Today I cleaned the snail tank, so here is a little photoset for you, of happy, clean snails. I love them very much, my little aliens.
Something kind of exciting happened right before bed! Well, after bed… 🤔 After Christopher and I had our anime time, and I was off to sleep, I had to quickly take care of the snails first. I left it for after anime so I wouldn’t be late to bed (in the end, I didn’t make it anyway). 😒
When I was doing that, I caught two Cuban snails in the middle of mating!
Now, of all my snails, the Cuban ones show the most nocturnal habits. They’re first up quite late at night and back to sleep very early in the morning. I don’t see much of their activity. They’ve been laying lots of eggs, but I never saw them mate until now! 😮 So I had to take a photo, and some video too, because it looks rather different than my other snails:
The video is no different than the photo really, as my friend Jennie pointed out, but I wanted to post all I had since the photo wasn’t very good. 😅 The video isn’t any better, though…
It’s the same process and all, but their parts aren’t the exact same shape/size. It’s not VERY different but just enough that I found it very fascinating to catch. Now I’m sleepy and it’s past 12:30am so I need to go to bed if I am going to take my morning walk. 😬
Goodnight now, for real!
This morning I managed to be out of the house well before sunrise. During my walk, I captured the rising sun. I got my almost- but-not-quite-10-kilometers in. I started the day with energy, but right now as I write this, I feel down and tired. I’m lonely again now that Christopher is back at work, and PMS is getting to me, besides.
On my way back from my walk I picked up a Cuban snail. I no longer do this, as I have too many, but finding a Cuban snail in the middle of the sidewalk by the mall is incredibly rare. Cuban snails are not generally caught in perilous situations past sunrise. This guy was a bit retracted, I thought he might have recently passed, but I took him home all the same.
When I got home and rinsed him, an unusual amount of liquidy slime came out, extremely gross, and in such cases it means the snail is dead and the body has begun to liquify. But you never know with snails. Indeed, I put him in an isolation container with some kale, and a half hour later he’d come out and climbed to the top. I was amazed.
All the same, a snail that finds itself in this sort of tricky spot might be unwell –particularly considering the deep retraction. We will see if he recovers with TLC.
Today I released a couple more YCHs. I’ll release them on the blog as well, shortly. The month is quickly passing by and the funds are not fully raised, but I am trying my best.
Anyway, writing this as I have lunch…
It’s hard to find motivation today. I’m going to try to shower, finish my chores, and work on a pending freebie.
It’s that day of the week! Everyone is nice and clean now, and a few Pom babies have hatched (they are in the inside container, you can see the purple lid).
Anyway, have a batch of squeaky clean stomach-foots:
Good evening, everyone! 😊 Today I woke up full of determination. I got lots done! But to begin with, let me share something from last night. I ultimately picked Anise to wear the lovely dress made by Kitty. Here she is modeling it!
Because today I knew I’d burn plenty of calories on the porch, I skipped my morning walk. I didn’t mean to skip the evening one as well, but it got late and Christopher isn’t happy when I get home after sundown, so I’ll probably just get on my exercise bike after I finish writing this post. Anyway, the porch was the first thing on my day, while it was still kinda dark outside, and still somewhat cool. My first job involved moving all the bricks to a corner of the yard. This was a BIG job:
All in all it was 32 or so bricks, 22 lbs each. Perhaps a little more? 😬 I could barely lift a single one, so I had to take them one at a time, and kinda f***ed up my wrists in doing so, but I did move them all. I also cleaned one part of the porch (no pressure cleaning) and moved everything from the other side, so I can pressure clean that area tomorrow. It’s so filthy:
Another thing I did was move my neglected little hanging plant to a spot where it will get more sun, and, being right next to the hose, be easier to water. I added more soil to the pot and just made it a little neater, it was a mess.
I fixed this little area, too, so now it is pleasant to look at again… 💖🌷
And I trashed many… many things that were in unsalvageable condition. 😞
Those photos are from my stopping point for the day, but earlier, around noon, I took a break to make lunch for Christopher and I. He’d been playing video games and relaxing, so I wanted to treat him to something special. I made him rice balls. 🍙✨🌈
His were plain (that’s how he likes them) but afterwards I made some for me too, and these had tuna salad and spreadable cheese as choices of fillings. They were great!
During lunch and throughout my day I continued to read “Sprout”. It’s a curious little story (spoilers ahead, if you care) about a little boy who is obsessed with elephants. He’s a very peculiar child, who by a wide variety of displayed traits would definitely be diagnosed autistic by our standards today.
The book is overall funny, charming, and without very high stakes, until our protagonist decides to climb up a tree and have a 22 foot fall that nearly kills him. It’s not something I expected to happen in such a short story. While the tone doesn’t change very much, things feel so serious so quickly. In any case, it has a happy end, and it’s a charming little read.
Not only did I do all of this today, but I streamed Dungeon Keeper for one hour (to be shared in a separate post) and finally got through the town of Tickle (I failed, I think, about five times, two or three times in-stream!) and got some work done on a birthday present for a couple of my friends. I might finish that tonight.
In another note, I now have some snail shells on my shelf. These were buried and cleaned out by nature (except for the baby shell… sadly, this is the baby I shared a month or so ago. He did not make it, but I saved his shell). One of the other shells is an old Cornu Aspersum. And the second shell from the left is my sweet old guy who died a few weeks ago. I’m happy that his shell survived in the best condition of the three that I buried.
Now, being done with this post, I’m going to continue on to the rest of my housework, then exercise a bit, then get some writing in before bed. I’ve finally broken through a serious chapter hurdle and I’ve got to strike while the iron is hot.
I’ve been extremely determined not to be late to bed, at least for the last 3 or so days, but this guy managed to break my… two day streak? Oh well… I’d brushed my teeth by 10:30pm and did all my chores, then played Dungeon Keeper until I was supposed to go to bed, but as I was walking past the tank there he was, eating so charmingly.
So I had to pull out my phone and record his angelic rasping:
Only then I realized that I was late, but by then, it was what it was. Some things are of deep importance. I am a naturalist, so recording snail habits is very important. Also, adorable. Just look at him.
Have I used this post title yet? Probably. I’m running out of snaily post titles. Anyway! As you can see above, my Roman and Cuban snails are now together. A big happy family! The activity of the Cuban snails seems to affect the Poms (Helix Pomatia/Roman snails). I see a lot of moving and eating, more than usual. My Poms tend to have a big feast for 24-48 hours after a fresh feed and then rest a while (with sporadic activity) but the Cubanitos are always moving around, and this seems to spur the Pom rout into doing the same.
Speaking of my Cuban snails, now that I have them where I can better enjoy them, they are little beauties…
I will admit though that they’re kinda nasty. They’re SO dang slimy. Far more than any other snail species I’ve kept. Water contact makes them slimier. They are also more… “aggressive”? Or defensive, I suppose. They do that shell-shake thing, and if a poor Pom happens to crawl across the shell of a Cuban snail, he gets swung around a bit (no harm done, but it is kinda funny).
Overall, everyone is getting along very well. Can’t have much conflict on two neurons and with plenty of food.
In the last photo, you can see a Pom engaged in daily grooming (snails rasp their shells to groom them, or rather to smoothen them, when they wake up. Generally, I can tell if a snail is unwell when it is not doing so.) The other Pom is having a drink. Watching a snail drink is one of my favorite things about keeping them.
Sometimes after having a drink, if there is enough water, they wade in and have a good long soak. You can tell they enjoy it and this is nice to observe, too.
Good morning, everyone! I’m back from my mom’s once again and her immigration process continues to proceed smoothly. Now she has her ID so, that was a significant and happy moment.
I had a special dinner with a good friend last night and got to see the beach at night. It really was almost pitch black other than the far-off city lights, and if I had been alone I know I would have been quite scared, by the darkness and by the random people in there that you could hear but barely make out the shapes of in the corners. But feeling safe, it was really wonderful to experience that strange atmosphere for just a few minutes. I wish it had lasted longer.
Now I’m trying to get myself back in gear, do all my overdue chores today, get back to exercising (I skipped my morning walk so I’m hopefully gonna do a 10k walk this evening) and finish the background for the pumpkin carving YCH. I’m looking forward to Friday, and to an outing next Tuesday with Mandie and Shelly.
I’ve collected a number of random photos that fit nowhere, so here they are. First it’s Elliot, having taken residence upon my unmade bed:
Tomoyo decided the freshly laundered rugs made a better place to “fit”:
Here is a large iguana I saw on one of my walks:
And finally, snail stuff. Last Tuesday when I cleaned the snail tanks I decorated the glass of the bigger tank with Halloween window clings from Dollar Tree. I think it looks pretty cute!
And that’s it! Time to get things done. Hope you’re all enjoying your week!
Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice day. It’s almost Fall –tomorrow! So I’ve already gone and updated the blog’s look. I also made myself a new icon, and I guess tomorrow I will clean house so I can decorate on Thursday. My friend Mandie is coming for a “Little” playdate on Saturday night so I want everything to look just right.
I’m sitting here taking a break from work while a lot of people work on our roof, which is being replaced. There’s kind of a nasty smell in the air from whatever they’re using. My little guard-cat isn’t very thrilled that they are so close to our special “hanging out together” area…
I’ve been very productive, both in art and around the house. Commissions are progressing nicely, I’ve also done personal art and a few gifts for Christopher, and even worked on my book. I’ve taken care of the snails and continued with my exercises. Here are some photos of today’s walk…
I’m PMSing now, so I’m in a bit of a “fragile” mood as always, and everything I feel, good and bad, is super intense. I’m trying to redirect my impatience and anxiousness into my exercise routine, and just, looking forward until I feel normal again. 😓
My Cubanitos are doing well. Here they are exploring and eating after their most recent tank clean:
My biggest Roman snail seems to be on the way out. Not much I can do for him at this point. I’ll miss him when he goes, he had an old crack on his shell that made him very recognizable. I really do love my snails. I know it seems strange or silly to people, but I do adore them for so many different reasons.
One is purely from a scientific observation angle. Another is my “Little” self that has always found them adorable. And, they are so vulnerable, yet ridiculous looking, in such an endearing way. I really do enjoy my little pets.
Speaking of my little pets… this is a very low quality photo, but it is just so sweet. Rosie fell asleep in a tiny box:
I’m going to post a bunch of art now, and then catch up on housework before I go and beat my feelings into the sidewalk. That means going for a long walk. 🚶♀️💦