Sunday, September 8, 2013

Silver Liningness Sunday

It's still annoyingly hot, but I vaguely remember whining about the cold spring and thinking ahead to when I'd be whining about the oppressive heat.  Here we are!  It reminds me that I'm grateful to live in such an ever-changing climate.  Keeps us on our toes.

Last week while we were out researching jungle plants, we stopped for gas.  Magnum was out pumping when the flow suddenly stopped after only two gallons.  I thought, "Oh great, we broke the gas station".

Turns out, someone had prepaid two gallons for that pump and left.  Magnum did think it strange that he was never prompted to swipe the credit card.  Random act of kindness?  We're going with that.

And speaking of jungle plants, Vivarium de Meego is coming along quite nicely.

It now houses a friendly little waterfall, some river rock, primal looking foliage, and some comfy moss.  Next up are the critters, which may move in later today.  There will also be smaller critters whose job is to love one another and provide food for the larger critters.  Circle of life and all that.

As for my Aquarium of Death, things seem to be in a post-apocalypse rebuilding stage.  I've been giving it a little extra TLC to wipe out the plague, and it seems to be working.  The three remaining fish are thriving, the plants are flourishing, and I'm considering getting another plecostomus to replace Hot Lips who fell victim to armageddon.  

This after I'd decided that I would convert it to a saltwater tank when the End Times were complete.  Figures.  

Twelve more days of full-schedule tuting and taking classes, but who's counting?  I'll just heed the advice I think of when considering the student mentioned in yesterday's post.



Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hi Abby -- Thanks for popping by my blog! No, I never did inked but who knows? Maybe someday!

meleah rebeccah said...

"It reminds me that I'm grateful to live in such an ever-changing climate.  Keeps us on our toes."

Honestly, I was THRILLED to move back to NJ from CA because I am able to enjoy ACTUAL seasons again.

The gas thing? Totally going with Random Acts of Kindness.

"As for my Aquarium of Death, things seem to be in a post-apocalypse rebuilding stage."


Anonymous said...

Excellent job by Meego! That'll be some lucky critter that gets to live there!
Great advice for your tutee, although I have a feeling she'll learn it the hard way. Just be glad you don't have to live with her!
I'm going with the random act of kindness theory too. Terrific idea! Motivates me to want to do the same!

Abby said...

There's always someday. Thanks for popping back!

Abby said...

NJ from CA, now there's a change. Yay for four seasons!

Abby said...

OMG, live with her!?
Yeah, prepaid gas. Cool idea, I need to pay it forward too!

Riot Kitty said...

I totally love that box o'wisdom. What kind of critters?

agg79 said...

Love the ecosystem. Will be interesting to see which lucky critter gets to occupy that terrain.

Good to hear that the AoD is slowly turning around. Was beginning to think you had your own version of Walking Dead (or is is Swimming Dead?).

Linda Hensley said...

I really like that idea of someone prepaying $2 of gas. I wish everyone would spread around a little happiness!

Guano said...

We JUST bought a new car, a Prius -- 50mpg!
And I DIDN'T buy it just so I can buy MORE gas for OTHER people!

Well, OK... Maybe once in awhile.... Darn Guilt Gas.

Anita said...

Vivarium De Meego looks good! Your updates on creature inhabitants and maintenance wilol be interesting.

Did you all document and take pictures will putting it together? Nice for a science project.


Abby said...

Something amphibious.

Abby said...

It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to arm the survivors of AoD with crossbows.

Abby said...

Yeah, and it was actually 2 gallons of gas, which around here parts is about $7.

Abby said...

Plus you can sneak drive up on people!

Abby said...

Vivarium De Meego is kind of a "flip house". I suppose we should document, maybe we'll get our own TV show.

Rock Chef said...

Circle of Life tank, eh? You really go for it don't you? Does that mean that if a big critter dies the body will be left in there? Not, I am sure that the answer is No!

Rebecca S. said...

I was just told that we are heading for a very mild fall and winter. Somehow, honestly, I was a little disappointed. I like a little variance in my seasons. We've had a fabulous summer, weather-wise, but my toes are getting sloppy.

terri said...

Vivarium de Meego is looking lush and healthy. The boy has skills! And you? Thinking saltwater aquarium? You are SO ambitious! I know you could handle the challenge, but it's nice that the end times haven't actually arrived in the Aquarium de Abby.

I think I have honored my promise not to complain about the summer heat. I still get goosebumps thinking of those spring snowfalls!