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Me, Cousin Jimmy, baby sister Mary in Olcott, NY

pond view from under the magnolia tree

I miss my pond.

Mapping out the Spring projects.

     I’d be delighted if I could get half of the stuff done I need to do out in the yard and in the house. Once the ground thaws I’ll need to begin to fill in the pond, level and grade the yard away from the house, and start building raised beds.

     I will put down a rather large patio area to keep the dogs and The Curmudgeon from tracking in mud all the time. I want raised beds to make it easier to enjoy my gardening. All I need left in grass is an area big enough to play a rousing game of Bocce.

     I will miss our pond but it is time to move on and make things easier for ourselves.

     Inside the house, I need to get moving on painting the entire interior.  Ah yes, now all I need find is the energy to do all of this or volunteers to help me.


Goliath has returned!

     I am enjoying the new look on my blog.  Several people have told me that they like it too. 

     I have two frogs in my pond.  Yes, the pond is still there since we haven’t a clue as to how we’re going to fill it in yet. 

     I was outside talking to my next door neighbor when he told me he heard my frog earlier.  I told him I accidentally discovered that I have two frogs. 

     I thought we only had the one until I was pulling aggressively growing mint from the little river between the waterfall and the pond.  I startled a familiar looking large bullfrog, and he was not the one I knew we had who  I could see sitting on a nearby rock.

     I am enjoying the frog songs.

     You all have a good one!

Goliath the bullfrog

Goliath the bullfrog

Lovely day in the 80s yesterday

Screaming frog

The frog is in the house!  I was out working around the pond yesterday and our frog decided to make an appearance.  We also have a garter snake in residence.   Of course where there’s one garter snake there are usually more.  I don’t mind them.

Lovely day yesterday…

  Temperatures in the low seventies.  Lots of sun.  Made for a lovely day.  Check out my pictures!

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More changes






      Sometime in the late 1980’s,  The Curmudgeon dug the hole for our pond.  He used a pick and shovel to do it. 

     It was summer, so my mother was visiting us.   She would sit outside, watch him work, and cheer him on.

     When we bought the liner, pumps, filters, and our lovely Pan fountain, Mother insisted on buying the waterfall.  She so looked forward to seeing the finished pond.

     We worked all summer to get it finished and before she left to go back to Texas, we had it done.  For years afterwards she loved to sit out by the pond and watch the fish.

     My baby sister loved to sit by the pond too.  When she visited we would spend as much time in the yard as we could.

     With the change of the water feature in our yard the memories of them enjoying my pond will not fade.  We’ll be creating new memories.

     You all have a good one!


We have two frogs

     My neighbor’s son brought me three frogs that he found at his job site today.  Unfortunately one died tonight probably from the lengthy transport in a dirty bucket.  The kid means well but has no idea that a clean bucket and water from where he got them would’ve been wiser.  I feel sorry for the frog but after watching the other two munching down on mosquitoes tonight I am happy they are here in my pond.  The good news is they aren’t bullfrogs.

    You all have a good one!

The pond lilies are opening.

Really? More rain?

     All I can say is holy crap!  Another day of very little sunshine mixed with many thunderstorms and lots of rain.  I may never get a chance to snooze in my hammock again.  One day of sunshine in two weeks is a good reason for getting a life raft.

     My basement may never be dry again.  If I set up the hammock stand, it will likely sink up to its hooks.  When you walk in the back of the yard the mud sucks at your shoes like a black hole.  There has been so much mud tracked in that I could grow crops on the back porch floor.

     I swear the Koi have made a mud slide from the pond to the yard.

     You all have a good one.  I’m just hoping for a dry one.

Even my fish have me trained


     The dogs are spoiled.  I admit it they have us well trained.  DH claims that the Koi have me well trained too.  Can I help it if they love worms and I poke around next to the compost bin to find some so my fish can enjoy a snack?  It’s fun to have my lovely finny pets come to the surface and take the worms from my hand.

     Even our new little guy is getting into the act.  He was brave enough to take a worm from me last night.  Yes, I keep saying he in hopes that this new one is a male since the other six are females.  He still looks tiny next to them but he is growing rapidly.

It’s a frog!


     Last year we lost all of our bullfrogs to traffic or wanderlust on their parts.  We’ve only ever had bullfrogs, since bullfrog tadpoles were all we could get.  This year my favorite pond guy had native green frog tadpoles.  I bought a dozen and I’m thinking of going back for more since we lost four.

     I had a wonderful surprise when I went out to feed the fish this evening.  At least one of our remaining eight tadpoles has turned into a frog.  He is no bigger than a dime.  I’m looking forward to more and I hope they make noise this summer.

Another peek into my garden


     It’s amazing how a dozen tadpoles can so cleverly disappear into the pond.  They hide so well it’s a rare thing for us to spot one.  I did spy one hiding in the river tonight.  I can’t wait for them to become frogs.  It’ll be a real treat to have green frogs living here instead of the bullfrogs we’ve had so often.

     G has a bullfrog in her pond.  He’s been there several years, probably because he’s not as dumb as ours were.  Ours went walk about and several were run over by cars in the alley between our house and the cemetery hunting grounds.  Hers stays in their yard, catches starlings, and completely grosses her out by leaving the dead birds floating in the pond.  He seems to enjoy the EEK factor with her.

     Our new Koi seems to be settling in well.  It’s going to take some time before he is as big as the six girls he swims with now.  I keep saying he because I am desperately hoping this one is a male.

     I still have a bunch of plants to get into the ground even though I have planted some every day so far.