Blogger’s Block

writers block
I have been  in a major blogging slump lately in case you haven’t noticed and I am sure you have.  It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write.  It’s more that I haven’t been able to write.  I just haven’t been able to get the words to flow.  Not that I don’t have time or that Nothing is going on in my life.  I just have been mentally blocked.  So, I am gonna try here today.  

For starters an update on life.  booWe are up to 5 dogs in the Eddington household.  Mandy,Frankey and Squirt are all old standbys that you know to well.  Zoey I introduced you to recently.  And now we also have Boo (short for Boadicea).  Boo is a long haired dachshund.She is about 9 months old and kinda reddish brown colored.  She is very sweet and definitely squirts new girlfriend.  Sorry I have no pictures.   She sleeps either in bed with me or on the couch with Mary when Mary falls asleep out there with Baby Joee.

Momma cat had a litter of 5 kittens, we found homes for 4 and kept one black kitten which we named Emo for Katie.  We also had to get rid of  our cat Moo.  I was very attached to her and her behavior of “nursing” on you while you pet her.  Unfortunately, she took to the most unacceptable habit of walking up and peeing on you while you lay on the couch watching TV or sleeping.  she peed on my twice (and I don’t mean mark, I mean fully relieved herself in the center of my back.), on Mary’s mother once when they spent the night and were sleeping in Stephani’s bed, and the last straw was when she peed on Mary’s head one night.  That pretty much clinched it.   We had had her to the vet and she checked out fine. So she had to go.

My 125 gallon Mbuna tank is PACKED now.  mbuna tankA Gentleman in Ohio gave me about 15 large Cichlids for it plus the ones I already had and a few I have picked up here and there.  Having this many in there requires more frequent water changes but believe it or not it very much has cut down on aggression in the tank and  really has them all colored up beautifully.  I even have one female MouthBrooder holding eggs.  It is truly turning into a beautiful tank.  My tropheus are getting to be really personable in their 120 gallon tank as well.  Mr Wickii and the Niger Catfish are both getting more active and social in their 90 gallon tank.  Mr potato head (my electric catfish) in his 20 gallon tall tank is  shy as usual. Steph’s peacock’s in her 29 gallon Tank have begun to color up beautifully and it serves its purpose as a night light for her well.  My native fish in their 29 gallon tank are doing very well,, with the dominant crawdad displaying HUGE curved claws.  Katie’s 20 gallon long  tank is well stocked with some odds and ends for color and about 15 various cichlid fry that I am growing out  until we get Nyoka’s 20 gallon Long and stand from an Aquarium friend of mine.  Yes ANOTHER tank.  But, Nyoka DID ask for one and Mary DOES know about it. Oh and there is one more little 10 gallon tank with some mollies in it too.

OK…now on to the family and away from the critters.  Steph has been applying for other scholarships.  Still waiting to Here from WKU and BYU.  She goes to school, goes to work, goes to church, goes to seminary, and maintains her social life.  Honestly….I do NOT know how she does it.  Katie, has really been improving in so many ways. She has been much more help around the house and I can see genuine effort on her part to do so many thing she wasn’t even interested in attempting to be a part of before.  I look forward to see her reaping the benefits of this turnaround.  Brontë at times seems to get caught up in the flow but is trying very hard.  Nyoka has loads going on in her life.  She is set to be baptised at 4 pm on February 4th and is VERY excited about that.  She has been meeting with the elders at church to go through her lessons in preparation and make sure she is fully prepared.  She also has signed up for the Talent show at school in March.  I think she is doing a Britney Spears song.( Not Dad’s first choice of artists I assure you)  And then in May her class is putting on a play about the TeePee Folk and the Coyotes (So much for Political Correctness).  Mik has been Mr Dinosaurs,Cars and Trains as usual with just a hint more DVD than in the past.  However, he is taking a bit more interest in my fish tanks than in the past as I believe I have mentioned in a more recent Blog entry.  And then there is poor Joee.  She has been battling with recurring double ear infections.  Suffice it to say that she has NOT been a happy camper with regards to these.  High fevers, glassy eyes, runny nose, snuggles with dad(I won’t even pretend this part doesn’t make dad a happy camper), the whole gambit.   She IS able to have here hair pulled up in 2 pigtails and wear barrettes now though.  She is getting to be a big girl.  She still isn’t quite walking on her own yet, although she has taken a few tentative solo steps here and there.

And so, for me, why am I blocked?  Not enough fiber in my diet?  I don’t know.  cheeseToo much cheese or bread?  Who’s to say?  I just have been a bit down lately.  I have a GCAS Swap Meet coming up February 10th.  All the good in the Kids lives is good in mine as well.  I did hurt my back at work and that sucked.  I was released back to work unrestricted yesterday though.  Not that I was OUT of work long or anything.  Just with lifting restrictions and such.  It has become rather a stressful place to be, I can say that though.  Trust me, it’s not that I don’t appreciate what I do have.  I truly do.  I have a wonderful bunch of kids.  I have a zoo/aquarium of my own to enjoy in my home.  I have a wife that is da BOMB in so many ways I can’t even begin to explain but lets just start by saying she puts up with me.  Maybe at times I just wish I could have these things in a different location or under slightly different circumstances if you get my drift.  Maybe Brownsville.  Maybe a different J-O-B.  Maybe Brer Rabbit and Uncle Reemus are right along with Buckaroo Banzai.  “No Matter where you go, there you are.”  I don’t know.  I’ll honestly try to blog more often and more meaningfully….oh and less depressingly *wink*.  And, BTW, I’ll pass on the cheese with my whine….just in case that IS what has me blocked.

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