery cheers up the little chirpies. I've cleaned up our spare cage to move the zebra finch into (I want to get him a mate and his current cage is too small for two), and two weekends ago I picked up some interesting sticks and branches at my parents' house. My plan is to give them all new, more natural-looking perches as I clean up the rest of the cages.