Aquarium, part deaux.
The aquarium in its glory days:
Over the weekend my husband started the process of taking down our 120 gallon saltwater aquarium. Three days later, and a whole lot of elbow grease, the tank and contents have been broken down and moved into the garage. The garage smells like Galveston, Texas. Amazing how smelly saltwater can get when it’s not moving.
It’s also quiet in the house – really quiet. There is no more pitter-pat of running water. No more whirl and hum of filters and pumps. No more fizzy bubble sounds.
Saltwater is seriously corrosive. It peeled the paint off the baseboard and discolored the the wall. We’ll be going to get a gallon of primer and matching paint so we can touch up [repaint] the wall. No wonder classic car enthusiasts don’t want cars from the coast or northern states where they use salt on the roads.
But now we have this huge, blank space in our main living room – a little more than 8 ft. of wall space. Everything is off balance. Before we had this nice balance – the fireplace on one end and aquarium on the opposite end.
I have a some ideas …
- Bookcases, you can never have enough
2. Kid space, with toys and games and stuff (all organized)
3. Art! (I’m not an art-y person but can appreciate a nice original, professional or amateur.)
4. A collage photo gallery — I take lots of photos of flowers. Maybe a good place for a collection of framed originals.
5. A wine rack (with wine, of course)
Nanny … all I want for Christmas is a gift card to IKEA!