..with our friends Patty and Mike Briggs. Mike had a nasty cold.
And now I think I do.
Theraflu and Emergen-C are my friends.
Jane is starting on them, too.
Meanwhile I got the Matala filter cleaned out. It’s got 8 mats to wash, the finest of them weighing about like a full sack of canned goods when fully loaded with crud.
I had to attach the pool-hose (screwdriver and quick shove of hose onto the pipe.) And then you have to take all these filter and hose them out, which requires standing in cold water. (Garden sandals.) And spattering crud all over. But the pond water is beautiful.
Meanwhile the main tank is going through a belated hair algae bloom—this happens when phosphate bound up in the rock starts leaching out, and feeding hair algae. Glug.
This too shall pass. I’m running a resin that uptakes the phosphate. So it will ultimately die out.
We did find our resident shrimp putting in an appearance: this is a sign of not-bad-water quality, re fish and inverts. The corals won’t be happier until we solve the phosphate problem—but we’ll get it.
Meanwhile I figure I’m going to feel like crap for the next week. Probably Jane will.
But hey, we had a good time on the drive. The Prius is a joy to drive. It’s particularly fun when you hit the downhill and coast with no engine. We normally used 14 gallons of gas on that drive, in the not-bad-mileage Forester. That’s 50.00…to drive down there and back. We made it round trip on 7 gallons, or 25.00. So cha-ching! that’s 25.00 toward the purchase price of the Prius, eh?
We’re getting about 45 mpg on the highway, with a lot of hills. In town, we’re around 50. We got the car in mid-July, and if we hadn’t taken the trip south to see Mike and Patty, we’d have been into October before having to buy gas. This is nice. We’d been filling a 14-gallon tank every couple of weeks. This is 6 weeks on ten gallons with no fill.
Ah, and you ask what the cats think of the new car, which they hadn’t been in. I think it was a hit. It’s quieter. They were up and about, going to their usual places for the drive. They were quite cheerful.