TODAY was the day I took the 45 minute trip down to Paducah to pick out fish. I had a list of 10 + names I was interested in (a little different than what I originally posted) yet, helpful enough to narrow down the selection. I first talked to the department expertise about the size of tank I had and then about my fish wish list. I started with my first choice a more docile cichlid and then built my other choices around this fish. After picking them out (and purchasing them)  I packed them safely in a ice-free cooler for the ride back home. Upon arrival I set their bag in my tank, and waited around 30-45 minutes to release them. Below are a few photos I took of my fish  enjoying their new home:


Complete tank with fish

Bolivian ram

Bolivian ram

Cherry barb

Cherry barb

Long fin Tetra

Long fin Tetra



Tanked 2

tankRecently I was given a 20 gallon fish tank setup as an early Christmas/Birthday gift. I am overjoyed and a little overwhelmed to take my fish-keeping hobby to the next level. Yesterday I eagerly read through the instructions of each tank element/equipment ( the filter, the heater and the bubble pump) to insure I was installing it properly. Then I began washing the gravel, filling the tank with water, and installing the bubble curtain, Bio filter and 100 watt heater. By the end of the installation I was quite excited to see everything together. Now all I need is to wait for the tank to cycle and  do a little research on the various fish types that I would like to inhabit this tank fit for a king.

After a little looking/reading I constructed the below  gallery of fish that are possible contenders to live in  my tank. Enjoy the beautiful scales & fins!

Shade Garden

One of the gardens I have spent quite a bit of time working in this  summer has been our shade garden. Fortunately this growing season has been wet, and cooler than in years past; these are keys words for growing these shade-loving plants. Below is a composite image I took of our backyard  garden with appropriate name labels. Enjoy!


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End of Art Week #1

Throughout last week I took the time to draw and create various imagery using oil pastels and my old photographs for reference.  This week I’m planning on changing to another medium -most likely textiles. However, to commemorate the end of the week I thought I would share a few more images of my work. Enjoy!