News! and Knitting (sort of)! and weird birds… and fish

I have car news but cannot blog about it until Friday night!!

If you didn’t make your guess for the damage estimate, do so in the previous post and you might win a $25 gift certificate or some superwash navy wool.

I did learn that the State has something called Sovereign Immunity.

Secret Knitting

It’s all on Ravelry… one project completed, here, and one in progress, here.

Odd Bird

So yesterday, we went outside and paused because we heard a turkey! So we headed over to where we heard it, but saw no turkey, only another bird. And then that bird flew away and landed on a light post. Well, maybe the turkey ran and hid… And then the bird on the post gobbled again!
Crows are known to be mimics, and they are really bright birds… but I don’t know that mimicking a bird that people like to eat makes this the brightest crow in the bunch.

Odd fish

Have I talked about my goldfish? They are ginormous. Nine years ago the kiddo asked some magician if he could have one of the fish from the show…. we got the whole bag. Four still live to swim (the other two either jumped or were pushed out… they were the biggest fish in the tank at the time each landed on the floor… one even got slammed back into the water to live for a little longer). Anyhow, one of them is really odd, it swims upside down.
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It isn’t dead, just upside down, like it usually is… here out of the tank, which was getting cleaned (it’s clean now).

So I went to the pet store, and bought a bitty Plecos (algae eater). And the fish person told me that a single frozen pea would cure the swim bladder problem this goldfish seems to have.

Have you ever tried to get a fish to eat a single frozen pea? It landed with a little plunk on the bottom of the tank… and now, the upside down fish is now swimming more normally. And the pea is still sitting there in the gravel. I have no idea what is going on. Any goldfish experts out there? Don’t turn me in! These fish really should have a much larger tank! The biggest one is about 5 inches long and the next biggest is pretty close, and the tank is only 10 gallons.

More fish stories

It’s smelt season. I cooked some the other night, because they were cheap at the seafood counter and their lovely silvery skin was calling to me. They were good, but two days later cold with salad greens? Not so much.

This is how many people get them.
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Smelt shacks along the Abagadasset River in Bowdoinham. I think it’s really an excuse to go out and sit around a little stove in a cold little shack and drink lots of alcohol…

It isn’t just women who groom and drive

You’ll have to embiggen to see…. he’s shaving! And he had no idea that I was snapping pictures of him as we drove around the rotary! I was not driving… I was a backseat passenger.

10 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Mel said,

    February 18, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

    Well, I at least know from the car that it’s not my dad shaving, but he’s kept his electric shaver in his briefcase to shave en route to work for years.

    And as for the sovereign immunity, sounds more like sovereign impunity to me.

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    Brenda said,

    February 18, 2009 @ 10:42 pm

    So we live in a state where they can do no wrong? Who knew?!
    I must admit that my husband shaves in the car. Usually at stop signs, but he keeps it in the glove box. It even has a car charger.

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    kmkat said,

    February 19, 2009 @ 12:55 am

    Wild turkeys (real ones) are on the upswing in northwestern Wisconsin. We saw a flock just a few days ago. Our crows do not mimic them, however.

    In northern MN and WI, people net the smelt when they run from Lake Superior up into the streams to spawn. As described here: I didn’t know people actually angled for them.

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    colleen said,

    February 19, 2009 @ 8:57 am

    So the state can do no wrong, eh? So glad to hear it… I’ll keep my ears open for the ‘turkey’ anytime I’m up at AMHI.

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    Chris said,

    February 19, 2009 @ 8:57 am

    That is one really weird crow! I didn’t realize that crows were mimics.

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    Emily said,

    February 19, 2009 @ 11:17 am

    I’m guessing that the sovereign immunity has something to do with them not covering the damage to your car?

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    Molly Bee said,

    February 19, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

    Ummmm…smelts rolled in cornmeal and fried on cast iron. Nothin’ bettah deah! But you’re right, they’re best eaten right away. Poor fishy with balast problems! Expect to look much the same way when I don a wetsuit and swim with manatees in a couple of weeks. I’ll make sure to take a package of Birdseye’s Best peas just in case I have issue. And you know I will…I always have issues!

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    Gramily said,

    February 19, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

    I have a friend who uses an emery board on her nails at every traffic light when she is driving. Then she gets mad when the driver behind her honks as the light turns green. Go figure.

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    February 19, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

    Wow – what a post! I guess I’m going to have to start at the end and work backwards. A. shaving while driving – let’s take that past the “personal grooming while driving” scariness B. Add “as we were going around the rotary” !!!! Words escape me.

    Funny fish stories – I think you’re right about the excuse for smelting. Funny to hear the story about the pea and the fish and the fish tank. I was just admiring the tank this evening and mentally noting that I had not seen it before. Has it been in that spot all the time and just been obscured by the algae?

    Love the projects, esp. project no. 2 – I hope we get to see the finished version before the intended recipient receives it.

    And finally, thanks for the lesson in sovereign immunity – finally a post and a link I might understand!! ;)

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    Andra said,

    February 20, 2009 @ 2:26 pm

    Oh. Sovereign immunity. Not an honorable thing to claim, but similar to a police department or a city not being responsible for legally parked cars being wrecked during high-speed chases.

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