We started with a quart mason jar, even before Pintrest filled them with everything.

We added a little gravel straight from the pet shop and a tiny plastic plant.  Filled it with water, dropped in Penelope and our dorm room suddenly had one more occupant.

Guests noticed our mason jar aquarium, because things in mason jars were interesting even before Pintrest proclaimed it so.

“She’s tiny and shy” we’d tell them. “She might be down in the gravel, or hiding in the plant.”

So little, she was nigh on invisible our Penelope.

Friends would look and look for her and, occasionally, one would spy her.

An impressive feat, considering she was never actually there.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify

metal fish with pigeons

Scrap metal, turned giant fish, turned pigeon perch.

This fish is part of a sculpture called Fisherman’s Dream along The Enchanted Highway in North Dakota. Fisherman's Dream

The Enchanted Highway: where one retired school teacher started taking scrap metal, turning it into sculptures and planting them along a country highway in an effort to turn tourists off the expressway and help keep small towns on the map and transmogrified the landscape in the process!

Colorado: Not All Fishing

My mom and I took a trip to Colorado and despite the look of the previous post we did see more than fish.

But it’s possible we only looked up when the fish weren’t biting!

This Moment – Watching Walleyes

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. girls watching fish eggs hatch


If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.

For more of the story and a close up look of what is in those tubes check out, Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Movewalleye eggs

Last fall my Dad, with his local Walleyes for Tomorrow chapter, built a “Walleye Wagon“. This “wagon” is actually a portable fish hatchery, just for walleye, and is parked right next to the lake that they both collect the eggs from and release the fry into. Just this last weekend the fish were hatching – we had to stop by and check it out.

Everything was on the move!

The eggs were roiling around on the bottom of the giant flasks, the newly hatched fry were swimming up and floating down, partially hatched ones with just tails sticking out were flailing themselves around in circles, and people were dropping by constantly to see all the excitement.

It was amazing!

 You can check out Pewaukee Walleyes website at for more details on how they hatched four million walleye fry!