Saturday, May 28, 2016

3rd post in 2 days

First gladiola bloom of the season

Newest member of the fish family, Perry the platy-fish. Henry the Second isn't happy yet so hopefully Perry will survive.
Took mom and G to lunch.  We had some errands to run.  Mom was completely overwhelmed and didn't eat much.  I also couldn't ascertain if she was hungry after or not.  I took her left overs to dad.  I told him that she got overwhelmed and he said that happens sometime.

We have nothing really to do this weekend and G is giving me the "I'm bored" mantra.  I told her that she will have a miserable summer of she doesn't learn how to entertain herself, what with this being the beginning of the summer.

Yea, bring it on.  Gonna, be a long slow summer...

Friday, May 27, 2016

Closing Ceremony and Other Ramblings

G with what has turned out to be one of her favorite teachers. He is the manager of the facilities and head of the maker's space. He said some mighty nice thing about how she truly bloomed out this year and how she is so kind, cooperative, and lots of things I wish I had recorded. He and G are going to start a chess club next year.

G with the founding head of school, who was in a lot of pain due to knee replacement and soon coming hip replacement.

G with her teacher who will not be returning next year

G with the owner of the town and founder of the school

A jug band was brought in to play and helped the students sing a closing ceremony song written for this occasion. The students played the kazoo with them.  It was really good to be honest.

My hydrangea blooming beautiful purple blooms and lots of standing water from the rains we received last night.

Since the closing ceremony we have been to the grocery store, cleaned the fish tank and medicated the fish.  In the process I broke the air stone so with receipt in hand I have to go back to the store and get it replaced.  It is stuck in the tubing and just fell apart.  Also, I am working on laundry.  Feels like Saturday.

last day of school and closing ceremony

To say she is not happy to wear a dress would be a gross understatement.
yesterday at the end of the year field day, g won this mouth gadget.
Today is the closing ceremony for her school.  She had to wear a dress and it isn't going well.  She is standing like a hunched over monkey rather than standing straight.  She claims I never taught her how to stand up straight.

The mouth gadget flashes lots of different colors so it is pretty cool.  Today feels like a Saturday.  I will be so very confused by Tuesday next week.  I hope I remember to go to work.

We had a deluge of rain last night.  Many wrecks this morning in big city.  I heard a car drove off an overpass onto the interstate below.  I hope I heard wrong.

We are going to do our Saturday stuff today so we have tomorrow to take my mom to lunch.  G will be going with my parents to my nephew's graduation so I get I night of a decent sleep.

G is now legally allowed to stay home by herself but now she doesn't want to.  Still fighting fin rot in the fish.  Nothing else really going on.

Have a great weekend and go to your place of worship this weekend because the Creator deserves our worship.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wrapping Up the Year

Thursday is G's last day at her school.  I am very proud of her for just getting through the year.  She missed her old school and friends, and despite her having a good time at the new school she even learned some stuff.  She is up to 1/2 year in 7th grade math which is great since the goal was to get her through 6th grade only.  She can do so very much more.  She has made some good friends.  She has been recognized for her abilities.  She has proven to be one of the smartest if not the smartest kid there.  She doesn't even realize that she is learning because she does have a good time.

Her teacher gave all the kids in her class recognition today.  She gave G a certificate for being the most cooperating.  G never ever complained about doing things she disliked and her teacher recognized her for that.  Actually her teacher didn't realize how much G complained to me about some of the stuff at school until I told her.  She said that G's attitude was always so good.  She never displays difficult attitudes with anyone other than me.

Friday is the closing ceremony and in honor of finishing her first year of private school I am taking her and my mom to lunch on Saturday.  That will give my dad a break too.  I am overly giddy about having Monday as a holiday because I am also taking Friday off.  I will be thoroughly confused next week about what day it is etc.  G will be going with my parents to my nephew's high school graduation.  I cannot attend but since we were invited, G will represent.

This is our fish and I cannot get the fin rot beat. I just treated it with a medicine I ordered so hopefully we will completely get rid of whatever is eating him, literally.

This is a post from a 2009 zoo visit. She is posing at the hippo statue out front. The same hippo statue she is posing in front of in this photo.  We had a fun Saturday with friends who didn't last very long.  The trick of the zoo is to get there at 9am (opening) and stay for a picnic then leave in the afternoon.  Otherwise the crowds and parking are a nightmare.

G is at youth group at my parents' church so I am off to get her.  Then one more day and a closing ceremony and G will officially be a 7th grader.  Where has the time gone?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Quick Update

G made this flower for me in Sunday School on Mother's Day. And like any good mom would do, I embarrassed her by taking a selfie with it while in church.  Oh and that is my paternal grandmother's nose I inherited, lucky me.

This below, however, was my real gift. An error that G made into an art piece. A friend at school attempted to 3d print her own mom's initials but the M broke off with part of the other letter leaving a lump. She gave it to G, and when G showed me I instructed her to make me a flowery bush with a bee on it. I think it turned out really well.
At G's school 2 weeks ago they had a chef from NM come for a week to teach them how to cook and even made them all a recipe book. On the last Friday the students made and served lunch to some guests of the school. One of the recipes was for chocolate ravioli (or what I like to call, fried chocolate wontons). Here is G getting them ready to be fried. This particular day I fried while G prepared.  I got my mom to help G prepare the edges with egg.

Mom is looking at G with eyes that seem to be questioning if she is or is not doing it correctly. G was oh so patient and twice I heard her correct mom by reminding her to just put it on the edges. Mom was a bit worried that she messed up G's cooking but I assured her that she could not have messed anything up as it was oh so simple to make.

Mom won't remember helping or trying the treats but G will.  Though they were messy, we may make them again.  The nice thing about them is they can be re-heated in the oven so they won't go to waste.

Henry II is doing well.  His color is good.  He swims enthusiastically.  He greets us at the front of the tank when we come by and seems to want to stay there while we are standing there.  I believe we fixed the fin rot.  The cleaning of the tank takes about 45 mins total every Saturday.  Now, we are committed to making sure Henry lives to a ripe old age of 3, for that is as old as I believe bettas get.

G is almost out of school with less than 2 weeks left to go.  This summer I hope she will be of use to my parents and truly help my dad with mom.  Dad can't be outside with mom inside for over an hour which means he can't mow his yard if someone isn't with her.  But G can mow for dad and he can wander in and out to do short tasks while mom is inside which is very beneficial.

I just wish he would ask us to come out and spend the day on a Saturday so he can work when he needs it.  I mean I know I am always welcome, but I do plan other activities for us.  If he would but ask, I could come do their laundry (with mine) and at least fix lunch on Saturday while G mowed and Dad got things done in his yard.  My yard is so small I can mow it Sunday afternoon.

So we have  a trip with the youth group coming up for which I think we are both excited.  I am anyway.  Hopefully I will get some really nice photos of G dressed up next Friday at the closing ceremonies.  Some of G's friends from her old public school are being pulled out and going to a private school next year as well.  G feels really badly for her friend because she knows how hard it is to leave her friends.  She will not let it go and attempts to make me feel badly for sending her to a private school.  I, however, have no sympathy and expect one day for her to understand why I did it.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Just to Catch Up

So the new fish has fin rot.  YEAH!  G is so upset and totally mad at me for not giving her the sympathy she feels she deserves.  We discovered it last night and haven't had time to clean the tank. That will happen on Saturday.  Of course you can't clean the fish and the water he must wait while we clean the tank.  Then we shall still have the bacteria on it when we put it back in.  I am not sure how to get it completely clean without re-tainting the fish.

The day after G's birthday we went to the zoo. We renewed our membership so now she and I can go any weekend. This is G with the red panda. The trick is to go early at the opening. It is cool then and parking isn't an issue.

This is G with the real panda

This is a cheeky posing fish or the blow fish warning us to stay away. Not quite sure what the toothy smile is. And yes it really did bare its teeth at us several different times.
We were able to pet the stingrays again. I even got to pet a shark that swims with them. G was still a bit afraid of them this year so I think she only pet one or two.  It was a fun day spent.  We took a picnic lunch.  I think we saw everything that was open.

Good news I am going to go on the youth trip with G and our church.  I am very much looking forward to it. Now however my dad will have to keep the fish alive for a week.  YEAH!

My sister was in to visit my mom this week and took G with her on a 3 mile walk.  Really, mostly I get the feeling my sister hates me and doesn't like G much, so I was glad to know she invited her to walk.  G will talk to individuals alone but not necessarily in groups of people.  This has the tendency to make G look extremely rude.  My sister is extremely sensitive to rude or stupid people and doesn't care for them much.  G told her more about the project for the fitbits at school which I didn't even know in full.  So I was glad she took the time to get to know G a bit more and spend time with her.  But then I looked stupid with not knowing or understanding the project or reason for the fitbit purchase for her class.

Now I need to go research how to heal fin rot.  This stupid fish will probably cost me a fortune.  I have had to even turn our heat back on!!  So. not. happy.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

A Tale of Two Fish

Otherwise known as the most expensive weekend G and I have had that didn't include a holiday.

Meet Henry the Second.  Being a second you would guess there had to be a first, but you say, "I don't remember there being a post of a Henry the First.  Dear Reader, you would be right.  There wasn't time to post about Henry the First before he was boiled to death due to the heater the pet store employees assured us we needed that would work in our 1/2 gallon tank.

So G needs a pure white dress for the closing ceremony of her school.  We spent the day in town next to big city dress shopping.  After dress shopping we added a beta to the family because our first beta from last year died.  It was sort of a reward for focusing on getting a dress and shoes to wear for the one day.

G found a very pretty double tail fish and we brought it home, added to the tank the heater that the employee said we could bring back if it was too hot eventually went to bed.  This morning fish was dead, the water was 102.7 and G was ticked off at me.

After church we took fish and heater back to the same employee (who happened to be working) and said, "You told me if the heater was too hot I could bring it back, here it is with the fish.  We took it to church for a miracle, alas there wasn't one."  We did take it to church but left it in the car and expected no miracle.

This time however, we upgraded tanks to a 1.7 gallon with no heater but it has bubbly water and a light. We also got a thermometer that clearly tells us the "safe zone" for the fish.  I told this sales person at the other petco our tale of woe with regard to betas and she said if this one dies we should give up, get a serious tank and try other fish.  I agree with her.

We added a beta buddy live plant that looks like a ball of fuzz that should help keep the algae down.  I also moved a lamp close by for the evening when it gets cool to keep the water temp in the safe zone.  G actually wants a 10 gallon tank with other fish in it along with the beta like tetras.  We have seen some pretty ones.  I told her that since we have a big trip coming up in June we would need to wait until after to do the big tank especially since we can't keep the betas alive for l long.  We need to at least keep this fish for a while before we invest in a full 10 gallon tank.

Anyway, that was our weekend.  On the upside we ate lunch Sat and Sunday at two great Asian places.  YUMMY YUMMY and I told G we would need to go to either the next time we have a special day to celebrate.