Can’t Always Be Pancakes

Kale smoothie. Don't knock it 'til you try it.

Kale smoothie. Don’t knock it ’til you try it.

Seriously, it’s delicious.  I doubt it makes up for the mac-n-cheese with jalapeños and broccoli I had while out with Fatigue last night, but maybe it balances the beer.

I was awake ridiculously early today, spent an hour and a half on the terrace watching the clouds before starting yoga.  I kept thinking I should grab the camera, but I didn’t.  Sorrynotsorry.  Sometimes it’s good to not think about framing a shot, or cursing myself for being too slow getting that perfect wisp in focus. Enjoy the moment and all that jazz.

While I was having my breakfast, I looked over at my poor tank.

I love indulging my inner nature gal.  In a controlled environment, of course. Sadly, I’m not always good at controlling it all.  Ok, not all sad.  It’s interesting to see what happens, even when it’s things you don’t want to happen.

A recent mystery disaster wiped out all my SPS corals, and has left me a growing patch of cyanobacteria.

Cyano, or red slime

Cyano, aka red slime

A real nuisance, but it happens.  Time for a couple of extra water changes, and to change out the ferric oxide in the back chambers of the tank.  I’m not sure where these high phosphates are coming from this time, but they’re there.

At the same time, I was able to catch this moment.

Pair of skunk cleaner shrimp enjoying their breakfast.

Pair of skunk cleaner shrimp enjoying their breakfast. I couldn’t quite tell, but I think escargot was on the menu for them.

Back on the terrace, I checked on the progress of my little container garden.  A definite zucchini is growing!

I know, I know, those little bug things. :(

I know, I know, those little bug things. 😦

I first saw those little black dots (now recognizable as bugs) on my lily plants a few weeks ago. I immediately purchased a ridiculously expensive fertility spray that was labeled as an organic fungicide/insecticide. Needless to say, they’ve now spread to most of the plants/containers and are having the time of their fruitfully multiplying lives.  Who knew my terrace was the aphid (or whatever they are) version of a cheap Vegas buffet?

But look what else is growing,

Tom Hanks may have made fire, but I've got tomatoes!

Tom Hanks may have made fire, but I’ve got tomatoes!

And peas, real fresh, soon to be delicious, peas.

Yes, please.

Yes, please.

All in all, I’m calling it a good morning.



  1. Your garden is lovely, and your tank is always interesting!

    I actually keep meaning to try kale in some similar context. I like smoothies, and see a lot of great recipes for them, but never seem to get around to making them. Mostly because I hate hauling out the blender and using it and then cleaning it and drying it and putting it away again.

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    1. Thanks, Jen! I splurged on one of the fancy blenders a couple of years ago, I can’t believe how worth it it’s been–not least of which because of the ease to clean it–fill halfway with water, add a drop of dish soap, run it, rinse it. That’s it, no matter what I used it for. I actually leave it out next to the coffee maker now. 🙂


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