Sleep, sleep and more sleep with itching in between.

I have a pretty extensive reaction to the urushiol contact. Both hands, neck to the hair line and on top of one shoulder have all have a poison oak rash. I’m staying on top of it. I feel there’s improvement. Of course this is a problem but I’m still not tripping out about it.

So, yesterday I took out the trash and passed “the tree”, the tree where I found a tiny little snail. I had to pop over there and take a look. I now have 2 microscopic garden snails in the terrarium home. (insert happy dance)

Both snails are so, so tiny. I hope they’ll live. They hurried away into the moss jungle when I put them in their new home. I do hope they get stronger. They’ve got names. They’re Uru Oak and Shiol Oak.  🙂 I found the tiniest, itty bitty little acorns that I added before I found the snails. Their home is so cute and ready to hold them for a long time.

Oh yeah, my pill bug colony is doing wonderfully. The small cricket farm is doing well as is the worm compost pile.

I know people have said that crickets nests smell, and they are correct to a point. I think frequency of cleaning is key to keeping down any smell. Also, I give fresh food daily and I remove large sticks and such for cleaning. The crickets are in a live planted home with about 3 inches of soil. There is space to move and plenty of places to hide. I use paper towel rolls to make cricket condos. To combat or even eliminate odors, proper ventilation, cleaning and not over crowding are key. No, I don’t have a bunch of escapees.

At one time I was breeding mealworms but, turns out I’m allergic to their waste.

So why do I need a variety of bugs and red wigglers? I have frogs and a few fish. Three of my frogs eat live food only, one frog eats anything living, dying or dead. I also have ghost shrimp that munch on just about anything. What the fish and ghost shrimp miss, my apple snails are sure to get.

Food for the bugs.
My insects eat fresh fruit and veggies such as spinach, broccoli, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, mango, strawberries, blackberries, bananas, apples, squash, etc. Crickets also get crushed ReptoMin.

I use a combination of things to help keep the soil healthy in the nests/piles. Clean, crushed eggshells, clay substrate, tea leaves and banana peels.

My utility closet is one of those large walk in types. It’s been divided into half closet, half breeding zone. 🙂 I’ve got the containers sitting waist high so I don’t strain while managing them.

The land snails are pets, not a food supply. I’ll have to read more about what to expect from these two tiny lives, but right now I must go have a long, beautiful bath of Jasmine and rose. To combat the poison oak I’ll add Epsom salt and baking soda to the water.

I’m having peanut butter and jelly for dinner bc I’m not tryin’ to cook tonight.

June 25th, 2017 – 3pm EST

Updated: Still no sign of the Oaks. I have a feeling I need a larger snail. The one’s I found were about the size of the capital letter O. They were so, so tiny. When I put them in their new home they were quick to scurry off into the moss. I’ll keep checking for signs of movement and I’ll continue to add fresh fruits and veggies. I had a tiny piece of carrot, a little spinach leaf and a piece of strawberry in there but it didn’t appear anything had been touched. I’m just going to do a small bit of apple and a spinach leaf this evening. Other than that I want to stay out of it so they can relax and get comfortable with their surroundings.

Curried chicken salad with chopped apple, walnuts and diced avocado. I have raspberry lemon flavored water made here. I’m having fun with these flavored waters. The sandwich is one I purchased from the Abby years ago. It’s a great sandwich on whole grain bread. 6-26-7pm

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