care farms

PSA

I personally do not buy clown milk but if you do! Pleaseeee make sure you are buying an ethical brand. Many common chocolate clown milk brands like TruGoof and Shamhonk Farms source their milk from caged clowns. Clowns - EVEN DAIRY CLOWNS - need at least 30 feet to roam as most dairy clown breeds are somewhat territorial. 

Clowns kept in cages rarely live past ten years, compared to the 40+ you can expect from most large breeds of clown. 

This clown is clearly unhappy and aggressive due to the close proximity of other clowns. From the fading in his mane, he is most likely also pellet-fed rather than given the fresh candy floss and corn dog meat that should make up the core of his diet.

Free-range clowns produce better milk with less need for antibiotics, and it’s more humane and much better for the lifespan of the clown!

This is what a proper clown corral should look like, lots of space, widespread feed stations, structures where clowns can keep themselves entertained! Some good chocolate milk brands that use habitats like this are FairLaugh and Prarie Farms. Please keep this in mind next time you’re shopping for clown milk. 

Also: remember that clowns only naturally produce chocolate and strawberry milk, with a few breeds of mime capable of producing blueberry. Any other flavors are most likely from genetically modified clowns or clowns that were put on unhealthy flavor hormones, and should be avoided!

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Part Four: Writing Travel With Non-Humans

If a list were made of the top mistakes made by–particularly fantasy–writers, surely travel, travel times, distances, and the needs of animals during that travel would be right up there. Consider for a moment that Frodo and Sam’s journey took approximately 6 months to get from the Shire to Mount Doom. But Pear, you say, it’s not like they were walking that whole time! They stayed in Rivendell for two months after he agrees to take the ring! And of course, you’d be right, but consider that they are two days in Moria, and it takes the group 7 days to get from Bree to Weathertop, a time frame which was just travel, for the most part. Take a look at it on a map:

And now consider the entirety of the world map:

Taking into consideration breaks for eating and sleeping, difficult terrain, horses, boats, and walking, Tolkien did a fairly good job of making sure the travel times for his world were accurate or at least plausible.

Now consider that 30 miles is the maximum a human can walk in a day without stops and without considering gear, and it’s more accurate to guesstimate ~10-15 miles. It’s ~40 miles from Washington DC to Baltimore, Maryland and can be driven in ~1 hour. Now consider that roads and highways have turned difficult terrain into easily navigable areas, and that cars have drastically lengthened how far and how long we can travel. A team of horses pulling a carriage can expect approximately 50 miles over an 8-12 hour day. A horse will tire from a gallop after approximately 3 miles, but could trot 15 miles without too much strain as long as a few breaks to walk were interspersed. It’s been recorded that on one particular journey, a horse averaged 31 miles per day, though 20 is a more reasonable. (I haven’t put anything regarding companions with wings due to severe variability. Migrating Alpine swifts have been known to fly 200 days straight while other birds don’t even really glide very well. If your companion has wings, do very thorough research into wing bones and strength and do your best.) My point is: We don’t go as far as we think we do, and neither do our creature companions unless we care for them properly.

Long story short, distance matters.

When you’re trying to decide how long it takes to get from one place to another in your story, or attempting to figure out how long it would take an advancing army to reach their destination, consider that our modern view of maps and distances has become severely warped. “It’s not that far,” and “They could make it there in a couple of hours,” and “They’ll be here tomorrow,” are common assumptions for writers, but they might not take into consideration that our characters, creature or otherwise, cannot travel all day without pause, even on roads.

Terrain

Remember to take terrain into consideration. Your creatures accompanying your characters have different physiology than your humanoid characters, so how fast can they travel? Do they have the body strength to be able to carry someone, specifically the spinal strength? Remember that the more people you add to the back of a creature, the slower the creature will travel, even horses. Additionally, consider what their feet are made from. A horse’s hooves are a dense material that takes long usage fairly well (rocks and terrain difficulties aside) which is part of why they (and other hoofed creatures) make good pack animals and “vehicles,” alongside other factors. We don’t go around riding creatures with paws because paws rub raw faster when burdened with weight and asked to go long distances. Creatures traveling on their own legs will travel differently over different terrain. Remember when I mentioned earlier in the series that you should be thinking about where your creature companions originate from? Their physiology will be tailored to travel best over that kind of terrain. If they’re from meadows, rocky mountains will slow them down. Obviously, travel speeds will change depending on the terrain, and the endurance of your creatures will, too. Horses will become lame if rocks or other materials become lodged in their hooves (think about having a rock in your shoe!). Consider how terrain could impact your creature companion in similar ways depending on the construction of their feet.

Food & Water

The most common trope for feeding our humanoid characters on their journey is that they have rations in their packs: dried fruit, tough bread, hunks of cheese, dried meat jerky, etc. What’s often forgotten about is sufficient and appropriate food and water for creature companions. Water retention and metabolism rates vary widely across creatures. You can’t assume that they’ll function like your humanoids do.

When you were planning your creature companion and where they came from, I asked you to consider what kind of eaters they are (herbivore, carnivore, omnivore) to get a good basic idea of what your companions eat. They’re likely not going to be carrying around their food like your humanoids might, so you need to plan for your characters to either be hunting for the creature or to allow the creature to go off and hunt. But don’t just say, “They went off to hunt, returning three hours later with a bloody maw.” You need to know if the area they paused in has the types of foods your creature eats available. Know the environments they’re traveling in; know what’s around and what’s not. It’s okay for your creatures to go without a meal now and then, but it’s not going to make them happy or pleasant to be around the longer they miss out on food. Be aware of how their personality, their travel speed, their fighting capability, and their focus will be impacted when they are forced to go without food.

For emergency water supplies, it’s recommended to carry 1 gallon of water per person per day while cats and dogs generally need 1 gallon each per 3 days. These measures are not taking travel into account, which would raise the predicted amounts. We almost never think about having that much water hanging around our characters for their trek across wherever, but giving our creatures the breaks they will need and the water they’ll need often gets entirely forgotten. Take breaks. All-day travel is hard, hard work on anyone, car or not. Make sure your characters are traveling between places with potable water, whether that’s sources like rivers or cities with wells.

Stress, Sleep, and Special Care

Travel isn’t a walk in the park. It’s a long, grueling journey, filled with difficult decisions and dangerous encounters. There’s socializing and surviving, and it’s not as simple as going out to do the thing. Stress is going to come into play more and more the longer your characters and creatures travel. Think about how this increase in stress will effect your creature companions. Do they know what’s going on? What’s their perspective on the trip? Have they perceived themselves in danger yet? How will they react when they do? How do they deal with being forced to spend a prolonged amount of time in close quarters with others? Is that normal and welcome to them, or is it strange and not preferred? Will they seek out their own space or stick close to the others?

Remember that sleep is not going to be ideal. It may be few and far between, after long days of intense activity, interrupted by attacks, unfulfilling because of discomfort or anxiety, or any number of other things. You still need to consider how your creature would normally try to sleep, and then think about how they could if they needed to, because, trust me, they’re going to need to. Similar questions to those above should be considered including how your creature will handle going some sleepless nights. How will its mood and ability to handle changes in plan be impacted by lack of sleep? How about appetite and willingness to perform? All the problems we encounter with sleep, sleeplessness, interrupted sleep, and less-than-preferred amounts of sleep will need to be considered for your creatures, as much as for your humanoids.

Some creatures will need tending to when travel ceases, whether for a break or at the end of a day. They may need special attention like horses having their tack removed and a nice rub down, or creatures that traveled in a backpack or on a shoulder may need to wander a bit and stretch the legs. Please, please, pay attention to these things. There’s nothing worse than reading poor animal care from a farm boy going on their first big adventure. Casual mentions of the care and attention are sufficient, but completely ignoring this facet leaves out a big part of what travel is with a creature companion. If your creature is a mythical beast, break it down to its root characteristics to determine how they may need to be bedded down for the night. Are your dragons more lizard-like and likely to seek out warm places for the evening, perhaps burrowing for a nest in the ground? Are your hippogryphs able to find enough materials to nest in or do they take more to the horse side of things and sleep standing? Break things down and determine appropriate care for your creatures, then make sure your humanoids are performing those actions they need to ensure comfort for their companions.

Look. Just don’t forget you’ve got another character who has different needs. Don’t pass them off, don’t forget about them, don’t gloss over them. If you’re going to have a creature companion, you need to make sure you’re treating them like any other character and paying attention to their wants and needs the way you do for humanoids. Make sure you’re not asking them to go too far, too fast, without appropriate access to food and water. Take care of your creatures!

Next up: Contributing abilities!

On the 2nd of June, 2017 the body of a young girl was found in a ditch by a fourteen-year-old boy who was taking his dogs for a walk by the Barneveldse Beek, the Netherlands. The girl was identified as Romy Nieuwburg (14), she got murdered by her classmate who was obsessively in love with her to the point that the boy was stalking her. Romy her friends even made a Whatsapp groupchat to warn Romy if they spotted him following her.
Romy wasn’t reported as missing because it all happened very quickly after school. She and her classmate had agreed to meet up and supposedly cycled together to the Barneveldse Beek. The two somehow got into a fight and wrestled among the tall grass and nettles, the traces of the fight are still visible one month later.
The suspect, who was very tall for his age, then decided to rape her, kill her and leave her in the water for someone else to find her.
The boy then went on with his life like nothing happened and cycled around 15 km (9,4 miles) to the care farm where he used to help the farmer to milk his cows. The farmer noticed that his arm was red and full of scratches and asked what was wrong but the boy shrugged it off. The suspect then went home, after 15 minutes, and had to cycle another 14 km (8,7 miles), so he stopped halfway to buy an ice cream. He got home just in time for dinner and acted like nothing happened once again, his parents had no idea their son had just murdered someone a few hours ago.
Three days later, in the night of Sunday to Monday, the 14-year-old boy got arrested by the police and is currently awaiting trial. The suspect’s identity has not been released because he is underage.

“My real big dream,” he says, hunching forward in his chair and focusing intently, “is to buy a portion of land and bring all sorts of homeless kids and kids from foster homes or kids who have been in and out of mental institutions because of their weird ideas to live there. There would be a staff of volunteers who would want to live in this farm-type setting. They would grow their own food and the kids would have responsibility for pulling out weeds and watering or whatever. We would also have lots of dogs and cats and animals that were homeless. The kids would be assigned to an animal of their own and they would have this cycle of caring for something. The farm would have solar panels and be self-sufficient. It wouldn’t be isolated because it would be a whole community in itself. There would be room for individual expression and creativity. It would be really wonderful”

- The Face, July 1989

anonymous asked:

As a follow-up on the previous fill: now I'd really like to know more about the Goat Incident!

Previously on: The Goat Incident!

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“Eleanor, Bucky?” Bruce looked up hopefully.

Bucky nodded.  “I can’t say too much.  Highly classified wartime efforts.”

“-That was like eighty years ago!”  Tony protested.  

Bucky slid into the spot on the couch between Falsworth and Dugan, who seemed to smile even wider, seeing Barnes again.  Apparently, this was not their first reunion.  Tony made a mental note to get to the bottom of that another time.

“All I can disclose is-“

“—The goat headbutted a HYDRA operative in the stomach so hard he passed out.  It raised the alarm on the perimeter and when reinforcements were called in, they had a laugh at the guard’s expense and it kept attention away so we could slip in.” Falsworth smiled.

Dugan laughed.  “Sarge is right, though.  Dernier did try to lure the goat away when we left.” He sighed.  “She had gumption.” 

“That’s it?”  Tony felt a little depressed.  “That’s the Eleanor story?” 

“Well,” Falsworth grinned.  “Dernier didn’t just try, he succeeded.  He got the goat to follow us.”

Barnes, Dugan, and Steve were stifling laughter, now.  

“And the Colonel,” Falsworth continued, “He didn’t take too kindly to her.”

“That was mostly because of his hat, though.” Steve managed, strained.

“There was more than one Goat Incident?”  Bruce looked far too curious for Tony’s comfort, which was saying something.  

“Pal,” Bucky grinned, “every day was a Goat Incident until she was Honorably Discharged.”

“What?” Tony sputtered.  “You can Honorably Discharge a goat.”

“Turns out you can,” Dugan corrected, “Though the Colonel wasn’t happy about that, either.  It found one of Peggy’s shoes.  It was the only agreement we could come to.”  

anonymous asked:

Hey if you actually cared about animals you wouldn't be butchering them up and using their body parts like they were jewelry. You must be really sick if you think that's cute.

sorry, i usually just delete bullshit like this, but i’m in a sappy mood about the homestead so i’ll post this for others to read (i won’t change your mind and i’m fine with that)

most of what i make art with is roadkill. the rest (rabbit & chicken feet, ears, skulls) are parts that would otherwise be wasted. you’d rather i put them in the dump? these animals don’t die for me to make art (and yes, that’s what it is. everyone gets different things from it, feels different things looking at it, which is great!). 

 usually, they have to be culled because they are ill, not thriving, beating up the others, or because my DOGS need to eat. not even for my own food… i get most of my protein from my goats’ milk and laying hens’ hard work.

quick question: do you eat meat or animal products like eggs? if not, do you have pets who do? and do you know what kind of lives all those thousands of factory-farmed animals suffered through to bring those things to you?

i am an animal lover. life and nature have basically been my obsession since i could say my first word (kitty). but i also recognize that humans are part of an ecosystem, whether we choose to destroy it or try to nurture the world around us. ecosystems rely on death. if you know a single thing about biology, ecology, or the world outside the city you probably live in? you know that death is as necessary as life for the world to keep breathing as one enormous organism. death on every level, the cycling of nutrients and energy from the sky down to the dirt, is what makes this world possible.

so. yes. i use the 5 acres i live on to grow gardens (organic means that depends on manure!) and to feed/house livestock. i spend 4-6 hours daily doing my best to give them lives not only free from suffering, but full of joy/enjoyment. i protect these animals from predators, feed them well and give them clean water, make them comfortable places to sleep, sort out their social lives so they’re always with their best friends. that’s a hell of a lot more than i can say for the wildlife that lives in the forests around me, let alone factory farmed animals.

so i guess i’m asking… do you really think small-scale homesteading, by people who use every single part of the animals who have to die here, is the problem? take a closer look at the industrialized food production that you depend on. even if you buy 100% v/egan products you’re still supporting corporate big agriculture, which is interlocked tightly with factory farming.

Me a few months ago: Oh boy oh boy I can’t wait to play Stardew Valley, taking care of a farm and exploring the mines and attending festivals and

Stardew Valley: and meeting alcoholic depressed characters

Me:

Stardew Valley: and crafting super slick truffle oil for an old pervert

Me: that’s not even

Stardew Valley: and seeing a father suffering from PTSD because he just came home from war

Me: w h a t

Stardew Valley: haha yes but wait until you see the writer who is so lonely that it almost drives him crazy

Me: What the hell is up with that game

Swedish books/movies/tv shows you should read/watch

Originally posted by introverts-hideaway

Here is a list of swedish books/movies/tv shows that you should read/watch if you want to !

(this is not a ranking)

1. BOOKS

April Witch 

(Aprilhäxan) by  Majgull Axelsson. 

Desirée wants to know who stole her life. Institutionalised since early childhood due to severe disabilities, she lies in her hospital bed making plans. She can neither walk nor talk, but she has special abilities. Desirée is an ‘April witch’, which means that she’s able to see through other creatures’ eyes and can make them take her wherever she wants to. In her quest to find out which of her three foster sisters has stolen her life, Desirée becomes an invisible presence in their lives, following them, biding her time.

Simon and the Oaks

(Simon och ekarna) by Marianne Fredriksson.

Simon Larsson grows up in a working-class family in Gothenburg in the 1940s. World War II is raging. Simon’s father is a man of principles and strong views; his mother runs the home with love and warmth. But they are not his biological parents. Simon finds out that he was adopted and that his real father is Jewish. At school, Simon meets Isak Lentov, the son of a rich Jewish bookkeeper. The Lentovs, who fled from Nazi Germany before the war, becomes closely linked to Simon’s own family as the two boys make the transition from childhood to adulthood.

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

(Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann) by Jonas Jonasson.

On his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson breaks out of an old people’s home, through the window. He is determined to fill his remaining days with adventure and embarks on a long journey through Sweden, being chased by thieves and police, making friends along the way. Mixed with his old-age adventure, his life’s story is told: he dines with president-to-be Harry S. Truman, hitchhikes with Winston Churchill, travels on a river boat with Mao Zedong’s wife and treks through the Himalayas.

Gösta Berling’s Saga

by Selma Lagerlöf.

A priest defrocked for misbehaving and drinking, Gösta Berling wants to die. The Mistress of Ekeby saves him from freezing to death and takes him in. As one of 12 party-loving homeless men in the manor at Ekeby, Gösta Berling becomes a leading spirit. But the evil Sintram lures the men into making a deal with the devil, which leads to the Mistress of Ekeby leaving home. Wild adventures, power struggle and redemption follow.

Let the Right One In

(Låt den rätta komma in) by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

It’s the winter of 1981 in the grey Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg. Twelve-year-old Oskar is being bullied. But he has a friend who lives next door, Eli. The two develop a close relationship, and Eli helps Oskar fight back against his tormentors. But this story is more than just a snapshot of average suburban life. Eli is a vampire, which Oskar has yet to find out. As mysterious murders spread fear and confusion in the community, Oskar starts to understand – but doesn’t abandon Eli.

The Road

(Vägen till Klockrike) by Harry Martinson.

In 1898, cigar maker Bolle faces big changes. Hand-rolled cigars have to give way to modern, machine-made, mass-produced cigars. Industrialisation is here and Bolle doesn’t like it. He hits the road. On wood-lined gravel roads we follow his vagabond journey through a Sweden about to change. Bolle learns how to beg without provoking people, faces the fear of inhabitants and meets riding policemen as well as vagabond friends. The vagabonds share a longing for freedom and a feeling of scepticism of the brave new world.

Popular Music from Vittula

(Populärmusik från Vittula) by Mikael Niemi.

Matti and his silent friend Niila grow up in Pajala in the very north of Sweden, in an area called Vittula. This is the 1960s/70s, when roads are covered with asphalt, small farms are closed and rock music hits the radio. The older generation doesn’t like the novelties, shaped as they are by memories of poorer times and by Laestadianism, a conservative Lutheran movement that started in Swedish Lapland. Mikael and his friends dream of another life, a life that awaits beyond the horizon.

Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs

(Nu vill jag sjunga dig milda sånger) by Linda Olsson.

One dark evening in March, Veronika arrives at a remote cottage in a small Swedish village, having come all the way from New Zealand. She is a young author longing for peace and quiet to be able to finish her novel and get on with her life after mourning a great loss. Veronika’s closest neighbour is Astrid, a loner. Behind her walls, dark family secrets and a personal tragedy are hidden. As the cold winter turns to spring, the two women slowly form a bond. Their friendship will change both of their lives forever.

The People of Hemsö

(Hemsöborna) by August Strindberg.

Carlsson is on his way to the island of Hemsö in the Stockholm archipelago to work at widow Flod’s farm. With Flod’s husband dead and her son Gusten not caring about farming, the farm is in a state of disorder. When Carlsson starts taking care of everything, Flod is happy, but her son finds Carlsson very snobbish. Eventually Carlsson marries Flod – but let’s just say she’s not the only woman on the island.

The Serious Game

(Den allvarsamma leken) by Hjalmar Söderberg.

Arvid Stjärnblom and Lydia Stille accidentally meet again, ten years after their young romance ended. Now, they are both married, but can’t help falling for each other again and start an affair. Lydia is an independent woman who gets a divorce and is prepared to follow her emotions, which turns out to have far-reaching consequences. Arvid, on the other hand, stays married to his wife with whom he has two children. It soon becomes clear that love is a serious game.

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I don’t talk to fish - Aquaman x reader

Can you one with Aquaman? Where he and the reader know each other but they hate each other an then they fall in love eventually? Requested by https://itsrebeca.tumblr.com @itsrebeca

I accidentaly delated the original message so…yeah. Here we go. It’s really long because I didn’t wanna make more than one part huh. And it kinda sucks…Oh well, I tried. It’s so late…

(My masterlist blog here : https://ella-ravenwood-archives.tumblr.com)

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The first time you met Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman, you were having a nice lunch date at your favorite cafe in Metropolis with your brother, Clark. 

You weren’t happy that one of his super-friend ruined your chance to spent time just the two of you. Since he moved to Metropolis and became Superman, you nearly never saw your brother, and you missed him. You guys have always been very close, and despite his overprotecting you, he just didn’t had time to hang out with you that much anymore…Especially since you stayed in Smallville to take care of the family farm with your ma’. 

You often joked about the fact that you’d have to be in grave danger to see him. Worst thing was, it was true…So when he called you and asked if you wanted to come for the week-end to Metropolis, you said yes without hesitation…The first day, he saved the world from aliens with the Justice League, and only came back late at night. You had to almost dragged him out of bed for him to follow you to the café to have lunch…and now, that Aqua-dude was ruining it. 

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hey yall remember my reverse au ?? Well ok it wasn’t my plan to make something big of it but @beach-city-mystery-girl  gave me way too many ideas and headcanons to let it slide……

Some facts/headcanons/whatever:

  • Spike is quite the same dragon here. But he has a crush on Applejack, instead of on Rarity
  • Pinkie is Celestia’s student, as she’s the filly who gets to accidentally break Spike’s egg. Celestia, being aware of her energy and potential, which could bring joy and unity to the whole land, takes her as her student, and sends her to Ponyville to learn the value of friendship and teamwork, since reverse!Pinkie has trouble at bonding or working with other ponies (even if she’s cheerful and friendly, she likes to work alone, and would rather not to deepen relationships). Her only friend is Spike, and Celestia, basically.
  • Twilight of course never was Celestia’s student, and never thought “friendship was silly”. That’s because Shining Armor never tried to be part of the royal guard, and therefore, he spent more time with her sister, teaching her the value of friendship and family. Adult Twilight eventually moves to Ponyville to become a librarian and an event planner, as she loves to organize. She also becomes the official Ponyville party planner, even if she doesn’t really like parties.
  • Rainbow Dash wants to design outfits and stuff for the Wonderbolts, rather than flying with them (sorry I still need a fashionista in this au). She still enjoys flying, but only to do pretty art sky.
  • Fluttershy, besides being an animal caretaker, she works in the apple farm too, helping AJ (as BigMac is in the Crystal Empire, ruling). She’s kind and gentle, but have little patience and won’t hesitate to make you eat those damn vegetables, Angel Bunny.
  • Applejack works in the farm, taking care of the numbers and promotion side, she still bucks apples, but isn’t something she get to do often. (Good thing Fluttershy is there to help!) She wants to expand the business in a very ambitious way
  • Rarity is a bold and energetic unicorn who wants to be part of the royal guard on Canterlot, so she can help protecting Equestria and whoever needs it. She has a strong sense of justice (She was the one who defended Fluttershy from those nasty bullies)

there’s a lot of things unsaid, but I still want to draw more stuff for this au, so more stuff will be explained in the future, hopefully :3

ohh, and thanks @beach-city-mystery-girl for a lot of the ideas! Credit to her ♥

HSAU Oneshot: Alex in the Fall

Fall 2017:


The leaves were turning away from their once verdant hues. Green became brown, orange, amber. Leaves fell and cluttered the ground, the days became shorter, the nights colder, and the year, closer to an end.

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Poor Russell (my draft mix gelding) has been dealing with a gnarly abscess in his rear hoof since last week. Vet came out and cut into it Friday but very little drained out so he’s been on penicillin and a double dose of bute for pain (per vet’s recommendation) since yesterday and last night it finally erupted out over the top of his hoof. I’ve never been so happy to see pus before!

Yesterday morning he was breathing hard and wasn’t letting that hoof touch the ground at all. When he did move he was just hopping on three legs—no easy feat for a 1500+ lb animal—but as soon as that sucker started draining he started using it again and acted like he was feeling less pain (not breathing hard anymore and playing in his water bucket when I brought it to him).

It’s still draining today and he’s still pretty tender on it but hopefully he’s on the mend now. At least while the vet was out and had him sedated to work on his hoof we were able to give his troublesome sheath another thorough cleaning out. Icky, icky.