My terrarium obsession.
It started with this $10 fish bowl I found on a buy & sell app…..
One of the reasons I love shopping for used items online
is the fascinating people I meet and never forget.
The Slovakian woman with swooping vines thumbtacked over her entire ceiling
also sold me a toy truck and some wooden utensils,
gave me a bag of empty glass tincture bottles
and a sprig of a spider plant.
On my way out she said,
“Just phone if you need advice with your new fish!”
I was just planning to make a terrarium with it, but…
As Laura Numeroff would say,
“If you give Gigi a fish bowl, she’s going to want a fish to go with it!”
So I started thinking about fish.
(I, who have never had a pet or wanted a pet!)
I’ll get Maddy a fish for her birthday, I thought.
So I wrapped up the empty fish tank….
And we got our first pet!
Best present ever!
She picked out this beauty and named him Menorah.
Having started down the fish path,
I started thinking about filters and heaters and pebbles and decor and fish food and more…..
I started to think
“this fish deserves a Real Tank.”
So I Kijiji’d fish tanks.
Soon I was also the owner of a 10 gallon aquarium, complete with….
it’s OWN 15 guppies (which soon multiplied), a weird shrimpy dude and a big bottom sucker fellow.
We (the very, very non-pet people)
were the sudden parents of like 20 sea creatures!
I had amassed a nice collection of jars by this time.
Next I called up my friend Nanny Jax
to help us forage for signs of life in the forest…
Moss. Lichens. Cool sticks and barely-sprouting bulbs.
Bark and pine needles.
(The end of April and that’s all we’ve got!)
So I bought some succulents too…
For the charcoal layer I thought I may as well experiment with shaving the burnt logs
left from the forest fire from a couple years back.
For the bottom layer, precious rocks from my lifetime of beach-combing the North Saskatchewan River
as well as California shells from my childhood.
Layering the life-support for a little ecosystem is beyond fun.
I would say it’s spiritual,
“Seeing the sweet little terrariums lined up in the window
and the colourful fish swimming round and round
will remind Gigi that —
even though she lives in a dreary, drab, frozen wasteland —
Living Things can erupt anywhere
and often do…
when you give Gigi a Kijiji!”
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