|Yesterday 03:05 AM|
Dk. I had a wonderful time in your home. Thank you. Come visit me in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
PS-I love how you ate all the chocolates but sent the empty box with me. I was so excited to eat just one more piece.....but it was empty. You are a tease.
|Yesterday 03:01 AM|
I had to return home today.
Had a blast working with the master. Came home and immediately directed my attention to my babies. Here is my tank.....so far.
|03-14-2014 04:48 AM|
|wicca27||shrimpterns are so lucky lol. one day DK needs to do a pod cast lol|
|03-14-2014 03:10 AM|
We started the day fueled by (Shrimptern-made; DK has no problem being a-fed stuff by Shrimpterns and quite happily offers consumption services if needed) pumpkin muffins, washed down by copious volumes of coffee and topped off with a few of those chocolates. Now fully fueled by carb overload, we were ready to take on the orchid extravaganza, all three hours of walking around we did. DK's head nearly exploded, trying to assimilate all the gorgeous visual data entering her retinas.
Shrimptern 3.0 leaves in the morning, unfortunately. Upon arrival, DK had warned that they would be leaving with a head full of - ahem - unconventional ideas.
So tonight DK asked Shrimptern if this would be the case, and was answered in the affirmative. BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!!!
She showed Shrimptern her notebook on Sulawesi research, all inch and a half of printouts and DK comments thereof, and her scritchy-scratch notes on how to make Mermaid water. She had forgotten the rather lengthy and tortuous process she went through to try to convert completely opposite water into instant Sulawesi water, a process the Malili lake system takes a long time to make, percolating through very unique geology to brew its agua. Tonight in the tank, DK measured the beginnings of the water correction and noticed several new berried Mermaids. It remains to be seen if the correction will overshoot her goals. It's always a bit of a crap shoot, working with hobby level implements, tests, chemistry, and such. But, heck, it wouldn't be sporting if we actually had hard answers on a lot of our data questions, would it?
It was rather nice to be able to explain to Shrimptern why most of the tanks are at the stage they are at, which was affected by the Mermaid project.
DK had a Mermaid recipe wanting to crystallize out of solution so had shut down the system to save her injectors until she had a game plan to make adjustments.
This system shut down affected the global flow volume through Water Factory III, which had bumped her operating range slightly below that needed for accurate injections for the OTHER tanks, so while the Sulawesi problem was being worked on and the Sulawesi tanks were offline, all the other tanks were being slightly under-injected and this had bumped nearly all of them out of breeding range water during this time.
It was fun to discuss this with Shrimptern because Shrimptern has a bio-engineering degree and has also had a technical career in recent years operating quite sophisticated equipment that utilizes pumps, filtration, and all sorts of biochemistry. So it was a lotta fun to sit around waaaay too late and talk of technical stuff, together.
And now, DK's blathering, and a-gonna sign off, 'cause she's waaay tired and the Shrimptern 3.0 adventure is nearly over, until...
who's it gonna be?
I have no idea...
|03-14-2014 02:12 AM|
DK has to protect her shrimp with wild wolves.
|03-14-2014 02:10 AM|
Today was a great day
Today was a fantastic day. I will admit the temperature was extremely cold and the wind was blowing hard. DK and I returned to the Amish store and I purchased a small cabinet. It is made from reclaimed barn wood. I plan on finishing it when I get home.
After going to the Amish store we went to Longwood Gardens. Due to the time of year, certain sections were closed off. That did not matter since the place is huge. Pierre DuPont was the rich man that started the Conservancy. He built this place so that he could have fresh fruit through out the year. He also collected many different types of rare plants. During this month the Conservancy has its orchid show. I LOVE orchids. There were so many to look at and DK found herself overwhelmed with beauty. I loved looking at the different types of orchids, and wished very much that they would be mine.
After we got home, I helped DK net out some shrimp from one of her tanks. She also let me dip into some of her tanks and get a ton of plants. I hope that her plants do better in my tanks than mine are doing at the moment. I have a bad case of black beard algae.
Here are some photos from today's adventure.
|03-13-2014 04:53 PM|
|03-13-2014 03:22 AM|
Yeah, it's a hardship, being a Shrimptern. Assorted handmade chocolates.
As is typical, DK lied. She lies, a lot. We did NOT go see the orchid extravaganza today, because, well, Shrimptern wanted to see the Amish place, and we's wuz lazy again, a-gettin' started late. So we go orchiding ta-morra, and also BACK to the Amish place, to pick up Shimptern's Amish piece.
It's hard to be motivated at the tail end of the ENDLESS winter, and when one is overly full of not-health-food and underly full of sleep hours.
I didn't mention it, because the brain is whirring-out and mis-firing due to sleep deprivation, but yesterday we slightly re-configured Water Factory III in an effort to fine tune the Mermaids' automation. So we eagerly wait in anticipation the results, over the next weeks. Shrimptern did get a nice view of some Mermaid babies today, after she cleaned their tank glass.
Oh yeah, the clock hands for the German movement did finally arrive, so DK assembled her vintage deco-industrial slave clock into her new keeshin time machine. She opted to leave it in all its imperfect, scratched up storied greatness. Kewl.
|03-12-2014 10:01 PM|
|SmoothSailor||Mr. DK was so kind and brought us some chocolates from Govatos. Delicious. I already ate 25% of the box.|
|03-12-2014 09:39 PM|
Because everyone loves pictures
|03-12-2014 09:28 PM|
Shrimptern 3 update
Today was a relaxing day. Cleaned the algae off the tanks so that I could get a better view of the shrimp. DK uses a nylon bath glove to clean the inside of her tanks. Personally I use a flat razor blade, but you run the risk of scratching your tanks. DK stated that she used to use this method too, but after a few scratches she went to using the glove.
Stopped by the local Amish shop where DK had her bar top made. There were some very nice pieces there. I plan on returning tomorrow with my SUV and will purchase a piece for my home. Prices are affordable and have character, which I like very much.
Will post pictures soon.
|03-12-2014 02:51 AM|
Yeah, so Shrimptern 3.0 is really tired, and full. Yesterday we ate purple. Purple chicken soup topped off with black raspberry cheesecake over a black chocolate crust. It's hard, being a Shrimptern.
So today we had all these plans. Problem was we were tired, and sluggish, so got moving rather late. The plan was total annual system maintenance of Wetwedding and Waterfactory III.
It was humming along pretty well, lots of work, until the DRAMA HIT.
So, we had pulled two micro-injectors off the wall to open them up, inspect, replace seals, lube, and make adjustments.
Um. Yeah. So DK THOUGHT she had remembered to turn the system from "auto" to "off"...
Suddenly, she hears this weird noise, and realizes it's gushing water. We have a totally open system with injectors removed, now turned on, geisering water over the WFIII control board.
Yeah, so it took a while to mop it up. Had to take down the three stenner pumps which had had a dousing, and put them in the handy-dandy convection oven on "bread raising" mode for a few hours, to dry the pump motors out. Fortunately, it worked.
So, all in all we changed RO filters, the RO permeate pump has been replaced, we took down three injectors and three pumps and did maintenance, lube, and cleaning of all and re-mounted them.
Then we beta tested on flush mode, checking all the connections and functions.
Good news is it looks like the day, while very long, was very successful.
It was fueled by a batch of DK's chocolate chip cookies; smoked salmon, cream cheese, avocado, water chestnut on black sticky rice and nori sashimi topped by spicy sauce and roasted sesame seeds, and copious amounts of libations.
Tomorrow, we hit the world famous Longwood Gardens, 'cause Shrimptern 3.0 is an orchid freak and as it happens their annual orchid extravaganza is right now a-goin' on. Below is a picture of the orchid Shrimptern 3.0 presented to DK upon arrival.
And, um, Shrimptern 3.0 has crawled off to visit the ijoy massage chair, and DK's nook is a-callin' her, so more later, stay tuned.
|03-12-2014 02:33 AM|
Hello everyone....I am Shrimptern 3.
So I am officially Shrimptern 3. I got here yesterday from Bridgeport, WV. (I was born in Pennsylvania!) Took me about 5 hours to drive, but I had to make a few stops along the way so it turned into a 6 hour drive. It was worth it though. I will suck all intelligence from DK's brain for the next few days and share it with all of you.
I have been completely blown away with DK's mad doings! She is super smart and I am so impressed with her shrimp set up downstairs. Her kitchen looks amazing for those that have been following her thread.
Today we did maintenance on her Dosmatic dosing pumps. I learned that routine maintenance of pumps is very important and should be done at least twice a year. DK uses Du Pont Teflon Silicone Lubricant to lubricate the rubber components of her pumps. I was surprised that this substance does not affect the shrimp in her tanks, especially since many are very sensitive.
I have noticed that shrimp love cooked broccoli. It's important to not over feed your shrimp tanks because water quality is vital. DK uses little clay plates to prevent the food from dropping down into the substrate. Any extra food can easily be removed if not eaten, thus preventing foiling of the water.
I have included a few photos. I apologize that the quality is poor. I used my phone. I will try to get some better photos for everyone tomorrow.
|03-10-2014 10:20 PM|
|wicca27||beautiful counter you got there.|
|03-10-2014 01:29 PM|
Yeah, DK's been bizzy. FINALLY got the reclaimed chestnut counter from the Amish wood shop, and this weekend installed it (DK LOVES that she now has a piece of American history a-settin' in her keeshin - American Chestnuts used to be a dominant hardwood specie in America, until imported goods brought blight and wiped out the entire American Chestnut population, so any American Chestnut wood available is now vintage reclaimed wood as there is no new supply. If you are the type who only looks at looks, then this looks just like a plain wood counter, but if you are a cognizant type, you look at this and see a whole history, a product that is no longer, a way of life that is no longer, the remnants of that. This used to be a barn beam, before the American family farm was pushed out by conglomerate corporation farming.). STILL waiting on the clock hands to go with the German movement, for the vintage clock, maybe they will get here today...
BELOW: A picture of DK's American Chestnut barn beam slab, now living in her keeshin. And what she decided to do with the Nabisco lids - she made shadow boxes from them and put National Biscuit Company vintage ephemera in them (click that pic to see larger iffn y'all want to see it better).
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