Home Owners Association

Our HOA… grrrrr! Stupid lawn maintenance people chopped up the brand new soaker hose (along with killing every one of the bushes along the walkway to our front porch) last summer. So we had the HOA president out here a month or so ago to ask what we wanted to do… yank up the old dead bushes, their roots, and toss in some new dirt (dirt is 20 years old, I can’t imagine there’s much nutrients for plants in it).

At any rate, the agreement we made was that we were going to plant our own stuff there. I go out there today and the bastages have planted the entire thing up with some bushes… I don’t even know what they are. No new soil either… just overturned old dirt with tons of rocks and huge bits of the old bushes (GRRR). We were going to clean it up and just toss in our own dirt, and I wanted to plant some Carol Mackie Daphne, Hostas and a few other things and now I can’t.

I am not a happy camper at the moment. Really really really not happy.

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People Are So Annoying

I honestly don’t understand people sometimes. The majority (not all) of the aquarists that I’ve come across firmly believe that you shouldn’t medicate your fish when they’re sick. They want to use natural remedies which is fine if the fish are responsive to it.

I keep seeing people hesitate when the natural remedies aren’t working out so great. You would not hesitate if it were a child suffering from an illness, so why hesitate when your pets are sick?

How many of us keep medications on hand (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, cold, cough, and flu medicines)? Why would you not do the same and keep medication on hand for your fish?

/end rant

On a lighter note; we bought 4 male Congo Tetra last night (the female Congo in the 30G should be happy!) and put them in the quarantine tank. Their fins are tattered and look bad, and considering where I rescued them from I went ahead and medicated the tank with fungus and parasite treatments. All 4 of them ate today, so this is a great sign. The Kordon Fish Protector that I put in there should help with the tattered fins and also help promote healing. It also has electrolytes, echinacea and vitamin B12 (think of it like Gatorade for fish), and will help aid in the application of medications to their skin. Fingers crossed that they make it through the next few weeks!! You should see these guys… they are absolutely beautiful compared to the females.

Mornings. Meh.

I woke up an hour before the alarm clock went off. Bah. It’s just after 8:30am and Doug and I are getting ready to eat our morning bagels with strawberry cream cheese (nomnomnomnom). At 9am we start a new round of P90 while we welcome Tony Horton into our living room. Wish me luck haha! I’m going to be sore and bitchy for the next two weeks.