Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mission: Tropical Fish



Song:  A Pillow Of Winds (Cover)


I took my mother to get some fish for her aquarium.

She wishes to raise different types of fish now.

Reno doesn't have the selection as do other stores on the other
side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

So...
I decided to make an enjoyable day trip for my mother.

We started out our day in late morning
by stopping at Jack in the Box for a quick breakfast sandwich before heading
over the mountains.





We had over an hour and a half drive to Rocklin, CA. ahead of us.


We just took in the scenery over the mountains.






We arrived at our first tropical fish store in Rocklin.

It had just opened...
and I had high hopes...
but I was soon disappointed by their lack of selection.



I was even more disappointed at their set up.

What you cannot see is the many slots in the sides of the tanks.

This means that all of the tanks in each row...
shared a common, and open flow of water.

It was set up this way to limit expense.

What it also does is allow disease to spread from one tank to the next...
all the way through each row.

I had found diseased fish in two of the tanks.

I called over an attendant...
and although he had removed the diseased fish...
I knew that the disease had spread throughout all of the tanks in... 
at least, the same row, even though none of the other fish were yet showing symptoms.





We looked at a few of the other tanks...
and left for another fish store.


We arrived at this store.

It was clean, well maintained...
and, not only had I not seen any diseased fish...
but they had correctly set up their water flow system.

Each tank was isolated from the others.




Each tank was separate...
and each had its own biological filter.






I had explained to the attendant that we would have an almost two hour journey
with the fish.  He said that they would be double bagged...
and that he would not only leave extra air room in each bag...
but that he would use the oxygen tank to fill each one to ensure
the fish would have plenty of oxygen for the trip back.

He also had asked us if we would like a styrofoam container to place the fish in.

I told him that I had already prepared an insulated compartment in the car.

I appreciated their level of service, the quality of their fish, as well as their selection.



We had picked out the fish we wanted...
and we then started on our return journey.


I was feeling so good on the return journey...
I started singing some of my favorite songs.

The only reason my mother could tolerate my lack of singing ability...
is that she is also slightly tone deaf  :)






We are going up the hill towards my mother's house here.

Many of the trees are now turning to their fall colors.


I floated the bags of fish for half an hour...
during which I went online so I could order my mother more fish food.


We had been looking for Dwarf Coral Platys.

My mother had bought 6 breeding pairs.


She had also gotten 3 Sailfin Mollies.


And...
three Clown Loaches.


I placed all of the females in the corner tank...
and all of the males in the large tank.

After they settle in...
we will then pick the male and female with the most positive attributes...
and then place them in the breeding tank until the female shows signs of being pregnant.

I will then remove the male...
and allow the female to give birth in the, then, nursery tank.

After giving birth...
I will place the female back into the female corner tank so the babies can grow
in a tank of their own, with their own specialized diet.

We later went to a local pet store...
and bought a couple of breeding pairs of bright yellow Cobra Guppies.

We will breed them first.


My mother is looking forwards to breeding her new fish...
and sitting in her relaxation room while enjoying them.


My mother loves her fish breeding hobby...
especially since, all I want her to do is to pick out the pairs to breed, and enjoy watching them.
I do all of the tank maintenance and feeding :)









Monday, October 9, 2017

My Mother's Grandson's Last Few Days Of His Visit



Song:  Divenire

Artist:  Ludovico Einaudi



My nephew just departed for home this morning.

These are the last few days of his visit to his grandmother's house (My mother).



For supper on Saturday night...
we went to our favorite Thai restaurant.

We had ordered and shared fresh rolls, shrimp hot and sour soup, Pad Thai...
and shrimp green curry.


 Early the next day...
we departed for Lake Tahoe.

I had wanted to take my nephew to an observation platform just above Lake Tahoe.


On the way to South Lake Tahoe...
I was also going to stop at a scenic rest stop on the lake.

However...it was closed for renovation.


Once arriving at Heavenly Valley at South Lake Tahoe...
we had found out that the gondolas going up to the 
observation platform were not running.

It seems that everyone is renovating this summer.

So...
we decided to drive around Lake Tahoe and head back home.





On the way back home...
we decided to stop at the Lake Tahoe lookout point.


My nephew is explaining the arrows to my mother.






My nephew and I at the lookout point.

We then drove to my mother's house and waited an hour before heading out to supper...
at BJ's Brewery.


My mother and I had tried a mozzarella and tomato salad for the first time.


 My mother and I had a non alcoholic beer (St. Pauli).
My nephew had a beer from Belgium.


We each had ordered the Prime Rib for supper.





My nephew tried one of the desserts.


I just had caramel over ice cream.




These were the trimmings we took back for Hana to enjoy.


And enjoy...


she...


did  :)


As my nephew's flight out was scheduled for midmorning...
I had gone to my mother's house early in the morning to fix my nephew
a good breakfast for his long flight home.

I had made him salmon ochazuke.


I poached a half pound of salmon and minced it in a bowl.


I added a layer of rice...
and added three packets.



The salmon ochazuke would keep him from getting hungry until his arrival in North Carolina.


 As it was early morning when I took my nephew to the airport...
Hana was still sleepy.

All during my nephew's stay at my mother's...
Hana had followed him around the house.

She had also slept outside his door at night.


We said our goodbyes at the airport.




My nephew then walked to the security check point just inside.

He had a good time visiting my mother.

My nephew (Jonathan) and I had some good long talks during his stay.

I remember he was just a one year old child when I went into the Army.

Jonathan is naturally intelligent...
but most importantly...
he is a hard worker...
and he works long hours.

However, as a result of his hard work...
he and his large family have a nice large home on half an acre.


He is a Catholic whom has raised his family
to live by their covenants, instead of merely preaching it.


To be successful in America...
the formula remains the same.

Get yourself educated and/or trained...
and outwork your competitors.

Eschew hedonism and mediocrity...
and embrace the dream, work steadily towards it...
until fruition.

It is that simple.


Jonathan puts his family first...
and he does that which is necessary to ensure that they may flourish.


As a result...
he is a living embodiment of "You reap what you sow".