Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Mystery Bag

Yesterday, Ella and I had a little project.
What's that in the bag you say?

It's a little hooch. Yep, I give booze to my kids. I like to make sure to train their liver from an early age. Just kidding.


Something for a horse??? Well sort of. Sharpie likes anything to do with crumply bags. They normally mean a treat of one form or another. It can't hurt to sniff at the bag and the child though.


Holy Mole! It's gold! Wait. Gold....floating in water?
Sharpie says, "I can't eat that!"


OK, so now you know. It's boring, old goldfish. The 15 cents a piece variety to go in the water trough.

SOMETHING ATE MY OTHER FISH!!!!

Way frustrating since they were real beauties. Grand, shimmering specimens of goldfish majesty that swum around gracefully in our trough. They were likely a wonderful winter meal for a hungry varmint raccoon. After all, I was suspicious about the mortality in my frog pond and must attribute this disaster to the five finger feasters. All I know is that my pretties were in there when the rains began. Then when I turn out the horses a month later and peered in the tank, my aquatic friends were gone. Sob...


You are aloud to say YUCK. And just so you know, I emptied the entire trough and scrubbed it out only a week ago. But the fish won't mind. Now I can grow them big and fat so the raccoons can eat them again next winter... Oh dear.


FYI Goldfish eat mosquito larvae. Mosquitoes carry nasty viruses like West Nile Virus, just to name a few. Thus, goldfish in the trough equals fewer carriers of an evil viral scourge!

20 Comments for OSL:

Concentrationally Challenged said...

So, is there some underground movement of fish-keeping horse people out there? My mother-in-law kept a big beautiful goldfish in her horse's water bucket...until she let the bucket get a little too low when away for a few days...

Anyway...you might consider a Plecostomus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plecostomus). They're wonderful algae-eaters, and you can find them in almost any pet store that carries fish.

Let's hope the raccoons have long since given up looking in the trough for fish.

Julia said...

I have forgotten to state what appears obvious to me and have amended my text to remedy the situation. There is a logical reason for goldfish....mosquito's.

the ungourmet said...

Cool! I did not know goldfish ate
mosquitoes! I also did not know that you cannot just add "s" to the end of mosquito, you have to add "es". Wow!

Julia said...

I could possibly be the worst speller in the entire English speaking world. Really. Were it not for Firefox spell checker you would be laughing at my posts not due to humor but due to my atrocious spelling.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Am I allowed to laugh aloud at your spelling?

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Yes! Goldfish eat the skeeter larvae!

I think your fish-in-the-stock-tank idea is lovely and unique.

Yaya said...

Cool-I didn't realize that would cut down on the mosquitos! You're so smart! We buy feeder fish for our turtle every week. Poor fish. :(

Sara said...

Love goldfish in the horse trough. They get so big. Apparently goldfish are they type of fish that grow and grow and grow. I've seen them as big as carp. Love Charlie and the little girl! So cute!

Mountain Woman said...

Julia,
Loved the photos and especially seeing Ella. I have the exact same trough you have and I never, ever knew I could put goldfish in it. Don't the horses drink them?
Okay, maybe a dumb question but if they don't, I'm off to get some fish.

Pricilla said...

How clever...and fun.

sassy stephanie said...

Love this!!! Great pics.

Tink said...

How much fun you and your kids have. I love it.

Heather said...

I love the photos of your girl and your horse together. so sweet!

Life Ramblings said...

what a great idea to reduce the amount of mosquitoes in the trough.

mbduke said...

Thanks for explaining WHY you put goldfish in a water trough. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why you were stocking a water trough with goldfish. I thought "Maybe she has mini fishing poles or something."

MsSnarkyPants said...

Wow! That's an absolutely brilliant idea! What good little fishies!

Mammatalk said...

Hate those 'squitos! Good to know!

Grand Pooba said...

Wow, the things I learn from you!

Ratty said...

It sounds like it works out well for everyone. Goldfish are cheap. No more mosquitoes. And happy raccoons.

The Mind of a Mom said...

thank you for teaching us that! I would have never know, I need to go get some fish now!!

So Not Mom-a-licious said...

Well I'm glad you explained that because I was sitting here wondering how in the hell goldfish had anything to do with a horse trough! I mean i know we all have goldfish (Trademarked) for snack.
That's what I love about you. You are always enlightening me on things. I don't feel like I am naivee, but I am just naturally challeneged. I love learning about all of this stuff through you!