Drunk Driver update

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From the Wednesday March 26 paper.

If you need a refresher, drinking-buddy should help you get up to date.

“A Grand Island man facing multiple charges of driving under the influence failed to appear in Hall County Court Tuesday morning because he was in jail in York County – for failing to appear at a hearing there.”

His lawyer said, “I don’t know where he is…I think another county has him.”

According to the paper, he first failed to appear in Hamilton County, and they arrested him March 17. York County arrested him March 19, in what I believe was kind of an extradition. It seems last week he finished his 14 days in the Hall County Plaza Hotel, then was extradited to Hamilton then York Counties. Due to some multi-county oversights, he had hearings in two counties on the same day. Now that he can’t drive, it seems he is having problems making it to all of his commitments. Somebody get that man a day planner and a taxi!

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Freakonomics

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I managed to make it to the library alone yesterday.  I was so hungry for books, I found five for myself in about as many minutes.  I have a huge master list of books to read, and all of them were on it.  I spent some time on the catalog, and it looks like I need to ask them to get some on interlibrary loan. I managed to find five for the kids too.  To my surprise, I didn’t owe anything on Cry, the Beloved Country.  They must have goofed up.  Coincidentally, Smithsonian has a large article about South Africa this month.  I never knew much about it, except when I was in high school, the late 80s, I knew they were going through all kinds of changes. 

Today I finished Freakonomics.  Wow.  Back in the olden days, when I had a paying job, ha ha ha, I worked with a guy who loved to debate.  We went around an around, it was great.  I kinda miss him.  I emailed him at work today to tell him to read this book.  We could have argued for a year on it!  If you have not read it, I found it very thought provoking.

Four to go now.  I think I will go for fiction.  I think I got a fiction book…I kind of go in phases.  I don’t think of myself as a non-fiction reader, but about a third or so of what I read is non-fiction, maybe more.  I looked longingly at some Gabaldon stuff, her shorter stuff, like 4-500 pages, but it was on the two week checkout, and I don’t dare.

I went on Jane’s field trip to the G g grocery store yesterday.  It was a nice tour.  I could never teach pre-school, but Mrs. Z is awesome.  Today Miss C, from the educational service unit, came out for a “play date” with Jane to evaluate her.  Mae was distressed that nobody wanted to play with her on the playdate.  Miss C asked me if Leo was a neighbor’s kid I was watching.  Jane did many of the things that have concerned me, so I guess we shall see.  I expect she is just “weird” as her daddy lovingly calls her, but I want to know for sure.  The tests from the Dr came back negative for lead and iron issues.  I doubt they tested for glyphosate, but the way she mouths everything – including the rocks she picks up in the McDonald’s parking lot – that may be a concern.  I was glad to note that our off brand trains didn’t have lead paint. 

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Last night I found myself leafing through a Pottery Barn catalog.  I couldn’t sleep because my bed partner – who shall remain nameless – was keeping me awake.  He had just tinkled in the bed and was trying to flirt his way out of trouble.  He quit sleeping all night about 10 days ago when he got a cold.  Since Grandpa Daddy needs his beauty sleep, we have  been sleeping in the guest room.  Actually Paul starts out in his big boy crib, and me in mine, but has been waking around midnight for an hour or two, and due to my laziness, he has been sleeping with us, or just me lately.  He has this thing he does that is like he is trying to crawl or swim or something, and he ends up clawing my back.  All night.  Part of this may be because we need a new mattress, and he slides my way.  But I digress.

Back to the catalog.  I am not Pottery Barn “people”.  They would likely be horrified by my attempt at home decor.  I am not sure why they are sending me a catalog, except they may think I could use new furniture or drapes or something.  I probably could, but it ain’t gonna happen any time soon.  So I was awake at midnight paging through the catalog, looking at the books they used for decor in their little pretend rooms.  “My name is Wildflowersp and I am an addict.  I have a certifiable book problem.”  Some book displays were arranged by color, some had their spines to the wall, pages facing out.  Yep, that would be a handy way to store books.  In one scene, they had two stacks of books on the floor.  The stacks were about four feet tall, and in the dining room.  Dramatic?  Yes.  Weird?  Yes.  If I kept my books on the floor of our dining room they would stick to each other from peanut butter or cognac or something – wait, you are supposed to drink cognac in the drawing room I believe.  What is even weirder is the fact that I noticed the same books in several scenarios.  In one shot, the titles were backwards because they had flipped the negative before printing it.  I suppose those Williams Sonoma folks told the Pottery Barn people that I was a live one.  Kitchen stuff is important, but decor?  Neh, not so important.

A friend recently complimented me on how I had used books to decorate my home.    So I started putting a little thought into how I piled my books all over the place.  I have a horizontal pile in the living room of attractive children’s classics, like “A Child’s Garden of Verse” and Richard Scary’s “Cars and Trucks and Things That Go” ok, I am kidding on the second one (although it is a classic).  I put some of my books horizontally in my office bookshelves too (I can actually get more books in that way).  My library is loosely organized according to Mr. Dewey Decimal, so there are limits to what I can do.  But I purchased a pretty book at a garage sale, to put on top of a stack of books.  I have no idea what it is about, and have no intention of ever reading it.

Have you ever been to a house that is bookless?  With the exception of the laundry room and the mud room (neither rooms are designed for lingering) I believe you could find a book in every room of our house.  As my dad once said, “If you go into the bathroom and forget what you wanted to do, there are three different books to help you remember.”

Part of the reason I was checking out Pottery Barn’s book collection is that I am out of books.  Well, I have hundreds of books, but nothing I am interested in reading right now.  I owe the library $$ (maybe a buck) but it is so hard for me to get anything for myself checked out.  My kids are well behaved, but not so well behaved I could browse.  Maybe I should look at one of those paperback exchanges.  I could probably unload some books that way too.

Too many mollies

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Subject too many mollies

Question Santa brought us a 5 gal. tank w/filter but no heater. We have two mollies. They don’t look much alike, but they had 4 babies. I now use water from the grocery, since a progression of fish died shortly after the tank was set up, and our tap water is not fit for human use. We have lillypads growing in tank. Just tonight I noticed white cloudy stuff all over in the gravel. I cleaned the tank about 10 days ago, I replace most of the water each time I clean it, but I added water a couple nights ago. I see the filter is not working well, need to replace that tomorrow.
Question #1 How do I keep these guys from reproducing?
Question #2 What is the cloudy stuff? Before reading up on mollies tonight, I thought it was eggs.
Question #3 Could I get a catfish or something to eat the babies before I feel bad about having to get rid of them?
Question #4 What would you put in a tank this size to keep a four-year-old kid happy?

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Mollies will reproduce no matter what you do. It’s what they are known for. I sure wish I could help you with that one!

The cloudy stuff on the gravel is probably excess waste and/or food that became infected with fungus or bacteria. Vacuum the gravel and make a 25% water change to get it out. Cut back on food a bit too. Overfeeding is very common. We all do it from time to time. We just have to mend our ways and clean up after ourselves once we realize it. It is easier on the fish to replace no more than 25% of the water and do it once a week. Changing more water than 25% can shock them. All tanks really need a weekly water change to keep water chemistry and water quality consistent.

I can’t really recommend a fish to eat the babies because your tank is actually already overstocked. Mollies should be in a 20 gallon or larger because of their potential adult size (3 to 4 inches) and their need to move around and get exercise. The parents will eat their own young anyway. Just feed them less food when babies arrive and nature will take it’s course.

A community tank can have up to one inch of fish per gallon. You have to calculate based on the future adult size of each of your fish. This rule applies only to fish that get no larger than about 3 inches or so as adults. Imagine a 12-inch fish in a 12-gallon tank…yikes! It just isn’t wise to apply the inch-per-gallon rule to larger and messier fish. You can go a little more than one-inch per gallon (as long as it’s less than 2″ per gallon) but be sure to maintain the tank weekly and don’t overfeed. If you think you won’t be able to do changes weekly, stock the tank very lightly with fish.

Some better options for your 5 gallon INSTEAD OF the mollies would be;

A male betta with a couple of little cory cats

Or A pair of dwarf gouramis and a couple of cory cats

Or 3 neon tetras and a couple of cory cats

Or 3 white clouds and a couple of cory cats

Cory cats are schooling fish so get two or more. Instead of cory cats you could have Otocinlus catfish. They eat algae. Or, get some ghost glass shrimp. Bottom feeders are very important in small tanks because of the high possibility of overfeeding.

At Your Service;
Chris Robbins
http://www.kasamba.com/fish-expert-chris

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Fishing again

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I learned a lot on the internet last night.  Mollies, what I have, give live birth.  Hence the cloud things are not eggs, but are probably not a good sign.  I asked my questions, including the cloud one, to experts.com.  Haven’t heard from the guy yet, am waiting on pins and needles. 

Jane took two fish to Show and Tell, we gave them to Mae’s classmate.  The mama said the clouds were probably something that would become a disease, like popeye or ich.  Great.  I am waiting to hear from my expert about what to use since Shad, or what ever I called him last night, the fish guy from PJ store, has lost my trust in this matter. 

Live bearers actually get pretty close to each other to copulate, kinda spoon style I guess you could say  My lilypads are a good thing, especially for the babies to hide in and feed on.  Mamas are famous for eating their children.  I believe it was Wikipedia that said they just consider them food.  They will give birth about every 35-45 days. 

I also learned that I don’t obsess about my fish nearly as much as some people obsess about their fish.  Most of the people were wanting their fish to breed for God’s sake!  What on Earth do they do with them?  It is not like they are big enough to eat.  I have my fingers crossed that the clouds are a result of me accidentally overfeeding the fish.  I don’t really want to mess with fish diseases.

It’s bed time.

Teach a fish to breed, and you will never go hungry

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This weekend I learned that the father of my nanny (a young lady who watches my kids on Tuesday afternoons) delivers our newspaper!  I told her to ask him if he remembers the time he had to get out and climb into the ditch to put the paper in our box.  Post on that later.

The lady I pay to help me shovel out my house about once a month has a master’s degree. (not in cleaning)

I also learned that the guy in the pet store knows as much about fish sex as I do.  (side note: the only fish/pet store in our town closed and joined with a “country” store my SIL calls Pettycoat Junction, to open a branch store, then the branch didn’t make money, so they are back to the one Pettycoat Junction, but I am not sure the fish/pet store is still involved.  They have not relocated anywhere, leaving me to wonder if anyone really knows about fish at the Junction, or they just clean tanks and order what looks fun)  He suggested that maybe they wouldn’t reproduce again.  I refrained from suggesting the same for him.  Mom thought I should surreptitiously return the babies to the store when nobody was watching.  I wonder what the penalty for that would be…it wouldn’t be stealing, more like donating.  Stan the fish man mentioned letting them swim in the toilet, but I can’t bring myself to do that either.  Yet.  Maybe they won’t reproduce…I have always been big into denial. 

So I called an expert, my friend Traci.  She told me that I needed to see if I could exchange an adult fish for one that is enough different so they wouldn’t reproduce, or learn to “sex” them, that means tell the sexes apart, and get the same sex. So I am talking to Traci and I see what looks like clouds all over the bottom of my tank.  Little cottony things that weren’t there last night…caviar anyone? 

Tuesday Game  Plan

1.  Research fish species and identification on the internet; become more knowledgeble than Stan the fish man

2.  Take a fish to school, for Mae’s classmate, Jane has show and tell, maybe we could kill two stones with one fish

3.  Find out about a fish exchange at the store, and procure a non-compatible community fish (see, I have already learned)

4.  Clean the tank out tomorrow and scrub it well, then get on my knees and pray.

5.  Quit obsessing about my fish.

I wonder if a catfish thing would eat the eggs…then I wouldn’t have to get rid of a fish.  Back to part 5 of my plan.

Honey Do List

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1.  Fix snake hole

2.  Install swingset

3.  Burn stick pile by shop

4.  Seed grass

5.  Fix screen door

6.  Install gate between house and shop

7.  Tighten legs on kids’ table

8.  Take all pets to vet for shots

9.  Birdhouse maintenance

10.  Attach railing on playhouse loft…build ladder?

 

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