Tuesday, June 7, 2011

On a Roll

I have been super charged to get things done around here.  We have projects lying around,  half finished or in the planning stages for YEARS!!  And after awhile I get sick of it. I am also learning to let others in my home enjoy their day the way I want THEM to let me enjoy mine, without TOO much condemnation on my part.  Which means I just get in the car and go to Lowes or Wal-Mart and get what I need and get going.  Or fish around in the shed or garage and see what's their. 

You've seen the garden.  I need to post a new pic because it is so FULL.  I love going out in the mornings and looking, picking, eating, pinching, fiddling.  It is soothing.

You have also seen the headboard.  Still loving it!!

Last year I began, with the help of my trusty yard boy Kevin, my mom, and a couple of kids, building a pond.  It all started when I asked a retired gentleman in our church, who owns and loved to drive a small tractor, to come help dig out a tree we did not want.  After it was uprooted I noticed the hole was about the size of a small pond. I LOVE the sound of water,  little fishies swimming,  plants growing, so I headed over to Lowes to see what they had.  I found a prefab pond and almost screamed.  It was $14.00.  I had heard they were VERY expensive so I didn't ask questions,  just took it up to the counter and paid for it.  Yup,  you guessed it.  It was missed priced, but because it was not me but them,  I got it for that price.  Now I screamed.

I called up my handy helpers and we dug and set and filled and planted a couple of plants.  But it was not FINISHED!  Here is what it looked after a winter of kids thinking it was THEIR personal toy.

Yes, that is green slime/sludge.  Yes, most of the rocks were THROWN into to the pond by many little hands.  Yes,  those are to pitiful looking hostas.  and weeds.  and did I say really green slime?

Here is the after-4-solid-hours-of-word-in-extreme-heat pond.

AHH,  much better.  The pump we couldn't figure out but will go in tonight.  Fish in a couple of days.  Can't wait to here the trickling of water and the splashing of fish tails.  Here is another view.

And another cause I am VERY proud of this. 

I could not have done this without my engineer Kevin, and my landscaper Mom, and my sidekick Noah.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

thanks for reading,