Thursday, August 4, 2005
By Linda Jones
Announcing arrivals and departures...
We are now the proud parents of...a bouncing baby colt. Actually, Athena the Wonder Horse is the mother. But its her third foal and our first baby horse, so were probably a bit more excited than she is.
The as yet unnamed baby is a week old now and I am constantly amazed at how much he changes almost hour to hour. As a newborn, he was wobbly and scared of us.
As a week-old foal, hes not wobbly any longer and not scared any more either! If you dont pet him now, when youre close to him, you get a head shoved into whoevers closest just a gentle reminder that hes waiting to be petted, I guess.
The new colt is not the only new at our house. (Actually, all of these new babies technically belong at our daughters house, across the driveway from us but two little girls flying back and forth continually make it feel like one big house sometimes.)
Our oldest granddaughter finally begged her dad into a sewing machine of her own and since the youngest doesnt care a hoot about sewing, she got a fish tank and some koi to put in it (when I was a kid they were just plain old goldfish now theyre koi).
Naturally, the oldest had to have a new fish also. (The fish tale started with a beta for the youngest then the oldest had to have one then the babys beta died, so she got a koi to replace it so then the oldest needed another fish... and on and on and on.)
So...last weekend, Gremlin got a new fish tank and some new koi the Binkster got a new girl beta to go with her boy beta, along with her sewing machine.
To make a long story worse, the new girl beta died. Binky saved Wanda (the beta) so her mom could preside at the funeral she saved Wanda in a favorite cartoon jelly glass.
I forced Binky to take Wanda from the glass and put her in a ziploc bag (for all our noses sakes). She brought the glass to our house, so I could boil it for a couple hours and make it sanitary for them to use again (you just cant give up a favorite jelly glass!).
Somehow, the Gremlin missed all the confusion between the glass and the ziploc bag. I walked into the living room later that afternoon (before Mom returned home for the funeral) and Gremy was sipping KoolAid through a straw out of the jelly glass.
Didnt bother her a lot, but Im still slightly nauseated from that sight.
At this point in time, we still have a boy beta and three or four koi they did not die from being unceremoniously dumped into the cold water of the new tank.
Goldfish were hardy when I was a kid too!
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