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10 Feb

This is the sweetest thing I’ve seen in a long time.  This goldfish lost her ability to regulate her buoyancy and was stuck at the bottom of the tank. The owner crafted her a fish “wheelchair” and now she can swim again.

It’s so touching. It’s great to see someone caring about even the tiniest creature. It lifts my spirits! And that goldfish is super cute.

dear parents

13 Aug

…I know you think your child is cute, but I don’t want to see pictures of your baby covered in food. Gross.

And if you happen to be the parent of an animal instead of a human child, I don’t care what your cat did.

Thank you.


21 Jan


20 Dec

My dog died overnight.

She was old and getting sick and we knew it would happen soon, but I’m still really sad about it.

That’s all I have to say right now.


21 Aug

I felt pretty good today. I’ve kept myself busy since yesterday evening, which helps to avoid obsessive over-analysis. According to the book I’ve been reading, staying busy can be helpful as long as it’s not a way of ignoring or denying your feelings. Yesterday after crying for a good bit, I started the massive clean up and organization of my bedroom that I had been planning. I managed to get almost all of it done yesterday. I rearranged the furniture and ordered new bedding. I’m feng shui-ing that bitch. And I’m attempting to make my bed The Most Comfortable Bed In Existence. I’m going to make this room my sanctuary.

During the day today I went canoeing with my parents on the Juniata River. It was pretty fun. We saw a bunch of fish and birds, including a bald eagle. I accidentally tipped the canoe. I thought it was funny. I don’t think my parents were amused. When we got back I started priming and painting my old desk and chair to go in my room so I have a work area in there. Then, tonight I had a phone call from a friend that I haven’t talked to in almost a year, which was much appreciated.

So, things could be worse.


5 Apr
  • My driving record should be fine, but they haven’t made me an “official” job offer yet
  • Still waiting to see how much it’s going to cost to fix my car
  • I’m picking up my bees on May 8!  Now I just need to build the hive.  I haven’t started yet.

it ain’t real forgiving, sitting here picturing someone else living

27 Mar

My interview went well yesterday.  I have a second one next week where I’ll meet the people I would be working with, if they hire me.  If I get this job it will be full-time with benefits, which is awesome…but I’ll have to quit my job working with the kids, which sucks.  There isn’t any contest though because I can’t turn down health benefits at this point, not to mention more money.

I’m feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment.  I have a a splitting headache because I haven’t been sleeping, and I have a lot to accomplish this weekend:

  • Order bees
  • Start building the bee hive
  • Finish everything that’s left for my graduate school application
  • Clean multiple things
  • Get as much knitting done as I can

Here’s a pic of my progress on the Lacy Hug Me Tight.   The ribbed part is the body.  The lacy bit is one sleeve.  I’m at about half the length for the body.  I’m using Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Wheat.  It’s heavier than the pattern calls for, but it’s the best I could find at the craft shop.  And, I didn’t want to wait for mail order yarn to get here.  My gauge seems to be right though.

i love the smell of sawdust in the morning

22 Mar

I built a bat house yesterday.   We have a lot of bats around, including one that likes to roost inside the ceiling of the sun room.   I looked up a couple of plans online, but then I just kind of winged it.  I just made sure it was the proper depth.  I used some rough oak boards we had taken out of the second story of the house, so I didn’t have to do anything to make the interior surface grippy.

Then I caulked it and painted it for waterproofing.  Painting it a dark color is best in northern climates to absorb heat from the sun.  The bats like it nice and hot.  I spiffed it up by making a stencil of a flying bat.

I’m so handy.  This week’s goal is to build my bee hive.  If all goes according to plan I’ll be getting honey bees in the mail in about a month.  Exciting!

barking mad

6 Mar

I finally have some peace and quiet after two hours of barking.  They just wouldn’t stop.  My parents are on vacation and I’m the only one here.  Apparently the dogs know that, and if they can’t see me they bark continuously.  Now that they’ve finally ceased the racket I can’t even flush the toilet upstairs.  If they hear me they’ll start again.  I wouldn’t mind hanging out in the room with them, except it’s stinky and freezing.  I don’t know if I can take five days of this.  Do they do that when I leave the house?  Sigh.

As you may already know, I’ve been pretty unsatisfied with the state of my life lately.  I feel like I’m going to end up barking mad sometimes.  Every week I get more and more frustrated with my underemployment.  Seemingly, I’m not qualified to do anything.  I literally make negative money.  Thank you, student loans.  Each month I get slightly further into credit card debt.  At this rate I’ll have no way of paying tuition in the fall.  I really, really didn’t think it was going to be this difficult.  Also, I’ve decided to take a break from dating.  I’ve been putting energy into that particular aspect of my life for over a year now and it’s been exhausting and almost entirely unsuccessful.  It just isn’t working and, frankly, I can’t be bothered anymore.  I have more important things to deal with at the moment, like avoiding utter destitution.  Double sigh.

by the way

26 Feb

…Shiba is doing much better.  Yay!

killer whale

26 Feb

I can’t help but comment on this.  You’ve probably heard about the orca at SeaWorld who killed a trainer on Wednesday.  I have problems with wild animals in captivity, particularly the large, intelligent kind that live in complex social groups.  They just shouldn’t be in captivity, plain and simple.  SeaWorld officials claim that neither isolation nor confinement contributed to any erratic behavior with this animal.  You’ve got to be kidding me, SeaWorld.  Eye-witnesses have said that the trainers knew the whales were acting strangely that day.  Sure.  Taking an animal from the ocean and putting it in a teeny tank doesn’t stress it at all.

This is the third human death that Tilikum, a 12000-pound male orca, has been implicated in.  Of course, SeaWorld will keep using him in shows because he makes money for them.  He’s too valuable for them not to keep him.  This is incredibly irresponsible on their part.  This is dangerous for the animal and for any people that interact with him.  Not to mention, they never should have removed him from the wild in the first place.

I’m not trying to blame the victims here, the trainer or the whale.  But, there is a certain phenomenon of complacency that often crops up when people work with animals.  It’s something that always irritated me when I worked at the zoo.  People think that they completely know their animal.  They get attached to it and attribute human emotions to it.  Don’t get me wrong, I love animals.  But I don’t make the mistake of forgetting that they are wild animals and they need to treated as such.  Anthropomorphizing the animals you work with is not helpful for anybody. When animals attack they are just being animals.  We should not be surprised by this.

Here’s what the Humane Society had to say, and I agree with them one hundred percent.

This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the family of the trainer.  Tillikum, the SeaWorld orca, has now been involved in the deaths of three people. Using these animals in entertainment is not good for animals or people. Sadly, we’ve seen evidence of that again today. Whales and dolphins are large, intelligent, long-lived, socially complex predators who often hunt cooperatively and are capable of swimming a hundred miles in a day. They are unsuited to permanent confinement, often exhibiting neurotic behaviors in these settings. Capture methods are also inhumane, and often not adequately managed or overseen.

my dog is sick

23 Feb

Shiba is sick.  She’s staying overnight at the vet.  I realized today that she’s at least 13-years-old.  That’s pretty old for a dog.  I hope she gets better soon.


10 Feb

night moves

3 Jan

I was hanging out in my room last night when I saw something out of the corner of my eye.  An owl, I think a Barred Owl (Strix varia), landed on my windowsill.  He sort of had his back to me and I froze so as not to startle him.  I tried to slowly move my hand toward my cell phone so I could tell my mom.  But, he only hung out for about 20 seconds, then dropped off downwards from the sill.  I ran to the window and opened it to see if I could catch a glimpse of the owl going after his prey, but no such luck.  Then, I rushed down to the front porch, but alas, he was gone.

I wanted to open the window and let him in.  Like in Harry Potter.

Cause that’s totally what would have happened.

Had I opened the window.

me: 1, universe: 6, chickens: 0

11 Dec

This was my Wednesday:

There was a snow storm the night before. Schools were closed so I didn’t have work. My parents were out of town so I was taking care of the farm.

When I got up, one of the dogs had pooped in his crate. After cleaning that up, I went outside to take care of the chickens. The entire chicken pen had collapsed because of the snow. I locked all the chickens inside their houses, fed them, then went back inside. Then I proceeded to spend 3 hours trying to light the wood stove. I tried everything conceivable, and the damn thing wouldn’t stay burning. I finally got it lit, then had to leave to go to my therapist. On the way there, I accidentally ran over a chicken (somebody else’s). When I got back the fire was out again. I took another hour to re-light it, then went upstairs and didn’t come back down.

dog days

4 Sep

more chicky goodness

4 Sep
These are about two weeks old, so he’s gigantic now. I’ll try to get some new ones next week because he has half down, half adult feathers and he looks goofy.

RIP shadow

9 Aug
My mom called me this morning and told me my cockatiel, Shadow, died shortly after she got up. He was a good bird and I’ll miss him very much. :-(
I’m sad.


7 Aug

We’re down to only one puffin chick now. The chick I wrote about in the previous post suffered trauma from one of it’s parents and died later that day.

Then, last week we hatched out two more chicks. One was strong right off, but the other had a very difficult hatch and had to be helped out of the egg. We tried to keep this one alive with tube-feedings and meds, but he failed to gain weight and got so sick that today we had to euthanize him. But, I’ve added pics and video here of these two chicks (if you’re reading this on facebook, I’ve already uploaded these to my page). The healthy one is still doing great. Enjoy.

These are two photos of our healthy nugget (AKA The Big’un):

These two are of the cutie that we had to euthanize today:

And here’s a video of me feeding The Big’un:

we have a baby!

26 Jul

We hatched at puffin chick yesterday. We just got to see him this morning and he’s the cutest little puffball ever!

I’ll try to take some pictures tomorrow and post them.

He’s so cute!!!

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