Whew! Long week last week, and this one will be longer since my boss will be on vacation all week leaving the assistant manager, myself, and the second assistant manager in charge of the store
. Can anyone else sense "chaos". I know tomorrow will be chaos for me since 1) I'm working the sub station, which is probably my least favorite job & 2) I'm stocking the subs which I have no clue how to stock...yeah, fun!
Fishing Derby went really well. There wasn't as many families this year though, which was a bit of a bummer. Even if I like being able to safely walk the docks without fear of fish hooks, it was weird not having so many kids/families. The best part of the derby though, was that my grandfather and I were actually on the dock that my little cousin was fishing on, which we've never been able to do before. So we got to measure her two fish that she caught as well as everyone else's on our dock. Biggest fish I measure was a 15-3/4" Large Mouth Bass. The smallest fish that I measured was a 13-1/4" White Bass that a little boy caught-he was so adorable
he actually tied my cousin with most fish on our dock (2). Back to that White Bass though...yeah, I didn't like him very much. I went to grab him so I could put him back in the water and his head smashed against my hand. Admittedly, I should have grabbed closer to his hand, but dang did that hurt! My hand throbbed for the long 45 minutes left of the derby after that. The White Bass did make it back into the water all on his own; apparently he wanted to plop himself in. Another funny incident that occurred, was that one of our dock workers lost their chair, due to the wind, into the lake. I felt bad for him, but it was so funny with the kids running up to me (I was walking down to the other dock worker's end of the dock since he went to talk to my grandfather) and yelling "A chair fell in the water! We couldn't save it! We really tried!" Anyway, my cousin didn't get any prizes for largest fish caught, or even most caught (7 & 8 were the most caught in age divisions). She did however, win a new fishing pool in a raffle. Biggest fish overall of the derby was a 21" Walleye that was caught on a different dock (largest on ours was 17" Bass).
A wonderful sign that lists (most) species of fish in our lake. There's a couple missing/it's not very specific, especially since we have more than one variety of Muskie in the lake. Otherwise, it's pretty accurate. The Fish Hatchery, who hosts the derby, stocks the Walleye in the lake.
Lovely shot of the lake from the pavilion.
Picture one of my cousin's 7-1/2" Sunfish.
Another picture of it with a bobber in the shot.
And my grandfather starting to measure it.
Cousin's father holding her Small Mouth Bass of 14-1/2".
Very unhappy bass, but very happy dad. What you can't see is him grinning proudly since my cousin reeled this fellow in all by herself, which is pretty impressive if you ask me.
Dock that my grandfather and I worked on and where my cousin caught her two fish. This usually is a good dock to fish from since it's so close to shore.
Fun fact, we had a very large fish prowling around this dock and the one next to it. Someone's line was snapped by a fish and another kid (who I felt really bad for) pulled in just a fish's head. I'm assuming it was one of our large Muskie that are in the lake since our Pike don't get that big and are not very fat (they look like thin pipes). So there was definitely a big fish around. No one caught it though. It was just there for the easy meals.
The rest of last week, and today my mom and I have been working on weeding my garden. We just have one more row to try and clean out after this morning, much to our happiness. I finally got my stuff organized from college today and I still can't find my watercolors and what's worse, I seemingly misplaced my PS3 gaming system too since I can't find that either
. I was hoping to see if it would work with the TV my one co-worker, who's moving, let me have, since they were getting a newer one. I figured I'd have to buy some more watercolors, but there is no way I can buy a new game system. I KNOW it's somewhere in this house, as I remember bringing it in from the cars, it's just a matter of WHERE it went that is eluding me.
Lucky & Renji are doing well. Renji just went to the vet to get his nails clipped and Lucky will probably be going in to Pet Smart to get groomed when I get paid near the end of this week. Both of them have been big cuddle bugs recently, Lucky in particular. He is basically my shadow and follows me everywhere. I feel bad that he can't have a walk today, but it's too warm for one. Renji is currently cuddled up in a chair (his throne), and Lucky is laying on the floor next to me, looking pooped after a hard day of following me around as I cleaned my room and organized my stuff from college.
Merlin & Molly are doing well, they just got a water change yesterday. I think I have finally managed to keep the snails on their own sides with this new tank and barrier as they haven't climbed over the barrier and tried to get to each other. Sad as that kind of is, I'm quite glad since that means no more attempts at snail eggs! Merlin is his usual grumpy self. He really doesn't seem to notice Molly, which is a relief, and Molly has stopped trying to get over to his side (at least to my knowledge). Mom has really warmed up to Molly, as she likes that every time she comes in my room Molly swims up and says "Hi" to her. This is compared to Merlin, who typically flares at her
With Molly, I can't really tell if she's grown any or not (probably to soon to tell too) but she has gained some more color, including some orange on her head. She's such a cutie! She's definitely fun to watch as she swims around her side of the tank. I definitely need to add a decoration or two to her side and Merlin's. Something that they can swim in would be good...just not sure what... I kind of wish I still had Merlin's pyramid since that would have fit now (or at least I think it would have). Oh well! I'll figure something out, I usually do!
Now for some betta pictures!
Merlin had a lovely photo shoot:
Then there was Molly...
I am a good girl!
Many blurred shots later
You can see some of the orange/yellow she has coming in on her head.
Can see the orange/yellow on top of her head too.
Love that pretty blue!
Definitely more blue has come in.
And a horrible attempt at a size comparison picture (Molly is too far back). Only downside to them ignoring each other is that they really don't go near the barrier at the same time anymore unless they're getting fed.
Yep, that's about it for me on what's been going on. I'm going to enjoy the rest of my day off now! Toodles!