Mom's birthday went very well, from pina coladas to pretty packages.
The lobster ravioli was store bought Buitoni, don't be impressed.
The sauce was a quick whip up of 2% milk, grated parmesan, garlic, paprika,
and a splash of cream sherry.
Subtle, to just enhance.
Add to that shrimp cocktail, cornmeal fried fresh oysters...
...romaine with mandarin oranges, pineapple, Asian noodles and ginger dressing...
...fresh raw oysters with horseradish...
...Boston Cream Pie turned 4 layer torte...
...and you have a pretty happy 72 year old birthday girl!
Let's show off that hibiscus in the hair.
We were all in full party gear. The boys had beach comber hats, and somehow
ducked the photo ops.
The gifts were next.
The tank was set up in the middle of the table, plugged in and running throughout
dinner, with a wrapped box over it.
It's that silent.
We had river rock for a nice natural look.
Now we just need some residents!
So the next day involved a trip to Beverley's Pets!
Now, I originally took 150 photos.
I'm not doing that to you.
Enjoy an edited walk through of our favorite pet pampering emporium,
and I'll delete some things before you get there.
And this can go.
ACTUALLY delete them.
Viquariums are my favorite tank set up.
We've had several; it's essentially a slice of river life with a bank
and amphibious critters, plus tons of plants, like a
wet living terrarium.
We raised turtles until those little quarter sized guys were over a foot across,
at which time Gamera, Godzilla, and Gomorrah took up donated residence
They have an amphibian habitat and were happy to get our pets of 11 years.
NEVER release a pet into the wild.
These guys agree.
And they're watching you.
A bird with a taste for Tanzanite.
He kept chewing my ring until a photo was snapped, so
there's nothing that will hold up in court.
Now, onto the fish selections, which is after all why we're here.
We have 2 three gallon tanks.
We all know this isn't happening.
But it's kinda like a day at the aquarium, so just enjoy.
I'll need some melted butter and lemon please.
Don't give me that look.
Harry Potter and the Search for the Flying Sushi.
Not it's NOT!!!
You're just sick!
See? Now you've insulted him!!!
Okay, down to business.
We'll be needing some live plants please.
Yes, I even garden underwater.
I was very taken by these rosy mollys,
but Mom says they get too large for the small tank.
Her rule: if I can't identify it, I can't have it.
So we chose a fish for the tank...
This guy is headed for a pond.
I'd like to do another viquarium...
...but we aren't set up for that, so we'll just visit for a sec.
Something like this requires at least a 5, preferably a 10 gallon tank,
and no aversion to frozen bloodworm plugs.
Which is what our newt, Gingrich, ate.
Okay, enough fantasizing, let's head home...
Welcome to our tank!
Some live plants and pretty little friends, still awaiting names.
All taking up residence on the buffet where we can all enjoy it.
Buffet top designed by Samwow, who thought flanking the
water feature with white items kept the arrangement light.
I suspect he wanted to freak out the fish with the parrot.
We'll talk about the other tank another time.
...you've been through enough.