Since it seems to be pet night…

Since it seems to be pet night…

Let's talk about my crabs. More specifically, their shells and the awesome organic produce I scored for the critters today. I've got 6 hermit crabs, all of whom wear turbo shells. They prefer the polished version, like this: http://shellhorizons.com/details.asp?ProductID=T1-9&Page=2 or this: http://shellhorizons.com/details.asp?ProductID=J2-15&Page=4 which is their absolute favorite. The problem is that they're growing up and getting bigger, as little crabbies tend to do, barring dismemberment and death. All of the bigger shells I have look like this: http://shellhorizons.com/details.asp?ProductID=D1-9&Page=4 See the difference? The ones in the last link still have their ridged calcium deposits on the back. I have lots of those that are in the next size up that most of them need (except for midget and ping!), but for whatever crabbie reason, they won't touch them. I think it's because they're heavier than the ones that have been polished down. It's the only difference between them (other than size). It is, obviously, possible to get rid of those calcium deposits on the back. But how? Does anyone have any ideas? I could order them more shells, but since I'm now the only person I know with crabs and ShellHorizons has a $50 minimum order and shipping has never been less than $30 or so, I'm reluctant to do that. Next: I visited my dad today and he gave me some organic carrots, beets, yellow squash zucchini things, and snap beans from his garden. He doesn't use pesticides or any other chemicals, so they're wonderfully suitable for the crabs. The question is, how can I store them for long term use without damaging them? I'm also using the leafy bits of the carrot tops (fresh crabbie greens). I'm debating freezing them in ice cubes, but I don't know if that will damage them. They usually only get fresh produce when I see my dad, which isn't often, so I'd like to make it last. It's small portions, I can't add salt or spices, and I don't think they can eat pickled food. Should I just try to freeze them as is? Steam and then freeze?
room!

room!

New camera.

New camera.

New and plant identification?

New and plant identification?

3 questions

3 questions

My first little veggie garden

My first little veggie garden

Plant ID por favor

Plant ID por favor