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  • Oh, Sea Monkeys! I voted no. They are not the answer to late summer malaise. Sorry to hear about Squeaker.

  • RIP Squeaker! 5 1/2 is old in guinea pig years. After the demise of a dearly beloved, I find it soothing (healing) to take a little pet reprieve. Savor the memories before pitching yourself into a new relationship. You know those rebound things just never work out.

  • Sea Monkeys. You are right about the maintenance — I think our Sea Monkeys lasted a good eight months on our kitchen counter. They are far easier to keep alive than one would expect or hope. Save them for college, where pets aren’t usually allowed in the dorm. Or donate them to some unsuspecting family who hasn’t yet known the joy of Sea Monkeys.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Squeaker. She looked just like our Trip.
    I vote no on the sea monkeys too. All mess … no fun. I babysat the neighbor’s sea monkeys. I just kept hoping I wouldn’t kill them.
    I hear you about freedom from cage duty. I loved my piggies, but I don’t miss the litter.

  • I echo Nance’s RIP, with a proviso – when my kids’ rodents bit the dust, I was always a bit relieved. Now, having said that, I think you should go the sea monkeys – perhaps after a short pet hiatus. I am not a pet person, but my husband and kids are. Fi nothing else, it’ll make a great story some day.

  • Sorry to hear about Squeaker. I’ll give my pigs extra head scritches today.

  • Poor partner nothing! When I think about your two WIPs falling off a 33′ platform into chlorinated water, my mind’s eye sees only one purple berry vintage Rowan blur–truly!

  • So sorry about Squeaker, never had a guinea pig, but when the chicken we hatched in first grade died I cried for days (and let’s not talk about the dogs). But, I do love the sweater, I can’t wait to figure out what to do in that pattern.
    As for the sea monkeys, I didn’t know you could get them anywhere but the front of the comics! Don’t do it…..

  • Sure, do the sea monkeys….but FIRST do the contract….the one where it says:
    WHO will do the work of activating.
    WHO will do the work of cleaning up the counters from said activating.
    WHO will change/clean/maintain them.
    WHO will get rid of it when they are gone.
    As long as all the “who”‘s sign it, and it’s posted on the fridge, and none of those “who”‘s is Ann….sounds like a great project!!!!!

  • Aw Squeaker. I love guinea pigs, but I know exactly what you mean about the cage.

  • Acitvate all you want and then take them back to the birthday boy for him to enjoy. What kind of favor is that? Don’t you know about candy and yo-yo’s for the goody bags in Tennessee?

  • Sorry about Squeaker, I voted NO too.Kids don’t take care of pets, at least in my house. Never did after the first week. All pets became MINE!
    My 28 year old got a Yorkie a few months ago…he’s out of control, adorable that he is…I’m afraid of being a Grandmother now, the children will crew up everything!…don’t miss our cages either! Enjoy that side step!

  • RIP Squeakers
    Find a friend who has a fishtank full of fish and activate the sea monkeys there. You wont have to worry about them for long and you will provide a meal packed with nutrition for someone elses pets.

  • I feel your mixed emotions, Ann, as the former custodian of a guine-pig with similar longevity. Cage-cleaning: vastly over-rated as educational activities go.
    The random cables are gorgeous — I’d call it the Enchanted Forest sweater if the name wasn’t already taken.

  • Hilarious you mentioned Spagetti Junction! Hadn’t thought of cables that way.

  • Sorry about Squeaker, although I’m with you on the reduced cage-cleaning duties – the passing of rodents is definitely bittersweet that way…
    And I must also vote against the sea monkeys – tried it last year, and there just wasn’t enough reward after the initial thrill of seeing these little living things swimming around to make them worthwhile… just my opinion, of course

  • For the love of all that’s Holy – do NOT activate the Sea Monkeys.
    First of all, they don’t look like the King of the Sea Monkeys which was a big disappointment in the Roadie household.
    Secondly, there is NO GOOD WAY to clean that tank once they’re activated. It winds up smelling like the water hazard on a golf course in late August. Blech.

  • Peace to Squeaker. Guinea pigs are charming, if labor intensive rodents. I confess, the only pets I have not kept till the end of their natural lifespan was the third-hand guinea pigs my neighbor gave me (she got “free” guinea pigs from the classifieds, then succumbed to kids who would rather have hamsters–the same day–and had to get rid of the guinea pigs before her husband got home.) If I could have had it in writing that they would live to a manageable 5.5 years they might have stayed, but one of my other neighbors is on year NINE of theirs.
    I liking the random cables, at this point they remind me of tangled tropical tree roots.

  • I have to say that I miss our two sweet Guinea Pigs, I loved how they composted so many veggie ends for me.
    Alas they are not here long. Goodbye Squeaker.
    Now, funny that you are voting on the Sea Monkeys, because we are having the very same vote today. No, actually they have become a downright BRIBE.
    Your cables are so organic and beautiful. I’m woefully behind in my Ravelymics goals…

  • 5 1/2 is pretty damn old in guinea pig years. I did treat one once who had made it to 10, which is kind of like a 200-year-old human.
    I voted yes on activating the sea monkeys, but I say that your involvement ends there. The child is old enough to take over the maintenance and accept the consequences if he doesn’t maintain. And then you’re blameless when they go belly up in two weeks. One if you’re lucky.

  • Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.
    That said, I vote to activate the critters. They’re a pain to maintain, but fun to watch.

  • Don’t activate the sea monkeys! Re-gift! Party favors should always be consumable, never anything precious, cuddly, or likely to be named.

  • Aaahh come on! Grow the critters…and then blog about them here so i can actually see some grow. I have wanted to grow sea monkies forever but we don’t ever come across them in stores…..hhhmmm or…well maybe…if the little guy wants to make a trade? I mean I am not sure what a fine gentleman of his age and demeanor would like in the way of a trade for some awesome sea monkies.Maybe you could be our go between for a swap?

  • Aaahh come on! Grow the critters…and then blog about them here so i can actually see some grow. I have wanted to grow sea monkies forever but we don’t ever come across them in stores…..hhhmmm or…well maybe…if the little guy wants to make a trade? I mean I am not sure what a fine gentleman of his age and demeanor would like in the way of a trade for some awesome sea monkies.Maybe you could be our go between for a swap?

  • no No NO ! The picture is cute – they’re not. They look like fleas floating in water and are definite contenders for dullest pet ever :0)
    Alas poor Squeaker. I hope you gave him a good send off ?
    Heather x

  • Sorry to hear about squeaker hugs for you.I said yes to the sea monkeys loved them as a child.The sweater is fascinating love the cables.Hugs Darcy

  • Can’t believe you are even asking about the sea monkeys! Um, no? Meanwhile, loving the random cable project more with every viewing.

  • Alas, Squeaker. She was a princess among pigs. How are the boys handling their loss?
    And for the love of all that’s good in the world, do NOT add water to the monkeys.

  • Sea Monkeys???
    Now I know why I am glad that my son is 22 years old.

  • Being a survey design professional, I note that you left off a couple of options on your poll. May I propose “NO!” and/or “Hells No’s” in addition??!!

  • I think the poll should have had a third question, viz., what the hell is a sea monkey? My kids are a half generation older than yours so I must have missed sea monkeys (didn’t miss the screaming horror of when my daughter discovered the dead hamster though). I do love the ocean and most things about it so I’m apt to vote yes. But one commenter said they look like fleas so that would make me vote no. This obviously is one of life’s very difficult decisions and I hope you can rise to the challenge. I look forward to hearing your choice.

  • One of reader was SO FUNNY…she said that if you write a contract and your kids sign it, they will actually do what they agreed to! There’s a reason children can’t make legally binding agreements: because they’re so very bad at holding up their end of things. And then there you are, left angsting over whether to let the pets die of dehydration as an object lesson. (Although not so much with the sea monkeys…I was projecting.) Now we only get pets when I lobby for them myself, since we know who ends up owning them anyway.

  • RIP Squeaker. You were a sweet pig. If I could figure out how to attach a picture, I would. I well remember the day he spent with the Fella and the Fella’s buddies in room 209, squeaking and hiding and running from the slightest sound.
    I hope the boys have found a fine resting place for Squeaker.
    I am sorry.
    And I vote an emphatic “NO” on the monkeys. They will never replace a furry friend.

  • It is so sad when a loved pet passes on. The house suddenly seems empty. I am sorry for your loss.
    Love Diane

  • Ann, you need months, perhaps years of pet rest. Mourn the loss of dear Squeaker. But, DO NOT activate the damn sea monkees. It’s PET REST for you! Sorry, kids.

  • I couldn’t vote on the sea monkey poll due to a very important (in my mind) question: are you allowed to choose to not activate them? That is to say is it worth your while to tell the child “no we’re not dealing with sea monkeys?” If you can get away with it then leave them be and enjoy a sea monkey free existence.

  • On of my first ah-ha adult moments was when we had an aquarium and we decided to *grow* our own Fish Food for the critters…
    I’m still not over the shock! Our homegrown was none other than the same Sea Monkeys I’d had as a child.
    Somehow, raising monkeys for fish seemed to tip the Food Chain on its ear!

  • I like to be able to actually pet my pets, you can’t pet sea monkeys.
    Sweater- since the sleeves are still a mystery I would like to suggest no cables for them, as contrast. Ribbed, but wide enough (Purl 6, K2?) that it won’t pull in too much.

  • After activation, the only time my kids mentioned them was, “Look Mom!” when they started pro-creating all over the place. Not a pretty sight.

  • RIP Squeaker. At least you have a new playmate up there–Kerowyn, the itty-bitty kitty, passed away yesterday afternoon, too.

  • Dear Ann,
    You know how replacing a major appliance in your kitchen can lead to a whole renovation of that room? Ditto replacing a fixture in the bath…
    I fear that activating those Sea Monkeys will only lead to acquiring something higher on the food chain to eat them.
    Just a thought,
    Lucinda

  • My condolences on Squeaker’s crossing over the Rainbow Bridge. We have two piggies, Cookie and Callie. Callie is now 4 years, 3 mos, and Cookie is 6 mos. old. They’re so much fun and great pets for me and DD who are both are allergic to dogs and cats. I know what you mean about the hay eating. Our two go into a “hay coma” whenever we refill their hay bowl. Nothing else in the world exists but that pile of yummy hay. DD says they get high on it. Maybe they do. By the way, activate the sea monkeys. Might be kind of fun.
    Glenda in Douglas, GA

  • I vote ‘NO’…. ‘HELL NO’. I loved the comment about the contract but we all know that only works in fairy tales. The reality is you dear Ann will be the one to do the dirty work. Every Mom has been there, done that. We are the care givers, clean up after, run to the vet, buy the food and vacuum up the bales of hair (cats/dogs) every day. Good grief woman, NO..NO..NO.. A THOUSAND TIMES NO.

  • so sorry about your squeakers. sad.
    perhaps i can tell you a funny story: one of my kidlets was given sea monkeys for a bday gift. having never had them before, i had no idea that they were actually brine shrimp – a favorite treat of beta fish.
    ummm, don’t activate the sea monkeys in a beta fish tank. the end. ;-P

  • Sea Monkeys were the class pet in the 10th grade English class I taught about eleventy years ago. Until one bright boy dropped the container and spilled them tragically all over the carpet. I suppose there were still sea monkey remnants there until it was torn up and replaced with tile flooring a couple of years later. Ugh.
    Really sorry to hear about Squeaker. Take a break from pets and postpone sea monkeys until spring. That’s my advice.

  • I worked with an artist who, as one of his first gigs, was part of the team tasked with designing that original ad to entice kids to pay a fortune for brine shrimp in the guise of some sort of aquatic simian that could be trained and wore a crown.
    Harmless, I know. But still kinda evil…
    RIP Squeaker.

  • I worked with an artist who, as one of his first gigs, was part of the team tasked with designing that original ad to entice kids to pay a fortune for brine shrimp in the guise of some sort of aquatic simian that could be trained and wore a crown.
    Harmless, I know. But still kinda evil…
    RIP Squeaker.