would cause the non-animal people to shake their heads.
I am in the house taking a break, getting out of the mid 90s+ heat, from a very arduous task of installing a thick HEAVY mat in my horse trailer. I got this on sale yesterday, it took 2 men to load it in my truck and it probably weighs as much as I do.
So, I pondered HOW am going to unload and lay this mat down on the trailer floor since yesterday. (I don't have any strong handy guys around).
My brain storm: hitch up the trailer, move it to where I have room to maneuver, unhitch it, chock the wheels, prop the trailer tongue on the cinder blocks I use for that purpose, prop the doors open with bungie cords, (as we have a good breeze today), back the truck up to it and tug, push and tumble and pull the mat into the trailer. They had it rolled and tied up with rope and it made it a lot easier. Once I got it positioned where I wanted it, I cut thee rope and let it unroll itself.
So, I LABORED on Labor Day, majorly.
Why? So the Equine Queen can ride in the trailer on a thicker mat in comfort.
What stories or idiosyncracies do you have to relate? (Believe me, mine is one of many; they have us so well-trained).
I know the mats you speak of, and, yes, they are very heavy and difficult to move around. We did the same thing yesterday in a stall. Same hot weather (Florida) but two people. Bad part was these mats were mud covered from Isaac's outer band. YUCK! The tops were pretty dry, but they were mud-stuck to the ground. Nothing to grip.
After all the work, mats moved back in place, shavings in, smelled fresh...now they better not muck it up right away!! Know what I mean?! :-)
Oh yes, the joys of horse ownership........mine stands in the doorway, (as I have a come and go as she pleases shelter set-up), waits patiently for me to clean her shelter, rake it out/ fluff it up, and dashes in to "christen" it, by pottying.
@ Dan, Love it........dog gets a boat ride!
Thanks y'all! Very smile-worthy!
So, I am not the only person willing to go that extra mile/expense for the fur-babies! Love the photos, Jean. As hot as it has been lately where I am, that pool look refreshing.......and the dogs are obviously loving it.
Daniel, I used to have gouramies(sp?), Angel fish and black mollies......who LUVED their frozen brineshrimp hand-fed. Nasty slimy stuff but the fishies went crazy over it, sometimes "nipping" my fingers in their excitement and feeding frenzy.
I have 5 glass catfish 6 marbled hatches(flying fish weeeeeeee) 3 ottcinclus's (sp?) 2 feather fin squeakers which have turned into giant sea monsters and 2 banjo catfish, there existance can not be verified lol, actually, i did notice one of thems little snouts poking out of the sand the other day but thats the only sign of them i've seen in months lol.
Aquariums are fun, and SO relaxing to watch, especially at night, with just the tank lights on. I enjoyed watching the fish swim around and interact with one another. I rather miss having one.
Is yours a salt water aquarium, Daniel?
I do a fresh water community tank(meaning most of my fish are schooling types) , it really helps finding fish that get along lol. and yes, I do find it way relaxing, especially if the hatchets are 'frolicing' lol
Dan, there addictive really, the one thing that gets most people though is the maitanence, its not that bad but you can't just put them on the shelf and feed them, there little habitats need care :) . seeing as your as hands on as to be a sculpture I'm betting a tank maitenence wouldn't even phase you :) , especially if its a frsh water tank. The big prices are all up front on fish tanks .....
Intially establishing the habitat was the most work, I found. Such things as proper Ph levels, water temperature, the filter system operating properly, having to change the water often at first......adding the fish once you have the habitat established......then it's just maintenance, once a month.
But, on to the other critters.......
My kitties only like certain kinds of food.....not the cheap store brands.....Nooooooooo. Fortunately it's not the expensive variety either. So, of course through thick and thin [wallet], they get what they like to eat.