Project: New Tank

I am so excited! I have a project that I’m working on.  My 29 gallon fish tank sprung a leak about two weeks ago and I had to do an emergency transfer of all my swordtails, blue gourami, cory cats and pleco to a small 10 gallon aquarium.  They are crowded to say the least and I’m trying to make them as comfortable as possible during this time with frequent water changes and hiding spots, etc.  (I’ve added a little more decor since this pic was taken)

Anyhow, I was given a beautiful 55 gallon tank by my brother in law which I am fixing up.  I’m wanting to make my main focus of this tank a set of angelfish…maybe even two sets.  I’m researching right now and I’m learning so much about aquascaping (landscaping in your aquarium).  There are some really, really amazing layouts that I have seen lately.  So, I am going to try to document the progress of the new tank as I work on it.  Today, I ordered some special “gravel” that will be more conducive to growing aquatic plants.  Yayy!!! I can’t help it, this is one hobby that I have grown to love.  That said, I have to give a big “Thank you” to my dad, because he is the one who brought that big tank home  when I was a kid and set it up and sparked the interest at that point.  After that tank was long gone, I tried again as a teenager and failed…ending up with a moss/algea covered tank and dead fish.  It wasn’t until I read a fantastic book called “The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums”  (picture from Amazon), that I was finally successful.

This is by far the best book a beginner can get.  If you are interested in this hobby, I highly recommend it!  Anyhow, after reading this, I setup my tank and have had so much success with it.  I started with 3 green striped swordtails (the ones that are actually orange…beats me) and they have had lots and lots of babies. My husband and I both enjoy the fish: feeding them, looking for the babies when they are tiny, spotting the catfish when they come out of hiding, etc.  So, with my excitement bubbling over about this new project, I just had to get on here and tell everyone about it.  Anyone have any sentimental fish aquarium stories? or a favorite freshwater tropical fish they like?  Please share, I would love to hear your thoughts!


Happy Thanksgiving! I am posting a link here that I hope you can read.  It’s not long but is easier to just post the link.  It is a bit old but I think just as meaningful and relevant today as it was when written.  The article encapsulates so much of how I feel that I don’t feel I want or need to add anything.  Do hope you enjoy!


Act of Valor

I watched this the other night with hubby and I thought it was amazing.  It showed the amazing capabilities of our seals to do these special operations and protect our country from terrorist attacks.  I have an even greater respect for the men and women who serve our nation after watching this.  The neat thing about this movie is that the men are played by active duty navy seals, which showed somewhat in the “acting” department, but I thought that was what made this movie more unique.  I didn’t want to see drama, I wanted to see behind the scenes of these operations and this movie definitely gave me a taste of that.  It was a little hard to follow at first but I was able to put the pieces together pretty quickly as it was going along.  I did watch it with subtitles, but that’s nothing new for me, as I rather enjoy watching with subtitles so I don’t miss what is said and don’t have to rewind (yes, I know I’m weird!).  But overall, I would highly recommend!

Here is a link on more about the making of ‘Act of Valor’:


No More Twinkies? Don’t Fret!

In light of Hostess shutting down, I saw this video and thought I would share it for anyone who just can’t take the thought of living in a twinkie-less world (because as he shows, Twinkies actually DON’T last forever).  Don’t worry though, with a trip to the grocery store for some supplies, you CAN make your very own homemade twinkies!  I’ve never really been a fan of these little baked goods, but the homemade ones actually sound fun to try…maybe I will have to round up some friends and have a “twinkie bake day”.

Below is a video of someone who actually tried the above method and just recently posted the video.

Here are some articles about what’s going on with Hostess:


Quotes of the Founders

Lately, I’ve been educating myself on the Constitution of the United States.  I am a firm believer in continuing to educate oneself throughout life.  Things I have researched in the past and which continue to be of interest to me are: gardening, running, writing, science and many, many more topics.  I kindof get “on” a topic, learn about it and then proceed to something else that interests me.  I often go back and refresh my mind on things I have learned and learn more about them.  I am building up my knowledge one block at a time.  I have been accused of being a “jack of all trades, master of none”, but I do not look at it this way at all.
It’s obvious to anyone who has read this blog lately that politics is a passion of mine.  I really never wrote much about it though.  I have to say a big thanks to Grumpa Joe at Grumpa Joe’s Place, because after reading his blog for a while, I began to think, “why can’t I share my thoughts and feelings on this topic as well?”.  And so, I began to.
Ok, I know my thoughts are wandering a little but, all this to share something I came across when reading pocket constitution I picked up.  In the beginning of the booklet, there are lots of quotes from our founding fathers and some of them are fascinating, seeing where we’re at today!

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.  As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”  Benjamin Franklin

“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”          Thomas Jefferson

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”   Thomas Jefferson

I don’t really need to expand on these quotes as they sum it up nicely on their own.  I am very passionate about our country and the principles of freedom we are founded upon.  My dream, and hopefully a goal at some point, is to teach small classes about what I’m learning: “The Basics of our Constitution”.  I’m not talking about at a school or anything, but at a grass roots level.  We as a people have got to get educated in this regard.  Our founders knew this and had a LOT to say about the importance of education. For example:

“A well-instructed people alone can be a permanently free people”  James Madison

Lastly and VERY importantly:

” A primary object…should be the education of our youth in the science of government.  In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important?  And what duty more pressing…than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”                           George Washington

This is what I am…a future guardian of the liberties of this country.  And I do not take it lightly!  How about you?

Three Areas to Watch

I was going to email this link to some family and friends and I decided to write a little bit to go along with the email.  By the time I was done, I decided, I really should have just blogged it because I think it is very interesting and important article that I’m referring to.  So, that is why this post may be a little jumbled…it was written as an email, and in a hurry.

 This is a long article but is really worth the time to read if you can…even if you have to skim some parts.  Will scare the pants off of you though.  Basically talks about the 3 areas that we need to focus on right away as conservatives.  The first is the U.N. Arms Trade and Law of the Sea Treaties. The day AFTER the election, the U.S. backed a call to renew the debate on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  They want it to appear that this is just regulations on govt to govt transactions, and govt to dealer transactions.  However, it is potentially a GREAT threat to our 2nd amendment: the Right to Bear Arms!  Please keep a close, close eye on this.

The second issue is the EPA and all the environmental and energy regulations that are going on.  Very detailed…Very scary…especially the projected number of job losses due to regulation in eventually every industry. The article states

“The American Council for Capital Formation estimates that the new EPA regulations already in place will result in 476,000 to 1,400,000 lost jobs by the end of 2014.” This is just due to the regulations ALREADY IN PLACE!

Last, author Larry Bell, points out our grim situation with the supreme court judges.  If the wrong ones are put in place, we could forever lose our domestic gun rights in this nation.  He also makes some interesting points about the court of appeals, which is extremely important and one judge, in particular, who sits in the court of appeals:

“A key target of liberal ire appears to be Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who, at the age of 47, is young enough for consideration as a future Supreme Court nomination. The left knows that repeated media portrayals of conservative judges and their opinions as radical or out of the mainstream is an effective tactic.

The last paragraph is this:

With four more years ahead, and the Executive Branch, the Senate and the mainstream media stacked against conservative values, we have no choice but to prepare for a regulatory tsunami and just hold back the floods where we can. This isn’t going to be easy, but then, nobody ever promised us a White House Rose Garden. We must now double-down on our efforts to win it back before only restrictive thorns remain, and before our economic future turns to brambles.

Please read the article for more information as I have just briefly skimmed the bubble on the surface of the freshly poured glass of milk!

To Veterans Everywhere:

I’m so very thankful for you!  Whether you have served in the past or present, your service has not gone unnoticed.  I am not from a “military family” and sadly have not been exposed to many men or woman who have served, other than the occasional occurrence.  But my regard and honor for all those who have served this country in the line of duty is extremely great.
Today, after church, my husband, baby boy and I, went out to eat.  An older man and his wife were in the booth next to us and he had on a black ball cap with gold symbols and the words military on the front.  I went over to him as we were leaving and told him “Happy Veterans Day”.  He smiled and said “Thank you” and I asked him if he had served and when he said yes, I replied with a big thanks and that I appreciated it.  I love little moments like this.  When I can tell one of our own that we care about the fact that they have given of themselves for  our country…that it means so much, protecting our freedom.
So to anyone reading, again, I just want to say Thank You Veterans! I admire you and all you do or have done for this great nation of America!

Sincerely, Gigglebox