Tah Dah! Here is Pascal everyone! :-)
Yes, even a fish can get flash in their eyes. I snuck downstairs
at midnight last night to find Pascal swimming about his tank looking
for food. He is apparently very active at night when it's all
dark. I also caught him shooting back and forth across the entire
tank getting into the fake plants and gliding across the rocks at the
bottom, just having a blast. I watched him for about 10 minutes
and managed to take a picture of him while he was far away from his
seashell home at the other corner of the tank.
This is the first Catfish ever for me and I am really enjoying watching
Pascal swimming about. I guess this is the allure of an aquarium
for many people...it is very soothing. Hopefully, Pascal will
live a long and happy life in my household. :-)
Look at little Ted with his funball! This is
little brother, Ted. When my friends S and S got a
new cat, I had
to make him his own crochet ball to play with. According to Ted's
parents, he also likes to grab the crochet ball with his front paws and
kick the ball vigorously with his hind paws. :-) That's
apparently what he's doing in the picture...sure looks like fun...
Update on Pascal...he''s doing extremely
well. He spent all night
last night exploring his new home, swimming up towards the filter jet
and diving back down to the soft rocks. It was like there was a
big smile on his face...finally a clean bath to rid himself of the
filth he was living in. He's also eating now. I think he's
getting really comfortable in his tank. But he's still very
camera shy and skittish when I sneak up on the tank to look at
him. As for Toby? He couldn't care less about Pascal nor
his tank! Maybe Toby thinks that the tank is "furniture" and pay
no attention to it. :-)
Friday, a friend of mine discovered an abandoned Catfish at his new
condo. This Catfish was living in a small tank in absolutely
filthy conditions. It looked like he had been abandoned for
months. His tank was so disgusting that I didn't even want to
take a picture of it. So I felt compelled to give him a new
home. Besides Feynman,
I've never had a pet fish...let alone a Catfish. So off I went to
Petco and bought a 6.5 gallon freshwater tank equipped with a power
filter, fake rock, two fake plants, a wallpaper background, and a
light. Looks cozy doesn't it? I ran the filter for two days
and tonight, I transfered the little guy to his new home. He's
still very scared, hid behind his seashell in the corner all
night. I didn't want to further traumatize him with a photo
session. He's actually pretty cute for a Catfish. I think
he is a Pimelodella Catfish and I'm pretty sure he's a boy
since he is very
long and has extremely long whiskers above his snout. And yes, he
has a name already. His name is Pascal.
:-) For the next few days I just hope Pascal will settle down and start
eating and enjoying his new home. I will introduce him to
everyone soon. :-)
millions of women, I often experience cold hands and feet. Lately, I
guess in preparation for Summer, my office have been like a
refrigerator. I have no temperature control for my office so I'm
stuck with cold hands all day long while I'm trying to work on my
So when I discovered Mr. Funny, it was love at
first sight! Mr.
Funny is a hand warmer that can be reuse over and over again.
Unfortunately, Mr. Funny is very hard to find. I accidentally
discovered him while web browsing at Wishing
Fish. Mr. Funny is now on sale
Fish, so I ordered 3! The original people who created him
are the folks at Oscar
Dehn...leave it to the Europeans to utilize the laws
How does Mr. Funny work? It is a gel pad
with a little flex stick floating around inside. If you bend the
flex stick the gel hardens and heats up. The "gel" inside Mr.
Funny is sodium
acetate. When you flex the stick it will cause the sodium
acetate to crystalize. So essentially, you are initiating a phase
change from a liquid to a solid (the equivalent of freezing). And
during the "freezing" process, heat is released from the system (Mr.
Funny) into the environment (your hands). :-) To reuse, you
have to "melt" the crystals by putting Mr. Funny in boiling water for
about 5 minutes. This will allow the sodium acetate to store the
heat you put into the system until the next time you initiate the
"freezing" or crystalization process again. Mr. Funny basically
demonstrates various ways of heat transfers through an exothermic
The only snag to Mr. Funny is that the heat only
lasts about 10 minutes. So I usually wait until the middle
of the afternoon when my hands are practically numb before I crack Mr.
Funny for some warmth. Hopefully with the extra ones I ordered, I
can keep my hands warm longer at work!
A week ago, Kim and I
went to Santa
Barbara to visit the Sunday Arts
Cabrillo Blvd near Stearns
Warf. Though the weather was less than ideal, we had a good
time oohing and aahing at all the neat things the local artists
made. I will post more pictures from our trip later. This
time, I will show you some of the crafts that caught my eye and some I
actually brought home with me. :-)
fish sculpture caught my eye...very fancy. It's like having a big
aquarium without the hassel of cleaning the tank. :-) But it
wouldn't have looked right in my living room...so I simply admired it
and moved on to the next craft table.
This artist made these adorable ceramic-metal
fish. I LOVE this fish. This one was $300 and looked like
it weigh quite a bit. He also made some smiling bumble bees too!
Here's another view of it's beautiful fins.
If I had a big house with a big back yard, and if I had a lot of
spending money I would have taken him home. I know...that was a
lot of "ifs."
Look at these flip flops! I ended up buying
a pair of silver flip flop charms that cost $6. I doubt that
these ones are as affordable.
Isn't this butterfly cute? It's a little
magnet with a butterfly attached to the flower by a fine
thread. I brought one home. When I open my refrigerator
door, the butterfly dances around. Very pretty...
This little butterfly garden stick is perfect in
my flower pot! The artist who made this is Janice
Hillenbach. She makes various ceramic garden arts including
little ceramic daisies and ceramic bees.
Amazingly, Toby has not taken an interest in the ceramic
butterfly. He's more interested in pulling out my plant from the
is perhaps one of my favorite purchase of the day. This is a
little garden jewel
Although this is meant for the garden, I decided to hang this over
Toby's toy box in the living room. It is just too cute not to be
staring at it everyday. :-)
Overall, the Santa Barbara Arts and Craft Fair was
a lot of fun. Besides the crafts, I also bought two drawings from
the arts fair. It is a fun way to spend a Sunday if you can make
it up to Santa Barbara. I will definitely go back. The
local artists are extremely talented and I guarentee you'll find
something that will impress you.
Dogs days of Summer may have hit Los Angeles early
this year. :-) Is it possible that we only got one week of
June-gloom?? No matter, I didn't wait to find out. Toby and
I hit the beach on my day off and we had a wonderful time.
It was so hot today, we only stayed at the beach
for two hours. But that didn't stop me from taking way too many
If you recall my earlier
post of the beach at low tide, this time all of the rocks were
under water. Due to the high tides this time, Toby and I were
forced to set up camp a little bit above the sandy beach closer to the
High tides covered all of the rocks this
time...but the dogs love it!
Toby would rather hang out on dry land and observe
Looks like Toby made a new friend, a brindle pit
Off they go for some beachy fun!
This is how I kept
cool from the blazing sun...
This is how Toby
kept cool from the blazing sun...
There was a parasurfer sitting next to us
on the beach. He went into
the water and surfed his way out into the ocean in no time! It
pretty windy out there and the waves got pretty big. I took a
short movie clip of the waves. You can even hear the wind howling
over the sound of the crashing waves. Needless to say, Toby was hiding
behind me as I was taking the video. Double click on image to view.
It was not just another beach day...it was
unusally-low-tide beach day. I had never seen the beach with all
of its rocks exposed like this. It was kind of eerie, like the
under bellie of the ocean was exposed.
The rocks provided us with some new
entertainment. There were all kinds of creatures and lifeforms to
see and play with amongst the rocks. I got to dip my feet into
the cool water without having to run away from the waves. There
is a rocky barrier that is usually completely under water to shelter us
from the crashing waves.
Even Toby got his paws wet!! Ok, it was only
because I climbed out onto the rocks and Toby panicked because he
couldn't reach me. He started barking at me from the beach and I
ignored him. So in a surge of bravery, Toby shakily and gingerly
climbed out onto the rocks in an attempt to save me, making sure NOT to
touch the wet stuff. Unfortunately, he ended up running out of
rocks to stand on and HAD to step into the cool water! :-)
We had a good time and in the end, Toby
managed to save me from the horrible grip of the ocean. :-)
Enjoy the pictures...and inspired by Schmeebot,
I even took
a panorama after the tides
View to the south,
where's all the water??
View to the north,
wow...I never knew it was so rocky!
Don't worry mom, I'm
coming to get you!! Ugh, it's wet!!!
Toby was like a goat
on a rocky cliff...ok, maybe not.
Uh oh, ran out of
rocks...what to do??
Let's turn back,
can't wait to get back onto the dry sand!
Ha, ha! I love this article in The Doggie
Times. You too can make an article of your own.
Just be creative. I think this will be a great idea for making
something to annouce a baby birth or someone's birthday.
no...Toby did not solve the real Twin
Paradox. But he did figure out that the dog in the mirror is
not his evil twin when he was just a little pup. Now he will even
look at my reflection in the mirror to see if I am watching him lick
his paw (a no-no for Toby). Not bad for a canine wouldn't you say?
Toby's nemesis...this little gray tabby.
This little cat lives next door and has been teasing Toby for more than
now. I don't know tabby's name nor sex. But this cat is so
friendly to people that the second I would kneel down it comes running
to me and starts rubbing against my legs. If it wasn't for my
horrible allergies to cats, I would have taken him home.
find Tabby in all
three pictures? Toby has come face to face with the tabby before,
and he couldn't care less. But when he's out on the balcony and
Tabby is strutting about the building grounds Toby turns into a vicious
killer and barks like crazy! Sometimes Toby will ask to be let
out onto the balcony just so he can look for Tabby to bark at!
Sometimes Tabby likes to sit out by the sidewalk
do a little sunbathing. That will also serve to tease that
annoying dorky dog next door...how wonderful! :-)
I hate bread crust. I really hate bread
crust. I would pick out croutons from my cesar salads. So
these neatly trimmed sandwiches are perfect for me! I found
these at the Japanese supermarket Marukai.
It's been so hot in LA the past few days that a
full meal for dinner at times would be too much. These sandwiches
are perfect for a quick, light meal. The ones I get come in three
flavors: ham and lettus,
tuna salad, and chicken salad. My favorite is the ham and
I guess it's easy enough to make the sandwiches
myself. But if I wanted all the varieties, I would have to buy a
whole pack of ham, a whole head of lettus, an entire jar of mayonaise,
a tub of tuna salad, and a tub of chicken salad. So it's just
easier for me to get the sandwiches from Marukai. :-)
A tragedy occurred at the park where Toby and his
friends play today. A tiny 4 month old Chiuaua puppy was struck
and ran over by a car right in front of everyone. In a fraction
of a second, it darted out into the street and was instantly struck by
a car. It was one of the most horrific thing I've ever
witnessed. The thought of Toby in that situation makes me
ill. I am also reminded of how precious life is.
When I got home, I dug up pictures of when Toby
became a dad.
This is Summer, Toby's ex-wife with their puppies,
6 boys and 1 girl. Summer is a smart little Golden Retriever that
used to live near the park I take Toby to. She is a very tiny
Golden, only weighed about 50lbs before she gave birth. For
weeks, Toby and Summer would take strolls together everyday sniffing
grass and running. Summer used to chase away other canine
"suitors" in our neighborhood. But for some reason, she liked my
dorky little Toby.
After Summer gave birth to the puppies, I brought
Toby over to visit
his kids. Toby took one look at the wriggly things and decided he
didn't want anything to do with them! Look at Toby running away
like a deadbeat dad! :-)
This puppy picture was taken only days after
birth. The puppy hadn't even opened her eyes yet! Look at
her ears, look at those tiny paws!! This is Toby's only daughter,
her name is Abby. She's now 2 years old and I sometimes dog-sit
her for my friend. Here she is, hanging out with dad in my
backyard. :-) Abby is lucky, she got Toby's looks (very blonde
and very large) and her mom's smarts! She would run into my house
straight to Toby's toy box and grab whatever she wants out of
there. Toby can't do a thing about that! Because Toby is so
mellow, the two of them get along just fine. When I think about
what happened to that little Chiuaua, I am just so thankful that
Toby and his daughter are both healthy and happy.
I discovered a little gem over Memorial Weekend, South
Botanical Garden. Armed with my new camera, I drove ~15
minutes south to this small paradise nestled within Palos Verdes just
above the bustles of LA.
The Garden is charming and peaceful with just a
handful of people strolling about and a small children's birthday
party. This Botanical Garden will host small events and I think
it would be perfect for a beautiful garden style wedding. There
are plenty of parking in its spatious parking lot. There is a
small but abundant rose garden. There is a wonderully sweet
Children's Garden full of charming figurines and tiny houses. There is
a Garden for the Senses with tons of plants to touch and smell.
There are also a handful of small hiking trails within the Garden
itself. Wedding guests would have a wonderful time
exploring this little park with their children.
I had a wonderful time there and I hope you'll
enjoy some of the ~200 pictures I took!
All the places to visit!
Botanical Garden was so quiet and peaceful.
duck and her 4 babies!
beautiful butterfly...there were also plenty of bees buzzing about.
it was a tad too small for me. :-)
Botanica Garden was in full bloom. The colors were vibrant and
absolutely beautiful. All of the roses were in full bloom.
The weather was perfect that day for taking pictures of all the flowers.
I finally got the hang of using the macro function
with my camera. I went a little crazy and took close to 200
I organized some of my favorite pictures into
different categories. Click on each link below to see larger
versions of the montage images shown. I love the rose pictures
but my absolute favorite picture is this one.
I will get a large version of it and hang them in my house.